Category: Los Angeles Rams

Why it’s better to laugh with JaVale McGee than at him

JaVale McGee is one of the most underrated figures in the NBA. Yes, he was a punchline for a long time. You could say he was appreciated then, but mostly because we were laughing at him on Shaqtin’ a Fool. Now, we can laugh with him. McGee’s been better than ever for the Warriors this season, especially in the playoffs when Kevin Durant was missing due to injury. His averages on field goals and field goal attempts have gone up, too. It hasn’t been easy to shake his old, blundering reputation. He also got into a wild Twitter beef with Shaquille O’Neal over Shaqtin’ that had everyone involved — Durant, the Warriors as an organization, even Shaq’s mom — jumping into the fray. OK, so that one was maybe a mixture of laughing and looking on in mild horror. But he’s also the butt of jokes that are more in good humor — like Andre Iguodala using toilet paper with […]

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March Madness 2017: Live updates as teams qualify for NCAA Tournament bids

The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee has about half of the bracket picked, as the 32 teams that win their conference tournament receive automatic bids for their efforts. Though they can breathe easily knowing they’ll be on the bracket somewhere, they still await Selection Sunday to find out what their path to the championship looks like as they’re seeded and placed in one of the four regions. While winning the conference looks pretty on paper and serves as the ultimate last-minute resume boost, it means little in terms of tournament success. Four of the past five NCAA tournament winners didn’t win their conference tournament. The Redbirds’ failure to defeat Wichita State in the Arch Madness final likely cost them a place, particularly since the game was the Shockers’ second consecutive blowout win in the series. Illinois State’s home win over Wichita State is its lone triumph over a Top-50 foe in three tries. The Redbirds’ 2-4 record against the Top 100 […]

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Here’s the full list of results from this year’s crop of running backs at the 2017 NFL Combine

In an Akron Beacon-Journal article titled “With Andrew Bogut on way after clearing waivers, are Cavs better than championship team?”, Marla Ridenour detailed the list of talent Cleveland have acquired since the start of the season. “…the real question for the Cavaliers is whether the depth added since Jan. 7 will make them a better team than the 2016 NBA champions,” Ridenour wrote. “The roster restocking started with the trade with the Atlanta Hawks for one of the league’s premier 3-point specialists, Kyle Korver. Since then, the Cavs have also brought in Derrick Williams, the second overall pick in 2011 who is with his fifth team in six years, and former Dallas Maverick backup point guard Deron Williams, who played with LeBron James on two Olympic teams. “Now on the way … is rim protector Bogut. The ex-Golden State Warrior faced the Cavs in the NBA Finals the previous two seasons and won the title in 2015.” But Micah Adams, […]

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the Pittsburgh Steelers running back who was arrested in late August.

In addition to feeding the electric Andre Ellington the majority of their carries (something they did not do last season to the chagrin of pretty much everyone), they’re spreading out targets to Michael Floyd (11 catches for 252 yards), Larry Fitzgerald (10 catches for 107 yards), and explosive rookie John Brown (nine catches for 109 yards and three touchdowns). Even with a backup quarterback in Drew Stanton filling in for Carson Palmer, they don’t seem to have altered (greatly) their willingness to chuck the ball deep. Against San Francisco in particular, this was apparent. Below: protection does its job, including a nice blitz pickup by running back Stepfan Taylor (No. 30), and Stanton goes confidently in the direction of his dreams. The most notable name on that list is Bell, the Pittsburgh Steelers running back who was arrested in late August. Bell was also charged with marijuana possession during that arrest, which could still result in a one-game suspension regardless […]

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Will the Browns pay Terrelle Pryor No. 1 receiver money?

It’s a long-running joke that baseball players report to spring training every year and boast of being “in the best shape of my life.” In Sandoval’s case, it might be true, although that isn’t saying much for someone whose belly grew so big that he snapped his belt buckle while taking a swing April 9 in Toronto. For the record, Sandoval reported to Red Sox camp Thursday weighing “in the high 240s,” according to Joe Ferrer, a certified strength and conditioning specialist at Bommarito Performance Systems in Miami, where Sandoval worked out five days a week for most of the winter. Josmir Romero, Sandoval’s personal assistant, estimated the 30-year-old has dropped approximately 40 pounds since May, when he had surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder. “He’s like a new Panda,” Romero said. “I can not only sense that, I know it to be true,” said Echevarria, a former U.S. Army veteran who owns Coach Ray’s Boxing & […]

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Charles Woodson changed the way the NFL thinks about defensive backs

It was over and Charles Woodson was ready to ride the game bus for the final time. He exited Arrowhead Stadium and found his family, chatted with them, gave hearty hugs, took warm pictures and then turned and looked for his final Oakland Raiders ride. It was over and on this final day, everything that he had routinely done for nearly two decades in professional football became moments to instantly memorialize. OK, got to the stadium … completed warm-ups … absorbed everything at halftime … played the rest of the game … shook hands … surveyed the crowd … All of it a snapshot, yet a blur for Charles Woodson. Washington: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA Washington’s run to the playoffs has been done with a defense that ranks near the bottom of the league against the run. Clark, who can play over the nose, is a powerhouse against the run. Houston Texans: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State It seems […]

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Jeff Fisher says it was ‘hilarious’ when he couldn’t find his challenge flag

Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher couldn’t find his challenge flag in the third quarter of a 26-10 loss against the New England Patriots in Week 13. However, he eventually found the flag and won the challenge. Fisher explained why he couldn’t locate his flag. He explained that it was “hilarious,” via NESN.com. Johnson, who retired earlier this season after eight games with the Tennessee Titans, continued his tradition of taking children on a huge shopping spree. At Smith’s annual Christmas event, the children were given $200 Target gift cards while Papa John’s donated a pre-shopping pizza party for the children. Each child also received a gift bag, a Holiday Helpers T-shirt, and items from Target and the Ravens. A reminder, though: Even if Smith likes to play Santa Claus, he does not want St. Nick coming to his house. Last year, Smith asked for “a healthy Achilles” for Christmas, and he got his wish. The 37-year-old returned to […]

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Washington has struggled with the slot quite a bit recently

Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals: I know, I know. He’s been struggling recently with back-to-back games of fewer than 65 yards and single-digit fantasy points in five of the past six, but I like his chances at a bounce-back this week. Washington has struggled with the slot quite a bit recently, allowing 109 yards or a touchdown to the position in five of the past six games, allowing an average of more than nine catches for 113 yards per game to the slot. You know Fitz will get targets in this one, and given the matchup at home against Washington’s 25th-ranked pass defense the past four weeks (as well as CB Josh Norman not defending the slot), expect a lot of love to come Fitz’s way. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks: Much like the rest of the Seahawks, he was on the “love” list last week and flopped mightily. Yeesh. I really misread that game last week. And yet, here I am back on […]

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