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    • Angel92 has written a new blog article "What a broadcaster! Bob Wolff had fun and was a joy to fans" 07.22.2017

      “Pull up a chair,” Vin Scully would say, and so the world did for two-thirds of a century. But his signature phrase suggested a master <a href="http://www.hl-sapporo.com/chris-scott-jersey-c-1_45.html">http://www.hl-sapporo.com/chris-scott-jersey-c-1_45.html</a> storyteller inviting an audience to have a listen.
      Not that there’s anything wrong with that, in Scully’s case. But consider a guy who had an even longer career but received less national acclaim — and on whose seventh birthday Scully was born.
      Bob Wolff rarely is mentioned among the greatest of play-by-play men, despite a resume as long and as rich as any of them. Longer, actually, having begun in 1939, when Scully was 11 and TV still was an experiment.
      But for the generations that grew up with him, especially Washington Senators fans of the 1950s and Knicks fans of the championship era, he was something rare and valuable: a friendly, familiar voice seemingly as happy to be there as we were.
      That is what most announcers aim for. Curt Gowdy used to say he would pretend to be sitting in the stands with a friend, poking him in the ribs to punctuate an exciting happening in the game.
      The best achieve that goal, to a point, but years sitting in comfy booths, collecting generous paychecks and been-there, done-that jadedness often take a toll on celebrity media people.
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      As he put it to me in October, “I enjoy it. If I didn’t do it, what would I do to have fun?”
      There you have it: Sports are supposed to be fun, and Wolff never lost sight of that, even as he never stopped being a hard-working, well-prepared pro.
      He is best known for his calls of two iconic events: Don Larsen’s perfect game for the Yankees in the 1956 World Series and the 1958 NFL Championship Game between the Colts and Giants.
      But New Yorkers remember smaller stages. Like one of his favorites: the Knicks’ comeback from down 20 points against the Bucks in November of 1972, in which they scored the final 19.
      Check out Wolff’s excited call on YouTube, including what everyone watching was thinking: “What a ballgame!”
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      “That was an interview?” he said.
      Well, yes, that was the idea. Wolff thought I simply had called — interrupting dinner — merely to chat, and he was happy to do so. He invited me call again anytime, interview or no interview.
      That was Wolff, a gentleman and a gentle man.

    • Angel92 has written a new blog article "Bengals cornerback Adam" 07.22.2017

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      Jones pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge from the January incident, the latest in a history of off-the-field legal issues for the NFL veteran. The NFL says the suspension was for a violation of its personal conduct policy. Police said Jones kicked and used head-butting as he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a hotel employee.
      The 33-year-old has a history of off-the-field incidents, including one that almost ended his career. He was suspended without pay by the league for the 2007 season after an incident in a Las Vegas nightclub resulted in a man being paralyzed. Jones was later ordered to pay $12 million in damages to the victim . . .
      NFL offensive lineman Michael Oher, who faces misdemeanor charges of assaulting an Uber driver, has been sued in connection with the April 14 incident. Oher was released by the Carolina Panthers on Thursday after he failed a physical. . . .
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      The Arizona Cardinals placed starting inside linebacker Deone Bucannon on the physically unable to perform list. Bucannon had ankle surgery in May and has led the team in tackles each of the last two seasons. . . .
      The Chiefs signed quarterback Patrick Mahomes to a four-year rookie contract. Kansas City traded its first- and third-round picks this year and its first-round pick next year to the Buffalo Bills to grab the Texas Tech quarterback with the 10th overall selection. . . .
      The New York Jets signed safety Jamal Adams of LSU, the sixth overall pick in the draft. Adams gets a four-year deal worth about $22 million.
      NHL: Red Wings sign Tatar
      The Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms with winger Tomas Tatar on a $21.2 million, four-year contract. The 26-year-old Czech led Detroit with 25 goals last season and also had 21 assists. . . .
      Chicago Blackhawks forward Tommy Wingels broke his left foot during offseason training, but is expected to be ready for training camp, the team announced.
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      Gerina Piller followed her opening 8-under 63 with a 68 to maintain a 1-stroke in the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.

    • Angel92 has written a new blog article "10 local storylines to follow in this year’s NFL training camps" 07.22.2017

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      This year, 93 players with Utah ties will be headed to NFL training camps over the next several days. From veterans to rookies alike, there is something to prove.
      While the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys kick off their training camps this weekend — the two teams play in the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 3 — the bulk of teams will have their veterans report between July 25 and July 29, signaling the start of training camps league-wide.
      Here’s a look at 10 local storylines to follow with NFL training camps set to kick off.
      Will Mays, Williams break into the RB rotation in Green Bay?
      One of the more interesting running back battles to watch in this year’s NFL training camps will take place in Green Bay and include BYU’s all-time leading rusher, Jamaal Williams, and former Utah State bruiser Devante Mays.
      The Packers already have stated Ty Montgomery is the starter at running back, but for Williams and Mays, there will be a chance to prove they deserve playing time, whether as a third-down back, in passing situations or simply spelling Montgomery.
      Of the six backs on the Packers’ roster, five are rookies, including three 2017 draft picks: Williams (fourth round), UTEP’s Aaron Jones (fifth) and Mays (seventh). Green Bay also has experienced fullback Aaron Ripkowski on its roster. This should lend itself to a highly entertaining battle for roster spots throughout camp and in preseason play.
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      Will Utah’s rookie linemen be starting Year 1?
      The Utes had a program-high eight players taken in this year’s NFL draft, and four of those were offensive linemen. Most if not all of them could be in line for playing time as a rookie.
      The biggest name among them is Garett Bolles, the first-round pick by the Denver Broncos. He’s already received first-team reps at left tackle, according to the Denver Post, and could be a Day 1 starter in the league. “He’s made a lot of progress. It’s a tough spot to play as a rookie, and it takes a lot of football IQ to play that spot in the NFL," Broncos coach Vance Joseph told the Post.
      Isaac Asiata, a fifth-round selection by Miami, is also in contention for early playing time at guard for the Dolphins. USA Today’s Draftwire listed Asiata as the team’s surprise rookie starter at left guard.
      Center J.J. Dielman, a fifth-round selection by the Cincinnati Bengals, and tackle Sam Tevi, a six-round pick by the Los Angeles Chargers, will also be looking to make strong impressions in training camp.
      Will an undrafted player make the 53-man roster?
      There are 25 local rookies who signed as undrafted free agents this offseason and are currently on an NFL roster. That is a higher number than normal — 12 higher than last year — giving plenty of first-year locals a chance to earn a spot either on the 53-man roster or a practice squad. That also likely means there will be more guys hearing their names during final cuts before the regular season.
      Among the intriguing options this year to go from undrafted to the 53-man roster are New England linebacker Harvey Langi (BYU, Bingham High), Cleveland safety Kai Nacua (BYU), Jacksonville defensive end Hunter Dimick (Utah, Syracuse High), Detroit safety Josh Thornton (Southern Utah) and Arizona linebacker Tre'von Johnson (Weber State, Hunter High), among others.
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      Which locals could take on more prominent roles this year?

