Jacksonville is a Mess

The
Jacksonville Jaguars have lost 3 straight and are now fighting with each other.

A team that
expected to contend for the AFC Championship on on the strength of their
defense and an improved offense have had 3 consecutive losses that featured
defensive breakdowns and poor quarterback play from Blake Bortles.

Defensive
end Calais Campbell was restraining fellow defensive end Yannick Ngakoue during
a heated post game session of finger pointing.

A defense
filled with some top talent has allowed 90 points on losses to the Chiefs, the
Cowboys and Texans are now languishing at 3-4 and quarterback Blake Bortles was
benched in favor of journeyman QB Cody Kessler. That does not bode well for the
man who is supposed to be the franchise quarterback.

Before being
benched Bortles was 6-12 for 62 yards and lost 2 fumbles. Fans in Jacksonville
cheered when Kessler entered the game.

The silver lining
for the Jags is that they play in the dismal AFC South and are only one game behind
the Texans for first place with a lot of football left to play in 2018.

Brees Tosses 500th TD

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New Orleans
Saints quarterback Drew Brees became the fourth quarterback to throw 500
touchdown passes in a victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Brees joined
Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Tom Brady in the 500 touchdown pass club with a
1 yd touchdown pass to Benjamin Watson.

NBA Investigating Rockets- Lakers Brawl

The NBA is investigating
whether suspensions will be handed out related to a brawl in the Houston
Rockets-LA Lakers game on Saturday night.

Chris Paul
and Rajon Rondo came to blows when a foul was called on the Lakers in the fourth
quarter and Paul felt he was spit on by Rondo which Rondo and the Rockets deny.

Paul the thrust
his finger in Rondo’s face and neck after which Rondo punched Paul in the face
resulting in both benches clearing. The altercation carried on off the court as
a one of Rondo’s family members confronted Paul’s wife, Jada.

In looking
at video tape of the incident it does appear that Rondo did spit in the face of
Paul and he’ll have a tough time selling that it was unintentional to the league
to avoid a fine or suspension.

Rondo could
face stiffer punishment as he has become a habitual offender when it comes to unsportsmanlike
conduct he had been previous suspended in 2015 after it was determined he used
and ant-gay slur toward referee Bill Kennedy.

Ohio State Drops Out of the Top 10

Following
their stunning defeat on the road against Purdue Ohio State dropped out of the
Top 10 in AP NCAA Football Rankings.

The reigning
Big 10 champs were beat 49-20 and fell nine spots from their previous #2
ranking right behind Alabama, who rolled over Tennessee 58-21, and now sit at
#11.

Ohio State
is making it an annual tradition to get blown out on the road at least once per
season to an inferior opponent.

Last year
the Buckeyes lost 54-21 in Iowa City against the Iowa Hawkeyes but still recovered
and won the Big 10 Championship and went on to defeat USC in the Cotton Bowl
and end the 2017 season ranked #5 in the nation.

Astros Employee with Camera Removed from Fenway

MLB is investigating
a report that an Astros employee with a camera was removed from the seating area
directly behind the Red Sox dugout in Fenway Park during Game 1 on Saturday.

Security at
Fenway Park removed a man from a media credentialed area with a camera even though
he told the officer he could be in the area as he was an Astros employee.

The man has
been identified as Kyle McLaughlin and has been linked to sign stealing
accusations during the Division Championship Series in Cleveland and earlier in
the season in Oakland.

He is not
listed publicly as an Astros employee but social media pictures see him wearing
an Astros ID badge and standing next to a private plane with the Astros logo.

MLB Chief Communications
Officer, Pat Courtney said that MLB is aware of the matter and is investigating.

One American
League executive told NBC Sports that the “Astros are the Patriots of baseball.”

Duke Recruit Asked for Money Other Gifts

Another
major recruit has been caught up on the ongoing scandal in NCAA Men’s
Basketball, this time its Duke incoming Freshman Zion Williamson.

