Remarkably, the gamers seem to be as popular as ever. Cassell still has nearly 10 million YouTube followers. And Martin filmed himself in November going on a vacation to South Beach in Miami, where he rented a gaudy penthouse with his girlfriend. “I feel like we went a little overboard,” he said gleefully in the video message, panning around the spread. “But I feel like overboard is a little bit of a theme in these vlogs.”
Morrison is pessimistic that any of the civil suits will have much effect.
“It may get some of these kids their money back,” he says. “But it’s not going to change what’s happening. It’s not going to save anyone else’s kids.” The cost of opening a skins gambling site is so low — in some cases just a few hundred dollars — and the potential returns are so high that Morrison says he knows developers “who’ve spent a fortune in marketing because they know they’ll make it back in the first day.”
While Rafael Palmeiro, who failed a test, has fallen off the ballot, he was not the player Ramirez and A-Rod were, and his election timing was far worse.
A-Rod will have his Hall of Fame clock begin this year, meaning in 2022 the gun will go off on his 10-year election process. He will have until 2032 to reach the 75 percent threshold.
Voters will only become younger during that time. And younger voters seem to be more lenient on steroids.
Taking PEDs out of the conversation, Rodriguez is easily one of the greatest players ever. His 696 homers are fourth best in history. He won three MVPs and made 14 All-Star teams. He was a Gold Glove shortstop before unselfishly moving to third base in the Bronx, even though he was a better defender than the Yankees had at the time.
His collected his one World Series ring, in which he had one of the great individual Octobers in the game’s history, the year he was outed as a PED user.
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One drive later, Bortles threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to give the Jaguars a lead that the team held for the remainder of the game en route to its first victory of the year.
That brings us to the $48 million question: How much is he worth?
Start with what Bryant would make he gets tagged again in 2015. That’s more than $28 million in guaranteed money over two years and an annual average in excess of $14 million. But it’s only two years. The ceiling for these negotiations is the Megatron mega deal, maybe even a little higher, even though that deal now looks more and more like an outlier.
Bryant’s an essential part of the Cowboys’ offense, but, theoretically anyway, they could get by without him with a pretty dramatic shift in schemes until they could find a viable replacement. Easier said than done. No Dez means Terrance Williams and “Clean” Cole Beasley as the No. 1 and 2 receivers, respectively. Not even the Giants’ secondary would be threatened by that tandem. Safeties will cheat up closer to the line, Dallas would be forced to lean on Darren McFadden even more and unhappy fans would be forced to watch a rare superstar player bolt for another team.
NFL Nation reporters voted on the best rookie in all eight divisions, and it was easier in some divisions than others.
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“In Jimmy’s case, it doesn’t matter if he’s 10-for-10, or 1-for-10,” Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He’s going to step up with confidence in that fourth quarter and try to take over the game with supreme confidence and that’s a great luxury to have is when you have a guy, that you know you put the ball in his hands and he can close the game for you.”
Butler’s performance late in the game wouldn’t have been possible without a career night from Doug McDermott and a solid performance from point guard Michael Carter-Williams. Carter-Williams finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists, prompting Hoiberg to call it the best game of the young guard’s brief Bulls career. But it was McDermott who carried the weight for the Bulls in the first half, scoring 20 of his career-high 31 points in the second quarter.
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“It was crazy,” McDermott said. “I was just in the zone … just a great feeling. I hadn’t been shooting it late so just to see a couple go through was a great feeling.”
McDermott, who came into the game shooting 13-for-48 over his last five games, played with the type of confidence the Bulls have been hoping to see on Sunday. He didn’t hesitate and wasn’t afraid to get to the rim. With the Bulls playing without Dwyane Wade (rest) and Niko Mirotic (illness), Hoiberg and the players understood that Butler couldn’t win the game on his own. It was the perfect time for McDermott to break out of his funk.
The No. 7 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft might miss his entire rookie season. Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White needs surgery to repair a stress fracture in his shin, according to GM Ryan Pace. Pace acknowledged there’s the possibility the injury could sideline him for the entire year.
Pace said White suffered a setback last week for an injury that has kept him out of training camp up to this point. The initial injury was suffered during OTAs.
White will miss at least the first six games of the season, according to the team. He was expected to fill the void left by the departure of Brandon Marshall and be a vertical threat next to fourth-year target Alshon Jeffery.
Saturday was rough for right tackles around the league, as the Buccaneers lost right tackle Demar Dotson to an injury late in the first half, and the Vikings lost Phil Loadholt early in the game. Both players went to the locker room with apparent lower leg injuries.
