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Despite the overall paucity of moves, two teams have lost their all-time WAR leaders. First, the Marlins gifted Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees. Later, the Rays traded Evan Longoria to the Giants. Both moves left the fan bases in Florida stewing. Just as much animosity was stirred up when Pittsburgh sent Andrew McCutchen to San Francisco. McCutchen ranks "only" 12th on the Pirates' all-time WAR leaderboard, but none of those ahead of him played for Pittsburgh this century. Men's Adidas Vancouver Canucks #21 Loui Eriksson Premier Blue Home NHL Jersey Perhaps there is no way to quantify it, but there are ancillary effects in these kinds of transactions. You could look at the negative impact in the areas of marketing and branding when a franchise unloads a long-standing fan favorite, but it would be tough to pin down an exact number. All we know is that it sucks for those jilted fans. Last week, a new class of Hall of Famers was announced. The identity of those newly immortalized legends will determine what Main Street in Cooperstown will look like on an upcoming summer weekend. The streets will be clogged with blue-clad Braves fans (Chipper Jones), yellow-wearing Padres fans (Trevor Hoffman) and dueling fan bases of Vladimir Guerrero admirers (Expos and Angels).Once again we'll be reminded just how strong those affinities between great players and the communities most invested in their exploits are. One-franchise players such as George Brett, Robin Yount, Cal Ripken Jr. and Derek Jeter might be rare, but it doesn't take an entire career to win over a city. With the transaction market still frozen, that Hall announcement gives us a great opportunity to look at baseball through its unparalleled historical lens. Let's focus on the concept of the "franchise face" -- the player whose very presence on a team serves as a rallying point for the cities in which they play, a presence that often lasts well beyond a player's on-field career.Here's the question of the day: How many franchises currently have, or might have, their best-ever player in the organization right now?First, let's acknowledge that the label of "best" is never as easy to define as you'd think. The perfect example of this is Alex Rodriguez's time with the Texas Rangers. According to FanGraphs, A-Rod put up 27.0 WAR for Texas from 2001-03. Those account for three of the top four seasons in Rangers history. They also are the only three seasons in which Rodriguez played for Texas. No one has ever been better for the Rangers while they were with the Rangers.Does that make A-Rod the best player in Rangers history? Well, he ranks just 10th in career WAR for that franchise. The feeling here is, no, as great as those three seasons were, there weren't enough of them for Rodriguez to be anointed as the best Texas Ranger of all time. Alex Rodriguez is not the historical face of the Rangers. Therefore, in these assessments, cumulative production will matter as much as short-term brilliance, and context will matter as well when the metrics are close. WAR data from FanGraphs served as the basis for this piece.he brilliance of Trout cannot be overstated. He's only 26 years old, but already owns the four highest single-season WAR totals in Angels history. His career total of 54.4 is 8.6 more than second-place Chuck Finley. Trout can't become a free agent until after the 2020 season, so there's a strong possibility that he'll stand alone for a long time atop this franchise even if he departs. But even if Trout retired today, he'd still be worthy of being called the best Angel ever. And by the time we run through all the teams, this much will be clear: Trout is the only star toiling in baseball right now who is clearly the best player the history of the franchise he will be playing for when the 2018 season begins.Anthony Rizzo already ranks 48th in Cubs history. Baseball can be a cruel sport for sentimental types, particularly in the 21st century, when players are too often referred to more as Chris Tierney Jersey commodities than people. But it's really hard to imagine Rizzo playing for another team. Not saying it won't happen, but it's not likely to happen anytime soon. If T.J. Lang Jersey Rizzo remains a first-division player over the next seven or eight years, he can get into the Santo-Banks class. But Bryant is the guy to watch. You have to remind yourself that he has played only three big league seasons. It feels like he has been around for a decade. According to, only four players have put up more WAR during the first three seasons of a career. Bryant already is at 21.6 career WAR. If he keeps putting up seven-win seasons for the next half-decade, he'll be in position to blow by every other Cub.Bryant -- a Scott Boras client -- doesn't hit free agency until 2022, though the Cubs certainly could sign him to an extension that pushes past his arbitration years. You never know, but you'd have to think the Cubs will pony up enough of their expanding base of financial clout to keep Bryant around for the long haul. Arizona's top two players -- Randy Johnson and Luis Gonzalez -- both logged significant time with other franchises. Goldschmidt is the first player who might become Arizona's true icon -- a historical, one-franchise talent. He's at 31.6 WAR through last season, ranking third in franchise history behind Johnson (53.6) and Gonzalez (33.8). He'll move into second this season. The question is whether he'll stick around Arizona long enough to cement his best-Diamondback-ever status: Goldschmidt can become a free agent after the 2019 season, and Arizona is not a franchise with unlimited resources. For all of their historical success and status as an iconic franchise, the Dodgers' career leader (Don Drysdale) has just 65.6 career WAR. (By the way, pitcher WAR totals mentioned in this piece include their contributions at the plate.) There are several others over or near 60 -- Duke Snider, Don Sutton, Zack Wheat, Pee Wee Reese -- who all reside in that group. However, the franchise face is almost certainly Jackie Robinson (57.2 WAR), for reasons that go well beyond the ballfield. Robinson's No. 42 hangs in every ballpark, Womens Vince Dunn Jersey so no one will ever upstage his status as one of the most important players ever to don a uniform. But in terms of determining the best-ever Dodger, Kershaw can bring some clarity to what is as of now a murky argument. He's at 59.3 WAR for his first 10 big league seasons, a faster pace than all but 10 other big league pitchers throughout history. However, he has made just 48 starts over the past two years, so now durability may be a looming issue. nfl jerseys from china cheap jerseys wholesale wholesale jerseys usa nike nfl jerseys wholesale wholesale nfl jerseys nike wholesale jerseys
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the gutsiest coaching job in Super Bowl history -- an all-out, nothing-to-lose strategic masterpiece equal to the monumental moment. Pederson was sending in plays like a boxer determined to keep his opponent on the ropes. Body blow. Uppercut. Corner route in the end zone to a covered Alshon Jeffery. Touchdown pass to a double-covered Clement in the back of the end zone. Pederson and the Eagles watched last year's Super Bowl. They knew Brady and Belichick would keep coming. They had to stand on the gas pedal until they saw that checkered flag. Men's Adidas Calgary Flames #39 Doug Gilmour Authentic Red Home NHL Jersey But to the Eagles themselves? To those who've been watching the Eagles for the past month? For the past five months? Well, this was just Pederson coaching the way Pederson does. That's been Doug all year, and that is Doug," Celek said. "He's a heck of a playcaller. He's going to keep you off-balance, and he did that tonight." In the end, that's what it took to deliver Philadelphia its first Super Bowl title. This was the third time (in eight tries!) that a team beat the Brady/Belichick Patriots in a Super Bowl, and each of the three required some kind of superhuman effort. A David Tyree helmet catch. A Mario Manningham sideline miracle. A backup quarterback who was thinking about retirement last summer becoming the first player to throw and catch touchdown passes in the same Super Bowl. A gutsy play call that let everyone on the field know he believed in them, because Pederson's a coach who believes that's the only way this will work. Former Patriot LeGarrette Blount, who signed a one-year deal with the Eagles last offseason, already has a 36-yard run and a 21-yard touchdown scamper against his former team. Here's what Blount said last week about facing New England: "Straight enemy mode," he said. "Ain't no friends, no homies, none of that. ... I don't play for the Patriots anymore. I don't watch the Patriots. I don't care about the Patriots."Patriots No. 1 wide receiver Brandin Cooks has been ruled out for the rest of the game with a head injury after taking a big hit from Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins in the second quarter. Cooks caught a 23-yard pass over the middle and circled in an attempt to gain extra yardage when he turned to the outside and ran into a thunderous hit by Jenkins. The biggest surprise from a defensive game-plan perspective for the Patriots is that Malcolm Butler is not starting, with Eric Rowe getting the nod over him. The Patriots are primarily playing a "big nickel" package with three safeties. Rowe has been in coverage on both of the Eagles' first-down conversions on third down.Shades of Super Bowl XLII, as Eagles WR Torrey Smith pulls off a David Tyree-like helmet catch on 3rd and 12 to extend their opening drive and set up a Jake Elliott FG. Good mix of plays by Doug Pederson to get offense going, but Pats' defense stiffens near the goal line.It's two degrees for kickoff, which means this is officially the coldest Super Bowl ever. Beats Super Bowl XVI in Detroit in 1982 — also played indoors — which had a low of five degrees that day. It was all set up for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to produce another dramatic, fourth-quarter, winning drive -- the ball in his hands, 2:21 remaining and a touchdown would win it -- but then it all came crashing down.And there was Brady, sitting dejectedly on the field at U.S. Bank Stadium after having the ball stripped out of Artie Burns Jersey his hands by defensive end Brandon Graham, knowing that a sixth Super Bowl title had slipped out of his grasp if not for a late miracle. It never came, one Curt Schilling Authentic Jersey last-gasp drive stopped short as Brady and the Patriots met their match in a worthy Philadelphia Eagles squad that never backed down and rolled the dice with success on fourth down in a 41-33 victory Sunday."They made one good play at the right time," said Brady, who was 28-of-48 for 505 yards, with three touchdowns.One of the major disappointments for the Patriots was how they were carved up throughout the game on defense, and an unconventional coaching decision -- to replace starting cornerback Malcolm Butler with Eric Rowe -- will be second-guessed in New England. Butler, the team's Super Bowl XLIX hero, played only on special teams in a move that Bill Belichick said wasn't disciplinary. The Super Bowl appearance was the eighth in 18 seasons during the Belichick-Brady era. It's the third time the pair has lost, and it comes with potential major changes on the horizon. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels could move on to coach the Indianapolis Colts, and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia seems set to take over the Detroit Lions. Other assistant coaches might also be on the way out. Then there is the question of the status of Belichick or Brady. In an interview with Westwood One before Super Bowl LII, Brady confirmed his plans to play in 2018, saying, "Yeah, you're gonna see me playing football next year. I don't envision not playing." And ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that Belichick is also expected to be back.But according to an ESPN The Magazine story, the Patriots dynasty started showing cracks in the aftermath of backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's trade to the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 31. It was a deal few saw coming, in part, because the club had been so adamant on keeping him as the heir apparent to Brady. But with Garoppolo's contract expiring at the end of the season, and Brady playing at Authentic Colorado Avalanche Jersey a high level at 40, things reached a breaking point. "We probably had, in my opinion, the best quarterback situation in the league for the last -- let's call it 2½ years. It's just not sustainable, given the way that things are set up," Belichick said, referring to the salary cap. "It's definitely not something that we wanted to walk away from, and we rode it out as long as we could." nfl jerseys nike nfl jerseys from china cheap jerseys free shipping cheap jerseys for sale cheap jerseys nfl nhl jerseys china
