Raiders star LeBron James moved into 5th place on the NBA all-time
scoring list passing Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain.
Wednesday’s game with the Portland Trailblazers LeBron James needed 39 points
needed to move ahead of Wilt and achieved that with a free throw in the fourth
rung on the scoring ladder is significant as should he reach 32,293 point he
will surpass Michael Jordan for 4th place.
All Time NBA
Scoring Top 5
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387
- Karl Malone 36,928
- Kobe Bryant 33,643
- Michael Jordan 32,292
- LeBron James 31,420
Assuming he continues
his 25 point per game average James has plenty of time left this season to pass
Steelers running back Le’veon Bell continued his holdout and failed to report to
the Steelers by the 4pm deadline on Tuesday and is now ineligible to play in
now miss out on $14.5 million dollars in salary having refused to sing his one-year
deal in exchange for a deal that will provide him longer term security.
now be considered a third-year franchise player in 2019 regardless of whether
he signed the Steelers’ tender or not and under the NFL collective bargaining
agreement. As a result, the franchise tag will go up to $25 million dollars.
Bell sat out so long it didn’t make much sense to play in 2018 and his performance
wouldn’t have increased his trade value much over the course of the final six
games. He would have, however decreased his value should he have gotten injured.
can now sign Bell safe in the knowledge that he is still among the NFL’s elite offensive
layers. Since the deadline has passed Bell’s future now lies outside of
As for the
Steelers, James Conner has filled in admirably for Bell who has enjoyed a
breakout season with 771 yards rushing, 10 TDs and added 39 receptions for 387
yards and one TD.
Green was suspended for Tuesday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks after he
and Kevin Durant got into an altercation during Monday night’s loss to the Los
Durant exchanged words after Green lost the ball just before the end of regulation
in Monday night’s game.
challenged Durant about his upcoming free agency which has been simmering under
the surface for can called Durant a few unflattering names after which it was
decided that the Warriors would sit green to cool off.
121-116 overtime loss to the Clippers shouldn’t worry a team that has started
11-3, infighting could be a greater concern.
Durant is in
his third season with the Warriors and is still about of an outsider in the
core of Steph Curry, Green and Klay Thompson. The Warriors has the talent to
weather any storm and win a championship even if they don’t have the best
chemistry but they could be in trouble if things get too hostile.
Night Football game between two of the NFL’s top teams that had been scheduled
to be played in Mexico City has been moved to Los Angeles.
determination that the playing surface at Estadio Azteca was not up to NFL
standards for stability and consistency and will not be ready by game time on
game between the Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) and the Los Angeles Rams (9-1) will
be moved to the LA Coliseum.
The NFL has
played regular season games in Mexico City each of the last two seasons.
requires the home teams, in this case the Rams, to keep their stadiums open in
case of an emergency.
This will be
the first Monday Night Football game the Rams have hosted at the LA Coliseum
since November of 1979.
into the 2018 season and there are a few coaches that may survive and few that should
be contacting real estate agents in their cities.
While he’ll probably
get a first-year pass in Detroit, Patricia will have lambs to sacrifice to save
his job as offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter will likely be shown the door
and special teams coach Joe Marciano was whacked last week. Shoddy offensive
line play and a shaky defense, supposedly his specialty, has looked to suffer from
lack of communication and effort.
Marvin Lewis, Bengals
longest tenured head coach has done just enough in recent years to avoid firing
and while he’s dealt with injuries on offense there’s no reason his defense
should get worn out at home like they did against New Orleans on Sunday. The
Saints weren’t forced to punt once on Sunday and their defensive coordinator
Teryl Austin was fired Monday morning. At 5-4 and games remaining with the
Browns and Raiders the Bengals may get to .500 and it’s hard to believe that
Bengals ownership will settle for much more of the same.
Adam Gase, Dolphins
He can point to early season wins and injuries
as reasons why the Dolphins’ season has begun to list and take on water for
Gase to keep his job. During their loss in Green Bay the Packers kept setting
the Dolphins up in good field position only to have them fail to cross the goal
line. The Brock Osweiler lead offense has not scored a touchdown in nine
quarters. The Dolphins defense quit on Gase against a team that looks for
reasons to have Aaron Rodger throw giving up 145 yards to Aaron Lewis. The Dolphins
have a relatively weak schedule down the stretch and may end up at .500. If
they can get Ryan Tannehill back after their bye week will it save Gase? The Dolphins have an irate fan base that has
seen all they care to from Gase, the supposed offensive guru.
