they simply forget to celebrate afterward

Hell, that’s what the game is all about in my opinion! You don’t dominate people just to turn around and walk back to the huddle. You dominate them so the world can see that you are one serious badass and better than the other guy, at least for that one play.

But here’s the thing about most young players: they’re usually so focused on being perfect and doing everything exactly like the coaches tell them to that even when they make plays, they don’t end up celebrating. That isn’t out of some old-school mentality; it’s mostly because between concentrating so hard trying to make sure they don’t fuck up and actually making a play, they simply forget to celebrate afterward. Once you actually get comfortable with what you’re supposed to be doing and how you’re supposed to be doing it, that’s when the emotions come out and maybe you do a lil’ dance or something to let ’em know after the play.

Over the weekend, James Harrison made the news when he correctley made his 6 and 8 year old sons give back there student-athlete participaton trophies as a way of teaching them a life lesson about nothing being handed to you. I agree with James that this generaton of milleneals is being coddled from the get-go. Nowdays you get a certificate just for being born. Sorry if that makes me old fahsioned but I’m actually not sorry. But even worse then the kids these days, is this generaton of parents is out there giving Harrison a “great job” sticker just because he’s not screwing his kids up, and treating him like a American hero for just being a decent parent.

Ill tell you this much: if I catch my kid getting a particpaton trophy first thing I’m doing is taking him to the trophy store. Tell him, “Hell son, if you like trophys so much why dont you take the whole bunch of them.” Make him stand up there in front of God and everyone accepting each and every trophy in the store until he’s physically ill.

Briscoe played quarterback for the AFL’s Denver Broncos in 1968

Putting what Terrelle Pryor accomplished in making the transition from NFL quarterback to 1,000-yard receiver requires going back to the American Football League.

Pryor, though, is well aware.

“Marlin Briscoe,” he blared when it was brought to his attention what a rare feat he had accomplished. (Pryor is a bit of an NFL historian.)

Authentic Kids Kyle Fuller Jersey Briscoe played quarterback for the AFL’s Denver Broncos in 1968. He moved to receiver the next season. Hines Ward and Antwan Randle-El, both former Pittsburgh Steelers, moved from playing quarterback in college to receiver in the pros. But neither started their careers as a quarterback.

This is the first season-opening game in NFL history in which both starting QBs have previously won multiple Super Bowls — Roethlisberger has two rings (Super Bowls 40 and 43) while Brady has four rings (Super Bowls 36, 38, 39 and 49). Brady will also be making his 14th consecutive opening-game start, the fourth-longest streak all-time by a quarterback. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only Brett Favre (15), John Elway (16) and Dan Marino (16) have longer streaks.

Authentic Kids Latrell Sprewell Jersey Although the Patriots have their franchise quarterback back under center, this is not the same New England team that celebrated a Super Bowl title last February. The Pats’ secondary has been decimated by the losses of three cornerbacks (Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Kyle Arrington). It will be nearly impossible to replace Revis, who graded out as a top-5 corner in each of the last two seasons, per Pro Football Focus.

Colts re-sign running back Ahmad Bradshaw to spell Frank Gore

Ahmad Bradshaw is back with the Indianapolis Colts, 11 months after his 2014 season was ended by a broken leg.

Limited Womens Nellie Fox Jersey According to Colts owner Jim Irsay, Bradshaw signed a contract on Wednesday to rejoin the team where he has spent the last two seasons. He only played three games in 2013 because of a neck injury and was limited to 10 last year, but has given the team strong production when he’s healthy. In his 13 games, he has gained 611 yards at 4.7 yards a carry, and scored four times.

Bradshaw signed a one-year deal, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

He’s also a good receiver out of the backfield, leading all running backs last season with six touchdown receptions despite his injury. However, that was a bit fluky, as he had only caught three touchdown passes in the first seven years of his career.

“I get it when they chant for Johnny,” McCown said, via The MMQB. “You know why? They want to win. They want a spark. Give us a win! Make us feel good!”

