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Minneapolis (AFP) - As a 45-year-old recently released convicted murderer, Kempis Songster is not the most obvious choice to be a guest at the Super Bowl, where A-list
000 a ticket.,celebrities and VIPs rub shoulders with fans paying up to $3

he had little hesitation
,But when Philadelphia Eagles veteran Malcolm Jenkins was granted two tickets following his nomination for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award

in granting one of them to Songster.

30,Jenkins,Womens Pat Tillman Jersey, has been one of the most prominent voices in the NFL's season of political activism,Authentic Deion Jones Jersey, speaking out against social injustice and working with local community law
enforcement to help change attitudes about race.

where he spoke to inmates about criminal and social justice reform.,Womens Austin Hooper Jersey,He met Songster during a visit to Graterford Prison in Pennsylvania last year

Songster had been incarcerated since the age of 15 after being convicted for the 1987 killing of a teenage runaway,Authentic Vic Beasley Jr Jersey, Anjo Pryce, in a crack house in southwest Philadelphia.

but was resentenced to 30 years and eventually released last December following a US Supreme Court ruling which life
,He had initially been sentenced to life without parole

without parole for juveniles to be unconstitutional.

"Usually people think about kids, anyone who is sick,Womens Deion Jones Jersey," Jenkins told reporters as he explained his choice of Songster.

"I wanted to think outside of the box,Authentic David Johnson Jersey, and with all the work I've been doing on social justice and criminal justice, I wanted to do something special for him.

"I had a chance to visit Kempis when he was in prison. So I wanted to give an example of having a mindset where we can see beyond our worst acts and move forward."

Songster, whose case had become a cause celebre for social justice campaigners in Pennsylvania, has vowed to advocate for other juvenile lifers following his release. A vegan
he has now started work at a gym.,Authentic Pat Tillman Jersey,and yoga fanatic

"I thought it was a way of rewarding him for the commitments he's made in giving his life back to society,Womens David Johnson Jersey, to repay the debt that he knows he can never pay back," Jenkins said.

"He had been locked up for 30 years. And I'm 30 years old. I feel like he deserves that second chance. Often we give up on people when they make mistakes. I wanted this to be an
example that we are all better than our worst acts."

which committed
,Authentic Austin Hooper Jersey,Jenkins had protested during renditions of the Star-Spangled Banner this season by raising a clenched fist. He later halted his protest after talks with the NFL

to pledge $100 million to social causes.

- Educating NFL bosses on communities -

While that decision divided opinion amongst players, with some continuing the protests, Jenkins has applauded the willingness of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and team owners
to engage.

" Jenkins said. "The NFL has come and listened. We were able to take (Eagles owner) Jeff Lurie into the community
,Womens Vic Beasley Jr Jersey,"There was a need for us to protest and make our voices heard

and show him the kinds of issues we are facing. That gives him a better understanding of the community.

"We did the same thing with Roger Goodell. It's a process of educating ownership and people from the league front office about why we're so passionate about it.

just regular every day Americans.,"I can't change the color of my skin. It's one of those things I live with daily and it affects so many people of color

"There are so many injustices in our country and we all share the burden of fixing that. I have a platform and I see it as important that I use that to better this world."

Jenkins batted away questions about a possible boycott.,While teammate Chris Long has already indicated he will shun a White House reception with Donald Trump if the Eagles win

" he said. "Let's get the win first and worry about travel plans later.","I'll worry about getting this win first on Sunday
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - It's been 13 months since Philippe Myers felt this good about his game.

It's been that long since he took a nasty hit from Luke Kunin behind the net in Canada's quarterfinal matchup against the United States at the 2017 World Junior Championships.
It was also at that tournament where TSN analyst Bob McKenzie tweeted Myers looked "NHL ready, former NHL executive and current analyst
, or close to it." Not long afterward

Craig Button listed Myers as a top 10 prospect currently not playing in the NHL.

Incredibly high praise for the 6-foot-5 defenseman who wasn't drafted as an 18-year-old while playing with Rouyn-Noranda in the QJMHL and eventually signed as a free agent with
the Flyers in September 2015.

His first professional season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms hasn't exactly been smooth sailing, Myers has been dealing with a nagging groin injury
, though. Like Samuel Morin

that has forced him to miss 17 AHL games so far.

"The first half of the season wasn't the half that I wanted, my groin's been
,adidas Mike Condon jersey," Myers said. "I was hurt for the first couple of games. I missed about half of them. Lately

strengthening up and I feel a lot stronger and more stable on the ice.

"I feel like I can move a lot better, getting to the stuff that I was doing last year and
,adidas Craig Anderson jersey, and that's huge. Skating is a big part of hockey. I've just been feeling myself

regaining those good habits. I felt like myself on the ice a couple weeks ago for the first time this year. I felt comfortable moving. I wasn't feeling any pain at all."

Myers' feeling of immobility prevented him from being a complete all-around player,Authentic James Neal jersey, so his attention was squarely focused on positional play in the defensive zone and winning
one-on-one battles that are essential to developing into an NHL-caliber defenseman.

In 28 games with the Phantoms this season, Myers has contributed three goals and nine assists. This after a three-year junior career that saw him score 29 goals and record 63
assists for 92 points.

"I've been trying to chip in offensively when I can,Authentic Marc-Andre Fleury jersey," Myers said. "Good offense starts with good defense. You got to take
, but obviously we have a defensive-first mindset here

care of your own end before you can join in on the rush.

"You just got to seize the opportunity, you don't go. Not trying to force things - that's something
, and when the opportunity is there you just gotta go. And if it's not there

I've had to work on throughout the year and I think I've done a pretty good job at it, and now I just got to keep at it and keep the little details going."

Organizationally, and as their respective games
, the Flyers' philosophy with their defensemen is comparable to rings around a tree. The outside arc is solidifying the basics

adapt to the speed of the AHL, that circle shrinks and they can start working on the finer details. Impressively, Myers is considered to be on the same
, despite his injuries

track as Travis Sanheim was a year ago when his game started to take off with the Phantoms.

"There's a process where you take care of the big things first and with all of our D," Phantoms head coach Scott Gordon said. "It's about not
, it's about the ice surface first

complicating your life on the breakout and making that first early pass when it's there. Now it's about the positional play, the
, it's about the defending part of it

abrasiveness at the net front. Good stick, the positioning of the stick. The little details come over time. You can't have everything all at once. It's just information
overload.

"When you consider the last three to four weeks, Philippe has played some of his best hockey. But he's done it in half the time because he's missed half the amount of games and
half the amount of practices. You wonder where he'd be right now if he didn't have the nagging injuries."

With Morin out for an extended amount of time,Authentic Mike Condon jersey, who was assigned to the Phantoms this week after playing 35
, Myers now comprises the Phantoms' top pairing along with Sanheim

games and scoring one goal,adidas James Neal jersey, with the Flyers. When you evaluate Morin,adidas Marc-Andre Fleury jersey, but Myers appears to be more of a hybrid
, Myers and Sanheim, they're three players with unique skill sets

of the other two. Sanheim has the offensive flair while Morin's specialty is physicality.

"[Myers'] ability is to get up and down the ice and make plays,Authentic Craig Anderson jersey, hard player." Gordon said. "He's got a little bit of Sam in him at
, and use his shot and defend. He's a sneaky

times when players have to pay a price when they go near him. It's maybe not as dramatic as Sam, but he does play with an edge and he has that offensive upside."