Dirk Koetter, Buccaneers
who staged the palace coup against Lovie Smith is now on the verge of being ousted
himself. Koetter took the play calling duties away from up and coming offensive
coordinator star Todd Monken and under his play calling lost 16-3 to the Redskins
on Sunday. They went 0-5 in Red Zone opportunities and Ryan Fitzpatrick had a
fumble and interception and missed a pair of field goals, problem that Koetter
has never been able to solve. Koetter has the hottest seat in the NFL right
except for Todd Bowles.
Todd Bowles, Jets
2-7 Buffalo Bills came into Met Life Stadium and stole the Jets’ lunch money
and pantsed them to the tune of a 41-10 beating. Poorly disciplined and
unmotivated the Jets are among the worst teams in the league with no upside
other that a few bright moments from rookie QB Sam Darnold who sat out Sunday’s
mess with a foot injury. Seeing Bowles fired this week would come as no surprise
to no one.
pursuit of Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper the Dodgers made one
trade offer that was never consummated.
unclear when the Dodgers made their offer, they did offer outfielder Yasiel
Puig for the 26-year-old Nationals slugger. The Dodgers were among many teams interested
in Harper prior to the July 31st trade deadline.
No trade for
Harper was completed and the Nationals chose to ride out the season with Harper
despite not making the playoffs.
had put Harper on waivers in August and the Dodgers were the first to claim him
but no deals were ever reached and the Nats pulled Harper from waivers and kept
him in order to receive a first round compensatory pick when they ultimately lose
him in free agency.
would have provided a boost to the Dodgers offense, Puig had a solid 2018
season and provided a crucial 3 run homer in the sixth inning of game 7 against
Milwaukee in the NLCS that elevated the Dodgers to their second consecutive World
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been cited for reckless driving after
been clocked at more than 100 mph in his Porsche.
officer on patrol for a bank robbery suspect saw Brown’s Porsche travelling at
a high rate of spend and gave pursuit.
“We are aware
of the situation but we are gathering more information and will have no further
comment at this time.”, the Steelers said in a statement released Thursday
This came as
the Steelers prepared for a crucial interconference showdown with the Carolina
Panthers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
leads the Steelers with nine touchdowns and is second on the team in receptions
with 51 catches for 594 yards.
We are only
days away from the high stakes pay per view throw down between Tiger Woods and Phil
Mikelson at the Shadow Creek Country Club in North Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday November
The two golf
heavyweights will square off for an 18-hole match that will earn the winner and
his entourage a cool $9 million dollars.
The two men,
who have dominated professional golf over the last 20 years will donate a
portion of their winnings to charity.
is longer and more consistent off the tee despite a myriad of surgeries, and
more accurate with his irons, Phil has a better short game and is one of the
best on the Tour at keeping little score form turning into big scores and Phil
is better on the greens when putting for par.
holds an advantage when it comes to the mental edge and even if pressed Phil
will likely tell you that Tiger is better right now.
A big purse
and a pay-per-view audience will make it tough on both golfers but as we sit
today Tiger Woods should will this one round match in a close one.
Washington Nationals offered free agent outfielder Bryce Harper a 10 year, $300
million dollar contract.
knew he wouldn’t accept the offer and did it as a “fall back” for Harper who is
said to be seeking a deal larger than the 13-year $325 million dollar deal that
current New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton got from the Miami Marlins in
MLB general manager has told ESPN that Harper could receive a deal of more than
$400 million dollars.
Harper is coming off his sixth All Star nod in seven seasons and hit .249 with
34 home runs and100 RBI in 2018. Since coming into the league in 2012 the
former Nationals first round draft pick Harper has hit .279 with 184 home runs
and 521 RBI.
He was the
NL Rookie of the Year in 2012 and won the NL MVP in 2015.
Nationals, with Harper have been to the post season in 2012, 2014, 2016 and
2017 never advancing beyond the league divisional series.
million, a lot of dough to pay a guy with no playoff series wins during his tenure
with the team.
