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Sunday, September 24, 2017


Ben Tate does Arian Foster bow after touchdown (GIF)

Ben Tate pointBen Tate honored Arian Foster by doing his teammate’s end zone celebration after scoring a touchdown on Sunday.

Tate scored three times in the Houston Texans’ 34-31 loss at home to the New England Patriots. He scored on an 8-yard run in the first quarter, 20-yard run in the second quarter, and he put the Texans up 31-28 on a 10-yard score in the fourth. After scoring in the fourth, Tate pointed to Foster on the sidelines and then bowed to the crowd just like Foster does.

It was a cool gesture by Tate, who finished with 102 yards on 22 carries. He has been running full-time for the Texans since Foster injured his back in Week 9 and underwent surgery.

Chris Cook pushes referee, gets ejected (GIFs)

Chris Cook was ejected from Sunday’s Minnesota Vikings-Chicago Bears game after pushing a referee during the third quarter.

Cook appeared to be upset after Alshon Jeffery scored on a 46-yard touchdown catch, and he reacted by putting his hands on official Laird Hayes. He was penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct and ejected from the game.

In one angle the contact looked accidental, but in the GIF at the top, it appears to be intentional.

Cook was not only upset about the touchdown — he might have felt Jeffery should have received a penalty for jumping over him — but he was also upset about what happened two plays earlier when Jeffery knocked a potential interception out of his hands.

Here’s another look at the incident:


Alshon Jeffery makes great catch for touchdown (GIF)

Alshon Jeffery touchdown catchAlshon Jeffery had a monster game on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings and scored on a fantastic 46-yard touchdown pass by Josh McCown in the third quarter.

The second-year wide receiver from South Carolina caught a bomb down the sidelines, managed to get both feet down, keep his balance, and still hang on to the ball for the score. Prior to the end of the third quarter, he had 10 catches for 234 yards and two TDs.

This has been a huge breakout season for Jeffery — he’s already over 1,000 receiving yards for the season and set the Bears’ single-game record for receiving yards.

Check out his 80-yard touchdown from earlier in the game:


Mike Tomlin interference play could reportedly cost Steelers a draft pick


The officiating crew who worked Thursday night’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens missed a huge call when Mike Tomlin was not flagged for interfering with Jacoby Jones’ kick return in the third quarter. Replays clearly showed that Tomlin was on the field and may have forced Jones to alter his route. However, it is not too late for Tomlin to be penalized, and his mistake could cost the Steelers.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL is considering taking disciplinary action against Tomlin and the Steelers that could include a six-figure fine and the loss of a draft pick. The discipline should come this week, and Tomlin is not expected to be suspended.

In 2010, New York Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi tripped a Miami Dolphins player who was running down the sideline during a kick. The team was fined $100,000.

As Schefter pointed out, it is particularly disturbing for the NFL that Tomlin is the newest member of the league’s competition committee. While Tomlin was not looking at the play and no flag was thrown, Joe Flacco and others have accused the Steelers coach of watching the stadium scoreboard and knowing where Jones was during the play. Flacco believes Tomlin stood in the way intentionally.

Fortunately for the NFL, the Ravens went on to beat the Steelers. We can only imagine the type of controversy that would have been created if Pittsburgh won after Tomlin potentially prevented a Baltimore touchdown. Still, forfeiting a draft pick would be a harsh penalty that seems unlikely. My guess is Tomlin and/or the team will only be fined.

CJ Mosley, Reggie Ragland call out Alabama fans for threatening Cade Foster

Cade-Foster-AlabamaAlabama fans are some of the most passionate sports fans in the country, so it goes without saying that Saturday was a painful day for those who support the Crimson Tide. Rather than taking his chances in overtime, Nick Saban opted to go for a 57-yard field goal that resulted inĀ one of the most incredible endings you will ever see in a football game. Prior to that, placekicker Cade Foster missed all three of his field goal attempts.

Because Foster was so ineffective throughout the game, Saban had freshman kicker Adam Griffith attempt what would have been the game-winner. That does not mean Bama fans forgot about Foster’s horrible day. Not surprisingly, Foster had to deal with ridiculous threats on Twitter after the loss. Two of his teammates, linebackers CJ Mosley and Reggie Ragland, came to his defense.

The threats ranged from fans telling Foster to “please die” to a lot more graphic stuff that you can read over at Deadspin. Foster even changed his account avatar and the name on the account to “aaa” after the game, presumably to make it more difficult for idiotic fans to track him down.