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Tom Brady strutted into U.S. Bank Stadium in a stylish trench coat and dark shades, looking as if he were about to audition for a James Bond remake. On his way out of Super Bowl LII, Brady appeared less like an action hero and much more like a man who needed a stiff drink or three. Men's Nike Tampa Bay Buccaneers #11 DeSean Jackson Elite Green Salute to Service NFL Jersey He was staggering down a hallway wearing his game pants and a light hoodie, his sweat-soaked hair mussed and his eye black smudged. Brady passed Matt Patricia, the outgoing defensive coordinator and Detroit Lions head coach-to-be, and Patricia reached out and grabbed Brady's arm on the way by. Brady looked down at the bearded figure in red and didn't say a word. He cut through a curtain, took his seat for a news conference and tried to explain how a man could throw for a playoff-record 505 yards at age 40 and still feel miserable about it. "Losing sucks," Brady said into his microphone.Even losing valiantly while putting 33 points on the board in a building located two-and-a-half hours away from his grandfather's farm in Browerville, Minnesota, where young Tommy spent parts of his summers milking cows and fishing and puking after foolishly trying his uncle's tobacco chew. n all-grown-up Brady didn't feel like throwing up after the Philadelphia Eagles strip-sacked him in the final minutes and beat the Patriots by a 41-33 count. He'd already played in seven of these incredible games, all heartbreakers for one team or the other, and he'd long ago accepted the terms of engagement. In other words, if you're going to win five Super Bowl titles by a combined 19 points, you're going to get burned, too. You're going to play 60 minutes without punting the ball even once, and you're going to connect with three receivers -- Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan and Rob Gronkowski -- for more than 100 yards apiece, and you're still going to feel as gutted as your Patriots felt a decade ago when the New York Giants derailed a 19-0 season with a series of wild and crazy plays. Brady had come back from 28-3 down to the Atlanta Falcons in the big game last year -- without the then-injured Gronkowski -- to win his record fifth ring in overtime. This time around, without Julian Edelman all season and without Brandin Cooks (head injury) for most of the final three quarters, Brady erased a 10-point deficit Sunday night and gave New England its first lead with his third touchdown pass of the second half, a 4-yarder to Gronkowski, with 9:22 to play. But two second-string quarterbacks on the other side, Nick Foles and his head coach -- an old backup named Doug Pederson -- were reveling in the biggest night of their football lives, too. As a coach, Pederson has been more of a riverboat gambler than Brett Favre, the Hall of Famer who played ahead of Pederson, ever was as a quarterback. Pederson spent the entire season going for it on fourth down, and he wasn't about to stop because the great Bill Belichick was standing across from him, or because more than 100 million Americans were watching. On fourth-and-goal near the end of the first half, Pederson ran a successful flea-flicker pass to Foles, who had never caught an NFL throw. Better yet, Pederson ran the play after Belichick had tried a flea-flicker pass to Brady, who dropped the ball despite the fact his previously-injured right hand was no longer taped up. Pederson went for it again on fourth-and-1 at his own 45 after Brady's go-ahead touchdown, and Carson Wentz's body double, Foles, honored his coach's faith. Seven plays later, Foles found Zach Ertz for a lead the Eagles wouldn't surrender. Brady took the field with 2:21 to play, a timeout and the two-minute warning in his hip pocket. Everyone had seen this movie before, over and over and over. As the greatest quarterback of all time, Brady was going to drive the Patriots down the field, win the game and break his tie with Bart Starr for most NFL titles. He hadn't been sacked all night, as the GOAT of offensive line coaches and soon-to-be-70-year-old Dante Scarnecchia, had done a masterful job scheming against Philly's deep and dangerous front. But on the second snap, that impenetrable Patriots' wall finally caved. The Eagles' Brandon Graham rushed hard and reached in with Hollis Thompson Jersey his left hand to knock the ball out of Brady's grip and into the arms of Derek Barnett. Philadelphia's only sack and New England's only turnover of the night left Brady sitting on his rump, incredulous over what had just happened and hoping against hope that the Tuck Rule would save him the way it did that snowy night in Foxborough 16 years ago when the dynasty was born. Brady had one last shot at it after the Eagles kicked a field goal for an eight-point lead, but he was left for the kind of Hail Mary that didn't work Womens Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Jersey in New England's second Super Bowl loss to the Giants. With nine seconds left, Brady took the shotgun snap, slipped away from pressure, and heaved a ball high toward Gronkowski, who had failed to catch the rebound of Aaron Hernandez's tip in the end zone against the Giants six years ago. The ball was batted around, and this time Amendola was the one who got to it too late before it fell to the ground. The Eagles erupted in celebration of their first Super Bowl victory, and their first NFL title since 1960, while Brady and Belichick assumed the role of gracious losers as somebody else's confetti fell around them. Belichick would say he was proud of how his team competed, and on cue he'd offer no details about why Malcolm Butler, the goal-line hero in the epic Super Bowl victory over Seattle three years ago, didn't see the field on defense on a night when New England's secondary couldn't cover or tackle anyone. For his part, Brady criticized himself for not making the catch of Amendola's perfect throw on a trick play in the second quarter, and for unwittingly resurrecting his wife's quote from that second Giants' Super Bowl in Indianapolis, where Gisele responded to a taunting Giants fan with a shot at Wes Welker: "My husband cannot f---ing throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time," she said in 2012. Brady said Sunday night's play "was there to be made and I missed it." The quarterback said he'd caught the pass in practice. "But I didn't catch it tonight."
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During the middle of a frustrating 2015-16 season, Jason Kidd stopped a film session and polled Milwaukee's players one-by-one as they all sat together: Who did each think was the best player on the team?It was an attempt to clarify a pecking order. Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn't a full-on freak yet; Kidd would unleash him as Point Giannis in another couple of months. Greg Monroe was the starriest free-agent acquisition in franchise history, Michael Carter-Williams a former Rookie of the Year for whom the Bucks passed up a lightly protected future Lakers pick (whoops). Jabari Parker was a No. 2 pick who likely expected the "best player" mantle would one day be his. Khris Middleton was surging. Men's Old Time Hockey Minnesota Wild #20 Ryan Suter Authentic Red Sawyer Hooded Sweatshirt Most of the players pegged Middleton as the alpha, according to multiple people who recalled the session. Then it was Antetokounmpo's turn. Without hesitation, sources recall, he nominated himself. Some in the room disagreed, but everyone admired his chutzpah. he exercise was very Kidd. He didn't mind confrontation, or making players uncomfortable -- to the detriment of morale in the end. He once benched Antetokounmpo for a breach in practice, and kept Malcolm Brogdon on the pine for almost an entire half without explanation. Some players eventually craved more communication and support. Men's Adidas Edmonton Oilers #77 Oscar Klefbom Authentic Black 1917-2017 100th Anniversary NHL Jersey Kidd had a sometimes strained relationship with the team's medical staff, per sources, and engaged in the occasional back-and-forth with ownership. When owners summoned Kidd to a meeting at a restaurant in New York after Milwaukee's exit from the playoffs last season, there was Kendall Lamm Youth jersey a chance -- perhaps a small one, but a real one -- that they would decide right then and there to fire him, sources say. (It is unclear if Kidd was aware of this.) Instead, he agreed to tweak some things, and everyone chose the status quo. Nine months later, Kidd is gone, and the Jon Merrill Jersey Bucks are undefeated without him against a cupcake schedule. Time and Antetokounmpo have answered Kidd's poll question, a reality Parker must face as he returns Friday after tearing his ACL again. arker conceives of himself as a star -- a max player. Extension talks between Parker and Bucks fizzled in October, and Parker will enter restricted free agency this summer. The Bucks were prepared during those October talks to offer a three-year deal worth around $54 million, according to sources familiar with the discussions. The two sides discussed other permutations -- shorter deals, incentive-laden four-year deals -- and the talks never narrowed to a single on-paper offer. Still: Milwaukee's upper limit in annual salary -- about $18 million per season -- was clear, sources say. Parker bet on himself. If he plays well over the next two months, he will have suitors. The Bucks, at risk of crossing the luxury-tax threshold, will face hard choices.The Bucks with Parker are good, perhaps very good, but any team lucky enough to find a top-10 (and likely top-five) player must chase greatness during that guy's prime. The Bucks are running out of time to see if this core can be great, and they risk running low on trade assets if they pay everyone and discover it isn't. Contracts tied to Eric Bledsoe, Middleton, and Brogdon expire after next season. Bledsoe and Middleton will be eligible for contract extensions before then, but either way, they will expect raises in 2019.It might be feasible to pay Parker, Middleton, Bledsoe, and Antetokounmpo over those next few years, and still have enough room underneath the tax to fill the rest of the roster with decent role players. Deals for John Henson, Mirza Teletovic, Matthew Dellavedova, and Tony Snell (a fine contract) will all expire in that time. Brogdon and Thon Maker, meanwhile, will require new ones. But is that the team Milwaukee wants to lock into as the end of Antetokounmpo's new four-year contract approaches in 2021? (The original sin was failing to sign Antetokounmpo to an ironclad five-year extension in the fall of 2016. Antetokounmpo wasn't a no-brainer superstar then, but there was also no reason to expect Parker would be better -- and to save the five-year deal for him.)Is that roster good enough to keep up with Philly and Boston? Despite Kidd's revelation (via ESPN's Ramona Shelburne) that Antetokounmpo offered to try to save his job, Kidd's firing will cause no lingering rift between the Bucks and their star, sources close to him say. Nudging up against a hard ceiling every spring might. Antetokounmpo is so singularly talented, it's not crazy to suggest he might be able to drag this supporting cast to the Finals at some point. But Milwaukee doesn't yet have a championship-level second banana -- unless Parker gets there. And they may have to trade one of the Middleton/Bledsoe/Parker trio to maintain payroll flexibility.Pay them all and fall short, and they could be stuck. Parker's future trade value is a huge unknown. Brogdon is a powerful trade chip on his current deal, but perhaps not on his next one. Bledsoe won't have as much appeal approaching 30 on a richer deal as he did this season. Middleton is still just 26, but what happens if he goes from underpaid to fairly paid? The Bucks have been active in trade talks, including for DeAndre Jordan, and adding another huge long-term salary would likely cost one of their core players this summer. (Talks with the Clippers have not gotten anywhere near serious.) They could rent a center on an expiring contract -- Derrick Favors, maybe -- but it's unclear if they have the assets to work that sort of deal. Spend on all their key current guys, and the Bucks could be short of both cap space and trade assets. They already traded one future first-round pick for Bledsoe. (The Bucks and Hawks discussed a similar deal for Dennis Schroder before Bledsoe became available, according to several league sources.) They botched a chance to trade Brandon Knight for a Lakers first-round pick that became the league's golden chip. (Philly Ronnie Lott Jersey got the pick instead, in exchange for Carter-Williams as part of a three-team deal.) Flipping the picks that became Norman Tim Hardaway Youth jersey Powell and OG Anunoby to Toronto for Greivis Vasquez was inexplicable the moment it happened.
