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Teams trying to lure Eric Bieniemy away from Chiefs?

Eric Bieniemy smiling

August 14, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Bieniemy has not generated much interest for head coach jobs during the current hiring cycle, but it sounds like there are several teams trying to lure him away from the Kansas City Chiefs.

Bieniemy has received several interviews for offensive coordinator jobs. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that he is considered a candidate for OC jobs with the Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media adds the Washington Commanders to that list.

Bieniemy has either passed on or been passed on for several head coach jobs over the past two years. Andy Reid joked last month that he hoped Bieniemy would not wind up with one particular team, but that never seemed like an option anyway.

Bieniemy has been an assistant on Reid’s staff since 2013. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2018 and has been given credit for much of the team’s success since that time.

Of course, Reid is also widely considered one of the best offensive minds in the NFL. It is unclear how hard the Chiefs would work to keep Bieniemy from taking the same role with another team.

Report: Team that was linked to Tom Brady not interested in QB

Tom Brady looks ahead

Sep 20, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady should generate plenty of interest if he decides to play next season, but one team the star quarterback was previously linked to can be crossed off the list of suitors.

The Miami Dolphins are not expected to pursue Brady, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. Miami remains committed to Tua Tagovailoa and is pleased with the progress he made this season under first-year head coach Mike McDaniel.

Tagovailoa was playing at an MVP level before multiple concussions derailed his season. He wound up missing four games due to head injuries, and there have been questions about whether the 24-year-old will consider retiring early. Tagovailoa’s parents shared some insight into their son’s future plans recently.

Brady was linked to the Dolphins last offseason at around the time he briefly retired. The rumor at the time was that owner Stephen Ross was trying to execute a plan to bring both Brady and former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton to Miami. The plan supposedly fell apart after Brian Flores filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Dolphins and the NFL.

The NFL later determined that the Dolphins did had impermissible communications with Brady and Payton. Miami was hit with significant tampering penalties during the offseason.

If the Dolphins genuinely believe in Tagovailoa, it would make no sense to bring Brady in for a season or two. We have heard of some other landing spots for Brady that seem a lot more logical.

Patrick Beverley committed savage move during Lakers’ loss

Patrick Beverley holds a camera

Patrick Beverley will go down in history for his completely savage move on Saturday night.

The Los Angeles Lakers lost 125-121 in overtime against the Boston Celtics. The team was furious over the officials missing a foul committed by the Celtics on LeBron James at the end of regulation.

Beverley even took the extreme step to walk onto the court and show the officials a photo of the foul:

Beverley got a technical foul for his actions. But he communicated his point.

The officials in the game later admitted they missed the call. That didn’t help the Lakers, but at least the league isn’t trying to insult everyone’s intelligence.

Meanwhile, people are loving what Beverley did.

NBA makes big admission about Lakers-Celtics game

LeBron approaches the basket

The officials in Saturday night’s Los Angeles Lakers-Boston Celtics game got something wrong, but at least they’re not afraid to admit it.

LeBron James was in utter disbelief that a foul was not called during his drive to the basket at the end of regulation with the game tied at 105 (video here).

The officials agreed with him.

Crew Chief Eric Lewis spoke with Boston Globe reporter Adam Himmelsbach after the game and admitted the crew missed the foul call.

“Why was there no foul call there and what did you see there?” Himmelsbach asked Lewis.

“There was contact. At the time, during the game, we did not see a foul. The crew missed the play,” Lewis admitted.

The officials missing that call won’t change the outcome of the game — the Lakers lost in overtime — but at least the refs aren’t disputing matters. It would be much worse if they insulted our intelligence by trying to tell us a foul call wasn’t deserved.

James finished with 41 points in the 125-121 overtime loss.

Patrick Mahomes the subject of interesting prop bet

Patrick Mahomes during warmups

Aug 20, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) warms up prior to a game against the Washington Commanders at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes is the subject of a very interesting prop bet for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Mahomes suffered a high ankle sprain in his Kansas City Chiefs’ win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Divisional Round of the playoffs last Saturday. He only had one week to get ready for the game against Cincinnati, and some raised serious questions about his effectiveness.

The Chiefs are all saying that Mahomes will be ready for the game. But some oddsmakers feel differently about his mobility for the game.

SportsBetting.ag doesn’t think Mahomes will be doing much running in the game. They have listed Mahomes’ expected rushing yards total for the game to a negative number. The over/under for his rushing yards is -0.5 yards.

That seems to indicate they expect Mahomes to lose yardage through kneeldowns or being tackled for a loss. They also say it’s the first time a quarterback’s rushing yards have been set as a negative total.

If the Chiefs are to get a win, it would be with Mahomes seemingly very limited. Maybe his limited status is what has given the Bengals and their fans so much confidence to talk trash.

Video: LeBron James was so mad over missed call at end of regulation

LeBron James getting hit on the arm by Jayson Tatum

LeBron James was quite literally hopping mad during Saturday’s game against the Boston Celtics.

James and the Los Angeles Lakers were tied at 105 with the Celtics with 4.0 seconds left in regulation. The Lakers entrusted James to take the final shot, and he drove hard to the basket to try to win the game for the Lakers. James missed the layup and was absolutely furious about getting no foul call from the referees. He jumped around in anger and had all but a complete meltdown on the court before collapsing dramatically to the floor.

