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Insane Dallas flooding causes delay in AT&T Byron Nelson

Byron Nelson flood

The final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson was delayed on Sunday because of some torrential rain in the Dallas area. More than five inches of rain fell in parts of Texas, and the course at TPC Craig Ranch had a tough time holding it.

At one point, several greens and fairways were almost completely underwater.

Water was flowing through certain areas of the course like a river.

Things were much, much worse away from TPC Craig Ranch. Many areas in and around Dallas flooded so badly that cars were stranded and likely totaled. You can see some clips of the insane weather below:

Hopefully there were no serious injuries. This isn’t the first time we have seen the site of a sporting event in Texas flood due to torrential rain. You may remember the crazy flooding at Minute Maid park during a Houston Astros game several years ago.

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Lions rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown reveals great motivational tool

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Detroit Lions rookie wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown is considered by many to be one of the steals of this year’s draft, and the former USC star is using his surprising draft position as motivation.

St. Brown was taken by the Lions in the fourth round with the 112th overall pick. There were 15 receivers drafted before him, and he told reporters on Sunday that he has all of their names memorized.

Lions head coach Dan Campbell praised St. Brown on Sunday and said he has been “as good as advertised.” Slipping to the fourth round may have bothered St. Brown, but it clearly didn’t shake his confidence.

St. Brown had 41 catches for 478 yards and seven touchdowns last season. He was named First-team All-Pac-12 in a shortened season. He had 77 catches for 1,042 yards and six touchdowns in 13 games as a sophomore the year before.

If St. Brown memorizes every receiver drafted ahead of him and uses it as motivation, he would be the first athlete to employ that tactic. One NBA star can name all 32 players who were taken ahead of him in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Video: Dwyane Wade, son Zaire recreate iconic alley-oop

Dwyane Wade Zaire alley oop

It has been more than a decade now since an alley-oop from Dwyane Wade to LeBron James turned into one of the most iconic sports photos of all time, and Wade and his son decided to recreate the moment while messing around in the gym.

Wade’s son Zaire shared a video on Instagram Sunday that showed him throwing down an alley-oop from his dad. As Zaire rocked the rim, Dwyane put his arms out to the side and pretended to face the crowd the same way he did when he and LeBron were playing for the Miami Heat.

Here’s what they were going for:

The famous alley-oop between Wade and LeBron came in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 6, 2010. It became a symbol of their dominance together in Miami.

Alley-oops obviously run in the family for both Wade and James. Zaire plays for Sierra Canyon high school with LeBron’s son Bronny, and the two have been known to practice alley-oops together.

Jalen Rose, Chris Webber share awesome moment on live TV

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Chris Webber and Jalen Rose have had a tumultuous relationship over the years, but the two shared a touching moment on live television Sunday after Webber was announced as a member of the 2021 Hall of Fame class.

During an appearance on ESPN, an emotional Webber discussed how much it means to him to be elected to the Hall of Fame after so many years of not being voted in. Rose, who was in studio for ESPN, congratulated Webber and told him, “I love you, my brother.” Webber appeared to fight back tears.

The moment was significant because Weber and Rose grew up together in Detroit. They then both attended college at Michigan and were part of “The Fab Five.” Rose and Webber were not on good terms several years ago, as they traded some pretty intense shots over a documentary about their Wolverines team.

It took Webber several years to make the Hall of Fame, and many believe he was snubbed for so long because of his involvement in the NCAA scandal with Ed Martin at Michigan. Webber was estranged from Michigan and his former teammates for quite some time, and Rose spoke out in favor of him reconciling with the school back in 2018.

Webber also mentioned Rose’s mother during Sunday’s segment. Rose’s mother, Jeanne, died earlier this year. Rose gave an emotional tribute to her on TV recently for Mother’s Day. Webber knew Rose’s mother from when he and Rose were childhood friends.

Webber’s relationship with Rose has been rocky, to say the least. The fact that the two put all of that aside for Webber’s big day on Sunday was great to see.

NFL schedule maker discusses impact of Aaron Rodgers situation

Aaron Rodgers

The situation between Aaron Rodgers and the Packers made a challenging job even more so for NFL schedule makers this year, and we now have confirmation that the league is banking on Rodgers remaining in Green Bay and playing in 2021.

