Here’s where there’s hope that the NFL can be better than it is.

Kaepernick got an NFL franchise — one in a cartel of businesses that uphold themselves as beacons of Spartan egalitarianism, guided by Football Reasons — to make a personnel decision by Clap-o-Meter. The Ravens ultimately decided to pass after taking Ray Lewis’ word for it. The point stands: Kaepernick made NFL franchises lose their cookies and abandon their well-marketed principles by making them supremely uncomfortable.

After you’re confronted with something you don’t know how to deal with for the first time, it’s hard to be as surprised the next time. Shit you don’t want to deal with becomes an ever-present possibility, and in that way it’s normalized. This has been the preseason of protest in the NFL. Veterans like Marshawn Lynch, Michael Bennett, and Macolm Jenkins have all demonstrated during the national anthem. The Browns staged the largest anthem protest yet. All of those players will play this season, and their actions portend a season in which protest is the norm. If enough players are doing it, teams won’t do anything about it. They can’t blackball everyone.

Houston made a quarterback change (again). Andy Dalton couldn’t stop throwing interceptions. The Jaguars and Rams looked … pretty awesome? Let’s just say the first week produced some unexpected outcomes.

The Bengals had plenty of things to worry about going into the season opener, but quarterback Andy Dalton wasn’t supposed to be one of them.

End of first quarter. The Chargers were still driving in Broncos Cheap NFL Jerseys Good Quality territory on their second possession of the game when the first quarter ended.

The Broncos’ second possession of the game, a 13-play, 70-yard marathon of a Cheap MLB Authentic Jerseys drive, ended with a sweet Trevor Siemian touchdown toss to Bennie Fowler. It was a free play on which Chargers defensive lineman Joey Bosa was flagged for being offside at the snap. 7-0, Broncos.

Ezekiel Elliott receives injunction from federal court delaying 6-game suspension

A federal court in Texas ruled Friday to extend an injunction that will delay Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension. Elliott is free and clear to take the field for the Cowboys until Judge Amos Mazzant issues a final ruling on Elliott’s pending lawsuit against the NFL. Elliott will likely play out the 2017 season.

All of that in a league that has insisted, all the way to the commissioner’s level, that the choice to not sign him was all about performance.

However, that’s only been the justification since the big freeze-out began six months ago.

Anonymous front-office types have spent a year telling you what they really think. The one who spoke to SN last week was the latest, and he told it in some of the bluntest terms yet.

It’s the same truth they told — again, anonymously — roughly a year earlier, primarily to Bleacher Report, and again to the same publication last spring. That was when Kaepernick started protesting and when he became a free agent, respectively.

None of them exactly deserve Purple Hearts for their bravery in refusing to attach their names to their thoughts. But at least one can see what they’re protecting.

Those who are covering their rear ends — and the outlets and reporters who are giving them shelter by acting as their official stenographers — are merely protecting the status quo, as part of the status quo. Spouting the company line endangers nobody. They may think it’s subversive to declare that Dan Orlovsky and Thad Lewis are better quarterbacks than Kaepernick, but they’re not better than Kaepernick.

Neither is Brock Osweiler, for what that’s worth … which is not much, according to the Broncos. It’s been a foregone conclusion for the past month, when the Dolphins called Jay Cutler out of Cheap Jerseys Coupon Code retirement, that the NFL was determined to sign literally any quarterback over Kaepernick Cheap Jerseys China NHL this offseason. With Osweiler falling into yet another safety net, this too has come to pass.

Denver has now won 10 of the past 12 meetings

Since they could score 30 points per game on a regular basis, it leaves a defense which lacks big-time playmakers the ability to play a more aggressive style. Just a few turnovers and defensive stops will equate to wins by giving the high-octane Pittsburgh offense more possessions.

Ben Roethlisberger goes down with a long-term injury. The Steelers can withstand a couple of games without Big Ben, but the team simply wouldn’t be able to win with Landry Jones under center for many more than that. Even with the ridiculous talent around him, Pittsburgh goes from Super Bowl contender to possibly missing the playoffs without No. 7.

