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Devoted fans took to social media Tuesday to show their appreciation.

Or so it would appear at first glance. But it turns out that there’s also a lot of churn in the world of NFL uniforms this season because most teams are upgrading to a new Nike tailoring template. You’ll be hearing a lot about how the new template is lighter and tighter, how it has fewer seams and so on. But from a visual standpoint, the most obvious changes — and they’re almost all for the better — can be seen around the jersey collars.

Shanahan would only confirm quarterback Brian Hoyer and left tackle Joe Staley are starting, and “everyone else, we’ll find out on Sunday.

The family went on: “Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this legendary dining institution. We are especially thankful to the late Mike Garcia for the opportunity he gave our family 20 years ago. By-Th’-Bucket over the past 60 years of operation has served millions of guests and has created countless memories and for that we will be forever grateful.”

Devoted fans took to social media Tuesday to show their appreciation.

“Thanks for the years of great clams and catfish!” a diner named Robyn K posted on Yelp. “Even after moving to Morgan Hill I found myself coming back up here for good fish. Another institution gone. … Good luck to the Furiosis in their future endeavors.”magic_024

If you could attend 1 NFL game in 2017, which one would you pick?

The NFL season is closer than ever. Training camp started for most teams this week, with the rest to follow in the coming days. That got us thinking — if you could attend only one regular-season game this year, which would it be?

However, no matter his performance, his time with the Bills is almost certainly coming to a close in 2017. The team had little choice but to decline the option that would have paid a player with 430 receiving yards last season a base salary more than $6 million higher than Antonio Brown’s.

Watkins’ history in Buffalo will make anything less than a jaw-dropping year a disappointment
Moving up to No. 4 to select Watkins didn’t just cost Buffalo two first-round picks; it also cost the team a shot at drafting a pair of franchise receivers. The Bills shipped away the No. 9 pick in 2014 and the No. 19 pick in 2015 — along with a 2015 fourth-rounder — for the privilege of drafting the Clemson wideout. Here’s how his career has stacked up against the other 11 receivers drafted in the first two rounds that year:

That’s a long list of players who have outperformed the top WR selected, headlined by Mike Evans and Odell Beckham Jr., who both look like franchise cornerstones through their first three seasons. Two productive players taken at the end of the second round, Allen Robinson and Jarvis Landry, underscore just how deep the 2014 draft was at the position and how excessive it was for the Bills to trade up.patriots_121-180x180

Chandler Parsons is the most beautiful man in the NBA … according to Tinder

Leave it to Reddit to settle a hair salon argument.

Apparently, Chandler Parsons is the best looking player in the NBA.

Reddit user Aesthetikal recently did a bit of a social experiment that led to this conclusion, creating profiles on the popular dating app Tinder for several players. Listing only their heights (no names) and posting pictures of them in street clothes, Aesthetikal tracked who got the most interactions in 24 hours.

Parsons prevailed in a landslide with 127 interactions ahead of Kevin Love (96) and J.J. Redick (95) who rounded out the top three.

Ultimately, though, this trade comes down to New Orleans going from the middle of the road with seemingly few avenues for tangible improvement to something totally different with a lot of upside. Even if the Pelicans end up losing Cousins in two summers, the fact that they went for it is something they will certainly be able to stomach — and something that their fans should appreciate regardless of result.

And heck, even if it goes totally wrong this spring, it’s hard to see them not getting similar value on the market if they would decide to move him on again in the summer. It’s a calculated risk that is well worth taking for the organization. We’ll see now if it pays off.

Bulls: Chicago will likely never see the first-round pick it acquired when the Bulls decided to trade Luol Deng to the Cavaliers for Andrew Bynum, that first, and two second-rounders. For a team that needs to continue stockpiling young talent, that’s a loss.

there could be incentive on both sides to make a Bulls move happen.

Another possibility: the Bulls. It’s been a disappointing season in Chicago, and some of the young assets the Bulls hoped to developed have not blossomed. But the Bulls would be in position to make the Knicks an offer, and when he was a free agent in 2014, Anthony not only visited Chicago to take their pitch, he nearly decided to sign with Bulls. Should good friend Dwyane Wade decide against opting out this summer, there could be incentive on both sides to make a Bulls move happen.

The Cavaliers? “Longshot,” one exec said. Unless LeBron James pushes for such a move, Anthony landing in Cleveland is unlikely.

In all, it is not an enviable hand that Jackson is holding, trying to deal an expensive and aging star who has the right to veto any deal and is not much wanted by the rest of the league. Jackson was not wrong to say that Anthony might be better off elsewhere. The trick, though, is to pin down where that elsewhere is.

