McDaniels was being reported as a finalist for the position as early as Jan. 14.

Temperatures and wind chill in the 20s Thursday morning couldn’t keep throngs of Eagles fans from lining Philadelphia streets for the team’s Super Bowl championship parade.

Schools and government buildings, along with businesses, shut down for the affair, which celebrates the Eagles’ first Super Bowl title, a stunning 41-33 victory over the Patriots on Sunday.

The parade began at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue and concluding at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (a.k.a. “the Rocky steps”).

When the parade was over, the players came down the steps in celebration, many of them holding their phones and cameras out to video the crowd.

To the contrary, they spoke collectively and individually after the big win Sunday over the Patriots about how unified they were as a team, along various fronts, at the exact same time some of them confirmed that they had no intention of being “honored” at the White House or of curtailing their activities, much less stopping them.

The lesson, then, should be that in groups as random as the hundred or so personalities in an NFL locker room, everyonehave different views and varied levels of engagement with society and the larger world outside of football … and still coalesce in the game that not only pays them well, but also constantly demands so much physically, mentally and emotionally.

“A quarterback going out on a route?” Foles told reporters after the game. “I was pumped to go over there and talk to Doug [Pederson], and we agreed on it. Like I said, we worked on it for a long time, and we executed it perfectly. That’s probably the best it has looked. So, we hit it at the right time.”

The Colts fired Chuck Pagano on Dec. 31. That was 37 days ago. That was 23 days ago. Obviously McDaniels had other matters to consider during that time. As the Patriots’ OC, it was his job to conjure ideas on how to move the ball past the Titans and the Jaguars and ultimately, though not quite successfully enough, the Eagles.

So the question of whether to leave New England to take over the Colts could not consume his waking hours, but let’s not be coy about this. It’s obvious that wasn’t necessary. He had made up his mind. The Colts stopped searching weeks ago. They were required, under league rules, to wait until the Patriots were finished losing to the Eagles before making it official.nike-youth-cardinals-037

The $15,000 they gave him was laughably small for Venezuelan free agents.

wings_1030When Ben Roethlisberger hit the locker room in October after a 30-9 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, he sounded like a player contemplating retirement.

“Maybe I don’t have it anymore,” Roethlisberger told reporters. “I’m not playing well enough.”

It feels weird including the Saints here — especially after their Wild Card win over the Panthers relied heavily on a return to the team’s pass-heavy roots. While Case Keenum deserves a ton of respect for his MVP-campaign season in Minnesota, he’ll have to prove that newfound mastery can withstand the pressure of a postseason. The Jaguars are still quarterbacked by Blake Bortles, who had more rushing yards than passing yards last weekend. Their path to the Super Bowl is only lit by monster performances from defensive player of the year candidates Calais Campbell and Jalen Ramsey.

This is a compelling matchup of strength vs. strength, with both teams sporting top-tier pass defenses. Yards and points might be hard to come by here, so hopefully it doesn’t get labeled as “boring” by casual fans.

NFL Network’s Good Morning Football had some fun with the receiving corps behind Funchess, making Russell Shepard, Kaelin Clay, Brenton Bersin, and Mose Frazier sound like some guys you might want to call for legal advice.

Rivera also used his time at the podium to rock a T-shirt repping tight end Greg Olsen’s foundation, The HEARTest Yard, which supports families of children who have been diagnosed with congenital heart conditions.

Future Royals catcher Salvador Pérez, Altuve’s friend since they were seven years old, signed around the same time for $65,000. The Yankees gave another catcher, future big league bust Jesús Montero, $1.6 million.

Putting up with hecklers who rode him about his height, getting thick on American food, and insisting that he room with English-speaking teammates to learn the language, Altuve proved enough people wrong in the minors to reach the big leagues in 2011. He hit .276, .290 and .283 in those first three years, after which his father said, “I think you can hit .320.”

Carlos Hyde says 49ers will win 2019 Super Bowl

Carlos Hyde was feeling very confident after the 49ers’ 44-33 win over the Jaguars Christmas Eve. He was feeling so good, he offered up possibly the hottest take of 2017.

