In a screening of the newest episode (Episode 5) of “Tom vs. Time” set to be released Sunday on Facebook, Brady is shown telling his wife Gisele Bundchen he wants: “Two more Super Bowls.”
Brady, 40, said he wants to play until he’s 45 and considering he’s the frontrunner for this year’s MVP to be awarded Saturday, who is anyone to tell him he can’t?
If anyone can appreciate not losing an edge late into a career, it’s Brees. He knows that what Brady has done (and keeps doing) on the field pales in comparison his unprecedented story.
“Tom is extremely disciplined,” Brees said. “They see the end result on game day, but they don’t see all that he does in the offseason and during the season to maintain his health, his body and his mechanics — things that make him a great player. The overall preparation can be a grind throughout the season, yet each week he comes out and plays at very high level.”
Jordan walked away from the Bulls for the second time that counted at 35, before his cameo comeback with the Wizards. Montana and Gretzky were done with their playing days at 38.
As for the hours leading up to kickoff, if you’ve already soaked in more Super Bowl analysis than you can handle, you can watch the Puppy Bowl. Kickoff for the cutest game in the world is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET Sunday on Animal Planet.
If you need more of your football fix on Super Bowl Sunday before Eagles vs. Patriots, NFL Network will air more than 11 hours of live pregame and postgame coverage, starting at 9:00 a.m. ET with an 8 1/2-hour edition of “NFL GameDay Morning.” Before and after that show, NFL Network will present the Super Bowl’s greatest commercials of all time.
In addition, NBC will present about 11 hours of “Super Stream Sunday.” The special access event kicks off at noon ET with NBC’s Super Bowl pregame coverage and concludes with the TV drama “This is Us,” which follows post-game coverage at approximately 10 p.m. ET.
Super Bowl 52 between the Eagles and Patriots will air nationally on NBC. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will call the game from the booth, with Michele Tafoya reporting from the sidelines.
And Tom Brady is an even more overwhelming favorite to win his fifth Super Bowl MVP award.
Bovada has released its Super Bowl 52 MVP odds, and Brady is listed at 4/5. The next closest player is at 13/4, and the field is at 20/1.
Amendola has lived up to Gronkowski’s new nickname for him — “Danny Playoff.” All the guy does is make clutch catches in the middle of the field, all the way into the end zone.
Amendola is the reason why the Patriots aren’t missing Julian Edelman too much at this point of the season. He could match the MVP performance Branch had against the Eagles.
Foles is more meme than man at the moment, so you can bet if there’s some other Eagle offensively or defensively who comes up with comparable key play in an upset, the MVP voters will go in a different direction. Then again, the streaky QB could easily duplicate his jaw-dropping performance (352 yards, 3 TDs) against the Vikings in the NFC championship game to not be denied in a Philadelphia victory.
The insider said that more than anything, Jackson is disappointed. “[Timberlake] used to dig her but when it came to supporting her after what happened, he disappeared. That’s not too manly and she didn’t deserve that. Even if she’s chosen to forgive him, it doesn’t mean she’s gotten past how he didn’t man up.
“We believe [the Super Bowl is a chance for him to] show her . . . and the world that he was wrong. He should insist that she come out and do something even if it’s just him apologizing publicly in front of the whole stadium. It’s not too late.”
No disrespect to Von Miller, Khalil Mack, Chandler Jones or any other trendy sack artist, but there isn’t a more disruptive player on the planet than Donald. The four-time Pro Bowler leads all defensive tackles in sacks (39), quarterback hits (108), pressures (236), tackles for loss (72) and forced fumbles (9) since he entered the league in 2014.
Shepard, Apple out: Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard is inactive, a Saturday addition to the injury report because of a migraine.
Woodhead active: The Baltimore Ravens activated running back Danny Woodhead, who hasn’t played since suffering a hamstring injury in the first week of the season, ahead of the game in Green Bay.
Tony Romo took his first snaps of the regular season in the second quarter of the Dallas Cowboys’ game against the Philadelphia Eagles, and promptly threw his first touchdown. Romo capped a six-play, 81-yard drive with a 3-yard scoring pass to Terrance Williams. That one drive was the action Romo saw, replaced by Mark Sanchez on Dallas’s subsequent possession and finished out the Cowboys’ 27-13 loss that does not affect their standing as the NFC’s top seed.
Romo had been the face of the Cowboys for years, but lost his job after rookie Dak Prescott performed superbly after Romo broke his back during the preseason. With Romo sidelined for much of the regular season, Prescott seized upon the opportunity and has not relinquished his grip on the starting job.
Other players including Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant sharply criticized Trump. Saturday, Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell became the first MLB player to kneel during the national anthem.
The Oakland Raiders offensive linemen, the only entirely African American offensive line unit in the league, intend to kneel or sit during the anthem preceding the nationally televised “Sunday Night Football” game against the Washington Redskins on NBC.