That was supposed to be part-and-parcel with this series, given two years of meetings between these teams that featured nose-poking (that was Wall’s nose being poked), a postgame police presence set up between the locker rooms, a broken nose, an ejection (that was Wall), repeated accusations of dirty play on both sides and a night spent in funeral attire (allegedly Wall’s idea). But Game 1 was mild when it came to such hijinks.

When the lack of fireworks was mentioned to Wall, he smiled. “We all had our back-and-forth, we are all going to talk trash, that’s just the competitive nature of everybody,” Wall said. “Nobody is trying to injure anybody out here. We’re just trying to have a clean-cut game. But there’s two teams who are trying to play hard, trying to win, but don’t like each other while you’re between those two lines. That’s how the game is supposed to go.”

Rudy Gobert sings ‘Loyal’ to diss Gordon Hayward’s move from Jazz to Celtics

Gordon Hayward is the farthest thing from loyal — if you’re asking his former Jazz teammate Rudy Gobert.

Hayward ended his drawn-out free agency saga on Tuesday by officially leaving Utah to join up with former college coach Brad Stevens in Boston. That, of course, prompted a vitriolic response from Gobert, who chose an interesting way to diss his former teammate — with a little help from singer Chris Brown.

Gobert’s frustration with Hayward is understandable — the two did spend four seasons in Utah together, after all — so the need to vent is unsurprising. And honestly, is there a better way to do that than with spouting off a line of lyrics from Brown’s hit song “Loyal”?

Of course, Gobert isn’t the only player reacting to Hayward’s move — former Jazz member Trey Lyles also offered his take (after he was traded to the Nuggets on draft night):

If a drafted rookie has not signed with his club by this date, he cannot be traded to any other club in 2017, and may sign a player contract only with the drafting club until the day of the Draft in the 2018 League Year.

Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List.

Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12:00 noon, New York time.browns_033

Giants QB Geno Smith claims he’s ‘100’ after ACL surgery

Geno Smith has an uphill road to playing time with the Giants this fall as he enters a crowded quarterback picture while coming off major knee surgery, but he’s doing his best to project confidence.

“I’ve enjoyed my time at Nauset,” Sherman said in a statement, via the Cape Cod Times. “I believe the kids not only learned a lot about football but about life as well. I believe they learned some core values that will serve them well. Ultimately, that is what high school sports is all about.”

Sherman, 62, is planning to open a new athletics training facility called Total Athletics Cape Cod this summer.

A Massachusetts native, Sherman was head coach of the Packers from 2000-05 while also handling general manager duties during the 2001-04 seasons. He went 57-39 in Green Bay, making the playoffs four consecutive years, but was fired after going 4-12 in 2005.

After a stint as a Texans assistant, Sherman took over the Texas A&M program in 2008 and went 25-25 in four seasons with the Aggies. He then spent two years as the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator before returning to the high school ranks at Nauset in 2015.

The Patriots still have a chance to bring back Blount with an unusual free-agent tender, but his opportunity to remain their early-down and red zone “power” back is gone. New England stole Gillislee from Buffalo with an offer the Bills couldn’t match. It also signed Rex Burkhead and was auditioning Christine Michael.

Gillislee, who led the NFL with 5.7 yards per carry and scored nine touchdowns as a Bills backup last season, is better than Blount for the tough yards between the tackles. He was well worth $6.4 million over two years after Burkhead got $3.15 million for 2017 alone.


Jay Cutler belongs with the Jets, but he’d be fine with these other teams

Jay Cutler’s time in Chicago has expired, as expected.

With a $16 million cap hit in 2017 and just $2 million in dead money left on the seven-year deal he signed back in 2014, it’s no surprise the Bears moved on from their embattled franchise quarterback. The club’s front office publicly declared its intents to reform the roster of a 3-13 team, and the man once hoped to be a franchise savior was among the first to go.

But Cutler, 33 years old, is far from done as a passer. He’s just one year removed from posting the highest QB rating of his career, and though he went 6-9 in 2015, his record has more do to with Chicago’s 25th-ranked defense as it does with its quarterback’s play. If he can return to form from the three seasons preceding his injury-plagued 2016, he’ll be a top-20 quarterback.

He won’t be the only veteran to hit the market.

Tony Romo will likely be released or traded, beefing up a thin list of passers with an All-Pro presence. Any team in search of a veteran passer will likely put Romo atop its list with Cutler second, but the longtime Bear will still attract his share of suitors.