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WHEN KIRK COUSINS got Christopher Tanev Womens Jersey word this week that Washington had agreed to acquire quarterback Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs, I like to imagine him cycling through a litany of emotions in a matter of minutes: shock, disappointment, confusion, perhaps even a hint of betrayal. Cousins loathes uncertainty. He craves an established routine and is obsessive about chasing it. That his future was suddenly in flux had to feel disarming. Women's Replica Majestic Luis Aparicio Grey Road Jersey - #11 MLB Chicago White Sox Cool Base I suspect, though, that what ultimately emerged was some sense of relief.It has been clear for several seasons that Washington and Cousins had a marriage that needed to dissolve. Both sides said the right things in public, but beneath the surface, a petty tug-of-war fueled by doubts and slights had been raging for years. Youth Dee Gordon Authentic Grey Majestic Jersey: MLB Miami Marlins #9 Road Cool Base As hard as the organization might have tried, Washington could never quite let go of its first impression of Cousins after he landed in their lap as a fourth-round pick in 2012. Owner Dan Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen eventually decided, with some trepidation, that Cousins was worth a long-term investment, offering him a contract that would've made him one of the NFL's highest-paid players. But Cousins, an avid reader who loves researching how successful people run their businesses, could never quite get over one simple reality: The team could have had him for cheap, back in 2015, and it wasn't interested. That might seem counterintuitive on the surface. Really? He wishes Washington had signed him for less money when it had the chance, instead of paying him more once he'd proven to the team he was a good, if not yet great, NFL quarterback? In short, yes. That's an accurate summary of how Cousins' brain works. Mike Shanahan, Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay all thought, at various points, that Cousins might be the next Drew Brees, and they worked hard to persuade him of as much. "I remember Kyle saying, 'Just keep playing. I think you've got a chance to be a Drew Brees-type player someday,' " Cousins told me in November. "I kept saying, 'Wow. I appreciate the belief and confidence. I want to go prove you right.' Kyle said, 'You don't have to prove me right. I know I'm right.' " Washington's front office could never quite see it, though, and that created a tension between the two sides that could never truly be resolved. For Cousins, more important than getting paid is feeling as if he plays for an organization that knows what it's doing. If Washington couldn't grasp his potential once it was clear he, and not Robert Griffin III, was going to be the starter, how could he ever trust them to find the right pieces to put around him? If you can't recognize the value of an asset until it has matured, all you end up doing is overpaying for everything. Anyone can buy Apple stock when it's $165 a share. It's Chris Wideman Womens Jersey the financial wizard who recognizes its value at $8 a share who wins in the end. Washington has spent the past 20 years chasing stocks that have already matured, whether it was Jeff George, Donovan McNabb, Albert Haynesworth or Deion Sanders. While the team might ultimately be right about hesitating to make Cousins the Womens Rodney Gunter Jersey highest-paid player in NFL history, the Redskins' ongoing pursuit of players who have already peaked might be the best summary of their woes that can fit into a single sentence. In an alternate universe, if Washington had drafted Tom Brady and he'd filled in admirably as a game manager for half a season, it's easy to imagine them handing the job right back to Drew Bledsoe. It was clear Snyder and Allen sensed Cousins' reluctance to stick around, and while they could have called his bluff and continued to use the franchise tag or transition tag on him, they must have realized that was about to become financially untenable. Transitioning to Smith will offer stability at a reasonable price, and perhaps that's enough as Washington maps out yet another rebuilding project. FOR COUSINS -- WHETHER he's tagged again and traded or Washington simply allows him to become an unrestricted free agent -- he's no longer stuck in a relationship where he has to pretend everyone is happy. And the freedom to start fresh without the specter of Griffin always lingering in the ether will be invigorating.But the bar of expectations is going to be raised to a level he probably doesn't yet realize. Where Cousins ends up will be a fascinating offseason subplot in a league that is starved for good quarterback play. There will certainly be a bidding war if he hits the open market that -- whether or not you feel he deserves the distinction -- is going to make Cousins the highest-paid player in NFL history (at least until Aaron Rodgers signs his next extension). In certain Womens Yunel Escobar Jersey cities, however, some of Cousins' limitations will be under the microscope like never before. For all the favorable comparisons to Brees that the Shanahans have made, Brees is an outlier in his generation, a man with a Hall of Fame brain, spooky-good pocket presence and a street-brawling bravado that has helped him overcome limitations in arm strength. Cousins knows his own limitations, which Jay Gruden always seemed to view as both a strength and a weakness. How will his risk-averse style play in the New York tabloids if he's making $31 million a year to quarterback the Jets? What will John Elway think if he ends up watching a player who, while tying up a third of the Broncos' salary cap, throws a lot of check-downs and screen passes? Cousins might be the missing piece for a team itching to clear the final hurdle (Jacksonville?). He also might be a lightning rod for more criticism if he takes big money from the Browns or the Bills and performs in a way similar to how he played in Washington: good but never quite transcendent, with an unfortunate habit of making deflating mistakes in big moments.,101990
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Who were the most surprising hitters of 2017? You could enter the numbers into a spreadsheet, compare each player’s performance to his preseason projection and see which players most overachieved. I’m too lazy to do that. Max Pacioretty Women's Premier Navy Blue Jersey: Nike Olympic Hockey Team USA 2014 Away #67 Maybe the 10 players below weren’t the exact 10 biggest surprises by some formula. But they were 10 of the most compelling players of 2017 because of their surprises. That makes them compelling for 2018. It also makes them 10 of the most important players for the upcoming season. Can they repeat their improbable production? The Steamer projections at FanGraphs say no: All 10 players are predicted to regress in their triple-slash lines. Men's Majestic Seattle Mariners #52 Carlos Ruiz Replica Teal Green Alternate Cool Base MLB Jersey Bellinger was a prized prospect before the 2017 season, but nobody could have expected this kind of season. He started in Triple-A, and it took a series of injuries for the Dodgers to call him up in late April. All he did was set the National League rookie record for home runs while ranking fifth in the majors in isolated power. Given his rookie production and his age -- he didn’t turn 22 until halfway through the season -- he should be one of the game’s premier sluggers for the next decade. One reason to buy into him as a consistent slugger is that he pulls the ball. Take his Dodgers teammate Corey Seager, who hasn’t completely tapped into his power potential because he rarely pulls the ball in the air. Most home runs are pulled, so the big-time power hitters tend to be pull hitters. Here’s Bellinger’s hit chart: In the postseason, Bellinger struggled (hitting just .219 with 29 strikeouts and Womens Vincent Rey Jersey three walks) as pitchers fed him a steady diet of breaking balls. I think that was more the result of being tired after a long season than a fatal flaw that will be exploited in the future. Bellinger hit .260/.329/.625 against off-speed pitches in the regular season, so it wasn’t a concern before the postseason. Bellinger is the prototypical young slugger in today’s game: He had the eighth-highest rate of fly balls in the majors. That might prevent him from being a .300 hitter, but it won’t prevent Authentic Linval Joseph Jersey him from hitting 40 home runs in 2018. If Bellinger was a pleasant surprise, Taylor’s season was more of a shocking revelation. He also started the season in the minors and still produced a 4.8 WAR, learning a new position in the process. Taylor had hit one home run in 291 major league at-bats entering the season, but he mashed 60 extra-base hits in 514 at-bats in 2017. It wasn’t all because of the ball. Taylor was one of those who revised his swing. By the end of the World Series, he was at least able to joke about how many times throughout the season he was asked about his swing change. Here’s the interesting thing, however: Unlike teammate Justin Turner and others, Taylor actually didn’t start hitting a bunch more fly balls: His line-drive and ground ball rates were similarly Blake Griffin Authentic Jersey close to his career totals. Obviously, something clicked, as a combination of a better approach, swinging harder and barreling up more balls than he had in the past, but the power wasn’t simply the result of hitting more balls in the air. This was a different hitter from the one who previously struggled in the majors. You can see the projection forecasts a pretty big decline, primarily due to a regression on average on balls in play. With 142 strikeouts and 50 walks, Taylor didn’t have a great SO/BB ratio, but he isn't a wild swinger, with a chase rate (pitches out of the strike zone) of 25.2 percent, which ranked 30th out of 144 qualified regulars. Although I’m not completely sold on Taylor, I think that slugging percentage will be higher than the .411 projection (if less than his .496 number from 2017), and there’s a chance that he will cut down on the strikeouts, putting more Carlos Santana Authentic Jersey balls in play to make up for a lower average when he does make contact. The Dodgers are counting on him as their center fielder, and I believe he’ll hold the job. How can we even attempt a forecast on Judge? Most young players improve, but how can you project a guy to improve on 52 home runs? First of all, only nine players have had more than one 50-homer season, and only five of them had consecutive 50-homer seasons: Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa both had four in a row, Babe Ruth hit 50 consecutively two times, and Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr. also had back-to-back 50-homer seasons. But we’ve had only a couple players with size and strength similar to Judge's -- and one of them is now his teammate. I’d throw in Frank Howard. Dave Winfield had the size but only three 30-homer seasons. With that short porch at Yankee Stadium, Judge can mishit a ball and still get it over the fence with brute strength. The obvious way for Judge to improve is to cut down on his strikeouts -- he had 208 of them last year in 678 plate appearances, a 30.7 percent rate -- so what if he eliminates 25 strikeouts? That cuts his rate to 27.0 percent and results in 20 more balls in play (assuming the same walk rate). If he produces at the same rate on contact as in 2017, his batting line would improve to .290 with 55 home runs and a .639 slugging percentage. If he cuts his strikeout rate to 25 percent (170 strikeouts), he would improve to .293, .647 and 57 home runs. Is that possible? Sure. George Springer struck out 33 percent of the time as a rookie, then dropped that to 24.2 percent his second season and all the way to 17.6 percent in 2017 -- cutting his strikeouts almost in half over three seasons.Now, what’s even scarier is if Judge does better when he makes contact. He hit .461 when he didn’t strike out last season. Maybe 60 home runs are possible. wholesale nfl jerseys cheap hockey jerseys basketball jerseys custom cheap nfl jerseys usa wholesale jerseys nfl jerseys wholesale cheap jerseys paypal cheap nhl jerseys