Rams quarterback Nick Foles took his first real snaps from the team since they traded for him (and after a contract extension) and finished the night with 3-of-5 completions for 69 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.
One of two things will, with almost 100 percent certainty, happen this season: Either Bryant will see a lot more targets, and his percentage will fall, or he will score a lot fewer touchdowns, and his percentage will fall. With Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates also in the fold, I tend toward the latter of those options, and think Bryant will be only a flex play or helper in random, unpredictable weeks.
Elite Arrelious Benn Jersey Sunday, FOX’s Terry Bradshaw railed on Greg Hardy, who has shown little remorse since his return from suspension for domestic assault charges, and ripped into Cowboys owner Jerry Jones as well for continuing to employ and enable Hardy.
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It is a righteous tirade from a high-profile host on a huge NFL pregame show — a much-needed prominent voice to broadcast the indignation of so many NFL fans tired of players like Hardy getting a relative free pass after horrid transgressions. In the midst of affirmation and thankfulness for Bradshaw’s words, one strange response keeps popping up, often from Cowboys fans who feel a vendetta or double standard has been revealed: Why didn’t Bradshaw have the same response when Ben Roethlisberger, a Steeler legend like Bradshaw, was accused of sexual assault and rape?
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Ware went down with the injury in the second quarter Sunday and had to be carted to the locker room. He was originally listed as questionable to return, but then was downgraded to out.
Through the first four weeks of the season, Ware had been playing MVP-caliber football. He had 4.5 sacks coming into the game, and his strong play has helped lead the Broncos to the league’s No. 1 defense.
Peyton Manning has struggled on the offensive side of the ball, but Ware and Von Miller have combined for an incredibly effective pass rush on defense, which has guided Denver to a 5-0 record.
Ware already had three tackles before going down with the injury on Sunday and totaled 10 sacks last season with the Broncos. The eight-time Pro Bowler and seven-time All-Pro has recorded 131.5 sacks in 161 career games.
Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said last month that he plans to play for the Baltimore Ravens in 2017, and the feeling is mutual.
In Tuesday’s “State of the Ravens” news conference, general manager Ozzie Newsome said that Suggs is in the team’s plans for the upcoming season. That was the consensus from the personnel meetings last Thursday, according to Newsome.
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Suggs, 34, the oldest player on the Ravens’ defense, led the team with 8.0 sacks this season. He is fifth among active players with 114.5 sacks, which also are the most in franchise history.
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The Ravens decreased his playing time in an effort to keep him stronger and fresher throughout the season. His 35 tackles were his fewest in a full season since his rookie season in 2003.
Bad misses in the top 10 have a way of keeping a team in neutral, and of the six teams that made disappointing selections in the top seven picks, only the Cowboys finished with a winning record. For most of these teams, the problems run deeper than a single disappointing pick three years ago, but there’s no doubt that better picks could have been made and each team could be in a better situation.
Every NFL Draft class features its fair share of hits and misses, but few had as many franchise-altering busts (even if you’re not ready to throw RG3 in that group) or a Super Bowl-winning franchise quarterback sitting on the board in the third round. Sometimes it’s literally a better idea to just throw darts to select players than it is to try and successfully predict the futures of incoming rookies.
Those mismatches hurt now and then. Against some opponents, they hurt a lot. But as teams get better at switching, gang rebounding, and preventing entry passes to post-up brutes, the math nudges back their way. Switch with 10 or 12 left on the shot clock, and the opposing offense has precious little time to exploit any mismatch down low.
Post-up bigs who can’t shoot 3s or defend smaller players — Greg Monroe, Jahlil Okafor, Al Jefferson, Enes Kanter, Nikola Vucevic — have already been relegated to bench roles. The nostalgic worry Houston-style offenses might play them out of the league entirely.
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They’ve each hit with a surprising accuracy; opposing defenses haven’t adjusted their pick-and-roll coverages to account for this new development:
The league is top heavy, even by its standards. A few teams hoard an unusual number of top-20 players. The crazy cap spike allowed the 73-win Warriors to sign Kevin freaking Durant with cap space.
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Once cheapo contracts linked to the old cap regime cycle out, there should be some talent dispersal that weakens the behemoths behind the scoring boom. Think about the most intriguing Paul Millsap trade destination: Toronto. Are the Raptors really going to pay Millsap, Kyle Lowry, and DeMar DeRozan $100 million combined every season once Lowry and Millsap sign their new deals? If they are, some other good players are leaving Canada.