“Minus our record, we’re a really good football team. Next year, we’re going to win the Super Bowl,” Hyde told reporters after the game.

“Sunday Night Football” on New Year’s Eve has been canceled.

The NFL has decided to forgo having a primetime game Sunday, instead opting to have all the games at the 1 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. ET time slots.

“We felt that both from a competitive standpoint and from a fan perspective, the most fair thing to do is to schedule all Week 17 games in either the 1 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. ET windows,” NFL senior vice president of broadcasting Howard Katz said.

Campaigners have warned that Britain’s overcrowded prisons are putting lives at risk.LTAB is a poetry contest of sorts.On the other side, though, those poor road numbers could be Duquette’s leverage to pick up Gonzalez for a smaller price.He also was going to make a movie from a book called The Cinch.I’ve just been staying positive, staying focused.He also relied on receivers Jeff , and Geronimo , who seldom saw the field the first five .

The Bucs (4-10) announced Friday Jackson (ankle) is out for Week 16 against the Panthers. Jackson was unable to practice this week after injuring his ankle Monday against the Falcons and leaving the stadium on crutches.

Jackson’s injury only adds to Tampa’s depleted receiving corps, which also had tight end O.J. Howard placed on the injured reserve. Fellow tight end Cameron Brate (hip, knee) is questionable for Sunday’s game.

All signs point towards Mike Evans seeing a lot of targets against a slumping Panthers secondary. For those in fantasy playoffs, the Panthers have allowed the most fantasy points to receivers the past two months and over the last four games their secondary has allowed six different receivers to get over 16 fantasy points. Expect Evans to see eight or more targets for a second straight game. packers_139_cf20a60d0d301555-180x180

Simmons’ versatility opens up so many weird lineup combinations.

Philly is almost deep! There will be a legitimate battle royale (with cheese) for minutes between Justin Anderson, Furkan Korkmaz and Sauce Castillo! Even Jahlil Okafor looks spry, pumping his trade value before the Sixers dump him to Chicago or Phoenix.

Want to go super big? Trot out Bayless (or Fultz), Robert “Bob” Covington, Simmons, Dario Saric and Embiid. Simmons alone is going to instill matchup panic. He will likely guard power forwards so Covington can envelope wings, but opponents won’t want their power forwards stuck on him.

Waymon Roberts passed away on March 17, two weeks shy of Opening Day. A retired master gunnery sergeant in the Marines, he followed the Dodgers religiously. “We didn’t talk every day, but I knew he was watching. There’s been so much this season that I could have told him about.”

There was the April call-up of rookie Cody Bellinger that jump-started the offense. There was the scuffle in San Diego on June 30, when Roberts shoved Padres manager Andy Green as the umpires tried to separate them. “Hey, I was out there defending my guys. My father would’ve approved.”

Roberts especially missed having his father around July 6 at Authentic Sven Baertschi Jersey Dodger Stadium. That was Dave Roberts Bobblehead Night — 13 years after the first Dave Roberts Bobblehead Day at Dodger Stadium had to be cancelled because he had just been traded to the Boston Red Sox.

But that July evening wasn’t just about the Miguel Cabrera Womens Jersey figurine. Singing the national anthem was his daughter, 12-year-old Emme Roberts, and throwing out the first ball was his son, 15-year-old Cole. As his wife Tricia recalls, “The Dodgers’ front office was at Waymon’s funeral and heard Emme sing there — all day long I kept thinking that my father-in-law would have gotten such a kick out of her getting ‘discovered’ at his funeral.”

Pace asked Trubisky to select a place for dinner so they could get to know him.

Led by Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, and a host of supporting cast members, the Legion of Boom became famous for their hard-hitting play and colorful personalities. They reached their peak in Super Bowl 48, smashing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos en route to a 43-8 rout and the franchise’s first-ever Lombardi Trophy.

Although that was only three years ago, the group is getting up there in age, and changes could be afoot in the near future.

All good things in football eventually must end. The Greatest Show on Turf (the Rams’ high-flying offense of the early 2000s) couldn’t last forever, and neither could the Purple People Eaters (the Vikings’ fearsome defensive line from the 1960s). Players get older, contracts get expensive, and eventually there’s no choice but to break up the band. Things will be no different for the Legion of Boom.