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On any of dozens of plays from training camp, the preseason and his one regular-season start as a rookie, quarterback Patrick Mahomes showed the uncommon ability that led the Kansas City Chiefs to trade up in the first round to draft him last year. Nike Samson Ebukam Women's Navy Blue Elite Jersey: #50 NFL Home Los Angeles Rams Mahomes as their new starting quarterback may or may not be good enough to take the Chiefs beyond the divisional round of the playoffs, a place they couldn’t reach in five seasons with Alex Smith. They couldn’t get as far as the AFC Championship Game in the previous 19 seasons with a variety of other quarterbacks either, for that matter. ut it’s time for the Chiefs to find out. The Chiefs would be foolish to deny Mahomes’ progress, something they acknowledged in agreeing to trade Smith to the Washington Redskins. Mahomes has come a long way in 10 months with the Chiefs, going from a quarterback who had to learn to call a play in the huddle and take a snap from under center to one who could win an NFL game.Mahomes’ elevation was inevitable and always about him. When he showed he was ready, the Chiefs were going to move him into the starting lineup regardless of how Smith was playing. Smith responded to Mahomes’ arrival with the best season of his career. He was the NFL’s top-rated passer (104.7) and set personal records for yards (4,042) and touchdowns (26). But that just fattened the return the Chiefs could get from Washington in a trade. It certainly didn’t change the dynamics of the quarterback situation in Kansas City. Smith was a good regular-season quarterback, winning almost two-thirds of his starts for the Chiefs and leading them to the playoffs four times in five years. But he had taken them as far as he could in the playoffs.Smith was 1-4 in the postseason with the Chiefs, with two of the losses coming by one point and another by two. That’s the biggest reason the Chiefs traded up last year in the first round to draft Mahomes and agreed to send Smith to Washington on Tuesday. Even before Smith’s arrival, the Chiefs were lousy in the playoffs. They’ve lost 11 of their last 12 postseason games.The quarterback deficit they frequently faced can help explain their playoff futility. They went up in those 11 losses against six quarterbacks who either are or someday will be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.The Chiefs wanted a quarterback like that of their own. It’s far too early to tell whether Mahomes will be one, but he’s got the tools and is off to a good start.That makes this a perfect time to install him as the starter. After yet another agonizing playoff defeat, the Chiefs’ future can’t wait one more year.News that the Kansas City Chiefs will trade Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins leaves the Cleveland Browns in another of what seems like a never-ending string of "now what?" situations at quarterback. The safe assumption in this offseason was that the Browns would see Smith as a viable veteran alternative to hold the quarterback position while they groomed a young draft pick and DeShone Kizer. New general manager John Dorsey knew Smith well from their days in Kansas City, so the assumption was that he would be willing to Adam Clendening Jersey give up one of the Browns' second-round draft picks to bring Smith to Cleveland. That part of the assumption was true, as the Browns did offer one of their second-round picks for Smith, according to a league source. Instead, Smith goes to the Redskins for a third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller, and the Redskins give Smith a four-year contract extension worth a reported $94 million. That's $23.5 million per year -- with $71 million guaranteed -- for a 33-year-old quarterback who went 1-4 in the playoffs with Kansas City.Which leads to the question: If Smith is worth $94 million, what in the heck will free-agent-to-be Kirk Cousins make?It sounds odd in general that a team with three second-round picks was outbid by a team offering a player and a third-round pick, and it brings back memories of Jimmy Garoppolo going to San Francisco, not the Browns, before the last trade deadline. Except for one thing, which Smith made clear Tuesday on the Dan Patrick Show: Given his druthers, Smith preferred to play for a team that could win sooner than later. Washington clinched it by offering $71 million in security via a four-year extension, something the Browns were not willing to do. The Browns have extra draft picks and cap space, but they also have one win the past two seasons. Washington won 24 games the past three and gets Smith for five more. Now Cousins will Dion Phaneuf Youth jersey be the most attractive free-agent quarterback, and he will hit the market at the optimal time to make the maximum money. McCarron's free-agent status between restricted and unrestricted will be determined after a grievance hearing Feb. 15. If the Browns were interested enough in McCarron to complete a trade at the deadline, they might be interested in him now. If he is ruled an unrestricted free agent because the Bengals wrongly put him on the non-football injury list as a rookie, he will command an impressive contract. cheap nfl jerseys paypal wholesale jerseys usa nike nfl jerseys supply nfl jerseys nike
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And so, with all eyes focused on Super Bowl LII, the NFL answered one of its most important offseason questions. Alex Smith will be the Washington Redskins' quarterback in 2018, via trade from the Kansas City Chiefs, and former Redskins starter Kirk Cousins will enter the free-agent market.If you were caught off guard by the news, which arrived on a random Tuesday night in January, you weren't alone. How could this happen before the start of the new league year? Let's dig deeper. Men's Elite Wes Schweitzer Red Jersey: Home #71 NFL Atlanta Falcons Nike I didn't say it was the first moment teams could discuss trades. It's perfectly legal, and more common than you might realize, for teams to exchange ideas about potential deals in the days, weeks and even months leading up to the official start of the trading period. The only thing they can't do is finalize the paperwork. That means neither team can discuss it publicly, but there's nothing stopping Smith from doing so. No, not with 100 percent certainty. Either side could back out without penalty, given that the trade hasn't officially happened. This is a verbal agreement. But now that the news has leaked, backing out would do real and serious damage to a team's credibility. What team, player or agent would feel comfortable doing a future deal with a partner that has a known history of reneging? Yes, Smith is still is on the Chiefs' roster. But he wasn't a pending free agent and isn't going to be. He is signed through the 2018 season. Teams can begin discussing contracts for their own players after Jan. 1, and NFL rules permit the Chiefs to give the Redskins -- or any other team -- a window to discuss potential contract terms and avoid tampering charges. Clearly, the Redskins weren't going to trade for Smith if they weren't certain he would sign an extension to play beyond the coming season. Per ESPN Stats & Information, Smith was set to count $20.6 million against the Chiefs' cap in 2018. When trades occur, a player's base salary -- and thus that part of his cap hit -- transfers with him. At the moment, it appears that the Chiefs will shave $17 million off their 2018 cap and incur $3.6 million in accelerated dead money. Smith's exact charge on the Redskins' cap for 2018 is not yet known, but if the deal is worth $23.5 million annually, you can expect cap charges to average about the same over time. Oh, it's going to Larry Fitzgerald Jersey work out just fine for Cousins. If he really wanted to be with the Redskins, he could have signed one of the team-friendly offers he received over the past two years. The only thing that changed for him on Tuesday was the elimination of the small possibility that the Redskins Buddy Hield Jersey would use their franchise tag to retain him for a third consecutive year. Cousins and his agent can start full preparations for a rare moment in NFL free agency: a high-quality quarterback available on the open market in the prime of his career. It's fair to argue whether Cousins can be a transcendent player, but even the availability of a quarterback of his talents and relatively young age (29) is highly unusual. It would be surprising if a bidding war didn't lead to him becoming the NFL's highest-paid player in March. FRISCO, Texas -- A funny thing happened during Super Bowl week; actual news broke, with the Washington Redskins agreeing to acquire Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs.Washington gave up a promising cornerback in Kendall Fuller and a third-round pick to pick up Smith and signed the quarterback to a four-year extension that will guarantee him $71 million. o what does it mean for the Dallas Cowboys? mith is coming off his best season, with 4,042 yards and 26 touchdown passes for the Chiefs. He helped Kansas City to the playoffs in four of his five years as its starter. True, he won just one playoff game, but it's better to get there and lose than not get there at all. The Redskins essentially swapped Kirk Cousins for Smith, who will turn 34 in May. They knew they could not put the franchise tag on him for a third straight year. They knew a multiyear deal would be costly, and there always seemed to be something that prevented them from committing in the long term to Cousins. Cousins posted a 24-23-1 record from 2015 to 2017. He had 29, 25 and 27 touchdown passes the past three seasons, to go with 11, 12 and 13 interceptions. Now that he is free to hit the open market, he is sure to get the megadeal he has always sought. rom a Cowboys perspective, maybe they don't want to see Cousins go. n seven starts against Dallas, Cousins had 12 touchdown passes and just five interceptions. He averaged nearly 274 yards a game against the Cowboys. On Thanksgiving in 2016, he threw for 449 yards and three touchdowns against the Cowboys. But the stat that counts most for quarterbacks is wins. Cousins Cory Joseph Authentic Jersey has a 1-6 mark against the Cowboys.Smith has started only three games against the Cowboys with a 1-2 mark. He was wholly average in the Cowboys' win against the Chiefs in 2017, completing 25 of 34 passes for 263 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.He will leave an offense with Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt for one that's without a receiver, tight end or running back of similar quality. He will have to learn a new system under Jay Gruden, who should adapt some of his scheme to what Smith does well. The Redskins will have to do more to help Smith if they want to truly make this deal work. Their leading rusher, Samaje Perine, had 603 yards last year. Jamison Crowder is a solid complementary receiver but not a lead. Josh Doctson, their first-round pick in 2016, has yet to pan out. Jordan Reed is an excellent pass-catching tight end but he has battled injuries.
