He Said What?! The best NFL quotes from Week 1

From postgame press conferences to next-day media availabilities, NFL players and coaches can’t escape the microphone.

The Colts were one of six NFL teams held under 10 points and after watching his club take a thorough beating in California, Colts coach Chuck Pagano forgot which team defeated his club.

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott said it’s been tough having his “name getting dragged through the mud” over the last 14 months, but is looking forward to clearing his name; Browns coach Hue Jackson was impressed by rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, despite a 21-18 loss to the Steelers; Marshawn Lynch got back to being “Beast Mode” by running over Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey in his Raiders debut; and who is Jaguars coach Doug Marrone thinking about in his wildest dreams?

Now, with the Texans (0-1) set to face the Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) in Cincinnati on Thursday night, O’Brien appears poised to shift his allegiance to Watson despite there being no evidence that Watson will survive, let alone excel, behind the turnstiles charged with providing him a suitable pocket. O’Brien did not publicly commit to Watson as his starter, but according to published reports that is the direction the Texans are leaning as they strive to revive an offensive pulse.

The Colts will only be a totally lost cause until Andrew Luck returns. The Titans, despite losing to a very good Oakland team at home, can still boast the division’s best QB in Marcus Mariota.

Dallas receiver Cole Beasley made a crazy catch in the fourth quarter to keep a drive alive. He got his hand on a wobbly ball as he was approaching the sideline and reached behind his Cheap Jerseys And Hats From China head with his left hand, trapping the ball against his shoulder pads and helmet as he tip-toed inbounds. Beckham Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys seemed impressed , offering a subtle nod.

Tom Savage, Deshaun Watson face no-win situation if Texans won’t pay Duane Brown

Tom Savage got exactly one half of the 2017 NFL season to prove himself as a starter. A combination of a smothering Jaguars defense and the failures of his own offensive line made his Cheap China NFL Jerseys first 30 minutes of the year a no-win situation.

Savage’s first season opener as Houston’s starting quarterback went poorly, then went goodbye. The fourth-year veteran, once a refreshing change of pace from the failed Brock Osweiler experiment of 2016, led his team to zero first half points in a 29-7 loss to Jacksonville. His awful performance was his undoing; head coach Bill O’Brien turned to rookie Deshaun Watson at halftime.

The Jaguars, 3-13 last fall, snapped a six-game losing streak against the Texans in the process; the win was just their third against Houston since 2010.

The entire scenario is too familiar — exhaustingly familiar. The Wells Report, the Patriots’ response, the venue-shopping, the challenges to the hand-picked arbitrators, the waiting on pins and needles for a judge’s ruling, in time to get the player into uniform on time.

Two of Brady’s openers were left in jeopardy. Elliott’s was in Cheap Custom Hockey Jerseys doubt this Sunday night, in prime time. The six weeks after that … who knows? Would you be surprised if we’re all here again in the summer of 2018? Is there a big, glaring precedent for that? Did the NFL walk that road already without appearing to learn a lesson from it?

Tyrone Crawford did not play a snap in the preseason because of a badly sprained right ankle suffered early in training camp.

Second-year defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche didn’t practice Wednesday, but coach Bruce Arians is hopeful he’ll be able to take the field for practice Thursday. As of now he has a “real good shot” at playing Sunday, Arians said. Inside linebacker Deone Bucannon, however, has “no chance” of playing against the Lions on Sunday, Arians said.

Initially he feared his season was over, but he is expected to start at left defensive end against the Giants, which should be a boost to the pass rush. The Cowboys are still finalizing their offensive line, but if Chaz Green, who did not practice last week because of an ankle injury, can return to work, he should be the starter at left guard.

And the Browns and Bears will play something that at least resembles football. Consider it a preview of their Dec. 24 matchup that decides 2018’s draft order.

One game we won’t see is a Lone Star State showdown between the Texans and Cowboys. That contest had originally been scheduled to take place in Houston, then moved to Dallas after Hurricane Harvey displaced hundreds of thousands of residents this week. On Wednesday, officials decided to cancel the game altogether, allowing Texans players to return to their hometown and work on recovery efforts.

Each club has gone of out its way to help everyone affected by Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys the disaster. J.J. Watt has spearheaded a fundraising effort with a goal that Cheap Baseball Jerseys Kids started at $200,000 and quickly surpassed that, with a new aim of $10 million. Texans owner Bob McNair pledged $1 million to the Houston United Way. Jerry Jones added $100,000 in donations to the Salvation Army.

Utah has lost Hayward. Those sweepstakes are over and Jazz fans can only process it now.

Still, they don’t have to be complete losers in this scenario. By signing and trading Hayward to Boston, the Jazz could add back several good players. Utah is still planning on being Cheap Jerseys And Hats competitive next season, and they’re likely still a favorite to make the playoffs even without him. Adding Crowder would make sure Hayward’s departure wasn’t a completely empty loss, especially since he’s on a team friendly deal for three more seasons.