In between playing three games over four days paired with Sanheim together and logging 22 to 25 minutes, Myers also enjoyed his 21st birthday this past week. Nothing too
celebratory despite the significance. He simply looks back at this past year and realizes how much he's endured and matured.

"I just think I grew as a person, and as a player, and I'm going to keep
, I feel like my confidence is coming back," Myers said. "I'm happy with the way things are going now

building on that."

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Seventy-two-year-old Susan Collesidis was never a football fan until she heard Carson Wentz talk about his faith.

Then she was hooked on the Philadelphia Eagles.

When Wentz found out his newest fan was fighting an advanced stage of cancer, he sent her an encouraging message with inspirational Bible verses.

''How much joy I get from watching him and his team play supernatural football every week,'' she said after reading it.

Two weeks later, Collesidis lost her battle with cancer the night before Thanksgiving.

''The message meant so much to Susan because she admired Carson as a person and believer more than a football player,Authentic Harrison Smith Jersey,'' son-in-law Doug Horton said. ''He's the reason she
started caring about sports and she couldn't wait to watch the Eagles every week.''

Wentz isn't playing in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots because he tore his ACL in Week 14. But backup quarterback Nick Foles also is a ''brother in Christ'' and
one of the leaders in a locker room filled with guys who have formed a strong bond because of their faith.

'' Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz said. ''Those guys are holding me accountable. Off the field,Authentic Sam Bradford Jersey,''It truly is a brotherhood, I'm holding them accountable. We truly care about each
we truly care about the growth that each individual has in the word,Authentic Stefon Diggs Jersey, as believers,other,Womens Brandin Cooks Jersey, as well as friends and family. There are a lot of guys who are truly trying to boost me
up and keep me focused on the main thing, which is obviously the word. ...''

Kurt Warner, Tim Tebow,Christian players openly expressing their faith is nothing new in the NFL: Reggie White, Ray Lewis and Russell Wilson among many others. But these Eagles
are an unusually close-knit group.

'' said defensive end Steven Means,''There is a stronger connection here, who played for three other teams. ''It's another level because we push each other in certain areas that
we are flawed at and open ourselves up to each other. We text each other throughout the day making sure that everybody is on the right path and doing the right thing.''

Torrey Smith played with Lewis on the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in 2012. They had a solid core of Christian players who used their faith for inspiration during their
journey. Smith also spent two years in San Francisco before the wide receiver came to Philadelphia this season. He said it's different here.

''I've been lucky to be part of three organizations that do have a very strong Christian presence,'' Smith said. ''The difference here is a lot of younger guys lead.''

It starts with Wentz, the face of the franchise.

Wentz went on a mission trip to Haiti last May with former teammate Jordan Matthews and a group led by Kyle Horner, lead pastor of The Connect Church. He delivered a sermon a
month later at a church back home in North Dakota and launched his Audience of One Foundation in July. Wentz and several teammates even created a devotional video series for the
Bible app.

Wentz and teammates Trey Burton and Stefen Wisniewski spoke at a faith event in front of a crowd of 2,Four days before the season opener,000 people who sat in the rain for a
couple hours to hear their favorite players share their testimony.

But before he had an MVP-caliber season and led the Eagles from worst to first, Wentz received plenty of criticism from some media and fans because he openly talked about his
faith on social media .

He wasn't deterred.

''Jesus was persecuted everywhere he went, who is our ultimate example,'' Wentz said. ''So if Jesus, endured that, then I can endure a couple tweets. I can endure a little
riff-raff here and there.''

A large group of players meet for Bible study on Thursdays and hold a study for couples on Mondays. They get together for prayer and devotionals the night before games. They've
even gathered for baptisms in some unusual places.

In October 2016, Burton and pastor Ted Winsley baptized six players in a cold tub at the team's practice facility.

''It was crazy, the team's longtime chaplain. ''The guys were just hungry,Womens Harrison Smith Jersey,'' said Winsley,Womens Sam Bradford Jersey, wanting their lives changed.''

Before a Thursday night game at Carolina last October,Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey, second-year pro Marcus Johnson was baptized in a hotel pool.

''Since I've come to Philly,Authentic Drew Brees Jersey,'' Johnson said. ''As a rookie last year coming in,Womens Drew Brees Jersey, I've grown in my faith so much, you always hear about the locker room and how dysfunctional it
can be and people playing for money and this and that, but when I got here, everyone was so supportive and I knew it was something special.''

Having strong faith doesn't make players immune to adversity, but it helps them deal with it. The Eagles (15-3) have overcome numerous injuries to important players on their way
to winning the NFC championship.

Nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters,Womens Stefon Diggs Jersey, running back/return specialist Darren Sproles, special-teams captain Chris Maragos and kicker Caleb Sturgis suffered season-ending
injuries along with Wentz and Jordan Hicks, the playmaking linebacker and quarterback on defense.

Instead of anger and resentment, they've leaned on their faith to maintain a positive attitude.

''Character is always revealed in times of testing, who pastors several players. ''For these men,'' said Horner, Christ is not a crutch to lean upon, he is the foundation which
their life is built upon. For them, faith is not an intellectual acknowledgement of truth, but a day-by-day expression of their love for God. This is where it all starts.''

What do these topics have in common: Corey Simon on Super Bowl night 13 years ago in Jacksonville, the 2004 team vs. the 2017 team, Alshon Jeffery and really bad head coaches.

What else. They all found their way into our Saturday edition of Roob's 10 Random Eagles Super Bowl Observations!

And the next one will be coming to you from the Twin Cities!

1. It was about four hours after Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville had ended, the Sawgrass Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach,Womens Aaron Rodgers Jersey, and back at the team hotel,Womens Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey, and I was at the front desk
signing up for the airport shuttle the next morning to fly back to Philly. Next thing I know these giant arms grab me from behind and I hear Corey Simon's voice saying,Womens Andrew Luck Jersey,
"Roooooooob. I'm locked out of my room." Turns out Simon had lost his hotel key at some point, and the people at the front desk were following hotel policy to the extreme and
wouldn't give a new key until he could show his driver's license. Which,Womens T.Y. Hilton Jersey, of course, was in his room. I reached into my computer bag and pulled out my official Super Bowl XXXIX
program, turned to the page with Simon's bio and photo, and showed it to the clerk at the front desk. "See? Same guy! He just played in the Super Bowl! Please give him a key."
The guy examined the page, and made him a key and off he went down the hallway., looked at Simon

2. Marvin Lewis, Dick Jauron, Jim Mora, Marion Campbell, Buddy Ryan, Jay Gruden and Jason Garrett have 75 combined years as head coaches in the NFL. Doug Pederson has more
career playoff wins than all of them. Combined.

