Source: Jay Gruden could be fired by Washington

December 7, 2014 – 4:37 pm by Ryan Phillips
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Washington’s football team is a mess, and its level of ineptitude was on full display Sunday, as Daniel Snyder’s team lost to the St. Louis Rams 24-0 at home. The loss sent Washington to 3-10 and made first-year head coach Jay Gruden look even worse. As the game was in its final few seconds, we received a text from an NFC source, who said he thinks Gruden’s position in Washington isn’t secure.

Our source’s text read as follows: “I think there’s a real chance Gruden gets fired” after the season. The text was completely unprompted.

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Big-time college athletics still hates the little guy

December 4, 2014 – 8:22 pm by Hickey

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Intercollegiate athletics are a far bigger deal in the United States than anywhere else in the world, and perhaps that makes sense given that no other form of sport is more reflective of the American way.

Despite being money-making machines, all American pro leagues have some form of socialism in the form of salary caps, luxury taxes or revenue sharing. Thus, the Green Bay Packers can be one of the model organizations in football while the New York Jets are, well, the Jets.

It’s not so in the college sports world, where money talks and beggars walk. It doesn’t matter how well you run your organization — the guy with more money will get the better of you.

This week we saw two prime examples of this in full effect as Alabama-Birmingham shut down its football program due to a lack of support from University of Alabama system trustees, and a lesser-publicized case of big boy Oklahoma State suing small-timer New Mexico State over use of a pistol-wielding mascot.

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Pitt running back James Conner is ACC Player of the Year

December 3, 2014 – 6:09 pm by Ryan Phillips
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To the surprise of some, Pittsburgh Panthers running back James Conner was named the ACC’s Player of the Year on Wednesday. While that shouldn’t be a surprise, some believed that Florida State’s Jameis Winston would win it despite his shaky season.

Conner received 16 of 55 votes cast by the members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, which was three more than Winston, who won the award last year. Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley was the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.

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Report: Jim Harbaugh done with the San Francisco 49ers

December 2, 2014 – 11:32 pm by Ryan Phillips
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Jim Harbaugh’s future with the San Francisco 49ers has been a topic of discussion for the better part of a year. Now we have enough information to definitively say that we believe Harbaugh’s tenure with the 49ers will be over at the end of the season.

On Tuesday, Matt Maiocco became the latest in a long line of reporters to conclude that Harbaugh will be out at the end of the year. After talking to “numerous people close to both sides” Maiocco has concluded that Harbaugh’s relationship with 49ers general manager Trent Baalke is irreparably broken. On top of that, Harbaugh has “alienated a lot of people inside the organization,” and the “overwhelming sentiment” is that Harbaugh won’t be back in 2015.

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Arizona Diamondbacks sign Yasmany Tomas

November 26, 2014 – 6:00 pm by Ryan Phillips
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This offseason has already been a pretty wild one for Major League Baseball, and we were thrown yet another curveball on Wednesday. The Arizona Diamondbacks have reportedly signed Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas to a six-year contract worth $68.5 million.

The Diamondbacks had not been considered a serious player for Tomas, while the San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies all appeared to be firmly in the mix. Tomas was seeking a deal in excess of the six-year, $72.5 million contract countryman Rusney Castillo received from the Boston Red Sox, but that didn’t materialize.

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San Francisco Giants in talks with Max Scherzer, Chase Headley

November 26, 2014 – 1:58 am by Ryan Phillips
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Fresh off of losing a cornerstone player, the San Francisco Giants aren’t hanging their heads. In fact, general manager Brian Sabean is out looking for a replacement and trying to improve an already stellar pitching staff. Late reports on Tuesday suggest the 2014 World Series champions have already moved on to other options.

With Pablo Sandoval now officially a member of the Boston Red Sox, the Giants have a huge, Panda-sized hole at third base. According to Jon Heyman, the Giants have reached out to free agent third baseman Chase Headley, who is generally considered to be the best option left at the hot corner.

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MLB Rumors: Cubs offer Jon Lester more than $135 million

November 25, 2014 – 5:15 pm by Ryan Phillips
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Let me start this off by saying I like Jon Lester and think he’s an excellent pitcher, but if this latest report is true, Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs have officially lost their minds. A report on Tuesday claims the Cubs have offered the free agent left-hander a six-year deal worth “north of” $135 million.

Lester is the top lefty on the market this winter and I understand the desire to throw a lot of money at him, but $135 million over six years is absurd. Epstein, Jed Hoyer and company are clearly looking to make a big move this winter but there’s something to be said for moderation when a market is running wild.

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Police Report: Manziel’s entourage involved in brawl

November 24, 2014 – 3:12 pm by Hickey

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Maybe the middle F in JFF stands for Johnny Fightin’ Football.

According to police reports, Johnny Manziel and his crew were involved in a massive brawl involving 20 people Friday night at The 9, a multi-purpose venue in Cleveland that features a night club, luxury apartments and hotel rooms on its premises.

Chris Gonos, a 33-year-old Browns fan from Sandusky, Ohio, told police he approached Manziel while both waited for an elevator, saying “I’m the biggest Browns fan ever, I love you, I want to give you a hug.”

When Gonos approached Manziel — it was 2:30 a.m., in case that needed any explanation — he was allegedly tackled by a member of Manziel’s security team and punched in the head by another.

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