Did Jerry Jones Get Fleeced in Cooper Deal?

Following
major trades of veteran receivers Golden Tate and Demaryius Randall Twitter was
on fire with comparisons of what the Dallas Cowboys gave up to acquire Amari
Cooper from the Oakland Raiders and what was given up to by the Philadelphia
Eagles and Houston Texans respectively.

The Cowboys
gave up a first round draft pick to Oakland for the former first round draft pick
who has shown moments of greatness and yet has been beset by inconsistency and
drops.

The Eagles
gave up a third-round pick to Detroit for Golden Tate and the Texans gave up a
fourth round pick to Denver and a swap of 7th round picks for
Demaryius Randall. Both have not only been more productive this season but over
their careers as well despite Tate and Randall being veteran players.

League
insiders and Cowboy haters have been critical of Jerry Jones and the deal he
made to get Cooper.

It remains to be seen if Cooper can provide the
spark the Dallas offense needs to attract coverage to their passing game and
allow for more running room for Ezekiel Elliot who has been bottled up this
season by teams stacking defenders within 7 yards of the ball and not respecting
their current corps of average receivers.

Red Sox Victory Parade Set for Halloween

Well this could
get weird. Combine the Red Sox World Series Championship celebration, hundreds
of thousands of boozed up Southies and Halloween, what could go wrong?

The Boston Red
Sox Victory Parade will happen today at 11:00 am EST as the Red Sox bring home their
fourth championship trophy in 15 years.

The city of
Boston is well prepared for the festivities. Following titles in 2004, 2007 and
2013 the city used it amphibious duck boats to carry the players on the streets
and in th water.

The 2013
parade covered 3.8 miles from Fenway Park to the Charles River and Boston Mayor
Marty Walsh in a Tweet committed to the use of the duck boats.

The 2018
squad dominated MLB with 108 regular season wins and went 11-3 in the post
season on its way to the World Series title.

The Browns Needed to Fire Hue to Save Baker

Hue Jackson
has no interest in developing young talent, never has and it showed in Baker
Mayfield.

Instead he
chose to try to get some early season victories with Tyrod Taylor instead of immediately
going with the 2018 first overall draft pick and former Heisman Trophy winner
as their day one starter.

It became
clear that once Taylor was injured that Mayfield was a far superior talent, that
there was more than just talent holding this team back and keeping it mired in
losing.

Jackson then
resorted to pushing offensive coordinator Todd Haley off the subway platform to
save his job. Haley, who is widely known to be a bit prickly wasn’t about to
play nice with the man maneuvering to set him up for the fall.

Ultimately
for the sake of the team and their high-priced rookie QB, GM John Dorsey
convinced owner Jimmy Haslam that send both Jackson and Haley to the unemployment
line was the best course of action.

Enter
defensive coordinator Gregg Williams as the interim head coach. Yes, that Gregg
Williams who was suspended as part of the New Orleans Saints’ Bounty Gate
scandal following the 2012 season and a failed stint as the Buffalo Bills head
coach. Williams is a defensive minded coach who will leave the heavy lifting on
offense to Al Saunders and Ken Zampese, two long time NFL assistants with good
pedigrees.

Firing Jackson and Haley is like sending Baker Mayfield
to live with his grandparents during a messy divorce. He will get a clean slate
going forward and the Browns can now set upon the real task of rebuilding

No Giannis, the Bucks Run Record to 7-0

The
Milwaukee Bucks, playing without superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo ran their
record to 7-0, beating the previously undefeated Toronto Raptors 124-109.

The Raptors
were without their star Kawhi Leonard as he sat out Monday night’s game as
well.

Giannis sat
out with a concussion after being clunked with an elbow Sunday night. The win
on Monday was a total team effort with 5 Bucks players in double digits in scoring.

The Bucks
will surely meet Toronto again down the road as both teams are expected to go
deep in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Jackson, Haley Out In Cleveland

The Cleveland Browns have fired head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Midway through Jackson’s third season the Browns sit a 2-5-1.

Owner Jimmy Haslam was said to be conflicted and favored staying the course with Jackson however GM John Dorsey told Halsam that the dynamic between Jackson and Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley “can’t continue”. Their relationship has gotten contentious over the course of the season.

Also, the future
development of rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield was said to be consideration
in parting ways with Jackson who since being hired as the head coach in 2016
has produced a record of 3-36-1 the second worst winning percentage in NFL history.