3. I've said all year, I meant that even though his volume of catches and yards wasn't super high - he
, I felt like Alshon Jeffery was playing better than his stats. By that

finished the regular season 52nd in the NFL with 57 catches and 34th with 789 yards - he was making big catches at big times. His nine TD catches were fourth-most in the league
and his 44 first down catches were 17th-most. He was making his catches count while developing chemistry with two new quarterbacks. You could see that chemistry develop with

,Carson Wentz as the season went on and you can see it now growing each week with Nick Foles. Jeffery has nine catches for 146 yards and two TDs in the Eagles' two playoff wins

his first career postseason games. You look at the Eagles' stats, and I feel like they do.,Authentic Aaron Rodgers Jersey, and they don't have a No. 1 receiver. You watch them play

4. Can you just imagine if Chase Daniel were still Wentz's backup? None of this happens. None of it.

5. When the Eagles first hired Doug Pederson,Authentic Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey, he spoke a lot about his years playing under Don Shula,Authentic Andrew Luck Jersey, who he also coached under. He never mentions
,Authentic Leonard Fournette Jersey, Mike Holmgren and Andy Reid

those guys anymore. It seems Pederson in Year 2 has truly established his own style,Authentic T.Y. Hilton Jersey, his own approach to coaching. Instead of doing what he saw other coaches
,Womens Leonard Fournette Jersey, his own philosophy

do, but it's clear to anyone paying attention he's
, he's really crafted his own style of coaching unique from those other guys. I'm sure he's taken bits and pieces from everyone

with both Reid's strengths and his weaknesses. He's proven to be anything
,not a clone of anybody. I think a lot of fans feared Pederson would simply be an Andy Reid duplicate

but. He's just Doug.

6. The Eagles have allowed 10 or fewer points in four straight games for the first time since 1974.

7. This pretty much sums up exactly what this 2017 Eagles team is all about: They have more fifth-round picks on the 53-man roster (10) than first-round picks (nine) and more
this is a
,sixth-round picks (five) than third-round picks (four). Not to mention six more undrafted players (nine) than fourth-round picks (three). With very few exceptions

team of late-round picks, journeymen and castoffs. Put together 53 guys with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove and something special happens., free agents

8. From 1961 through 1991, the Eagles won three postseason games. They just won two in nine days., a 31-year span

Trott. Sheldon and Lito. Hugh and Simon. Akers. That team had All-
,9. No question in my mind the 2004 Eagles team had more talent than this one. Dawk. Donovan. Westbrook. T.O.

Pros up and down the lineup. This team is talented, especially on the D-line,
, but not like that one. What this team has that the 2004 team didn't have is incredible chemistry

unselfishness and togetherness. And a lot of talent. It's a tremendous combination.

10. Mindblowing Nick Foles Stat of the Day: Foles has had more career playoff games completing 77 percent of his passes (two) than Tom Brady (one).
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Seventy-two-year-old Susan Collesidis was never a football fan until she heard Carson Wentz talk about his faith.

Then she was hooked on the Philadelphia Eagles.

When Wentz found out his newest fan was fighting an advanced stage of cancer, he sent her an encouraging message with inspirational Bible verses.

''How much joy I get from watching him and his team play supernatural football every week,'' she said after reading it.

Two weeks later, Collesidis lost her battle with cancer the night before Thanksgiving.

''The message meant so much to Susan because she admired Carson as a person and believer more than a football player,'' son-in-law Doug Horton said. ''He's the reason she
started caring about sports and she couldn't wait to watch the Eagles every week.''

Wentz isn't playing in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots because he tore his ACL in Week 14. But backup quarterback Nick Foles also is a ''brother in Christ'' and
one of the leaders in a locker room filled with guys who have formed a strong bond because of their faith.

'' Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz said. ''Those guys are holding me accountable. Off the field,''It truly is a brotherhood, I'm holding them accountable. We truly care about each
as well as friends and family. There are a lot of guys who are truly trying to boost me
, we truly care about the growth that each individual has in the word,Womens Cam Newton Jersey,other,Womens Luke Kuechly Jersey, as believers

up and keep me focused on the main thing, which is obviously the word. ...''

Ray Lewis and Russell Wilson among many others. But these Eagles
,Authentic Walter Payton Jersey, Kurt Warner,Christian players openly expressing their faith is nothing new in the NFL: Reggie White, Tim Tebow

are an unusually close-knit group.

'' said defensive end Steven Means,Womens Jordan Howard Jersey,''There is a stronger connection here, who played for three other teams. ''It's another level because we push each other in certain areas that
we are flawed at and open ourselves up to each other. We text each other throughout the day making sure that everybody is on the right path and doing the right thing.''

Torrey Smith played with Lewis on the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in 2012. They had a solid core of Christian players who used their faith for inspiration during their
journey. Smith also spent two years in San Francisco before the wide receiver came to Philadelphia this season. He said it's different here.

''I've been lucky to be part of three organizations that do have a very strong Christian presence,'' Smith said. ''The difference here is a lot of younger guys lead.''

It starts with Wentz, the face of the franchise.

Wentz went on a mission trip to Haiti last May with former teammate Jordan Matthews and a group led by Kyle Horner, lead pastor of The Connect Church. He delivered a sermon a
month later at a church back home in North Dakota and launched his Audience of One Foundation in July. Wentz and several teammates even created a devotional video series for the
Bible app.

Wentz and teammates Trey Burton and Stefen Wisniewski spoke at a faith event in front of a crowd of 2,Four days before the season opener,000 people who sat in the rain for a
couple hours to hear their favorite players share their testimony.

But before he had an MVP-caliber season and led the Eagles from worst to first, Wentz received plenty of criticism from some media and fans because he openly talked about his
faith on social media .

He wasn't deterred.

then I can endure a couple tweets. I can endure a little
,'' Wentz said. ''So if Jesus, who is our ultimate example,Authentic Luke Kuechly Jersey,''Jesus was persecuted everywhere he went, endured that

riff-raff here and there.''

A large group of players meet for Bible study on Thursdays and hold a study for couples on Mondays. They get together for prayer and devotionals the night before games. They've
even gathered for baptisms in some unusual places.

In October 2016, Burton and pastor Ted Winsley baptized six players in a cold tub at the team's practice facility.

wanting their lives changed.'',Authentic Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey,'' said Winsley,''It was crazy, the team's longtime chaplain. ''The guys were just hungry

Before a Thursday night game at Carolina last October,Authentic Cam Newton Jersey, second-year pro Marcus Johnson was baptized in a hotel pool.

you always hear about the locker room and how dysfunctional it
,Womens Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey, I've grown in my faith so much,''Since I've come to Philly,Womens Walter Payton Jersey,'' Johnson said. ''As a rookie last year coming in

but when I got here,Authentic Jordan Howard Jersey,can be and people playing for money and this and that, everyone was so supportive and I knew it was something special.''

Having strong faith doesn't make players immune to adversity, but it helps them deal with it. The Eagles (15-3) have overcome numerous injuries to important players on their way
to winning the NFC championship.

running back/return specialist Darren Sproles,Nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters, special-teams captain Chris Maragos and kicker Caleb Sturgis suffered season-ending
injuries along with Wentz and Jordan Hicks, the playmaking linebacker and quarterback on defense.

Instead of anger and resentment, they've leaned on their faith to maintain a positive attitude.

he is the foundation which
,'' said Horner, who pastors several players. ''For these men,''Character is always revealed in times of testing, Christ is not a crutch to lean upon

faith is not an intellectual acknowledgement of truth,their life is built upon. For them, but a day-by-day expression of their love for God. This is where it all starts.''
The XFL remains a powerful brand. It appeals to anarchists and revolutionaries. It symbolizes rebellion against hubris and ultimate authority, albeit a failed coup against a fat
king asleep in his throne. The original concept was far better than the execution.

It will be much different this time.

That doesn’t mean the new XFL will work, an eight-team league that will begin play in 2020 featuring less commercials; games intended to last no more than two hours; zero
miscreants in uniform; and absolutely no kneeling during the national anthem.

This is not a product re-launch. This is the DeLorean coming back as a station wagon. There will be no titillation, cheerleaders or WWE storylines. The only thing extreme about
the new XFL is the politics.

