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Ndamukong Suh has great reason for wanting to win another Super Bowl

Ndamukong Suh looks on

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Nadmukong Suh already has one Super Bowl ring from when he helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win a title three years ago, but the Philadelphia Eagles star has an excellent reason for wanting another.

Suh and his wife, Katya, have twin boys who will turn 2 years old in March. The five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle told KGW 8’s Orlando Sanchez recently that he wants his sons to each have their own championship ring.

“I love the game, it’s exciting, I feel like I have a lot of added value that I can help. Not only with the team, but the young guys on this team,” Suh said. “A big motivation is I’ve got one ring, but I gotta get a second ring, so my boys aren’t fighting over the one that I have.”

That is certainly one way to stay hungry.

Suh, 36, remained a free agent until midway through the 2022 season. He chose to sign with the Eagles over one other team, and that decision was validated with Philly’s win in the NFC Championship Game. He is now one win away from his sons no longer having to share a ring.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling has funny tweet about Super Bowl concern

Marquez Valdes-Scantling in a Chiefs helmet

October 23, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (11) during halftime against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling has one pertinent concern now that his team will be playing in the Super Bowl.

The Chiefs beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 on Sunday to clinch their spot in the big game, and it marks Valdes-Scantling’s first trip to the Super Bowl. That prompted a notable worry for him: he might miss Rihanna’s halftime show.

The answer depends on who you ask. Bengals kicker Evan McPherson stuck around for last year’s halftime show, but that move did not go down well with one of his coaches.

Valdes-Scantling had a monster game in the AFC Championship, catching six passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. If he’s upset at the prospect of potentially missing Rihanna, he only has himself to blame, though we’re guessing he is probably okay with it.

Famous Indians/Guardians drummer John Adams dies at 71

John Adams drums at a Guardians game

One of the most dedicated fans in MLB history has died.

The Cleveland Guardians on Monday announced that longtime ballpark drummer John Adams has died. He was 71.

Adams was well known for banging his bass drum at almost every single Indians and Guardians home game for nearly five decades. The Cleveland native first attended an Indians home game with his drum at Cleveland Municipal Stadium on Aug. 24, 1973. He missed just 45 home games in 48 years.

The Indians shared a tribute video to Adams on social media.

Adams was inducted into the Cleveland Guardians Distinguished Hall of Fame last season. A bronze drum and his bleacher seat have been moved to Heritage Park, which is where Progressive Field is located, in his honor.

Kellen Moore lands new OC job after leaving Cowboys

Kellen Moore wearing a headset

Aug 29, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore on the field during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys made a surprising decision on Sunday when they decided to part ways with Kellen Moore, and it seems like the assistant coach already had another job lined up.

Moore is expected to be named the new offensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers, Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Media report. The Chargers received permission to speak with Moore earlier this month when it became clear that the 34-year-old would be leaving Dallas.

Moore is viewed as one of the brightest young offensive minds in the NFL. He has received some interest for head coach jobs, and the Cowboys expected him to eventually leave for one. The two sides instead decided to part ways sooner so Moore could take an OC job elsewhere, which is a move most people did not see coming.

The Chargers stuck with head coach Brandon Staley after their historic collapse against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the opening round of the playoffs. They instead fired a couple of offensive assistants, and those moves appear to be justified now that they were able to land Moore. It is possible that was L.A.’s plan from the start.

Patrick Mahomes’ father took funny shot at Joe Burrow

Pat Mahomes gives an interview on the field

Joe Burrow was unable to fire up one of his famous victory cigars after the Cincinnati Bengals lost Sunday’s AFC Championship Game to the Kansas City Chiefs, but Patrick Mahomes’ father was happy to carry on the tradition.

Mahomes’ father, former MLB pitcher Pat Mahomes, smoked a cigar while celebrating on the field at Arrowhead Stadium following Kansas City’s 23-20 win. The elder Mahomes was interviewed by Aaron Ladd of KSHB 41, and he proudly said he was “smoking the Joe Burrow.”

The Bengals did a lot of talking leading up to the AFC Championship Game. While Burrow did his best to not provide bulletin-board material, his teammates were not as concerned. Some of them referred to Arrowhead Stadium as “Burrowhead” because of all the success Burrow has had against the Chiefs. Travis Kelce took a savage shot at the Bengals over that nickname.

Both Mahomes and his dad made mention of Burrow’s victory cigar, so you know that was on their mind.

Broncos turned down by another top head coach candidate?

George Paton in a suit

Jan 8, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos general manager George Paton before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos have been aggressive this offseason in pursuing a big name for their head coach vacancy, but yet another top candidate has reportedly turned them down.

San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans is now free to negotiate with other teams after the Niners lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game. There have been reports that Ryans is the top choice for both the Broncos and Houston Texans, but it sounds like he is leaning toward joining the latter.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Ryans recently informed the Broncos that he is no longer interested in their head coach job.

“The Denver Broncos also had significant interest in DeMeco Ryans,” Rapoport said Monday. “After interviewing him, they have received indication that his intention is (to head) elsewhere. … He is going to do a second interview with the Texans this week. Assuming all goes well, and it should, he’ll be named the Texans’ next head coach.”

Though things may still work out for the Broncos, it sure seems like they have been swinging and missing on head coach candidates all offseason. Jim Harbaugh was said to be one of their top choices before he once again reaffirmed his commitment to Michigan. The Broncos even reportedly made a last-ditch attempt to change Harbaugh’s mind after he removed his name from consideration.

Sean Payton was also linked to Denver, and he remains available. However, he may ultimately remain with FOX for another season due to an unforeseen obstacle.

The Broncos have a new ownership group that is willing to spend big, but for some reason they cannot seem to attract the candidates they like the most.

