Smith has been good enough for the Chiefs during the regular season

The breaking point came last summer, after he fractured his arm trying out for his school’s baseball team. When he looked in the mirror, he saw an overweight, unhappy kid who’d lost most of his friends and whose own mother had become suspicious of him. While visiting the YouTube channel run by HonorTheCall, he saw a report about a class-action suit that had been filed against Valve in Florida. As part of the report, the Toronto programmer posted the email of a Kentucky lawyer who was behind the suit, Jasper Ward.

Elijah scribbled down the email address. Then, while his parents were making dinner, he typed out a message.

VALVE CO-FOUNDER GABE NEWELL is the closest thing the video game industry has to a Steve Jobs. The long-haired 54-year-old has a massive following on Reddit and the admiration of Hollywood directors like J.J. Abrams, who is adapting his games to the screen. Newell declined to comment through a company spokesman for this story, but in his appearance at the University of Texas, he gave a rare glimpse into his philosophy of games and the virtual worlds they create.

But it better have at least occurred to the Chiefs that they might have gone as far as they can with Alex Smith as their quarterback.

Smith has been good enough for the Chiefs during the regular season, when they’ve won 43 games since he was acquired as their starting quarterback in 2013. That’s a total exceeded only by the three most recent Super Bowl champions — the Patriots, Seahawks and Broncos.

The Chiefs are 1-3 in the playoffs with Smith as their quarterback. The losses were to Andrew Luck and the Colts, Tom Brady and the Patriots and Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers. His only playoff win came against Brian Hoyer and the Texans.

Quarterback may indeed be what separates the Chiefs from the teams in the conference championship games. Otherwise, the Chiefs have a roster good enough to put them in the AFC title game.

Kyle Shanahan’s offense was the top scoring unit in the NFL this season

In other words, Shanahan holds pretty much all the cards here. Of the six teams with coaching openings when this process started, the Niners proved to be the only one willing to wait for a coach on a team that has advanced deep into postseason play. It’s a patient approach that could theoretically pay off, but only if they are willing to take the steps necessary to, you know, actually land one of those coaches.

To be sure, there’s nothing wrong with the approach, and it’s actually a good idea to be patient and land the right person for the job. But the Niners also aren’t exactly selling the most appealing job, at least not for a head coach. While a general manager could look at what the Niners have to offer as a clean slate and a chance to build an iconic franchise in his vision, the coach might be more inclined to see a position with no stability and a barren roster that needs major upgrades at pretty much every important position.
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Authentic Mens Kelvin Herrera Jersey Reviews of Nicolas Batum’s play in his first season since receiving a $120 million contract have been decidedly mixed, but you sure notice when the Hornets don’t have him out there. Batum’s limited availability during Charlotte’s current four-game skid thanks to a knee problem has been undeniably felt. The suspicion here is that Kemba Walker has done enough to snag an All-Star reserve spot from East coaches — which would bring a hint of consolation to the city of Charlotte after the game itself was moved to New Orleans — but the Hornets’ 8-3 start is a distant memory. You hear a lot more about their 0-6 record against Cleveland, Toronto and Boston.

As disappointed as the Pelicans were to lose in Anthony Davis’ Chicago homecoming — when they were hoping to take advantage of the Bulls’ recent struggles and a Jimmy Butler flu bout that didn’t quite last long enough for the visitors — there was some relief last week as well, courtesy of a victory in Brooklyn with Anthony Davis out of the lineup. You certainly say it was only the Nets, true, but don’t forget that the Pels had lost their previous two Brow-less games this season by a combined 35 points. Davis, meanwhile, is up to four games this season with at least 40 points and 15 boards; only Shaquille O’Neal (five in 1994-95) and Patrick Ewing (five in 1989-90) have more in a single season over the past 30 years.

The Seahawks won on the strength of running back Thomas Rawls

The Seahawks won on the strength of running back Thomas Rawls, whose 161 rushing yards were the most in a game in Seahawks postseason history. Rawls’ most impactful run of the game was not his touchdown run that extended the lead to 19-6 in the fourth quarter, but rather, his 4-yard run on fourth-and-1 from the Lions’ 39 on the drive that resulted in the Seahawks’ first touchdown of the game. The Seahawks converted a pair of fourth downs on that drive.

