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The NFL has seen one of its most political seasons ever

The Falcons and Patriots will square off in Houston for Super Bowl LI. Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup and how we got here.
Cherry laughed, kind of. Then he went home, went to bed and lay awake engaged in a 12-round heavyweight fight with his own thoughts.

Even if Cherest had just been messing with him, hey, everyone knows there’s an element of truth in all humor. That same day, Cherry had been touched by an underprivileged kid from West Virginia who spoke at the Momentum Youth Conference in Cedarville, Ohio.

“He didn’t have a dime to his name,” Cherry recalled, “and he was giving 25 or 50 cents, whatever he had in his pocket, toward the goal.”

“This year, instead of defending nonsense things like Deflategate, we’re dealing with Trump and it’s kind of indefensible. I’m not going to defend that.”

The NFL has seen one of its most political seasons ever. San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick led the charge with his controversial kneeling during the national anthem, which in turn garnered support from players across the league — two of which were tight end Martellus Bennett and defensive back Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots who made headlines for raising their fists during the national anthem before their narrow victory over the Arizona Cardinals earlier this season.

Regardless of who wins the chip on Super Bowl Sunday, that team will be the first championship under the Trump administration. With African-Americans comprising the majority of NFL players, that franchise will have to recon with the question of whether a full Super Bowl team will greet Trump at the White House despite his comments and often blatant disrespect of communities of color. When asked if he will go to the White House, Bennett said, “I’ve got to win the Super Bowl first, but most likely no.”

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They also discuss Tom Brady’s legacy and what a record 5th Super Bowl title would mean for his ultimate legacy, while much of the world just wants to see Roger Goodell and Tom Brady share a stage together after the game for that warm and fuzzy moment. Meanwhile, presumptive league MVP Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and the Falcons look to bring the city of Atlanta their 2nd ever pro sports championship. With the two teams hitting their stride at the perfect time, one thing’s for sure — it should be a fantastic title game.

“The commissioner is a weak guy,” Trump said. “When he made the Ray Rice deal, everybody said: You’re stupid. You’re weak. And it was such a weak deal. So now he’s going overboard with their star, Brady.”

He added: “The commissioner is a dope. He’s a stupid guy.”
That doesn’t sound like the makings of a very good working relationship between the President of the United States and the commissioner of the most popular sports league. That could mean a lot of nothing. Or it could become a factor if the NFL’s antitrust exemption comes under any scrutiny under the current regime.

Trump also claimed that Robert Kraft implied he had a wink from the NFL, implying that if he dropped the fight against the Deflategate punishment that Brady’s suspension would be reduced on appeal.

Will Tom Brady play in Week 1?

The league was pissed that it didn’t think of doing a fantasy football convention before a player did.

The source predicts that the NFL will now get into the fantasy football convention business, holding its own event that will compete with those organized by players and others not connected to the NFL. And the key letters are N, F, and L; only the league can use those in the marketing, promotion, and presentation of a fantasy-football event.
Romo himself called the NFL’s threats a “scare tactic” while speaking with ESPN’s Colin Cowherd, and accused the league of strong-arming players so they wouldn’t attend.

“The NFL never called me or my agency or the NFFC,” Romo said. “They just went about the process of communicating to the players and the NFLPA. I think when that takes shape I think you understand that the NFL was really trying to not necessarily cancel the event. I think more than that they were trying to probably persuade people not to attend the event.”
Dez Bryant was even more overt about his feelings for the NFL.

Will Tom Brady play in Week 1?

As of right now, Brady is still suspended for New England’s season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. And unless Goodell eliminates the suspension altogether, it will remain that way. However, a ruling in favor of Brady in federal court could immediately end that.

It’s also possible that the trail could extend into the regular season, and if that’s the case, a judge could call for an injunction that allows Brady to play for the Patriots during the trial. That wouldn’t be an elimination of his suspension though, and if the judge ruled against Brady and upheld the suspension, Brady would be immediately pulled from action.

LeBron James, left, and the Cavaliers have won four in a row since June over Stephen Curry and the Warriors

“The only thing we can do is play,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said when asked about such a move. “Whoever is out there is out there.”

League sources told ESPN that some within the Cavaliers’ organization briefly pondered sitting out the trio, but the desire to improve and gain valuable repetition against one of the NBA’s elite teams trumped that logic.

It will be the Warriors’ final chance to garner some type of edge on the Cavaliers. Barring a catastrophic turn of events or a game-changing trade, it appears to be a three-team race — along with the San Antonio Spurs — toward the NBA Finals.

After that Christmas Day loss in Cleveland, an irate Kerr said that Curry needs to make better decisions with the ball. That was a bit out of the norm. You’ll hear coaches say that about a first- or second-year player but seldom about one of the game’s best.

That’s how much Kerr wanted that game. The Warriors coughed it up on 19 occasions.

