Report: Expect Florida to make a run at Bob Stoops

October 22, 2014 – 4:35 pm by Ryan Phillips
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Florida’s football program is an absolute mess right now. The Gators are 3-3 with a 2-3 record in the SEC and no hope of recovering under current head coach Will Muschamp. Fans are ready for a new regime after three-plus years and a 25-19 record under Muschamp, and a familiar name has popped up as a possible replacement.

Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley has probably already started mapping out his options for a new head coach, but his first call isn’t likely to be a surprise. Foley is almost certain to make a run at Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. There is little to suggest that Stoops is ready to leave Norman, but in the past the two-time Walter Camp Coach of the Year has at least been willing to listen to offers.

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Fantasy football is evil: Or, how I lost to Josh McCown

October 21, 2014 – 12:44 am by Hickey

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Our politicians and pundits can bicker all they want about Ebola and immigration and all the other issues perceived to be bringing our nation to its knees. I will choose to focus on the only thing vile enough to actually get the job done: fantasy football, aka the devil’s taint.

As you may recall from after-school specials, peer pressure is the root of all evil. (Do they still have after-school specials, or have we simply given up hope that melodramatic acting will prevent the children of the future won’t become drug-addled sexpots?)

Peer pressure is the entire root of fantasy football participation. Inevitably, some friend has a league with an odd number of teams. And you — yes, you! — are just the person needed to bring it to an even number. Think of all those people you’d be letting down if you didn’t join. And thus you have no choice but to say yes. Hell, it’s probably the same way they got people to sign up for the Klan.

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MLB Rumors: Boston Red Sox to make Yoenis Cespedes available?

October 20, 2014 – 7:53 pm by Ryan Phillips
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One of the biggest coups of the 2014 Major League Baseball season was the Boston Red Sox landing outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Oakland A’s in exchange for a few months of Jon Lester. Cespedes finished the season with 22 home runs and 100 RBIs, while Lester was decent for the A’s and will now hit free agency. Meanwhile, Cespedes has a year left on his contract.

That was a great trade for the Red Sox, but now rumors are circulating that Boston and general manager Ben Cherington may make Cespedes available for trade this offseason. The 29-year-old recently signed with Jay Z’s Roc Nation agency and will certainly be looking for a big contract extension.

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Alex Morgan out for the rest of women’s World Cup qualifying

October 18, 2014 – 11:54 pm by Ryan Phillips
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United States Women’s National Soccer team forward and everyone in America’s soccer crush, Alex Morgan isn’t just really attractive, she’s also one of the squad’s best players. Unfortunately, she’s going to miss the rest of the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament thanks to a sprained ankle.

On Saturday morning, Morgan underwent an MRI that confirmed the sprain. She suffered the injury Friday night during the U.S.’s 5-0 win over Guatemala. There was no other damage found on the MRI, which is a relief to Morgan and U.S. Soccer. It is the same left ankle that kept her sidelined for seven months earlier this year. The 25-year-old is expected to miss four to six weeks.

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Jay Gruden: Robert Griffin III will start when healthy

October 15, 2014 – 7:35 pm by Ryan Phillips
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Well, so much for the Kirk Cousins train. On Wednesday, Washington head coach Jay Gruden confirmed that once Robert Griffin III is cleared to return from his ankle injury, he will be the team’s starting quarterback.

Given the fact that Gruden’s team is 1-5 and that Cousins has struggled badly in two of the last three games it’s not surprising the coach will go back to its franchise quarterback. Griffin hasn’t lived up to expectations so far during his career, but he still has the potential to be a dynamic force under center if he can stay healthy.

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Video: Tyler Toffoli scores ridiculous goal

October 15, 2014 – 2:52 am by Ryan Phillips
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The Los Angeles Kings got off to a slow start this season, but the defending Stanley Cup champions appear to have things rolling now. On Tuesday night the Kings waxed the Edmonton Oilers 6-1, after ripping the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 on Sunday night. In both games, the Kings were led by the line of Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson, better known as “That 70s Line.”

Toffoli scored the goal of the year in the NHL so far on Tuesday night, with a short-handed tally in which his stick-handling was impeccable. The 22-year-old sniper took the puck into the Oilers’ zone, crisscrossed the from the top of the right circle into the left, all while keeping the puck just out of reach of Edmonton’s Brad Hunt. Then he fired the puck into an incredibly small window past goalie Viktor Fasth.

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Flames AHL affiliate fires team mascot

October 15, 2014 – 1:04 am by Hickey

The American Hockey League affiliate of the Calgary Flames has — wait for it! — fired its mascot. Before even playing its first game.

The Adirondack Flames are the new Triple-A team for Calgary, though frankly we were unaware you could play at a lower level than that club. Unless you’re the Sabres. But that’s an entirely different story.

Anyway, the new team’s mascot, “Scorch” came with the storyline of being the final ember from the fire that destroyed Glens Falls, N.Y. in 1864 and re-emerged from its slumber 150 years later. That premise is already shaky in the taste department, although I suppose we are far enough removed from the event for “Too Soon?” to be applicable.

But everything went awry with Scorch’s unveiling, which was a skit that featured him killing an actor dressed up as a firefighter. Not literally, of course. But the symbolism was probably a bit strong when you consider that mascots are geared toward entertaining children.

After the understandable furor that followed, the team announced on Tuesday that Scorch is no more.

“We’re extinguishing Scorch,” team president Brian Petrovek told the Glens Falls Post-Star. “The misjudgement we made was such that we came to that decision.”

Remarkably, Scorch is not the only case of mascot malfeasance in recent weeks. Jacksonville Jaguars mascot Jaxson de Ville caught serious heat (get it?!?) when he held up a Steelers Terrible Towel along with a sign that read “Towels Carry Ebola.” Needless to say, the team issued an apology, though it likely thanked de Ville in private since he provided an effective distraction from his team’s on-field product.

Report: Todd Gurley’s season likely over

October 11, 2014 – 12:53 am by Ryan Phillips
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As the Todd Gurley autograph saga continues to unfold, a report on Friday claims that the Georgia running back and Heisman Trophy front-runner has likely played his last down of college football.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Georgia beat writer Chip Towers reports that a person familiar with the investigation claims there is a serious possibility that the junior running back won’t be cleared to return this season. Other sources add that a determination of punishment is likely to be made by next week. Gurley is likely to be a first-round draft pick this spring regardless of how this plays out.

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