Let’s take a look at Sherman, who was on the trade block this offseason after ruffling feathers in a feud with the local media. He also got some negative attention for jawing with defensive coordinator Kris Richard on the sidelines.

Pace asked Trubisky to select a place for dinner so they could get to know him. Pace’s only request was that the meeting was a secret. Trubisky did that, making a reservation at a steakhouse called Bin 54. The best part was how Trubisky put it under the alias “James McMahon,” (better known as Jim) the only quarterback to win a Super Bowl for the Bears.

The Bears seemed to really appreciate that touch he put on the reservation. “I thought that was cool,” Pace told the Tribune.

“That told me he was prepared, that he did his homework,” Loggains said. “You knew this moment wasn’t too big for him. He still was having fun with it.”

When the dinner ended, everybody made their way to the parking lot. That’s where they saw Trubisky driving his 1997 Toyota Camry, previously owned by his grandma.

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Allen’s frame and prodigious power suggest he’ll have no trouble transitioning to a starting role in 2017.

Allen’s frame and prodigious power suggest he’ll have no trouble transitioning to a starting role in 2017. Few players in college football were more explosive after the snap than the Alabama lineman, who careened into backfields and commanded double teams in his final two collegiate seasons. He can work over the center as a nose tackle or on the edge as a defensive end, using his strength and footwork to smother the pocket from several different angles.

He has a strong punch after the snap that drives blockers backward and creates avenues to leak into the backfield. He also reads plays well, allowing him to disengage once he identifies the play and slide laterally to attack ball carriers as they near the line of scrimmage. He’s good at finishing big plays once he sniffs them out, using an extra gear to drag quarterbacks to the turf.

He’s a dogged pursuer against the run who will relentlessly chase plays and make an impact even when teams game plan around him. That versatility could make him a three-down player in the NFL. He should be up to the task — he answered any questions about his conditioning last fall after recording nearly 750 snaps for Alabama.

All in all, Allen is a solid defensive lineman who grew exponentially as a college player and is now versatile enough to hold down several different roles on the defensive line. Washington is getting a player who blows up running lanes in the middle of the field and wraps up running backs. They’re also getting a defensive end who can collapse the pocket from the edge and make quarterbacks panic.
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Phil Jackson’s criticism of Carmelo Anthony was actually a vicious self-own

During Phil Jackson’s exit press conference on Friday, the Knicks’ president delivered a message to media, detailing his intentions to move on from All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony. When Jackson was asked if he wanted the franchise’s seventh all-time leading scorer to return to the team, the Zen Master said the team hasn’t been able to win with him.

That sentiment is true of Jackson, not Anthony.

Manning, who has been accused of taking part in the scheme so he could hang on to his personal items, sent an incriminating email in 2010. Manning was asked by his marketing agent, Alan Zucker, to satisfy a contract with memorabilia firm Steiner Sports for two game-used helmets and two game-used jerseys.

Instead of handing over the gear, Manning sent an email to the Giants’ the equipment manager Joe Skiba for “helmets that can pass as game used,” court documents show.

“Manning was looking to give non-game-used helmets to Steiner to satisfy — fraudulently — his contractual obligation,” the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Brian Brook, said in a statement.

“Since it appears that the Giants failed to preserve any emails between Manning and Joe Skiba, and the Giants are keeping Skiba on the payroll and paying his substantial legal bills, the above email exchange may be the only direct evidence that Manning knowingly gave fraudulent helmets to Steiner for sale to fans.”

Manning turned over the incriminating email last week, but Brook claims there are others he and the Giants didn’t turn over, including a previously disclosed 2008 exchange, after they won the Super Bowl.

The alleged fake memorabilia scheme dates back to at least 2004, Manning’s rookie year. The civil-racketeering lawsuit also claims Manning’s 2008 Super Bowl-winning jersey inside the Pro Football Hall of Fame is actually fake.
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Here’s all the information you should know about every team with a chance at making the playoffs

The Cardinals have plenty of questions to answer about their offense after a 7-8-1 slump in 2017. Their plan? More touches for David Johnson, a change in position for Andre Ellington, and maybe even a new quarterback.