    • Angel92 has written a new blog article "Mario Addison attracts nearly 1,000 local youth for football camp" 07.22.2017

      BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)- Carolina <a href="http://www.dusenadup.com/daryl-worley-jersey-c-1_5.html">http://www.dusenadup.com/daryl-worley-jersey-c-1_5.html</a> Panthers defensive lineman Mario Addison is a big proponent of giving back to those who helped him get where he is today. Saturday at Carver High School he showed that in a big way.
      Addison, a graduate of Tarrant City High School, held a youth football camp for nearly 1,00 children in the Birmingham area.
      “This year I said 400,” Addison said. “We ended up doing 1,000 because last year there were kids who missed an opportunity to come have fun . So I made it 1,000.”
      Addison is joining up with the Birmingham Housing Authority this year to help kids from low income homes, something he can relate to himself.
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      Addison’s Carolina teammates James Bradberry (Samford) and Joe Webb (UAB) were among the many NFL players who helped put on the camp.
      Watch the above interview CBS 42 conducted with Addison.

    • Angel92 has written a new blog article "Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson mean Chiefs-Texans rivalry will continue" 07.22.2017

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      Mahomes may not be playing but the Chiefs will Watson and the Texans this year when they visit Houston for Sunday Night Football in Week 5.
      More previews: Patriots | Eagles | Chargers | Redskins | Full schedule
      This is a little bit of a rivalry because of this:
      And because the Chiefs beat them in the playoffs a couple years back. I would put my money on the Chiefs and their defense if they were facing Tom Savage or Deshaun Watson this early in the season but Houston isn’t a bad team by any means. JJ Watt will disrupt the game. DeAndre Hopkins is a beast. Even average quarterback play would make this team better. It’s going to be a good one.
      We have a Texans season preview courtesy of our Texans blog Battle Red Blog below.
      Notable free agent additions: None
      Notable free agent departures: A.J. Bouye, Vince Wilfork (retirement)
      Trades: Brock Osweiler to Cleveland, trade up in the first round for Deshaun Watson with Cleveland, trade into fourth round for Carlos Watkins with Cleveland
      Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies:
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      Biggest offseason addition:
      Deshaun Watson, hands down. Anytime your team adds a potential franchise quarterback, it’s automatically the biggest move of the offseason. Whether it was through free agency last year with Osweiler or through the draft this year for Watson, the Texans have been ultra-aggressive in their approach to finding a capable signal caller in the post-Matt Schaub era. Hopefully Watson will finally be the guy to end their arduous search.
      Biggest storyline heading into training camp:
      Who will start at quarterback on opening day? Tom Savage and Deshaun Watson will both compete for the job, though Savage has the early leg up in the competition due to his experience. If Watson shows up to camp and flashes something special early, however, we may see him start sooner than anyone previously anticipated.
      Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp:
      When will DeAndre Hopkins and Jadeveon Clowney be signed to contract extensions? The Texans have quite a bit of free cap space at the moment with A.J. Bouye taking his talents to Jacksonville instead of staying in Houston, so presumably all of that money - $29.8 million to be exact - will be set aside to keep Hopkins and Clowney on the team long term. Both players seem optimistic about deals getting done, with Hopkins the more likely candidate to be extended this offseason, but until the ink has dried on both contracts there will still be some apprehensiveness among Texans fans about the situation.
      Notable injuries heading into training camp:
      No star players have sustained any major injuries this offseason so far, though J.J. Watt’s recovery from last offseason’s back ailments still loom large over the organization. As long as Watt is healthy and ready to hit the ground running in August, expect the Texans to be an elite defense yet again in 2017. If he still needs <a href="http://www.officialredssale.com/joey-votto-jersey-c-1_20.html">Joey Votto Womens Jersey</a> more time to “get right”, however, it may be another slow start for him this September as the training staff eases him back into a full time workload.

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      The move removes the 31-year-old left-hander, who is making $6.5 million this season, from the Pirates’ 40-man roster.
      Bastardo made nine appearances for the Pirates this season and kept the opponent off the board in only one of them. He allowed 15 runs, 16 hits (five of them home runs) and nine walks in nine innings, good or a 15.00 ERA and a 2.78 WHIP.
      He missed more than two months because of a strained left quadriceps, after which the Pirates stashed him on a rehab assignment for as long as they possibly could. He returned and made three appearances, his Pirates tenure ending Friday after he allowed a two-run homer from Kris Bryant.
      “He went down and put so much work in — and specific work — and then we couldn’t find a spike in velocity, any more crispness to the pitches, really, than when he had exited,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “We just felt for both parties it was time to move on.”
      The move also closes the book on the Neil Walker trade. The Pirates sent Walker to the Mets in December 2015 for Jon Niese, whom they traded back to the Mets for Bastardo, whom they had acquired in December 2014 from the Philadelphia Phillies.
      Infielder Phil Gosselin took Bastardo’s roster spot.
      No contract talks for Hurdle
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      “I haven’t had any conversations about that to this point and I'm not going to have any now,” Hurdle said. “I have a contract.”
      General manager Neal Huntington is also in the final guaranteed year of his contract and the Pirates have not exercised his 2018 option either. Asked during spring training, owner Bob Nutting said his manager and GM’s contract status “is not something that’s top-of-mind for me. It’s not an issue at this point.”
      Asked how much longer he wants to manage, Hurdle said, “I don’t know. I just love where I'm at right now. I’m in the best physical condition I've been in in a long time. I love the energy that this team has and this organization has and the time spent, the players, people I’m working with in Neal and [assistant GM] Kyle [Stark].”
      Rotation after the break
      Gerrit Cole, Chad Kuhl and Trevor Williams will start the first three games of the second half at home against the St. Louis Cardinals. Jameson Taillon and Ivan Nova will follow against the Milwaukee Brewers.
      “We were looking to give everybody two to three days of rest,” Hurdle said. “With Nova, it’s just about more rest. This is the most he’s pitched. You’d have go way back.
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    • Angel92 has written a new blog article "The Michael Oher saga in Carolina has come to an end." 07.22.2017

