This guy proposing to a woman holding a 40 after the Super Bowl is peak Philly

I’m firmly against the general concept of public proposals, but in the case of this guy popping the question during Eagles celebrations I’ll make an exception:

Call me a hopeless romantic, but there’s just something special about a guy with a Revolutionary War haircut going down on one knee in the middle of the street to pop the question to his significant other while she’s holding a 40.

With the promotion of Jeremy Bates to offensive coordinator, the Jets are going to a true West Coast passing game after their personnel in 2017 forced them to go more Air Coryell-turned-Air Raid. Now that Josh McCown is a free agent, the top order of business is finding a QB to push New York forward in the new scheme.

Option A is using a chunk of their cap space to sign Kirk Cousins to a lucrative, long-term deal as their franchise QB. Option B is simply sitting back and taking the best QB available at No. 6 overall in the draft.

The Senators also received goalie Filip Gustavsson and the Penguins’ first-round draft pick this year as well as their third-round selection next year. Pittsburgh also acquired a pair of prospects — forward Vincent Dunn from Ottawa and forward Tobias Lindberg from Vegas — plus Ottawa’s third-round pick this year.

Vegas also received a fourth-round pick this year, and is retaining 40 percent of Brassard’s salary. According to the Penguins, Brassard is signed through next season with an average annual salary of $5 million.

Rutherford said when he had been asked previously about acquiring Brassard, “the answer’s always been, `No,’ because we really didn’t think we could figure out how to fit him under the cap.”

The 30-year-old Brassard had 18 goals and 20 assists in 58 games for the Senators this season. He has 159 goals and 261 assists in 702 regular-season games in 11 seasons with Columbus, the New York Rangers and the Senators.
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Super Bowl 52 beer prices: Hooooo boy that’s a lot of money for a Bud Light

The amount of time that will pass between the Super Bowl pregame show and the moment when commissioner Roger Goodell finally hands over the Vince Lombardi Trophy is approximately 10 hours. That’s a lot of time to do without a beer.

And for more than the price of a pitcher at happy hour, you can have your own 16-ounce can of what Anheuser-Busch has generously described as “beer” since 1982.

At Brothers Bar & Grill in Minneapolis, a chain that’s a staple across Big Ten towns throughout the Midwest, Bud Light pitchers will run you $5 on Monday nights. At Gary’s Liquors in Chestnut Hill, Mass. — near Boston College — a 12 pack of tall boy aluminum cans, the same kind with which vendors are walking up and down the U.S. Bank Stadium steps, will run you $14.99. A 30-pack of regular cans costs $21.99. In Philadelphia, the Pennypack Beer Distributor will sell you 24 12-oz. bottles for $20.14.

Assuming you’re going to drink a modest four beers over four hours at your Super Bowl party, you’re saving a solid amount in beer money alone by staying home.

My next question is, I wonder what he ordered from Panda Express — I’m assuming it was one hell of an order, since he doesn’t have to worry about playing in a game in a few hours.

Branch missing is a big loss for the Pats against the Eagles, but the defense did fine without him toward the end of the season regardless. Branch re-signing with the Pats last offseason was one of the biggest keeps for New England along its defensive line.

We’ll see how much the defense misses him Sunday against Philadelphia.

The Capitals also allowed a goal late in regulation Thursday night, but it was the game-winner in a 3-2 Washington loss on a night the Panthers held a ceremony to honor the victims of the recent shooting in nearby Parkland.bears_081-223x223

Ex-Ray Jake Odorizzi: No cloud over spring training with Twins

There was a little bit of pain there, but I don’t think about it, you know? Santana said. I’m trying to win. Now I’ve got it fixed.

Santana’s contract will vest for 2019 with 200 or more innings in 2018, but he’s unlikely to reach that threshold now, with a return not expected until mid-to-late April. The Twins could decide to exercise the option for $14 million or buy him out for $1 million and make him a free agent.

One of the most anticipated events at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics gets underway with the men’s individual figure skating event. The short program starts Friday morning (Thursday night in the United States) and medals will be handed out after the free skate program the next day. American viewers can catch it live at 8 p.m. ET on NBC (live stream).

Team USA hasn’t won a gold in men’s figure skating since the 2010 Vancouver games, though it has an excellent chance this year with some up-and-coming stars. Adam Rippon is the biggest American name this year after winning over the nation’s heart with his magnetic personality and endless charm. Rippon helped his country claim the bronze medal in the team event, and while he might have a challenge making the podium in a stacked field, he’s the runaway fan favorite nonetheless.

Tillman, 29, has spent his entire nine-year major league career with the Orioles, who acquired the right-hander as part of a blockbuster trade with the Seattle Mariners in 2008.

