Packers Stand Behind Crosby

Despite a nightmarish
Sunday in Detroit that saw him miss four field goals and an extra point the
Green Bay Packers are showing unwavering support for Mason Crosby.

The normally
reliable kicker missed field goals of 41, 42, 38 and 56 yards and the PAT in
the31-23 loss.

Prior to
Sunday Crosby had made 10 of his last 11 field goal attempts and even drilled a
58 yarder in pre-game warm ups.

As he struggled
to find the line he tried making adjustments even changing his cleats at
one  point.

Crosby said
the was “blown away” by the support offered him by teammates including close
friend Aaron Rodgers who called him “one of the greatest kickers of all time.”

Crosby’s
misses weren’t the sole factor in the loss, the Packers were flagged 12 times
for 112 yards and lost three fumbles in the first half which the Lions
translated into 17 points.

Officiating Gripes from Steelers’ Tomlin

In more officiating
fallout for Sunday a member of the NFL Competition Committee came out against
the officiating after the Steelers’ home win over the Falcons.

Steelers’
head coach Mike Tomlin called the officiating “a joke” and went on to say that “we
have gotta get better as the National Football League. Man, the penalties are
costing people games and jobs. We gotta get ‘em correct. And yes, I’m pissed
about it to be quite honest with you and that’s all I’m going to say about it.”

Tomlin didn’t
specify what penalties he has issues with. The Steelers were flagged seven
times for 58 yards.

Through the
first 5 games of the season the Steelers are the leagues most penalized team
including six unnecessary roughness calls.

Tomlin can expect
a call from New York for his pound of flesh for publicly criticizing the officiating.

Winners and Losers from NLDS Sweep

The Milwaukee
Brewers swept past the Colorado Rockies and into the National League
Championship Series with a 6-0 win on Sunday winning the best of five series in
three straight.

Here are the
biggest winners and losers fron the NLDS.

Winner:
Christian Yelich

Yelich made
and early statement in Game 1 with a 2-run homer in the third inning and while
the Rockies did eventually tie the game in the top of the ninth, his heroics
set the tone for the remainder of the series.

Loser:
Charlie Blackmon

Blackmon hit
.305 for the season but just .083 in the series and while the Colorado offense
failed overall Blackmon failed to set the table for the other Rockies stars.

Winner: Mike
Moustakas

Milwaukee is
a team with little playoff experience and Moustakas brought that to the club.
The Brewers 3rd baseman not only had the walk off single that won
Game 1 in the 10th but hit .364 for the series.

Loser: Bud
Black

The Colorado
manager started the wrong pitcher for the win or go home Game 3. Kyle Freeland
turned in a spectacular performance against Chicago in the Wild Card game on
short rest. He was fully rested for the game on Sunday.

Winner: Erik
Kratz

The best
hitter in the series wasn’t and MVP candidate like Yelich but a 38-year-old
journeyman catcher with a .211 batting average, hitting a staggering .625 in
the series with three hits in Game 3 while the Rockies as a team only had four.

Loser: Scott
Oberg

Oberg was
beaten by his own mistakes on Game 3 with a costly balk that brought in a run
in the sixth inning and game up another on a wild pitch that effectively ended
the series for Colorado.

Winner:
Manny Pina

The Brewers
catcher cut down two base stealing attempts by Colorado in Game 1 when the game
turned into a small ball match in the later innings.

Losers:
Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story

Two guys who
hit a combined 75 homers in the regular season hit .182 and .167 respectively
and had one extra base hit, a double between them.

Winner:
Milwaukee Pitching

An
overpowering effort was delivered by the entire staff not just the big names of
Josh Hader and Corey Knebel. In 28 innings the Rockies recorded just 14 hits, 6
walks and struck out 30 times. There were precious few tight spots for Brewers pitching
to work their way out of making an emphatic statement for the playoffs going forward.

Fox News Personality Stalked

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A supposed comedy skit turned potentially threatening for a Fox News host on Friday. Activist/comedians Jason Selvig and Davram Stiefler posed for selfies with Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade before beginning to heckle him, following him into a subway and encouraging others to heckle as well. Fellow passengers hollered some stuff out expressing their disapproval of Trump, but Kilmeade just ignored the ruckus even as the pair of so-called comedians kept following him.