McCown was signed in the offseason to be the team’s starting quarterback, and while that was met with little fanfare, he’s playing far better than anybody expected of him.

Authentic Bryan Little Jersey “This is my 14th year professionally, 13th year in the NFL,” McCown said. “I played in the UFL, for crying out loud.”

McCown’s career has taken him to the Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, the UFL’s Hartford Colonials, the San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and now the Browns. He’s shown flashes of strong play in the past, but with a career completion percentage of 59.5, 67 touchdowns and 60 interceptions, nothing like this was expected.

Wide receiver Victor Cruz felt much of the same when he made his playoff debut against the Atlanta Falcons

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Wide receiver Victor Cruz felt much of the same when he made his playoff debut against the Atlanta Falcons following the 2011 regular season.

¡°My first playoff game, I remember being extremely nervous and not knowing what to expect,¡± he said. ¡°I had the luxury of playing my first playoff game right here at home, so that made it a little bit easier. I still remember being nervous and kind of having the jitters. Once that ball is kicked off and you start playing some football, you¡¯re good to go.¡±

In an injury-plagued season, Thomas Rawls has averaged just 3.20 yards per carry, down from 5.65 in 2015.

And the Seahawks have been unable to find a durable back who can give them consistent production in the post-Marshawn Lynch era. Seattle had 18 players notch at least one carry during the regular season.

The Seahawks can’t do much about the first two factors. Wilson isn’t going to suddenly get healthy, and the offensive line remains a question mark. But Carroll is hoping Thomas Rawls can find his footing after what has been a frustrating season for the running back.

“He had a really nasty injury. He comes back two weeks into the season and breaks his leg in a different place,” Carroll said. “Different situation. It wasn¡¯t the same injury at all. And he had to endure all of that again coming back. It couldn¡¯t have been more disruptive for him. He had high hopes, he made a great recovery to get back, and then here he goes again. His resilience has been there. He¡¯s ready to go.”

Rawls ran 109 times for 349 yards during the regular season (3.20 yards per carry) and averaged 1.51 yards after contact. As a rookie in 2015, he led the NFL by averaging 5.65 yards per carry and 2.68 yards after contact.

Stewart was hoping to spark his team and the crowd in a tense

Stewart was hoping to spark his team and the crowd in a tense, highly-charged atmosphere. Instead, it was the Jackets who surged. Johnson, who had an outstanding all-around game, and Atkinson scored 15 seconds apart to build the lead to 3-0.

¡°I¡¯ve seen Stewart fight a bunch and he¡¯s put some guys down,¡± Jackets winger Scott Hartnell said. ¡°A lot of credit to Andy for stepping up there. It really got the bench going.¡±

The intensity and effort both teams put into trying to preserve their streaks was evident to everyone in the building. The Wild kept pushing to get back into the game, but Bobrovsky made a handful of huge stops, including a pair on Zach Parise, to stifle any thoughts of a rally.

Are Dayton Moore and Ned Yost going to ride off into the sunset?
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Dayton Moore and Ned Yost have contracts through 2018, but Yost has hinted he may not want to go through another rebuild and may retire after the 2017 season. His departure would leave a void in the dugout, although there may be several in-house candidates to keep things running on an even keel.

Game Kids Tom Brady Jersey A bigger potential loss would be if Dayton Moore decided he did not want to go through a rebuild in Kansas City. There have been hints at a clash between ownership and management over payroll that could hasten Moore¡¯s departure. Moore may have critics among Royals fans, but the chances of the Glass family hiring some cutting-edge, hotshot analytics General Manager candidate as his replacement seems unlikely. Perhaps Assistant General Manager J.J. Picollo could take over without missing a beat.

Houston got its first big break of the night when Martin muffed a punt

The Patriots got the ball to start the third quarter and marched down the field, but a couple of long pass plays got overturned on review stalling the drive. Stephen Gostowski knocked in his second field goal of the night to make it 20-6 in favor of New England.

