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BALTIMORE — John Harbaugh bit his tongue as best he could, better than he had at the moment Joe Flacco had gone wobbling off the field, bleeding from his ear, from a late, blatant head shot delivered by Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso earlier Thursday night.
"I'm not commenting on that. It was penalized correctly, I would say," the Ravens coach said carefully. Asked point-blank if Alonso, who knocked the Baltimore starting quarterback out of the game with a concussion, should have been ejected for the play, Harbaugh was again diplomatic: "It’s not for me to say." He paused, adding with a grin, "Thanks for asking, though."
The question had been asked likely millions of times already that night, throughout the rest of the 40-0 shellacking the Ravens delivered to the Dolphins. The answer, of course, is yes — NFL rules (Rule 12, Section 2, Article 6-d, specifically) give the referee the leeway to eject players for "flagrant” actions.
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The gap in the Titans' offensive line was like a runway for Chiefs lineback Derrick Johnson, as Johnson rocked Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota during the second quarter of the Chiefs' wild-card clash with the Titans Saturday.
Curiously, the play was ruled not a fumble. It is clear from the replay that the ball was knocked out of Mariota's hands while he was still up, but the call on the field was no fumble because of forward progress.
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— NFL (@NFL) January 6, 2018
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Needless to say, some that saw the play — NFL stars and others — seemed to believe the call of non-fumble was the wrong one.
The announcers say, “his forward progress was stopped”, but he was standing still in the pocket the entire play. He was not moving forward when he got hit!
— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) January 6, 2018
I suppose forward progress stops when you're going from standing up to the ground.
— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) January 6, 2018
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When it comes to advice, I’ve always been more of a “do as I say, not as I do” type of guy. I like to take risks. I like to work off my gut feelings and instincts as much as, if not more that, I rely on empirical data. I still do the necessary research to remain as informed as possible, but on many occasions, I like to take a left even when the directions say to take a right. It’s probably not the most sensible way to go about things, but I always seem to end up in the right place. It’s no different for me with when it comes to fantasy football auctions.
The way I go about my own auctions is not how I would instruct a beginner, and I often encourage others to play it safe rather than linger outside the box with overly bold or unconventional methods. Obviously, there are certain leaps of faith you must take in regard to player selection, but this isn’t a piece about choosing players. This is a piece about how you go about acquiring those players in an auction format.
You obviously don’t have to take everything I say here as gospel. Consider it more of a guideline than anything else. After all, there is no one right way to be successful at an auction. However, what I can do is assure you that if you do follow these eight easy steps, you’ll put yourself in a much better place to win your league than if you don’t.
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Eagles cornerback Malcolm Jenkins was in the spotlight Sunday when he and Panthers safety Eric Reid got into an altercation before the two teams matched up in Philadelphia.
Reid came out onto the field during the coin toss and had words with Jenkins. The Eagles cornerback addressed the incident with reporters Wednesday.
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“Nobody wins when you see bickering back and forth," Reid said, via NFL Media. "If I know where your heart is and I know you’re about the people, then never will I publicly bash what you’re doing.”
Jenkins, on pregame spat w/ Eric Reid, said he was taught by his parents to keep things “in the family”: “Nobody wins when you see bickering back and forth. ... If I know where your heart is and I know you’re about the people, then never will I publicly bash what you’re doing.”
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 24, 2018
Reid called Jenkins a "sellout" and a "neo-colonialist" after the game when speaking with reporters.
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Which team can say it created the greatest dynasty in sports history?
The New England Patriots, under coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, could be considered the best answer after winning Super Bowl 53 and delivering a sixth championship in the last 18 seasons. It's one of the longest-running success stories in major sports history, college or pro.
Sporting News' writers voted the Patriots No. 1 out of the top 15 dynasties in sports history, but they didn't exactly agree on the top spot. There were several different points of view, and we share them here.
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Mike DeCourcy's pick: Patriots
Top three: 1. Patriots, 2. Alabama, 3. UCLA
DeCourcy's take: It never occurred to me it was all that hard to define a dynasty: a team that wins a lot of championships over an extended period of time. Obviously, there are different sorts of dynasties, though, and there are different ingredients that lead to them happening.
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Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, who appeared on the team's injury report last Wednesday as missing practice because of "illness," had fought off an intruder at his Mullica Hill, New Jersey, home the day before, according to ABC 6 in Philadelphia, which cited court documents.
Though Cox was back at practice Thursday and started Sunday against the Cowboys, no further explanation was given.
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— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 16, 2019
According to the court records, the alleged intruder, identified as Corbyn Nyemah, showed up at Cox's house looking for Nyemah's former girlfriend. He is alleged to have damaged her vehicle with a baseball bat before attempting to forcibly enter Cox's home, throwing rocks through the front door, and then by trying to enter the garage.
Per ABC 6's report, Cox armed himself with a shotgun and called police, and the alleged intruder fled the scene in his SUV, leading police on a chase.
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The Cowboys are going with Mike McCarthy as the ninth head coach in franchise history. McCarthy, 56, replaces Jason Garrett, who was officially let go the day before reports of McCarthy's hiring surfaced.
In McCarthy, who spent the 2019 season out of the NFL after getting fired by the Packers in 2018, team owner Jerry Jones gets the man who led Green Bay to a 125-77 record over 13 regular seasons, highlighted by winning Super Bowl 45 in Dallas' home stadium.
For those who wanted the Cowboys to hire a college football great or young pro hotshot, McCarthy might not sound like a real upgrade from Garrett. For those who wanted more consistency from Dallas, though, McCarhty did take Green Bay to the NFL postseason nine times during his tenure.
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Here's examining all the pros and cons of Jones' decision to hire McCarthy:
Pro: Mike McCarthy is a good offensive-minded coach to pair with Dak Prescott.
Prescott showed progress as a passer in 2019, putting the Cowboys' offense on his back and working toward a lucrative, long-term contract extension. He is bordering on elite and has handled the different concepts thrown his way from Garrett, Scott Linehan and Kellen Moore.
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Tom Brady is going to — Hollywood! While the world waits to see whether the NFL star finishes his career with the Patriots or signs as a free agent on another team, the quarterback revealed he will be launching a film production company in California.
Brady made the announcement in an exclusive interview with Deadline.
Brady is launching 199 Productions, a global multi-platform content company to develop original premium content including documentaries, feature films and television shows. The company has quietly assembled a slate of development projects that include several with Brady on camera, in stories spanning sports, entertainment and health and wellness among others.
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Brady named the company in reference to where he was drafted by the Patriots. He was selection No. 199, a compensatory pick, in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.
Brady is teaming up with "Avengers: Endgame" directors Joe & Anthony Russo and their AGBO Films’ non-fiction group, Wonderburst, to produce his first project, titled "Unseen Football."
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