Dallas Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant worked out for the New Orleans Saints who are
looking for a veteran receiver to take them through the rest of the regular season
Saints liked what they saw from Bryant sources are cautious as he has come close
to signing with teams in the past since he was released by the Cowboys in
April. However, signs point to Bryant signing with the Saints as negotiations
among three receivers brought into camp for workouts this week. The Saints need
to replace Ted Ginn, Jr who was placed on injured reserve in October.
In his prime
Bryant was one of the league’s top play makers and while no longer in his prime
the Saints hope that teaming with Drew Brees can help him tap into some of his
spent the first eight plus seasons of his NFL career in Denver and his trade to
the Houston Texans has left him “hurt”.
Thomas was a
2010 first round draft pick and the Broncos’ longest tenured player and claims
to have been told by Broncos head coach Vance Joseph and general manager John
Elway that the trade rumors surrounding him were “all fake” before being told
by his agent that Elway was seeking a fifth-round draft pick for him.
claims to have been voted to be a team captain by the players but never named
one by Vance Joseph and that there were claims by Joseph and other coaches that
Thomas was to blame for the struggles on offense this season.
time in Denver ending on a sour note he says he has fond memories of his time in
Denver which includes five Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl title.
The Los Angeles
Dodgers, fresh off the World Series have gone into full win now mode. The
Dodgers gave Clayton Kershaw a 3-year, $93 million-dollar extension despite his
post season hiccups and injury problems.
target, Washington Nationals free agent outfielder, Bryce Harper. Harper hit 34
homeruns, had 100 RBI as the Nats missed the playoffs, he has the brash personality
that would make him perfect for LA.
repped by super-agent Scott Boras and will certainly look to surpass the record
$325 million-dollar deal Giancarlo Stanton got from the Miami Marlins in 2014.
Harper is a six-time
All-Star who won NL MVP honors in 2015 and just turned 26 years old.
LA has to go
big and in this year’s free agent market it doesn’t get any bigger than Bryce
first round QB draft bust has made headlines again showing the level of his
incompetence and laziness.
NFL gift that keeps on giving, was 7-18 in his tenure as a starter with the
Oakland Raiders was caught up in a sting by Raider coaches who doubted he was
studying film, gave Russell blank tapes to take home to study opponents’
The next day Raider coaches asked Russell what he learned from the tapes, Russell would reply that he had learned all the blitz sets of that week’s opponent.
Clearly Russell had never opened the tape to watch the blank tape.
Russell is out
of the league living off the fat salary and signing bonus he got from the
Raiders, expect that to run out and see JaMarcus’ sob story return to the headlines.
second longest tenured coach in the NFL and the head coach of one of the NFL’s
most recognized franchises and brands and he should be fired, post haste.
Garrett has been the Dallas Cowboys’ head coach since 2008 taking over from
Wade Phillips. Since then he has compiled a 70-58 record has one playoff victory
and if the Cowboys continue their current 3-5 path they will finish under .500
six of his nine seasons.
were beaten at AT&T Stadium on Monday night by the Tennessee Titans 28-14,
the worst loss after a bye week the Cowboys have suffered since 2004.
continues to frustrate the Cowboys and their fans. Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot took
the league by storm in 2016 and has regressed in their progress since with
Elliot being suspended for the majority of the 2017 season and Prescott failing
to put the team on his shoulders and elevate a receiving corps that has struggled
mightily since the release of Dez Bryant.
offensive line, once the gold standard of NFL O-lines, has suffered through injury
and inconsistent play.
schedule gets tougher in the remaining weeks of November and into December with
three of the next five games against division opponents and playoff contenders.
.500 season without playoffs await the Cowboys and there will almost certainly be
a complete overhaul of the coaching staff and the roster.
that will remain the same is owner Jerry Jones who also serves as the team’s
general manager. Ownership brings job security.
The game was
supposed to be a matchup of the two best quarterbacks, but it turned out to be
about the singular best coach in the game.
was a bit boring with the Patriots winning 31-17 at Foxborough Sunday night
although it did feature a total dismantling of Packers’ head coach Mike
to expect McCarthy to outmatch Bill Belichick as other than Tom Coughlin in two
Super Bowls and Doug Pedersen in last year’s Super Bowl no other coaches have
flat out outcoached Belichick.
for Aaron Rodger that he was working in a bland conservative offense of McCarthy’s
design Tom Brady was without tight end Rob Gronkowski and leading rusher Sony
Michel was running and offense that was in overdrive from the opening kick
taking their first possession right down the field for a quick touchdown.
game the Patriots ran a flea flicker for a big gain and wide receiver screen
pass that broke the game open early in the fourth quarter after the Packers fumbled
while driving for a go ahead score.
back James White left the game with a back injury and the Pats running game didn’t
miss a beat with wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson filling in with a solid
performance. Meanwhile, as the Packers’ injuries mounted their chances of
winning the game deteriorated.