Houston got its first big break of the night when Martin muffed a punt, giving the Texans the ball back at the 21-yard line. However, they failed to take advantage of the turnover and missed the fourth down conversion, turning it over on downs. The Texans’ offense then gave the Patriots yet another short field when Hoyer got strip-sacked inside his own red zone.

Three things we learned
1. Welcome back, Gronk. Gronkowski ended up missing just one game, and it could’ve been a lot worse after the way he went down in Week 12. Although he played a limited number of snaps and caught just four passes, Gronkowski made the most of his reps, turning those catches into 86 yards and a touchdown while looking like the same Gronk we know and love. Assuming he has no setbacks with the knee, he should go back to being the focal point of New England’s offense.

2. Houston’s offense has no answers when DeAndre Hopkins is contained. Logan Ryan did an excellent job shutting down Hopkins, who was held to just three catches for 52 yards and had just one catch at halftime. Without him involved, Hoyer and the offense looked completely lost. Hoyer finished with just 155 yards on 11-of-22 passing, averaging 7 yards per attempt and taking five sacks before leaving the game for a concussion evaluation.

3. The Patriots are back on top in the AFC. The Patriots had everything go their way on Sunday before they even kicked off, with the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos suffering losses. That puts New England back in line for homefield advantage in the AFC, and Sunday night’s win gives it a one-game lead over both Denver and Cincinnati. With their remaining games coming against the Tennessee Titans, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins, there’s little reason to think the Patriots will relinquish that spot again.

The Packers have Aaron Rodgers

Game Youth Tony Sanchez Jersey Atlanta Falcons: It was a tough choice here between the Falcons and Packers, if only because Atlanta¡¯s probably the better all-around team. But the Giants, with a pesky defense that doesn¡¯t allow a lot of points, matches up better with the Falcons.

Atlanta likes to run — which the Giants defend well — and doesn¡¯t have a tight end who can give them fits deep down the middle of the field. The Falcons also have a sub-par defense that allows yards (364.4) and points (24.9 ppg), which would give the Giants a chance to avoid that full quarter of three-and-outs that seems inevitable in every game against a quality defense.

Green Bay Packers: The Packers have Aaron Rodgers. He¡¯s scary. He¡¯s the only quarterback in NFL history whom people have talked about being on the decline with a better than 5:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Rodgers has thrown 36 touchdown passes and 7 interceptions with one game remaining in the regular season. He has 14 touchdowns and no interceptions in his last six games. That¡¯s downright petrifying.

Oh no. Oh no, no, no. Derek Carr’s broken fibula comes in his 12th win of the season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no quarterback who won 12 games failed to start a playoff game that season. It will be on Matt McGloin to clinch a first-round bye in Week 17 against the Broncos.

The Patriots are rolling and are FPI favorites to win the Super Bowl, but it’s important for New England to clinch the top seed.

Following devastating injuries to their QBs, the Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders dropped in the NFL Vegas power rankings. Our handicappers give ratings for all 32 teams.
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Among Week 16’s lessons: Don’t overlook the significance of Cleveland’s first — and potentially only — win of the season; and there’s no foolproof way to protect a quarterback from injury.

J.J. Watt visits a kid in a hospital who surprises him by wearing J.J. Watt socks

Never thought I’d see my face on a pair of socks. Walked in and Junior said “look what’s been keeping my feet warm while I’ve been in here.” What a crazy life. Kids are awesome. Junior is a champ.
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While you’re at home with family, Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt is visiting kids in hospitals. He did this on Christmas Eve and he’s doing it on Christmas Day, as well (and he did this while wearing the same outfit on both days, but don’t knock him for that).
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One visit in particular warmed up the Texans defensive end’s heart just a little more than the rest. During his visit, a J.J. Watt fan surprised him by wearing socks with his face on it. Here’s what Watt had to say in his Instagram post:

While the blame has to spread among the team’s three units, their late-game defensive issues are particularly glaring. In the fourth quarter when the score is within eight points, the Giants have given up the most touchdowns and the second-most first downs in the league, and rank 29th in yards per play allowed.