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      Oher started 16 regular games and three playoff games for the Panthers during their Super Bowl run in 2015.
      However, he sustained a concussion in the third game of last season and hasn't played since. He remains in the league's concussion protocol.
      "The Brain is a scary thing. You have to be careful with it," Oher Tweeted after being released.
      It's the first personnel move under Panthers new interim general manager Marty Hurney, who was hired Wednesday.
      Hurney was not immediately available for comment.
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      Oher wrote on Instagram Tuesday that he was on a plane to see concussion specialist Mickey Collins when he heard the news about Gettleman.
      "In this business you don't build personal relations but I can honestly say I had one with Mr. G," Oher said.
      Oher said Gettleman constantly checked on him, then seemed to turn his angst toward former teammates in the locker room who may have had a role in the GM's firing.
      "For the people who were happy and had something to do with it downstairs, Karma's a (expletive)," Oher wrote.
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    • Angel92 has written a new blog article "Francisco Lindor wants to take Derek Jeter to Chick-fil-A" 07.21.2017

      For a 23-year-old in just his third big-league season, shortstop Francisco Lindor has accomplished a lot. In 2015, Lindor, a former first-round <a href="http://www.officialredssale.com/brandon-finnegan-jersey-c-1_19.html">http://www.officialredssale.com/brandon-finnegan-jersey-c-1_19.html</a> draft pick, was the runner-up for the AL Rookie of the Year Award. Last year, he was an All-Star, won his first Gold Glove and finished in the top 10 in the MVP balloting. Most important, he helped lead the Cleveland Indians to their first Fall Classic appearance since last millennium. Still, there’s a lot left for Lindor to do -- like learning to carry a tune, meeting Derek Jeter and, of course, winning a World Series.
      Favorite movie: "'Miracle.' I love that movie. The first time I saw it was when I was 15. I was playing for Team USA in Taiwan, and they played that movie the night before the championship. They put us in a room, and we all watched it together. I was so fired up, and we won. So that stuck in my head. After that, I wasn't saying my name. I was saying USA."
      Hidden talent: "I like to think I can sing, but I can't. I definitely know I can't. When I let it out, people don't like it. I like salsa, merengue, reggaeton, hip-hop -- whatever's on the radio. I sing everywhere. I don't care. I sing all the time in the shower. I'm always jammin' in the car. I'm not shy when it comes to that."
      Dream dinner date: "Derek Jeter. I was a rookie in '15, and he retired in '14, so I never had the chance to meet him. I’ve never even seen him in person. I would like to sit down and just talk to him and just see how he is. I think that would be a very cool experience. I'd probably take him to Chick-fil-A, somewhere we could just chill and talk. I love Chick-fil-A. The milkshakes are unreal."
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      Favorite book: "'The Alchemeist,' by Paulo Coelho. It's like a bible. Every time I read it, it keeps me true to myself. I’ve read it at least three times. I carry it with me in my suitcase. I read it in both languages. I have the Spanish version -- 'El Alchemista' -- but I left it at home. I usually carry the English one."
      Best advice: "Dustin Pedroia told me once that you never know how long a kid's been saving money to go watch you play when you're coming to their city, so you gotta give it your all every day. That's something that's stuck with me. He told me that before a game in Cleveland, in the dugout. That's one thing I'll never forget."
      Biggest challenge: "My sister's cervical cancer. That was tough. She tried to keep it away from me, not overload me with stuff. But that was a tough moment in my life. It was last year, around this time. She did chemo and radiation and then <a href="http://www.ochomesnloans.com/matt-kalil-jersey-c-1_5.html">Matt Kalil Jersey</a> surgery. She had to tell me because she was going to go through the process, so she had to let me know. But she kept most of the things away from me. She kept me updated. I found out that she beat it on the day of Game 7 of the World Series, on the way to the field. She called me, and I picked up. She was like, 'Hey, I'm cancer-free.' And I said, 'God, thank you. Today we have one victory. Whatever happens today, whether we win or lose, I'm happy.'"

    • Angel92 has written a new blog article "Evolution of Cam Newton, offense top priority for Carolina Panthers in 2017" 07.21.2017