It would be easy to pick Washington, Philadelphia, or the Giants. But let’s do something more interesting and say “rival right now” and go with Green Bay. The Cowboys have lost two close playoffs games to the Packers in the last three years (including the Dez No-Catch game), and Cheap Jerseys Direct they also play again in 2017. The two teams have a storied history against each other since the Ice Bowl. At the moment, the Packers/Cowboys rivalry is hot.

Tacos? I mean we did just draft Taco Charlton in the first round. But let’s go with a traditional Cowboys meal out on the trail driving cattle: steak and beans.

Stay in the news! I mean seriously, what team gets more coverage and does Cheap Jerseys Cn a better job of promoting itself than the Cowboys?

Adrian Peterson won’t run for 1,000 yards, and Mark Ingram will lead the Saints in total yards from scrimmage.

Bennett’s brother, Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett, posted in an Instagram message to his brother that he is “glad your voice is one of the ones being heard.”

“I’m sad that you have to share this type of experience with the world but at the same time I’m happy that it happened to you and you lived to talk about it because we all know you’re going to talk about it. Lol,” Martellus Bennett wrote. “The conversation is growing and I’m glad your voice is one of the ones being heard. You are as real as they come, well at least how they used to come. I encourage you to Continue telling your story and the stories of those that came before.”

Michael Bennett has been a vocal advocate for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the first NFL player to publicly protest during the national anthem last season.

But AD will generate some buzz with a breakout performance in Week 1 on Monday Night Football against his former team in Minnesota. Peterson, 32, has been healthy and motivated all summer — and Sean Payton should figure out a way to make creative use of his newest toy in a game that means a lot to him. — Mike Triplett

The Bucs will win the NFC South for the first time since 2007.

They’ve beaten the Falcons three out of the last four times and they get them on Nov. 26 with Atlanta fresh off a Monday night game at Seattle. Their bid for an NFC South title Cheap Jerseys And Hats will be put to the test Cheap Hockey Jerseys when they play three consecutive divisional opponents to close out the season. — Jenna Laine

The talent gap between the Warriors and Cavaliers is palpable.

Golden State was the dominant of the two teams competing in the NBA Finals and threatened to sweep Cleveland had they not pulled off a historically efficient Game 4.

Out West, Golden State re-signed Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, and veterans Zaza Pachulia and David West. They then signed Nick Young to the mid-level exception, drafted Jordan Bell out of Oregon, and signed sharpshooter Omri Casspi.

The Rockets also made a play at contention by dealing much of its depth for Chris Paul. They also re-signed Nene and added P.J. Tucker, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, and Tarik Black via free agency.

In Cleveland’s own backyard, the Cheap Quality Baseball Jerseys Celtics have also emerged as challengers to the throne. After adding both Gordon Hayward and Marcus Morris without trading Jae Crowder — and also drafting Jayson Tatum amid the emergence of Jaylen Brown — Boston has the frontcourt depth to potentially offset the talents of the world’s greatest basketball player.

Moore led all scorers early, gouging the East for nine points within the first six minutes of play. Her third three-pointer was followed by a mischievous smile to Coach Reeve as if to say, “That looks familiar, doesn’t it?” The West held a 35-30 advantage at the conclusion of the first quarter.

While Sue Bird was telling Holly Rowe that she’d like to see more handles from the guards, Jonquel Jones, a 41% shooter from three-point range on the season, took that as her cue to show off her versatility in the second quarter. Jones’ back-to-back three’s handed the East a 44-42 Cheap Qld School NBA Jerseys lead midway through the second quarter — their first lead of the night.

“Jonquel Jones is going to be a problem in this league for a long time,” said Taurasi. “With her stature, the way she can handle and shoot the ball, and she works so easy on the court. I just think she’s got a really bright future.”

