Houston Rockets dancer gets proposal surprise instead of being dunked over by mascot

On Friday, a Rockets dancer got a special proposal surprise during Houston’s game against the Pistons. It was set up to be a routine entertainment break with Clutch, the Rockets mascot, would dunk over Casey the dancer. She was then blindfolded to make things more suspenseful — although, if this wasn’t a proposal surprise, the worst that could’ve happened would be getting pushed into a gym mat by a mascot.

But there was no dunk. Instead, Clutch got Casey’s Air Force boyfriend, Travis, on the court, and when her blindfold was taken off, all she saw was him on one knee, presenting an engagement ring. And she said, yes!

Unfortunately for Romo, he drew the shitty end of this deal. However, Romo is no hapless victim here. Throwing the season-ending pick in a home playoff game to a division rival cornerback who has a name like a Secretary of State in the Rutherford B. Hayes administration will linger longer in peoples’ memories than pulling off a 2011 Week 12 game-winning drive against the Dolphins.

Quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys is the single most scrutinized position in all of sports. No matter how loud the whispers of Romo’s success become, they will never drown out the screams of his failures, even in retrospect. This may seem unfair. It might appear that Romo caught a raw deal. It may seem as if Romo doesn’t deserve this legacy. But as a well-known head of security and transportation for a grassroots Baltimore pharmaceutical corporation once eloquently stated, “Deserve got nothing to do with it.”

Osweiler has been the same quarterback throughout his career.

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“It was a shocker to me,” McNair said Monday via the Houston Chronicle. “It was unbelievable.”

Authentic Jeremy Hill Jersey On its face, this statement may seem like an obvious lie. The Texans won eight games last season with Osweiler behind center, but almost in spite of Osweiler’s play. Osweiler finished the season with 15 passing touchdowns and 16 interceptions, and his quarterback rating of 72.2 was one of the lowest in the NFL.

But McNair wasn’t shocked that the Texans decided to move on from Osweiler. He was surprised that general manager Rick Smith was able to pull off the trade. We’ll accept that.

McNair also said not meeting with Osweiler before signing him was the reason the quarterback didn’t work out in Houston.

“We didn’t know Brock well enough,” McNair said. “Coach didn’t have a chance to get to know him. That’s one of the problems with free agency.”

That may be, but Osweiler has been the same quarterback throughout his career. We’re not buying that part, Bob. “The thing that I think is really great for our team, and the thing that any coach wants from his team, is to have a never-say-die attitude and to work and to be relentless and passionate and to play all the way to the final buzzer,” Donovan said. “He embodies that in every possible way, shape or form it could be. It’s just, he’s got this desire, this drive and he’ll just find a way. Nothing’s too insurmountable to overcome. It’s a great credit to his disposition and competitiveness, and I also think it trickles into our team, especially during timeouts and huddles, because he really encourages and inspires the group.”

Gonzaga’s season was nearly perfect.

Through 37 wins this season, things broke the right way for the Gonzaga Bulldogs. They avoided injury, and made a rotation filled with three high-level transfers work to near perfection.

They weren’t fazed by their lone loss of the regular season, and took advantage of a path to the national championship that featured a matchup with an 11 seed in the Elite Eight and a seven seed in the Final Four.

“The criticism is always on me,” Jones said. “Everybody tries it, if we lose the game, they always try to find the next guy who can play for Jermaine. It is never somebody else, it is always me. And sometimes, I’ll be honest, it pisses me off. I say ‘Wait a minute! When we play the big tournament, I am always the best player on the field for this country,’ but then, end of the day, they try to kick me out when we lose games? That is not fair, you know? I cannot change it. I know what it is.”
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Jones went on to bring up his experience — “If I go to the national team right now, name me a player who has more Champions League games, who played in the highest levels — name me one” — as a defense of his continued place in the national team.

But this is a bad argument for his continued inclusion in the starting XI, as is his performance at the World Cup. And he wasn’t the team’s best player at the most recent big tournament, Copa América. Not even close.

Jones was once the USMNT’s best player, but there comes a point where every player declines. It wouldn’t help Brazil to put Pelé in the starting XI right now. And it doesn’t help the USMNT to start Jones.

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Has Gonzaga beaten Duke? No, though it also hasn’t lost to Duke twice and did just beat the team that dispatched Duke from the tournament. The Zags haven’t beaten Florida State, though they played the team that beat FSU by 25 in the round of 32 and then, in turn, beat that same Xavier squad by 24.

The point here isn’t to take the transitive property down a rabbit hole. It’s to illustrate that while Gonzaga’s played a smaller sample size of great competition, it’s beaten all of it. North Carolina has been far from infallible against the best opponents, too.