During Thursday’s press conference,Authentic Aaron Rodgers Jersey, founder Vince McMahon made it clear that his next assault on the NFL won't depend on ratings or network approval. There are other ways to
consume and monetize professional football,Authentic Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey, and television viewership is a dwindling piece of the pie, fast becoming an outdated concept. That kind of strategy shows vision and
intelligence.

McMahon banned anyone with a criminal record from playing in his once-failed league,Authentic Andrew Luck Jersey, instantly eliminating Johnny Manziel, exactly the kind of hell-raising player he coveted 17
years ago,Womens T.Y. Hilton Jersey, when the XFL was pulled after one inglorious season, posting $70 million in losses.

But that still leaves Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick, and both players would draw huge audiences. It could resuscitate the career of Robert Griffin III. It will seem
irresistible to former stars who miss the platform of football, like Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens. It even lit a fire in Matt Leinart, who seemed very excited by this new
football league, pointing out that he’ll only be 36 when kickoff commences.

McMahon also made it clear that no player will be allowed to protest societal issues on the playing field, capitalizing on one of the most disruptive, polarizing issues the NFL
has ever encountered. The move was predictable and savage.

Say what you want about his approval ratings, but President Donald Trump’s ongoing condemnation of the NFL has left bruises on an American heavyweight, a league once hailed as
bullet-proof. Commissioner Roger Goodell has danced around the issue for months, trying to appease very different factions: a growing percentage of players who will no longer be
muted; a long-standing and profitable relationship with the U.S. military and the American flag; and fans who have lost sight of the original issue, but resent how their
favorite sport is soured by all the unwanted militancy, and how professional athletes (many of them minorities) can be so angry about the state of the country when earning
millions of dollars playing a game.

So the strategy is clear: The NFL can have the Patriots. McMahon will immediately claim the other kind, the real kind, those who believe the NFL has let them down on some level
– especially when it comes to the national anthem.

Maybe it’s a coincidence that you can draw a direct line between Trump’s Twitter evisceration of the NFL, the league’s rejection of a Super Bowl ad asking Americans to stand
for the national anthem, the unveiling of the new XFL, and how McMahon’s wife, Linda,Womens Aaron Rodgers Jersey, heads the Small Business Administration in Trump’s cabinet.

Don’t be surprised if a predominance of McMahon’s eight franchises are positioned in deeply red,Womens Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey, football-obsessed regions located in the Deep South. Maybe Birmingham,Womens Andrew Luck Jersey, Little
Rock and Memphis. A Florida franchise would print money with Tebow at quarterback. Or how about RG-III in San Antonio?

The new XFL would never work in Arizona,Authentic T.Y. Hilton Jersey, even though the politics generally align and the climate is ideal for a league that will begin its competitive schedule in the month of
January. But our landscape is muddy,Womens Leonard Fournette Jersey, complicated and horribly oversaturated,Authentic Leonard Fournette Jersey, where experimental leagues eventually come to wither and die.

But if you can get beyond sarcasm, you’ll find a legitimate conversation to be had with McMahon's new venture, skepticism and motives, maybe even a case for another rogue
football league in America.

The NFL’s biggest problems are not declining ratings, concussion protocol or what constitutes a catch. It’s the lack of practice time and player development on the
professional level, compounded by incoming rookie classes that have been playing a completely different game in college.

Goodell badly needs a developmental league. His NFL franchises must have ownership in these teams, allowing fans to watch and gauge their future talent. Remember when Archie
Bradley was tearing up the minor leagues? Imagine the excitement and revenue streams available for certified minor-league football, where Cardinals fans could get excited about
some young player tearing up the XFL.

Meanwhile, misled, athletes who have been misfit, overlooked and dramatically underpaid in college should have another outlet. The competition will make everyone better. And
somewhere down the line, if McMahon sells an improved version of New Coke to 32 billionaire owners, he will look like a genius. And he might have done a valuable service to the
NFL.

But this time around, a little advice: No "He Hate Me." No midfield scrums to determine opening possession. No more overhyped promises. But if McMahon wants to make an exception
for Manziel, that’s fine by me. I prefer a little anarchy.
The Chicago Blackhawks will be looking to get revenge for the 4-0 loss they suffered against the Red Wings on Jan. 14.

8-2 in Ottawa,Authentic Viktor Arvidsson jersey, 2-1 against Winnipeg),January has been a tough month for the Blackhawks. They’ve come up with some big victories (5-2 in New York City, but they’ve also
endured several tough losses. The ‘Hawks started a six-game homestand on Jan. 10. That portion of the schedule was supposed to save their season. Instead, it’s buried them
even further down the standings.

Last night’s tilt against the Maple Leafs was the final game of that homestand. The ‘Hawks played a solid game overall, but they still came out with a 3-2 loss in overtime on
home ice. That means that they’re currently six points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the final Wild Card spot in the West. What’s most troubling, is that they’d have to
leap over four teams to get into a postseason spot.

guys are mad,” said blue liner Connor Murphy said,“Guys are competitors, per the Chicago Sun-Times.[But] we talk about having fun and making sure that you remember-we’re
the Blackhawks. It doesn’t get much better than this. And if we play with pride and play together, things are going to go our way.”

the power play finally broke out of its funk,On a positive note, as they managed to score two goals on the man-advantage against the Leafs.

Like Chicago,Authentic Juuse Saros jersey, Detroit is also well out of a playoff spot at this point. Even though they have three games in hand on the Pittsburgh Penguins,Authentic Jaroslav Halak jersey, who are nine points ahead of the
Wings, it really doesn’t seem like they have a realistic shot of getting into the postseason.

To get ahead of the Pens,Authentic Jordan Eberle jersey, they’d have to jump both New York teams and Carolina. With roster Detroit has at their disposal, there’s a good chance that won’t happen. But the
next few months should give them an opportunity to evaluate their players (both young and old) so that they can figure out who to keep and who to walk away from.

One small positive that has emerged over the last couple of games has been the play of goalie Petr Mrazek,adidas Jaroslav Halak jersey, who has struggled over the last couple of years. Mrazek is 2-0-1 in is
last three outings and he’s given up just three goals during that stretch (they all came in the OT loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday).

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himself in trouble is when he gets over-aggressive and he’s out of the crease and making one save and has no chance for the second save. He seems to really be managing the
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Vince McMahon’s trying to sell you something, go right ahead. The new XFL is going to sound fun
, because that’s what he does and he’s really good at it. If you want to buy it

if you’re down on the NFL right now or if you’re just dying to text “He Hate Me!” to the one friend you’re sure remembers what
,if you remember how goofy the first one was

that means.

It’s going to sound cool to the players, too, if you strip away the myriad reasons to be
, because it’s going to sound like it means jobs. And on its most basic level

skeptical, that’s exactly what it means. Baseball has the minor leagues, you
, where you can go and rebuild a career. Basketball has options in Europe. You get cut from the NFL

don’t have a place to go or a road back.

You hear every year about the 1,Authentic Harrison Smith Jersey, it obviously offers some of
,200 or so players who get cut from NFL rosters in the first week of September. If McMahon’s new league is viable

the notion of more football jobs is a positive one for football players. And some might even be able to convince
,Authentic Sam Bradford Jersey,those players a place to go and get work. On its face

themselves they’re not settling. There’s surely a representative number of NFL players with whom McMahon is more popular than Roger Goodell.