The Seahawks were significantly favored to win this game by our metrics. In fact, they ran only one play the entire game in which their win probability was below 70 percent. Even though their lead was precarious at times, the Seahawks had a 77 percent or better chance to win for the entire second half.

And despite almost season-long struggles to defend the run this past season, the Broncos’ defense finished No. 4 overall, No. 4 in scoring defense, No. 1 against the pass and No. 3 in sacks. The defense had three first-team All Pro players: cornerbacks Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib and linebacker Von Miller.

Kevin Love Kids Jersey “That’s the spearhead, that back end, because they’re engaged, they’re physical and they love to play no matter where, when or what we’re playing for,” Joseph said. “…When you can play man-for-man up close and middle … if you have rushers and you have cover guys, you can play great defense, because scheme don’t matter.”

Broncos linebackers coach Reggie Herring also interviewed with Joseph to be the Broncos’ coordinator. Herring and defensive line coach Bill Kollar have been on Phillips’ staff with multiple teams.
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Several Broncos assistants on defense have a year left on their contracts, so they would have to receive permission to leave if Phillips asked them to join his staff in Los Angeles.

For his part, Joseph said Thursday he would like to have his coaching staff filled out within the next “week, week and a half.”

RG3 hasn’t given up on being the best quarterback in the NFL

Tom Brady has won four Super Bowls, Aaron Rodgers is the reigning MVP and Peyton Manning holds almost every major passing record imaginable. But according to Robert Griffin III, they aren’t the best quarterbacks in football.

He is.

In an interview with WJLA Sunday, Washington’s QB said he is optimistic as he enters his fourth professional season, even though he has failed to replicate the success he enjoyed as a rookie in 2012.

“I know I’m the best quarterback on this team,” Griffin said. “I feel like I’m the best quarterback in the league and I have to go out and show that.”

Cody Parkey became the second kicker to miss an extra point this preseason, as he hooked an attempt just to the right of the goalpost following the Eagles’ second touchdown of the game.

All but two NFL owners voted this offseason to move the extra point to the 15-yard line, likely in an attempt to coax more coaches into trying two-point conversions. The extra-point had become automatic in recent years — place kickers made more than 99 percent of PATs from 2010-2014.

3) The Colts are treating the preseason like … the preseason

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano removed Andrew Luck from the game in the middle of Indianapolis’ second drive in the first quarter following two completions. That set the tone for what was a lackluster effort for Indy, which did not play T.Y. Hilton, Vontae Davis, Robert Mathis or Gore.

Backups were on the field for the duration of the game for the Colts, and it showed. Indianapolis turned the ball over four times (two interceptions and two fumbles lost).

But remember kids, the Colts went 0-4 in the preseason last year and wound up reaching the AFC Championship. There is a lot of football left.

Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome is the opposite

Kyle Korver Mens Jersey “I don’t know who those GMs are, but I grew up in the locker room,” Newsome said. “It’s not a foreign place for me. I’m probably in our locker room once or twice a week. I do not see players as totally different now. No, they do not listen to the music that I did in the ’70s. But every generation has its own music. Their own way. This generation is different in that it has to understand that social media can be the downfall of anything and everyone in the locker room.”

Former NFL coach Bill Cowher agrees.

Game Youth Thomas Morstead Jersey You view them as cheaters, and probably don’t think most of their myriad accomplishments have come in a legitimate fashion. This has been the case since Spygate in 2007, when the Patriots were found to have illegally videotaped Jets coaches’ signals. That was the same assumption held by many during the NFL’s relentless pursuit of Brady during the DeflateGate scandal, in which Ted Wells’ investigation found that he was “generally aware” that footballs were intentionally deflated to his liking in the AFC Championship.

Now, following ESPN’s exhaustive report detailing the exhaustive fashion in which Belichick attempted to circumvent the NFL’s rulebook prior to the Spygate scandal, those believing that the Patriots are just a buncha cheaters who deserve to have every title of theirs vacated are only going to become increasingly hardened.