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Amid all the pleasantries and platitudes that tend to be standard fare at introductory news conferences, one line from Alex Cora’s first media availability as manager of the Boston Red Sox stood out for its apparent naiveté.“[Being] too close to players,” Cora said nearly three months ago in Fenway Park, “that doesn’t exist.” Men's Nike Seattle Seahawks #54 Bobby Wagner Elite Navy/White Split Fashion NFL Jersey Cue the eye-rolls and the shaking of heads. To the most cynical in a press corps and fan base teeming with cynics, Cora sounded like a rookie manager who did not yet grasp the reality of his new job. Even the most player-friendly manager can’t really be friends with his players. Not when he has the final say over who gets the at-bats and pitches the most important innings and occupies the 25 spots on the roster. There’s a good reason the manager’s office in every big league clubhouse comes with a door. Difficult conversations tend to take place behind it. Game Women's Desmond King Black Jersey: NFL Nike Los Angeles Chargers #20 Fashion But Cora, bless his heart, believes he can thread that needle. And what if he really can? It is, after all, part of the reason the Red Sox hired him after only one season as the Houston Astros' bench coach. Cora, 42, lasted 14 years in the big leagues as a backup infielder because he was regarded as a team leader and expert communicator -- in two languages, no less. He related as easily to young Dustin Pedroia as he did to eccentric star Manny Ramirez. Upon observing Cora’s interactions with teammates, then-Red Sox skipper Terry Francona once told him, “Alex, you’re going to be a big league manager.” Now that he is, Cora plans to lean on those interpersonal skills more than ever. His philosophy: Get to know the players as well as possible and earn their trust. The closer he can get to them, the easier it will be to stick together when times get tough.“[Player-manager] relationships, they can’t be only baseball relationships,” Cora said. “The whole thing about drawing a line, [players] understand that. But you’ve got to care about each other. That’s the most important thing. They’re human beings, man, and you’ve got to talk to them. You’ve got to see how they feel.” To Ryan Kalish, it is that abiding sense of empathy that sets Cora apart. And Kalish, one of the few players who can count Cora among his former managers, has played for Francona, Torey Lovullo, Bobby Valentine and Joe Maddon. Cora’s managerial experience is limited to two roughly 40-game seasons with Criollos de Caguas, a winter ball team based in his hometown in eastern Puerto Rico. Kalish, a former Red Sox prospect whose career has been pocked by a string of injuries, came to Caguas in 2015 after missing a full season with the Chicago Cubs while recovering from multiple surgeries on both knees. The rust was evident. In 20 games, Kalish went 10-for-69 (.145) with one extra-base hit and 15 strikeouts. inter ball is serious business, with fans flocking to ballparks and teams playing to win. At-bats are earned, not promised. But Cora didn’t consign Kalish to the end of the bench and forget about him. He didn’t underestimate the difficulty of Kalish’s long road back or patronizingly reassure him that, in time, everything would be OK. Instead, Cora recognized what Kalish was going through and commiserated with him, making time to listen to how out of sorts he felt at the plate and in the outfield. Cora even put Kalish in touch with a sports psychologist who he saw during his career.“Alex had a really good idea of what I had been through to get to that point, and he was always so positive with me,” Kalish said. “We didn’t make the playoffs, and I didn’t hit very well. It’s not like I did anything special for him other than giving him 100 percent effort. But every day was just another positive day for him, even if Eddie Goldman Womens Jersey I had a bad day. “When a manager has all the dynamics of being your friend and being your business associate, which he very much is, and then also having the ability to let you know when you’re not doing things correctly, that’s really unique. You don’t come across that all the time. And Alex has that.” Two years later, Cora cried on the field after LSU beat Miami on a walk-off homer in the championship game Matt Carpenter Youth jersey of the 1996 College World Series. But he also delivered a moving epilogue to his teammates a few minutes later, making a point to console freshman closer Robbie Morrison, the All-American who gave up the home run. It was an early sign of Cora’s innate ability to read a room and say the right thing at the precise time. “We’re in the locker room, just in shock; everyone was incredibly disappointed, and Alex gives this emotional speech,” said Red Sox mental skills coach Laz Gutierrez, Cora’s teammate for one season at Miami. “He was able to express this comforting Dave Winfield Jersey message of, ‘We’ll be back; we’re a great club.’ And then he starts telling Robbie he’s a great pitcher and he’s going to do great things. It was way, way ahead of what you expect from a college guy at that level. His Womens Solomon Hill Jersey emotional intelligence is through the roof.” There are other examples. In four seasons as a Red Sox reserve, Cora’s most meaningful role was keeping Ramirez in line. 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"I just gave it all I had tonight,'' Harden said after Tuesday's contest. "We all did. We all fought for 48 minutes, we got key stops when we needed to and we made big shots.''Harden scored 18 points in the fourth quarter to eclipse the 57 points Calvin Murphy scored in 1978 to break Houston's single-game scoring record. After Harden eclipsed the mark, cameras in the arena showed a shot of Murphy, who works on the television broadcast team, smiling and clapping for The Beard, who also had 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Majestic Keith Hernandez Replica Women's Jersey - MLB St. Louis Cardinals #37 Pink Fashion Cool Base The Rockets were down several key players for Tuesday's game. Chris Paul, who has a sore groin, and Trevor Ariza, who is dealing with a strained hamstring, both sat out. They lost another player when Eric Gordon, who is second on the team in scoring with 19.5 points a game, left early in the second quarter with lower back stiffness."I looked at Coach and said, 'Eric can't go,''' Harden said. "He said go get 'em. And after that, I didn't come out of the game.'' The game was tied at 107 after a basket by Magic forward Marreese Speights with just under four minutes to play. Neither team scored for more than two minutes after that -- until Harden took over, posting the next six points to make it 113-107 Jason Kelce Womens Jersey with 45 seconds left. He set the scoring mark when he stepped back and netted a 3-pointer before crashing to the court after being fouled by Mario Hezonja. He then made the free throw to give him 60 points and bring the crowd to its feet. "Amazing [and] topped it off with a four-point play at the end,'' Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "But we had to have every minute from him.''Harden, who also had four steals and a block, grabbed his 10th rebound a few seconds later to earn his third triple-double this season. He made 17 of 18 free throws and was 19-of-30 from the floor with five 3-pointers. He said he didn't realize he was the first player with 60 points in a triple-double. "It's a good feeling, I guess,'' he said. "Just try to go out there and make an impact every single night on the game, however I can. Whether it's scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, whatever it is. And tonight, I guess I was doing everything.''Harden's big night came as he played 46 minutes and 26 seconds -- representing a career high for a regulation game -- with Houston missing so many players. But with DeMarcus Cousins' Achilles injury paving a way for George into the game, the Thunder somehow wound up with the best of both worlds -- Westbrook made another impression on George, and now David Robinson Jersey George is in the game after all.hey'll head to L.A. together as All-Stars, with a stronger knot tied between them. They'll both be on Team LeBron, and it will be a week of bus rides to events, posing for pictures, trash-talking sessions in the locker room and showing off their sprouting chemistry. The Thunder have been playing two simultaneous games this season: embracing a potential one-year opportunity to build a contender capable of unseating the Golden State Warriors, while also not-so-subtly taking advantage of a running head start with George's recruitment.At the heart of both missions is Westbrook, the Thunder's MVP and top pitchman. The franchise already has made an impression on George, with him talking of "checking all the boxes," recalling personal moments like the entire organization showing up to his summer charity fishing tournament, to hyper-attentive staff support as he adapted to a new city. It's Westbrook, though, who is the Thunder's ace in the hole. His vocal support isn't the first time George referenced the decision becoming "easier" -- George said the same after Westbrook signed a five-year extension with OKC in September. But Westbrook has been intent on building a relationship from the moment the trade went down. It started with a phone call the day of the deal, then turned into hours spent together at an OKC hotel lounge after George was officially welcomed with coronation party. Westbrook can be an acquired taste for some. The outside perception is he's an angry loner who plays only by his terms. George didn't know Westbrook before the trade, and didn't seek out any info from former teammates to get a better idea. He wanted a clean slate. Those who know Westbrook best often talk about his charm, his biting sense of humor, his attention to detail and unwavering commitment to the people who matter most to him -- family, friends, teammates. Just a few months in, those are the things George talks about. "And that's the most important thing to me is to be able to gain a relationship with people. Basketball stuff, that will come and that's short term, but brotherhood and friends, that's lifetime and for me I constantly try to find ways to learn different things about people, learn about their families, learn about their struggles, their journey." Where other teams fretted over George's uncertain future and dragged their feet at making a move last summer, the Thunder pursued it, risk and all. They were ready and willing to place a bet on what their culture could produce, unafraid to put themselves out there for a potential one-year superstar rental and summer heartbreak.More than anything, there was a trust in Westbrook, and as he has done time and again since the franchise became his two years ago, he answered the call.
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Basketball Tips for First-Timers
If your kids have become a little too acquainted with the TV or spend too much time surfing online, it is sometimes difficult to find inventive ways to get them out of the house and engaging in sporting activities. adidas shoes uk sale In fact, it is music to the ears of any parent when your child announces "I want to learn how to play [insert sport here]!" for the first time. When it comes to basketball, they will receive a great workout, learn how to co-operate with others and experience the rewards that come with successfully working as a team with others who yearn to be the victors. Developing a healthy competitive nature will also ready any child for the gung ho challenges that go hand-in-hand with the types of sport played as a teenager in high school.
If your child has recently taken up an interest in basketball and would like to begin playing, there are many pieces of equipment that you will need to purchase. If you are somewhat wary of what to buy, or perhaps feel a little nervous of buying the wrong items, here are a few helpful hints to bear in mind when you begin shopping.
Basketball shoes: With shoes, the "expensive equals better" adage certainly does not ring true every time, and price almost never guarantees any kind of higher level of protection from injury either. Spending more than $150 on a pair of shoes is foolish, especially as a child's feet will continue to grow over time. adidas nmd mens sale Look to the midrange $60-to-$90 shoes, and ensure that your child understands that a certain brand is nothing more than a street cred boost; those fancy schmancy Nike, Under Armour or Adidas shoes will not mean a thing when your opponent unceremoniously trounces you. Comfort takes the highest priority, because foot pain can be hugely detrimental, and, no matter how snazzy your footwear, your child will suffer from a poor purchasing choice. The rubber bottom (outsole) of any good shoe should be both flat and wide, to create a stable base helping to prevent ankle rolls. A three-quarter cut will also offer effective ankle stability.
Ankle brace: If your child has not had an ankle injury in recent memory, there is no reason to buy - or wear - an orthotic device. However, if they have suffered sometime in the past and have a hard time finding an ankle brace that will fit, think about a custom device. Although a little expensive, players with uninterrupted foot and/or ankle pain will not receive sufficient protection from a store-bought brace. Those with flat feet or abnormally high arches may also benefit from a tailor-made device.
Shirts: Playing in a traditional cotton tee will only lead to a sweat-logged child, and that is pleasant for no-one. With a synthetic moisture-resistant shirt, any dampness will hopefully be reduced or negated altogether. Remember that a dry kid is a happy kid!
adidas superstar womens sale Shorts: Echoing the advice regarding shirts, shorts should also be made from synthetic materials. As for their length, that is up to you!
Mouth guard: Regardless of the level of competition, any basketball game can become aggressive: Anyone who has felt the sudden sting of an elbow in the teeth will testify to this! Therefore, it is highly advisable for your youngster to wear a mouth guard that offers at least a modicum of protection. Recent studies have even spotted a link between the presence of concussion amongst players who refuse to play with a mouth guard. Boil-and-bite mouth guards (drop it in hot water before biting down on it, and it will mold to the inside of your mouth) will definitely help your offspring to endure any painful collisions they encounter.
adidas ultra boost uk If you try to remember a handful of these tips, you will be able to make some educated purchases for any wannabe MVPs in your family.