Of course, and being a fan of the WWE doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily enjoy working for McMahon. Odds are pretty good that the new XFL won’t be
,Womens Stefon Diggs Jersey, it’s not that simple


,reporting $14 billion in revenue the first year the way its stodgy-but-still-wondrously-profitable counterpart does. Just because the XFL will offer a chance for displaced

hopeful or washed-up NFLers to continue playing football doesn’t mean all of them will find it worth their while.

See,Womens Brandin Cooks Jersey, their lives aren’t all pay cuts and
, while NFL players have it rough compared to Major League Baseball players and NBA players in terms of salaries and contract guarantees

torn ACLs. They practice and play (with some exceptions) on high-quality fields, enjoy top-of-the-line strength and conditioning equipment, stay in
, fly on chartered planes

fancy hotels. The NFL’s health and safety protocols are often the butt of jokes, and are subject to enough public oversight that the league issued a
, but at least they exist

cranky statement Wednesday asking everybody to lighten up about it.

but players love the break it gives their bodies. That CBA also offers high-
,Coaches and teams complain about the practice and offseason restrictions in the NFL’s current CBA

it requires the owners to share revenue with the players. Will the new XFL offer any of that?,level health benefits for players and their families. For goodness’ sake

The point is, there’s a pretty strong “buyer beware”
, while it’ll be fun for players to imagine another place to go when the NFL tells them they’re not needed anymore

element that comes with something like this. It’ll be important for players (and the NFLPA, and the public) to keep an eye on a fledgling XFL to make sure it’s
, and the media

and
,not sacrificing working conditions and employee quality of life in the quest for maximum profit. Given McMahon’s closeness with the current presidential administration

players also might want to watch out to make sure this isn’t just some thinly veiled
,that administration’s public stance on players protesting during the national anthem

McMahon strongly indicated his league would require players to stand for the anthem and take a hard line
,political propaganda vehicle. During Thursday’s news conference

don’t get duped by a league that offers the appearance of greater freedom while it
,Womens Harrison Smith Jersey,Womens Sam Bradford Jersey,against players who got in trouble off the field. If you think the NFL is too heavy-handed

aims to control you even more.

and many of you who are reading this have
,There’s going to be no shortage of players for whom this is worth a shot. Times are tough for workers in every industry these days

had to take a job you might not love in an effort to feed your family and/or keep chasing your dreams,Authentic Stefon Diggs Jersey, the new XFL
,Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey,Authentic Drew Brees Jersey, or know someone else who’s had to. At its most basic level

after all.,will offer players that. The “He Hate Me” guy DID end up playing in the NFL

But it’s not likely to offer an opportunity commensurate or even competitive with the NFL. An agent telling an NFL team his client’s other offer is an XFL one isn’t likely to
get that team to budge in negotiations. Players who’ve had a taste of the NFL life probably won’t find McMahon’s grass greener -- literally or figuratively.

It might be a league where you can dance,Womens Drew Brees Jersey,
, taunt and put whatever you want on the back of your jersey. It might be exciting and fun and new in many ways. And on some level

it’ll be football, it didn’t last long. The odds of it being
, which is really the only thing for which some of these guys will be looking. But the last time McMahon tried this

revolutionary or sustainably innovative are slim. And even if it is, it’s probably going to
, it’s not likely to treat its players any better than the NFL does. If anything

have to treat them worse in order to survive.
The XFL remains a powerful brand. It appeals to anarchists and revolutionaries. It symbolizes rebellion against hubris and ultimate authority, albeit a failed coup against a fat
king asleep in his throne. The original concept was far better than the execution.

It will be much different this time.

That doesn’t mean the new XFL will work, an eight-team league that will begin play in 2020 featuring less commercials; games intended to last no more than two hours; zero
miscreants in uniform; and absolutely no kneeling during the national anthem.

This is not a product re-launch. This is the DeLorean coming back as a station wagon. There will be no titillation, cheerleaders or WWE storylines. The only thing extreme about
the new XFL is the politics.

During Thursday’s press conference, founder Vince McMahon made it clear that his next assault on the NFL won't depend on ratings or network approval. There are other ways to
consume and monetize professional football, fast becoming an outdated concept. That kind of strategy shows vision and
, and television viewership is a dwindling piece of the pie

intelligence.

McMahon banned anyone with a criminal record from playing in his once-failed league, exactly the kind of hell-raising player he coveted 17
, instantly eliminating Johnny Manziel

years ago,Womens Cam Newton Jersey, posting $70 million in losses., when the XFL was pulled after one inglorious season

But that still leaves Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick,Womens Luke Kuechly Jersey, and both players would draw huge audiences. It could resuscitate the career of Robert Griffin III. It will seem
irresistible to former stars who miss the platform of football, who seemed very excited by this new
,Authentic Walter Payton Jersey, like Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens. It even lit a fire in Matt Leinart

football league, pointing out that he’ll only be 36 when kickoff commences.

McMahon also made it clear that no player will be allowed to protest societal issues on the playing field,Womens Jordan Howard Jersey, polarizing issues the NFL
, capitalizing on one of the most disruptive

has ever encountered. The move was predictable and savage.

Say what you want about his approval ratings, a league once hailed as
, but President Donald Trump’s ongoing condemnation of the NFL has left bruises on an American heavyweight

bullet-proof. Commissioner Roger Goodell has danced around the issue for months, trying to appease very different factions: a growing percentage of players who will no longer be
muted; a long-standing and profitable relationship with the U.S. military and the American flag; and fans who have lost sight of the original issue, but resent how their
favorite sport is soured by all the unwanted militancy, and how professional athletes (many of them minorities) can be so angry about the state of the country when earning
millions of dollars playing a game.

So the strategy is clear: The NFL can have the Patriots. McMahon will immediately claim the other kind, those who believe the NFL has let them down on some level
, the real kind

– especially when it comes to the national anthem.

Maybe it’s a coincidence that you can draw a direct line between Trump’s Twitter evisceration of the NFL, the league’s rejection of a Super Bowl ad asking Americans to stand
for the national anthem, the unveiling of the new XFL, Linda, and how McMahon’s wife, heads the Small Business Administration in Trump’s cabinet.

Don’t be surprised if a predominance of McMahon’s eight franchises are positioned in deeply red, Little
, football-obsessed regions located in the Deep South. Maybe Birmingham

Rock and Memphis. A Florida franchise would print money with Tebow at quarterback. Or how about RG-III in San Antonio?

The new XFL would never work in Arizona, even though the politics generally align and the climate is ideal for a league that will begin its competitive schedule in the month of
January. But our landscape is muddy,Authentic Cam Newton Jersey, where experimental leagues eventually come to wither and die.,Authentic Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey, complicated and horribly oversaturated

But if you can get beyond sarcasm, skepticism and motives,Womens Mitchell Trubiskyn Jersey, you’ll find a legitimate conversation to be had with McMahon's new venture,Authentic Luke Kuechly Jersey, maybe even a case for another rogue
football league in America.

The NFL’s biggest problems are not declining ratings,Womens Walter Payton Jersey, concussion protocol or what constitutes a catch. It’s the lack of practice time and player development on the
professional level,Authentic Jordan Howard Jersey, compounded by incoming rookie classes that have been playing a completely different game in college.

