A new week means Alvin Kamara returns to his season ticket seat in the NFL Africa Zone

It’s pretty much routine to expect thrills from Kamara each gameday and on Sunday versus Washington he did not disappoint.

SkyCam has been around since the 1980s but didn’t become a common tool for TV networks until the turn of the 21st century. NBC was the first network to employ the remote-controlled, computer-assisted, cable-suspended camera regularly while broadcasting the XFL in 2001.

Per SkyCam’s website, the Skycam system is virtually a flying Steadicam: “Its unique design makes the SkyCam the only stabilized camera system in the world that can unobtrusively fly anywhere in a defined three-dimensional space, right in the middle of a sporting event.”

“Tonight was definitely a group effort,” Ball said. “Second unit, shout out to them.”

After going scoreless in the first half, Randle sparked the Lakers with eight points, four rebounds and one magnificent block at the rim on Bobby Portis.

Rookie Josh Hart, who recently was called up from the G League, provided 11 energetic minutes and one impressive offensive rebound putback dunk. And Clarkson scored 10 of his 12 points in 14-plus minutes to help even the game at 80-80 with 9:32 left.

The Bulls went back up by seven, but the Lakers came charging back and took their first lead since 21-20 with a Caldwell-Pope putback with 3:06 left. Caldwell-Pope played the role of closer, scoring 11 of his 21 points in the final 3:06.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to bring back Simeon Rice, just for the entertainment.

Rice was one of the NFL’s best pass rushers and one of its biggest personalities when he played from 1996-2007. He’s still one of the best personalities. And he thinks he can still rush the quarterback too.

With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in desperate need of a pass rusher, former Bucs great Rice tweeted that he could still play. He wasn’t joking, and if you’ve ever met Rice, that’s no surprise. He has never lacked confidence. Rice, who is 43, tweeted that he wanted to come back to play for the Buccaneers and confirmed to ESPN’s Jenna Laine that he was serious.

And I know the NFL has seen longer streaks. Eli Manning Jersey with the active consecutive-starts streak. Brett Favre with the all-time consecutive-starts streak. Me constantly being wrong about Melvin Gordon in fantasy, each and every week. There are more, but Thomas is still the most impressive.

His grandmother, Bev Phillips, once scored 65 points in a high school basketball game, and that was in 1953, long before the dawn of the three-point shot. His mother and aunts were champion softball players, and David Goedert was a champion discus thrower. His sister Megan played volleyball at Presentation College in Aberdeen, S.D., while sister Emily played volleyball and basketball at Valley City State.

Football stars? Goedert is the first. But athletes populate the lineage on both sides of the family.

GOEDERT IS BLUNTLY HONEST about something few athletes would admit: He just didn’t work all that hard to improve himself at the high school level. He didn’t have to. He was always naturally bigger and stronger than his competition, and because he was planning to pursue basketball rather than football, the weight room never really appealed.

One of the most indelible images from Sunday was Titans LT Taylor Lewan chasing after Thomas as he was leaving the field

That’s crazy, man. It’s easy to come to work and be ready when things are going great. But even the guy who gets paid to train polar bears at some point has to be all, “I can’t take this son of a [female dog] another day” once in a while, right?

Thomas’ perseverance is extraordinary. Don’t take my word for it, though. One of the most indelible images from Sunday was Titans LT redskins_048 chasing after Thomas as he was leaving the field (this is when it’s acceptable to leave the sideline) to show some respect for the best in the business. That says a lot.

Goedert was around 230 pounds at the time and had shown the coaching staff vast potential, but they all knew there was more to be mined.

“I challenged him, Coach Schleusner and I both, that he had a chance to play at the next level. To that point, he had done what I had asked, but he just kind of did it,” Moe said. “But he responded better than anybody I’ve ever had that NFL conversation with. After that, he attacked it. Since then, he’s been our lifter of the year in the offseason.”

That’s the sound of the alarm, and this is the song it sang:

Goedert now stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 270 pounds. He can run the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds, a blistering time for his size. His squat max is up to 552 pounds, his vertical jump at 36 inches. In short, he’s significantly narrowed the gap between what he can be and what he is.

“He was a 35-inch vertical when we first tested him at 230 pounds, and he can still do that now at 270,” Moe said. “That’s explosiveness.”

Rookie Shaquill Griffin Jersey has been great opposite Richard Sherman Jersey

Seattle has received key contributions from newer names. Rookie Shaquill Griffin has been great opposite Richard Sherman. He’s like the youth movement in the “Legion of Boom.” Like when a wrestling stable adds a youngster to the group. Like when Randy Orton joined Evolution. Frank Clark has done well in relief of Cliff Avril, and you have to love Jarran Reed. Of course, it’s not going to be complete unless you add the veteran savvy …

I know: Who have they played? You aren’t impressed by Jacoby Brissett Jersey? How. Dare. You. But hey look: They have a game against Deshaun Watson and the Texans on Sunday. So, I can sit here and try to convince you. But I’ll let the Seahawks do that this weekend.

In attendance on the players’ side were retired receiver Anquan Boldin, Colts safety Darius Butler, Chargers left tackle Russell Okung, Dolphins players Kenny Stills, Julius Thomas, and Michael Thomas, Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich, Jets players Kelvin Beachum and Demario Davis, Eagles players Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long, 49ers safety Eric Reid, and Redskins’ cornerback Josh Norman.

