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Saturday, October 22, 2016


Eli Manning Says it Would be ‘Interesting’ to Have Peyton Playing in New York

New York is slowly becoming Eli Manning’s city when it comes to football. The Jets have commanded plenty of attention since Rex Ryan arrived in the Big Apple, but Eli and the Giants have won a Super Bowl recently and are close to reaching another.

There are rumors that the Jets will be interested in Peyton Manning should the Colts quarterback become available in a few months. When asked about the possibility of his brother playing quarterback in the same city as him, Eli seemed open to the idea.

“I don’t know what is going to happen in that situation,” Manning said on ESPN 1050. “Would it be fun? Yeah, I think it would be interesting to have your brother in the same city playing football together.

“It would be interesting. I am not saying it is going to happen or I want it to happen, but to have your brother that close to you and playing in New York would be very unique.”

I believe the Colts will draft Andrew Luck and end up releasing Peyton Manning. I think they’d rather keep him, but I’m guessing Peyton will want out. Both the Jets and Redskins have been mentioned as likely landing spots for Peyton if he becomes available, and I think New York is more probable. The Jets are close to winning and they know that. Washington still needs more pieces offensively and will likely build with a younger quarterback who can be there for a while.

Blake Griffin Dunks on Kris Humphries in Triumph of Good vs. Evil (Video)

Blake Griffin’s second quarter dunk on Kris Humphries in Monday’s Clippers-Nets game is what we call a sports win.

Griffin, the NBA’s favorite dunker, hammered one home on Kris Humphries, the NBA’s least favorite player. It really doesn’t get any better than that.

As Ball Don’t Lie says, this is definitely the internet’s favorite dunk.

Roy Williams Apologizes for Leaving Scrubs on Court After Team Left for Locker Room

North Carolina coach Roy Williams apologized for leaving five bench players on the court to finish the game against Florida State after the rest of the team left for the locker room Saturday.

Williams arranged for his players and coaches to shake hands with the Seminoles with 14.2 seconds left in the game. Florida State had blown out UNC, so Williams figured it was safer to get his players off the court before the students rushed the floor. Only one problem: though he thought he had cleared his team out, five bench players remained on the floor to finish the game.

“I said, ‘Guys, I apologize. There was a miscommunication between [assistant] coach [Joe] Holladay and myself. I would never have left you out there to play the game.’” Williams said on his radio show Monday. “What I wanted to do — needless to say, we’re not going to erase a 33-point lead with 14 seconds left — [so] I was trying to get my entire team off the court, apologize to Florida State, make sure they weren’t interpreting it the wrong way; I was just doing it for safety.”

Williams says it wasn’t until he watched the game on tape that he realized he had left the bench players on the floor. He says he’s even criticized other coaches for doing the same thing.

So are you buying his excuse? Given how frantic he must have been — not to mention upset — I believe him. At least now he knows to make sure he takes care of all his players in case UNC gets blown out on the road again.

Giants Center David Baas ‘Always Believed’ in Alex Smith

Giants center David Baas was drafted by the 49ers in 2005 and played six seasons for the club before signing in New York this offseason. Baas was part of the same draft class as quarterback Alex Smith, who was taken first overall by San Francisco (Baas was the first pick of the second round). After playing six seasons with Smith, Baas says he always believed in the Utah quarterback.

“With Alex, I’ve always believed he’s had it in him,” Baas told reporters. “He just needed a lot more guys to believe in him. I feel like he’s gotten that, and I feel like their approach with him, just being one of the guys, one of the teammates, trying not to do too much, has really worked for him.”

Smith certainly had his detractors (most notably me), but Baas says he believed in the 49ers quarterback. If that’s the case, then it puts him in the minority. I thought Smith was a bust (and still am not convinced he’s the answer), and many others agreed. Maybe Baas saw what Harbaugh sees in Smith. On Sunday we’ll get to see how far Smith can lead his team. He’ll be tested against a difficult defense.

JaVale McGee Benched After Throwing Alley-Oop to Himself (Video)

Wizards big man JaVale McGee was benched Monday for throwing himself an alley-oop in the third quarter of his team’s loss to the Rockets. I’m not sure why it’s so hard for McGee to understand that showboating on a 1-12 team is a bad idea, but he doesn’t seem to get it.

“Apparently, if you get a fastbreak & throw it off backboard in the 3rdQ & you’re 1-11, you’re not supposed to do stuff like that,” he said after the game.