In his eager beaver way, he sometimes stepped on Nantz’ actual play calls. Two weeks ago, he described the Jaguars’ godawful 10-3 wild card win over the Bills an “unbelievable” game, even though the pathetic performance by Bortles and Tyrod Taylor of the Bills set NFL passing games back a 100 years, tweeted ESPN’s Louis Riddick.
They’ve held things together in a reasonably good season on the heels of their brutal Super Bowl defeat. Even so, it’s difficult to imagine them being a major factor in the NFC playoffs.
The NFL’s system is protecting some players. Six years later, McCoy believes what happened to him wouldn’t happen again.
“The mentality was, just get back in there, you’re fine, don’t worry about it,” New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said. “There’s a system in place to make sure guys are doing the right thing for their health.”
But there are cracks in the system, too, and this week showed the NFL still has more work to do.
NFL owners have charged Cowboys owner Jerry Jones with conduct detrimental to the league, Mark Maske reports. From Maske’s story, an excerpt of a letter the NFL sent to David Boies, Jones’s lawyer:
The Bears and Steelers needed overtime with Chicago scoring two touchdowns before being handed the win. A video review overturned an electric, would-be game-ending 73-yard run by Tarik Cohen on the second play of the extra session. Instead the play was ruled out of bounds after a 36 yard gain. The Bears’ Jordan Howard scored later on that drive with a 19-yard touchdown run to give Chicago its first win of the season, while handing Pittsburgh its first loss.
RB Ezekiel Elliott is back from his six-game suspension, and the Cowboys still have some hope in the NFC playoff chase. Maybe Elliott should take the opposite approach of Aaron Rodgers and say that, yes, he is back to save the season.
The Lions are out of the division race and would need help to reach the playoffs as a wild card. But no one should be questioning the job security of Coach Jim Caldwell. He’s done a good job.
They’ve righted themselves with two straight wins and were clearly the better team in the “showdown” (by the modest standards of the AFC West) on Saturday night with the Chargers. But it’s difficult to simply forget that 1-6 stretch of miserable play.
The Bills visit New England this weekend with their playoff hopes still alive. They must focus on that rather than on seeking any type of revenge for Rob Gronkowski’s hit on Tre’Davious White.
Said Ma’a Tanuvasa, a retired defensive end who won two Super Bowls with Denver in the late 1990s: “I think it’s only going to get better for kids who are younger than these guys.”
An estimable San Francisco sportswriter, Ira Miller, evaluated the San Francisco picks in print and dismissed Sapolu as a kid from Hawaii getting one nice, free trip to California. For years thereafter, Sapolu and Miller joked about it.
“People thought we weren’t ready to come in there and compete on the big stage,” he said. “Even though there were people before me, it was still in its pioneering stages. . . . It’s the unknown. People still had this image of Hawaii back then as palm trees and kids liking to surf. They didn’t know the kids here were big and thick and naturally strong. Once we got trained a little bit . . .”
By contrast, Shurmur’s Vikings sputtered Sunday after a 75-yard touchdown drive to start the game against the Eagles. For the rest of the contest, Minnesota accumulated just 258 total net yards and zero points, with the rest of their drives ending in this sequence: interception returned for a touchdown, punt, punt, lost fumble, punt, turnover on downs, turnover on downs, interception.
One answer suggested has been for players to stay in the locker room for the anthem, as they did before 2009 (except before the Super Bowl and on 9/11). But that won’t solve the chasm over this issue. Nate Boyer, the former Green Beret who played briefly in the NFL, suggested in an open letter published by ESPN that Kaepernick and President Trump sit down in a summit meeting of sorts to discuss their beliefs. He followed up on a letter he wrote a year ago and wrote how “much more hurt” he feels now at the divisions in the country.
“Not by [Kaepernick], not by where we’re at now with the protests, but by us,” he wrote. “Simply put, it seems like we just hate each other; and that is far more painful to me than any protest, or demonstration, or rally, or tweet.”
Consistently stopping the run and getting to the other quarterback takes huge pressure off the offense to light up the scoreboard. What has made Minnesota and Philadelphia this good and go this far is what’s supporting their quarterbacks — both are deep at running back and versatile in the receiving corps with backs, wideouts and tight ends. When it comes to calling plays tailored to their passers’ strengths and weaknesses, Pat Shurmur and Doug Pederson have been on point.
Historically, this gratitude was expressed to God, to the Creator, the Lord of the Harvest, the one in whom we live and move and have our being. Establishing our national observance, Abraham Lincoln commended the nation to “set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”
But in a secularized, naturalized world where we are at least officially agnostic about such a being, to whom shall we give thanks? Here’s where the liturgies of football on Thanksgiving provide an alternative.
