Tony Dungy ‘wouldn’t have taken’ Michael Sam in NFL draft

Tony Dungy ‘wouldn’t have taken’ Michael Sam in NFL draft

Samuel:

What Tony Dungy said wasn’t wrong. It’s a legitimate concern that every team had to ponder leading up to the draft. Michael Sam’s sexual orientation is a story that the media will follow and it can be a distraction. Plus, there was that Oprah show that was supposed to happen. Running a team is tough enough and with distractions, it gets tougher. This wasn’t Dungy saying he was against who Sam is. This is just Dungy looking big picture as a coach. I don’t find fault in what Dungy thinks because he’s right. It’s just that at this time, it was just bad timing. Say it a year from now, maybe the reaction would be different. But now, it’s a tough one to accept. I get what he said, but I don’t think he should have said it. At least not now.

Of course, I think if another former coach said this, that would be a different story. But this is Tony Dungy the mentor, the religious man, the minority coach. He should get it and feel for everyone and treat them the same, right? It’s just tough for him because he’s no ordinary former football coach. Then again, this is no ordinary situation either.

Originally posted on For The Win:

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Super Bowl winning coach and current NBC analyst Tony Dungy told The Tampa Bay Tribune he wouldn’t have taken Michael Sam in the draft because of the potential distractions that will come from Sam being the first openly gay player on a NFL roster.

Dungy told Ira Kaufman:

“I wouldn’t have taken him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. [...] It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.”

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(Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)

Given Dungy’s 2007 support of an Indiana group hoping to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, some took the quotes as a repudiation of Sam’s sexuality. Others pointed out the hypocrisy of Dungy supporting Michael Vick after the quarterback was released from federal prison on dog fighting…

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EA Sports Madden 15 to feature Colin Kaepernick’s tattoos

Samuel:

As a guy who has played the new Madden every single year since 2005, this is really neat. I didn’t like that the details on Kaepernick didn’t feature the tattoos. But now, this is really cool.

Originally posted on Audibles - SI.com:

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EA Sports released its first screenshot of Madden 15, which is as realistic as it gets for the game franchise. (Photo courtesy of EA Sports)

The graphics in the popular Madden franchise seem to become more realistic with every edition EA Sports releases every year. It’s now become almost as if when you’re playing, an actual Sunday game unfolds right in front of your eyes.

This year’s version goes a step further toward reality as the attention to detail gets more precise. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is featured in the first screenshot released Wednesday night, and as you can tell in the photo, his infamous tattoos are as well.

“We want to be as authentic as possible, so we were pleased that Colin was able to secure the rights to the tattoos,” Madden senior producer Seann Graddy told ESPN.com. “There’s a ton of buzz around this. In this game, we…

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NBA to release limited-edition sneakers to commemorate league’s 68th anniversary

Samuel:

What an interesting idea. I like the fact that the league is celebrating its anniversary, but I don’t get how we can commemorate that with a shoe. I get the appeal that because it’s limited, sneakerheads will jump on it. But I wonder if there is a better way to celebrate. I just don’t find the excitement in this.

Originally posted on The Point Forward - SI.com:

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The NBA is releasing these red, white and blue sneakers to commemorate its 68th anniversary. (NBA)

The NBA is set to release a limited-edition series of red, white and blue sneakers to celebrate the league’s history.

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Bill Walsh’s Coaching Tapes: An Enduring Genius

Bill Walsh’s Coaching Tapes: An Enduring Genius

Samuel:

This is one of the best things I have read on the Internet. Whether you’re a 49ers fan or a football lover, this is a beautiful blast from the past to the amazing genius that is Bill Walsh.

Originally posted on The MMQB with Peter King:

Editor’s note: This is the thirdin The MMQB’s 10-part seriesNFL 95: AHistory of Pro Football in 95 Objects, commemorating the 95th season of the NFL in 2014. Each Wednesday through the start of training camp in July, The MMQB will unveil one long-form piece on an artifact of particular significance to the history of the NFL, accompanied by other objects that trace the rise of professional football in America, from the NFL’s founding in a Hupmobile dealership in Canton in 1920 to its place today at the forefront of American sports and popular culture.

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—There he stands, exactly how you picture him in your mind. Tanned, fit, flowing white hair. His dress switches from the normal Sunday attire—white sweater over a collared golf shirt, neatly pressed slacks—to trim T-shirt tucked into red coaching shorts. The tone of his voice, measured, passionate and, above all else, professorial…

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Wrigley Field mural accidentally uses an image of Comiskey Park

Wrigley Field mural accidentally uses an image of Comiskey Park

Samuel:

So very Cubs.

Originally posted on For The Win:

Chicago Now

Chicago Now

It’s the 100th birthday of Wrigley Field this year, and to celebrate the iconic ballpark the Cubs have commissioned a series of murals around the park that honor its history. The above photo is of one of those murals, and is meant to commemorate Charles Lindbergh’s visit to Wrigley.