Coach Flip Saunders complained “You know we have some players that look for highlights rather than substance.”

Given everything McGee did to get a triple-double last March, this video doesn’t surprise me. It’s not like throwing yourself an alley-oop is an egregious offense to the basketball gods, but when you’re just struggling to get wins, settling for the high-percentage dunk is probably the smarter move.

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Caroline Wozniacki: I’m the Real Superstar in Relationship with Rory McIlroy

Caroline Wozniacki is the top-ranked female tennis player in the world and she jokes that she’s the real superstar in her relationship with golfer Rory McIlroy.

“I tease Rory, saying, ‘That’s how it is when you go out with a superstar,'” she told The Mirror.

Woz says she did not expect news of her relationship with Rory to blow up the way it did, but she’s used to the attention.

“In Denmark, I’ve been in the public eye for a long time and you just learn to live your life and not think too much about everything around.”

Both athletes have said that being with one another helps them because they each understand what life is like in the spotlight. We’ve thought that their relationship was kind of lame, especially when they stupid things like this and this. We at LBS still play for Team Holly.

Dwight Howard Reportedly Interested in Joining Clippers

Dwight Howard reportedly was granted permission earlier this season to seek a trade to one of three teams: the Lakers, Mavericks, or Nets. Now Sheridan Hoops reports that Howard is also interested in joining the Clippers.

“He’s been watching them a lot. He’s intrigued by the Clippers,” a source told Sheridan Hoops.

It’s unclear if Howard’s agent, Dan Fegan, has been granted permission to discuss a trade with the Clippers. The report says Howard would most likely join the Clippers in an offseason sign-and-trade deal rather than a mid-season trade. This is all assuming Dwight opts out of his current contract and leaves Orlando.

The report says Howard has soured on teaming with Deron Williams on the Nets because the squad has been so brutal this season (they’re 3-11). The Clippers are 7-3, and it was reported that Chris Paul was trying to pair up with Dwight Howard, so the report makes sense.

New Jersey seems much further from winning a championship than the Clippers, even if they get Dwight. It’s understandable why he’s soured on them. If Howard and Williams are to join forces, it would likely be with the Mavericks.

I don’t know where either player will end up, but I know things just got even more exciting for Clippers fans.

H/T Rotoworld

Tom Brady Jokes He’ll Send Terrell Suggs a Pair of Uggs to Soften Him Up

Tom Brady and Terrell Suggs have quite the rivalry that will be refreshed during Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. The two had an on-field argument last season that resulted in Brady getting the last word. This year’s game is being billed as “Uggs vs. Suggs,” leading Tom to make a crack about his boots.

“Maybe I’ll send [Suggs] a few pairs to soften him up for the game,” Brady joked during an interview on WEEI.

The Ravens linebacker talked about Brady after his team’s win over the Texans.

“He’s a great quarterback,” Suggs said. “When it’s all said and done, it’s going to be Johnny (Unitas), him and Peyton (Manning), end of discussion. We’ve got a full week to prepare for them. He’s definitely one of my favorites. I’m going to enjoy this win, and I’ll talk to you next week about the Patriots.”

Wait a second, so now Brady is one of Suggs’ favorites? We wondered what was going on when Suggs said Big Ben was his favorite quarterback to sack. I guess maybe he and Brady have reconciled. At this rate, a pair of Uggs won’t even be necessary.

via Rap Sheet

Tiki Barber Tried to Reconcile with Tom Coughlin, Reportedly Was Turned Down

Tiki Barber went on the radio Sunday morning and said he doesn’t feel like his comeback attempt was a failure, even though no NFL team signed him. He says the comeback motivated him and therefore was a positive factor in his otherwise boring life. He also says he’s tried to reconcile with Giants coach Tom Coughlin, with whom he’s often clashed.

“We tried (to set up a meeting). He said no, through his agent, (Giants vice president of communications) Pat Hanlon,” Barber reportedly said ESPN 1050.

“But one of these days I’m sure it’ll happen, because as we know, time heals all wounds. And I think at the end of the day, Giants fans, despite their dislike of me at times, know that I was one of the guys that put (it) on the line every time I put on my uniform.”

There are a few questions that must be asked. When did Barber try to reach out? If it was during the season, that’s probably why he was turned down. If it was during the offseason and at a time when Coughlin would be available, then I’ll bet it’s critical commentary from Tiki like this that makes Coughlin want no part of his former running back.

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