Kizer’s a potential first-round talent, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Kizer got picked on Day 1 of the NFL draft. He’s believed to be near the top of the QB board with Mitchell Trubisky and Deshaun Watson. There are a few teams that could be pretty interested in him, according to our survey of 74 different mock drafts.

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Is this tradition weird? Sure, a bit. Should Final Four players get liquid compensation for all the revenue they create, as opposed to scholarships and Nantz’s tie? Yup. But this is nonetheless a nice thing that makes a couple of people happy. That’s pretty good.

The Raiders have announced McGloin will be the team’s starter in Week 12.

Matt McGloin will start his second game for the Oakland Raiders this Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, according to the Raiders’ official Twitter account.

It’s unclear what the long-term answer at quarterback will be for Oakland, but another promising start by McGloin could begin to solve the problem.

The speedy back, who ran a 4.3 40-yard dash in a tryout with the Chiefs two months ago, rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns on 26 attempts and caught 14 receptions for 60 yards as a rookie. He also served in a special teams capacity, returning 1,035 yards worth of kick returns.

Starting Colts running back Trent Richardson has struggled since arriving from Cleveland earlier this season in a blockbuster trade. He’s averaged just 2.8 yards per carry in Indy and has been routinely outplayed by backup Donald Brown.

While the shifty 5’9 and 180-pound Rainey will fill a different role than that of the 225-pound Richardson, his signing could be a signal of discontent among the Colts brass, despite recent assertions to the contrary.

On the other hand, the Colts could just be adding depth to a running back corps that has lost Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard for the season.

Each week Josh McCown has succeeded there have been justifications why there’s not a quarterback controversy in Chicago, but perhaps there should be. The Bears defense isn’t as opportunistic as it’s been in past years, making offensive consistency far more important. McCown is completing 60 percent of his passes, averaging 7.7 yards per attempt and thrown four touchdowns with no interceptions. He might be the right person to lead the team down the stretch.

It’s right about that time that we need to take a serious look at our hot seat watch and consider removing some names.

Congratulations to the Jaguars and Bucs on their first wins of the season! But be careful with that win column, dear Florida teams, as the Vikings are also dangerously bad. I’d hate for you to spoil your draft position just for the brief high you get from this:

It’s right about that time that we need to take a serious look at our hot seat watch and consider removing some names. We’ve stated multiple times that it’s much harder to get out of the hot seat than it is to get in it, and some of our coaches are nearing that point where they’re probably safe, barring some otherworldly collapse and/or locker room breakdown.

Limited Mens Tiago Splitter Jersey That said, removing coaches will be a slow process, and any of them could find their way back onto the list. It’s just time to narrow our focus. With that said, there is one coach in particular who deserves to be removed: Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions.

I tracked 36 instances in NFL history of a team that lost 14 or more games in a single season and looked closely at the careers of the head coaches that oversaw those teams. I wanted to know how many of them survived past that season, how many were fired during the season, how many ever coached again, and possibly, if any of those coaches were any good.
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Over a sample of 36 you are likely to have some exceptions, and this was no different. A few of the coaches are names that will forever hold weight in the football community as the greatest minds and leaders that the sport has ever seen. Before there were 14-game or 16-game seasons, Tom Landry went 0-11-1 during his first year as head coach of the Cowboys. He didn’t post a winning season until his seventh year as head coach. Bill Belichick was fired as coach of the Browns. Bill Parcells went 3-12-1 in his first season with the Giants.

Jim Harbaugh demonstrates a headshot by taking a shot at his own head

Daryl Johnston Elite Jersey Jim Harbaugh was displeased with what he perceived to be a Panthers headshot on Kendall Hunter, and he demonstrated such by…taking a nice hard crack at his own head:

Just so we’re clear, you don’t *have* to point out dangerous plays by inflicting pain on yourself. You can just talk. It works.
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Coach Dennis Allen has already exceeded preseason expectations by guiding the Raiders to three wins in their first nine games. The wheels may be about to fall off, however, as the Oakland passing game yields diminishing returns and Terrelle Pryor can’t gain the 100 yards a game on the ground required to keep the Raiders’ offense viable. Oakland’s defensive front has acquitted itself with honor this season, but it may start to crack under the strain.

Tavon Austin must have been inspired by that great urban poet “Quint Black” before the Rams game against the Colts and decided to “shake dem haters off” repeatedly in Indianapolis.

They got their wish Sunday. Austin was a blur, returning a punt 98 yards for a touchdown (no flags) and catching two touchdown passes for a ridiculous 138 yards. His big day was a major catalyst for the Rams shocking most football fans and beating the hell out of the Colts in their own stadium.

