Flames vs. Ducks: Regular season bad blood likely to spill into Game 1

We only have to look back at the last meeting between the Flames and Ducks to see the potential for bad blood.

It’s no surprise Matthew Tkachuk was in the middle of it all, as the rookie has made a name for himself this year as the Flames’ resident pest. Yet, Calgary is still extremely talented with Johnny Gaudreau at the helm of a young core.

The Ducks are on the opposite end of the spectrum. Experienced, grizzled veterans with a different head coach at the top to hopefully get them over the hump.

The Jazz fought and battled with the Clippers all game long and led by four points heading in the fourth quarter. They then went up went up 79-72 with 9:56 left in the 4th quarter causing the Clippers to call a timeout as the Jazz looked like they were about to pull away. Chris Paul went on a scoring fury, scoring 10 straight points for the Clippers but the Jazz held off every single the Clippers tried to make.

It was just that kind of night for the Jazz. George Hill hit this three-pointer with 0.5 seconds left in the shot clock late in the fourth because, why not?

Joe Johnson was spectacular for the Jazz all night, giving the Jazz 21 points off the bench including the buzzer-beater to finish off the Clippers.

Without Rudy Gobert, the Jazz came together for a team win in the truest sense. Johnson led the way with 21 points, Gordon Hayward finished with 19, George Hill with 16, and Derrick Favors with 15. While the Jazz wait for word on Gobert, they have plenty to be excited about after that huge win.

Outside of one scoring anomaly in December, the Ducks owned the Flames this season. Calgary was able to put up an eight-spot on the Ducks, but they were held to one goal in three of the five contests thanks to the combined efforts of John Gibson and Jonathan Bernier.

LeBron James quickly turned playoff mode on in opening half vs. Pacers

LeBron James is on fire in the first half of the Cavaliers first-round playoff game against the Indiana Pacers. In the opening 24 minutes, he posted 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go along with eight assists and four rebounds.
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Nothing shows where his confidence level is at better than this insane reverse dunk of an alley-oop.

Yeah, 31-year-olds en route to a potential seventh straight Finals shouldnt be doing this.

But aside from the buckets, his vision has been vintage LeBron James. His role as a distributor has often been an underappreciated aspect of his near-perfect game. After this half it shouldnt be.

Hes been incredible drawing defenders and kicking out.

His drop-off passes have been perfectly placed. Bobo came to town to prove himself. The Georgia grad spent nearly 15 years as a UGA assistant and spent the last few of those years serving as maybe the most underrated coordinator in the country. In terms of Off. S&P+, his Dawgs ranked 16th and 15th his first two years in the OC chair. And after a brief funk in which UGA was only a top-40 offense, they surged to sixth, eighth, and sixth from 2012-14.

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Its incredible that anyone is still doubting James in the playoffs. He is just too good.

Kathrine Switzer was told that running a marathon was impossible.

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Kathrine Switzer was told that running a marathon was impossible. She was mocked, derided, and even her own coach didn’t initially believe it was possible for a woman to run a 26-mile course. She refused to share his contempt, and 50 years ago became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Now, at the age of 70, she’s completed the race again in honor of her groundbreaking run.

“I’m so excited about Monday. It’s going to be great,” Switzer told NESN in an interview ahead of the 2017 Boston Marathon. She explained that over 58 percent of runners in the United States are women, a staunch contrast from her beginnings in the sport when nobody believed women could run distances, and officials tried to use violence to stop her from completing the 1967 Boston Marathon.

There were also teams that didn’t make the postseason, but only because they didn’t have the safety net of the wild card. The 1947 Cardinals fought their way to second place in the National League, and the 1982 Orioles ended up second in the AL East with a 94-68 record. Both of those teams would have made the postseason under the current format, which is what the 2017 Blue Jays should be concerned with.

The Cavaliers finished as the second seed in the East that year

He rattled off more points than any other player (27.9 PPG) for the next three weeks, leading Cleveland to a 12-game winning streak that set the tone for the rest of the season.

Kids C.J. Fiedorowicz Jersey The Cavaliers never lost more than two straight games for the rest of the regular season, and James single-handedly dragged a depleted Cleveland roster through six games in a finals loss to the Warriors.

The Cavaliers finished as the second seed in the East that year, as well.

