The Saints players who remained with the team in the wake of the Minneapolis Miracle likely figured there could be no more devastating way to lose an NFL playoff game. Plus, there was no way a championship-caliber team like the 2018 Saints could be bounced from the postseason in a fluky manner two years in a row.
Then, late in the fourth quarter of the NFC championship game in New Orleans, Rams corner Nickell Robey-Coleman blasted Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis before quarterback Drew Brees' pass arrived. No flag was thrown, and the wrong team was sent to Super Bowl 53.
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Almost a year later, the Saints are in the playoffs searching for redemption yet again. Their quest could be aided by the NFL rule change that was catalyzed by that missed PI call in the NFC title game. Or the opposite could happen. After all, the one-year experiment that allows reviews of pass interference calls and non-calls has been nothing short of a disaster. Which was predictable.
The problem with the play that delivered the Saints another heartbreaking playoff loss wasn't that it couldn't be overturned upon replay review; the problem was Bill Vinovich's crew failing to flag such a blatant foul in the first place. The league's rule change was simply a bandage taped over a dee[......]
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Regardless of Joe Burrow wanting — or not wanting — to play for the Bengals, another team needs to consider trading up to the No. 1 overall pick to the 2020 NFL Draft to take him.
In a league where a top-flight quarterback on his rookie contract is one of the most favorable paths to winning a Super Bowl, let's hope some teams consider getting aggressive on Burrow, who is coming off the greatest passing season in college football history.
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Although there's no guarantee Burrow can have an elite young spike like Patrick Mahomes did to lead the Chiefs to a Super Bowl victory, the belief that he can is all that matters. Mahomes quickly emerged as a special talent, but a big reason for him reaching the summit of team success in Year 3 was being drafted by a consistent playoff[......]
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Skip Bayless has made a career of delivering head-turning and blistering hot takes, but the notorious commentator reached a new low Thursday.
Bayless, speaking on "Skip and Shannon: Undisputed," said he had "no sympathy" for Dak Prescott after the Cowboys quarterback went public about his depression before and after the April death of his older brother, Jake Prescott. Bayless argued that, as the leader of an NFL franchise, Prescott needed to be a "CEO" of the football team — presumably not allowing himself to be vulnerable or to be affected in his ability to prepare for the season.
I have battled depression for my entire life, and it is a silent killer.
Luckily, I’m still standing, but many don’t make it through.
This is a woefully insensitive and horrible take by Skip Bayless.
— John Ellis (@OnePantherPlace) September 10, 2020
"I'm going to ask our audience to feel free to go ahead and condemn me, if you choose, as cold-blooded and insensitive on this issue. I have deep compassion for clinical depression. But when it comes to the quarterback of an NFL team — you know this better than I do — it's the ultimate leadership position in sports, am I right about that? You are commanding an entire fra[......]
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The apple typically doesn't fall far from the tree — unless it's Bill Belichick's tree, of course.
For years, NFL teams have been trying to replicate the success of Bill Belichick's tenure in New England, and it's an effort that hasn't proven fruitful. While coaching trees in the NFL are generally overrated and largely unsuccessful, that hasn't stopped teams from trying to find the next Belichick from Belichick's tree.
Belichick understudies have gotten lots of marquee jobs in the NFL since the Patriots' head coach has become a proven commodity in the league and etched his name into the pantheon of all-time greats. Unfortunately for Belichick (and even moreso for his assistants), his reputation of co-activating new leaders and creating quality head coaching candidates isn't exactly strong.
Here's a look at the more notable Belichick disciples and their successes — more like failures — in the NFL head coaching ranks since Belichick took over the Patriots in 2000.
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With yet another Super Bowl victory, Tom Brady secured entry into the "7 Chip Club," a place reserved for only the greatest athletes in sports history such as... Robert Horry?
Yes, Horry is one of only nine players in Night net history to have won at least seven championships, and he's the only player in that group who wasn't a member of the Celtics' dynasty that ran through the 1950s and 1960s. After Brady captured his seventh Super Bowl title Sunday night, Horry decided to welcome the Buccaneers quarterback into the exclusive fraternity with a spectacular tweet.
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Oh yeah, he went full Spider-Man meme.
Congratulations @TomBrady Welcome to the 7 Chip Club pic.twitter.com/FIAyjSW5hI
— Robert Horry (@RKHorry) February 8, 2021
Horry won his seven rings with the Rockets (two), Lakers (three) and Spurs (two), averaging 7.0 points and 4.8 rebounds for his career. He may have never been named an All-Star in his 16 seasons, but he was a[......]