This is not the first time we have seen fans hide behind computers and send death threats to players. Unfortunately, it also won’t be the last.

Did Nick Saban say before kick he didn’t think Adam Griffith could make field goal? (GIF)

Nick-Saban-Adam-GriffithAlabama had little chance of draining a 57-yard field goal at the end of regulation on Saturday, but Nick Saban tried it anyway. He knew freshman kicker Adam Griffith probably did not have enough leg to be the hero. What Saban obviously did not consider is the importance of having his players in position to make the tackle should an Auburn player try to return the missed field goal for a touchdown.

Or did he?

[WATCH: Auburn returns missed FG for TD to beat Alabama]

Just after Griffith missed the kick, Saban could be seen saying something that looked like, “I told you he can’t cover it.” Had Griffith missed wide left or right and still sent the ball through the end zone, the game would have gone to overtime. Instead, Auburn defensive back Chris Davis fielded it in the end zone and the rest was history.

As we said yesterday, the field goal attempt is a risk Saban probably shouldn’t have taken. Even if the above clip proves that he was convinced by another member of his coaching staff to try it, the blame still falls on the head coach. Whether it was returning the missed kick for a touchdown or blocking the kick and scoring that way, Alabama had little to gain if Griffith simply didn’t have the leg.

GIF via SB Nation

NFL Picks Week 13 against the spread – Doc’s picks

Doc has been struggling most of the season on his picks and is at the point where having a .500 week against the spread is striking it rich. But … the good news is the Doc has gone 2-1 on his Top 3 the past two weeks, so at least those are looking strong.

Below are the Doc’s picks this week. As you can see, he likes a lot of favorites:

(ATS = Against the Spread, SU = Straight Up)

Doc picks week 13


Caroline Wozniacki congratulates boyfriend Rory McIlroy on Australian Open win

Rory McIlroy played some spectacular golf on Sunday to win the Australian Open, and one of the first people to congratulate him was girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki.

Shortly thereafter, McIlroy retweeted Woz’s tweet and added a happy face:

Rory McIlroy Caroline WozniackiThere were tons of rumors saying the two had broken up, so this would point to the contrary.

McIlroy shot a 6-under 66 to come from four shots behind and beat Adam Scott in Sydney. His comeback win also spoiled Scott’s bid for the rare Australian Triple Crown.

Maybe McIlroy’s win, which was his first of the year, has a lot to do with him finally being free mentally. His new sponsor, Nike, and his old sponsor, Oakley, finally settled their lawsuit. He said a few weeks ago that legal problems distracted him all season, so maybe he finally has a clear mind. Let’s hope that’s the case. It’s much more enjoyable seeing him play well rather than watching him struggle.

Did Jim Mora announce Brett Hundley is coming back to UCLA for junior season? (Video)

Jim Mora Brett HundleyJim Mora may have hinted during his interview following UCLA’s 35-14 win over crosstown rival USC that quarterback Brett Hundley will be returning to the Bruins for his junior season.

Hundley, a redshirt sophomore, went 18-of-27 for 208 yards and rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s victory. There has been speculation that he could leave for the NFL draft after the season because he’s projected to be a top pick.

“We going to officially announce right now that you’re coming back?” Mora asked Hundley before giving him a friendly nudge.

“I can’t announce it yet,” Hundley answered with a smile.

Was Mora spoiling Hundley’s announcement, or was he trying to influence Hundley to make an impetuous decision during the great moment? I’m not sure, but I have a strong feeling Hundley will be back. He and his father seem like smart people, and they probably realize that the youngster could use another season in school to get ready for the NFL.

UCLA disrespects USC in Coliseum after win

UCLA has been dominated by USC in the crosstown rivalry for the last decade, so the Bruins were justifiably fired up after beating the Trojans in the Coliseum 35-14 on Saturday. The win marked UCLA’s first win at the Coliseum since 1997; it was the first time the Bruins have won back-to-back games against USC since 1997-1998; and the 21-point win against USC was the program’s largest margin of victory at the Coliseum. They had plenty of reasons to celebrate, but the Bruins disrespected the Trojans in their celebration.

First up, as reporter Beto Duran showed, UCLA players spiked flags into the ground at midfield of their rival’s stadium:

Keep in mind that UCLA made a specific threat to USC last year that if their drum major planted a sword in the logo midfield at the Rose Bowl, they would prevent them from marching at halftime.

Then outside the locker room, Jim Mora yelled “we own this town” while addressing his players:


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