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      Top storyline: As quarterback Cam Newton goes, so go the Panthers. When Newton had an MVP season in 2015, the Panthers went to the Super Bowl. When he had statistically the worst season of his career in 2016, the team struggled and missed the playoffs after capturing three consecutive NFC South titles. Newton had offseason surgery to fix a partially torn rotator cuff, so training camp will be the first big test to see if the problem has been corrected. The Panthers added more weapons in first- and second-round draft picks Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel. Their presence will give the 6-foot-5 quarterback more opportunities to get rid of the ball quicker and take fewer hits ... and to give him fewer reasons to run. It’s an evolution for Newton and the offense, and how well that adaptation process goes will largely determine how well the Panthers do this season.
      QB depth chart: Newton is coming off shoulder surgery, and the Panthers want their franchise quarterback to run less in order to safeguard his long-term health. Beyond that, nothing has changed from the past three seasons. Derek Anderson remains entrenched as the veteran and capable backup. Joe Webb is back as a third quarterback/wide receiver/special-teams player.
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      That rookie could start: Taylor Moton. The second-round pick out of Western Michigan might be a long shot to start at right tackle, but with the future of Michael Oher uncertain and 2015 fourth-round pick Daryl Williams still somewhat unproven, Moton might get an opportunity. He impressed coaches during offseason workouts with his ability to play right and left tackle. Moton could be a year away, but if he impresses when the pads are on, he’ll have a chance to start now.
      Kelvin Benjamin's weight: Much, probably too much, was made of the 6-foot-5 wide receiver being overweight at the start of offseason workouts. The last time that happened was two years ago, and Benjamin reported to training camp in the best shape of his career. He was arguably the MVP of that 2015 camp before suffering a season-ending knee injury. If Benjamin can return to that form and be pushed by the other receiving weapons the Panthers have added, he could be in for a big season.
      Contract issues: In 2016, Greg Olsen became the first tight end in NFL history to record three consecutive seasons with 1,000 receiving yards. He <a href="http://www.officialredsprostore.com/todd-frazier-jersey-c-1_25.html">Todd Frazier Womens Jersey</a> wants a restructured deal to reflect that accomplishment, even though his current contract doesn’t expire until after the 2018 season. Outside linebacker Thomas Davis, 34, entering the final year of his deal, also would like an extension. These are two key players and leaders, so look for the front office to do all it can to keep them happy.

    • Angel92 has written a new blog article "Trai Turner signed a four-year extension with Panthers" 07.21.2017

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      Turner had a down season last year but is one <a href="http://www.texansprosale.com/shane-lechler-jersey-c-1_41.html">http://www.texansprosale.com/shane-lechler-jersey-c-1_41.html</a> of the more sure bets on Carolina's offensive line. His solid play bodes well for Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart in fantasy this season.

    • Angel92 has written a new blog article "Ten players with the most to lose in NFL training camp" 07.21.2017

      With NFL training camp on the horizon, football season is finally in sight. The months-long trek to Minneapolis — the site of Super <a href="http://www.hl-sapporo.com/captain-munnerlyn-jersey-c-1_17.html">http://www.hl-sapporo.com/captain-munnerlyn-jersey-c-1_17.html</a> Bowl LII — is about to begin. Soon, it’ll be time for Hard Knocks, the Hall of Fame Game, mock fantasy drafts and unfounded preseason hype.
      Training camp is where some unknown players get their starts. But it’s also where many careers meet their end. For every undrafted free agent whose dreams come true, a stalwart veteran loses his job. There are quarterbacks whose performances relegate them to the bench and franchise legends who get cut. Players have a lot to lose.
      This list examines 10 players who come into camp with jobs on the line. Some are staring at time on the bench, but others could see their careers end if they don’t perform. The NFL is a ruthless business.
      It’s rare that a second-round pick gets cut in his second season before ever playing, or even making the active roster on gameday. But the Jets have a talent for the unique. Despite a truly horrific quarterback situation — Hackenberg, Josh McCown and Bryce Petty will be duking it out for the job — Hackenberg is already in third place out of three.
      During minicamp, Hackenberg’s accuracy <a href="http://www.hssmstore.com/captain-munnerlyn-jersey-c-1_32.html">http://www.hssmstore.com/captain-munnerlyn-jersey-c-1_32.html</a> was so bad that he hit reporters standing on the sideline. It doesn’t reflect well on the Penn State product that he wasn’t good enough to be on the active roster last season, even as the Jets looked high and low for a solution at quarterback.
      Head coach Todd Bowles may not cut Hackenberg this year. It would be an embarrassing mark on GM Mike Maccagnan’s record, and one has to imagine the organization sees something in him. After all, it did spend a second-round pick on Hackenberg for some reason.
      But failing to land the starting job this year, when the alternatives are McCown (a 38-year old with no discernible upside) and Petty (who already tried and failed to impress under center last season) is nearly as bad. If nothing else, it would be another indicator that the Jets threw away a second rounder, and that Hackenberg will never be good enough to play in the NFL.
      Brock Osweiler, quarterback, Cleveland Browns
      At this point, it’s clear what will happen to Osweiler over the next year. Whether he wins the starting job over Notre Dame product DeShone Kizer or not, there’s no monetary incentive for the Browns to cut him this season. It would only <a href="http://www.ky-oo32.com/brenton-bersin-jersey-c-1_16.html">Brenton Bersin Youth Jersey</a> create $16 million in dead cap space, per Spotrac. Unless Osweiler magically transforms into the second coming of Bernie Kosar, however, Cleveland will almost certainly get rid of him after this season when his contract has an out that allows the Browns to cut him without losing a dime.

    • Angel92 has written a new blog article "Milwaukee Bucks' All-Bradley Center Team picks" 07.21.2017