How’d we get here, and what does this mean for the Patriots’ legacy going forward? Let’s take a look:

There’s no arguing that one exists, even if much of it is just allegations. There was the Spygate scandal, which according to ESPN, went much deeper and for a longer period of time than most realized. The Outside the Lines investigation found that the Patriots had videotaped other teams’ signals since 2000. And even more:

Maybe that’s what they really want deep down

You’re moved to raise the question after watching L.A pass on signing Donatas Motiejunas. The Lakers had the first crack at auditioning Motiejunas before the Lithuanian big man ultimately signed with New Orleans. The Lakers also had more money to offer Motiejunas, who wound up settling for a prorated share of the $1.1 veteran minimum with the Pelicans.

The Lakers were in the midst of a 2-14 December — with Larry Nance Jr. freshly injured — when they worked out Motiejunas on Christmas Eve. They could have offered him their cap-room exception of nearly $3 million but decided it was preferable to pass on Motiejunas rather than urge Metta World Peace to shift from 15th man status to the coaching staff or waive Thomas Robinson.

That’s how the Warriors had opportunity to sign Anderson Varejao last spring and figures to be the surest route to them adding another player who can help in the playoffs.

Given this week’s loss of Justise Winslow for the season, on top of the ongoing unavailability of Chris Bosh, Miami would seem to have more motivation than ever to fully embrace The Tank and start shopping Goran Dragic.
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Miami’s price for acquiring Dragic, however, is still said to be too high to encourage any serious trade discussions.
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Yet.

Word is that two first-round picks is the Nets’ current asking price for center Brook Lopez.

Sources with knowledge of the Bulls’ thinking emphatically deny the notion that All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler is available.

They made money off of the Stadium Series games last year as well

The 2016 Classic¡¯s TV ratings dropped even further, drawing a 1.6 share. This is a problem, right? For NBC Sports, sure. For the league? The 2016 Winter Classic between the the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins (Boston¡¯s second Classic) packed Gillette Stadium¡¯s over 67,000 seats. The NHL made money. They made money off of the Stadium Series games last year as well, despite the Blackhawks and Red Wings appearing in yet another outdoor game. The local crowds in Minnesota and Denver showed up for the events. This marked a shift in strategy from ¡°fan interest as a whole¡± to ¡°local fan interest,¡± and it is still supremely profitable for the league.

It has reached the point that it doesn¡¯t matter as much who watches nationally. It doesn¡¯t matter that the national media bemoans the ratings of the games, and the constant debate on if the games need to be tweaked to get more people to watch is a moot point.
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And the Blue Jackets, like they did all season long, survived the encounter. With a 4-2 win on New Year¡¯s Eve, Columbus rides into the first week of 2017 with a real chance at breaking the NHL record (17 straight wins) set by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1993.

¡°If you flip a coin 100 times in a row, you’re going to get maybe six heads in a row or seven tails in a row,¡± Texas Tech University professor Alan Reifman said when I spoke to him on Friday. ¡°And it has nothing to do with the coin being confident or well-rested.¡±

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Bills contend illegal pick play set up Eagles for game-winning field goal

The Philadelphia Eagles narrowly edged the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, 23-20, to improve their chances at the postseason and all but crush Buffalo’s. A 41-yard pass play to tight end Zach Ertz set the Eagles up for a field goal that gave them a lead with less than four minutes remaining, and the Bills weren’t able to respond. But Buffalo contends that the Eagles never should have been able to get in field goal position in the first place and benefited from an illegal pick play.

While Rex Ryan tried to stay diplomatic about the performance of the officials and refused to talk about the play during his press conference on Monday, after the game he said he thought the play looked illegal.

“You always have your vantage point,” Ryan said. “Our vantage point on the sideline looked like the guys clearly picked our guy, but obviously we weren’t there on the sideline where it happened. They bring one guy in and all he does is block. You’re always going to have calls you disagree with.”

Limited Mens Shaun Hill Jersey On the play in question, Eagles wide receiver Josh Huff collided with Bills safety Corey Graham freeing up Ertz to make the catch and begin running up the sideline.

Even if the Browns commit to running the ball for the rest of the year, it could be tough sledding in the final three weeks. Next up is a game against the Seattle Seahawks, owners of the second-best rushing defense in the NFL. After that, the Browns face the No. 7 rush defense of the Kansas City Chiefs and the No. 6 rush defense of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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“C’mon, man,” Bills running back Boobie Dixon said. “We all know what’s going on. You never see players run into each other like that on the field. That just don’t accidentally happen, but it’s cool. It sucks we got outplayed.”