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The Washington Redskins gave up on quarterback Kirk Cousins -- and did so at a steep price. Trading for Kansas City's Alex Smith makes sense, knowing Cousins wasn't likely to sign a long-term deal with Washington. And if he did, it would be costly. Nike NFL Alfred Blue White Jersey Men's Elite: #28 Houston Texans Road But trading for Smith comes at a cost as well. A steep one. Giving the Chiefs a third-round pick isn't bad; Washington will get a pick in the same round in 2019 as compensation when Cousins signs with someone in free agency. However, also included in the deal for Smith, according to sources, is cornerback Kendall Fuller, who is entering his third season and coming off an excellent year. Green Stephen Curry Men's Nike NFL Limited Jersey: #30 Carolina Panthers Salute to Service Tank Top Fuller is what Washington needs: a good, young and inexpensive starting-caliber defensive player. The Redskins didn't want to sign Cousins, feeling it would prevent them from keeping important pieces or finding other parts. That's fine. But then they include a promising young player as part of this trade? That's hard to digest. Fuller plays a premium position where depth is always needed, especially with Bashaud Breeland likely bound for free agency. And it's hard to feel great about paying a quarterback who turns 34 in May an average of $23.5 million per year. Smith will receive $71 million guaranteed. However, the details of his contract haven't come out yet, and those will be crucial. What are his cap hits in the first few years? When can the Redskins get out of the deal? If Smith plays well, the money will be fine. It's yet another bold move at quarterback by Washington. In 2010, the Redskins traded for an aging Donovan McNabb. That failed, badly. They traded up in the 2012 draft to select Robert Griffin III. That worked out well for a year, then it failed. Badly. They had a quarterback on their roster who was playing well, yet couldn't sign him. In fact, Cousins was the only quarterback the franchise has drafted and developed since Mark Rypien in the late 1980s. And now Cousins will spend the rest of his career elsewhere. So the Redskins are swinging big again. At one point during the 2017 season, Smith was included in league MVP discussions -- until the Chiefs faded. Then they lost in the first round of the playoffs again. But Smith, for those who like quarterback won-loss records, has posted a winning record in seven straight seasons. During that time, his winning percentage of .688 trails only Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. Smith gives the Redskins experience, not to mention more athleticism. He's adept at bootlegs and rollouts and comfortable going off-schedule. The Redskins were burned by that last attribute in a Week 4 loss to Kansas City, as Smith, using his legs to keep plays alive, led a last-minute Authentic Mike Smith Jersey drive. While Cousins has improved in that area, Smith is more Womens Philipp Grubauer Jersey adept. That appeals to coach Jay Gruden, whose offense favors dropback passers, but it's not confined to that style. Gruden also wanted more from Cousins, saying he needed to put more trust in his receivers. He wanted Cousins to take more shots downfield. Since 2015, Cousins ranked sixth in number of passes that traveled 20 or more yards in the air; Smith ranked 22nd. But there's no doubt Smith is a good quarterback. The key to the trade is Washington putting itself in a better cap situation at quarterback. If the Redskins couldn't have Rodgers or Brady, they didn't want to pay top dollar. There was a feeling in the organization that Cousins should take Michael Irvin Jersey less and allow the team to build and maintain talent around him. But Cousins needed to have confidence the organization could succeed in doing so. One sentiment he shared with others: If the Redskins couldn't judge him correctly, how could they adequately judge others? There was a growing sense of frustration from the Redskins, who were surprised he turned down their offer last spring. That deal essentially would have resulted in two guaranteed years of $53 million. Once Cousins decided not to counter that offer, the Redskins put out a statement -- hoping to let the other players and fans know what they had offered. For Cousins, that statement served as another reminder that perhaps Washington wasn't the place for him. Two years ago, Cousins and his wife sat at a restaurant in London when he received the first offer from Washington. When he saw the numbers, the disappointment set in: a deal that averaged $12.5 million per year, according to multiple sources. It was not what Cousins, coming off a career-best season, had hoped to be offered. And the frustration, according to one person there with him, set in.If the initial offer been different, maybe the Redskins could have worked out an affordable deal. Maybe they wouldn't have had to trade for another quarterback, giving up a talented young player in the process. Still, the Redskins got their guy and Smith should help. One NFC scout predicted Smith and Gruden would be a good pairing. Now they must build around their quarterback. Sharrif Floyd Jersey Washington wants to add a speedy receiver and, perhaps, a dynamic full-time running back. The Redskins need better health on defense, plus a few more parts -- including more help at corner. ut getting their guy has always come at a price. In the past, that price has not resulted in what the Redskins have lacked most: sustained success. wholesale jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap wholesale jerseys all mlb jerseys wholesale nba jerseys cheap jerseys for cheap baseball jerseys custom nike nfl jerseys
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L'importance de bonnes chaussures de golf
Avez-vous jeté un coup d'oeil à vos chaussures de golf récemment? Pas le coup d'oeil rapide quand vous penchez la tête avant de balancer, mais avez-vous donné une analyse approfondie de vos chaussures récemment? Mes chaussures sont dans un état terrible. C'est difficile à admettre parce que je liste les chaussures de golf en haut de ma liste dans l'ordre d'importance quand il s'agit d'exécuter un swing de golf confortable. adidas superstar femme pas cher Frapper une balle de golf chasse d'eau dépend de la trajectoire de la balançoire, la stabilité du pied et l'équilibre. Le club est bas sur la liste. Sérieusement, les golfeurs professionnels changent de sponsors au fil des saisons. Cependant, la chaussure de golf est l'un des équipements les moins appréciés que nous utilisons à chaque tour, et c'est l'un des équipements auxquels nous sommes fidèles quand il s'agit de branding. Nous les aimons non seulement parce qu'ils sont beaux mais parce qu'ils se sentent bien. La chaussure de golf est impliqué dans chaque tir. Apparence n'est pas tout quand il s'agit de la chaussure de golf.
L'équilibre est la principale raison pour laquelle je fais un mauvais tir de golf. Je tombe soit en arrière, tombe en avant, ou simplement glisser quand je balance le club de golf. Après un mauvais swing, nous le blâmons habituellement sur le club ou nous pratiquons un swing de golf parfait que nous souhaitons pouvoir exécuter en frappant un tir. Certains de nos défauts de swing sont soit associés à essayer de chercher le tir avant que nous l'atteignions, ou mauvais simplement le positionnement de la balle. D'un autre côté, nous pouvons facilement nous débarrasser de notre tir. Il ne faut pas un entraîneur swing pour réparer un ensemble de chaussures de golf ou de crampons de golf usés. De plus, j'ai une phobie des blessures sportives alors quand je commence à glisser dans mon swing de golf et que mes articulations se déplacent vers des positions que je n'ai pas choisies, je commence à évaluer mes chaussures.
Les chaussures de golf sont la dernière pièce de "vêtements de golf" que je veux remplacer. Une bonne paire de chaussures peut courir au nord de 150 $ à la fois. On peut dire qu'ils valent le prix car une très bonne paire de chaussures de golf peut survivre au moins quatre ou cinq séries de pointes de golf avant de remplacer la chaussure. C'est vraiment une bonne affaire si vous y réfléchissez. adidas nmd pas cher homme Qui va dépenser 150 $ de toute façon? Nous sommes des golfeurs à petit budget, n'est-ce pas? Avalez votre fierté et achetez le Tiger Woods trois ans avant l'année en cours. Certains d'entre nous font la queue pour le nouvel iPhone, ou la dernière paire d'Air Jordans. Pourquoi ne devrions-nous pas obtenir la dernière paire de chaussures de golf Tiger Woods, non? Faux. N'oubliez pas que l'iPhone dure jusqu'à votre prochain contrat et Jordans le fera jusqu'à la prochaine paire. Chaussures de golf ne sera pas le dernier article que vous achetez au cours de l'année quand il s'agit de produits de golf. Nous avons des balles de golf à acheter. Nous avons un nouveau gant à acheter. Nous devons rénover nos clubs. Ah oui ... nous devons payer pour cette partie de golf aussi bien chaque semaine (parfois deux fois par semaine).
Les chaussures de golf sont produites par un certain nombre de marques. Nous ne serons probablement pas en mesure de les essayer tous de notre vivant, donc je dirais que c'est OK pour développer la fidélité à la marque avec des chaussures de golf. Personnellement, je suis partial à Adidas. Ils vont comme un gant, et ils sont très stables. Toutes les paires que j'ai acquises ont ressenti cela. L'un de mes plus grands conseils est de ne pas être un loyaliste de la marque, mais je reste fidèle à leur produit, des clubs aux chaussures. yeezy boost 350 v2 prix Pas tout à fait les balles et comme vous êtes je suis un chasseur d'affaires sur les clubs, mais j'ai eu une grande paire d'Adidas que j'ai cherché autour et trouvé une bonne affaire après que je les ai essayé au superstore de PGA. J'ai la version noire de ceux-ci et ils se sentent comme des chaussures de marche.
Toutefois, avant de sortir et de débourser tout ce qui est dans votre budget sur une nouvelle paire de chaussures de golf, considérez toutes les options en premier. Si votre paire de chaussures actuelle n'a pas de trous et ne sont pas étirées comme ces vieilles paires de chaussures de course qui ont besoin d'être remplacées, alors achetez-vous un jeu de pointes et gardez-les dans votre sac de golf.