The Bills are out of the running after they retained Tyrod Taylor, and Kirk Cousins is, despite rumors to the contrary, staying in Washington. But there are several quarterback-needy teams this offseason, ranging from the playoff-ready (Broncos, Texans) to sailless boats cast adrift in a sea of mediocrity (Jets, 49ers). Let’s take a look at free agency through Cutler’s point of view and figure out which franchises can offer the veteran bomb-launcher the most next fall.18

And as far as chance is concerned, the Blue Jackets’ streak seems pretty chancy

Reifman, who teaches statistics at Texas Tech, has maintained a blog dedicated to sports streakiness called The Hot Hand since 2002. His book, also called The Hot Hand, examines the statistical and psychological aspects behind some of the most famous streaks in sports history. The book tries to “bridge the gap,” in his words, between the idea that streaks are based purely on ability and the idea that streaks are purely based on chance.

And as far as chance is concerned, the Blue Jackets’ streak seems pretty chancy.

That’s elite company, and KD’s shot-swatting prowess De’Vondre Campbell Authentic Jersey was on full display in early November when he recorded six blocks in a win over the Timberwolves.

KD has come a long way since he was tabbed the lanky, frail Joe Vitale Game Jersey kid out of Texas who could fill it up in a hurry. He’s gained 30 pounds since his rookie year, as the San Jose Mercury-News’ Anthony Slater pointed out, and has become much stronger, especially when it comes to post defense.

And now he’s gone. It’s the first day of a new year, and he is officially not in the organization (albeit still on the payroll). The DH spot is open in your projected lineups and you can fill it with any prospect or platoon masher or breakout waiver target you want. The roster has its 25th spot back, and now you can include an extra infielder or a third catcher instead of sinking a spot on a dedicated DH. The world is your oyster, as long as you’re OK with canned tuna instead of actual oysters. Still better than BBQ gristle, which is what we were eating before.

Bill O’Brien is building ‘Patriots South’ in Houston. And it’s kind of working

Several of Bill Belichick proteges have attempted to emulate his authoritative style elsewhere and failed. But Bill O’Brien is taking it a step further: He’s not merely trying to mimic Belichick; he’s trying to recreate the Patriots all together.

O’Brien will face off against Belichick for the first time Sunday night when New England visits Houston, but he’s not the only ex-Patriot who’s manning the Texans’ sideline. In total, five of the Texans’ coaches have direct ties to Belichick.

“We ran some passes from under center, which we hadn’t done in a while,” Rodgers said. “All of that kind of starts with the run game.”

The Packers are starting to pick up momentum after a rough middle of their season. They have won two straight after losing four of their previous five games, and now they are back in control of the NFC North. If the players can continue to execute and McCarthy can keep them on the right track, the Packers are one of the most dangerous playoff-bound teams.

The Dolphins are not technically out of the race for the postseason, but with four games to play, it’s not looking likely. They would need to win every game and benefit from a whole lot of unexpected losses from other teams in the final four weeks of the season.

Their remaining schedule isn’t the toughest, at least. The Giants are not considered top competition, and neither are the San Diego Chargers or Indianapolis Colts. But if winning out is the goal, Miami will certainly have its hands full with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Week 17. The Patriots dominated the Dolphins when they played in Week 8, winning 36-7.

But the Dolphins gave their support to Ryan Tannehill this offseason and he’ll be playing his hardest to try and play spoiler for the Giants and give Miami something to be excited about at the end of the season.

A year later, Cowboys feeling completely different

After losing to the Dee Ford Authentic Womens Jersey Carolina Panthers last year on Thanksgiving, there was a heavy scent of defeat inside the Dallas Cowboys locker room.

The loss was the team’s eighth in 11 games and, more importantly, Tony Romo suffered a broken left collarbone for the second time in the season and would not play another snap in 2015.

On Thursday, the mood inside the locker room after the Cowboys’ 31-26 win against the Washington Redskins was completely different.

The Cowboys, celebrating a Dak Prescott TD run on Thursday, have made quite a turnaround since last Thanksgiving.
“We’re smiling,” cornerback Brandon Carr said.

Those decisions weren’t the only issues in a 31-26 loss Thursday, but they definitely were factors.

There’s another side to these moves too, one that I don’t mind. If you want to be Demetrius Harris Authentic Womens Jersey aggressive, then that’s how you coach and you roll the dice and let it go. You establish a mindset. Just as Gruden did last week going for it on fourth-and-1 against Green Bay late in the fourth quarter of that win.

Yes, they do. The Redskins are definitely building something, especially on offense. They’ve been able to move the ball on anyone and everyone, though the red zone continues to give them fits.

“The thing about sports is you get another year to wipe the slate clean,” Carr said. “The guys, we kept that taste in our mouths, kept the feeling from last year and just let it burn, let it fuel our fire through the offseason. And even right now we’re in a good spot, 10-1, but you look around this locker room, guys are still holding their heads down, still grinding.