Archive for January, 2018

Throwing Darts: Handicapping the Big Game prop sheet

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

With that in mind, we gathered up our three resident handicappers (Brad Evans, Dalton Del Don, Scott Pianowski) and asked them to sort through the sharp money — and the silly money — that’s going down Sunday.

Meet the most unlikely starter in this Super Bowl

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

The most unlikely starter in the Super Bowl on Sunday looks more like a walk-on point guard than a middle linebacker. New England Patriots second-year stalwart Elandon Roberts is shorter than his listed height of 6-foot, far outside the paradigm for starters in his position in the league. Roberts’ ultimate Super Bowl underdog story began as a senior at Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial High School, when his best college offer came as a greyshirt at Louisiana-Lafayette.

Kraft acknowledges “tension” for Pats this year

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Robert Kraft's face crinkled, his chin rose and he rocked back defiantly when asked about "dysfunction" in the Patriots organization during a recent interview with veteran journalist Andrea Kremer. "No, no," Kraft said dismissively.

Johnny Football’s deadline comes and goes as Ticats refuse to pounce

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats said Wednesday there's no deal imminent with Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

Maniacal, ‘not human’ Belichick drives Patriots to greatness

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

There was no way Bill Belichick had already forgotten the Patriots had hoisted their second Lombardi Trophy in three years when New England opened minicamp in April. "You would have thought we went 2-14," said safety Devin McCourty of the edge with which Belichick facilitated the team's first practice back together in 2017 after winning the Super Bowl over the Atlanta Falcons last February. Accountability drives the bus in New England.

Guy, Jean Francois, appreciate tough paths to Super Bowl

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

The Patriots have had a knack for getting sometimes unexpected production out of late-round draft picks and undrafted free agents during Bill Belichick's tenure. From Tom Brady to Julian Edelman to Danny Amendola to last season's Super Bowl star James White, the list is long and lauded. This season has been no exception with 2011 seventh-round draft pick Lawrence Guy and Ricky Jean Francois, a seventh-round pick in 2009, each providing contributions that have helped solidify New England's defensive line that has thrived during the second half of 2017.

Boos and bucks: 25 years of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
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Gary Bettman, who replaced league president Gil Stein under the new title of NHL commissioner on Feb. 1, 1993, is celebrating his 25th anniversary at the head of a league he has seen grow from 24 to 31 teams.

Von Miller makes his pitch to Kirk Cousins

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Yes, Broncos linebacker Von Miller wants quarterback Kirk Cousins to come to Denver. In an interview that will be included in Thursday’s PFT Live, Miller made his pitch to Cousins to get him to choose the Broncos. “We’re a winning organization,” Miller said.

Colin Kaepernick Completes His $1 Million Pledge For Underserved Communities

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Colin Kaepernick is a man of his word. On Wednesday, the former NFL quarterback announced that he’d fulfilled his pledge of donating $1 million of his salary to communities in need. He began the pledge in September 2016, one month after beginning his

Von Miller on Kirk Cousins’ pending free agency: ‘We need Kirk’

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Tuesday’s bombshell trade agreement sending Alex Smith from Kansas City to Washington has led to a Wednesday frenzy of speculation about where Kirk Cousins will land. With the pending free agent having apparently played his last snap in D.C., Cousins’ suitors are expected to be many with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets and Cleveland Browns among his potential destinations.