Jackson is
known as a quality offensive mind and despite his failure as a head coach will likely
get another assistant job in the NFL.

It had been thought that Haley the former Kansas City head coach and Steelers’ offensive coordinator would be the interim head coach, Haley has been known to be a hot head and that reputation has followed him around the league and its likely that the Browns didn’t want to reward him with the interim job. 

Red Sox and David Price Dominate Dodgers to Take Game 5, Series

The Boston Red
Sox captured their ninth World Series title Sunday night taking Game 5 in LA ,
5-1.

David Price
was dominant as the Red Sox roughed up Clayton Kershaw and first baseman Steve
Pearce was maned MVP

Pearce, a 35-year-old
journeyman and career platoon player who had played with eight different clubs
in his 12 year career can now add World Series MVP to his list of career
highlights.

Pearce hit homers
on Game 4 and again Sunday night in Game 5 making him only the third player in
World Series history to hit home runs in back to back games.

The other
two are guys you may have heard of, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth.

The Red Sox
are clear favorite to repeat as World Series champs in 2019 after a 108 win regular
season and a roster stacked with young talent included likely AL MVP Mookie
Betts.

Packers’ Montgomery Commits Huge Gaffe, Teammates Furious

Your team is
down 2 points on the road to the league’s best team, has two minutes left and one
of the greatest comeback quarterbacks in the game. You’re deep to receive the kickoff
and are instructed not to run the ball out of the endzone and take the
touchback. What do you do?

Well if you’re
Packers’ wide receiver Ty Montgomery you ignore all those things and fumble
away the opportunity to give Aaron Rodgers back the ball and do what he does.

Packer fans
blew up Twitter after the game following the fumble and a visibly angry Aaron Rodgers
was apoplectic on the sideline and an anonymous teammate trashed Montgomery to
the media saying his decision was out of spite after being removed from the
game.

The Packers
were an enormous road underdog the unbeaten Rams in Los Angles on Sunday and
their defense had played them to a virtual tie and the offense kept coming back
to score against a very tough Rams defense.

Montgomery’s
fumble will go down as one of the all-time most devastating negative plays in
the in Packers’ history, whether it was truly a mistake on his part or done out
of spite has yet to be revealed.

A couple
things are certain, the 29-27 loss deals blow to the struggling Packers’
playoff hopes and Ty Montgomery will see a greater reduction in his playing
time.

Whether this
is a hanging offense will be determined in the coming days. Odds are strong
that Montgomery could be released this week.

4 Jags Players Detained After Refusal to Pay Bar Tab

Apparently 4 Jacksonville Jaguar defensive backs are so pleased with their current play that they decided they’d stay out into the wee hours of Saturday morning to pop bottles at a London nightclub.

The Jags, in
London to play the Philadelphia Eagles at Wembley Stadium are one of the league’s
most disappointing teams and their once stellar, talent filled defense has been
at the root of their many issues.

Safeties
Barry Church, Ronnie Harrison, Jarrod Wilson and cornerback DJ Hayden were arrested
and briefly detained after refusing to pay a bar tab of over $64,000 claiming
that the bottles of liquor they consumed were comped.

They weren’t,
and the police were called, and the bill was ultimately settled.

The Jags record
fell to 3-5 after losing to the Eagles by the score of 24-18.

Time for Bucs to Move on From Winston

The number
one overall pick from the 2015 draft, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback Jameis
Winston was benched on Sunday after 4 interceptions in a loss to a Cincinnati
Bengals.

Winston left
the Florida State program with as an elite prospect with major character red
flags; the most serious of which was a rape allegation, other off field
transgressions included shoplifting and he recently came off a 3 game suspension
for improperly touching an Uber driver.

The 2013
Heisman Trophy winner struggled with turnovers even in college and his inability
to see the entire field and try to throw into impossible windows rather than taking
a safe underneath throw is still a problem in his fourth pro season.

Winston has
played in only 4 games this season and is tied for the league lead in interceptions
and has thrown 2 or more interceptions in 5 straight games.

In April the
Bucs picked up his fifth-year rookie contract option at $20.9 million which GM
Jason Licht called a “no brainer”. Major financial implications take effect if
Winston is injured during the season as his money becomes fully guaranteed.

The Bucs can
release him now without any further financial impact. If they choose not to do that
they can demote Winston to third string and play out he remainder of the season
with 35-year-old Ryan Fitzpatrick who has played well in stretches this season
and the team clearly responds when Fitzpatrick is on the field.