After Rashad Jennings’ best performance of the season last week, it appears that the Giants have ditched their ineffective running back by committee approach. He rushed for 107 yards on 16 carries, and became the first Giant to eclipse the century mark on the ground this season. Odell Beckham Jr.’s suspension leaves the Giants’ passing attack short-handed, making it more likely that they’ll lean heavily on Jennings to move the ball.

For Minnesota, the emergence of rookie Stefon Diggs has been crucial to the success of the Vikings passing game. Even though he’s missed three games, Diggs leads the team in targets and receiving yards. He’s also averaging a whopping 14.7 yards per reception and good things happen when he reaches the end zone: the Vikings are 3-0 in games when Diggs scores a touchdown.

The defensive dip might simply be a byproduct of Bradley’s trying to impact the game in other ways this season

Make no mistake, Bradley must find a way to better display consistent defensive impact throughout games. A season ago, he limited opponents to 41.6 percent shooting overall (or 2.3 percent lower than those players’ season average). With Al Horford now patrolling the back line, the expectation would be that Bradley would have even more freedom to be aggressive on the perimeter.
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The defensive dip might simply be a byproduct of Bradley’s trying to impact the game in other ways this season, most notably on the glass. The 6-foot-2 Bradley improbably leads Boston at 7.4 rebounds per game (Horford is closest at 6.8). What’s more, Bradley’s defensive rebound percentage of 19.3 is far and away the best among Celtics regulars, with Horford second at 17.9 percent.

“We have three capable centers in Jo and Kyle [O’Quinn] and Willy [Hernangomez], [who] played really well in Denver,” Hornacek said. “Play KP more at the 5, it kind of takes away those minutes for those guys. They’re kind of splitting those minutes anyway. Again, that’s an option that we’ve gone to a couple of times.

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“We’re not there yet; we play off of our talent a lot,” Porzingis said. “We just need to lock in a little more offensively, when we’re running the plays and executing. We can do a better job on that. Obviously we have a lot of times where Melo saves us, he hits a big shot, or D-Rose saves us. We can still grow so much as a team…

We don’t want to lose sight just because we’re winning. We’ve got to see the big picture and keep growing.” … Lastly, it doesn’t seem as if the Knicks have any plans to sign Westchester guard Chasson Randle at this point.

With Green out yet another week due to his hamstring injury, LaFell’s role remains elevated

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Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings, knee: Diggs has been back in action since Week 13 after missing one week with a knee injury. He had been the target leader although he was matched in last week’s game by teammate Adam Thielen (who ultimately had more fantasy points).
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As far as the injury goes, there were no reported setbacks and Diggs followed a practice pattern similar to last week. His removal from the injury report gives further confidence that he is expected to play as usual on Sunday.

Ronnie Hillman might get some third-down and red zone work. But Williams described Farrow as a “bruising, in-between-the-tackles runner” at 5-foot-9, 219 pounds, who should be used on early downs and near the goal line. Farrow had 16 carries for 55 yards last week after Gordon got hurt, and Chargers coach Mike McCoy said a full week of practice reps should help him play even faster this week.

“It was definitely good to get into a rhythm a little bit,” Farrow said. “And just being in there that much for the first time and being able to go back and watch the details on film and seeing what I can correct, that would be the biggest thing.”

Bilal Powell, New York Jets. Powell would be an even better option than Farrow if Jets starter Matt Forte was ruled out with a knee injury. But ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini estimated there is a 50-75 percent chance that Forte will play. Either way, Cimini wrote that Powell will likely get most of the work.

Powell ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns last week after Forte was injured. And Cimini wrote a detailed piece this week about how the Jets have misused their running backs this season by not using Powell more — especially as the 31-year-old Forte started to wear down.

Cimini wrote that Powell should have been used in more of a 50-50 split all year instead of just a pass-catching third-down role. Perhaps the Jets will agree after what Powell did last week.