Charles Woodson wants Jim Harbaugh to coach Michigan instead of Raiders

Oakland Raiders veteran safety Charles Woodson would rather Jim Harbaugh coached the University of Michigan football team next year rather the Oakland Raiders football team.

When asked by Rich Eisen — if given the choice — which team Woodson would prefer Harbaugh to coach, Woodson selected each’s alma mater over his current employer. Michigan fired head coach Brady Hoke last week and rumors have persisted for some time that the school would be interested in Harbaugh becoming his successor. Harbaugh played quarterback at Michigan from 1982-86 and is believed to be nearing the end of his tenure with the San Francisco 49ers.

Woodson rejoined the Raiders last offseason, playing all of last season and this season with the team.

Apparently, Gundy added, “we didn’t all play by the same rules. If everybody is playing by the rules and you get your butt kicked, that’s OK. I can live with that. But when it’s an uneven playing field, that’s not fair.”

That’s because the Ole Miss-Oklahoma State Sugar Bowl really, really was not close. The Pokes were outgained by a margin of 554-366. The first five touchdowns were all Ole Miss’, and the player scoring one of them was an offensive lineman:

Cheating isn’t fair. No one is arguing that it is. And at least Gundy is candid that he’s “not sure” his team would’ve won under different circumstances.

But there’s not that much to wonder about here.

The Chiefs, Texans, Dolphins, Rams, Bills, 49ers and Browns all have somewhat similar identities. All these teams feature ball-control offenses and, with the exception of probably the Dolphins, feature either struggling or subpar quarterbacks, buoyed by tough, physical, punch-you-in-the-mouth defenses.6

Cardinals bringing back return man Jeremy Ross

Authentic Andre Ethier Jersey The Cardinals brought Jeremy Ross in for a late look last year, and apparently want to take a longer one.

According to Adam Caplan of ESPN, the Cardinals have re-signed Ross to a one-year deal.

Authentic Bishop Sankey Jersey The journeyman special teamer was brought in last year after the Cards cut Michael Floyd following his DUI arrest, and appeared in two games.

He¡¯s also spent time with the Jets, Ravens, Raiders, Lions, and Packers.

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Shortly after the Super Bowl, former NFL coach Kevin Gilbride stopped by PFT Live and told us that it can take a long time for an NFL team to get over a playoff collapse.

Another coach who won¡¯t be talking to the media is Sean Payton. The Saints¡¯ coach has made it a habit of not doing a press conference at the combine, and he¡¯s decided to continue that habit this year.

The final coach who won¡¯t be speaking is actually somewhat of a surprise, and that coach is Washington¡¯s Jay Gruden.

Apparently, Gruden has zero interest in going up to a podium to get hit with questions about Kirk Cousins¡¯ contract status for 15 straight minutes.

Gruden¡¯s decision not to speak is somewhat notable because we don¡¯t even know if it¡¯s his decision. According to the Washington Post, Redskins president Bruce Allen doesn¡¯t want general manager Scot McCloughan talking to the media, and it¡¯s completely possible that Allen might have asked Gruden to sit out the combine interview process so he doesn¡¯t have to face questions about McCloughan.

Although listening to an NFL coach being interviewed can sometimes be boring during the regular season, they¡¯re slightly more interesting during the combine, because the coaches seem less guarded.

And if Vanessa¡¯s parents don¡¯t want their daughter marrying Nick Viall, then they should damn well say so.

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On the other hand, that¡¯s kind of Bachelor gas-lighting, you know? It¡¯s absurd to tell parents they should be cool with their child signing their fate over to some produced version of reality just because they ¡°signed up for it.¡± To say hey, it doesn¡¯t matter if your kid doesn¡¯t know where she and her husband would live, or what kind of laundry detergent they both like, or what the husband will even do for a job once he¡¯s no longer a professional reality TV star?

No. It does matter. And if Vanessa¡¯s parents don¡¯t want their daughter marrying Nick Viall, then they should damn well say so.

“I can¡¯t explain how much respect I have for the women who play 11 months out of the year for a decade or more. You rarely see your family, and if you don¡¯t take impeccable care of your body, you¡¯re done.”