Did Chiefs get away with penalty on game-changing play?

The Chiefs appear to get away with a hold

The Cincinnati Bengals essentially handed the Kansas City Chiefs a game-winning field goal on Sunday when they were called for a late hit out of bounds, but the Chiefs may have gotten away with a foul of their own on the same play.

The Chiefs had a 3rd-and-4 at the Cincinnati 47 with 17 seconds left and the AFC Championship Game tied 20-20. Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes scrambled to his right after being pressured. Not only did he pick up the first down and go out of bounds, but he also drew a penalty for a late hit by Joseph Ossai (video here).

That penalty occurred with eight seconds left. The 15-yard penalty gave the Chiefs the ball at the Cincinnati 27, putting the Chiefs in field goal range. On the next play, Harrison Butker nailed a 45-yard field goal with three seconds left that put the Chiefs in the Super Bowl.

The Chiefs also may have gotten away with a hold on the play. Trey Smith was beaten by BJ Hill and appeared to hold the Bengals defensive tackle, which allowed Mahomes to step up in the pocket and then scramble for the first down.

You can see another angle below:

They say holding could be called on any play in an NFL game, but most fans and teams want consistency. The block by Smith looked very similar to one that was called a hold on Bengals guard Cordell Volson late in the third quarter. That penalty negated a 19-yard reception from Ja’Marr Chase on 3rd-and-7.

The wild part is other fans felt a holding should have been called on a different lineman on the same play.

That is not the only non-call that Bengals fans were furious about. The Chiefs definitely made plays when they had to, but many people feel they got some huge assists from the officials.

Chiefs’ Juan Thornhill trolls Eli Apple in locker room after game

Juan Thornhill and Justin Reid

The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, and some KC players were happy to do some talking after the game.

Chiefs safeties Juan Thornhill and Justin Reid appeared in a video from their locker room at Arrowhead Stadium. Thornhill trolled Eli Apple over his season ending. Apple poked fun at Bills receiver Stefon Diggs a week earlier after being eliminated, and this time around it was Thornhill poking fun at Apple for being eliminated. Reid also appeared to say that he lived up to what he said about letting his play do the talking.

This was just another example of how the Chiefs saw all the trash talk from the Bengals in the week leading up to the game and made a point to overcome it. From the “Burrowhead” jabs to the mayor’s insult, the Chiefs had no shortage of motivating points.

Micah Parsons takes aim at Bengals’ Germaine Pratt

Micah Parsons looking down

Nov 7, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Germaine Pratt is drawing criticism from a notable NFL peer after a video of him went viral following Sunday’s loss.

Pratt and the Bengals saw their season end with a 23-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker hit a game-winning field goal in the last seconds of the contest after Bengals defensive end Joseph Ossai made a huge mistake with a roughing-the-passer penalty that cost his team 15 crucial yards (video here).

Katie Kapusta of Spectrum News 1 in Ohio shared a video from outside the Bengals locker room after the game that showed Pratt having a profane outburst over the Ossai mistake.

“This is my f–king last year!” an incredulous Pratt (No. 57) shouted as he walked by.”The f–k! Why the f–k would you touch the quarterback?”

Here is the video (but obviously beware of the bad language).

Pratt, who was playing in the final season of his contract and will now be a free agent, was widely condemned online for the outburst. Many thought it was a very bad look for him to throw a teammate under the bus so openly like that. Dallas Cowboys All-Pro Micah Parsons was one of those who joined in on the criticism of Pratt, tweeting, “This lame asf!”

The fifth-year linebacker Pratt posted a response on Instagram to the critics.

“Yep ppl will post anything on social media for likes and views,” he said of the video. “I have real feelings [and] sometimes they are raw. If you love something as much [as] I do, sometimes things will be said in the heated [sic] of the moment. But I know what type of teammate I am. And what type of man I am. Trust me no love lost Im [sic] hurt. Remember some ppl with [sic] hate you, rate you and shake you and try to break you but I will stand tall like always.”

Pratt probably has a point in that the outburst occurred in the heat of the moment (right after a devastating season-ending loss), so emotions were still very raw. But you have to feel bad for Ossai, who was having a great game (with five tackles, two QB hits, one tackle for loss, and one pass defended) and just made an awful mistake at an awful time. Ossai’s heartbreaking reaction to the play said it all as well.

Travis Kelce has message for Cincinnati mayor

Travis Kelce at the podium

Jan 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce speaks during a press conference for Super Bowl LIV at JW Marriott Turnberry. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Travis Kelce kept quiet during the week leading up to the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, but he unloaded after his Kansas City Chiefs got the win.

The Chiefs beat the Bengals 23-20 to advance to the Super Bowl for the third time in four years. Kelce played through a back injury to catch 7 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown.

After the game, Patrick Mahomes was being interviewed by CBS’ Tracy Wolfson. Kelce interrupted the interview to hit back at the Bengals for calling Arrowhead Stadium “Burrowhead” because of Joe Burrow’s recent success against Kansas City (video here).

Then during the trophy presentation ceremony, Kelce continued. This time he took a shot at Aftab Pureval, the mayor of Cincinnati.

“I got some wise words for that Cincinnati mayor: know your role and shut yo mouth! You jabroni!” Kelce shouted.

Pureval on Friday injected himself into the conversation by declaring Sunday to be “They Gotta Play Us Day.” Worst of all, Pureval threw in a zinger about Burrow being Mahomes’ father.

Those were some bold, not to mention dumb, words from a high-profile person who wouldn’t even be playing in the game. The comments clearly worked to Cincinnati’s detriment, as it’s obvious how much the Chiefs were motivated by the remarks.

Philadelphia’s mayor would be wise to steer clear of the subject ahead of the Super Bowl.