      When the Bucks announced last month that, in celebration of the team's 50th anniversary, they would play a game at the MECCA this <a href="http://www.firestormkennel.com/donta-foreman-jersey-c-1_33.html">http://www.firestormkennel.com/donta-foreman-jersey-c-1_33.html</a> season, it got us to thinking about arenas and history – especially as the franchise's future venue is quickly being built just down the street from its previous two buildings. Who were the best players from the old MECCA years? What about those from the more recent Bradley Center era?
      The MECCA hosted some of the best basketball Milwaukee's ever seen – from the 1971 NBA Championship to the stretch of seven straight division titles in the '80s – during its time as the Bucks' home court (1968-88). Since the team's move to the Bradley Center in 1988, there's been significantly less success – though the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals team had plenty of individual talent, and the current squad has shown the league its huge potential.
      When Giannis Antetokounmpo and the rest of the Bucks move into their new arena – scheduled to be completed in time for the start of the 2018 season – they'll undoubtedly make their mark on and leave plenty of memories at the yet-unnamed building.
      Until then, to commemorate the great players who hooped at the MECCA, as well as those that balled at the BC, we picked completely subjective, open-to-disagreement but nonetheless-authoritative All-Arena teams for both venues. (Note: The selection process was so difficult that we had to pick second teams; also, we used the current All-NBA format of choosing two guards, two forwards and a center, then we added a sixth man and a coach for each team.)
      On Wednesday, we published our picks for Milwaukee's All-MECCA teams, and today we present the Bucks' All-Bradley Center teams:
      Milwaukee Bucks' All-Bradley Center First Team
      Guard: Ray Allen (1996-2003) – A two-time All-Star in Milwaukee, Allen in 2001 was an All-NBA Third Teamer and part of the Big Three that the Bucks to the Eastern Conference Finals. He ranks sixth all-time in points per game average (19.6) and minutes (36.3), and is among the franchise's top 10 in total scoring, games played, minutes, steals, field-goal, 3-point and free-throw shooting. Adored in the community, Allen remains one of the most popular players among fans, and hopefully he'll make a celebratory return <a href="http://www.armacan.com/graham-gano-jersey-c-1_43.html">http://www.armacan.com/graham-gano-jersey-c-1_43.html</a> to the BC this season while the Bucks are still there.
      Guard: Michael Redd (2000-11) – One of the best shooters the Bucks have ever had, Redd – a second-round draft pick – ranks fourth in franchise history in scoring (11,554) and fifth in points per game average (20.0), despite having played on some of Milwaukee's lousiest teams. The lefty is in the Bucks' top three in 3-pointers made, 3-pointers attempted, free throws made and free throws attempted; in 2004, he was an All-Star and All-NBA Third Teamer. Had knee injuries not derailed his career, he could have been one of the organization's greatest players.
      Forward: Glenn Robinson (1994-2002) – The Big Dog is the Bucks' second-leading scorer all-time in both total points (12,010) and per-game average (21.1). The former No. 1 overall draft pick signed a rookie-record 10-year, $68 million deal in 1994, and went on to be a two-time All-Star in Milwaukee. One of the most gifted offensive players that ever suited up for the Bucks, Robinson ranks among their top five in nearly every shooting category and was an underrated rebounder. Fun fact: He has 300 more turnovers than the next-highest person on the list.
      Forward: Vin Baker (1993-97) – The physically dominant power forward spent five very extremely productive seasons with the Bucks, before being traded to Seattle and enduring personal problems. In Milwaukee, Baker made three All-Star teams, was named to the All-NBA Second Team and averaged 18.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. He ranks second in team history in minutes per game (38.3) and third in rebounding average (9.5). From 1994-97, Baker and Robinson formed one of the league's most unstoppable frontcourts.
      Center: Andrew Bogut (2005-12) – The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2005, Bogut's career in Milwaukee was promise-filled, occasionally <a href="http://www.cinemakolik.com/fozzy-whittaker-jersey-c-1_8.html">Fozzy Whittaker Kids Jersey</a> productive and injury-plagued. In 408 games over seven seasons, Bogut averaged 12.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game, earning All-NBA Third Team honors in 2010, when he put up 15.9, 10.2 and 2.5. When he was healthy, he was one of the most consistent and important centers in the league. In 2012, he fractured his ankle and was traded to Golden State.

    • Angel92 has written a new blog article "Dear Drew: Extended written edition" 07.20.2017

      Brian M. Tergerson: Dear Drew, Greg Mancz did great last year. Nick Martin should take his position. Could you see Greg moving into the <a href="http://www.ochomesnloans.com/captain-munnerlyn-jersey-c-1_15.html">http://www.ochomesnloans.com/captain-munnerlyn-jersey-c-1_15.html</a> guard position easily, or vice versa?
      DD: I agree with your first two opinions. Mancz was rock-solid in 2016 and missed just one snap the entire year. But Martin showed a lot of promise last May, June and August before a leg injury ended what would have been his rookie season.
      As far as Mancz competing for a guard spot, it could happen. But Xavier Su'a-Filo and Jeff Allen will have a lot to say about that, as they were the starters last year. At a minimum, if Martin, Su'a-Filo and Allen are good enough to keep Mancz from starting at any of those interior spots, the depth and quality of offensive line will be better in 2017.
      Mike Ledesma: Dear Drew, Can you please get some Texans gear down here central Texas!
      DD: Sorry to hear it. If you're having trouble finding Texans gear at Academy Sports Outdoors, check out shop.HoustonTexans.com.
      Samantha Hallas: Dear Drew, I am so impatient and can't wait to see some Texans football again!! Anyway my question is: Do you think rookie RB D'Onta Foreman see a lot of playing time this season?
      DD: Yes. Lamar Miller is the starter, but I think Foreman will definitely get some carries in 2017. He was outstanding at the University of <a href="http://www.yadeos.com/captain-munnerlyn-jersey-c-1_2.html">http://www.yadeos.com/captain-munnerlyn-jersey-c-1_2.html</a> Texas, and is a powerful running back.
      Alejandro Mazal: Dear Drew, How much action will Watson see in the preseason games against Dallas and NE? I'm trying to decide if I should go or not.
      DD: Alejandro, you should definitely go. You can learn a lot about some of the guys not named Watt, Hopkins or Clowney during the August games.
      I'd expect Watson to play in both contests, but have no clue how Bill O'Brien will divide the reps between the trio of quarterbacks.
      Matt Brawley: Dear Drew, On a Rick Flair scale of 1-10, how many "wooooos" would you give the Texans chances of a Super Bowl this year?
      DD: Watkins, like the rest of the players in the front seven, will likely move around a bit on the line. Yes, you'll probably see him as a defensive end, and yet you'll also very likely see him playing on the inside in certain situations. That's one of <a href="http://www.arimtex.com/chris-carter-jersey-c-1_3.html">Chris Carter Authentic Jersey</a> the beauties of the personnel and scheme of this defense.
      Michael Ruiz: Dear Drew, What can we expect out of Tom Savage this season?
      DD: Command of the offense, good decision-making, toughness and leadership. I believe Savage will do some really good things this year.