NFL vice president of broadcast planning and scheduling Mike North spoke about this season’s schedule during an appearance on the “Ross Tucker Podcast” this week. He said schedule makers “kind of hit pause on the process” when it was reported on the first day of the draft that Rodgers wanted out of Green Bay.

“We asked 10 experts and we got 10 different answers. We’re hoping (he stays in Green Bay). None of us know for sure,” North said.

The Packers are scheduled to play five games on national TV this year. North noted that four of those games are earlier in the year, when there would likely be intrigue from fans who want to know how Jordan Love looks. The fifth game is later in the season and could always be flexed out if Rodgers is not with the Packers.

You can hear more of North’s remarks below:

The Packers continue to insist they will not trade Rodgers. There have been numerous reports that there is one change they could make that might please the star quarterback, but they don’t appear to be willing to make that move, either.

Many fans are hoping Rodgers and the Packers work things out before the start of the season. Based on the way they structured the schedule, it goes without saying that the NFL wants the same.

Ex-GM explains why having Tim Tebow on roster could crush Jaguars

Tim Tebow

Urban Meyer has decided to give Tim Tebow a chance to revive his NFL career after nearly a decade away from football. Most people agree that Tebow has virtually no chance of contributing as a tight end with the Jacksonville Jaguars. But if Tebow is simply included on the final roster, one former NFL executive thinks Urban Meyer will be making a mammoth mistake.

Former New York Jets and Miami Dolphins general manager and executive VP of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said on ESPN’s “Get Up!” this week that Meyer is going to have a tough time facing players in the locker room if Tebow is on the Week 1 roster.

“If Tim Tebow’s on the opening day roster, it will eviscerate Urban Meyer’s credibility. Houston, Indianapolis and Tennessee are praying that Tim Tebow makes the Jacksonville Jaguars. If that organization is run based on relationships, they have no chance to win,” Tannenbaum said. “This is about Trevor Lawrence and trying to do everything you can to make him successful — not trying to turn a 34-year-old Tim Tebow into a tight end.

“If he makes this team, it’s gonna really hurt Urban’s ability to stand up in front of the team and say, ‘Hey, how you play matters.’ It simply won’t. It’ll be based on a relationship.”

Tannenbaum noted that backup skill position players in the NFL are expected to play on special teams, which probably is not something Meyer would have Tebow do. For reasons like that, the Jaguars could have issues regarding whether Tebow is receiving preferential treatment from his friend and former coach.

Meyer recently tried to explain some of his rationale behind signing Tebow, but the questions remain. It’s going to be very hard for the first-year NFL coach to argue that Tebow, who has never played tight end and has been out of the NFL since 2012, is the best man for the job.

Kelvin Benjamin looking to revive career at new position with Giants

The New York Giants are officially giving Kelvin Benjamin a chance to prove he can still play in the NFL, but the former wide receiver will be lining up at a new spot on the field.

Benjamin has agreed to a deal with the Giants, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. The plan is for Benjamin to play tight end.

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman drafted Benjamin in the first round with the Carolina Panthers back in 2014. The former Florida State star had over 1,000 yards receiving as a rookie, but he tore his ACL in training camp the following year. Benjamin was plagued by weight and work ethic concerns after that. He also had some spats with teammates.

Benjamin is only 30, but he has not played in the NFL since 2018. He will face an uphill battle to make the Giants’ roster.

New Bears WR has big disappointment with Chicago

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Chicago Bears sixth-round pick Dazz Newsome got used to a particular way of life when he grew up in Virginia and played college ball at North Carolina. That included always having access to Waffle House, and the wide receiver is devastated that will not be continuing in his new place of employment.

There are dozens of Waffle House franchises in Virginia and North Carolina, but there are none anywhere near Chicago. Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times said that was heartbreaking news for Newsome.

We know Waffle House is sometimes intertwined with sports and culture in the south. For evidence of that, look no further than the way Auburn celebrated a huge win a few years back.

Unfortunately, Newsome will have to find somewhere else to eat in Chicago.