Goodell badly needs a developmental league. His NFL franchises must have ownership in these teams, allowing fans to watch and gauge their future talent. Remember when Archie
Bradley was tearing up the minor leagues? Imagine the excitement and revenue streams available for certified minor-league football, where Cardinals fans could get excited about
some young player tearing up the XFL.

Meanwhile, athletes who have been misfit, misled, overlooked and dramatically underpaid in college should have another outlet. The competition will make everyone better. And
somewhere down the line, he will look like a genius. And he might have done a valuable service to the
, if McMahon sells an improved version of New Coke to 32 billionaire owners

NFL.

But this time around, a little advice: No "He Hate Me." No midfield scrums to determine opening possession. No more overhyped promises. But if McMahon wants to make an exception
for Manziel, that’s fine by me. I prefer a little anarchy.
Ala. – In one of his first media sessions since the end of the 2017 season,MOBILE,Authentic Landon Collins Jersey, Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones stopped by to chat with reporters during a Senior Bowl practice in Mobile.

he was asked to address a plethora of questions, Dez Bryant’s future, including the uncertainty of the coaching staff,As expected, the health status of key players, and even seeing a division rival such as the Eagles advance to the Super Bowl.

Here are some highlights from Jerry Jones meeting with the media on Tuesday: Read

” Jones said. “They did it and it’s worthy of recognition. I don’t want to get into favorites, Jones said he was impressed with Philly’s ability to win despite the injuries they sustained, including their starting quarterback Carson Wentz. “I’m impressed to understand the challenge it is to adjust and come up with a different way to use different personnel and win the games,Unlike many members of Cowboys Nation who are having a hard time stomaching the Eagles making it to the Super Bowl, but I’m really proud that we have an NFC East team in there. That does make the difference. We’ve played them twice and know what kind of defense they’ve got. I wish them well.”



Jones simplified the statement. “I wouldn’t quantify how big the gap is,When asked how large the gap between the Cowboys and Eagles is,” Jones said. “I’ll say this: They were a better team this year than we are. I’d like to be where they are.”



he did say there would be “eight coaching changes” when it’s all wrapped up,While Jerry didn’t get specific in announcing all of the coaching moves, something he expects to be completed by the end of this week. He did point out the offensive moves and hopes to be more “Dak-Friendly” with a chance to “expand the playbook.”



” Jones said. “We’ll get down tot het specifics about it. But we have completed an agreement with Kellen.”,Dak Prescott will have a new quarterbacks coach, but it’s not likely to be a new face. Jones said Kellen Moore will be on the staff and it’s widely expected that he’ll be the quarterbacks coach to replace Wade Wilson. “I don’t want to get ahead of an overall announcement, but I’m glad that we’re going to have Kellen with us in the future

Jones confirmed that both Gary Brown (running backs) and Greg Jackson (safeties) will be back in 2018. Jackson will work alongside Kris Richard, who has been hired to also coach the defensive backfield.



only stating again that defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli would indeed return in 2018.,One name Jones opted not to address was linebackers coach Matt Eberflus, who has been rumored to be on his way out, likely following New England’s Josh McDaniels if he gets a head coaching job. Jones did not comment on Eberflus’ status



” Jones said of D-Law. “I wouldn’t address any (contract) aspect. But his best years are ahead of him.”,Womens Michael Thomas Jersey,When it comes to long-term health, who have both battled back injuries the past two years. Lawrence is expected to be franchised or sign a long-term deal. Either way,Authentic Odell Beckham Jr Jersey, Jones said he has no real concerns with DeMarcus Lawrence or Tyron Smith, Jerry said there is no concern with his health. “We think is health is good



Jones said he is not aware that Tyron Smith would need to have surgery this offseason. “Nothing is scheduled,” Jones said.



to develop a quarterback for the future.”,Asked again about his comments from 2016 about not taking a stronger look at then-free agent Nick Foles,” he said. “And we may never have seen him. What we were saying at the time that we could develop a young quarterback that hopefully could be our future. I’m really proud of that decision. We just wanted, Jones did not back down from his stance. “You wouldn’t have seen Prescott yet, behind Romo



” he said. “To evaluate last year and to evaluate other teams. And to start the process of putting in the changes we’re going to make.”,The coaching staff is not here at the Senior Bowl, Jones said, and one of the reasons, is for them to stay back and continue to work on new schemes Jones said to expect on offense next season. “Very much so



While Jones said on two occasions the wide receiver position needs to be improved, Jones said, he didn’t exactly say new personnel was needed. Of course,Womens Lawrence Taylor Jersey, “Everybody that’s got years left on their contract, I’m expecting them to be on this team.” Later on, the big question this offseason is regarding Dez Bryant’s future. When asked if he will be back in 2018, Jones said, when asked again about the receiver position,Authentic Michael Thomas Jersey, “I don’t know if you need another player. What you need to do is maximize what we’ve got.”

knowing what kind of team success that would signify.,And addressing Jason Garrett’s status,Authentic Lawrence Taylor Jersey, but didn’t exactly agree. “He’s not on my hot seat,Womens Odell Beckham Jr Jersey, Jones was asked if his head coach is on the “hot seat” after a 9-7 season and missing the playoffs for the fifth time as a full-time head coach. Jones understood the question,Womens Landon Collins Jersey,” he said. Jones reminded the group that Garrett isn’t far removed from the NFL Coach of the Year after the 2016 season and said he hopes Garrett can win that again next year
KENT, Wash. (AP) -- They showed up on a Tuesday night in early January to enjoy the 2-for-1 beers and hot dogs, the free parking, the $15 tickets a few rows off the ice and the chance to chant ''Portland sucks,'' for three hours.

Some of the more than 5, Rangers,000 people in attendance wore the jerseys of the Islanders, Sharks, Bruins,adidas Gordie Howe jersey, Golden Knights and of course,adidas Jimmy Howard jersey, Canucks,adidas Henrik Zetterberg jersey, Maple Leafs, the hometown Seattle Thunderbirds of the junior-level Western Hockey League. Someday it may be the Sasquatch,Authentic Frans Nielsen jersey, Totems or Sockeyes or whatever a potential future NHL franchise in Seattle ends up adopting as its nickname.

This scene plays out regularly inside the accesso ShoWare Center, about 20 miles southeast of downtown Seattle. Junior hockey in Seattle has a storied history. Hockey's history in the Emerald City dates back more than a century to when the Seattle Metropolitans hoisted the 1917 Stanley Cup.

All indications are that the NHL and Seattle are on the verge of a marriage sometime in 2018. The arrival of an NHL franchise - likely in 2020 or 2021 depending on construction of a remodeled Seattle Center arena - will fill a void in the gloomy months of the sports calendar and drop the NHL into the biggest market in the country without a winter sports team.

But can a booming Seattle eventually become a hockeytown?

''It's the last place in the United States in my opinion to catch on to hockey,Authentic Wayne Gretzky jersey,'' said former Philadelphia Flyers general manager and current Thunderbirds GM Russ Farwell.

''Everyone assumes that because we're close to Canada we're into hockey and that's not the case,'' Farwell continued. ''There is no reason this can't be a good hockey town and I think there is a lot of pluses.''

The first test of Seattle's willingness to embrace the NHL will arrive in the coming months when the prospective NHL ownership group begins a season-ticket drive, the same way the league tested Las Vegas. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan released a statement Tuesday after visiting with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on her way to the U.S. Conference of Mayors to express her support and enthusiasm for the NHL in Seattle.