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Justin Fields is on the board.
The Bears used their first-round quarterback sparingly in their "Sunday Night Football" loss to the Rams, but he made the most of his opportunity in the third quarter. Field took off to his right after the snap, followed a blocker and dived into the end zone with a Los Angeles defender clinging to him for his first NFL touchdown, a 3-yard rush that cut the Rams' lead to 20-14. LA went on to win 34-14.
JUSTIN FIELDS RUSHING TOUCHDOWN ‼️ #DaBears
📺: #CHIvsLAR on NBC
📱: https://t.co/43poz14yhK pic.twitter.com/2WSAkucVDH
— NFL (@NFL) September 13, 2021
Fields completed both his passes for 10 yards to go with the touchdown rush, which was his lone carry.
Bears fans have wanted to see Fields start since he was drafted — and certainly since his dynamic debut in the preseason — but coach Matt Nagy opted to start veteran Andy Dalton rather than the 11th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.
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Fields still saw game action Sunday, however. He was called o[......]
A few months back, we showed you a tremendous video the Dallas Mavericks made spoofing "Spongebob Squarepants." Well, the boys from the Big-D are back to their spoofing ways, and chose "Anchorman" as their latest parody, and it doesn't disappoint.
I'd watch Samuel Dalembert do the weather seven days a week.
Get ready for another LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate: Who was better in "Space Jam"?
According to deadline.com, James is in line to star in the sequel of the 1996 animated/live-action hoops-themed flick. The sons of longtime TV executive Dick Ebersol will produce and write the remake, Deadline reported.
UPDATE: Sources close to James tell ESPN's Brian Windhorst, who goes back with James to his Cleveland days, that no movie is planned:
Well it was fun while it lasted. LeBron sources refute Deadline report, there's no Space Jam 2 or Warner Bros. project in works
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 22, 2014
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For those not familiar with the original by Warner Bros.: MJ and friends (including Larry Bird and Charles Barkley) help rescue Bugs Bunny's Looney Toons pals from intergalactic captors by winning an epic basketball game.
No idea yet what the Ebersols have in mind for King James.
Vince Carter is taking his jump shot to Memphis.
Vince Carter has agreed to a three-year, $12M deal with Memphis, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 12, 2014
The third deal is partially guaranteed, according to multiple reports.
The 37-year-old Carter was a vital bench player for the Mavericks last season despite shooting a career-low 40.7 percent from the field. He averaged 11.9 points in 24.4 minutes. ESPN's Marc Stein reported that Dallas was looking to re-sign Carter.
Mavericks have been hopeful of retaining Vince Carter but ESPN sources say Grizzlies in serious talks to try to swipe Vinsanity from Dallas
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 12, 2014
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ESPN Dallas' Tim McMahon reports the Mavs were done in partly by their offer sheet to Rockets unrestricted free agent Chandler Parsons.
Vince Carter told Mavs he would take a two-year, $8M deal to stay in Dallas. Mavs couldn't go higher than $2.73M per w/ Parsons offer sheet.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 12, 2014
Carter will fill the perimeter-threat role that Mike Miller played last season in Memphis. Miller reportedly is being pursued by the Cavaliers as they look to bolster LeBron James' supporting cast.
LAS VEGAS — Shabazz Napier has signed his rookie deal with the Miami Heat.
Napier's deal was finalized Friday, hours before Miami's final game of its summer league schedule. The point guard will make about $1.2 million this season after being selected with the No. 24 overall pick by the Hornets in last month's draft. He was traded to Miami in a deal that sent Heat first-round selection (No. 26) P.J. Hairston to Charlotte.
Napier, who led Connecticut to this past season's NCAA championship, becomes the 12th player either signed or committed to the Heat for next season.
"I spent a great deal of time studying him in preparation for the draft and we liked his qualities: his toughness, his competitiveness, his ability to play bigger in bigger moments," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said earlier this week after watching Napier during the Las Vegas summer league. "He has a very good feel for the point guard position but can also play off the ball. He will be a shooter in this league."
Earlier Friday, Miami completed the signing of forward Udonis Haslem to a two-year contract that will pay him about $5.6 million. His deal was worked out several days ago, and Haslem told the team he had no desire to leave his hometown, anyway.