In a report
from Yahoo Sports there is a taped conversation made before Williamson signed
with Duke, between Adidas executive Merl Code and Kansas assistant coach Kurtis
Townsend in which Code says that Williamson asking for “cash in the pocket and
he’s asking for housing for him and his family.”

Townsend is
heard to reply, “if that’s what it takes to get him here for 10 months then we’ll
have to do it some way.”

Townsend
apparently realizing the fact that Williamson will be a “one and done” player
for whomever he signs with.

The conversation
was not allowed into evidence in the corruption trial of Code, Adidas executive
James Gatto and agent Christian Dawkins.

Williamson,
a power forward, is the #5 recruit in 2018 and has over 1.7 million followers
on Instagram despite being a month a way for his first college game.

Yelich: Machado a “Dirty Player”

Milwaukee
Brewers’ outfielder and likely NL MVP candidate Christian Yelich called Dodgers’
infielder Manny Machado a “dirty player” following the Dodgers’ 13 inning win
in Game 4 of the NLCS.

Machado
appeared to kick the leg of Brewers’ first baseman Jesus Aguilar as he ran out
a grounder in the 11th inning causing the benches to clear.

“It’s a
dirty play by a dirty player”, Yelich said. Machado was also the subject to two
inference replays in Game 3 as he attempted to break up double plays, one
replay resulted in the runner being ruled out at first base.

Despite the
dustup, Machado had the last laugh as he scored the winning run in the bottom of
the 13th inning to tie the NLCS at 2-2.

Gruden Salary Counter

Seems that
some Oakland Raiders’ fans aren’t really pleased with the performance of their
1-5 team and the efforts of the new highly paid and highly publicized head
coach Jon Gruden.

Some fans
have posted a new real time Gruden salary counter at this website, www.isgrudengoneyet.com

Gruden who returned
to the NFL sidelines after 10 years in the broadcast booth and got the Raiders
to pay him $100 million dollars over 10 years.

Once a user
logs on they see a real time counter as to how much money Gruden has earned in
the time since you’ve logged on.

Spoiler
alert: It adds up fast.

Gruden is in
the middle of total roster revamp and has loads of high draft picks to use in
coming years.

Draft picks
that better pay off or Gruden will find himself back in the booth permanently.

Dad Bond

Piers Morgan blasted Daniel Craig on social media when a photo surfaced of the Bond actor carrying his infant child in a papoose-like chest harness. Morgan captioned the pic “Oh 007 … not you as well?” with the hashtag #emasculatedBond. But the Twitterverse swiftly came to Craig’s defense. Actors Chris Evans, Don Cheadle, Chris D’Elia and even the official Twitter account for Dictionary.com came to the rescue. (Dictionary.com’s Twitter account indicated that there’s nothing emasculating about caring for your child.)

Giannis and the Bucks Are About to Shakeup the Power Base in the East

Giannis Antetokounmpo
is 23 years old and entering his sixth NBA season and the NBA Eastern Conference
powers Boston, Toronto and Philadelphia are on high alert as the Bucks are
going to be entering the conversation for the top spot in the conference.

Giannis finished
sixth in MVP voting last season and is a nearly consensus top five player as
the 2018-19 season begins on Wednesday.

The Bucks
have pieced together a good supporting cast including Ersan Ilyasova, Brook
Lopez and Khris Middleton and have hired new head coach Mike Budenholzer to
manage the team to the playoffs and go deeper in to the post season and contend
for the Eastern Conference title.

Bills’ QB Allen to Miss Multiple Weeks

That
collective gulp you heard from western New York was Buffalo Bills fans after
news that rookie first round draft pick Josh Allen will miss multiple weeks
with an elbow injury and that Nathan Peterman will be under center until Allen
returns.

Allen
suffered the injury while under pressure from the Houston Texans pass rush in
Houston on Sunday knocking him out of the game.

Peterman came
in a threw the go-ahead TD then things went downhill after that with Peterman
tossing a pick six to Jonathan Joseph with 1:23 left in the fourth quarter
giving the Texans the lead at 20-13 and then threw the game ending pick as the
Bills got the ball back.