Only problem is, no one knows if Lindbergh ever visited Wrigley. Also that is a photo of Comiskey Park.

C’mon Cubs.

From Chicago Now’s Floyd Sullivan:

I didn’t remember reading anywhere that [Lindbergh] stopped at Wrigley Field. So I looked more closely at the photograph and took a hard look at the rather blurry background.

Arched windows. Not distinct, but definitely there.

After the game I returned home and examined a similar photograph I had considered including in the book. It’s from the Chicago History Museum and clearly shows the arched windows in the background of a shot…

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The Drama Behind the Michael Sam Drama

The Drama Behind the Michael Sam Drama

Samuel:

So glad it happened the way it did. Perfectly captured and perfectly executed on the television side.

Originally posted on The MMQB with Peter King:

“This is a crazy story, so follow me,” says ESPN coordinating producer Seth Markman, who is explaining the behind-the-scenes drama of how Michael Sam’s reaction to being drafted by the St. Louis Rams ended up on ESPN.

Or nearly didn’t.

“In our production truck outside of Radio City, we had a camera on Michael all day Saturday from noon to after 6:30 p.m.,” Markman explains. “I watched him on his couch. I watched him walk around. I watched all the people who were with him all day.

“So it’s now a little past 6:30 p.m. and all of a sudden I look up and the feed from where Michael is disappears. Gone. Totally black. And there are only a few picks left in the draft. We’re in the truck in New York basically freaking out. It turns out Bristol [ESPN’s headquarters] had thunderstorms that had come through and knocked our…

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Unwritten rules lead to hard feelings in Astros-A’s game

Unwritten rules lead to hard feelings in Astros-A’s game

Samuel:

I agree with this. If it’s a 7-run lead late in the game, you don’t bunt. But it was the first inning and the shift was on. The Astros could still come back and win the game. Or maybe the Astros don’t believe in themselves and got all angry at themselves.

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

As you’ve probably heard, the A’s racked up seven runs in the first inning of their 11-3 win over the Astros on Friday night, knocking starter Jarred Cosart out of the game. That frame only ended when Jed Lowrie, batting for the second time in the inning with a man on, aimed for a bunt single against the shift and was thrown out at first.

Even though the bunt didn’t work and actually helped Houston’s cause, the Astros didn’t take too kindly to it. Paul Clemens’ very first pitch the next time Lowrie was up in the third was aimed at his knee and ended up right between his legs. The second was thrown inside, too. Eventually, Lowrie flew out to left-center and exchanged some words with Jose Altuve as he was taking off his batting gloves by the first base bag, at which point Astros managed Bo Porter exited the…

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Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville fined for inappropriate gesture

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville fined for inappropriate gesture

Samuel:

I would imagine if any other head coaches in the other major sports would even dare try to do something like that. A suspension is likelier in the NFL or NBA. But in hockey, a fine will do.

Originally posted on For The Win:

Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports

Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville got angry last night when a call didn’t go against the St. Louis Blues as he had hoped.

While yelling at the referees for not handing the St. Louis Blues a delay of game penalty, he made an inappropriate gesture. Making matters worse, it was caught on camera.

The league came down hard on the coach and fined him $25,000.

“I was definitely excited and disappointed at the call,” Quenneville said before the fine was announced. “I apologize for my behavior. It wasn’t very appropriate at all. It was a bush league move on my part.”

The Blackhawks ended up losing in the third overtime and trail the playoff series 1-0.

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The Ducks are putting their playoff trust in a rookie goalie

The Ducks are putting their playoff trust in a rookie goalie

Samuel:

The decision to start Andersen makes sense and the Ducks are investing in their future tonight. They are the top seed and they know they have a little room for this experiment. Ultimately, this first game will decide how they will approach the rest of the series.

Originally posted on For The Win:

Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports

Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports

The Anaheim Ducks’ decision to start Frederik Andersen tonight makes sense.

He has played better than Jonas Hiller this season and has stolen games in which he has played.

Hiller, meanwhile, has been so-so after the Olympics, going 4-4-3, and had save percentages of .889, .765 and .826 in his last three games. He has not played since April 8.

He also was upset by the Detroit Red Wings last season, giving up seven goals over his last two games as the Ducks blew a 3-2 lead.

Hiller, 32, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and although Andersen is a rookie, it makes sense to see how he handles the playoff pressure. If he falters tonight, you could always throw Hiller back in for Game 2. If he does well and starts a run, then you know whether to make Hiller an offer.

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Thousands turn out for #BostonStrong photo shoot [pics]

Thousands turn out for #BostonStrong photo shoot [pics]

Samuel:

Beautiful. Strong.

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Thousands of Bostonians turned out for a Sports Illustrated cover shoot Saturday, for a picture that will grace next week’s issue commemorating the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. Among the crowd were several who had been injured in the blasts, as well as first responders.

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