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Brian Hoyer admits he was ‘mad’ when told Johnny Manziel was going to play

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Brian Hoyer kept a tight grip on the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback job on Sunday when he led his team to an upset win over the New Orleans Saints. From the sound of it, Hoyer may have been even more motivated by Johnny Manziel seeing his first regular season action.

Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan decided earlier this week that he was going to use Manziel at some point on Sunday. When informed of that, Hoyer was not happy.

“As mad as I was when he told me, I think it mentally helped me prepare for it,” Hoyer said, per Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. As much as it might irk me to go off the field, if it’s going to help us win, then I’m all for it. I think as a competitor and as a quarterback, when there’s only one of you on the field, it’s hard for you to get taken off. But I think for me, I was mentally able to stay in it.

“I think a lot of guys might not be able to handle that, and I think because they were up front with me, Kyle was up front with me, and said, ‘Look, we may do it. We may not. If we need to use it, we might.’ I think that helped me.”

Manziel came on for three plays — two handoffs that netted zero yards and an incomplete pass. Hoyer, on the other hand, completed 24 of 40 passes for 204 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. He seemed even more motivated after Manziel’s second appearance, as he went on to complete 15 of 19 passes for 136 yards and orchestrate two scoring drives after that point.

Hoyer’s game-winning, 14-play drive was a thing of beauty. He took the Browns 85 yards and helped put them in position for a chip-shot field goal. Maybe Shanahan needs to make him angry more often.

Marty Mornhinweg calls timeout, wipes out touchdown

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Marty Mornhinweg, known for once electing to kick in a sudden-death overtime situation, was at it again on Sunday with an epic mistake.

The New York Jets were down 31-24 and had a 4th-and-4 from the Packers’ 36. Mornhinweg, the Jets’ offensive coordinator, didn’t like what he saw and came running down the sidelines yelling for a timeout.

The referees blew the whistle before the play started, but the players still seemed to play it out. Geno Smith threw a touchdown pass but it was wiped out by the timeout.

Only head coaches are supposed to be able to call timeouts, but the referee must have thought it was Rex Ryan calling for one and granted it (Ryan said after the game that he wasn’t the one who called it).

After the timeout was called, the Jets converted the fourth down but turned it over on downs after that and failed to produce any points. They lost 31-24. The touchdown likely would have tied the game.

About the only positive thing we can say for Mornhinweg is that some of the players may not have been going hard on the 4th-down play because they heard the whistles, meaning that we don’t know what would have happened had everyone been at full effort. Still, it’s so much more fun to blame Mornhinweg for the loss.

UPDATE: Jets DL Sheldon Richardson says he’s the one who told the referee to call timeout because he saw Mornhinweg was gesturing for one.

Marcus Vick just learns about Adrian Peterson child abuse case, admits he needs to ‘goggle’ story

Marcus VickMarcus Vick isn’t exactly Mr. Current Events, that’s for sure.

Vick, the younger and more troubled (as hard as that is to believe) brother of Jets backup quarterback Michael Vick, went on Twitter Sunday and was incredulous that Adrian Peterson was not playing for the Vikings against the Patriots. That’s because Marcus had no clue that Peterson had been indicted on charges for injuring his child.

Here’s how the tale unfolded on Twitter:

Then when someone told him he was stupid for saying a child abuser should play, Vick responded by saying “bulls—.”

Look at how shocked he was to learn about Peterson’s child injury charges.

Vick realized people weren’t joking and that he should probably research the matter.

Once he got caught up, Vick decided he was ready to weigh-in with his opinion:

Here, Marcus, let me spare you a click: just read this.

H/T Deadspin

Floyd Mayweather says he may fight Manny Pacquiao next

Manny Pacquiao Floyd MayweatherFloyd Mayweather seems more open than ever to fighting Manny Pacquiao.

During his post-fight interview following his unanimous decision victory over Marcos Maidana Saturday night, Mayweather expressed interest in a fight with Pac-Man.