If the Jazz don’t help out Boston, then the Celtics will find someone else to complete the necessary transactions. There’s no chance that Boston couldn’t find a suitor and Hayward would be forced to slink back to Utah, if you were wondering.

Mitchell was not a big-time scorer in college, so big shooting performances from him are a great sign of his ability to improve in that area. It’s just Summer League, but he’s still pouring it on.

Getting to the free-throw line 16 times like Mitchell did against the Grizzlies isn’t an easy task on any level of play. He was able to get into the lane at will and reaped the benefits of it. His ball-handling was not an obvious strength coming out of Louisville, so seeing him shift through traffic is a great sign for Utah.

He’s always been a great defender, but Mitchell is averaging 6.6 steals through two games at the Vegas summer league. He can play the ball straight up, but he’s excellent at darting in Cheap Jerseys Baseball passing lanes and using his athleticism to take the ball the other way.

Mitchell almost wasn’t here. He would have returned to Louisville for a third season, but a workout with some NBA All-Stars changed everything, according to NBA.com’s Steve Aschburner.

I was literally the last Jazz player left who played under Coach Sloan

Jeremy Carr, a 21-year-old security staffer for the Hawks, said this week that white celebrities and entertainers have been granted security concessions at Philips Arena that their black counterparts have not.

Originally Samuel Hayes, a terminated Hawks security employee, filed a lawsuit July 6 against Atlanta Hawks LLC, which operates Philips Arena, alleging that black entertainers were subject to more stringent security screening than non-black performers.

Nzinga Shaw, the Hawks’ Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, claimed Hayes’ allegations had no merit when the lawsuit came out: “Samuel Hayes is a former security manager at Philips Arena. He was terminated for poor performance and his claims are baseless. We will defend vigorously.”

I was literally the last Jazz player left who played under Coach Sloan — and I always took that as a lot more than just some piece of trivia. That was something that truly made me feel like a part of the fabric of this franchise. And that fabric is something that has meant a lot to me, ever since.
OK, if you’re a Jazz fan still bitter about things, you can probably stop reading now. About two-thirds of the way through, Hayward starts talking about why he chose Boston.

The last time I had a decision this tough … it was in Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys college, during my sophomore year, after we lost to Duke in the national championship game. I’d gotten on Cheap Ireland Soccer Jerseys NBA radars as a result of my play that March, and there were projections that I might even be a first-round pick in the draft. And so I had a decision to make: Should I leave my comfort zone at Butler and move on to the NBA? Or should I stay another year, and give it another go, and try to finish what we’d started — try to win a championship?

The Cavaliers can trade Irving to wherever they see fit

Irving requested a trade after a meeting with the Cavaliers, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Irving wants to be more of a focal point on offense, per the report, and doesn’t want to play alongside LeBron James anymore.

But his list doesn’t really matter. The Cavaliers can trade Irving to wherever they see fit, and he doesn’t have the ability to reject whatever trade may come with a no-trade clause.

Irving averaged 25.2 points and 5.8 assists per game last season and made his fourth All-Star appearance in the last five seasons. He’s only 25 years old, but has played second fiddle to James over the last three seasons in Cleveland.

Irving’s list, while understandable, really doesn’t matter because the Cavs have all the power. These are trade rumors, not free agency. Irving’s destinations may come into play, but they won’t if the package coming back to the Cavaliers isn’t a good one.

In only a few Summer League games, the adroit 20-year-old has Portland’s coaching staff excited about his potential as a legitimate two-way frontcourt threat. On one end, Swanigan is a bully who uses his size and brute strength to overpower his man on the way to the rack. It’s a reason why many compared Cheap Football Jerseys Xxl him to Zach Randolph on draft night, and the home-state Indiana ties made Cheap Giants Jerseys the argument stronger.

But unlike Z-Bo, Swanigan utilizes his deft defensive footwork to switch on pick-and-rolls and keep smaller players in front of his body. When Trail Blazers rookie Zach Collins left Tuesday’s game with an injury, Moray moved Swanigan to the center position. He responded by anchoring Portland’s defense and staying in front of Bryn Forbes in screen-and-roll situations.

Andre Iguodala, Warriors agree to a 3-year, $48 million deal

Andre Iguodala will end back up with the Golden State Warriors after all. After several weeks where Iguodala drops not-so-subtle hints that he might leave the team, Iguodala has agreed to a three-year deal worth $48 million, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania.

Iguodala met with several teams on July 1 after free agency started, threatening to leave the Warriors even though most presumed he just wanted leverage in his negotiations. It appeared that Iguodala did meet a couple of his demands, receiving a slight increase from the Warriors’ initial offer and getting his third year fully guaranteed.

In the past 24 hours, Iguodala met with the Rockets, Spurs and Kings, receiving multi-year offers from all three. He also set but then cancelled a meeting with Philadelphia. But Iguodala has spent the past four seasons in Golden State and has two championships to show for it. As long as the Warriors were able to offer him a deal that he felt was competitive, it always felt extremely likely that he would be back.

