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FSU QB Sean Maguire’s parents gave away Clemson tickets, didn’t think son would play

Sean-Maguire-Florida-StateFlorida State sophomore quarterback Sean Maguire is suddenly scheduled to play a large portion of what could wind up being the No. 1-ranked Seminoles’ biggest game of the season. The turn of events was so sudden, in fact, that Maguire’s parents won’t even be in attendance when their son takes on Clemson for two quarters.

As you know, Jameis Winston has been suspended for the first half of the Clemson game for his obscene outburst on campus earlier this week. Before that happened, Maguire’s parents gave their tickets to the game to relatives because they assumed Sean would be holding a clipboard for 60 minutes.

“My parents originally gave away the tickets to my cousins,” Maguire told reporters Thursday, per Natalie Pierre of The Tallahassee Democrat. “They were like, ‘You guys go to this game. You’ll have fun tailgating. Sean probably won’t play this game.'”

Apparently there are no takesies backsies, because Maguire’s parents now plan to watch the game on television from their home in New Jersey. They couldn’t find a way to make last-minute travel arrangements, plus some of Sean’s other family members also would have liked to go to Doak Campbell Stadium for the game. Instead, they have all decided to watch it together from home.

You think backup quarterbacks have it tough? Try being their parents.

Procter & Gamble pulls out of breast cancer initiative because of NFL off-field issues

High-School-Technical-for-Pink-UniformsProcter & Gamble has notified the NFL that it will no longer be going forward with its league-wide initiative for Breast Cancer Awareness month, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Procter & Gamble had worked with the NFL on behalf of Crest toothpaste and had named multiple players on each of the NFL’s 32 teams as “ambassadors” of the campaign. Players had agreed to wear pink mouthguards and engage with fans on social media as part of the initiative, but Procter & Gamble reportedly decided to pull the plug in the wake of the domestic violence issues that are piling up across the league.

Any money that Procter & Gamble had pledged to donate to cancer organizations will still be distributed, but the campaign will no longer be taking place.

We could be witnessing the worst image problem the NFL has ever had. Companies like Radisson have already suspended their sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings while other juggernauts like Anheuser-Busch have publicly expressed their concern over issues involving players like Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice and Jonathan Dywer.

The NFL’s pink gear movement has become incredibly popular over the past several years. The fact that a major company has decided to dissociate itself from a cause like Breast Cancer Awareness Month because it is so concerned with the NFL’s current image should tell you all you need to know.

Dwyane Wade credits David Stern’s dress code for his passion for fashion

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Dwyade Wade is one of the most flamboyant dressers in the NBA. And for that, we can thank David Stern.

Wade has worn some of the most mind-boggling outfits and accessories you will ever see over the last several years. During a recent interview with Rob Merrill of The Associated Press, D-Wade said the dress code that Stern instituted in 2005 really got him thinking about what to wear off the court.

“It was like, ‘OK, now we got to really dress up and we can’t just throw on a sweat suit,'” Wade explained. “Then it became a competition amongst guys and now you really got into it more and you started to really understand the clothes you put on your body, the materials you’re starting to wear, so then you become even more of a fan of it.

“Obviously sometimes we push the envelope, and I think it’s because we’re athletes. We’re not looked at as guys who should wear certain things. Being flamboyant is being OK.”

The “competition” Wade referred to must involve him and guys like Russell Westbrook. We have no idea who you could call the “winner” between those two guys. One day Wade is wearing hot pink pants on his way to a game and the next Westbrook is blowing us away with some leather overalls. It’s all thanks to Stern and his disdain for baggy pants.

For more past Wade fashion follies, see below:

Dwyane Wade wears white flood pants and high black socks
Dwyane Wade wears overalls, rolled up pants to Game 3
Dwyane Wade wears capri pants
Dwyane Wade wears tango-colored outfit
Dwyane Wade’s super skinny pants
Dwyane Wade’s hot pink pants
Dwyane Wade wears glasses with no lenses
Dwyane Wade wears jacket with floral pattern

H/T Ball Don’t Lie

Devin Hester got penalty for paying tribute to Deion Sanders (Video)

Devin Hester surpassed Deion Sanders for most return touchdowns in NFL history during the Atlanta Falcons’ win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night. Hester’s 62-yard punt return score in the second quarter gave him sole possession of first on the all-time list with 20 return touchdowns. Hester paid tribute to Sanders on his way to the end zone, and he was penalized 15 yards for it.