Right now
the Bucs are in in positional limbo which often happens when a team over invests
in mediocre talent in the game’s most important position.

Winston is
not the answer for the Tampa Bay. Never has been, never will be.

Jackson Second Worst Coaching Record of All Time

Cleveland
Browns head coach Hue Jackson is almost the best at something. Losing.

The Browns
lost to the Steelers on Sunday dropping his all-time record as a NFL head coach
to 11-44-1 a winning percentage of .205.

Jackson once
went 8-8 as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders and is 3-36-1 in Cleveland.
The only head coach to post a worse winning percentage is Bert Bell as the head
coach of the Philadelphia Eagles at 10-46-1 a winning percentage of .179 from
1936-41.

Bell couldn’t
be fired because he was the owner of the Eagles at the time.

Jackson doesn’t have that luxury and it’s time for
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has to decide the future of the team and when your
head coach has only won 3 games in the middle of this third season hard questions
are going to be asked

Jenkins: Jags Tape Proves Kap Deserves an NFL Job

Philadelphia
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins says that just by looking at the tape on their upcoming
opponent shows that exiled NFL QB Colin Kaepernick deserves and NFL job.

The Eagles
will be playing the Jacksonville Jaguars and struggling QB Blake Bortles this
Sunday. Despite getting a large contract extension and having a solid 2017 season
Bortles has had more than his share of issues this season throwing only 7
touchdowns against 9 interceptions and being benched on the third quarter of
their game last week in favor of former Browns QB Cody Kessler.

In his final
season in San Francisco Kaepernick produced 16 touchdowns, 4 interceptions and
a 90.7 QBR.

If it were
only about football, Kaepernick would likely have an NFL job however the headaches
that would come with signing Kaepernick could outweigh the benefits.

Kaepernick
has become more noted for his National Anthem protests than his football abilities
and has proven to be a divisive figure in not only the NFL but the nation at
large.

Owners are
fearful that a signing of the former Super Bowl QB will be met with fan
backlash and media attention that would be a major distraction.

Mahomes and Gurley Lead MVP Talk

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Kansas City
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles Rams running back Todd
Gurley are the mid-season favorites to win the NFL’s MVP title.

Mahomes has
been the biggest story in the NFL this season with leading the league with 22
touchdown passes, a 85.9 QBR and a trails only Matt Ryan with 2,223 yard passing.

Gurley has
been unstoppable for the undefeated Rams. The two time Pro Bowler leads the
league in rushing with 686 yards, 956 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns.

The man who
is making the league passing records his own personal biography, New Orleans
Saints quarterback Drew Brees, is third in mid-season voting.

Steelers’ Receiver Bought Lotto Tix to Get Bell to Return

Pittsburgh
Steelers’ wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster got in on the $1 billion dollar
plus lotto craze this week.

Smith-Schuster
told reporters that he bought 100 Mega Bucks tickets this week hoping to win
the $1.537 billion-dollar jackpot and that he would use the winnings to get
Steeler hold out running back Le’Veon Bell to return to the team.

“I tried to
win it to get Le’Veon back” he told reporters, “It didn’t work”.

That money would
go a long way to replace the money that Bell has missed this season as he is
due to be paid $855,529 per week on his franchise tag and he is due to return this
week as he is seeking a larger long term contract.

Bell has
lead the league in total yards from scrimmage the last 2 seasons.

A single
ticket sold in South Carolina had the winning numbers for the record jackpot.

3 Guilty on All Counts in College Basketball Corruption Trial

James Gatto,
Christian Dawkins and Merle Code were all found guilty in their wire fraud
trial involving payments to college basketball players.

Gatto and
Code worked for Adidas and Dawkins was a sports agent. All were charged with
providing top recruits with payments to get then to commit to Adidas sponsored
programs.

While the
initial charge was related to a $100,000 payment to top prospect Brian Bowen to
get him to go to Louisville a wide range of corruption was uncovered during the
trial.

Bowen’s
father, Brian Bowen, Sr. testified that he was offered enticements to get his
son to sign with other programs like, Creighton, Arizona, Oregon, Texas and
Oklahoma State.

Gatto,
Dawkins and Code are out on bail until their sentencing and are expected to
receive 2-4 years in prison.