Last week, Brandon Weeden led the Houston Texans to a 16-10 victory against the Indianapolis Colts, and the win placed the Texans atop the AFC South. Weeden will be the starter in Week 16 and will get another opportunity to lead the Texans to a win against a division rival, according to ESPN’s Tania Ganguli.
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Brian Hoyer remains under the league’s concussion protocol and has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.
Hoyer also sat out Houston’s pivotal Week 15 game against the Indianapolis Colts. T.J. Yates started for the Texans in Week 15, but Yates’ season ended when he tore his ACL late in the first half. Weeden entered the game and led the pivotal win. Weeden completed 11 of 18 passes against the Colts for 105 yards and one touchdown. It was Weeden’s first action for the Texans after being claimed off waivers on Nov. 18. Weeden started three games for the Cowboys early in the season after Tony Romo initially broke his collarbone. The Cowboys lost all three games.
Peyton says he saw Dr. Guyer as well, though he repudiates any allegations that he was provided HGH. Manning expanded on his relationship with Dr. Guyer to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen Saturday night, saying he went to the clinic largely for holistic treatments.
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Sly recanted his accusations in a YouTube video that was posted Saturday night and also claims he wasn’t even working at the Guyer Clinic in 2011, which is when the Manning family allegedly received the HGH shipments. Manning said Saturday night the allegations against him are “complete garbage.”
At the snap, Prescott and Elliott pivot to their left to sell that the play is flowing that way. Meanwhile, Frederick has a split second to prevent Joseph from penetrating through the A-gap between him and Martin. If Joseph comes low and hard, Frederick will stay and double-team him with Martin. But when Joseph stands straight in containment, that’s Frederick’s cue to chip him with his right elbow, then leap into the second level of defenders, where he engulfs weakside linebacker Chad Greenway.
Martin opens to the left, then pistons his hands into the right side of Joseph’s rib cage with enough force to bounce his 329-pound frame sideways almost 3 full yards.
Bortles hasn’t played well this season. He’s completing a career-low 57.8 percent of his passes for 3,279 yards and 21 touchdowns, but he’s turned the ball over 20 times (16 interceptions), which is the second-most in the NFL behind Philip Rivers’ 23. He’s been playing with a shoulder injury that he suffered against Detroit on Nov. 20, but the Jaguars have resisted sitting him.
Bortles isn’t alone. The offense hasn’t scored 20 or fewer points seven times since their last victory, which came Oct. 16 in Chicago. The defense has forced a league-low 10 turnovers and Jalen Ramsey’s interception last Sunday was the first by a Jaguars cornerback this season.
The special teams has either committed a significant penalty, turnover, or given up a long return in the past nine games.
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“I think there’s a lot of excuses or a lot of crutches that are easy to use [for why the Jaguars didn’t win more games],” Bortles said. “The reason for everything that’s happened is because we haven’t played well. I haven’t played well. We haven’t played well and that’s why all this change has happened.
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The scene Sunday afternoon at U.S. Bank Stadium was almost surreal.
Scott Tolzien — last seen by Minnesota Vikings fans in a putrid November 2013 tie with the Green Bay Packers — stepped in for Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck to run the clock with cursory handoffs. Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson cooled his heels on the sideline. And a Vikings fan base that filed into the stadium against minus-15-degree temperatures excused itself early, choosing a return to the frigid weather over the carnage on the field.
There was the taunting penalty by cornerback Adam Jones in the second quarter that gave the Steelers an extra 15 yards and led to a field goal.
There was the unnecessary roughness penalty on linebacker Vontaze Burfict on second-and-2 early in the third quarter. The Steelers, who had already gained 15 yards on the play, gained 15 more after Burfict hit Roethlisberger late. The Steelers kicked another field goal.
There was also a head-scratching interception thrown by Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton at the end of the fourth quarter. Center Russell Bodine appeared to get too far downfield and, as an ineligible receiver, ducked. Dalton threw the ball anyway and was picked off at midfield. That also led to a Steelers field goal.
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Playing Pittsburgh tends to bring out the best and the worst in the Bengals. Whether it was Jeremy Hill pretending to rip up a Terrible Towel, a celebration spike after a touchdown, or the usual pushing and shoving, the second matchup of the season had all of the usual makings of a classic between the two rivals.
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For one half, the Bengals were playing some of their best football. But for all the good things they did — like holding Le’Veon Bell to 93 rushing yards and Antonio Brown to 58 receiving — the rest of the game went much like the season has gone. In the end, the Bengals appeared to let their emotions get the best of them.