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Jaromir's career speaks for itself," Flames general manager Brad Treliving said in a news release. "He is a legend in our sport and we are very appreciative that he selected Calgary to pursue his career in the NHL. Regretfully, with a late start to his season combined with nagging injuries, he wasn't in a position to perform at the level both he and our team had hoped."During his short time in Calgary, Jaromir demonstrated tremendous leadership and professionalism, especially with our young players. We thank him for his contributions to our group both on and off the ice." #14 Reebok Premier Justin Williams Youth White NHL Jersey - Away Los Angeles Kings 2014 Stanley Cup Jagr, 45, signed a one-year deal with the Flames in October. Calgary was his ninth NHL team -- but first in Canada. Injuries plagued Jagr this season; he appeared in 22 games, notching seven points with one goal and six assists.The Flames put Jagr -- who hasn't played in a game since Dec. 31 -- on injured reserve Sunday with what the team called a lower-body injury. "Although I am very disappointed that things did not turn out as we Womens Wilt Chamberlain Jersey had hoped due to a number of circumstances, I am deeply grateful to the Flames, the fans and the City of Calgary for having welcomed me so generously," Jagr said in the Flames' news release. "I now look forward to continuing the season in Kladno." Jagr is a native of Kladno and owns the team he will play for. Jagr won't make an appearance in the Olympics, as HC Kladno is in the Czech second division, a league that does not break for the Olympics. Jagr will attempt to get the team promoted to Czech Republic's top league, Czech Extraliga. Jagr is considered one of the greatest hockey players of all time and won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins, in 1991 and 1992. He is also an Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion.He has played in 1,733 games over the course of nearly 24 seasons in the NHL. His 1,921 points are second in NHL history behind Wayne Gretzky (2,857), and his 766 goals are third behind Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801). For at least the next three seasons, the Islanders will split their home games between Barclays and Nassau while a new arena is constructed at Belmont Park racetrack. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the team will play half of their 120 home games at each arena ahead of the new building's expected opening in three years. The Islanders confirmed that 12 of their 41 regular-season home games in 2018-19 will be played at Nassau Coliseum. Both Barclays Center and Nassau Coliseum are owned by Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. Cuomo said that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman toured Nassau Coliseum last year and said that it wasn't suitable for an NHL team. Cuomo said the Coliseum promised to make "basic structural modifications" to fit the League's specifications, including improving the facility's ice-making capabilities. The Islanders' first game back at Nassau Coliseum could come as early as September, provided those upgrades are completed. The Islanders had until Tuesday to opt Domantas Sabonis Womens Jersey out of their 25-year lease with Barclays Center, an arena many Islanders fans took issue with in the team's three seasons there. Barclays Center wasn't built for hockey -- hundreds of seats had obstructed views of the ice, the scoreboard above the rink was off-center and the stands were structured with gaps between fans and the boards so large that the arena used it to advertise sports utility vehicles during games. Since the Islanders left, Nassau Coliseum has undergone a major renovation that reduced its capacity to roughly 13,000 seats for hockey, making it the smallest capacity arena to house an NHL team. Barclays Center holds 15,795 for hockey, while Winnipeg's MTS Centre holds 15,321. The Islanders won a bid in December to build a 18,000-seat arena that would host around 150 events each year, as well as a hotel, a retail village and a 10,000-square-foot "innovation center" that will be developed with the community. The team is partnering with Sterling Project Development -- run by the Wilpon family, which owns the New York Mets -- and Oak View Group, which is also spearheading the redevelopment of KeyArena in Seattle for potential NHL expansion. he arena deal was expected to keep the team's star center with the franchise, as John Tavares is scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency this July. But Tavares said he's also excited to get back to the old barn. "The Coliseum is a special place. We had an exhibition game there this year and it brought back a lot of great memories. For me, it's where I started my career, it's where so many great things have happened. I really haven't thought about it a whole lot. But I've always said the team belongs on Long Island. It's where the team was born, created its identity," he said at the NHL All-Star Game in Tampa, via Newsday. "It's going to be a great opportunity, a great experience to go back there and to relive, and create some more, great history." cheap jerseys 90 nfl jerseys cheap cheap jerseys wholesale cheap nfl jerseys china
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By now, you've probably thought about whether you would like a pitch clock in baseball or limits on mound visits or other major league mandates to speed the pace of play. Your own tastes aside, the more important question is whether those mandates should happen, which is really a question of who owns the game. Nike NFL Sean Mannion Navy Blue Jersey Women's Limited: #14 Los Angeles Rams Home Vapor Untouchable Major League Baseball has three primary stakeholder groups: the players, who create the product; the owners, who finance and distribute it; and the fans, who consume it. The sport wouldn't exist as we know it without all three. This is technically true also of advertisers and guys hawking peanuts and turf companies, but those are secondary actors with only John Carlson Womens Jersey minor claims. The owners, the players and the fans are the core. All could plausibly claim to be the reason the league exists, and could plausibly claim to be whom the league exists for. Complicating matters, these three stakeholder groups often want different things. Men's Majestic Toronto Blue Jays #21 Roger Clemens Replica Green Salute to Service MLB Jersey Most of us were taught by our kindergarten teachers to believe in the compromise model of solving problems: If there's one last slice of pizza, we compromise (say, by splitting it). But compromise doesn't apply in all cases, such as when Marshall Faulk Jersey one party has a significantly stronger interest or when one party's sacrosanct rights are violated. If you want to punch my face and I want you to not punch me at all, we don't compromise by having you punch my chest. Another way of solving these disputes, common in politics, markets or parent/child relationships, is to say that the party with more power (or the party more willing to wield its power) gets to decide. Two bidders on an auction item don't split the item. One bids more and gets it. This also breaks down in many cases, turning everything into a negotiation over power. You might be allergic to cheese and tomato sauce, but by withholding your consent on the slice of pizza, you force me into giving up something else. Everything gets weaponized, cynicism corrupts the system and half-slices of pizza sometimes end up going to people who barely want and don't need them. Which brings us to a third tactic for settling disputes: Determining which distribution of assets will create the most total satisfaction, and working toward that outcome. If one party values something much, much more than another party does, the system (and the parties within it) should work to somehow get that slice of pizza to the person who most values it. Otherwise, we've kind of failed. This is a somewhat utopian vision for settling problems, but philosophers have argued it's a moral imperative and should be at the center of any "what's good for the game" resolution. All three stakeholder groups contribute to the sport, and all three get value out of it. But they contribute and get value from different parts of the sport. A just way of thinking about these hard decisions is to ask which party contributes the most, and draws the most value, from the area in question. Or, more concisely, who owns it? Identifying where each group's ownership begins and ends helps answer the question of whether there should be a pitch clock, and any number of other questions: whether shifts should be banned; whether pitchers should be suspended for throwing at batters; which legal performance-enhancing supplements should be outlawed within the sport; whether players should be allowed to tweet midgame; whether Yankees should be allowed to grow beards; whether the ball should be juiced, etc. The players probably have the strongest claim of ownership on the game. If the owners all disappeared today and the fans disappeared tomorrow, most of the players would keep playing, and they'd be just as emotional and obsessive about it as they are now. (Evidence: Murderball.) At the innermost core of the sport is a group of athletes who, independent of everything else, want to succeed. Their obsessive pursuit of that success is the product. That's what we, the fans, want to watch, and that's what the owners convert into advertisements. For the existence Womens Pavel Zacha Jersey of the sport, we need the players way more than they need us. So the players own everything that affects their ability to pursue baseball success. They own the play. If they opt to play a style of baseball that is boring or ugly, or even (within reason) dangerous, we should defer to them. Optimistically, they won't want those things!The owners almost certainly think they own the game, just because they literally do. In the second way we discussed of solving disputes -- in which the most powerful party gets to decide -- they might be right, but in the utilitarian model that we should be using, they're wrong. Early in the sport's history they had a better case for co-equal (or more) ownership with the players. Owners back then were entrepreneurs risking their money to develop a new industry. But today's owners mostly inherited an industry, and even the very worst of them end up with huge profits from it. I'd be shocked if teams couldn't be run successfully (probably more successfully) as nonprofits, perhaps even public utilities. Owners are overrated. That said, they do have literal, legal ownership over the sport -- this is still America! -- and this (along with their putative experience as businesspersons) makes them the natural stewards of the sport's profitability, which benefits both players (for obvious reasons) and fans (for reasons of accessibility, production and constancy). 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Blake Griffin is an exquisitely skilled player in his prime. When you read that the Clippers traded him for a lightly protected first-round pick and a younger power forward they might have some interest in re-signing in July 2019, your reaction was probably: that's it? That's all they get for Blake freaking Griffin?And if the Clippers don't re-sign Tobias Harris in two summers, then they flipped Griffin -- the greatest homegrown player in the franchise's (mostly pathetic) modern history -- for one first-round pick and one second-rounder. Reebok NHL Men's Lanny McDonald Blue Third Authentic Jersey - #9 Colorado Avalanche But right now, this is probably the very best deal the Clippers could have gotten for Griffin. He is in the first year of an absolutely ginormous five-year contract that will pay him about $35 million per season -- and almost $39 million in in 2020-21. He has a scary injury history. The Pistons could end up paying Griffin and Andre Drummond almost $70 million combined that season. Considering they have literally zero bankable long-term talent around them, and fewer avenues to find any after this trade, that scenario doesn't seem great.The Clippers saw their own version of that hard ceiling, and bailed out -- kicking off a potential rebuild that could go in a bunch of different directions. Men's Kevin Garnett Authentic Blue Adidas Jersey: NBA Minnesota Timberwolves #21 Throwback The Pistons got the best player in this trade. Griffin has played his entire NBA career with a Drummond-esque rim-running center, only Drummond is a way better passer (and worse defender) than DeAndre Jordan. They can fit. But Detroit risks paying a ton of money to mimic the Chris Paul-Griffin-Jordan triptych, only with Reggie Jackson in the role of Chris Paul. Gulp. There is more to this for Detroit -- we'll get there -- but it is almost impossible to see any path to anything above a kind of super-mediocrity topping out around 50 wins. And it's important to remember: Jason Hammel Youth jersey maybe super-mediocrity, with multiple playoff appearances in the middle of the East, is OK for the Pistons. They have obviously considered that endgame. They are struggling to fill a new arena, at risk of missing the playoffs for a second straight season. Being the Joe Johnson-era Hawks might be a great outcome for them. For the Clippers, it's tempting to compare this deal to the trades for Paul George and Jimmy Butler over the summer. The Bulls got more for Butler, and that was clear at the time, before Kris Dunn blossomed and Lauri Markkanen started cramming all over fools. The Pacers probably got more for George on an expiring Shaquil Barrett Authentic Jersey contract, though no one -- not even the Pacers -- knew it then. Butler and George are barely younger than Griffin, who turns 29 in March. So the Clippers sold low on Griffin, right?Not really. That contract is locked in. A lot of Griffin's injuries have been flukes, but flukes add up as a player ages. Recurring knee issues preceded some of those flukes. Griffin's athleticism has already declined some. Griffin is a power forward who can't protect the rim, and only began really shooting 3s this season. Without that 3-pointer, he's an antique in the modern NBA -- a casualty of math. George and Butler are multi-positional wings who can shoot, pass, and defend at a high level. They are the modern NBA. The Griffin