[WATCH: Devin Hester breaks Deion Sanders' record with 63-yard return TD]

Hester broke out Deion’s trademark high-step routine as he was sprinting down the sideline, and an official flagged him for taunting. I’m sure it was worth it, especially given the way the Falcons were blowing out the Bucs.

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Sanders got emotional with Hester during a postgame interview on NFL Network.

“I’m overcome with emotions right now,” the Hall of Famer told Hester, via ESPN.com. “Because I love you as a man, as a father, as a husband. I remember the beginning, man. I love you, dude. And I’m so proud of you, man. I’m so proud of you. You know that.”

Hester has now returned 14 punts, five kickoffs and one missed field goal for scores. He might end up padding his lead over Deion before he calls it a career.

Video via GIFD Sports

Reminder: Herm Edwards picked the Bucs to go to the Super Bowl

Herm-EdwardsA lot of people were high on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers heading into the 2014 season. They made a seemingly great coaching hire in Lovie Smith and acquired a veteran quarterback who was coming off a great year with the Chicago Bears in Josh McCown. No one had more faith in Tampa Bay than Herm Edwards.

Back in May, Edwards predicted that the Bucs and Pittsburgh Steelers would square off in Super Bowl 48. The ESPN analyst, who worked as an assistant with the Bucs from 1996-2000, felt that the Bucs would have an improved roster, better coaching and strong defense. Did anyone watch Thursday Night Football?

While it should be noted that the Bucs were without defensive leader Gerald McCoy, they were absolutely destroyed by the Atlanta Falcons. Tampa Bay’s 56-14 loss could go down as the worst for any NFL team this season. The Bucs were down 56-0 heading into the fourth quarter before Atlanta took its foot off the gas.

Analysts swing and miss all the time, and we usually let them slide. Predicting outcomes in football is arguably more difficult than any of the other four major sports, as teams go from first to last and last to first each season. Having said that, I wonder how Herm is feeling about his NFC champ these days. I bet he’d like a mulligan.

Devin Hester’s record-breaking punt return touchdown (Video)

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devin-hester-record-breaking-returnWith his idol and mentor Deion Sanders in the building, Devin Hester high-stepped his way into the NFL record book yet again.

Hester came into Thursday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tied at 19 return touchdowns with Sanders. During the second quarter, Hester grabbed the top spot on the list by himself with a 62-yard punt return score as his former head coach Lovie Smith looked on.

Hester now sits three ahead of Hall of Famer Rod Woodson and has six more than long time Buccaneer Ronde Barber.

Tony Gonzalez thinks Robert Griffin III should see sports psychologist

Robert Griffin IIIIn the first quarter of the second game of the year, Robert Griffin III’s 2014 season came to a halt when he was carted off the field with what would later be diagnosed as a dislocated left ankle.

Optimistic predictions have Griffin back in around eight weeks. Between now and whenever Griffin does return, there will be plenty of analysis about Griffin and the idea of him being the quarterback best suited to lead the Redskins to success.

Long time NFL tight end, and future Hall of Famer, Tony Gonzalez weighed in on Robert Griffin Thursday during an interview with The Junkies on 106.7 The Fan. During the segment, Gonzalez thought seeing a sports psychologist would beneficial to the second pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

“Once confidence goes in this sport, you will get taken advantage of,” Gonzalez said via CBS Washington. “People are too good around here to have any type of lack of confidence. Let’s hope he gets back from that injury, I’d love for him now, to maybe — that knee gets to heal up even better — get that ankle right. When he does come back, get back in that flow of things.”

“But most importantly, I believe in seeing a sports psychologist as well, because as far as I’m concerned, the way he was looking out there, it was not that old RGIII,” Gonzalez said. “He needs to get back to that guy and feel comfortable in his own skin, where he’s not thinking too much, and just go out there and play.”

It’s been noted by many on more than a few occasions that Robert Griffin hasn’t looked the same as he did during his rookie season, with recovering from the knee injury chief among the proposed reasons.

Gonzalez is right about confidence being crucial, especially at the quarterback position. Griffin may or my not have a lack of it at the moment, but it’s visible to atleast one person that it may be the issue. And that wouldn’t bode well for Griffin or the Washington Redskins.

H/T Eye On Football