But finding a foothold in Seattle will be an examination of how starved fans are for another team. Basketball is embedded in the DNA of the region thanks to 41 years of the SuperSonics until 2008 and a lengthy history of producing NBA talent. When the rain of the fall and winter drive young athletes inside, they grab a basketball and head for the nearest gym to play pickup games.

Basketball courts and coffee shops seem to be on every corner, but ice rinks are scarce.

''The chance to participate and stay involved and play the game needs ice rinks and that's all it would take,'' Farwell said. ''There's no reason this couldn't be grown to be a good hockey city and center and stuff but it's not automatic and it's not just going to happen.''

Any NHL team in Seattle would find a completely different landscape than a decade ago when the Sonics and NBA moved to Oklahoma City and the city lost its winter sports outlet.

Seattle's skyline is filled with as many construction cranes as snowcapped peaks in the surrounding mountains. Amazon has taken over an entire section of the city, joined nearby by satellite offices of Google and Facebook. The amount of wealth now in the Seattle market is part of the reason Oak View CEO Tim Leiweke has regularly called Seattle ''a brilliant marketplace'' and one of the most enticing expansion opportunities in pro sports history.

Seattle has become a city of transplants due to the booming local economy. A hockey franchise would provide those newcomers a team to rally around, much like what happened when the Sounders of the MLS arrived in 2009.

But it's a different sports marketplace than a decade ago, when ticket sales and television revenues were driving franchise success. The globalization of sports due to technology has become a challenge for all leagues, said Jennifer Hoffman of the College of Education at the University of Washington.

''I think the question about our population is what sports are they interested in? And that's going to be a challenge for all of our franchises, our big franchises and our smaller ones,'' Hoffman said. ''It's not a Seattle phenomenon but we're a good case for this point in history where digital transition is really occurring and it's really hard to know who your fans are and where they are.''

John Barr believes there are plenty of potential hockey fans in the Seattle market. A Bay Area transplant, Barr has become the voice of hockey fans with his NHLtoSeattle.com website and social accounts. Barr got hooked on the sport while attending San Jose games when the Sharks arrived the Bay Area. He's regularly makes trips to Boston, Minnesota, Montreal,Authentic Gordie Howe jersey, Nashville and Las Vegas for games.

''The Seahawks run this town and I think a lion share of people obviously want the Sonics back,Authentic Henrik Zetterberg jersey,'' Barr said. ''I totally understand the hierarchy there,Authentic Jimmy Howard jersey, but I just think this is a great opportunity for the area to have the NHL and have a winter sport.''

Season tickets are just one of several significant obstacles. Arena construction won't begin until later this year with an ambitious goal of completion in late 2020. There are also transportation issues near the arena site.

And the franchise needs to be awarded in the first place. Bettman wouldn't even entertain discussion about Seattle recently.

''The application has not yet been filed so any speculation about Seattle is,adidas Frans Nielsen jersey, a little premature,adidas Wayne Gretzky jersey, at this point,'' Bettman said.

In the corner of his office, Thunderbirds Vice President Colin Campbell has a photo of Wayne Gretzky in the foreground with Campbell behind the glass. He grew up in Edmonton and was a Zamboni driver for the Oilers in his younger years. Now he ponders the future of hockey in Seattle with the NHL on the horizon.

''It always amazed me when I first got here that people didn't even know there was a hockey team in town. Well, that's still the case, who moved to Seattle in 1995. ''It's still out there,'' said Campbell, and yet we're doing very well in this building and everything is going good. But it's a big market, it's a tough market to reach ... so with an NHL team coming in and working together it will create new opportunities to grow.''
Bob Costas will not be part of NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl 52,Womens Melvin Ingram Jersey, news that has surprised the sports media world since it’s a departure from plans Costas outlined about a year ago.

when Costas announced he was stepping down as primetime host of NBC’s Olympic coverage, a role to be filled by Mike Tirico at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang,Last February, he said he expected this year’s Super Bowl to be his football broadcasting swan song. Costas has hosted six Super Bowls throughout his career.

Not this year, as NBC plans to keep its “Football Night in America” team intact. Sunday night host Dan Patrick and Thursday night host Liam McHugh will handle hosting duties in Minneapolis, while Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, though, Mike Florio and Chris Simms will also have prominent pre-game roles. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, of course, will call the game between the Eagles and Patriots.

Costas painted a doom-and-gloom sort of picture for the sport,Authentic Allen Robinson Jersey,Costas’ absence has sports media observers wondering if comments he made about football at the University of Maryland in November is the reason why. During a roundtable discussion with several other national journalists,Authentic Joey Bosa Jersey, vis a vis head injuries.

” Costas said during the discussion,“The reality is that this game destroys people’s brains,Womens Dalvin Cook Jersey, per USA Today.

as serious as they may be,Womens Dan Fouts Jersey, they may come and go. But you cannot change the nature of the game. I certainly would not let, if I had an athletically gifted 12- or 13-year-old son,“The cracks in the foundation are there. The day-to-day issues, I would not let him play football.

He continued, “The whole thing could collapse like a house of cards if people actually begin connecting the dots."

however, in a pair of statements issued in response to questions about Costas,NBC made no mention of that discussion, one of which was attributed to Costas himself.

respectively, throughout the season and will continue on Super Bowl Sunday,Womens Joey Bosa Jersey,“Dan and Liam have served as hosts for our NFL pregame/studio shows on Sunday nights and Thursday nights,Authentic Melvin Ingram Jersey,” an NBC spokesperson said.

written solidly along the company line,Womens Allen Robinson Jersey, read,Authentic Dan Fouts Jersey,Costas’ statement,Authentic Dalvin Cook Jersey, “Dan and Liam have done the job hosting NBC’s NFL coverage all season. It wouldn’t be right for me to parachute in and do the Super Bowl.”
Ala. – In one of his first media sessions since the end of the 2017 season,MOBILE, Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones stopped by to chat with reporters during a Senior Bowl practice in Mobile.

As expected, including the uncertainty of the coaching staff, Dez Bryant’s future, he was asked to address a plethora of questions, the health status of key players,Womens Julio Jones Jersey, and even seeing a division rival such as the Eagles advance to the Super Bowl.

Here are some highlights from Jerry Jones meeting with the media on Tuesday: Read

Unlike many members of Cowboys Nation who are having a hard time stomaching the Eagles making it to the Super Bowl,Womens Devonta Freeman Jersey, including their starting quarterback Carson Wentz. “I’m impressed to understand the challenge it is to adjust and come up with a different way to use different personnel and win the games, Jones said he was impressed with Philly’s ability to win despite the injuries they sustained,Womens LeSean McCoy Jersey,” Jones said. “They did it and it’s worthy of recognition. I don’t want to get into favorites, but I’m really proud that we have an NFC East team in there. That does make the difference. We’ve played them twice and know what kind of defense they’ve got. I wish them well.”



Jones simplified the statement. “I wouldn’t quantify how big the gap is,Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey,When asked how large the gap between the Cowboys and Eagles is,” Jones said. “I’ll say this: They were a better team this year than we are. I’d like to be where they are.”



he did say there would be “eight coaching changes” when it’s all wrapped up,While Jerry didn’t get specific in announcing all of the coaching moves, something he expects to be completed by the end of this week. He did point out the offensive moves and hopes to be more “Dak-Friendly” with a chance to “expand the playbook.”