"Udonis Haslem has been a fixture in Miami over the last 11 years," Heat President Pat Riley said. "He's a team player, an encompassing all-purpose player that would play just about any position or ro[......]
The Clippers came away with a big 124-99 victory over the Rockets in Game 3 on Friday to go up 2-1 in the Western Conference semifinals, but one of them will have to pay up.
Forward Glen Davis was fined $5,000 by the NBA on Saturday for flopping in the first quarter of the game against Houston. While Davis' acting may not have been award worthy, it still clearly violated the league's anti-flopping rules.
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Davis finished with a modest four points on Friday in just eight minutes of play.
On Monday, the Hawks officially unveiled the trio of logos they will use on uniform and apparel next season.
The team's primary logo will consist of the popular "Pac-Man" logo with a red ring around it, including the words "Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club."
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In addition to the main logo, the team also unveiled their secondary logo; the wings lifting a basketball above flames pays tribute to the city rising from the ashes.
Here are all three together. pic.twitter.com/gIeSVZpMtr
— Robby Kalland (@RKalland) June 1, 2015
The Hawks join the 76ers, Bucks, Nets and Wizards as teams which surround their new logos with circular text.
Not only do the Hawks' primary logo look like other NBA team logos, but their secondary logo looks similar too.
The late 80s and early 90s rocked.
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Kyrie Irving isn’t angry that John Wall questioned the validity of his All-Star votes. In fact, he kind of agrees with Wall.
Irving says he has no beef with the Wizards point using him as an example of why the NBA's All-Star voting system is flawed. Wall called it a “joke” that Irving had more votes than him despite having only played a handful of games last month.
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"There were no ill-will emotions. There was no personal beef between John and me," Irving said, via Cleveland.com. "I respect him as a player, as a point guard in this league, and as a great player in this league, so for him to say that, the All-Star (voting) becomes a popularity contest and what the fans want to see. So their respective opinions (are) based on that.”
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Irving has missed the majority of the season while recovering from surgery to repair a fractured kneecap. Despite that, Irving had the second-most votes among Eastern Conference guards (138,191) behind Dwyane Wade (300,595) when Wall made his comments. Wall was fifth at that tim[......]
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LeBron James wants Cam Newton to get a couple things straight: He's not a power forward, and he's not imitating anyone.
"I'm the LeBron of the NBA," the Cavaliers forward said Wednesday morning before a game in the Panthers quarterback's town.
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Newton was asked at Super Bowl 50 media day Monday if he sees himself as the LeBron James of the NFL. The parallels are there, with their remarkable size, athleticism, IQ and passing ability. Newton wasn't hearing it, though. "Why can't LeBron be the Cam Newton of power forwards?" he replied.
Well, aside from the fact that James is five years older and was preparing for his ninth NBA season when Newton took his first NFL snap, James had another bone to pick.
"I heard that. I'm not a power forward, though," he said. "And I'm not slowing down any time soon, so I like being a wing guy. It's cooler."
James, a Cowboys fan, said he "absolutely" is a fan of Newton, who watched the Cavs play the Hornets in their last meeting in Charlotte earlier this season.
"I think he's a rare talent," James said. "Obviously his size and speed, it's a rarity at that position. And his height, there's not that many guys at 6-5 or over in the NFL, especially playing the quarterback position. That's why, combined with his IQ, combined with his speed, his power, and combined with the great guys surrounding hi[......]
Patrick Ewing is Knicks royalty, an iconic figure in team history as a player.
After years of paying dues as an assistant — Ewing is currently on the Charlotte Hornets staff — he'd like to join his former team as head coach.
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“You know, this is a great fit for me. I have my number up there (in the Madison Square Garden rafters). I still live in the area,” Ewing said (via the New York Daily News). “If I get an opportunity for an interview, I’d be happy.”
Knicks president Phil Jackson reportedly wants interim coach Kurt Rambis in that role for the near future.
The fact Jackson didn't extend the courtesy of an interview to Ewing in 2014 before hiring Derek Fisher isn't a good sign for Ewing.
“I’ve been doing this, what, 13 years now? I see people who don’t have the same amount on their resume as I do and still have gotten opportunities,” Ewing told the Daily News.
While it might be painful to watch a player/coach of Ewing's stature go another year without a head coaching opportunity, the Knicks might not be the best fit under Jackson.
The simplest reason is the Zen Master's devotion to the Triangle offense and people who have run it.