“It’s nothing,” Swanigan said. “I play center, play four, play three. Put me where you want me, I’m gonna figure it out.”

Swanigan doesn’t want to be called a point-forward just yet. At this point, he’d rather be known for outworking the other team. And even if he falls short of the premature Cheap NFL Jerseys China Draymond Green comparison, Portland’s rookie is well on his way to achieving what he set out to do.

“My motor’s gonna be the best in the NBA,” he said. “That’s my goal. That’s what I wanna Cheap Authentic Jerseys be. You come watch Swanigan play, he’s playing his hardest every night.”

the Indians know that better than anyone.

What the Indians might be thinking, though, is that they have a bullpen that threw an extra month last year and worked harder than any other bullpen in the game. They might get away with doing it a second year, but grinding them into a fine powder again seems risky. Here’s another superlative arm, relatively fresh, for your postseason needs.

That makes a lot of sense. But is it worth two or three of the Indians’ best Cheap Blackhawks Jerseys prospects? That’s up to them, and I could understand the trepidation that comes with making a strength into a super-strength, when leaving it as a strength isn’t all that risky.

Yeah, it’s a solid B+. The Indians are scrumming with a few teams for Britton, and I could see them falling short because they don’t have the same kind of urgency. But it would make sense to deepen a deep bullpen. The postseason is a game of relievers now, and the Indians know that better than anyone.

Which is fine, because even though she might not have team buying money at the top levels of each league, that doesn’t mean she can’t accomplish her dreams of owning a team one day. That’s what the minor leagues are for.

To narrow her options down we’ll see what minor league baseball teams are available right now that could be suitable, mostly because this is a baseball site so that makes sense to focus on. But also because Cheap Braves Jerseys Teigen is already interested in “Mike Trout things.”

So we’ll have some fun, see what’s on the market, and maybe find Chrissy a new hobby in the meantime. All details are courtesy of The Sports Advisory Group and are anonymously listed because that’s how rich people do things.

The KBO has All-Star festivities figured out

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A couple of days removed from the All-Star break, the lasers of the Home Run Derby are but a distant memory. No dinger-loving baseball fan would discount the show that Aaron Judge and company put on last week. The event even pulled in more viewers than the NFL Pro Bowl and the NBA All-Star Game.

The A’s have watched Gray struggle with his performance and injuries over stretches where it was expected they would look to deal their controllable top starter. Now that they’ve admitted the rebuild is on and Gray is once again pitching well, it’s not shocking to see that they’re trying to unload him.

Don’t be fooled by Gray’s 3.72 ERA on the season, which translates to a good, but not stellar, 113 ERA+. Gray didn’t get started in 2017 until May, and his last start of that month was a disaster wherein he allowed seven runs in 4-2/3 innings. Whichever team does get Gray is getting someone Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys great, and his deal could tip the scales of whichever race he ends up in.

In the preseason, we all knew how 2017 was going to go for the Dodgers, Nationals, and Cubs. Things haven’t quite worked out as envisioned, as the Nats have been great in spite of a fatal flaw, the Dodgers Cheap Baseball Jerseys Kids might be having an all-time great year, and the Cubs can’t seem to escape .500’s event horizon.

Aug. 3, 1987: That time Joe Niekro tried to hide evidence of cheating, then got busted

On this day in 1987, Twins knuckleballer Joe Niekro was ejected after umpires determined he was trying to scuff balls, presumably to give his signature pitch a bit more movement. That’s the short version. The long version is much more entertaining. Watch this.

Hmmm. Just casually tossing away an emery board, like, “Ho hum. Nothing to see here?” That’s, shall we say, compelling evidence. Not a good look for Mr. Niekro, but certainly compelling television.

It wasn’t the start Gray was looking for, but it demonstrated how valuable he can be. After New York’s first-inning troubles, Gray worked his way out of trouble all night long, getting out of two separate innings with two runners on to put zeroes on the board.

The Indians are clinging onto a two-game lead over the Royals — winners of nine straight games — in the American League Central. Despite the Indians’ recent flurry of wins, they’ve actually lost ground on the equally-hot Kansas City team.

In fact, this is the first time two teams from the same division have had simultaneous streaks of eight-plus wins after the All-Star Game since 2004, when the Cardinals and Astros — then in the National League — accomplished the feat.

A postseason berth will not be easy for either team in the tough AL, but Hot Cheap Jerseys Ramirez was a part of the Indians’ World Series runner-up team last year, and he just keeps getting better. The Indians once again look like a dangerous team at the right time.

Masahiro Tanaka, who led the Yankees to a 6-1 win over the Rays, lost his perfect Jerseys From China game with two outs in the fifth inning en route to allowing just one run in eight innings. The inconsistent hurler gave up just two hits with no walks while striking out 14 batters. Despite the gem, he is just 8-9 with a 5.09 ERA this season.