The pomp and fandom in NFL stadiums across the country display their own rituals — and reveal how our gratitude has shifted. We give thanks to the military, tout our freedoms and celebrate the exceptional blessings of “this great country.” The military serves as the tangible, almost sacramental, embodiment of the nation’s mythology.
Lillard issued a heartfelt vote of confidence for head coach Terry Stotts, sources said.
They also discussed players to target. The New York Times’ Marc Stein recently reported the Trail Blazers are one of the teams trying to engage in trade talks with the LA Clippers for big man DeAndre Jordan, but the Clippers haven’t had any serious offers.
In addition, Lillard sought an explanation from Allen as to why Will Barton was traded to Denver in February of 2015, sources said. Lillard made it known he didn’t agree with the move. Barton is a penetrating, spot-up shooter — the type of player Portland could use on the wing.
At various points this season some players, including full teams, have remained off the field during the playing of the anthem. They have not been fined or otherwise disciplined by the NFL.
The league has been under intense pressure from President Trump and some fans to require players to stand during the anthem. In September, Trump said during a campaign speech in Alabama that owners should fire any player who protested during the anthem. His fiery speech included a reference to such a player being a “son of a bitch,” and it fueled an intense national controversy over the issue.
The pressure from the White House has not relented. After Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch refused to stand for the U.S. anthem before Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots in Mexico City, Trump offered critical comments Monday on Twitter.
“Marshawn Lynch of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our national anthem,” Trump wrote. “Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down.”
The Steelers caught a break early in their Divisional Round game against the Jaguars.
Center Maurkice Pouncey appears to shove an official after the Steelers fell short on a third-and-8 in the first quarter:
Koetter yells, “Good luck to you!” at Payton a bit too enthusiastically over and over again. Then Koetter and Payton start exchanging friendly slaps on the chest, except they don’t seem all that friendly. They look pretty hostile.
Payton tells Koetter that he’s still mad about Jameis Winston instigating a fight with Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore in Week 9. Winston came off the sideline and poked Lattimore in the head.
Lattimore shoved Winston, then Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans came flying in and laid Lattimore out with a blindside hit.
Evans served a one-game suspension for his actions. Koetter condemned the behavior after the game, but Payton’s apparently holding a grudge.
Koetter didn’t have much to say about Payton’s testy reaction to him Sunday.
“Well, every guy has their own style, I guess,” Koetter said after the game.
The Kansas City Chiefs have gotten out to a good start against the Titans at home in their Wild Card Game. They’re even looking smooth in things you wouldn’t imagine.
Officials threw a flag on the Titans for unnecessary roughness after Ben Jones shoved somebody after the play. Defensive end Chris Jones noticed the flag midflight and made an effortless one-handed grab:
The Rams still got another possession afterward, but ended up going four plays to turn the ball over on downs yet again, securing the Falcons’ 26-13 win.
The officiating in the Falcons-Rams game was much better than it was in the Titans-Chiefs game, but this seems like one that perhaps shouldn’t go without being called.
Whistles often get swallowed late in games, especially in the postseason. But this one seemed a little too obvious.
Anyway, during this ritual of throwing out names of guys who could finish second in the MVP vote, I’m surprised it hasn’t come around to Cam Newton. We went through a Russell Wilson phase when he was on a hot streak a month ago, and he’s since strung together three horrific performances that, if they had come in September, would have everyone asking What’s wrong with Russell Wilson?
He appeared to catch the football four yards short of the end zone, putting the Rams in a hurry with no timeouts.
The Rams were then in a scramble to try to get to the line of scrimmage and spike the ball, which they did with Falcons DT Grady Jarrett offsides. That would have stopped the clock with five seconds left in the half.
Two star players from the SEC will be headed to the Senior Bowl.
LSU running back Darrel Williams and defensive lineman Christian LaCouture have accepted invites to the Reese’s Senior Bowl, a source tells Sporting News. The annual all-star game, held in Mobile, Ala., is considered the top showcase event for college seniors prior to the NFL Combine.
Williams is coming off a season in which he had a career-high 820 yards and nine touchdowns for LSU. The former four-star recruit contributed all four years he was in Baton Rouge, but his role shifted to more of a workhorse running back for his final season.
McKnight, who was 28 at the time of his death, spent four seasons in the NFL with the Jets and Chiefs after a standout college career at USC.
It’s bold possibly to sit Gurley, but facing elite rush defense, it’s more understandable.Simply put, very well have been the most manly American ever.1 Oklahoma last , is averaging 12 points on 60 percent shooting the last 35 with 6 rebounds per game…But apparently that was not the case on the card handed to the umpires before the game.or Freeney, Clayborn was a key member of the improving Falcons pass rush.
