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Vin Scully will return to announce Dodgers games in 2015

Vin ScullyThe Dodgers announced some great news during the middle of their game against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night: Vin Scully will return to call games in 2015.

“It is very difficult to say goodbye,” said Scully in a statement. “God willing, I will be back next year. Over the years I have been blessed to have so many friends, including those that sit in the stands and listen, as well as those at home who listen and watch. It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally there will come a time when I will have to say goodbye, but I’ve soul-searched and this is not the time.”

The announcement was also done in a cool manner. First Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu made the announcement in Korean, a Yasiel Puig Spanish recording followed, and then Justin Turner announced it in English.

Scully, who will be 87 in November, will be in his 66th season. That’s just an astounding amount. Many people are retired by the time they’re 65. Scully will be broadcasting Dodgers games for the 66th year!

Andre Reed: F— Bon Jovi and who the f— is Johnny Manziel?

Andre-ReedBuffalo Bills legend Andre Reed is not happy with some of the current story lines in the NFL. The Hall of Fame wide receiver was recently interviewed for this week’s edition of New York Magazine, and he offered some very colorful takes on Jon Bon Jovi and Johnny Manziel. We’ll start with the former.

Bon Jovi is rumored to be interested in buying the Bills. And if the famous rock star can put together the group that makes the winning bid, he might move the Bills to Toronto. Take it away, Andre.

“Man, f— Bon Jovi!” Reed told New York Magazine’s Reeves Wiedeman. “You might as well just take this city, throw it in the river, and let it go down Niagara Falls.”

Reed’s opinion is one that is shared by all diehard Bills fans and many NFL purists. However, he did later admit that Toronto is a fun city and concede that he would remain connected to a Bills team in Toronto “if they paid me.”

“Now, I ain’t gonna lie to you,” Reed said. “One year I went up to Toronto, and man, I had a good-ass time up there.”

Wiedeman’s conversation with Reed got even more animated from there. It just so happened that the interview took place on the day LeBron James announced he was returning to Cleveland. When ESPN showed Manziel’s tweet congratulating LeBron and referring to him as “my guy,” Reed went off on the former Heisman Trophy winner.

“Who the f— is Johnny Manziel?” he asked. “LeBron ain’t your guy! You’re not ‘Johnny Football.’ You’re ‘Johnny Rookie B–ch.’”

Would Bills fans have been excited if their team drafted Manziel? Not a chance, says Reed.

“They’d boo that motherf—er outta here,” he said. “The fans would put him in his place.”

We all know that isn’t true, as all fans tend to get excited when their team drafts a Heisman-winning quarterback. That said, it’s obvious Reed cares a great deal about the team he spent 15 seasons with. I wouldn’t dare question his loyalty.

H/T Extra Mustard

Ravens brag about Ray Rice getting standing ovation

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Ray Rice was given a hero’s welcome in his return to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. Rice, who has been busy in court and disciplinary hearings this offseason after a domestic assault incident involving his wife Janay Palmer, got a standing ovation from Ravens fans as he took the field at an open training camp practice. We know this because the Ravens proudly pointed it out.

One of the top stories on the Ravens’ official website describes the warm welcome Rice received. He was described as “emotional” in his return and the story was written in the type of tone that would be taken if a player returned after losing a family member. The Ravens also shared a video of Rice’s reception through multiple social media avenues.

You probably don’t need us to explain how this is an issue, but we will anyway. Fans have the right to react to Rice any way they please. That said, this is a guy who was seen on video dragging his unconscious fiancee out of an elevator. Police also reportedly had video of Rice knocking Palmer out.

Had it not been for Palmer begging the NFL to be lenient with Rice’s punishment, he probably would have been suspended for more than two games. He’s lucky he’s not in jail. Rice’s “return” shouldn’t be celebrated, and the Ravens certainly don’t need to bring any added attention to him at a time like this — especially positive attention.

H/T SB Nation

Jerry Jones shares how close Cowboys were to drafting Johnny Manziel

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The Dallas Cowboys passing on Johnny Manziel was one of the biggest disappointments of the NFL Draft.

Dallas was sitting there at No. 16 with Manziel still on the board. Everyone knew that the team liked him and that they were strongly considering him. Everyone knows that Jerry Jones loves publicity and making the splashy/risky pick. It would only have been too perfect for Manziel to go to America’s Team.

But the Cowboys didn’t bite and instead selected Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin.

Jones shared in an interview with NFL Network how close he was to making the pick.

“I want you to know almost as I was handing in the card it was that close to putting the Manziel card in,” Jones told Rich Eisen and Michael Irvin.

Jones then explained that he wanted to do what he did when he bought the team — gamble.

“Nobody thought it would work. The Cowboys were busted. Broke. Make a more of an unconventional decision here and basically take the risk.”

Jones resisted his instinct to make the risky pick. He says he had to consider Tony Romo’s feelings when making the pick and that he felt Romo could handle the distraction of having Manziel around.