Tillman went 56-30 and was one of Baltimore’s top pitchers from 2013 to 2016, but struggled with shoulder injuries last season and went 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances.

Tillman reportedly drew interest as a free agent from multiple teams other than Baltimore this offseason, including the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins.

Player movement is inevitable, and it is, mostly, for the players’ good. Free agency is for their good, of course, but even trades — even teams putting players on waivers or outright releasing them — help funnel players into opportunities and organizations where they will thrive, where there is plenty of playing time, where there are coaches who believe in them and where their best years might coincide with pennant races. Not every trade is good for the player, but on balance, a sport in which players didn’t move around a lot would be very bad for its athletes.bears_001

Each MLB team to recognize shooting victims by wearing Stoneman Douglas caps

Major League Baseball players will honor victims of last week’s shooting in Florida by wearing Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hats at spring training games this week.

Several Grapefruit clubs had first planned to honor victims by wearing the school’s caps before their league openers.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said that within 48 hours, all 30 teams were confirmed to wear the school hats during pregame warm-ups for their exhibition openers. Players, managers, coaches and umpires will have the option of wearing the caps during those first games. The hats might later be signed and auctioned to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, the official victims fund.

You still need a QB, though, and Zac Thomas gets first crack at the job. The sophomore led a garbage-time field goal drive against Georgia last year, but that’s about the extent of his experience. He appears to be pretty mobile, and co-coordinators Shawn Clark and Frank Ponce don’t appear to be changing much of the system.

If Thomas can’t cut it, there are other options. Sophomore Jacob Huesman and redshirt freshman Peyton Derrick have good size, and incoming three-star freshman Stephon Brown, at 6’5, 220, has great size. But the best-case scenario is probably that the third-year Thomas figures things out.

Nate Woody’s last game was maybe his most impressive. Part of the reason for App State’s surge all the way to No. 18 in S&P+ is that the Mountaineers utterly destroyed an awesome Toledo team, 34-0, in the Camellia Bowl. That one game led to a jump of 17 spots in the overall rankings.

Rasmus was hitting .281 with nine home runs and 23 RBIs in 37 games for the Rays when he left. He has hit 165 home runs and batted .242 in nine seasons with St. Louis, Toronto, Houston and Tampa Bay. He has hit more than 20 home runs in a season four times in his career.

The left-handed-hitting Rasmus is expected to compete with Alex Presley, another left-handed-hitting outfielder, for a spot on the major league roster.

Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said in a text that Rasmus is a proven veteran player in the AL East, who is a versatile outfielder with good power and speed to make a meaningful contribution.

Back in 2002, the Colorado Rockies became the first squad to utilize a humidor. Club officials noted the balls used at Coors Field were lighter and smaller than MLB specifications, suggesting the dry air, along with the reduced pressure, dries them out. Balls already travel more in the mile-high thin air, so the hope was not only for improved grip but also that a slightly heavier, larger ball would carry less in home games.royals_037

Philadelphia and New England were the best teams in the league all season, and they have backed it up with strong playoff runs.

When the Eagles meet the Patriots in Super Bowl 52 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, it will mark the fourth time in five years that the top seeds in the NFC and AFC have battled for the NFL championship.

The Eagles and Patriots match up well with each other, offensively and defensively.

A good 13 years since the franchises met in Super Bowl 39, who will take the rematch in Super Bowl 52? Here’s an early prediction.

The Patriots are vulnerable in linebacker coverage but have the cornerbacks and safeties to contain big plays. The Eagles’ defensive weaknesses lie on the edges of their back seven.

The Eagles will make more plays in the slot with Nelshon Agholor working on former Eagle Eric Rowe, and the Patriots will see Danny Amendola cool off against Patrick Robinson. Overall, not much will separate the offense explosiveness. And with weather not being a factor, the game likely will come down to the final possession.

In the end of a close, somewhat high-scoring game, it’s easier to trust the steady Brady over the streaky Foles.

“I’m convinced he’s not 40 years old,” Theismann told USA Today. “I think his birth certificate was sealed hermetically a long time ago, and he’s a genetic freak is what he is.

“When your arm starts to wane, you don’t make those (precision) throws anymore. And in Tom’s case, I haven’t seen any dropoff.”

Theismann isn’t the only one to give credit to Brady’s throwing arm. Ron Jaworski, who was a quarterback in the NFL for 17 years, echoed similar thoughts.

“The ball comes out with a great deal of velocity. His mobility may even be better at 40 than it was 30. It’s amazing. I marvel at the guy. At (38), I was at the end of line and I was hanging on,” Jaworski said.bills_033

Some who condemned Jackson have finally admitted it was too much.