Lonzo Ball had a bad summer league debut. He’ll be fine

Lonzo Ball didn’t play well in the first summer league game of his career, and that does not matter at all. ESPN and Deadspin, to name a few, are crushing the 19-year-old, though, with headlines describing his performance as a “disaster” and “nightmarish.” Those are harsh words for a rookie playing in a game with such unimportance that a very minor Brandon Ingram leg cramp was enough for Magic Johnson to pull him before overtime started.

Ball wasn’t good, but was far from that bad. He had a few good flashes. His first play of the game was an alley-oop tossed from Steph Curry’s-three-point range to a cutting Ingram that had the entire arena roaring.

He saw the floor just as he did at UCLA, finishing with five assists and a number of plays leading to assists. Yet his 1-of-11 shooting from three are what most are taking away from his first taste of NBA action, especially the two misses he had late with the game on the line.

Ultimately, Smith and an impressive group of young Mavericks rallied from a double-digit deficit to come within a respectable margin. But the Lakers still pulled away with a 108-98 win with Ball as the twilight of the night.

Los Angeles moves on to the Summer League finals for a shot at the tournament crown against the Trail Blazers on Monday. Smith takes his first NBA loss to Lonzo Ball.

There are several ways you can cut a two-game night that also featured Portland’s 19-point Cheap MLB Jerseys From China comeback victory. But if you called the night quits early, here’s what you missed:

Memphis was giving Portland a lashing. The Grizz were Cheap Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys up 19 in the third quarter thanks to solid play from Wayne Selden, Vincent Hunter, and Jarell Martin. But Blazers rookie Caleb Swanigan added onto an impressive Summer League output with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

LeBron James and his obsession with wine

Professional athletes are always looking for new trends or hobbies that they can possibly dive into. When you have an unnecessary amount of money and the majority of your time is consumed by one activity, searching for something else to obsess or preoccupy yourself with comes naturally. Whether it be super cars, expensive clothing, or the finest jewelry, there is always something for the rich to spend their excess money on. In LeBron James’ case, he chooses to follow the path of red and white grapes.

LeBron’s obsession with wine is something relatively new to social media and it has even become a meme in plenty of different circles of the Internet. What’s interesting is that LeBron has been a wino for some time now, but once the Twitter-sphere got to it, it turned into something that fans of any team can take part in enjoying.

LeBron has been showing of his taste for wine ever since he was kicking it down in South Beach with former Miami Heat teammate, Dwayne Wade – who has also shown patterns of being a wine enthusiast.

Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng signed with the Lakers for a combined $137 million over four years. Chandler Parsons — who had been recovering from injury going into the offseason — signed a max four-year, $94 million contract with the Grizzlies. The Knicks inked Joakim Noah to a four-year, $73 million deal. Ryan Anderson picked up four years and $80 million. Allen Crabbe got a four-year, $75 million contract. Evan Turner got four years and $70 million.

At the lower end of the salary pool, rotation players got what Cheap Knicks Jerseys would have previously been eye-popping contracts. Some examples: Andrew Nicholson at $26 million for four Cheap Jordan Jerseys For Sale years, Solomon Hill at $48 million for four years, and Matthew Dellavedova at $38 million for four years.

NBA free agent signings: George Hill to Kings for 3 years, $57 million, per report

George Hill was not left out in the free-agent point guard musical chairs dance after all. He’s agreed to a three-year, $57 million deal to join the Sacramento Kings, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania. The third year is partially guaranteed, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge.

The Kings also will be signing forward Zach Randolph to a two-year, $24 million deal, so they are bringing in multiple veterans to help their young core. This does take them out of the Otto Porter sweepstakes, since they no longer have enough cap space to offer the Wizards’ restricted free agent a maximum contract.

One problem: according to ESPN, Gilbert lowballed Billups too, initially offering $1.5 million per year (less than what Griffin made) and bumping that to $2 million per year when rebuffed. ESPN reports that typical starting salary that position is $4 million.