The Packers have become a team that relies too much on Aaron Rodgers to pull out miracle wins while Bill Belichick and his offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels scheme their receivers open.
how good Brady and Rodgers may be if Belichick is involved he will always overshadow
any matchup between the two future Hall of Famers.
Angeles Rams went all in this off season on their defense, signing high priced
free agents and making defensive tackle Aaron Donald the league’s highest priced
defensive player and their defense may be what keeps them from reaching the
Orleans Saints put 35 points on this defense in the first half of Sunday’s game
and Drew Brees had plenty of time to throw for 361 yards and 4 touchdowns and registered
no sacks. When the Rams tied the game at 35 in the fourth quarter the defense
gave up 10 unanswered points to give the Saints the win.
This defense not only fell flat against the Saints, which many teams do, but gave up 27 points to the Packers at home and needed a special teams gaffe by the Packers to bail them out. The Rams defense has also given up an average of 27 points to four potential NFC playoff teams in the last 6 weeks. The Rams defense has only created 3 takeaways in the last 4 games.
The Rams free
agent signings of Ndamukong Suh, Agib Talib, Marcus Peters have a combined 12
Pro Bowls among them and last week traded for linebacker Dante Fowler, Jr and
along with Aaron Donald were thought to be a defensive “Dream Team”.
never works in the NFL. The Rams defense has become their Achilles’ Heel and Sunday
was the first time it cost them a game. When a team has the talent that Rams
have and your offense scores 35 points you should win the game.
were 8-0 going into Sunday’s game with the Saints so winning covers up a lot of
stink. Now that they have been knocked off their upcoming opponents will look to
the Saints game as to how to beat them.
defense is not giving their offense with much margin for error requiring them
to score on every possession and if things don’t improve the Rams defense will
provide the league with the latest nightmarish finish for the latest inception of
the “Dream Team”.
between two of the most powerful offenses on the NFL did not disappoint as the
game came right down to the wire in New Orleans.
New Orleans Saints jumped out out to a 35-17 lead at half time the undefeated Los
Angeles Rams stormed back with 18 unanswered points to tie the game at 35 in
the fourth quarter.
regained the lead with a 54-yard field goal by Wil Lutz and then a 72 yard Drew
Brees to Michael Thomas touchdown pass gave the Saints a 10 point lead they
would not relinquish as they beat the previously undefeated Rams 45-35.
passed for 346 yards and 4 touchdowns and Michael Thomas had a franchise record
211 yards receiving and held Todd Gurley to 68 yards rushing. For the Rams, Jared Goff had 391 yards passing
and 3 touchdowns and one pick.
Baltimore Ravens started the 2018 season at 4-2 and have since lost 3 straight
to fall below .500.
The Ravens futility
in the last few weeks have led many to speculate that head coach John Harbaugh
may be on his way out. While it’s unlikely the Ravens would fire Harbaugh in mid-season,
Sunday’s 23-16 home loss to their AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers could be
the type of loss that could inspire change.
Ravens head into their bye week they are now below .500 for the fourth
consecutive season at the mid-way mark. The Ravens have suffered a significant number
of injuries along the offensive line,
losing both starting tackles and the bye week is coming at the right time for
winning the Super Bowl following the 2012 season the Ravens have played .500
football and made the playoffs once during that stretch.
been the head coach of the Ravens since 2008 and has complied a career record
of 105-71 including winning Super Bowl XLVII (47).
Cleveland Browns are seeking a long term answer to their head coaching woes and
have a wish list of high profile candidates.
remains, who really wants this job?
that the Browns GM John Dorsey has a short list of 3 candidates, New England Patriots
offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, University of Oklahoma head coach Lincoln
Riley and Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.
thread among them is that they are all offensive minded coaches and the Browns
will need a coach in that phase of the game to develop 2018 number one overall
draft pick Baker Mayfield.