Some women play in multiple leagues because of lower-than-average salaries, meaning many play in two or three different leagues a year. Wiggins played professionally in Spain, Israel, Greece and Turkey but her presentation of the WNBA painted an image of a league devoid of respect in lockers rooms and on rosters.

“People were deliberately trying to hurt me all of the time. I had never been called the B-word so many times in my life than I was in my rookie season. I¡¯d never been thrown to the ground so much. The message was: ¡®We want you to know we don¡¯t like you.¡¯”

Wiggins told The San Diego Union-Tribune that she is writing an autobiography titled “The WNBA Diaries,” which will detail her time at Stanford and her experience while playing professional basketball. Wiggins said she isn¡¯t holding any grudges against the women she claimed made her time in the WNBA difficult.
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“I want you to understand this: There are no enemies in my life. Everyone is forgiven. At the end of the day, it made me stronger. If I had not had this experience, I wouldn¡¯t be as tough as I am.”

Dallas Stars pay tribute to announcer Dave Strader’s comeback after missing a year battling cancer

Dave Strader had missed 283 days behind the microphone as the Dallas Stars play-by-play broadcaster thanks to treatment for bile duct cancer. On Saturday, Strader returned to the booth to call the Stars and Lightning game, one of five games he¡¯ll call this season.

The Stars thanked Strader for his service and congratulated him on a successful return after their exhilarating 4-3 overtime win against the Lightning with a stick tribute in front of the booth.

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The chapter bills itself as having the largest fraternity house in the world, and the house was built in 2005 with a $3.7 million price tag. The house has a 35-foot peak.

He is not the first FSU QB to do such a thing either. Jameis Winston did this back in 2013, and an intrepid video personality from Florida State¡¯s website tried to equal the milestone (with tips from Winston) showing just how hard it is.

But if we¡¯re being honest, Francois¡¯ effort at winging the pig was a lot more spectacular given that Winston took a large, nearly running start from much farther back.

Either way, they were both awesome and prove the Noles have QBs with huge arms.

The Islanders had paid a huge price to acquire Vanek from the Sabres but later that season turned into a seller, and the Habs were able to pick up a pure scoring winger for little in return. In the end, even a little was too much. Vanek struggled again to deliver when it mattered most, failing to score in his final seven playoff games and scoring in just three playoff games for the Canadiens, who would lose to the Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals.
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Feb. 26, 2016: Chicago Blackhawks acquire winger Andrew Ladd, defenseman Jay Harrison and winger Matt Fraser from the Winnipeg Jets for winger Marko Dano, a first-round pick and a conditional draft pick.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson on his surgically repaired starting rotation

During the past two seasons, Wacha has reached what McCarthy described as a “cliff”: His seasons would be humming along before, suddenly, shoulder discomfort would bring them to a swift end. It typically surfaces late in a season, and it typically ends that season. Wacha was able to finish 2015, but his results took a nosedive. He had to go on the disabled list last August. His fastball velocity was down from the mid-90s to the low 90s and his once-cartoonish changeup was just kind of there. Thinking back, he doesn’t sugarcoat what that looked like.

“As soon as it started hurting, I started yanking balls. I felt like it was the time to go in and say something,” Wacha said. “My command was gone. I wasn’t able to hit spots. Balls were up in the zone, my off-speed didn’t really have much on it.”

Some people wonder whether Wacha should have spoken up earlier. Only 12 major league pitchers with at least 120 innings had a worse ERA than Wacha’s 5.09. He didn’t seem like the same guy who had made a powerful Dodgers lineup look limp in October 2014. He clearly wasn’t right, to borrow Matheny’s word.

After the season, Alderson said the bone spur wasn’t significant enough to go under the knife, but who knows — maybe the Mets had simply maxed out on that Groupon.

If you’re scoring at home, that’s a big ol’ question mark for every single member of New York’s projected starting five. The good news is, according to lead MiPS forecaster Thor, all that physical health stuff is overrated.

“Going into next season, I look at it as we’re eight or nine deep.” The Seahawks’ running game lost some identity without Marshawn Lynch, according to deposed running backs coach Sherman Smith.