Expectations were sky high when James first arrived in Miami. But in his first month alongside Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Heat went just 9-8.
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Miami went on to finish 58-24, marking its first of four straight finals appearances. Even though they lost that championship run to the Mavericks, the Heat had to prove they could jell together as a unit. They finished with the East’s No. 2 seed that season. The process just took time.

Fast forward to LeBron’s first year in Cleveland, and there was more adversity to overcome. The Cavaliers had lost nine of 10 games and found themselves 19-20 midway through January.

The San Diego Chargers might only be 4-5 in 2017, but Philip Rivers is enjoying life with head coach Mike McCoy. Initially it appeared that Rivers would have a bad season, especially following the loss of top receiver Malcom Floyd. This was a team struggling to find weapons for its quarterback after Vincent Jackson left in free agency, but San Diego struck it big with the selection of Keenan Allen in April’s draft.

Packers vs. Giants 2017 game preview: New York goes for 4 straight

The Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants are on opposite ends of the momentum spectrum. The Packers were riding high into Week 9 at 5-2 overall with sole possession of first place atop the NFC North standings, but Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone during the first series of the game against the Chicago Bears, and the Packers proceeded to lose two straight. The Giants, meanwhile, began the season 0-6, but are currently riding a three-game winning streak and have looked better each subsequent game.

Sunday’s game is pivotal for both teams. The Packers need a win to stay in the NFC Wild Card picture and keep the Detroit Lions from pulling away in the division. The Giants can enter the playoff conversation in earnest with a win, and could pull within one game of the NFC East lead if they can get help elsewhere.

Compared to Flynn, Pryor was given an extraordinary amount of time to succeed. Then again, what’s going to happen if McGloin has a single bad game? How thin is the line for the Raiders in terms of being a “franchise QB” and being put back on the waiver wire?

It’s going to have to be something that Dennis Allen figures out soon if he wants to become the first guy since Jon Gruden to make it to his third full season as the head coach in Oakland.

An offense that had consistently relied on Schaub’s arm to create vertical opportunities found itself bereft, and the Texans’ run game faced more determined opposition from opponents who didn’t fear getting punished over the top. Case Keenum has been a breath of fresh air for the Texans’ offense — and for Andre Johnson’s Fantasy owners — for his willingness to simply fire the ball downfield and allow one of the league’s elite receivers to make plays for him.

Tony Romo was a fun player to watch and way better than he ever got credit for

The Broncos still have Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch on the roster. Although both young passers struggled last season, general manager John Elway has shown faith in his duo of quarterbacks and denied the Broncos were interested in Romo. Still, Denver was always seen as one of the prime landing spots for the four-time Pro Bowler.

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For the Broncos, a first-round quarterback is out of the question. They drafted Lynch late in the first round last season and will not spend yet another early pick on the same position. The already-slim options at quarterback get even slimmer in the later rounds, and they may miss out on any potential starting quarterbacks in the draft entirely.

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Quinn said that Kerr reached out to him to let him know he understood what Quinn was experiencing.

Kerr and Quinn’s relationship dates back to 2017. The two met through their former agent, Mike Tannenbaum, and Kerr spent time at Seattle Seahawks training camp before his first season at Golden State.

Quinn said that Kerr reached out to him to let him know he understood what Quinn was experiencing.

“Just ‘Hey man, I’m here to talk,’” Quinn said. “‘I know what that feels like. So, if you want to talk about it, give me a call.’”

The Indians blew their own 3-1 lead to the Cubs in the World Series, and Quinn spoke with Francona in Arizona, where the Indians are in the home stretch of spring training, this week.
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“It was more like ‘Hey man, it’s tough, but this is what we signed up for.’” Quinn said. “As a real competitor, that’s really the attitude we can take … this is the world we live in man, embrace it.”

His leadership is off the charts. He interviewed exceptionally well at the combine, and that’s the kind of player who the Jets don’t have. He’s the kind of player who will improve everyone else around him, too, and with the lack of talent on this team — that’s much needed.

I thought about taking a punt on Mitch Trubisky, but with Hackenberg only a year into his career and so little tape on Trubisky, it’s just not worth the risk. Adams has a high ceiling with a high floor, which makes him a safe pick, and we can’t afford to miss on another prospect. I’ll take Jamal Adams every single day of the week
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Analysis: The analysis on Adams is spot on. Although picking him would signal the end of Calvin Pryor in New York, Adams should be a star in the NFL. While that means not getting a franchise quarterback in this year’s draft (most likely), it does give the Jets another player to build around.