Here is another angle of James’ tantrum.

Instant replay showed why James was so upset. It does indeed appear that the referees missed a Jayson Tatum hack on James’ arm that affected the shot. The Lakers had already used their challenge earlier in the game however and couldn’t have challenged a no-call regardless.

Another surreal moment came when Patrick Beverley protested the no-call by coming out onto the court with a camera and showing it to the referee. Beverley received a technical foul for the stunt. The one-shot penalty was assessed at the start of the overtime period.

James, a notorious complainer, has been highly upset about the officiating for much of the season. But it looks like James had really good reason to be enraged about that particular no-call. The Celtics would go on to win in overtime 125-121 in what was yet another deflating loss for the Lakers.

Shaq rips Kevin Durant in savage tweet

Shaq looks on

Nov 22, 2017; Paradise Island, BAHAMAS; NBA former player Shaquille O’Neal during the first half of the game between the North Carolina State Wolfpack and Arizona Wildcats in the 2017 Battle 4 Atlantis in Imperial Arena at the Atlantis Resort. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Shaquille O’Neal was a bit unnecessarily petty this weekend.

The retired Hall of Famer O’Neal went viral a few days ago for saying he had never heard of new Los Angeles Lakers forward Rui Hachimura, who came from the Washington Wizards. O’Neal’s reasoning was that he does not watch small-market NBA teams.

The comments were not too well-received, particularly since O’Neal is a paid basketball analyst and one of the more prominent voices in NBA media. One of those who reacted to O’Neal’s remarks was Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, who tweeted in response, “Shaquille doesn’t know ball?”

That apparently bothered O’Neal, who fired back at Durant in a savage tweet of his own. O’Neal went after Durant over Durant’s thinning hair and made a reference to TNT co-host Charles Barkley’s comments that Durant was a “bus rider” (rather than a “bus driver”) for his championship victories.

“i don’t kno ball, but i kno how to brush my hair,or decide to cut it when i was going bald,” O’Neal wrote. “love always THE BUS DRIVER.”

Durant replied back to O’Neal, writing, “Damn, I got cooked for asking a simple question.”

The former MVP Durant really appears to have struck a nerve with O’Neal there. In addition to Durant (correctly) pointing out that O’Neal probably doesn’t know much about today’s NBA if he only follows the most popular teams, the two men have clashed in the media many times before.

Funny stat about Daulton Varsho goes viral

Daulton Varsho

A funny stat about Daulton Varsho has gone viral, though it might not be one he’d like to be reminded of.

Varsho was traded from Arizona to Toronto in December for Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Gabriel Moreno.

A month later, Varsho drew some attention online after someone put together something pretty funny.

Varsho, who is 26, was born on July 2, 1996. The humorous note is that Varsho was born almost exactly nine months after his father Gary played his final MLB game.

Gary was a pinch hitter/outfielder, whose last game was on October 1, 1995.

The note about Varsho’s birthdate led to a few funny jokes.

Gary Varsho played eight seasons in MLB from 1988-1995 before calling it a career. Daulton Varsho made his MLB debut in 2020. He batted .235 with 27 home runs last season for Arizona.

Jayson Tatum sparks controversy with T-shirt choice ahead of Lakers game

Jayson Tatum puts his hand in the air

May 15, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) celebrates during the second half of their win over the Milwaukee Bucks in game seven of the second round of the 2022 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

If Jayson Tatum wanted to get people talking before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, he certainly succeeded.

The Boston Celtics star Tatum arrived to the game wearing a controversial outfit. He showed up in a T-shirt of the late Kobe Bryant … wearing Celtics gear. The image depicted on the shirt was a real one from when Bryant worked out for the Celtics before he was drafted in 1996.

Tatum’s T-shirt of Bryant, a Lakers legend, unsurprisingly did not sit well with Lakers fans, especially ahead of a game against the purple and gold. Thursday also marked the three-year anniversary of Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash, adding another layer of sensitivity (though Tatum may have been paying tribute to Bryant with the anniversary in mind).

We know that Tatum looked up to Bryant and had a close mentor-mentee relationship with him before Bryant’s death. Tatum also went viral in last year’s playoffs for an unusual Bryant-inspired move.

Tyrese Haliburton goes viral for his reaction to big Pacers news

Tyrese Haliburton looks ahead

Jan 6, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bulls at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

Tyrese Haliburton was mighty pleased about the major development with his team over the weekend.

Word broke on Saturday that the Indiana Pacers had agreed to a contract extension with center Myles Turner. The 27-year-old Turner was slated to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer, making him the subject of widespread trade rumors. But the Pacers extending Turner (and for pretty sizable money at that) now effectively puts an end to those rumors.

Haliburton, Turner’s Pacers teammate, tweeted a perfect reaction to the news. He posted an R&B-themed celebration video. Check it out.

The All-Star candidate Haliburton, who is only 22 himself, is still on his rookie contract but will be eligible for an extension after the season. With Turner now in tow for at least a little while longer, the Pacers have a very good foundation to build around.

Expectations this season for Indiana were minimal, and many thought that they were fated for a complete teardown so they could rebuild from scratch. Instead, the Pacers are in contention for a playoff spot (despite Haliburton being out since mid-January with knee and elbow injuries) and are building off what they already have. Granted, a fringe trade might still be possible for Indiana at the deadline.