In 2014, former FCC chairman Michael Powell told ESPN the Magazine that the committee had acted “unfairly” toward the singer. “It all turned into being about her,” Powell said. “In reality, if you slow the thing down, it’s Justin ripping off her breastplate.”

As for Timberlake, he recently said that he “stumbled through” his handling of the situation. Jackson family insiders reveal he had to ask a few times before Jackson finally agreed to quietly meet up with him a few years ago in Los Angeles. After talking for a while, the two patched up their differences and sealed their friendship with a kiss and a long embrace.

That said, however, the Jackson insider explained that, “Publicly, Janet will tell everyone she’s forgiven Justin, but privately, she’s reluctant to trust him. He’s reached out to her about doing some things together but I don’t think she’s ready for that. Is she still angry? No. She doesn’t wish him any ill will. Does she still think about it? Not all of the time, but certainly since he’s doing the halftime show again, it’s definitely been a dinner table topic.”

Just looking at those numbers alone, I can justify a big payday for Donald. He has a long resume of providing disruptive production, and his consistency warrants the kind of contract that puts him on the top of the hill for defenders. Considering the current high-water marks for pass rushers (Miller’s deal for $114.5 million over six years, with $70 million in guarantees) and defensive tackles (Ndamukong Suh’s deal for $114.3 million over six years, with $60 million in guarantees), Donald should be the league’s first $20 million defender, based on his work as a disruptive playmaker at the point of attack.

The only time New England won the Super Bowl and Brady wasn’t named the game’s most valuable player was the 24-21 Super Bowl 39 win over Philadelphia. That year’s winner, wide receiver Deion Branch, had 11 catches for 133 yards thanks in big part to Brady. When New England lost the Super Bowl twice with Brady to the Giants, his counterpart Eli Manning winning game MVP both times.

The Eagles have given up some big games to athletic tight ends this season, including Travis Kelce, Jordan Reed and Evan Engram. With two weeks to recover from his concussion, Gronk should be full go for the Patriots.

We want to see Gronk win just to see him smirk while getting the game MVP ball from Roger Goodell the morning after.

Lewis, a fifth-round draft pick of the Eagles in 2011, has the ultimate chance at a revenge game as New England’s unquestioned top running back. The Eagles got ripped by a pair of diminutive dashers in the NFC playoffs, first Tevin Coleman and then Jerick McKinnon.

Philadelphia stops the run well, but it has trouble with backs like Lewis who are elusive in the open field.bills_006

The last week of byes: The Panthers, Colts, Jets and 49ers are off.

“Their efforts, both on and off the field, help bring people together and make our community stronger,” he added. “There is no greater unifier in this country than sports and, unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics.

“I think our political leaders could learn a lot from the lessons of teamwork and the importance of working together toward a common goal,” Kraft continued. “Our players are intelligent, thoughtful and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful.”

Patriots players have not protested during the anthem, and two of the team’s most prominent members — Coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady — also have had ties to the president.

Who’s on the NFL coaching hot seat? There are compelling cases to be made for and against Chuck Pagano, Hue Jackson, Ben McAdoo and Dirk Koetter.

Laughable, ridiculous: Jerry Jones has two words for those reports that he could be ousted as the Dallas Cowboys’ owner.

A Papa John’s apology: The pizza purveyor is sorry it blamed sagging sales on the NFL’s national anthem demonstrations.

The Falcons locked themselves into the No. 2 spot in the NFC with a 38-32 win over the New Orleans Saints, while the Seahawks (10-5-1) claimed the No. 3 position by fending off the San Francisco 49ers, who put up a surprising effort in a 25-23 loss at home.

In the night game, Aaron Rodgers continued his late-season tear, ripping the Lions for four touchdowns and 300 yards passing in Green Bay’s 31-24 victory. That secures the Packers the fourth seed in the playoffs; they will host the Giants in the first round. Detroit, meanwhile, will now head to Seattle to start the postseason.

They say success has many fathers but failure is an orphan. Against that backdrop, it’s easy to forget just how much of a gamble the risky Romo hire was for CBS Sports boss Sean McManus.jaguars_084

The toughest part of the Eagles’ schedule is still to come.

That is undeniable, and it begins with Thursday night’s game at Carolina. But win or lose against the Panthers, the Eagles have shown enough to prove they should have staying power. Carson Wentz is legitimate, making the Eagles a factor in the division chase all season.

The Broncos return from the bye with a favorable matchup Sunday night against the Giants, who are winless and basically out of wide receivers. If they can beat the Giants and then the one-win Chargers, the Broncos would take a 5-1 record into an Oct. 30 showdown with the Chiefs in Kansas City on “Monday Night Football.”