Bruce Arians on drafting a QB: “It would be one of the best situations for a young quarterback to walk into… for as long as it takes.”

The NBA playoffs begin on April 15. The standings are beginning to shape up, but there’s still a lot that won’t be determined until every regular season game has concluded. Whether Golden State or San Antonio ends up with the top seed in the Western Conference is one unknown, and making sure Cleveland holds onto the No. 1 spot in the East is also still up in the air.

Right now, this is what we do know about the playoff races. Tiebreakers will factor in for some race at some point, in all likelihood. There will be important games that haven’t been played yet. At this point, what teams have remaining on the schedule matters immensely, since there’s such a small portion of the season left.

Here’s all the information you should know about every team with a chance at making the playoffs — well, you know, at least a realistic one.

Unfortunately, having good reasons to put together a match of such importance generally outweighs a good-sounding matchup, and fans get real tired of title shots being handed out because someone made someone else angry like we often see on RAW. I mean, why on earth are Enzo and Cass in the tag title match at WrestleMania, anyways? It’s not like they’ve done anything actually all that interesting in the last year, much less something actually worthwhile of a title match. And the less said about Bill Goldberg winning the Universal Title, the better.
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Andrew Luck engineers comeback, 30-27

For a while it appeared the Colts would be the next team to fall for a trap game against a divisional opponent they should easily beat, but Andrew Luck once again lead Indianapolis back, winning 30-27 Thursday night in Nashville.

The night went from bad to worse as emotions overflowed. It looked like Indianapolis would be unable to get back on track after a series in which linebacker Erik Walden headbutted an offensive player and the team surrendered back-to-back penalties that gave up 27 yards. The Titans held a commanding lead 17-6 at halftime, and it looked impossible for the Colts to overcome their emotions, let alone the deficit.

There’s a lesson in all this, though. Never count out Andrew Luck. His statistics might not always be eye-popping, but there are few quarterbacks in the league more capable of putting a team on his shoulders when everything else is failing. The Colts didn’t just need their quarterback to lead the team back, they needed a steadying force. The second-year Luck was able to offer precisely that.

A grinding drive resulted in Donald Brown’s rushing touchdown and suddenly the team showed signs of life. The Titans fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the ball was back in Luck’s hands. It wasn’t a matter of being given and inch an taking a mile, rather the Colts quarterback asserted his will and improvised his way to the team’s third touchdown of the night on a play fake that left the Titans defense confused before he easily ran it in for the lead.

Indianapolis held on and was able to leave with another victory that could have easily gone the other way. The win almost certainly seals an AFC South championship for the Colts, now leading by three games with six to play. The Titans will need look to reload in 2017 and decide if they can move forward with Jake Locker at quarterback.
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Michigan’s magical March continues as Wolverines find redemption vs. Louisville

Michigan center Moritz Wagner celebrates after a basket against Louisville.
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The Michigan Wolverines are going to the Sweet 16. The No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament’s Midwest region beat the No. 2 Louisville Cardinals in the round of 32 on Sunday, 73-69, in Indianapolis. The Wolverines will play Oregon or Rhode Island next weekend in Kansas City. A live, updating tournament bracket is right here.

Michigan entered as the tournament’s hottest team. The Wolverines won six in a row, including a four-game jaunt through the Big Ten tournament and a first-round win against Oklahoma State. Louisville had just beaten No. 15 Jacksonville State, and the Cardinals posed the biggest threat yet to Michigan’s run.

“I think that’s a core responsibility of the team and I think it’s a very slippery slope for the league office to start getting in the business of telling a coach or team what minutes a player should play.”

The reality is that only a few teams in the league can afford to rest their best players and not worry about how a loss could affect their playoff chances. But those teams are the best in the league, and the ones that spend the most time on national television, which makes it a more visible issue.

Given that every team has millions of dollars invested in their stars, of course they’re going to prioritize their well-being over the fan experience for a single night. One study provided to ESPN showed that injuries were 3.5 times more likely on the second night of a back-to-back played on the road.