In six regular
season appearances Peterman has thrown for 337 yards with 3 TDs and an eye
popping 9 interceptions.

The Bills
have signed journeyman QB Derek Anderson who is familiar with the system run by
the Bills and may be their best option if Allen missed an extended amount of
games.

Hernandez Rips Dodger Fans After Game 3 Loss

While he may
be correct in his assertion it probably not a good idea for rip the home fans
in the middle of a hard fought NLCS.

Dodgers’ utility
man Enrique Hernandez took issue with the lack of energy provided by the home
fans and the reaction they gave catcher Yasmani Grandal after he struggled at
the plate and allowed a couple passed balls, one that allowed Brewers’ first
baseman Travis Shaw to score from third base in the sixth inning. Fans began to
chant “We want Austin”, referring to back up catcher Austin Barnes.

Hernandez
said the energy was sucked out of Chavez Ravine after Brewers’ left fielder
Ryan Braun hit an RBI double in the top of the first inning scoring Christian
Yelich and never returned.

Grandal wasn’t
the only Dodger to struggle at the plate as they hit a dismal 0-10 with runners
in scoring position in Game 3.

LA trails
Milwaukee 2-1 in the series with 2 home games remaining. Even if they split
them it would force the defending National League champs to have to win both
games 6 and 7 when the series returns to Milwaukee.

Seahawks, Trailblazers Owner Paul Allen Dead at 65

Technology
pioneer, philanthropist and the owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers,
Paul Allen has died of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, he was 65.

Allen
co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, he left Microsoft in 1983 after his first
diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and stayed on the board until 2000 and kept
his holdings and used the proceeds to buy the Seahawks and Trailblazers.

Allen’s
disease retuned in 2009 and again was treated into remission but returned in
October.

During his
tenure as the Trailblazers owner they went to the NBA finals twice and only
missed the playoffs seven times in the 30 years he owned the team.

As the
Seahawks owner the team won one Super Bowl in three tries and twelve post
season appearances.

Sale Goes Back on DL for BoSox

In a development
that could affect the American League Championship Series Boston Red Sox ace
left hander Chris Sale has gone on the 10 day DL.

Sale has had
a recurrence of the shoulder inflammation that affected him early in August
when he went on the 10 DL and was able to return and help propel the Red Sox to
the American League East Division title.

The move is retroactive
to Wednesday and Boston has called up Brandon Workman from Triple A Pawtucket
to replace Sale in the 25 man roster,

In the 2018 regular
season Sale was 12-4 in 23 starts with an American League best 1.97 ERA

Stay Classy Patriots Fans

Isn’t the
southie Boston accent the most annoying accent in this great nation of ours?

 Some southies sitting in the end zone at
Gillette Stadium had a special greeting for Kansas City Chiefs receiver Tyreek
Hill Sunday night.

Hill had a
huge game for the Chiefs Sunday night against the New England Patriots tallying
up 142 yards and 3 touchdowns and after his third TD late in the 4th
quarter tied the game at 40-40 some southies let Hill know they didn’t appreciate
the way he was abusing the New England secondary.

As his
momentum carried him through the end zone and toward a fan section he was
greeted with not only several middle fingers but was hit in the face with a
shower of Bud Light.

Way to go
Pats fans. Dilly, Dilly, indeed.

NFL’s Best Trash Talker and Jags Get Humbled in Dallas

It’s not
uncommon that young breakout teams come back down to earth once there’s enough
tape on them to study, breakdown and scheme against.

Such is the life
of the 2018 Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars,
who came close to knocking off the New England Patriots in the 2017 AFC
Championship Game now sit at 3-3 in the dismal AFC South after getting smashed
40-7 by the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Jags
cornerback, Jalen Ramsey who trashed just about every quarterback in the NFL in
a GQ magazine back in August was held to no impact plays, 4 tackles and one
pass defensed despite being on the field for practically every defensive snap. One
of the QBs Ramsey trashed was Cowboys QB Dak Prescott who only put up numbers of
107.5 passer rating, 2 TDs and 82 yards rushing and a rushing TD.