    • Angel92 has written a new blog article "Yankees Split Doubleheader, Series, with Red Sox" 07.20.2017

      BOSTON — The Yankees’ first winning streak in a month came and went Sunday in about six hours — the time that passed from <a href="http://www.rd-corp.com/randy-johnson-jersey-c-1_6.html">http://www.rd-corp.com/randy-johnson-jersey-c-1_6.html</a> their 3-0 win over the Boston Red Sox in the first game of a doubleheader to their 3-0 loss in the nightcap, the first time the Yankees have been shut out this season.
      But even getting shackled by Red Sox starter David Price could not keep the Yankees from feeling buoyant about their marathon weekend of baseball, in which they played 43 innings in about 52 hours.
      The Yankees leave here the same as they arrived — three and a half games behind the Red Sox — but in a much better place. The fatigue of a brutal schedule, the bruises from a dreadful month and the faded confidence of a pitching staff were all salved by the weekend visit to Fenway Park.
      And even any jitters of the first mini-funk of Aaron Judge’s career were eased when in his final at-bat he crushed a 95-mile-per-hour fastball from Price — only to have Jackie Bradley Jr. leap at the center-field wall and snatch it back.
      The catch, in the eighth inning of the second game with a runner aboard, brought the crowd to its feet — something it had few reasons to do after the Red Sox won the series opener in dramatic fashion, pushing across two runs in the bottom of the ninth on Friday against Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman.
      The Yankees won Saturday in a game that dragged on for 16 innings, leaving their bullpen — whose 18 blown saves are the most in the <a href="http://www.texansprosale.com/xavier-suafilo-jersey-c-1_45.html">http://www.texansprosale.com/xavier-suafilo-jersey-c-1_45.html</a> majors — exhausted but perhaps feeling as if it had steadied itself with nine shutout innings. That was buttressed by C .C. Sabathia’s fine performance earlier on Sunday, when he combined with three relievers to blank the Red Sox.
      The consecutive victories did wonders for the outlook of the Yankees, who had lost 19 of their previous 26 games. They are on the first leg of an 11-game trip in 10 days that will next take them to Minneapolis and Seattle.
      It was especially rejuvenating for a pitching staff that had been beleaguered, but did not allow the Red Sox to score from the time Mitch Moreland hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning on Saturday until Mookie Betts launched a two-run home run over the Green Monster in the third inning on Sunday night. It was a span of 24 innings.
      “We’re going in the right direction,” Manager Joe Girardi said, “and I think part of that was getting our bullpen back on track and getting <a href="http://www.dusenadup.com/greg-olsen-jersey-c-1_25.html">Greg Olsen Youth Jersey</a> some people healthy,” he said, referring to the return of Matt Holliday and Starlin Castro to the lineup.
      The Yankees have won six of their nine games against the Red Sox this season. Three were by shutout, and in each of the others, the Yankees allowed only one run. The Red Sox are 3 for 58 with runners in scoring position against the Yankees this season.

    • Angel92 has written a new blog article "William 'Bill' Arthur Morehouse" 07.20.2017

      DENTON, Texas, and GLENS FALLS — William “Bill” Arthur Morehouse, age 90, of Denton, Texas and formerly of Glens Falls, New <a href="http://www.officialpiratessale.com/barry-bonds-jersey-c-1_3.html">http://www.officialpiratessale.com/barry-bonds-jersey-c-1_3.html</a> York, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017 of natural causes.
      Born March 29, 1927 in Sodom, New York, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Evelyn (Steves) Morehouse.
      On March 15, 1952, Bill was united in marriage to Julia Louise Bennett. Together, they had the privilege of venturing on cruises throughout their marriage, sharing a lifetime of precious memories which will be cherished by their sons.
      During Bill’s life he enjoyed many activities such as photography, hunting, bowling, golf, boating and camping. Many of these activities were shared with his wife and children. Bill was also an avid home computer geek.
      Besides his parents, several aunts and uncles, Bill was predeceased by his sister, Eleanor Morehouse Orleman.
      Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 65 years, Julia “Judy”; son, Bruce William and his wife, Deborah, of Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania; son, Andy Lee of Shady Shores, Texas; granddaughter, Brandy Kristine Morehouse Wayne and her husband, Mark, and their two daughters, Oliva and Ava, from Dallas, Texas; and surviving sister Ruth Morehouse Poyner of Benton City, Washington.
      Bill graduated from Warrensburg, New York, High School in 1944. He immediately attended Princeton University through early 1945 on <a href="http://www.officialredsprostore.com/tony-perez-jersey-c-1_18.html">http://www.officialredsprostore.com/tony-perez-jersey-c-1_18.html</a> an Army ROTC scholarship. In April 1945, he entered active duty with the U.S. Army infantry during the end of WWII. After WWII, Bill deployed to Korea as part of the occupational forces. While in Korea, Bill used his interest in engineering and math to assist doing electronic repairs at the base radio station. Bill was discharged from the Army in December 1946. Shortly upon entering civilian life, Bill began working for Western Electric as a telephone technician. In 1950, Bill began repairing televisions in Glens Falls. While doing one of those repairs, Bill met Judy at the Bennett residence. In 1957, Bill began working for the Federal Aviation Administration, where he eventually managed installation and repair of ground-based communication and navigation equipment out of Warren County Airport in Queensbury. In 1973, Bill transferred with the FAA to the Air Traffic Control Center in Leesburg, Virginia to begin a new phase of his career as a computer technician. After retiring from the FAA in 1982, he worked as an <a href="http://www.officialredssale.com/scott-feldman-jersey-c-1_10.html">Scott Feldman Youth Jersey</a> Electronics Calibration Supervisor for Espey Manufacturing & Electronics in Saratoga Springs. He retired for a second and final time in 1992.
      In 2012, Bill and Judy moved to the Denton, Texas area, where they lived with their son Andy until late 2014. And then to Willow Bend Assisted Living and Memory Care.
      A memorial service was held at Willow Bend Assisted Living and Memory Care, 2125 Brinker Road, Denton, Texas, on Saturday, July 8.
      Online condolences may be made at www.mulkeybowlesmontgomery.com.