Jets’ Powell to Have Possible Career Ending Surgery

The New York
Jets have put running back Bilal Powell on injured reserve due to a neck injury
suffered this past Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

The injury
is severe enough to require surgery and may end his NFL career.

Powell is
the Jets’ second leading rusher and was having a solid season with 343 yards rushing
11 receptions and one touchdown.

The Jets
will now rely on their leading rusher Isiah Crowell, 459 yards on the ground
and 5 touchdowns, for the rest of the season.

End of the Line for Beast Mode?

Oakland
Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch was put on injured reserve this week with a
groin injury and despite being one of the toughest runners to ever play the
game he’s still human.

After previous
stops in Buffalo and Seattle Lynch is in his 11th season and 32
years old. Way past the “best when sold by” date for NFL running backs.

Lynch has
over 10,000 yards rushing, and those numbers are good enough to get him into
Canton someday.

After a
season on the sideline in 2016 Lynch came back to the NFL in 2017 and has given
much to the game so don’t be surprised if he retires for good after the 2018
season

Gruden Tanking for Draft Picks

The Oakland Raiders
under regurgitated head coach Jon Gruden are 1-5 on the 2018 season and along
with the trade of former first round draft pick Amari Cooper come whispers that
the Raiders have already given up on the season and are tanking for draft
picks.

Teams tank
all the time just not this obliviously after the trade of Khalil Mack and Cooper
the Raiders have 3 first round draft picks in the 2019 draft.

How ever many
draft picks Gruden may have the question is whether he will know what to do with
them. During his 7 years in Tampa Bay Gruden had 61 draft picks and only 3 made
the Pro Bowl.

Gruden is
dismantling the roster that GM Reggie McKenzie has built and now only 3 of
McKenzie’s 12 first and second round draft picks remain on the roster. Tearing down
a roster is easy, rebuilding it the real chore.

A team is
the image of its head coach and even though McKenzie is still the GM its
doubtful that he will have much say in how the roster looks for 2019.

Giants in Rebuild Mode

Mired in a
1-6 start the New York Giants are in full rebuild mode after trading defensive starters
cornerback Eli Apple and defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison.

The Giants
were big players in the free agency market coming into the 2018 season with big
signings of offensive tackle Nate Solder and defensive tackle Alec Ogletree,
neither have been very effective.

As the
trading deadline is set for October 30th, Giants have let the league
know that aside from Odell Beckham, Jr and Saquon Barkley anyone on the roster
can be had for the right price.

While
Barkley is going to be a star barring injury, if the Giants were truly going to
rebuild the roster maybe they should have taken a quarterback in the first
round like Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen.

Amari Cooper Traded to Dallas Cowboys

In a trade
that may work to the benefit of both teams the Oakland Raiders traded former first
round draft pick Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys for a 2019 first round
draft pick.

Cooper under
fire in Oakland for inconsistent play may be the piece the Cowboys need to stretch
the field and inspire a sluggish passing attack that lacks the speed to take the
top of a defense.

The Oakland Raiders
now have three first round draft picks in the 2019 NFL Draft as a result of the
Khalil Mack trade, the Cooper trade and their own pick.

Wife of former OSU Coach Granted Protection Order

The ex-wife
of former OSU receivers coach Zach Smith has been granted a three-year
protection order.

Courtney
Smith filed for protection for herself and her three children against Smith
earlier in the year. She came forward with allegations of domestic violence in
July which lead to Smith’s firing from Ohio State.

The
controversy engulfed the entire Buckeyes football program, most notably head coach
Urban Meyer. Mrs. Smith ha confided the abuse back in 2015 to Meyer’s wife
Shelly and provided pictures to support the claims.

The
University investigated Smith’s claims and found them to be accurate but said
the Meyers doubted her credibility.

Ohio State
suspended Urban Meyer for the first three games of the 2018 season when it was determined
that he didn’t do enough when informed of the allegations surrounding the 2015 incident.
Meyer initially lied to reporters when he said he had no knowledge of the
allegations.

Zach Smith
as continued to deny all allegations and had gone on several social media
tirades against Ohio State, Mrs. Smith and the Meyers.

This Year’s Philly Special: Super Bowl Hangover

The Super
Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles sit at 3-4 having just blown a 17 point lead
at home to the Carolina Panthers and look nothing like the team that shocked
the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

The cure for
the Eagles Super Bowl hangover isn’t easy to find but if they can treat some of
the symptoms they have a chance to win the NFC East and go deep in the playoffs.