“If the Manny Pacquiao fight presents itself, let’s make it happen,” Mayweather told interviewer Jim Gray.

Mayweather cautioned that Pacquiao still has to beat Chris Algieri in November before they can discuss the once heavily-anticipated fight.

“Manny needs to focus on the guy that’s in front of him. Once he gets past that task we’ll see what the future holds.”

Beginning in late 2009, fans and the media were clamoring for a fight between the two boxers. Mawyeather was (and still is) undefeated, while Pac-Man had won 11 in a row and looked like an unstoppable machine. But the two never met — a number of reasons prevented a deal from being made (drug testing, Bob Arum, etc.) — and Manny went on to lose two fights in a row, decreasing fan interest in the bout.

However, Manny has won two in a row since his consecutive losses and once again looks like one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and greatest challenger to Floyd. Pacquiao has been dying for a shot at Floyd because he needs the huge payday now that his drawing power decreased (and tax problems increased). Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, even said they would talk about such a fight.

Ultimately, a fight between Floyd and Manny comes down to whether Floyd will allow it. Floyd only books fights that he knows he can win. He is more protective of his perfect record than anything else in life. Would he put that in jeopardy by facing Manny? Will he choose Amir Khan next? Even though he’s teasing us, I can’t see him ever fighting Pac-Man.

To read the full history on the Mayweather-Pacquiao negotiations including why the fight has never happened, read this.

Texas Longhorns kicked off to start both halves because of coin toss blunder

Even before the Texas Longhorns-UCLA Bruins game got underway, there was plenty of action in AT&T Stadium.

As rules expert Mike Pereira explained above, when UCLA won the coin toss and chose to defer that gave Texas the option to kick, receive, or choose a goal to defend. Texas chose to kickoff to start the first half. Since UCLA chose to defer, they would have the option to receive to start the second half.

Not surprisingly, Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong was less than pleased.

Texas went into the game probably needing quite a few things to go their way to pull off an upset over the No. 12 team in the country. They didn’t do themselves any favors before the opening kickoff.

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Adrian Peterson smiles in mugshot after turning himself in

Adrian Peterson mugshot

Adrian Peterson was all smiles as he took his mugshot after turning himself into Montgomery County, Texas, authorities early Saturday morning.

Peterson turned himself in after an arrest warrant was put out for him because he was indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to his child.

Peterson posted his $15,000 bond and left early Saturday.

The star running back was deactivated for Sunday’s game by the Minnesota Vikings after news of his indictment emerged Friday. Peterson reportedly admitted to beating his 4-year-old son with a switch, but said he didn’t did not think there was anything wrong with his form of discipline and that he did not intend to hurt the boy. The 4-year-old boy reportedly told police Peterson hit him in the face and that he was worried about being hit in the face if he told on his father.

A grand jury reviewing all the facts in the matter decided Peterson’s discipline fell beyond what would be considered reasonable.

Floyd Mayweather grilled by Rachel Nichols about domestic violence past (Video)

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a serial woman beater who is now finally getting called out for his terrible treatment of women.

Mayweather’s domestic violence, which has been going on for at least a decade and has included allegations from the mothers of his children and his ex-fiancee (and a jail stint following a guilty plea), was the subject of a lengthy post by Deadspin’s Daniel Roberts in July. Roberts’ comprehensive coverage of Mayweather’s serial abuse is receiving a lot of attention now that the media and public are taking the issue of domestic violence much more seriously, especially in light of the Ray Rice video/punishment.

Mayweather, who is fighting on Showtime pay-per-view Saturday, did an interview with CNN’s Rachel Nichols to promote his fight. In the interview, Nichols presses Mayweather on his abusive past and does not let up. Mayweather really has no good response for Nichols, who clearly makes him squirm.

We’re pleased that more sports fans and media members are starting to see what we’ve been saying about Floyd for years: he is a bad guy.

When he’s not abusing or assaulting women, he’s assaulting security guards or having his bodyguards beat up people for him. This stuff has been going on with him for years.

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