Dak Prescott will have a new quarterbacks coach, but I’m glad that we’re going to have Kellen with us in the future, but it’s not likely to be a new face. Jones said Kellen Moore will be on the staff and it’s widely expected that he’ll be the quarterbacks coach to replace Wade Wilson. “I don’t want to get ahead of an overall announcement,” Jones said. “We’ll get down tot het specifics about it. But we have completed an agreement with Kellen.”

Jones confirmed that both Gary Brown (running backs) and Greg Jackson (safeties) will be back in 2018. Jackson will work alongside Kris Richard, who has been hired to also coach the defensive backfield.



One name Jones opted not to address was linebackers coach Matt Eberflus, likely following New England’s Josh McDaniels if he gets a head coaching job. Jones did not comment on Eberflus’ status, who has been rumored to be on his way out, only stating again that defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli would indeed return in 2018.



When it comes to long-term health,Authentic Jim Kelly Jersey, who have both battled back injuries the past two years. Lawrence is expected to be franchised or sign a long-term deal. Either way, Jones said he has no real concerns with DeMarcus Lawrence or Tyron Smith, Jerry said there is no concern with his health. “We think is health is good,” Jones said of D-Law. “I wouldn’t address any (contract) aspect. But his best years are ahead of him.”



Jones said he is not aware that Tyron Smith would need to have surgery this offseason. “Nothing is scheduled,” Jones said.



Asked again about his comments from 2016 about not taking a stronger look at then-free agent Nick Foles,” he said. “And we may never have seen him. What we were saying at the time that we could develop a young quarterback that hopefully could be our future. I’m really proud of that decision. We just wanted,Authentic Julio Jones Jersey, Jones did not back down from his stance. “You wouldn’t have seen Prescott yet,Authentic Devonta Freeman Jersey, behind Romo, to develop a quarterback for the future.”



The coaching staff is not here at the Senior Bowl,Womens Jim Kelly Jersey, Jones said, and one of the reasons,Womens Christian McCaffrey Jersey, is for them to stay back and continue to work on new schemes Jones said to expect on offense next season. “Very much so,Authentic LeSean McCoy Jersey,” he said. “To evaluate last year and to evaluate other teams. And to start the process of putting in the changes we’re going to make.”



While Jones said on two occasions the wide receiver position needs to be improved, “I don’t know if you need another player. What you need to do is maximize what we’ve got.”, he didn’t exactly say new personnel was needed. Of course, Jones said, “Everybody that’s got years left on their contract, I’m expecting them to be on this team.” Later on, the big question this offseason is regarding Dez Bryant’s future. When asked if he will be back in 2018, when asked again about the receiver position, Jones said

And addressing Jason Garrett’s status, but didn’t exactly agree. “He’s not on my hot seat, Jones was asked if his head coach is on the “hot seat” after a 9-7 season and missing the playoffs for the fifth time as a full-time head coach. Jones understood the question,” he said. Jones reminded the group that Garrett isn’t far removed from the NFL Coach of the Year after the 2016 season and said he hopes Garrett can win that again next year, knowing what kind of team success that would signify.
(Reuters) - The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles have set up a second Super Bowl showdown after both teams won their respective conference championships with contrasting victories on Sunday.

while the Eagles crushed the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 in the NFC decider to set up a Feb. 4 clash in Minneapolis.,The reigning NFL champion Patriots overcame a stubborn Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 in the AFC title game

and should the favored Patriots repeat that triumph,New England enjoyed the upper hand when the two last contested an NFL title game in 2005, they will secure a record-tying sixth Super Bowl victory., winning 24-21

who will be making their 10th appearance in the title game.,The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently the only team with more NFL championships than the Patriots

the Eagles also losing in 1981 before that Patriots defeat 13 years ago.,Philadelphia has never won a Super Bowl

with the Eagles winning seven of the games,Overall,Womens Harrison Smith Jersey, the last in 2015.,Womens Sam Bradford Jersey, the teams have met have 13 times through the years

rallied New England from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter with two touchdown passes to Danny Amendola to beat Jacksonville,Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey,Tom Brady,Authentic Drew Brees Jersey,, despite an injured hand

Philadelphia had its own quarterback star to thank for their victory when Nick Foles passed for three touchdowns as the Eagles scored 38 unanswered points.

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New England also has another goal: seeking to become the first team in 13 seasons to win back-to-back Super Bowls.,Womens Stefon Diggs Jersey,Along with chasing a sixth title

who has been the Patriots quarterback for all five of their titles,Womens Brandin Cooks Jersey,They were the last to achieve the feat,Authentic Sam Bradford Jersey, a record.,Authentic Stefon Diggs Jersey, capturing the 2003 and 2004 crowns behind the arm of Brady

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Christian Dvorak had no idea the two goals he scored Saturday night helped the Arizona Coyotes end a long run of futility against the St. Louis Blues.

''Wow, we lost 12 in a row to them?'' Dvorak said. ''That makes this even better.''

Dvorak sparked a four-goal first period,adidas Marc-Andre Fleury jersey, Antti Raanta made 25 saves and the Coyotes beat St. Louis 5-2 for their first win in the series since a 3-2 overtime triumph on Nov. 12, 2013. The 12-game skid was tied for the longest current streak of its kind in the NHL; Chicago has won 12 in a row over Buffalo.

Zac Rinaldo,adidas Mike Condon jersey, Brendan Perlini and Christian Fischer also scored for Arizona,adidas Craig Anderson jersey, which had lost five straight overall.

Brayden Schenn and Alexander Steen scored for the Blues,adidas James Neal jersey, who had won two straight following a seven-day break.

Raanta, who has allowed two or fewer goals in five of his last six starts, also was unaware of Arizona's losing streak to the Blues.

''It's a good thing to find that out after the game because if you know about it before, you're thinking about it during the game and that's not good,'' he said.

The Coyotes scored four times in the opening 13:15. Dvorak converted back-to-back goals in a span of 3:04 to chase goalie Carter Hutton, who gave up three goals on 12 shots. Perlini capped the blitz, which marked the Coyotes' highest-scoring first period of the season.

Arizona lost its previous three games in extra time and has the worst record in the NHL at 11-28-9.

''We haven't been playing bad and we haven't had much to show for it,Authentic Craig Anderson jersey,'' Dvorak said. ''But, I thought we outworked them early and often and got what we wanted in a tough barn.''

Clayton Keller added two assists for the Coyotes,Authentic Mike Condon jersey, who had a season-high 44 shots on goal. Raanta improved to 7-12-5.

Arizona took control right from the opening faceoff with goals by Rinaldo and Dvorak in the opening 4:02.

''The execution was good right from the start,Authentic James Neal jersey,'' Fischer said. ''We came out and did what we had to. Now,Authentic Marc-Andre Fleury jersey, we've got to keep that going forward.''

The Blues have lost their last two home games, including a 7-4 setback to Florida on Jan. 9.

''This was an embarrassment for us and for our fans,'' forward Vladimir Tarasenko said. ''We have a day tomorrow to figure out what's going on.''

St. Louis coach Mike Yeo was disappointed in the performance after the Blues won back-to-back games in Toronto and Ottawa earlier in the week.

''To be honest, there's no explanation for this kind of effort,'' Yeo said.

NOTES: Arizona D Oliver Ekman-Larsson blocked a game-high six shots. ... The Blues are 15-3-2 when one of their defensemen scores. ... Of the Coyotes' 31 points, 21 have come in overtime or a shootout. ... St. Louis has won 1,799 games in its history and is looking to become the eighth NHL franchise to reach 1,800 wins.
 
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