It’s possible that some are overstating the impact of Joe Maddon opting out

Samuel:

I think this is on point. I won’t undervalue Maddon as a manager. Successful managers have success when they have talented players. What makes Maddon great is that he is great with the players and he is well-liked and well-respected. Depending on what talent he inherits and how many resources he can work with, we might be able to see what kind of manager he can be in a different setting.

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

The Joe Maddon opt-out news is obviously a big deal, and talk about him and where he may go is going to dominate the discourse for a while. But I feel like maybe the magnitude of all of this is being a bit overstated this afternoon.

Joe Maddon is a fine manager. I’d hire him in a second if he were available. He is a good tactician. He plays well with his front office but doesn’t just follow their orders. He has shown that he can win with kids and with payroll limitations. And unless I’m forgetting some major incident, he does what I think is the most important thing a manager does in keeping things, generally speaking, on an even keel over the course of a long season. The Rays did well with Maddon and whoever hires him is going to do pretty well too.

But Maddon is not…

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“Sean Taylor: A Football Life” – Sneak Preview

“Sean Taylor: A Football Life” – Sneak Preview

Samuel:

I cannot wait to see this documentary.

Originally posted on They Call It Pro Football - Official NFL Films Blog:

“Sean Taylor: A Football Life” airs this Friday September 26 @ 9:00PM / ET. Click below to view the trailer below:

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On December 6th, 2007, I was in my second year out of college and working as a production assistant at NFL Films.  We were holding our weekly screening in our theater when the Buffalo-Washington segment from Inside the NFL began to play.

It was the first Washington home game since Sean Taylor’s murder, and I had been following the story only casually.  My impressions were formed from initial reports that Sean had allegedly lived some sort of violent lifestyle, and, in some fashion, this caused his murder.

But then, I saw the first shot of the “Inside the NFL” highlights.  It was the fans in the stands before kickoff, holding up white towels with #21 in burgundy and gold.  There…

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Pittsburgh Penguins’ third jersey has a championship look

Pittsburgh Penguins’ third jersey has a championship look

Samuel:

I really like this. It’s the classic Pittsburgh colors (instead of the gold they use currently) and it really has that retro look. Very nice. Well done. One of the best looking jerseys in hockey right now.

Originally posted on For The Win:

The Pittsburgh Penguins unveiled their third jersey on Friday in a dramatic video.

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If you think it looks familiar, check out this photo of Mario Lemieux lifting the Stanley Cup in 1991.

(Jim Mone, AP)

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The Penguins will wear the Pittsburgh Gold jersey 12 times during the regular season.

And we’re guessing it could make a playoff appearance, too.

The Blues’ new jerseys

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Rihanna to the NFL: ‘F*** you!’

Rihanna to the NFL: ‘F*** you!’

Samuel:

What a messy situation. CBS pulled Rihanna last week as the league was going through the Ray Rice controversy. She didn’t like it and now CBS won’t use her at all.

Originally posted on Twitchy:

She does have a point as it looked like the NFL canceled her appearance last Thursday because she was a past victim of domestic who had reconciled with her abuser:

FWIW, the NFL said that she was cancelled not because of her past history, but because of the overall “tone” of the broadcast:

“We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told SI.com last week of the decision to bump Rihanna’s intro, among other features. “A lot of the production elements we wanted in the show are being eliminated because of time or tone.”

Now the “tone” has changed an it’s…

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Goodell Under Siege

Goodell Under Siege

Samuel:

I’ve tried to give Roger Goodell the benefit of the doubt but it’s hard with all this new information coming in. But I do believe that the truth will be uncovered one way or another. Whether it’s through this investigation or not, we will know what really happened. I don’t want to see the NFL turn into a wild circus but it looks like it’s already reached there. I just want to see it get better soon.

Originally posted on The MMQB with Peter King:

NEW YORK — The Ray Rice tornado has been swirling for three days now, and the twists and turns have been fast and furious. Have you ever seen a story go so frenetic in three days? Wednesday evening began with one NFL owner telling me he didn’t think NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could survive the Rice scandal.

Four hours later, the NFL appointed a former director of the FBI, Robert S. Mueller III, to launch an independent investigation of the league’s handling of the Rice case. The league said the investigation will be made public when it’s finished, the same wayindependent investigator Ted Wells’ report on the Richie Incognito bullying scandal was made public earlierthis year. “Commissioner Goodell pledged that director Mueller will have the full cooperation of NFL personnel and access to all NFL records,” the NFL statement said.

Just before 11 p.m. Eastern Time, minutes after the league…

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5 Best Reactions to the NFL’s ‘Pay-to-Play’ Superbowl Halftime Scheme

5 Best Reactions to the NFL’s ‘Pay-to-Play’ Superbowl Halftime Scheme

Samuel:

Just give us Weird Al. This is ridiculous!

Originally posted on TIME:

The National Football League is planning to introduce at least one significant change to its halftime show at the Superbowl: in order to perform, superstar acts will pay for the privilege.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the league is considering three acts for its next halftime extravaganza in early 2015: Katy Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay. But unlike in previous years, these performers have been asked to shill out dough in the form of post-Super Bowl tour income or another “financial contribution.”

The news was not received well in some quarters, but some met it with more humor than others. And so, we bring you: the 6 best reactions on Twitter to the NFL’s new “pay to play” scheme, based on no scientific rubric at all and entirely on this writer’s whim.

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Steph Curry says he’s a better offensive player than LeBron James

Steph Curry says he’s a better offensive player than LeBron James

Samuel:

I see nothing wrong with what he said. If he is, then he is. If he isn’t, nothing wrong thinking he can be. I don’t agree, but this isn’t news.

Originally posted on For The Win:

Stephen Curry emerged as one of the best guards in the league last season, making his first All-Star team and taking the Golden State Warriors to the playoffs. His 24 points per game were seventh best in the league, and Curry led the NBA with 261 3-pointers in the regular season — 38 more than any other player. In an interview on the Dan Patrick Show, Curry said that he’s a better offensive player than four-time MVP LeBron James.

Patrick: Who’s the better offensive player, you or LeBron?

Curry: A better offensive player, me or LeBron? That’s the first time I’ve ever been asked that question. Me.

OK.

Gotta be, right?

I don’t know. I’d assume you would think [that]. You’re a pure shooter. He can score, you can, too, but I think that, you know what, the correct answer is probably that LeBron is a better scorer but I…

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