Egg meet
face.

Since a week
2 supposed statement victory over the Patriots the Jaguars have struggled
defensively and on offense they are missing their star running back Leonard
Fournette due to a leg injury and Blake Bortles has turned into, Blake Bortles.
Only 3 passes on Sunday traveled more than 10 yards and threw a ridiculous interception
into triple coverage.

Jacksonville
isn’t sneaking up on anyone any longer and are being exposed under the intense limelight
they’ve drawn to themselves. Players like Ramsey chirping and criticizing other
QBs only serves to motivate teams to embarrass them.

They are like
the talented but troubled teenager of the NFL. They are still growing and think
they’ve unbeatable. For their sakes they had better get themselves sorted out
or risk becoming a one hit wonder playoff team

Injury Depleted Dolphins Beat Bears in OT

The number
two defense in the NFL was looking at the Miami Dolphins like a lion looks a
lamb tied to a stake.

As game time
approached the Dolphins’ starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill was ruled inactive
with a nagging injury to his right throwing shoulder.

Backup QB Brock
Osweiler was notified via text by head coach Adam Gase that he’d be starting in
Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

The Dolphins were also without their top pass rusher, Cameron Wake and had other injuries to their starting center and starting right guard. Things were not looking good for the Dolphins to keep the Bears and their superstar outside linebacker Khalil Mack out of the Miami backfield.

That’s why
you lineup and play the games.

The depleted Dolphins kept Brock Osweiler upright as he threw for 380 yards and 3 TDS and came from 11 points behind in the 4th quarter to push the Bears to overtime tied at 28-28.

The Dolphins
took the overtime kickoff and drove it down to inside the Bears’ one-yard line
when running back Kenyan Drake fumbled the ball on third and goal and the Bears
recovered.

Following
the fumble, the Bears drove down to the Miami 35-yard line where kicker Cody
Parker pushed the potential game winning 53 yard field goal wide right.

Miami took over
at their own 42 yard line and drove it down to the Bears’ 30 yard line where
Miami kicker Jason Sanders hit the game winning 47 yard field goal with 3
seconds left in the overtime period.

The win kept
the Dolphins on top of the AFC East at 4-2 and dropped the Bears to 3-2.

Shazier’s Return Inspires the Steelers

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Pittsburgh
Steelers’ linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a severe spinal injury on the field
of Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium in December of 2017.

The injury
that initially cost him the feeling in his legs walked out onto the field as
his visiting Steelers face off against the Bengals on Sunday.

To see him
walkout onto the field was a remarkable sight and a great sign for his recovery
whether he plays again or not. Shazier has said that his goal is to play again
but still has a long road to reach that point and the Steelers have ruled him out
for the 2018 season.

The Steelers
were clearly inspired by their rehabbing teammate as they beat the Bengals
28-21 in dramatic fashion for the 8th straight time and took a share
of the lead in the tight AFC North.

Hernandez Reportedly Sexually Abused as a Child

Aaron
Hernandez was an NFL star on one the NFL’s best teams until he was arrested and
convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Hernandez
committed suicide in prison in April of 2017.

Hernandez’
brother Jonathan has now come forward to say that Aaron was sexually abused as
a child.

While
Hernandez’ brother would not name the perpetrator, the boys’ father was known
to regular beat his sons and was often violent when drinking.

Aaron
Hernandez has also divulged in interviews and diary entries that he engaged in
a homosexual relationship with a high school teammate and went to great lengths
to kept it a secret.

Raiders Shopping More Stars

The Oakland Raiders sitting at 1-5 on the season are looking to trade away more stars as new head coach Jon Gruden continues the makeover of the team.

First was
the shocking trade of AFC Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack prior t the
season and now the Raiders are reportedly looking at offers for former first round
pick Amari Cooper and safety Karl Joseph.