    • Angel92 has written a new blog article "Three Questions: 2017 Cornerbacks" 07.20.2017

      After being thrown into the fire and <a href="http://www.hssmstore.com/chris-scott-jersey-c-1_21.html">http://www.hssmstore.com/chris-scott-jersey-c-1_21.html</a> working through the rookie growing pains, cornerbacks James Bradberry and Daryl Worley ended the 2016 season on a high note, giving the Panthers confidence in their ability to stabilize the position going forward. The team was ecstatic to bring back fiery veteran Captain Munnerlyn, who is viewed as the perfect nickel for Carolina’s defense.
      1. How big a step will Bradberry and Worley take in Year Two?
      The Panthers’ front seven is unquestionably talented and deep. It’s the second-year corners that can make this defense one of the top units in the league. Bradberry and Worley are expected to make a sizable jump entering Year Two, and they’ve got the physical tools to flourish with some experience under their belts. Their development is essential in combating the high-powered NFC South passing attacks.
      2. What kind of impact will Munnerlyn make?
      Captain’s veteran presence <a href="http://www.ky-oo32.com/brenton-bersin-jersey-c-1_16.html">http://www.ky-oo32.com/brenton-bersin-jersey-c-1_16.html</a> and leadership has already been a huge help to Carolina’s young secondary during offseason workouts. And his playmaking ability at the nickel spot is something the Panthers have missed since he left for Minnesota three years ago. He could very well be the missing piece of the puzzle to get this defense back where it needs to be.
      3. Who will provide the depth behind the starters?
      As mentioned above, there are reasons to be confident about the trio of Bradberry, Worley and Munnerlyn. But if injuries were to strike, what about the guys behind them? There isn’t much proven depth to speak of. Teddy Williams and Zack Sanchez are the only ones with any NFL game experience, and that experience is very limited. Corn <a href="http://www.newjersey1861.com/weston-richburg-jersey-c-1_49.html">Weston Richburg Womens Jersey</a> Elder, like Sanchez the year before, was drafted in the fifth round. We’ll see if he can prove to the coaches that he can be counted on in a reserve role.

    • Angel92 has written a new blog article "Film Room: Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart's unstoppable stiff arm" 07.20.2017

      As excited as we are about what Christian McCaffrey is going to do in the NFL, those who assume he’s going to be Carolina’s top <a href="http://www.armacan.com/cam-newton-jersey-c-1_28.html">http://www.armacan.com/cam-newton-jersey-c-1_28.html</a> running back this season probably need to slow their roll.
      McCaffrey does many things well, chief among them making tacklers miss in space. His stutter-step move is as lethal as they come, and he may well be the single most difficult player to bring down in the open field. However, we’re willing to bet green money he can’t break tackles the way Jonathan Stewart can.
      The Panthers’ 10-year veteran is as good as it gets when it comes to absorbing contact and brushing defenders off.
      One reason Stewart is so successful at <a href="http://www.cinemakolik.com/derek-anderson-jersey-c-1_42.html">http://www.cinemakolik.com/derek-anderson-jersey-c-1_42.html</a> breaking tackles is his unstoppable stiff-arm move, which is the game’s best outside of Marshawn Lynch.
      Here are four excellent examples of Stewart making defenders look silly with his patented stiff-arm:
      Stewart may be on the wrong side of 30 years old, and he has a hot young prospect gunning for his position, but for now he’s still Carolina’s starting running back and is projected to be their primary ball-carrier. Adjust your <a href="http://www.hl-sapporo.com/charles-johnson-jersey-c-1_32.html">Charles Johnson Youth Jersey</a> fantasy expectations accordingly.

    • MIAMI -- Weeks back, the story got <a href="http://www.newjersey1861.com/wayne-gallman-jersey-c-1_9.html">http://www.newjersey1861.com/wayne-gallman-jersey-c-1_9.html</a> out that Reds shortstop Zack Cozart loves donkeys and that if he made the All-Star team, fellow All-Star teammate Joey Votto was going to get him one (full story here).
      In fact, here's a hilarious video of Votto talking about picking one up off the black market:
      Now that Cozart is an All-Star, Votto is going to follow through with his pledge.
      "We have like a 10-game homestand after the break, so I'm sure it'll happen then," Cozart said of the pending transaction. "It's pretty funny how this donkey talk has taken off."
      It is.
      But mostly, Cozart wanted to sing the praises of his teammate and friend.
      "I used to be a little intimidated by him," Cozart admitted. "You know, MVP, it's Joey Votto. Now we're good friends and he's helped me out. His role, obviously, but just in becoming a better player. A guy like him, MVP, Silver Slugger, you can name it and he still works harder than anyone and that's why he is, in my opinion, the best hitter in the game today."
      It's a simple statement that I'm sure many would refute. For some reason, there's been some lingering stigma about Votto. Maybe it's his gargantuan contract or his low RBI total from several years back. Whatever it might be, it needs to change.
      Since the start of the 2015 season, Votto has hit .319/.442/.565, good for a 168 OPS+. In that time period, only four players have at least 500 plate appearances and are hitting over .300/.400/.500: Votto, Mike Trout, <a href="http://www.officialpiratessale.com/gregory-polanco-jersey-c-1_9.html">http://www.officialpiratessale.com/gregory-polanco-jersey-c-1_9.html</a> Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Cabrera. Votto is second in that group in OPS+ behind only Trout.
      Trout is the best player in the world, but Votto might be the best pure hitter right now. And yet, he's a bit underappreciated. Cozart believes he is.
      "Being in Cincinnati, you don't get a lot of pub in our city," he said. "I think if he was on a bigger-market team people would be talking daily about how special of a season he's having. This year, he's been unbelievable. There are so many good first baseman, so it's easy to get lost but he's up there toward the top."
      Want to know how insane Votto has been this year? He's on pace to hit .315/.427/.631 with 35 doubles, 48 home runs, 125 RBI and 120 runs. Holy smokes, that's a career year for one of the best pure, all-around hitters in the last few generations.
      Votto has even rubbed off some on his teammate. Cozart made an adjustment this season, thanks in part to watching Votto.
      "I made a change in Spring Training, putting my bat on my shoulder as my setup instead of having my hands up," Cozart said. "I get to my hitting position quicker, so I feel like my timing is better. You see Joey do it. He starts here and he's the best at it. It's worked out for me so far."
      It is. Cozart came into the year a career .246/.289/.385 hitter. Now at the break, he's hitting .316/.394/.547 this season.
      Cozart is a free agent after the season and the Reds aren't contenders. So he might be traded this month. Even if he's not, he's likely gone at the end of the season.
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    • Angel92 has written a new blog article "That Time a 17-Year-Old Tom Brady Borrowed Ken Griffey Jr.’s Jersey" 07.19.2017

