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Ryan Fitzpatrick’s funny touchdown reaction gets great captions

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick may have had a shaky first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he got sprinkled with some FitzMagic at halftime and came on for the second half.

Fitzpatrick led three straight scoring drives in the second half on Monday night and racked up 411 yards passing in a 30-27 loss. After his touchdown pass to Mike Evans made it 30-27 with under six minutes to go, Fitzpatrick was pumped. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback had a total freakout, which fans loved.

Take a look at the reactions to Fitzpatrick being all fired up:

Classic. Fitzpatrick actually became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 400 yards in three straight games. There’s no way he won’t be starting in Week 4 even with Jameis Winston back.

Report: Tom Thibodeau still trying to change Jimmy Butler’s mind

Tom Thibodeau is not giving up on Jimmy Butler easily.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Thibodeau met with Butler on Monday and tried to convince him to join the Minnesota Timberwolves in the preseason.

Butler has requested a trade from Minnesota and reportedly is threatening to play hardball in order to get his way. His demands have brought a divide within the organization into the forefront.

Thibodeau does not want to trade Butler, while team owner Glen Taylor wants to in order to avoid the appearance of a dysfunctional team. Thibodeau, the team president and head coach, gave up a lot of assets to acquire Butler and knows that the four-time All-Star is key to the team’s playoff hopes. He doesn’t want to lose him after one season, because he knows there will be heavy consequences, such as his job potentially being on the line.

On the other hand, Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns apparently did not get along, and the impending departure of Butler has resulted in Towns agreeing to a long-term extension with the team. Thibodeau may be trying to make everything work, while Taylor has made his choice. Ownership wins in these matters, and we hardly doubt Thibodeau will be able to convince anyone that Butler will have a harmonious relationship with Minnesota if he remains with the team.

Texas Tech giving away tortilla towels to students before WVU game

Texas Tech

Texas Tech will be conducting an odd giveaway for Saturday’s game against West Virginia.

The Red Raiders athletic department said they are giving away tortilla towels to students who attend the big game.

You’re probably wondering what the deal is with the tortilla towel giveaway. Tech has an unusual tradition where some fans throw tortillas at kickoff. Here’s a look:

The Red Raiders are 3-1 and coming off a big win at Oklahoma State. They’re looking to carry that momentum into Saturday’s big game against West Virginia. Maybe giving out these tortilla towels will help get fans into the game and give the Red Raiders the support they’re seeking.

Diamondbacks assured Rockies they will not lay down for Dodgers

Arizona Diamondbacks logo

The Arizona Diamondbacks have given assurance that they will not lay down in their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Diamondbacks began a three-game series with the Dodgers on Monday that has an impact on more than just the two teams involved. Arizona is in third place in the National League West but has been eliminated from playoff contention. Los Angeles is the division leader. Sandwiched between the two are the Colorado Rockies, who entered play on Monday just 1.5 games back of the Dodgers.

While the Rockies need to take care of their own business, they could use a little help from the Diamondbacks as well. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo spoke with Rockies manager Bud Black and said his team fully intends to try to win their games against the Dodgers.

At this time of the season, it’s not uncommon for teams without playoff hopes to field less-than-competitive lineups. And even though the Diamondbacks may rest some players — Paul Goldschmidt was not in the lineup against Clayton Kershaw — they made it clear they still are trying to win, which is important for the integrity of the game.

Report: Everson Griffen threatened to shoot someone at hotel

Everson Griffen shirt

Everson Griffen was involved in an incident at a Minneapolis hotel on Saturday prior to the Vikings’ home game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Griffen was not present for the team’s game on Sunday due to what the team termed a personal matter. Though he had already been ruled out of the game due to a knee injury, the circumstances behind his absence led to plenty of questions.

According to KSTP, the ABC affiliate in Minneapolis, Griffen was at the Hotel Ivy on Saturday and verbally threatened to shoot someone. Staff members at the hotel were apparently scared enough that they moved to the back of the office to avoid Griffen. Griffen was reportedly threatening to assault staff members if he was not let into his room.

Police were called and Griffen was not arrested. He left the hotel on his own, and the caller on the phone was said to no longer be cooperative. Those who reported the incident said they never saw a gun.