QB Cam Newton has completed 48 of 62 passes for 671 yards with six TDs and one interception in his past two games. His return from shoulder surgery was gradual but now he has emerged as an accurate pocket passer who clearly has changed his game, with a relatively modest 90 rushing yards this season.

Serigne was a leader for the Deacons. A fifth-year senior, he played an important starting role for four years and littered Wake Forest’s record books. He broke the school record for tight end receptions and touchdowns after just his first two seasons.

Serigne shows a good feel for space and how to get open. He’s a smooth, agile player who can weave in and out of zone coverages, as well as make some acrobatic catches in traffic. He’s not an overly physical player, but he is an athlete with an aggressive mindset. Serigne is not a hulking blocker, but he can quickly get to his mark, and he has the tenacity to get after defenders.

In the other late afternoon game, the Dallas Cowboys played safe enough in slick, rainy conditions to beat the Washington Redskins, 33-19, and reach 4-3. The Redskins drop to 3-4, losers of two straight in their division. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for two touchdowns and nearly had a third, if not for a holding penalty. Kirk Cousins threw for 263 yards and a touchdown, but also threw a pick-six late in the fourth quarter. More injuries piled up for Washington, as well, which was already dealing with plenty of ailing bodies.jaguars_044

Offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth and guard Kevin Zeitler exited via free agency Thursday.

Some NFL owners believe there is a strong possibility they will enact an offseason change to the league’s national anthem policy if players’ protests during the anthem persist through the end of this season, reverting to a previous approach of keeping players in the locker room while the anthem is played, according to several people familiar with the league’s inner workings.

“I think that if players are still kneeling at the end of the year, then it could very well happen,” said one person familiar with the owners’ deliberations on anthem-related issues.

Bengals: Coach Marvin Lewis usually has been able to make things work and get the Bengals into the playoffs. But that didn’t happen this past season. And the task just got tougher for Lewis and quarterback Andy Dalton.

Adrian Peterson, Tony Romo, Jay Cutler, Colin Kaepernick: Yes, it’s early. But no one seems to be in any rush to sign Peterson, Cutler or Kaepernick. And the Cowboys aren’t putting Romo’s decision about his next NFL team completely in his hands, at least not yet. They did not release him Thursday, as had been widely expected, amid renewed speculation that a trade to the Texans or Broncos might be possible.

Matt Forte, RB, Jets: Just when it looked like Forte was turning back the clock and beginning to ascend to the top of the depth chart in New York, he suffered a setback, missing back-to-back days at practice with a knee injury. He was going to be part of the Fringe Starters list, but now his status for this weekend’s matchup is up in the air. If Forte is unable to go, Bilal Powell owners should get him in the lineup.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts: Hilton is nursing a groin injury and Friday he was listed as questionable for Week 10. He’s been a limited participant in practice this week so Hilton owners should keep an eye on the situation leading up to game-time. It’s not a terrific matchup and if Hilton is a step slower, he could be in for a quiet day.jaguars_019

He’ll work with a former Patriots executive in Lions General Manager Bob Quinn.

What is the Senior Bowl? It’s an invite-only showcase event for the best seniors in college football, though some underclassmen who have procured their degrees — like Allen — are invited to participate as well. The prospects are split into two teams and coached by NFL coaching staffs.

Which NFL teams are coaching? The Denver Broncos staff will coach the North team, and the Houston Texans staff will coach the South.

Patricia is set to land in Detroit as the Lions’ head coach. And he’ll have a franchise quarterback in place in Matthew Stafford. There is no major rebuilding project required, with the Lions coming off a 9-7 season that nevertheless cost Jim Caldwell his coaching job.

“We are talking about a man who helped to orchestrate a commercial planeful of food and supplies for famine-stricken Somalia. A man who has invested his time and money into needy communities here at home. A man I am proud to call my brother, who should be celebrated for his courage to seek change on important issues. Instead, to this day, he is unemployed and portrayed as a radical un-American who wants to divide our country.

Anybody who has a basic knowledge of football knows that his unemployment has nothing to do with his performance on the field. It’s a shame that the league has turned its back on a man who has done only good. I am aware that my involvement in this movement means that my career may face the same outcome as Colin’s. But to quote the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” And I choose not to betray those who are being oppressed.”

Kaepernick created, among his peers, a way of thinking that took on a life of its own and infiltrated even a staunchly conservative league. The majority of NFL owners responded to Trump’s comments about player protests, which started with Kaepernick, by criticizing Trump. Many of them demonstrated alongside players.jaguars_004