This is like spending $100 on porterhouse and lobster and eating it with plastic cutlery. This is like drinking Louis XIII out of a Dixie cup. This is like building an immaculate, expensive manor on top of a shaky, cheap foundation. When you spend this much money Cheap Jerseys Paypal Free Shipping on something, you had better not cut corners. Otherwise, why bother?

The sad truth of this is that Griffin and other GMs have little leverage.

The fact that LeBron likes Griffin, has recently advocated for a new contract for Griffin, and is a free agent in 2018 makes Gilbert’s contract quibbling all the more foolish. That the team is now flailing a week into free agency without any apparent plan going forward is malpractice.

Franchise owners almost always get away with twisting the screws on their GMs. Maybe this Cheap Jerseys Sale time it will end up twisting Gilbert’s screw.

LSU baserunner called out on play where he was clearly safe

LSU and Florida are currently locked into a College World Series dogfight, with the Gators holding a slim 4-3 advantage in the top of the ninth.

Big bat Greg Deichmann reached first on a strong double down the first base line to begin the inning, then centerfielder Zach Watson popped out to center. Up came third baseman Josh Smith, with high hopes of batting Deichmann around to at least cross another runner for the tie.

The Seminoles’ first baseman Drew Mendoza fielded the ball clean, then underhanded it over to pitcher Andrew Karp, who couldn’t make the catch. Then, catcher Cal Raleigh slinged the ball over to Mendoza, who couldn’t help but collide with Smith, who sort of half-slid back to the bag. Never have four baseball players looked more confused about what is happening around them.

Only Mendoza earned a throwing error on the play, which is actually remarkable.

All told, two players ended up on their asses on this play, with Mendoza’s fall-then-roll bewilderment taking the trophy for most awkward gymnastics of the entire sequence.

Anyway, Florida State plated a run in the bottom of the frame, and LSU continues to hold a commanding lead over the Noles, 5-2.

The 2017 NCAA baseball tournament and College World Series delivered some of the most watchable baseball of the year. In fact, baseball is one of the few sports where the college game may outdo the professional game in terms of enjoyment factor, inasmuch as the amateurs use every inch of the field, fiddle around Wholesale NFL Jerseys China with batting order and pitching staffs, and commit heinous errors while New Nike NFL Jerseys doing so.

The game somehow got to a shootout for Bickell to have his moment.

Bickell worked extremely hard to return for the final four games of the Carolina Hurricanes’ 2016-17 season, five months after being diagnosed. When he came back, he realized his body was already betraying him. He knew he was done playing at 31.

“From where I was at my peak to where I am now, there’s a difference in my game,” Bickell told reporters Saturday. “I don’t think I will ever get back to that point with the circumstances. For the last couple months, from where I was mentally and physically to where I am now, it’s a big change. I’m just happy to finish up here and move on.”

The game somehow got to a shootout for Bickell to have his moment. Carolina’s Sebastian Aho tied the score with 5:10 remaining in regulation after Carolina had blown a third-period lead. From there, the teams sweated out 10-plus minutes of hockey, the final five a 3-on-3 overtime designed to avoid shootouts. With the game knotted 3-3 after OT in Game No. 82, Bickell had his chance.

If Burns continues his current pace, he’ll finish tied with fifth-most goals by a defenseman in a season all time. Burns also in on pace for 87 points, which would be the most by a defenseman since Brian Leetch of the Rangers had 88 in 1990-91

Burns had a 14-game road scoring streak end Thursday in Boston. It was the longest such streak for a defenseman since Coffey’s 15-game road scoring streak in 1995, according to Sharks stats guru Darin Stephens.

To put Burns’ scoring ability in perspective, his 27 goals are more than 20 NHL teams have from their defensemen. The Sabres have just 10 goals from defensemen in nearly 7,069 combined Cheap Jerseys For Sale man minutes. The Sharks as a team lead the NHL with 42 goals from defensemen. The Predators are second with 33 Nike NFL Jerseys 2015 apiece.