The Eagles are
depleted through injury and defections.

They lost Torrey
Smith and LeGarrette Blount to free agency and Jay Ajayi and Mike Wallace
injury which hampers their explosiveness on offense.

Their current
receiving corps has just 15 catches for 229 yards and one touchdown and running
backs Corry Clement and Wendell Smallwood lack Ajayi’s explosiveness and Blount’s
hard running style.

With no big
play receiver and an offense designed around multi tight end sets to compensate
the Eagles rank 30th in yards per catch and the Eagles longest run from
scrimmage in just 21 yards.

They lack
the talent that requires opposing defenses to scheme against.

The Eagles
defense which was fierce last season ranks 26th in the NFL in stopping
3rd and long situations and have also been giving up conversions 4th
down.

Whether they
solve their current problems through getting key players back from injury or from
trades the Eagles can’t afford to wallow in their misery of fall for radio talk
show clichés like “our swagger is gone” or “we’re not hungry anymore”. If they
power though this hangover they can still be in position to win the weak NFC
East.

5 NBA Players Who Regret Their Free Agent Decisions

NBA careers
are short and free agents who can control their own destinies are rare and
elite in the league.

While
players have the right to decide where they want to play and what their
priorities are there are always head scratchers every year.

Here is a
list of players who are probably regretting their free agent destination.

Jimmy
Butler- Minnesota Timberwolves

Butler bet
on himself once and won when he signed a mega deal with the Chicago Bulls in
2014. Butler has since passed on an big extension with the T-Wolves which many
thought was a good move in the hope of turning it into another big payday on
the free agent market. However this recent antics in trying to force a trade out
of Minnesota have turned off potential buyers. Butler has lambasted teammates
and the organization. Is another team going to pay bog money to another
malcontent who criticized his surrounding cast and his coaches?

Survey
says..maybe not.

Tony Parker-
Charlotte Hornets

Is it odd to
see Parker in a jersey other the Spurs? It is. Parker was offered the same
amount of money by the Spurs as he got in Charlotte. His choice was about the
role. Parker felt he would have been more of an assistant coach than a player
in San Antonio, where has was guaranteed an on-court role in Charlotte.

Nemanja
Bjelica- Sacramento Kings

Bjelica
opted out of a nearly assured playoff role with the Philadelphia 76ers that
would have paid him $4.4 million for a 2 yr $13.3 million-dollar deal with Sacramento.
The problem is, it’s with Sacramento, the NBA portrait of futility and dysfunction
for 20 years.

Patrick
McCaw- Golden State Warriors

McCaw could
still end back up with Golden State but the time to sing his 2 yr $5.3 million
dollar offer from the Warriors is ending. The offer has been on the table for
months. His holdout rings hollow as the team still holds his rights and he
risks losing playing time to players hungry to play with the like of Steph
Curry and Klay Thompson.

David Nwaba-
Cleveland Cavaliers

Nwaba chose
the Cavs, who will struggle to even compete for a playoff spot now that LeBron
is gone, over an offer from the Indiana Pacers who regularly sneak into the
Eastern Conference playoffs. Nwaba said he felt Cleveland was a better fit for
his skill set and where he can get significant playing time to showcase himself
for a deal will pay better than the one year $1.5 million dollar deal he got from
Cleveland.

Kaepernick to Save Jags Season?

Crusty old
school Jacksonville Jaguars GM Tom Coughlin would probably rather drink
anti-freeze but signing league renegade Colin Kaepernick might be what’s needed
to save the Jags once promising season.

After all it
was Coughlin who pushed all the chips into the middle of the table when he
decided to give Blake Bortles a 3 year $54 million dollar contract this past
off season. A decision that could go down as the worst contract in Jaguars
history.

Blake
Bortles has reverted to doing what Blake Bortles does best, being Blake
Bortles.

He was
benched in the Jags game against the Houston Texans Sunday in favor of Cody
Kessler, a former Browns QB who had gone 0-8 in starts for the Browns.

When you get
benched for Cody Kessler it may be time to get your resume on Zip Recruiter.

Sure, the
Jags have been injured with star running back Leonard Fournette missing major
time with a leg injury and they’ve talked a lot of trash which gets teams
pumped up to stick it to them but their season can still be saved if they get a
real quarterback.

It may be
time to swallow some pride and deal with the firestorm signing Kaepernick would
bring in order to make an attempt at climbing back into the AFC South race.

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.