“I think Coach just wants more of that run-around type of energy that I can’t give,” Smith said. “Heck, I’m 62 years old. I don’t run around like I did when I was 32. So I think that was important to him, and that’s where he went. I may not like it, but that’s his decision, and I’m fine with it.”

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It’s surprising the Vikings haven’t re-signed Rhett Ellison

Let many of the free agents leave. The Vikings had one of the deepest rosters in football, but many of those players either took a step backward or failed to deliver on expectations in 2016. The Vikings can get by at cornerback without Terence Newman and Captain Munnerlyn. The Matt Kalil dream is dead after years of injuries at left tackle, and Andre Smith was a mess after his well-intentioned signing before the season.

It’s surprising the Vikings haven’t re-signed Rhett Ellison, who is a useful blocking tight end, and punter Jeff Locke has been part of a unit that has been above average in each of his four years with the team. Cordarrelle Patterson has been an excellent kick returner, but the Vikes may be blown out of his market if another team values him as a starting wide receiver.

Authentic Kids Max Garcia Jersey Asked if he hoped there was some creative tension between McCoy and Musgrave, Joseph said: “I hope so. That tension is always good tension.

Limited Mens Terrence Brooks Jersey “They’ve all called plays. So that’s exciting for us. But with those personalities, it won’t be an issue … [Musgrave] called plays for a playoff team a year ago and he’s been great with young quarterbacks. Mike mentioned it — he kind of broke Mike into the business, so having that relationship between those two guys, it’s going to be awesome for us to have all those minds come into one game plan each week. It’s going to be important.”

McCoy did not call plays in his four seasons as the Chargers’ head coach (2013-16), but he said he has a “burning desire” to call plays with Denver. He also promised to call for input with the intention of making it work for the quarterbacks.

“For four years, I’ve kind of missed that,” McCoy said. “I’m excited to get back in this and call plays. I think a great thing about my job is the staff we’ve put together. … I think these coaches are going to learn that I talk a little bit more on the headsets on game day. I’m going to ask for a lot of input.”

Look for him to be moved to a team that values athletic linebackers who can be deployed in the blitz game

The 26-year-old has a world of talent but was used sparingly in 2016 under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. Look for him to be moved to a team that values athletic linebackers who can be deployed in the blitz game.

After the Patriots won Super Bowl LI against Atlanta, Floyd found himself caught in a social media upheaval after tweeting a screen shot of him kissing the Lombardi Trophy from the TV broadcast.
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Floyed followed that tweet with a tweet two days later after realizing he was on the receiving end of animosity from “just negative random people … probably most Arizona people,” he said, who thought he didn’t deserve to win a Super Bowl after his December incident.

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“[But] that had all my Super Bowl tickets in it for all my friends and family, so it’s basically a $30,000 bag of cash that was missing,” Shanahan said. “So that was my panic.”

It was a panic that held Shanahan for a long time as he tried to figure out where the backpack went.

“I was just looking for my backpack,” Shanahan said. “I didn’t know who took it. But I couldn’t get more than five feet without someone stopping me. And I was getting insecure because people were trying to talk to me and I can’t even look them in the eye. [I was thinking] ‘I’ve got to find my backpack!’ And they’re [thinking] ‘this guy’s weird.’

“So finally I went back to my seat where I was and there was this one backpack sitting there. And so I just went and started looking in that backpack and finally I found Art’s name on it. I was asking some reporters around and someone had his cellphone, so they called him.”

But recovering the backpack wasn’t that easy.

Morning Skate: The Capitals are dismantling anyone who visits them at home

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Lace ’em up. Time for the Morning Skate.

Hey, remember when the entire Metropolitan Division was taking the entire NHL by storm at the same time?

Well, it¡¯s cooled off. Except the team in D.C.

Washington won its 11th straight at home last night. That seems ridiculous! It is! But so is this stat: The Caps have scored at least five goals in four straight games, including in 13 OF THEIR LAST 19.

