Patriots Purchase Two Planes, UCLA QB Says Football And Academics Don’t Mesh, Braves’ Shortstop Freak Accident

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The New England Patriots purchased 767 planes exclusively for use by the team. They are the first NFL team to buy a plane (actually 2 planes). Acording to reports, the rationale for the big expense is that charter travel is getting expensive, and with the new comfortable planes, the team might have an advantage on the competition if they’re well rested.

In college football, UCLA quaraterback Josh Rosen has been making waves when he told Bleacher Report that football and academics “don’t go together” and that “human beings don’t belong in school with our schedules”. He went on to say, “There are guys who have no business being in school, but they’re here because this is the path to the NFL.  There’s no other way. Then there’s the other side that says raise the SAT eligibility requirements. OK, raise the SAT requirement at Alabama and see what kind of team they have. You lose athletes, and then the product on the field suffers.” Rosen is looking for more balanced academic and athletic experience.

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Johan Camargo, shortstop for the Atlanta Braves, was jogging out to the field ready to start the game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday when he tripped over himself and fell to the ground. He appeared to injure his knee. There’s no word yet on how serious this freak accident was and how long he’ll be out.

 

 

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Boomer Esiason Believes He Has CTE, Jets’ Enunwa Miss Season, Syndergaard Game Of Thrones, Zaza Order Of Honor

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While discussing the recent study of brain damage in football players, former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason spoke about the dangers on his radio show and said he believes he likely has CTE and would be most players have it. He said, “The more we learn about our brains, the better it is for the guys who are playing today. The good news for the guys who are playing today, especially those who are playing for a long period of time, is they get paid a hell of a lot more money than we did. They have much better benefits and retirement benefits than we do.”

The New York Jets top receiver Quincy Enunwa will miss the entire season with a neck injury. He was expected to take on a big role for the team this year (with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker gone), but now the team’s prospects look even bleaker than they did before.

 

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If you watch closely, you can see New York Mets’ pitcher Noah Syndergaard’s arm in a cameo Sunday night on “Game of Thrones“.  Syndergaard plays a Lannister soldier who throws a deadly spear.

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The Golden State Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia is back in his hometown, the Republic of Georgia, celebrating his team’s NBA title win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. On the trip, he received the “Order of Honor, which is given for outstanding personal contribution to the building of the independent government.”

 

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Cutler $10 Mill To Play For Dolphins, Tom Brady’s Mom’s Super Bowl Ring

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The Miami Dolphins made a $10 million one year deal with former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler as insurance for an injured Ryan Tannehill. No word on how long Tannehill will be out, but by the Dolphins signing Cutler, it appears the injury could be worse than they had anticipated. Cutler is 34 years old and had shoulder surgery last December, but he knows the Dolphins head coach (Adam Gase) and their offense, so it seems like a good move.

In a classy move, the England Patriots gave Tom Brady’s mom her very own Super Bowl ring. Last season, Brady’s mom underwent treatment for cancer, but was able to attend the remarkable comeback Super Bowl LI victory in 2016.  Brady  described how owner Robert Kraft was supportive all season. “He’s been so supportive of my family and certainly everything my mom went through and knowing first-hand how families deal with it. He was always asking, ‘How’s mom doing? How is she feeling?’ We didn’t know up until the very end whether she was going to make it to the Super Bowl. She was a big inspiration for me, and RKK knew it. It was a great surprise to all of us when the ring showed up. She deserves it.”

 

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Ryan Tannehill Knee Injury, Alabama Tops Coaches Poll, Curry Shoots Well In First Golf Tournament

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The Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill may miss the beginning of the season after suffering a non-contact knee injury this week. Tannehill missed the final four games of last season with MCL and ACL injuries to his knee, but the team isn’t sure of the extent of this recent issue.  Matt Moore is the current backup, but if the injury is season threatening, there will no doubt be the inevitable talk of Colin Kaepernick.  Former Chicago Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler has also been mentioned as a replacement since he knows the offense. He even mentioned he’d consider delaying his career in broadcasting if he’s made the starter (with a starter’s salary).

College football season is around the corner and as always at this time of the year, the Amway Coaches poll is out with the rankings for the top teams. To no ones surprise, Alabama came in at #1 with Ohio State #2, Florida State at #3, and South Carolina and Clemson rounding out the top 5. For all rankings, click here.

