Ndamukong Suh levels Chad Henne with late hit (Video)

Ndamukong SuhWhile Ndamukong Suh’s list of questionable on-the-field actions is fairly lengthy, he’s talked about becoming a more mature player.

Considering his track record, there are more than a few who rather see it from Suh rather than hear him talk about it.

During Friday night’s preseason game between the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars, Suh delivered an obvious late hit on Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne that will fuel of his biggest detractors.

Not surprisingly, Suh was flagged for roughing the passer.

Ndamukong Suh has been two three Pro Bowls and named a First Team All-Pro member twice. Despite that, the first thing we often think about when it comes to the 27-year-old are plays that draw the attention of officials and the league office. The longer that happens, the longer his ability as one of the more disruptive defensive players in the NFL will continue to be overshadowed.

Robert Griffin III calls out doubters on Twitter

Robert Griffin knee braceAfter an impressive rookie season in which he earned the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, 2013 was not Robert Griffin III’s year.

Griffin hardly looked like the same quarterback from 2012 after undergoing surgery to repair ligament damage in his right knee.

He had to answer questions about rushing back too soon after surgery. There was also Griffin’s less-than-ideal relationship with head coach Mike Shanahan and a perceived influence the quarterback had over Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.

A disappointing season came to an end when Griffin was made inactive for the final three games of last season.

Heading into the upcoming season, Griffin has more than a few people questioning if he can be the same quarterback he was in 2012. Having doubters is nothing new for the former Heisman Trophy winner and Griffin took the opportunity to remind us of that via his Twitter account on Wednesday.

If the Washington Redskins are going to rebound from disastrous 2013 season, they’ll need better quarterback play than they received a year ago. The team gave up quite a bit to draft Robert Griffin III, but that doesn’t mean fans won’t call for Kirk Cousins if he struggles again.

Griffin is no stranger to having to prove himself and it looks like he knows he will have to do it once again in 2014.

Brewers broadcast crew buys beer for fan who lost one because of foul ball (Video)

When at the stadium taking in a baseball game, there’s always the potential danger of a ball flying into the crowd. During Wednesday’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Milwaukee Brewers, one gentleman received an up close reminder of what can happen in such an instance.

brewers-fan-replacement-beerDuring the second inning, a foul ball off the bat of Josh Thole made its way down the third base line and (as luck would have it) found a man with a cup of beer. After a collision with an overzealous fan attempting to make the catch, there wasn’t much beer left.

To make matters worse, the fan who caused the collision ended up with the ball. For what it’s worth, that was a pretty nice display of concentration to come down with the souvenir despite taking a tumble.

There was a happy ending for the fan who drew the short end of the stick in the incident, however. The Brewers broadcast crew sent the man a replacement beer in a souvenir mug. He also has quite the story to tell about his recent adventure at Miller Park.

USF football jerseys will have ‘The Team’ on back instead of player names


With college football season right around the corner, we have already seen glimpses of new uniforms and helmets schools will be sporting this fall. At the University of South Florida, what’s new is what will be on the back of the jerseys.

South Florida head coach Willie Taggart recently named Mike White the starting quarterback to open the season. However, don’t expect to see “White” across the back of the sophomore’s shoulder pads. That’s because Taggart is doing away with names on the jerseys.

“The Team” will be displayed on the back of each player’s jersey for the 2014 season.

The Bulls get the new campaign underway August 30 when Western Carolina makes the trip to Raymond James Stadium, at which time we’ll get our first look at the new threads in a game that matters.

Photo: Twitter/McMurphyESPN

Joe Maddon thinks Rays fans are cheering too much for Derek Jeter (Audio)

Joe MaddonWhen Derek Jeter made it known 2014 would be his last in Major League Baseball, it was expected the treatment he would receive as he visits ballparks for the final time would be similar to that of Mariano Rivera last year.

Throughout the season, Jeter has received gifts from opposing teams and rousing applause from fans in cities outside of New York.

This weekend, the Yankees were in Tampa for a three-game series against the Rays. Not surprisingly, fans of both teams acknowledged Derek Jeter when the opportunity presented itself.

Farewell tour or not, Joe Maddon took the opportunity after Saturday’s 3-2 loss to remind Rays fans it’s okay to root for the Rays when the Yankees are in town.

The Rays are currently 6.5 games back in the American League wildcard race and eternal optimist Joe Maddon would be appreciative of support to urge his guys during their uphill quest for a spot in the postseason.

Unfortunately for Maddon, the Yankees will be back in town September 15-17. That will be Jeter’s last trip to Tropicana Field so Maddon can probably expect more of the same a month from now.

H/T NJ.com

Antone Smith on Jadeveon Clowney: “I don’t see anything special”

Jadeveon Clowney hitDuring Saturday’s preseason game between the Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons, the No. 1 pick in this year’s NFL Draft announced his presence during the first quarter with impressive displays on back-to-back plays.

First, Jadeveon Clowney darted into the Falcons’ backfield and dropped running back Antone Smith. He followed that up with a sack of Matt Ryan.

While many watching at home were impressed with Clowney’s efforts, one of his victims was not.

During an interview with Sports Radio 610 in Houston, Antone Smith downplayed the hit and hype surround Jadeveon Clowney.

“Just a guy,” Smith said of Clowney. “I don’t see anything special. He’s just a guy. He’s a guy who plays defensive end. He plays pretty good. Made a good play.”

Tell us how you really feel, Antone.

For those wondering who Antone Smith is, he was undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft and spent some time on the Houston Texans practice squad before signing with the Atlanta Falcons. He appeared in 15 games for the Falcons last season and rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

H/T ProFootballTalk

Team USA wears shooting shirts to honor Paul George

paul-george-stretcher-smallPaul George was unable to participate in Saturday’s exhibition game between Team USA and Brazil, but he was still prominently featured.

When Anthony Davis, James Harden, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, and company took the floor at United Center in Chicago, they did so wearing special shooting shirts which honored their injured teammate.

The shirts displayed the phrase “United We Stand” and George’s initials.

During the broadcast, ESPN’s Mark Jones and Fran Fraschilla interviewed George via telephone. Among the topics of discussion was the two-time All-Star reiterating his desire to play for the 2016 Olympic team.