trade almost reminds less of those deals, and more of Atlanta foisting Joe Johnson's albatross on the Nets in return for draft assets (and a bunch of players the Hawks didn't care about). That's not fair to Griffin. He's better now than Johnson was then, and almost three years younger. But the downside risk for Detroit is similar to what happened with Johnson in Brooklyn.There just wasn't a lot of demand for Griffin, according to sources around the league. Some good teams with big dreams were turned off by his contact. Most good teams are already too expensive to absorb it without sending out their best or second-best players. The half-dozen or so worst teams are so far away from contention that flipping their best picks and young players for an almost 29-year-old doesn't make any sense. The Lakers loom as a possible exception, only because they have clear and immediate free agency ambitions. We all know they need cap space to sign two max-level free agents, and Griffin would obviously cannibalize that. But there has long been another avenue: get one star in the door now, and use him as bait for the second. The Lakers Noah Vonleh Youth jersey even have Brook Lopez's $22 million expiring contract to help match salaries. But they don't appear to have taken a serious look at Griffin, per league sources. Maybe it wouldn't have been workable; the Lakers already traded their 2018 first-round pick. The veteran max contract, worth 35 percent of the salary cap, is one of the trickiest pieces to move -- and one of the most potentially damaging contract types in the league. It is a massive commitment that takes players beyond their primes. The Bulls and Kings traded Butler and DeMarcus Cousins to avoid dealing with it. We all celebrated when the Wizards inked John Wall to a deal that will start at that level in 2019-20. How will we feel when Wall be making $44 million in 2021-22 -- when he's going on 32?It took a franchise like Detroit: middling, desperate to win, desperate for relevance, content with being a pretty good playoff team as long as Griffin and Drummond stay together. The Clippers could have gotten more for Griffin at times before last season, but teams rarely get to control the timing of superstar trades. Griffin's trade value probably crested in the 2015-16 season, when he still had that year and one more on his prior contract. The Clippers spent a lot of that season winning without him, as they usually did provided Paul and Jordan were also healthy, and thought about trading him then. But he spent most of that year, including the months before and after the trade deadline, injured after punching a Clippers staffer. Before that John Matuszak Womens Jersey season, the Clippers were too good to consider trading him. After it, he became an expiring contract, deflating his trade value. Now, he's on a mega-deal. 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Boras grumbled about the inaction in free agency this offseason, telling The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, “We have to get rid of the noncompetitive cancer. We can’t go to our fan bases and sell the promise of losing to win later. That is destructive to our sport because it has removed one-third of the competition.” Men's Majestic Los Angeles Dodgers #5 Corey Seager Replica Grey Road Cool Base MLB Jersey What Boras is really suggesting is that this is destructive to his clients. His charge is teams aren’t interested in signing, say, Mike Moustakas because not enough of them are trying to win, not because they might be unwilling to overpay for a player who posted a .314 OBP and was worth just 1.8 WAR and, oh, costs you a draft pick if you sign him. Limited Women's Charles Clay White/Pink Jersey: NFL Nike Buffalo Bills #85 Rush Fashion There’s no doubt some teams aren’t trying to win. Last season, you can certainly classify the White Sox, Phillies, Reds, Padres and maybe the Braves as teams not going all-out to build a playoff contender. But that’s only five teams, not one-third. The Tigers, Giants and Mets were terrible, but that wasn’t by design. The A’s, Rays and Pirates were working within their usual self-imposed budget constraints. While we had three 100-win teams for the first time since 2003, I wouldn’t necessarily suggest competitive balance is skewed more than other times in recent history. One way to view this is by considering the number of consecutive Womens Sebastian Janikowski Jersey losing seasons each franchise is sitting on. If more teams are trying to lose, we should see more teams with lengthy periods of losing seasons. The Marlins have the current longest stretch with eight consecutive losing seasons, followed by the Padres with seven and the Phillies and White Sox with five. If we add up all the consecutive losing seasons from all 30 franchises, we get 51. Is this unusual? Let’s look at five-year intervals: By this measure, you can argue we have better competitive balance right now. I’m not sure this is the best way to measure Ethan Westbrooks Authentic Jersey this; it’s one way. In 2012, however, the total was skewed by the Pirates, who were sitting on 20 consecutive losing seasons (they ended that streak in 2013). The only team with more than four straight losing seasons was the Royals, with nine. Those clubs had suffered from both front-office incompetence and small-market disadvantages. In 2007, the Pirates were at 15 losing seasons, the Rays and Orioles at 10, the Reds at seven. The Royals, with four, were the only other teams with more than three. In 2002 -- near the height of Bud Selig’s complaints that small-market teams had no chance -- the Pirates and Brewers were at 10 losing seasons, the Tigers at nine, the Royals at eight, with the Orioles, Marlins and Rays all at five. There was certainly less competitive balance then, although I think we’ve learned that in those pre-Moneyball days, there was a vast disparity in the competence of front offices that doesn’t exist now. The two obvious cases of teams “not trying to win” this offseason are the Marlins and Pirates. The Marlins have traded away an All-Star outfield of Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich (plus Dee Gordon), while the Pirates traded Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole. The Pirates never play in the free-agent market anyway -- the biggest foray in franchise history was re-signing Francisco Liriano for $39 million -- and while the Marlins have dabbled in the past with bad results (see Wei-Yin Chen or Jose Reyes), that wasn’t going to happen with the new ownership group. Those two teams -- along with the Rays trading Evan Longoria to the Giants -- have clearly affected the free-agent market, however. If the Yankees don’t trade for Stanton, maybe they go after J.D. Martinez. If the Astros don’t trade for Cole, maybe they go after Jake Arrieta or Yu Darvish. The Giants fixed a glaring hole at third base with Longoria rather than sign a free agent such as Moustakas or Todd Frazier. The Cardinals acquired Ozuna rather than spend on a risky free agent. These deals have had an impact on Boras’ clients remaining out there. Still, let’s take Boras’ words as truth: The integrity of the game is suffering because not all teams are trying to win. How do you solve this? You need to provide more incentives for winning -- or penalties for losing. Here are some ideas on what the game could do: Relegation. “Congratulations on your 64-98 record, Giants. You’ve now been relegated to the Pacific Coast League. The Memphis Redbirds will take your place in the NL West.” There are people who propose this all the time. Hey, it would be a great solution! You want to play with the big boys, then you'd better win. Of course, Major League Baseball doesn’t have the same structure as the Premier League, so quit proposing this idea as a realistic scenario. Although I'd love to see some rich person from Cedar Rapids buy a Midwest League team and make it all the way up to the majors. Expand the playoffs. If you added a sixth playoff team in each league, maybe a team like the Pirates wouldn’t feel as compelled to trade McCutchen and Cole. Or maybe the Blue Jays or Rangers spend a little more in free agency. 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PHILADELPHIA -- The term "faceless opponent" has been used over and over inside the Philadelphia Eagles locker room this week. Players and coaches are combatting the New England Patriots mystique by keeping the focus on themselves while painting the Patriots as mortal rather than larger than life. That treatment even applies to four-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady. They put on their pads just like us," said Eagles receiver Alshon Jeffery. "I don't care who it is -- Tom Brady, it don't really matter who's the quarterback -- it don't matter." Men's Los Angeles Kings #22 Trevor Lewis Reebok Gold Third Authentic NHL Jersey But the Eagles are also grounded in reality, and recognize the easiest way to make him play like a mortal is to put him on his back. Veteran defensive end Chris Long, a member of the 2016 championship Patriots team, knows it as well as anybody. So it's no surprise that he decided to address the defensive line during meetings at the start of the work week.His message? "Let's go out there and make him uncomfortable," he said, according to standout defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. he Eagles have certainly been effective in putting the squeeze on opponents this season. They rank fourth in opponent points (18.4) and yards (306.5) per game, have the fifth-lowest opponent QBR in the league (45) and had 106 disrupted dropbacks during the regular season, which ranked ninth, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Eagles' ability to harass quarterback Case Keenum in the NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings -- they registered eight quarterback hits Derek Anderson Authentic Jersey and forced three turnovers -- was the biggest key to victory. It's a safe bet that the matchup between the Eagles' defensive front versus Brady and New England's offensive line will decide Carl Lawson Jersey who hoists the Lombardi Trophy next Sunday. As I say every week, it's going to come down to the front four guys getting after the quarterback and making him uncomfortable in the pocket," Cox said. In the Eagles' case, it might be more appropriate to refer to the defensive line not as the front four, but the front seven. The Eagles have one of the deepest defensive-line rotations in the NFL. They had seven defensive linemen record at least 400 snaps this season, the most in the NFL. Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry are considered the starting defensive ends, but two of their rotational edge rushers -- Long (forced interception, fumble recovery) and rookie Derek Barnett (strip sack) -- who came up with some of the biggest plays of the game against Minnesota, evidence that this attack can come at you in waves. “It’s a lot more than four," said Patriots coach Bill Belichick. "I wish it was four. It’s about eight, nine. It’s a very disruptive Brett Anderson Jersey group -- hard to run against, hard to throw against, and they’re well-coached." he last time these teams faced off in 2015, the Eagles had 10 quarterback hits on Brady and sacked him four times in a 35-28 Eagles win. Brady threw two interceptions in that game, including one that Malcolm Jenkins returned 99 yards for a touchdown. Graham, who paced the team with 9.5 sacks this season, had two takedowns and three QB hits in that game. "He's going to try and take us out of the game. He's going to try and speed it up on us a little bit," Graham said. "I think, for us, we continue to keep conditioning ... and just don't get frustrated when he tries to take us out of the game. We've got to make sure that we tackle well because they're going to be dinking and dunking and trying to take whatever the defense gives them. We know that, and we're going to go out and have fun against Brady." One of the things that makes Brady an all-time great is his ability to thrive no matter the conditions. Per ESPN Stats & Information, Brady completed 59 percent of his passes when under pressure this season -- by far the best rate in the NFL -- with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. For comparison, top quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan each finished with completion rates of 42 percent or below when pressured. In other words, even if the Eagles' front does its job, Brady still might find a way to do his job better. FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski took a step forward in the concussion protocol on Saturday, participating in football-specific drills with his teammates for the first time since he took a hit to the helmet in Sunday's AFC Championship Game. Gronkowski remains in the concussion protocol, according to the Patriots, which means that he has yet to fully clear all five steps required to play in a game. Participating in football-specific drills is the fourth step, followed by full football activity. It's always great to have him out there," quarterback Tom Brady said Saturday. "He's a great player, great person, great teammate and a big part of what we do. So it obviously hurts when he's not out there for a lot of reasons, but he's doing the best he can do, and we're all hopeful." n the portion of practice open to the media Saturday, Gronkowski jogged, stretched and caught a few passes in a drill in which there was no defense. He wore full pads and a helmet, and his level of participation in the rest of practice is not known. "Absolutely, he's got a great personality and a great way about him, so he definitely has a joyfulness to him, and he brings that to the team," Brady said. "It's just a great attribute of his. It always has been since he got here." The Patriots had five players diagnosed with concussions during the regular season that they listed on their injury report, and four of them missed one game before returning the following week. While every situation is different, the team's hope is that Gronkowski follows a similar progression. His clearance must come from the Patriots' head team physician and be confirmed by an independent neurological consultant, per the NFL's concussion protocol guidelines. cheap jerseys for sale wholesale jerseys cheap cheap nfl jerseys usa nba jerseys for sale new nike nfl jerseys jerseys supply