 

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Steph Curry played in his first professional golf tournament and performed better than expectations. He shot a 4 over par 74 in his first round at the Elle Mae Classic in San Francisco. Curry received a sponsor’s invite to the tournament. It’s comforting to know even a great competitor like Curry can get nervous. He said, “As soon as he said my name on the first tee, I could barely take my hands out of my pocket. I tried to take a deep breath, but still there wasn’t anything I could do to get myself prepared for that moment. But after the third or fourth hole, it was golf as normal.”

 

 

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Rudy Reminisces About Parseghian, Tom Brady Turns 40, Sherman Rants About Kaep

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Anyone associated with Notre Dame football (0r who saw the classic movie Rudy) knows about former coach Ara Parseghian. Parseghian passed away on Wednesday at the age of 94. The real Rudy Ruettiger (whose story was the basis for movie) reminisced to USA Today about the legendary coach and said, “He recognized something in people, especially their character and heart.”

New England quarterback Tom Brady turned 40 today. He’s the 20th quarterback to play in the NFL after his 40th bday. Brady has three children under 10 with wife Gisele Bundchen. For his birthday, Rob Gronkowsky (Patriots tight end) said his present to Brady is touchdowns next season.

Seattle Seahawk’s cornerback, Richard Sherman went off when asked about the reasons Colin Kaepernick hasn’t been recruited by any NFL team. Sherman said, “What is it about? It’s not about football or color. It’s about, ‘Boy, stay in your place.’ “He played in Chip (Kelly)’s system last year and went 16-4 (TD-to-INT ratio) on a bad team. He played well because he’s a good football player. He may not be the best, but he’s better than a lot of these dudes starting.”

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Scherzer Hits Home Run Leaves Game, Vazquez Caps Off Wild Game, Beyonce Interested In Rockets

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Washington Nationals pitcher and reining National League Cy Young Award winner, Max Scherzer, hit his first career home run then had to leave the game with a neck spasm. He said he slept on his pillow the wrong way so was unable to pitch, but oddly it helped him hit his home run. He said, “I couldn’t pull my head out, I had to stay locked in, that actually gave me a better swing. That’s the reason why I hit a home run.” Nationals lost the game 7-6 against Miami.

In a crazy game in Boston Tuesday night, Christian Vazquez capped off a close game against the Cleveland Indians with a walk-off three-run home run. The game was back and forth all night with some stunning plays including when the Indians center fielder Austin Jackson leapt over a wall to prevent a home-run. With the win, the Red Sox move to a half-game ahead of the NY Yankees for first place in the American League East.

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It’s been reported Beyonce might be interested in buying a share of the Houston Rockets. Beyonce is a Houston native and loves basketball, but since her husband Jay-Z owns a sports agency, buying into a team may be a conflict of interest.

 

 

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Paris And LA Awarded Olympics, Non-Waiver MLB Deadline, Infamous Bartman Receives Ring, CTE Study

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The International Olympic Committee made the decision to award the 2024 and 2028 Olympics simultaneously with Paris getting 2024 and LA 2028.  The decision will become final in September. LA hosted in 1934 and 1984 while Paris last hosted in 1924.

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The baseball non-waiver trade deadline passed Monday with resounding applause for the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees. The Dodgers traded to get Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers, while the Yankees picked up Sonny Gray from the Oakland Athletics. For more trade winners and losers, click here.

In a classy move, the Cubs organization will present the infamous Steve Bartman with a 2016 World Series ring. Bartman became one of the most hated fans in history when he interfered with a foul ball in Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series. Bartman became a symbol of the curse of the Cubs and suffered from ridicule and harassment for years. Cubs owner Steve Ricketts announced Bartman was now welcome back in the Cubs family and said he was “honored” to present him with the ring. Bartman reacted by saying,  “Words alone cannot express my heartfelt thanks to the Ricketts family, Crane Kenney, Theo Epstein, and the entire Cubs organization for this extraordinary gift, and for providing the City of Chicago and Cubs fans everywhere an unforgettable World Championship in 2016. I am happy to be reunited with the Cubs family and positively moving forward with my life.” The reaction from social media has been very positive with fans stating how classy Bartman and his family has been over the last decade in dealing with the critics.

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Much has been written the last few days about the study performed on the donated brains of former football players. The study found 110 of 111 of the donated brains demonstrated signs of degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The League is concerned about the study and many are talking about how this affects current players attitudes. On Monday, New York Jets rookie Jamal Adams responded to questions about the study by saying, “Literally, if I had the perfect place to die, I’d die on the field.” His comments didn’t sit well with a number of people including the former wife of the late Justin Strzelczyk who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and suffered from CTE. She responded by saying, “I don’t even know what to say. This guy [Adams] doesn’t know what’s coming down the pipeline. He has no idea what dealing with someone who has CTE is like.”

