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Saturday, October 20, 2018


Giants send Royals staff pizza after World Series victory


The Giants, behind the brilliance of Madison Bumgarner, defeated the Royals in last year’s World Series to capture their eighth World Series. This year, the Royals were able to come out on top, taking care of the Mets in five games.

WWE star Triple H sent the Royals a custom championship belt. Last season’s champs made sure the Royals staff had full stomachs. The Giants had 25 pizzas from Minsky’s sent to Kaufmann for the team and staff members.

“The San Francisco Giants just called and they want to send 25 pizzas to Kauffman Stadium for the Royals and their staff,” said Kenny Kantner, Manager and Partner for Minsky’s at 51st and Main, via the restaurant’s website. It was a pretty exciting moment, especially when the Giants wanted to include this note: ‘Have fun planning the parade – and enjoy the ride!’”

The Giants, of course, know what it’s like to win the World Series, having won it three times since 2010. For the Royals, the wait has been much longer. Their last title came in 1985. Minsky’s has been voted the best pizza in Kansas City so those who received it surely enjoyed pizza worthy of a championship organization.

San Francisco is no stranger to classy gestures, so this is par for the course. Back in September, the Giants congratulated the division rival Dodgers on clinching the NL West by displaying a message on the scoreboard at AT&T Park. The Giants definitely get it.

Photo via: Minsky’s Pizza
H/T Eye On Baseball

Trent Richardson worked out for Saints

Trent Richardson

The NFL dream still is not over for Trent Richardson.

The former No. 3 overall draft pick worked out for the New Orleans Saints on Monday, according to a report from NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

The Saints needed to add some depth after Khiry Robinson suffered a broken leg in Sunday’s win over the New York Giants that knocked him out for the season.

New Orleans ended up signing running back Tim Hightower, who hasn’t had an NFL carry since 2011. Hightower suffered a torn ACL in his knee that year, was set back by an infection, and he finally was cleared to play again last year. He was with the team throughout the offseason and was cut before Week 1, but he has now been re-signed by the team twice.

Richardson will continue to look for work. After a somewhat promising rookie season with the Browns in 2012, Richardson was traded to the Colts where he was a complete and utter disappointment. They finally released him, but the Raiders picked him up during the offseason. They ended up cutting him too (terrible plays like this didn’t help). Prior to Monday, the last we heard about Richardson was that he worked out with the Bills last month.

As the season goes on and teams become desperate for bodies, Richardson could find a gig, but it’s clear he’s really fallen far in the eyes of NFL teams.

Triple H sent Royals custom WWE championship belt


The Royals capped off their season by winning the World Series for the first time in 30 years by defeating the Mets in five games.

Along with the Commissioner’s Trophy comes the spoils that go with capturing a title, like a victory parade, which will take place in Kansas City on Tuesday. The team will also receive a gift from wrestler Triple H.

The WWE star is sending the Royals the above pictured championship belt. He posted the photo to his Twitter account and said, “Congrats to the 2015 @MLB World Series Champions the Kansas City @Royals! #HeadedYourWay #DontGetChampagneOnTheTitle”

Kansas City is a well deserving champion and gained many fans throughout the playoffs thanks to a resilient and relentless style of play. It led to FOX’s Joe Buck saying the Royals may be the “best team he’s covered” since he started calling World Series games.

That is, of course, up for debate. However, one thing can’t be disputed. The Royals are the champs, and have a belt to prove it.

Photo via: Twitter/TripleH
H/T For The Win

Vernon Davis traded to Broncos


The Denver Broncos on Monday acquired Vernon Davis from the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for multiple late-round draft picks.

Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway made the announcement on Twitter:

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Broncos are sending a 2016 sixth-round pick and 2017 sixth-round pick to San Francisco, with the Niners sending back Davis and a 2016 seventh-rounder.

Davis enjoyed a breakout year with 13 touchdown catches in 2013, but he has been virtually ineffective since. He has just 18 catches for 194 yards and no touchdowns this season, and there have been rumblings that he had grown tired of playing alongside Colin Kaepernick. Davis should feel revitalized catching passes from Peyton Manning.

Keenan Allen out indefinitely with kidney injury


A disappointing season for the San Diego Chargers could be about to get a lot worse, as wide receiver Keenan Allen has been ruled out indefinitely with a kidney injury.

Chargers head coach Mike McCoy told reporters on Monday that Allen is “going to miss some time.” As Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune notes, McCoy is usually tight-lipped when it comes to injury information. The fact that he was open in discussing Allen could mean the 23-year-old is going to miss several weeks.

After bursting onto the scene his rookie year, Allen had somewhat of a sophomore slump in 2014. He has bounced back in a huge way so far this season, ranking second in the NFL with 66 receptions and third with 725 yards receiving. Allen appeared to injure himself while making an incredible touchdown catch against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday.