They were joined by DeMaurice Smith, Eric Winston, and Don Davis from the NFLPA, and Roger Goodell and Troy Vincent from the NFL. The following team representatives attended the meeting: Cardinals president Michael Bidwill, Falcons owner Arthur Blank, Bills owner Terry Pegula, Texans owner Robert McNair, Jaguars owner Shad Khan, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Giants owner John Mara, Steelers owner Art Rooney, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, and 49ers owner Jed York.

After that meeting, the players and owners jointly backed criminal justice legislation, and the owners agreed to finance an activism bootcamp. They did not change the NFL’s national anthem policy, and players will continue to go unpunished (by the league) for kneeling or sitting during the anthem.

Kelvin Benjamin traded to the Bills

In a move that we didn’t see coming, the Panthers have traded away Kelvin Benjamin. Benjamin is headed to the Buffalo Bills, the team announced Tuesday. The Panthers get a third-round pick and a seventh-round pick out of the deal, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Benjamin is the team’s leading receiver with 475 yards and two touchdowns on 32 catches with the Panthers this season.

What does this mean for the Bills? The Bills are 5-2, and Benjamin should help Tyrod Taylor keep that momentum going.

Tight end Charles Clay and running back LeSean McCoy both have more targets and receiving yards than any of the receivers currently on Buffalo’s roster. The Bills traded Sammy Watkins to the Rams before the season and brought in Jordan Matthews from the Eagles, but Matthews hasn’t looked like a No. 1 receiver. Matthews has just 193 yards and a touchdown this year.

Benjamin gives Taylor a big, physical target — and one who can help the Bills keep winning.

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Luck had what the Colts believed was a mild setback more than two weeks ago, when he experienced soreness in his throwing shoulder after he was cleared to practice. He received a cortisone injection for the pain at that time and proceeded to have a good week of rehab, only to experience another setback, which the team does not believe is serious, a source said.

Nevertheless, Luck’s recovery from surgery to repair a torn labrum on Jan. 15 is clearly an unforeseen development and the quarterback finally decided to seek additional opinions. One of those visits to a specialist is scheduled for Monday, the source added.blues-020

Saints RB Ingram: Game was close because ‘I sucked’

Mark Ingram was blunt when assessing his play Sunday: “I sucked.”

The New Orleans Saints running back used a variation of “sucked” 18 times to describe his performance in the 20-12 victory over the Chicago Bears, per beat reporters. The running back also threw in the adjectives “terrible” and “wack” for good measure.

“I sucked. I sucked. That’s the bottom line: I sucked. Two possessions we’re about to ice the game, and I sucked,” Ingram added. “Let the ball go, hurt my team, hurt my coaches. That’s the thing about a family, that’s the thing about a team: They lift you up, they had my back, and we were able to get the W. But I was wack, I sucked, and I’ll be better.”

The fumbles were bad — the second nearly inexcusable — but Ingram hardly “sucked.” The running back blasted for 75 yards on 18 carries, including a touchdown, and added 24 receiving yards on six receptions. Without Ingram, there would have been no double-digit lead to almost fumble away.

According to the report, the players held a meeting of their own Saturday in Seattle to determine how to handle Sunday’s game and decided they could all kneel or raise their fists together. The players also discussed peeling the Texans decal off their helmet.

Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown told ESPN’s Josina Anderson Sunday morning that he anticipates “65-70 percent” of his teammates will take a knee but won’t remove their helmet decals.

McNair came under fire for his remark at the NFL owners meeting last week while discussing the ongoing national anthem protests. He used a figure of speech for an analogy saying, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.”

The good offensive teams will start to put up more points.

I love what the Eagles (6-1) are doing. They were amazing on Monday night. Carson Wentz is an absolute stud and the hero Philadelphia deserves. Zach Ertz hasn’t quite been passed the torch from Rob Gronkowski, but he’s currently running the route and he’s open (like always). I love all of this. So please, Eagles fans, know that I love you. Know that if some dude was walking through a grocery store in an old-school No. 15 Eagles jersey, I would know it was an homage to Steve Van Buren. The pride of Honduras.

Take the Pittsburgh Steelers. We haven’t seen the best of that group yet. It’s the same for the Atlanta Falcons.
Last week was a tough week to pick games for everybody. With six teams on a bye this week, there are fewer games to mess up. I, for one, like that.

Joke was anything but during his epic run up to the finals. And then you have my guy Dubby and Tweez, who was sort of a Cinderella story. But I don’t want to make it seem like he wasn’t a great competitor. He took Skimbo to the limit (and overtime) but was ultimately felled by a coin toss.

Great tournament, which was held in the “classic” form, with the competitors on the couch next to each other instead of in isolation like it’s some 1980s game show. They had to play like we (or at least I) grew up playing. I might not have been the best game-planner or strategist. But I had a way to get into their minds, like a Madden version of Paul Heyman. When you get your opponent to play you, and not the fake Seahawks on the screen, you’ve already won.

It’s worth noting, however, that Newton did field questions for several minutes before ending the press conference, so we probably shouldn’t turn this into a giant controversy.
Newton did answer questions for several minutes before departing, but clearly took an all business approach today. No joking around.tigers_055-115x115