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Ravens Weigh Kaepernick Option, More LaVar Drama, Kyrie Believes Earth is Flat

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The Colin Kaepernick drama continues with the Balitmore Ravens weighing the potential downsides of signing Colin Kaepernick as another backup quarterback, while their starter Joe Flacco is recovering from back surgery. The team’s owner, Steve Bisciotti, has been consulting with current and former players in addition to fans and said,”I know that we’re going to upset some people, and I know that we’re going to make people happy that we stood up for somebody that has the right to do what he did. Non-violent protesting is something that we have all embraced. I don’t like the way he did it. Personally, I kind of liked it a lot when he went from sitting to kneeling. I don’t know, I’m Catholic, we spend a lot of time kneeling.”

The team is also considering signing former Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (RGIII). The Los Angeles Chargers were looking at RGIII as a backup to Philip Rivers, but then opted to sign former Buffalo Bill rookie (and Ohio State National Champion, QB Cardale Jones) instead.

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LaVar Ball can’t stay away from controversy. According to reports, he “crossed the line” again in Las Vegas over the weekend when he berated a female referee who gave him a technical foul. He had her replaced mid-game, and the crowd went crazy upon hearing him claim she was “out of shape” and “should stay in her lane”.  The group that supplied the referees for the tournament was disappointed in how Adidas (the organizers) handled the issue and has now cut ties with the shoe company.

Kyrie Irving is still talking about leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers, but another story this week faults Kyrie for influencing middle school students’ belief that the earth is not round. According to Avi Wolfman-Arent from NPR, middle school teachers are having a hard time teaching because their students listen to Irving instead of actual science. One teacher commented, “Immediately I start to panic. How have I failed these kids so badly they think the Earth is flat just because a basketball player says it? They think that I’m part of this larger conspiracy of being a round-Earther. That’s definitely hard for me because it feels like science isn’t real to them.”

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Odell Beckham Wants Highest Paid Player, Mallet Signed Over Kaepernick, USC No OJ

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr announced on UNINTERRUPTED he wanted to be the highest paid player (not just the highest paid wide receiver) in the NFL. Odell is still working off of his 5 year rookie contract and will make $1.8 million this year and $8.4 million next year (his 5th year). This sum is significantly below other top receivers in the league.  Most of the top paid players in the league are quarterbacks with the Ravens Joe Flacco at the top with $24.55 million. The highest paid receiver this year is Dallas’ Dez Bryant at $17 million.

Speaking of Flacco, the Baltimore Ravens have seemingly opted out of signing Colin Kaepernick as a backup to an injured Flacco (missing a week due to back surgery). The team announced they were signing arena-league quarterback David Olson. Ryan Mallet is expected to immediately take over duties while Flacco is out, but Olson will have his shot at backup as well. Before transferring to Stanford, Olson played for Jim Harbaugh (the brother of Ravens’ coach John Harbaugh).

Former Heisman trophy winner and former Hall of Famer, OJ Simpson could be free from his recent jail sentence in October. OJ was once the most celebrated USC alumni, but now current USC coach Clay Helton said he wouldn’t allow OJ on the field. He stated, “Currently right now, what the USC administration and the athletic department have said is, no, O.J. will not be a part of our functions or invited.”

 

 

 

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Flacco Back Issue, Kaep Possible Replacement, Jones Missing Diamond, Irving Ripped Ring, Irving Trade Talk

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The Baltimore Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco will miss the start of training camp on Thursday. Reports differ on whether he’ll be out just one week or between three and six weeks due to a disk issue in his back. If he’s out for awhile, there’s now speculation on whether the team will look into signing former SF 49r Colin Kaepernick.  Kaepernick has been waiting all year to hear from an NFL team even though quarterbacks with lesser talent have been scooped up.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones hired a team of divers to try and find his diamond earring worth more than $100,000. Jones lost his earring after hitting a wake while on his jet ski. According to the divers, it will be impossible to find.

In other missing jewelry news, Dallas Cowboys linebacker David Irving was searching for his missing nipple ring. During training camp, it was torn off of his body and now his nipple is ripped. Ouch!

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The Cleveland Cavaliers held a press conference re-stating the team is “in charge”, but talk of a massive Kyrie Irving trade still appears to be in the works, causing many to wonder what the team is thinking about its superstars.

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