I always look forward to Monday mornings, and as usual, you don’t disappoint. Of all that I read, I was most affected by the quote of the female NFL reporter. As a father of two girls, and grandfather to two more, it greatly saddens me that women are put into this position.
“Life in the Big 12,” Beard said by phone from Lubbock. “It’s like a good friend of mine texted me this week: Prince today, frog tomorrow.”
What makes for a coach’s grueling challenge makes for a viewer’s delight. Although it’s been, according to KenPom.com, the country’s strongest overall conference for four years running, this season few would dispute the Big 12 has become its buzziest and most compelling as well. Not only does it have four of the top 13 teams in KenPom.com’s efficiency ratings, but it also has the country’s must-see player in Oklahoma freshman guard Trae Young, who leads Division I in points and assists and jaw-dropping highlights per game; perhaps the country’s most intimidating and aggressive defense in West Virginia; a Texas Tech squad that may be the season’s breakout team; a Texas defense anchored by a shot-blocker ticketed for the NBA Draft’s top five in Mo Bamba; and, of course, Kansas, which is Kansas. The Jayhawks have won at least a share of 13 straight regular-season Big 12 titles, but now a conference synonymous with one team’s annual success is being defined by its wide-openness.
And it almost didn’t matter.
The Saints came storming back, capping off a clutch 51-yard drive with a Wil Lutz 43-yard field goal that gave New Orleans a one-point lead with just 25 seconds left in the game.
The Giants are 2-9, playing for nothing. And the most important thing for this franchise is to fact-find for 2018—particularly March and April 2018, when you have to decide if you want to use your top-five draft choice on a quarterback of the future, or if you want to ride a 37-year-old quarterback into his sunset. Maybe you want to do both. But think of the franchise here. Don’t think of the person. When the person is gone, the franchise has to keep playing the games, and the best thing for you to do is figure out everything you can about the people to replace that person. The way to do that is to find out what’s behind Manning.
After Leonard Fournette was stopped on third-and-goal, Blake Bortles threw a touchdown to Ben Koyack to put the Jaguars up 10-3.
The team’s senior vice president (his Instagram bio says owner, which is fair), Tony Khan celebrated it with fist pumps and what appear to be semi-hip thrusts.
He also talked about the verbal communication the game requires, and how he handles those. “The biggest challenge was making sure the quarterback knows that I’m there,” Coleman said. “I’m yelling at him letting him know I’m in. That means you take an extra quick peek at me, that’s all.”
That’s what we saw on Saturday evening with Coleman, who has been a part of the Falcons’ strong running game.
Gruden’s contract is rumored to be for 10 years and $100 million. He’s reportedly been picking his staff, which includes Greg Olson, Rich Gannon, and Paul Guenther.
Gruden will be resuming his coaching career after 10 years out of the game, but returning to a familiar face in the Raiders. With Derek Carr as his quarterback, it will be interesting to see how he does after a long hiatus, but equipped with a franchise quarterback.
UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen made it official on Wednesday evening — he will forego his senior season and declare for the 2018 NFL draft. Rosen confirmed the news on Twitter with a thankful letter to his school.
Rosen joins Sam Darnold and Josh Allen as some of the top underclassmen quarterbacks to declare for the draft early.
The Bills (9-7) haven’t made the playoffs since the 1999 season — and the Jaguars (10-6) haven’t been to the postseason since the 2007 season. This year, both teams finished with top-10 rushing offenses, but Jacksonville’s rushing attack is the best in the league. This game will come down to defense and running the ball. The Jaguars finished with the second-best scoring defense by giving up only 16.1 points per game, while the Bills’ 18th-ranked pass defense surrendered 22.4 points. These are two identical teams.
Remarkable energy, sustained brilliance and boundless opportunity drove Westbrook’s achievement. He missed just one game, he turned in 42 triple-doubles and four 50-point efforts, he led the league in scoring and usage, he carried the Thunder to the postseason in the wake of Kevin Durant’s departure, and he emerged as one of the greatest martyrs in recent memory. The Westbrook Way was bound to fall short in the 2017 playoffs, as it did, but that seemed beside the point to his many true believers.
Some of them expressed surprise at the report when contacted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Billionaire Thomas Tull told the P-G, Art Rooney and Coach Tomlin have my full support. Larry Paul, who holds shares along with his brother Stephen, said they were not aware of the PFT report and offered support for Rooney.
The source that spoke to PFT indicated there were issues with how Tomlin handled the Jacksonville game, particularly at the end, and the team’s supposed lack of discipline.
The problem with that approach is it ignores that the team went 13-3 through whatever issues developed this season.
It is obvious the 2017 Steelers never found a consistent method to win; their defense was reasonably solid early and disintegrated as the season advanced even before the devastating injury to linebacker Ryan Shazier. The offense relied far too much on the individual talents of the players involved, rarely seeming to enjoy a schematic superiority over the opposition.