      Welcome to Baseball Week. As <a href="http://www.yadeos.com/cam-newton-jersey-c-1_7.html">http://www.yadeos.com/cam-newton-jersey-c-1_7.html</a> training camp approaches and baseball takes a break for its mid-summer classic, The MMQB presents a week of stories on the crossover between hardball and football.
      In the spring of 1995, with the MLB draft just around the corner, the Seattle Mariners invited two dozen or so prospects to work out at the Kingdome. The group included a mix of college and high school players, some big-time prospects and some long shots. Among them was a promising 17-year-old catcher from the Bay Area named Tom Brady.
      The Mariners let the prospects change in the home clubhouse before the director of scouting ran them through drills on the field: the 60-yard dash, fielding exercises and batting practice. The prospects used wooden bats, just like the pros, and Brady even hit a few out of the park. “It was an incredible life experience,” Brady told The MMQB in an email interview.
      But the real highlight of the day came during <a href="http://www.arimtex.com/chris-carter-jersey-c-1_3.html">http://www.arimtex.com/chris-carter-jersey-c-1_3.html</a> a quiet moment in the clubhouse, where Brady and Greg Millichap, his high school teammate who was also invited to the tryout, came upon Ken Griffey Jr.’s locker. Back then, Griffey was arguably the most popular player on the planet. He was The Kid, 25 years old and already a perennial All-Star. Nintendo had just put him on the cover of a video game. Thousands of kids around the country were turning their hats backward and imitating his sweet swing.
      And there, in the locker, hung Ken Griffey Jr.’s jersey.
      So Brady and Millichap took turns trying it on and checking themselves out in a mirror. On their flight home, Brady turned to Millichap and said, Can you believe we just did that?
      “The jersey was cool,” Brady writes today. “Ken Griffey Jr. was the idol of all of us at that age.”
      With the MLB draft fast approaching, Brady had some thinking to do. At Junipero Serra High School, in San Mateo, Calif., he was captain of the baseball team and the star quarterback. He had a scholarship to play football at Michigan <a href="http://www.firestormkennel.com/derek-newton-jersey-c-1_21.html">Derek Newton Womens Jersey</a> in the fall, and it seemed likely that an MLB team would draft him. But he couldn’t take the baseball signing bonus money and play college football. By the end of the summer he’d have to choose.

    • Angel92 has written a new blog article "Lions claw back in final term to break Magpies’ hearts" 07.19.2017

      Denmark-Walpole’s season came to <a href="http://www.ky-oo32.com/andy-lee-jersey-c-1_24.html">http://www.ky-oo32.com/andy-lee-jersey-c-1_24.html</a> a heartbreaking end on Saturday after being overhauled by Royals in a thrilling final term.
      Despite leading for the majority of the round-nine contest played in greasy conditions at Centennial Stadium, the Magpies fell short by three points.
      Needing a win to keep their finals hopes alive, the Magpies played like a team possessed as they booted the only three goals of the opening term and converted one of their four inside-50 entries in the second quarter to hold a 12-point advantage at the long break.
      The Lions responded with three goals in the third term but two classy finishes from Kleemann Medal fancy Ryan Gaerth ensured the Magpies kept their noses in front going into the final stanza.
      The Magpies led by three points when the last quarter began and what transpired resembled a finals-like match as the two sides traded goals.
      There were seven lead changes in an epic fourth term as Harry Broomhall gave the home side the advantage back, only for Paris Ropiha to reply at the other end.
      Sam Baddeley-Holmes, who had been well held for much of the day, booted his second to put the Lions up but a miraculous snap from Magpies youngster Tom Candy dribbled in soon after as the visitors went three points ahead again.
      Jaxon Nottle helped the Lions hit the front with a long-range snap but the Magpies, playing far better than a side that has won just one game, kept responding and a clutch set shot from Paris Ropiha had them up by two points.
      The Lions continued to pump the <a href="http://www.dusenadup.com/mario-addison-jersey-c-1_43.html">http://www.dusenadup.com/mario-addison-jersey-c-1_43.html</a> ball inside their forward 50 and they were rewarded, but not through goals as three consecutive points, including two behinds to the returning Michael McGlade, gave the home side the lead with seven minutes to play.
      A point to Ryan Kinnear doubled the Lions buffer and the Magpies tried desperately to get the ball to the opposite end. But the Lions were able to clog play up on the scoreboard wing, making it tough to go forward in the strong breeze pushing across the ground.
      Cent Amores kicked a late behind but it was enough to hold the gallant Magpies at bay as the Lions pinched an unlikely victory, 8.17 (65) to 9.8 (62).
      The loss leaves the Magpies with one win to their name from nine games and now five games plus percentage behind the top four with six games left in the regular season.
      It was a bitter pill to swallow for the Magpies after being in front almost all day and kicking nine goals from just 31 inside 50 entries.
      Gaerth was superb in the middle of the ground in a best-afield display for the losing side, while Brody Hickey shone in defence and Paris Ropiha finished with three majors. Magpies coach Matt Candy said his players were gutted with the result but conceded it was their best performance of a disappointing season.
      “We did everything right and should have won,” he said. “The boys are devastated especially in Simmo’s (Barker) 100th game.
      “We didn’t fall over the line and they did but I thought our pressure on their ball carriers was great.”
      The loss was soured by a yellow card and report to returning vice-captain Luke Hutcheson for a dangerous tackle on Lions’ Corey Draper in the second term. Hutcheson took a one-match ban offered by the umpires for rough conduct.
      The Lions had 42 inside 50s, including 14 in the final term, but the result gives them breathing space at the top of the ladder.
      Michael McGlade was terrific coming <a href="http://www.ochomesnloans.com/daryl-worley-jersey-c-1_25.html">Daryl Worley Authentic Jersey</a> back from injury in the win while midfielders Henry Hodge, Dave Parker and Corey Ward were all influential. Lions coach James McRae said his side came out flat after the two-week break.
      “It was the ugliest footy we’ve played in a long time,” McRae said.
      “But to be successful winning pretty is not the best and we just had to get the four points. Denmark had to win and they were always going to come out hard.”



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