Fourteen of the past 15 seasons have seen at least one team go from worst to first. So who do you like to do it this season?
The Giants? The 49ers? The Bucs? The Bears? The Jets? The Browns? The Texans? The Broncos?
San Francisco is a trendy postseason pick, if not a division favorite, after winning its final five games of 2017.
There’s a lot of momentum going into this [season], and we all feel really good about it, 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh told the team website.
Jed Lowrie and Jonathan Lucroy, Oakland’s veteran short-timers, haven’t generated much buzz. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic recently reported that the A’s have expressed interest in a contract extension for Lowrie, while the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser reported the same for the team’s resident home run machine, Khris Davis.
Oakland’s outlook for 2019 has been affected by a mind-numbing onslaught of injuries to top pitching prospects. A.J. Puk, James Kaprielian and Daulton Jefferies are recovering from Tommy John surgery, while Grant Holmes is on his way back from a rotator cuff injury.
In the meantime, the A’s are making do with Edwin Jackson, Brett Anderson and Trevor Cahill as surprise additions to their rotation. Bob Melvin is suddenly emerging in the rearview mirror as prime AL Manager of the Year competition for Seattle’s Scott Servais and newcomers Aaron Boone and Alex Cora.
They should bring back Dallas Braden and get the band back together,” said one evaluator, laughing.
After the cheerleaders sued last month alleging workplace violations, the team filed motions in both cases asking they be dismissed or stayed pending arbitration. The Texans pointed to contracts signed by the cheerleaders requiring disputes to be submitted Authentic Phil Esposito Jersey to arbitration under the direction of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or by a company employed by the league to handle such disputes.
The lawsuits accuse the team of failing to pay minimum wage and overtime to cheerleaders and subjecting them to unsafe working conditions.
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