With Antonio Gates banged up since he returned from suspension, Philip Rivers is running out of people to throw to. Losing Allen is really going to sting.

Jason Pierre-Paul could play in Week 9 against Bucs

Jason Pierre-Paul

Jason Pierre-Paul finally signed a contract with the New York Giants last week, and the original plan was to get him up to speed so he can return following the team’s Week 11 bye later this month. On Monday, Tom Coughlin hinted that Pierre-Paul could be ready much sooner.

If everything goes well in practice this week, Pierre-Paul has a chance to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

“If he practices and continues to advance the way he has over last few days and we feel good about where he is physically, that would be a decision we would be confident in making,” Coughlin told reporters, per Newsday’s Tom Rock.

Pierre-Paul has been practicing in pads, and Coughlin said the Giants will “push the envelope” with him going forward and increase his reps. JPP will still need to make a ton of improvements, but the Giants showed how desperately they need a pass rusher Sunday when they let New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees stand in the pocket all day and light them up for more than 500 yards and seven touchdowns.

If you have seen the photo of Pierre-Paul’s injured hand, you are probably wondering how he will ever be as effective in the wake of his fireworks accident. You’re certainly not alone in that thinking.

Jim Tomsula won’t commit to Colin Kaepernick as starting QB

Colin Kaepernick backwards hat

Colin Kaepernick appears to have finally lost the confidence of San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula.

Just one week after he stood behind Kaepernick following a 20-3 home loss against the Seattle Seahawks by saying there is no quarterback controversy, Tomsula would not commit to Kaepernick as the starter for Week 9.

“We’re evaluating everything right now,” the coach told reporters Monday, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “We’re in the middle of it right now and I don’t have any comments on any position on our field right now.

“We’re evaluating everyone.”

After Kaepernick completed just 20 of 41 passes for 162 yards and no touchdowns in a 27-6 loss to the St. Louis Rams, Tomsula’s hands are basically tied. San Francisco’s offense is going nowhere and Kaepernick looks lost despite going four straight games without throwing an interception.

There’s very little chance the 49ers would look much better with Blaine Gabbert under center, but reports are starting to pop up claiming Kaepernick is losing the confidence of his teammates. Perhaps more troubling are the rumors about unrest in the locker room.

We know at least one 49ers legend who wants to see Kaepernick benched. If what Tomsula said — or didn’t say — Monday is any indication, Kaepernick critics may soon get their wish.

Bruce Arians, John Brown have messages for fantasy football owners


Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown was active against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, but the speedy playmaker did not end up playing a snap. As you can imagine, that frustrated fantasy football players who had Brown in their lineup.

Do you think Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians cares? Go ahead and ask him about it.


Brown, who has been battling hamstring injuries, wasn’t about to apologize, either. The former Pittsburg State star took things a step further when someone who is unfamiliar with Arizona’s schedule asked him if he plans on playing in Week 9.

Arians and Brown join a long list of current and former NFL coaches and players who have ripped fantasy football owners (here’s another popular example), though their comments were far more entertaining than some before them. The Cardinals want to get Brown healthy because they are 6-2 and he is another weapon in a great offense. As Arians put it, they don’t give a s— about anything else.

Soccer coach Liviu Petrache seen attacking 16-year-old player (Video)


A junior soccer coach for a youth team in Romania was caught on camera over the weekend attacking and kicking a 16-year-old player.

The coach, who has been identified as Liviu Petrache by a Romanian news outlet, has been relieved of his duties. The attack, which occurred in the bench area, was secretly filmed and has gone viral.

Incident șocant în Liga Elitelor U17: ”Te mutilez!” :O :O :OUn antrenor român și-a bătut jucătorul în timpul unui meci de campionat: http://bit.ly/1MATjiV

Posted by Gazeta Sporturilor on Sunday, November 1, 2015

The victim of the attack has been identified as 16-year-old Codrin Tirisca. Another coach was seen looking over at the assault and doing nothing about it.

We can only hope Petrache faces other consequences for his actions aside from simply losing his job. We’ve seen far too many violent acts involving minors in sports this year.

H/T 101 Great Goals

Report: Steve Smith leaning toward playing next year

Steve Smith injury

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith suffered a season-ending Achilles injury Sunday, and he may not want that to be the last thing that happens in his incredible NFL career.

Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reports that Smith is leaning toward returning for another season in 2016.

You can see the video of the play where Smith was injured here.

Smith, 36, is one of the toughest players in the NFL. He finished with 79 catches for 1,065 yards and six touchdowns last year, and he was on pace to surpass those numbers this season. He said during the offseason that this would be his final year, but speculation recently began building that Smith would come back in 2016 because of how poorly Baltimore’s season has gone. He said recently that he was sticking to his plan, but things have obviously changed.

An Achilles injury is one of the most difficult to come back from, so there’s no guarantee Smith won’t change his mind. That said, counting him out would be just plain stupid.