“We are aware of the situation involving Everson Griffen and certainly concerned by what we have heard. We are currently focused on Everson’s well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family,” the Vikings said of Griffen in a statement.

NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero adds that Griffen has been dealing with a serious, personal health-related issue for weeks.

The 30-year-old defensive end is in his 9th season with the Vikings. He has six tackles and a sack on the season. Griffen was also involved in an incident with police in 2011 and had to be subdued with a Taser.

H/T BWE

Lack of space between end zone and wall is safety hazard in NFL

Isaiah Johnson wall

The NFL needs to consider some uniform NFL stadium rules to ensure the safety of players.

Those watching “Monday Night Football” between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Pittsburgh Steelers saw Tampa’s Isaiah Johnson slam into the wall beyond the end zone during the second quarter while he was trying to make a play in coverage.

There simply was not enough room between the back of the end zone and wall to allow a player to safely decelerate.

Raymond James Stadium wasn’t the only place to have a safety issue in Week 3. Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills slammed into a wall at Hard Rock Stadium on a touchdown catch.

The Dolphins appear to have added a special seating section by the end zone that caused the close wall. That should not be allowed. We’ve seen one player win millions in a lawsuit with a stadium for suffering an injury due to unsafe conditions. The league should try to avoid anything similar in the future.

Twitter reacts to Vance McDonald’s stiff arm of steel

Vance McDonald

Vance McDonald went old school on Chris Conte during the first quarter of “Monday Night Football.”

McDonald caught a short pass for a first down and was met by Conte, who tried to tackle him. But the Pittsburgh Steelers tight end buried Conte with a stiff arm for the ages and took the ball to the house for a 75-yard touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Fans absolutely loved the dominant move. Here’s a look at the great Twitter reactions:

What a play by McDonald. And our condolences to Conte.

Cardi B reportedly in talks to do Super Bowl halftime show with Maroon 5

While the NFL has not made the official announcement, it has been widely reported that Maroon 5 has reached an agreement to headline the halftime show at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta in February. Many fans are unhappy with the choice, but would the addition of Cardi B help alleviate some of the discontent?

According to a report from TMZ, Cardi B is in negotiations to join Maroon 5 on stage during the biggest American sporting event of the year. However, there is an issue over whether or not the hip hop artist will get her own set as opposed to just performing hers and Maroon 5’s hit song “Girls Like You.”

Fans are already upset over the NFL reportedly choosing Maroon 5, as there are several prominent musicians who hail from Atlanta. We all knew the halftime show from Super Bowl LII was going to be tough to top in terms of popularity, and we are already seeing that before the NFL even makes an announcement.

Lions’ Darius Slay had funny reaction to intercepting Tom Brady

Darius Slay

Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay had one of the biggest plays of his team’s Sunday night win over the New England Patriots, and it’s a memory he won’t soon forget.

Slay intercepted Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the fourth quarter of the 26-10 Lions victory, a turnover that didn’t clinch the victory but all but wiped out New England’s realistic chances of making a comeback. Slay, as it turned out, was mentally ready to make the interception, and he even has some memorabilia that he wants Brady to autograph.

“I saw that thing, I said, ‘Ooooh, I have me one,'” Slay said, via Chris Burke of The Athletic. “I was already thinking, ‘It’s from the GOAT? I get this from the GOAT?’ When he done and retired, I’m gonna keep that ball and … I’m gonna ask him to sign it. He’s the GOAT and there’s nothing like having the GOAT’s signature on your picked ball. I doubt if he’d do it, but if he do want to do it, I would gladly send it to him so he could sign that thing.”

Slay is a confident corner, but even he’s a bit awed at picking off someone of Brady’s caliber. Given how good a win it was for Detroit, this one will stick with him.

Aqib Talib reportedly set to miss a month with high-ankle sprain

Aqib Talib

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Aqib Talib will reportedly miss a month with a high-ankle sprain suffered Sunday.

Talib injured himself during Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, and the sprain is severe enough that, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, he will miss at least a month.

Talib’s injury likely rules him out of a reunion with the Denver Broncos on Oct. 14. He’ll also miss a Thursday tilt against fellow NFC contender Minnesota and a key divisional game at Seattle, so the timing is really not ideal.

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