“Well first of all I feel so strongly about Tony Romo. But Tony Romo could have handled being on the same team with Johnny Manziel. Both quarterbacks. He could have handled that,” Jones said when talking about how Romo would have dealt with the Manziel distraction.

Though he passed on Manziel, Jones believes the Heisman Trophy winner will be a great pro.

“Manziel’s special. I know him personally. I know he’s going to be a success in the National Football League. And it was a hard decision. It was probably one the rest of my career I will think about.”

Jones also says Manziel was the top player on the Cowboys’ draft board by three players.

After the Cowboys passed on him, Manziel texted the Browns and told them to draft him. They did and the city went nuts.

Manziel’s had an offseason of partying and has disappointed the Browns so far, and he appears likely to open the season as a second-stringer. We’ll see whether the Cowboys made the right pick. What we do know is that nothing would have been more exciting than Johnny Football.

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Emmanuel Sanders: Peyton Manning is a better leader than Ben Roethlisberger

Emmanuel Sanders SteelersEmmanuel Sanders has plenty of respect for his former quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but it hasn’t taken him long to figure out that Peyton Manning is an even better leader.

Sanders caught 11 touchdowns in four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and left to sign with the Denver Broncos in March.

During an interview Friday with “The Drive” on 104.3 The Fan in Denver, Sanders compared and contrasted Peyton and Big Ben. He reluctantly pointed out the reality that Manning is a better leader.

“(From) a mental standpoint, I don’t care to really say this, but I feel Peyton is a far better leader,” Sanders said. “In terms of staying after practice, catching balls, wanting guys to get on the same page with him and things of that sort.

“This is the first time that I had a quarterback that stays every single day after practice, no matter what his accolades. From NFL MVP, Super Bowl rings. He keeps guys like me and (Cody) Lattimore after practice and we’re out there 15, 20 minutes. And he’s not one of those guys you gotta go chase down, he’s gonna be right at the same spot ready to work, every single day.

“And I just feel like that’s the difference from a mental standpoint of the both. But both of them are winners. And Ben, his playing style is a lot different. Ben, with the system that he’s in Pittsburgh, he takes advantage of it.”

We’ve heard this sort of thing about Peyton for years, so it’s really no surprise to hear that he is still driven and dedicated to being the best even at age 38. You think being an MVP comes by accident?

Still, Sanders wanted to make sure his comments didn’t come off as if he were disparaging Big Ben.

“I’ve got so much love for Big Ben, he’s helped me out tremendously in so many ways,” Sanders said. “On and off the field, he’s made me a better player. But at the same time, I’m not gonna lie, I’m happy to be a part of this organization. I’m happy to have Peyton Manning as my quarterback.”

The reviews about Sanders have been strong so far. Eric Decker signed with the Jets and Sanders will have a chance to step in and produce. Given all his extra work with Peyton, we’re banking on him having a big season for the Broncos. And if Roethlisberger takes offense to the comments, maybe he needs to change the way does business.

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Paul George takes cold-blooded shot at ex-Pacers coach Jim O’Brien

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Paul George had some time on his hands Saturday and decided to host a 10-question Q&A on his Twitter account where he answered questions from some fans.

George answered fun questions such as who his favorite players were growing up, what his favorite movie is, and his celebrity crush. But the best answer of all came when he was asked for his best memory as a rookie, which was back in the 2010-2011 season.

Ouch. That was way harsh.

Jim O’Brien was the Pacers’ coach from 2007-2011 and was fired midway through George’s rookie season. The Pacers were 17-27 under O’Brien, but went 20-18 under new coach Frank Vogel. They’ve had tremendous success in the three full seasons since Vogel became head coach.

Maybe George intended it as a shot, maybe he didn’t, but to call a coach getting fired a highlight of your rookie season is pretty cold-blooded.

Below are some of the other answers he gave during his Q&A. They’re pretty interesting.

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Michael Jordan ‘cool with’ LeBron James switching back to No. 23

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LeBron James announced on Sunday that he has decided to wear No. 23 again in his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers. While it makes sense that LeBron would want to go back to his original number for the homecoming, the reason he cited for switching to No. 6 four years ago has kind of made him look bad for going back.

If you remember, LeBron said in this interview that he was no longer going to wear 23 out of respect for Michael Jordan. James said MJ has done so much for the game of basketball that no one should wear 23 again. Apparently he changed his mind, though Jordan says he is fine with it.

“I’m cool with it,” Jordan told ESPN’s Chris Broussard in a text message Monday. “I don’t own a number.”

Jordan probably didn’t have an issue with LeBron wearing No. 23 to begin with, so his reaction is not a surprise. The real surprise is that LeBron didn’t stick with No. 6 or choose a different number just because of what he said about Jordan. While the fans who didn’t burn their old Cavs jerseys are grateful, it makes what James said four years ago sound really lame now.