“We turned the ball over [too much on Christmas],” Kevin Durant said. “I want to say 10 or 12 points in transition where we could have had layups and we turned it over trying to thread the needle. I think we just need to keep it simple, make correct passes, and we’ll be fine. I thought defensively we were solid that game, but we can’t give teams extra possessions when we turn it over. It’s a big emphasis for us.”

It’s not a life-or-death basketball scenario, but Golden State needs a win on Monday more than its opponent does. Right now, it’s just a four-game losing streak. But add a couple of more L’s, and the reality just might be that one team happens to be the superior one.

Texans take 1st step to fix offense by parting ways with OC George Godsey

The Houston Texans announced Monday they have mutually agreed to part ways with offensive coordinator George Godsey.

“I’m grateful for the tireless work ethic and contributions George has made to our team over the last three years,” said Texans head coach Bill O’Brien. “I wish him nothing but the best in the future.”

Following a season in which the team made the playoffs despite having an offense ranked No. 29 in the league in scoring, total yards, and passing yards, the Texans offense needs some change. O’Brien demonstrated a lack of confidence in Godsey early this season, when he took over play calling duties from Godsey after the Texans were shut out 27-0 by the Patriots in Week 3.

The Texans won the AFC South for the second straight season on the strength of their top-ranked defense. After a win over the Oakland Raiders (minus quarterback Derek Carr) in the Wild Card Round, the Texans fell to the New England Patriots in divisional play with a final score of 34-16.

Steelers vs. Chiefs came down to the wire, and finished with Pittsburgh holding on for an 18-16 win to advance to the AFC Championship. Pittsburgh won despite not getting into the end zone once, scoring exclusively on field goals. A late-game holding penalty that negated a Chiefs two-point conversion that would have tied the game heightened the excitement.

The game was the very first primetime playoff game on a Sunday, and it was broadcast exclusively on NBC.

The broadcast brought in 37.4 million viewers, which was an 8 percent improvement over the previous record holder, the New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles NFC Wild Card broadcast following the 2013 season. That telecast brought in 34.4 million viewers.

This game’s telecast was also the most-watched game broadcast on a Sunday Night since the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.

Seahawks release Nate Boyer, the former Green Beret trying to make it as a long snapper

Nate Boyer, the 34-year-old former Green Beret trying to make it in the NFL as a long snapper, has been released by the Seattle Seahawks, according to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer.

Boyer spent six years in the military and did multiple tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq before earning an honorable discharge in 2009. After that he enrolled in the University of Texas, where he walked onto the football team despite never playing a down of organized football before. He eventually became the team’s long snapper and this offseason, after going undrafted, was signed by the Seahawks and invited to training camp.

Boyer served as a backup to veteran long snapper Clint Gresham, whose presence made it unlikely that Boyer would ever make the team’s final roster.

Still, the Seahawks believe that Boyer has the talent to be a long snapper in the NFL, but they needed the roster spot for a skill position player, according to Glazer.

On Monday the website NFL Draft Diamonds reported that Seattle was planning on signing former Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters to take snaps while Tarvaris Jackson recovers from an ankle sprain. That report was confirmed by Pro Football Talk. As a result, the Seahawks were forced to let Boyer go.

Rivera felt Turner and Kalil battled well with Suh. “But he really is a special player.”

The Dolphins did get some good injury news, activating rookie WR DeVante Parker from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Parker, Miami’s first-round pick out of Louisville, still isn’t taking part in workouts, but hopes to be ready for the season opener.

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Green Bay opened as a 3.5-point favorite on the road against the Chicago Bears, but that line was quickly moved as bets poured in on the Packers. The Packers are now the biggest favorite on the board on Sunday going off at -6.5 at Chicago.

Chicago is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games against the Packers and has a 2-5 SU and ATS record in its last seven home games against division rivals.

The Dallas Cowboys open the season on Sunday Night Football hosting the New York Giants as a 6-point betting favorite. These two rivals have been pretty evenly matched in recent years with an 8-8 SU record against each other since 2007.

The Giants hold a 9-7 ATS edge over that stretch but are 1-3 ATS in their last four games against Dallas.

Finally, Monday Night Football features a doubleheader with a pair of road favorites at the sportsbooks, with Philadelphia (-3) at Atlanta and Minnesota (-2.5) at San Francisco. Numerous former employees say the Patriots would have someone rummage through the visiting team hotel for playbooks or scouting reports.
After Spygate came to light, there were accusations in 2008 that New England had videotaped a Rams walkthrough in February 2002 prior to Super Bowl XXXVI — something that was never proven.

Minnesota opened as a 4.5-point underdog and has moved all the way up to -2.5 with hype building around the team after a strong preseason. The Vikings are 5-1 SU in their last six games against San Francisco.