Riley has a
rapport with Mayfield from their 3 years together at Oklahoma where Riley was
the head coach and Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy at quarterback in 2017.
has been a hot head coaching commodity in recent years despite his first stint
as a head coach in Denver ended after one and half seasons from 2009-10 and returned
to the Patriots in 2012. He turned down the head coaching position with the
Indianapolis Colts following the 2017 season.
is in his first season as Vikings offensive coordinator.
also been speculation that it may be time for Green Bay Packers’ head coach
Mike McCarthy to move on should the Packers miss the playoffs.
The Browns parted ways on October 30th
with head coach Hue Jackson after
posting 3-36-1 record in two plus season as the Browns head including going
0-16 in 2017
Ravens defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale threw some shade on Steelers’
holdout running back Le’Veon Bell saying the Steelers are better without the superstar
lots of stats since 2015 that show that they’re better without him, maybe that’s
why he’s riding a jet ski in Miami right now,” Martindale said.
In games without
Bell in the lineup since 2015 the Steelers average 29 points per game, 413
yards per game of total offense and a much better red zone soring percentage of
68.1% compared to 23.9 points, 369 yards per game and a red zone scoring percentage
of 51.9% with Bell in the lineup. Their winning percentage however is slightly
better with Bell in the lineup at .697 against .690.
has yet to sign the one-year contract tender due by November 13th to
allow him to play in the 2018 season, has scored 42 touchdowns and racked up
7,996 total yards since coming out of Michigan State in 2013.
Francisco Giants Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey died Wednesday at
the age of 80 following a number of health-related issues.
19 of his 22 MLB seasons with the Giants and was named to 6 All Star teams, was
the Rookie of the year in 1959 and was named NL MVP in 1969. The Alabama native
hit 521 home runs currently 20th in MLB history and was inducted into
the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986.
head football coach DJ Durkin has been fired one day after he was reinstated by
the university following a suspension over the death of a player during off season
conditioning back in May.
lineman Jordan McNair collapsed of heatstroke on May 29th and ultimately
died on June 13th. Durkin was immediately placed on administrative leave
with pay while an investigation was conducted.
to reinstate Durkin was met with protests from Maryland players who honor
McNair prior to every home game by gathering around a field graphic of his
jersey number 79.
At least six
parents of Maryland players have spoken out against Durkin and the University
for having failed to protect their children.
lineman Ellis McKennie was quoted as saying, “a group of people don’t have the
courage to hold anyone responsible for his death. If only they had the courage
Larry Hogan also expressed his concern over the decision to reinstate Durkin as
well as the Maryland Student Government Organization.
report revealed a toxic coaching culture under Durkin and strength and conditioning
coach Rick Court, who Durkin had hired. The program was beset by a “coaching environment
based on intimidation and fear and extreme verbal abuse of players”.
Durkin wasn’t fired for cause therefore he will
receive a buyout of his contract. The Terrapins have posted a 5-3 record in
2018 under interim head coach Matt Canada.
surfaced that former New England Patriots’ tight end Aaron Hernandez was
abusing a synthetic form of marijuana called K2 in prison prior to his suicide
in April of 2017.
suicide took his family and prison officials by surprise as he had just been acquitted
of a involvement in a double murder and was optimistic that his conviction of
the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd would be overturned.
K2 is much
more toxic that marijuana and can cause hallucinations and other effects. It is
a preferred drug by prison inmates as it is far less detectable in drug test than
marijuana and has been easy to smuggle into prison.
is surprising as he was tested at autopsy for “all forms of synthetic caniboids”
and came back negative. However, K2 remains very difficult for even top labs to
detect due to the everchanging characteristics of the substance.
case has drawn so much attention as he was the first active NFL player to be charged
with three homicides in addition to being a star player on one of the league’s
showed Hernandez to be suffering from advanced CTE for someone his age which
can affect mood, judgment and impulse control.
continue into any role negligence by the Massachusetts Department of
Corrections may have played in the death of Hernandez.
Sox lefty David Price silenced his critics with a dominant performance in the
post season but has decided to remain with the Red Sox and not test the free agent
market to see if that performance can pay off for him.
had an icy relationship with fans and media since signing a $217 million-dollar
deal, but winning cures all as Price has decided to honor the remaining 4 years
on his current contract.
At 33, Price will earn $127 million dollars over the final 4 years of his contract and made the smart play as its unlikely teams would’ve have invested that type of money in him long-term given his age.
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.
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
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.
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.