Austin has shown flashes of this all year. Unfortunately, he has also struggled because of a lack of concentration as well as being snake bitten on his returns. Now, he has to strive for some consistency. He may not have a big game like that every week, but if he can cut out the dropped passes and his return team can cut out the penalties, this Rams team may go from moribund to pretty damn fun to watch on offense the second half of the season.

Alexis Sánchez played well while hurt for Chile vs. Argentina, but they still lost

Chile lost 1-0 to Argentina in World Cup qualifying on Thursday, but the people who took the result hardest might have been Arsenal fans. Alexis Sánchez played 90 minutes despite hurting his ankle last weekend, and he looked uncomfortable at times.

After Arsenal’s loss to West Bromwich Albion over the weekend, Arsene Wenger said that Sánchez’s ankle was in a terrible state and that he should not have played in the second half. But Sanchez foreshadowed that he’d play for Chile anyway in an Instagram post that read, The only failure is not to try.
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And try Sánchez did, in a heavily wrapped ankle. He was never at full speed and could be seen visibly grimacing at points during the game, but he kept playing hard and making big plays for his team. While he couldn’t run in behind the defense as usual, he was his team’s most creative passer, regularly creating attacks that his team couldn’t finish.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Cousins had personally asked owner Daniel Snyder to trade him, but basically was told it would not happen.
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So Cousins, the first player in NFL history to be franchise tagged two consecutive years, is set to earn $23.94 million this season. That’s a raise from last season’s tag worth almost $20 million.

Cousins had told the Washington Post in January that he would prefer a long-term deal in the negotiations with the Redskins, but that a franchise tag would be a good sign, too.

If I’m getting franchise tagged, it means they want me back, he said. If they want me back, then I definitely want to be back.

The significance of those colorful sneakers worn at the NCAA tournament

Watching a high-level NCAA tournament game in person can be an overload to one is senses. From the bands’ constant homages to their institution to the on-court commentary and the blur of uniforms that get more colorful every season (e.g., Oregon and Maryland), one can feel worn out from taking it all in.

However, one thing that always catches my eyes are the sneakers, especially ones that break rank from the traditional colorways of the universities. While shoe providers like Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour go to great lengths to supply players with their finest products, there is also an intention to provide uniformity with particular color schemes and signature models.

And then you have players that go rouge.

Take Jarvis Garrett, the backup point guard of the Rhode Island Rams.

The Rams, blessed with the awesome colors navy and Columbia blue, put a good-looking team on the court. Their uniforms tread the fine line of being traditional and modernly refined, and their Adidas connect provides a bevy of options. Garrett is choice is about as opposite as can be, with a pair of pink Adidas D Lillard 3 is.

I wear these to pay homage to my godmother, Barbara Burton-Malone, says Garrett, as some Iowa State Cyclones fans might recognize the name, as she is ISU is senior guard Deonte Burton is mother, who passed away in 2014. She is been a big influence in my life and he is like my brother. Plus, they make me feel good on the court.

Burton, wearer of the Nike Hyperdunk ’08s for the tournament, and Garrett are both natives of Milwaukee, and both share solidarity for a woman who meant so much to them growing up.

I feel like she is part of me when I am playing, Deonte Burton said to the Des Moines Register before their first matchup with Nevada. I think she Would think it was cool and she Would be honored to have touched her son in a way to make me want to touch other people.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist resumes skating amid recovery

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is on track to return during a road trip late next week in California, if not sooner.

Coach Alain Vigneault said Thursday that Lundqvist has resumed skating and is “feeling a lot better.”

“Originally that was our mindset, that we were thinking he should be ready for that, and we haven’t changed,” Vigneault said of Lundqvist’s recovery timetable, which has him scheduled to return during a three-game road trip that begins against the Los Angeles Kings on March 25. “But I am saying to you he is feeling better, so we’ll see how he is moving forward here.”
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It’s no secret the Jets are looking for a veteran quarterback. They spent the weekend wining and dining journeyman Josh McCown, 37, who left Sunday without a contract. The two sides will continue to talk. The Jets also remain interested in Jay Cutler and perhaps others in what is considered a weak free-agent QB class.
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From all indications, the Jets have no desire to sign Kaepernick, despite the fact that he is only 29 and has four postseason wins on his résumé.

Jets owner Woody Johnson is a prominent GOP supporter who raised millions for Donald Trump; last fall, during the presidential campaign, Johnson blamed Kaepernick for being one of the main reasons for the NFL’s declining TV ratings.

Kaepernick will stand for the national anthem during the 2017 season, sources have told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Kaepernick no longer wants his method of protest to detract from the positive change he believes has been created, sources said. The amount of national discussion on social inequality — as well as support from other athletes nationwide, including NFL and NBA players — affirmed the message he has tried to deliver.