Hornets mascot wants to help kid who couldn’t go to a Cavs game because of his grades

On Friday night, a dad wanted to send a message to his son at the Cavs vs. Hornets game.

Hugo wore a similar red shirt as Thomas’ dad and stood in the crowd on Tuesday night trying to woo Thomas to become a Hornets fan with promises of assistance. How would Hugo help the boy achieve better grades?
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With their backs to the wall, the Bears outlasted a two-hour deluge and then out-fought the Ravens to claim a vital home victory. Josh McCown made just enough hay with Alshon Jeffery while a struggling defense turned back the clock with a pick-six among two interceptions of Trent Dilfer Joe Flacco. Jay Cutler’s return will be welcomed, but he might not represent a huge upgrade over Josh McCown’s strong play. If whoever is under center can keep Jeffery and Brandon Marshall fed, they might pull out enough shootouts down the stretch to nab a very winnable NFC North.

It’s not hard to see why. Though Toledo ranked 21st in rushing success rate, the Rockets’ breakdowns were immense. They allowed 89 rushes of 10-plus yards (114th in FBS) and 30 of 20-plus (116th). A solid set of safeties prevented these rushes from going 30 or 40 yards, but the top two safeties are gone. The glitches near the line must stop.

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Pass defense should again be solid, but Toledo’s fate in specific games could depend on how many glitches the Rockets are dealing with in the ground game.

Ryan and his Jets were the most impressive on the week

I watch Monday Night Football on mute. It’s not a rejection of the MNF crew: I think Mike Tirico is one of the NFL’s best play-by-play men, and Jon Gruden’s enthusiasm has at least had room to blossom since Ron Jaworski left the booth. I don’t reject Tirico/Gruder, per se; I just prefer silence while I collate the Internet ephemera that becomes this column.

But a lull in productivity led to me clicking “unmute” in the first half of Dolphins-Bucs, and this is what I got for it:

Frazer and the Vikings were on Thursday Night Football this week, so we need to briefly touch on that. Minnesota got a pair of touchdowns out of Adrian Peterson, and managed to stop Washington at the 4-yard line with just seconds remaining to hold on for a 34-27 victory. It’s the second of Minnesota’s season, so that win will be reflected in the status below.

We’ve already talked about Garrett’s Cowboys besting the Vikings. The Titans were able to get back to .500 on the season with a 28-21 victory over the St. Louis Rams, who are now 3-6 on the season. The Panthers were able to take advantage of the struggling Atlanta Falcons, and are now 5-3 on the season.

Ryan and his Jets were the most impressive on the week. They managed to down the New Orleans Saints, 26-20. The Saints were 6-1 coming into the matchup, but it seems that Rex may know his brother Rob well enough to take advantage of his defensive schemes. It was a big win, and it put the Jets up to 5-4.

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Eli Manning returns to his interception ways, demonstrates elite ManningFace

There is nothing in sports quite as predictable as #ManningFace. It doesn’t matter which Manning it is: if they fail, they will make silly facial expressions.

This year, there has been quite a bit of it from Eli’s end, and throwing a pick-six against the Raiders led to an all-time example:

Manning’s stranglehold on the league lead in interceptions had grown a little bit tentative in recent weeks — he’d jumped out to a huge lead with 15 picks through his first six games, but players ahd started to catch up after two weeks without a Manning pick. Now he’s cementing his lead again, and all is right in the world.

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The very first head coach to lose 14 games in a season also happens to hold the distinction of being the only coach ever to do it in a 14-game season. John McKay took over the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976, and they didn’t win their first game as a franchise until Week 13 … of 1977.

McKay went 7-35 over his first three seasons with Tampa but led them to the playoffs in 1979, losing 9-0 to the Los Angeles Rams in the Conference Championship game. He again led them to playoffs in in 1981 and 1982, but McKay also became one of the few coaches on this list to show up twice.

Tampa Bay went 2-14 in 1983, and he was a head coach for the final time in 1984.
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The Bucs expressed a strong commitment to McKay, and it nearly paid off once, but he would retire after the ’84 season and was replaced by Leeman Bennett in 1985. Oops.