Speculation about Julien¡¯s job security have flown about all season, and seemed to reach an apex two weeks ago after a 8-10-5 run since mid-December. At that point, Julien was asked about the rumors and shot them down eloquently, saying he¡¯d do the best he could do while he was still behind the bench.

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Limited Womens Orlando Magic Jersey The next day, Julien made a comment about his roster¡¯s talent that some took as a slight against general manager Don Sweeney, though it was likely just a motivational tactic.

If it was, it didn¡¯t work. The Bruins dropped the two games before his dismissal by a score of 11-8.

Julien exits Boston as the Bruins¡¯ all-time leader with 419 wins and a Stanley Cup in 2011.

Patriots parade live stream: How to watch Super Bowl 2017 celebration online

Congratulations to the Patriots for pulling off one of the greatest sports comebacks of all time in Super Bowl LI. Only New England could make a 25-point deficit feel so small, as Tom Brady rallied his team to beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, in overtime.

Whether you’re a New England fan looking to celebrate, or a Patriots hater looking to revel in your sorrows, there’s good news for you. The victory parade, which starts at 11 a.m. ET, will live stream on NFL Network and locally on CBS Boston, NBC Boston, and WCVB.

Though he hasn’t made an NFL start — let alone played a game — in over a year, Vick’s desire to make his NFL return is completely understandable. After all, Brady is 39 years old, while Vick, who served a one-and-a-half-year jail sentence, is three years younger than the Patriots’ superstar QB, with a lot more tread left on his tires than the five-time Super Bowl champ.

Vick, still a diehard Falcons fan, had been training four days a week in preparation for a potential 2016 comeback, but the opportunity never presented itself.

“I think it’s time. I think going through the 2016 season without playing and being able to be a spectator and watch the game and enjoy it from afar and root for a lot of the players and coaches I once played for, I think kind of summed it all up for me,” Vick told ESPN’s Josina Anderson upon announcing his retirement.

Vick most recently spent time in Pittsburgh, backing up Ben Roethlisberger and making three starts in the 2015 season which spawned from injuries at the position. The Steelers compiled a 3-1 record in the games Vick played before the quarterback’s season was ended by a hamstring injury and Big Ben’s return soon after.

The quarterback has yet to make his return official, but it will be interesting to see if teams change their minds about the 36-year-old quarterback in the upcoming offseason.

Gaga is no stranger to the Super Bowl

While taking a zipline down to the field like an even more glorious Shawn Michaels might not be in play, the superstar should be able to put together one hell of a playlist for her 15-20 minute set. In October, she released Joanne, her sixth studio album, which spawned the top-50 hit ¡°Perfect Illusion.¡±

Jordan Norwood Mens Jersey But fans won¡¯t be especially interested in her newer stuff, most of which represents a dropoff from her critical and commercial peak. Gaga hasn¡¯t had a No. 1 hit on the Billboard U.S. charts since 2011, when her anthem Born This Way rocketed to the top of the weekly listing. While the intervening five years since have left her peaking at merely ¡°very good,¡± her foundation of hits from 2008-10 will give her plenty of ammo to work with.
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Her first two major singles as a solo artist, ¡°Just Dance¡± and ¡°Poker Face,¡± were both mega-hits that entered the zeitgeist and continue to get radio airplay eight years later. ¡°LoveGame,¡± ¡°Paparazzi,¡± and Beyonce team-up ¡°Telephone¡± followed. Then, smack dab in the middle of 2010, she released arguably her greatest work ¡ª the generation-defining ¡°Bad Romance.¡±

Gaga is no stranger to the Super Bowl, however. She kicked off the Super Bowl 50¡¯s festivities by singing the national anthem, making this her second straight appearance at the big game. This time, she¡¯ll have more than 2:23 to make her mark.

For Bennett, his performance Sunday will be his first at the Super Bowl, but will come alongside a familiar face. The World War II veteran teamed up with Gaga, 60 years younger, for the Cheek to Cheek album and subsequent tour. The two performed at jazz festivals throughout the world in 2015, leading to Sunday¡¯s historic appearance. When Bennett takes the stage at Super Bowl LI, he will be the oldest performer to do the halftime show, even if he¡¯s only appearing via video screen.