In his first
two season Cooper was a force in the Raiders’ offense. Production fell off in
2017 and 2018 has been struggle so far contributing only 22 catches for 280 and
one score in and amongst injuries and drops.

Gruden
turned the Mack trade into a treasure trove of draft picks and its thought that
trading Cooper and Joseph could bring a number of high draft picks as well.

In post-game
presser following their 27-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in London, Gruden
denied the reports as is standard practice and chose instead to focus on
expressing his concern for Cooper who suffered a concussion in the game and didn’t
return to action.

League Championship Series Overview

After six
months and 162 games and the Wildcard and Division Championship Series’ the MLB
final four have been set.

In the
American League, things have pretty much ended up the way they had looked all
season with two 100 win juggernauts meeting to see who will represent the
American League in the World Series.

Defending World
Series Champion Houston Astros will open the League Championship Series at
Boston on Saturday with first pitch at 7:09pm CST with coverage on TBS.

The National
League Championship Series features the two hottest pitching staffs in MLB.

The Central
Division Champions Milwaukee Brewers will open the League Championship Series
at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday first pitch at 7:09pm on FS1.

Butler a Major Distraction for the T-Wolves

Minnesota
Timberwolves shooting guard Jimmy Butler is seeking trade and has stayed away
from the team all offseason and has yet to play in any preseason games.

The team canceled
their regular practice after Butler and a handful of reserves beat a team made
that included two of the T-Wolves best players Karl Anthony-Townes and Andrew
Wiggins in a scrimmage. After the scrimmage emotions boiled over between
Butler, GM Scott Layden and head coach Tom Thibedeaux.

Cancelling
practice along with the regular daily press briefing showed that T-Wolves are
trying to keep the Butler situation from becoming a major distraction.

Too late.

The Miami
heat have shown to be the most aggressive in trying to facilitate a trade for
the 29 year old Houston native.

Whatever transpires
its unlikely hell be in a Minnesota uniform when they open their 2018-19 campaign
against San Antonio on Wednesday.

Watt Brothers Tied for NFL Sack Lead

Both are
University of Wisconsin alums, both play key defensive positions, one for the
Houston Texans and one for the Pittsburgh Steelers and now they have another
thing in common.

They are
tied for the league lead in sacks at six each.

JJ Watt,
defensive end for the Texans and TJ Watt, outside linebacker for the Steelers
have proved to be hard to block for offensive linemen five weeks into the 2018
NFL season.

TJ Watt has
just begun his second season in the NFL while older brother JJ is off to a hot
start after suffering season ending injuries in 2016 and 2017.

The brothers
don’t hold the sole lead in the NFL as Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman
Geno Atkins also has six sacks.

The Watts
will have a chance to add to their sack totals on Sunday as TJ’s Steelers face
the Bengals and JJ’s Texans take on the Buffalo Bills.

Steelers’ Tomlin Gets Big Fine

Pittsburgh
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin went hard after the officials following their
41-17 home victory over the Atlanta Falcons this past Sunday and got a big fine
for his trouble.

USA Today
has reported that Tomlin will be fined $25,000 for his comments calling the officiating
in their game “a joke”.

Tomlin, a member
of the NFL Competition Committee, said in an emotional post-game presser that
the league needed to get better at enforcing the rules and that “these penalties
are costing games and jobs.”

Cubs’ Bryant Turns Down Enormous Offer

Cubs’ third baseman
Kris Bryant has reportedly turned down an offer for a long-term contract
extension “well north of $200 million dollars.”

Dealing with
a shoulder injury prevented Bryant from having a “Kris Bryant type year.”

Bryant and
his agent Scott Boras, turned down the offer preferring instead to go year to
year in arbitration.

Bryant won’t
be a free agent until he turns 30. Giving him 3 years of arbitration that could
be even more lucrative should he rebound with the type of seasons he had in
2016 and 2017. However, the risk could be great should his production not
rebound or he suffers another injury.

Much to risk
and Bryant is betting on himself.