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MLS equivalent to English Championship, says Chicago Fire’s Shaun Maloney

Chicago Fire and Scotland international midfielder Shaun Maloney believes Major League Soccer is inferior to the leagues in the United Kingdom, but thinks MLS is equivalent to the brand of soccer played in the Championship. The former Celtic and Wigan player joined Chicago Fire for a £1 million fee in January, after rejecting a contract offer from Leicester City. Speaking to Sky...
Via World Soccer Talk
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Former NFL Tight End Asa Watson Making New Career On NASCAR Pit Crew

Former North Carolina State tight end Asa Watson had hoped to follow in his big brother's footsteps and become the next great NFL tight end. he had a pretty good mentor to help him on the journey in his brother, New Orleans Saints tight end Ben Watson (who made his name with the New England Patriots and also played for the Cleveland Browns).Things didn't quite work out for Asa in...
Via FatManWriting
April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Top Belichick Draft Classes, 3: 2004

In 2004 the Patriots were coming off their second Super Bowl championship, and were looking to reload their roster. In the offseason they picked up one the best running backs in team history in Corey Dillon. In the draft they picked up some key members that would be essential members on the 2004 Super Bowl team, and beyond. Here are some of the more key members from the Patriots...
Via Pro Football Spot
April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

What are the New Orleans Saints' Plans at Tight End?

Since the beginning of the Sean Payton/Drew Brees era, the Saints have been a team that utilized the tight-end position extremely well; this has been a huge part of their offensive success. In 2014 the Saints tight ends were, like always, a huge part of the offense's scheme. So if New Orleans wants to keep this strategy heading into 2015, what changes need to made? Last season, the...
Via Pro Football Spot
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Biggest Cut Candidates

The Saints are currently projected at roughly $23 million over the salary cap. Many of us know that’s just a technicality, though, and bonus, restructures and contract shifts will kick it to bring that number close to even. The Saints still need to re-sign their own players, sign free agents and draft picks, too. In order to do that they will need to create space. Brees restructuring...
Via The Saints Nation
February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Position Review: Tight End

One of the positions at which the Saints are the most secure going into next season is the Tight End position.  It was a bit of an up and down season for the Saints simply because superstar all-world Tight End Jimmy Graham was dealing with an injury for the vast majority of the year. As he always does Jimmy fought through it, but it was obvious he just wasn’t the player we are...
Via The Saints Nation
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Wigan fire sale sees Shaun Maloney and Ben Watson exit plus medical for Callum McManaman

With the news that Wigan midfielder Callum McManaman will have a medical tomorrow ahead of a move to West Bromwich Albion, the exodus from the 2013 FA Cup winning side has begun. In my weekly Good Buys/Bad Buys column, there are surprisingly no bad buys in the most recent transfer dealings, so here’s my review of the good signings made in the past 7 days:     Shaun Maloney,...
Via World Soccer Talk
January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Offensive Player Grades at Steelers

The offense put up 35 points on five touchdowns and they needed all of it as the Steelers’ total would end up being 32. This was quite possibly the unit’s best performance of the season, which is surprising when you consider how slow they started. If you look at all positions, quarterbacks, backs, receivers, tight ends, o-line… I thought it was a top to bottom fantastic performance...
Via The Saints Nation
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints go on the road against all expectations and take out Steelers 35-32

The score make it look much closer than it really was, mostly thanks to horrific prevent defense and tackling down the stretch that allowed the Steelers to score 16 points in about 2 minutes, but the Saints went into Pittsburgh and completely outplayed the Steelers. I said the Saints would need a perfect performance by Brees to win this game and that is exactly what they got. Unbelievably...
Via The Saints Nation
November 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints’ Tight End Benjamin Watson’s Post on Ferguson Unrest Worth Reading

I’ve admittedly read little of the post-non-indictment Ferguson commentary. This is purposeful. I’ve found so much of what I’ve read or heard — including media, friends on various social platforms and everday conversation — to be stupid, ignorant, misinformed, uninformed or, not atypically, some unique amalgamation of all of those things. So, I choose to maintain my own...
Via Legend of Cecilio Guante
November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints Notebook Week 3

Photo credit:  Crystal LoGuidice-USA TODAY Sports. Brandin Cooks bounced back after an underwhelming performance in Cleveland to the tune of 74 yards on eight catches against the Minnesota Vikings.  Cooks did most of his damage on screens out of the flat (picking up 33 yards on five receptions, most of it gotten after the catch) but was also a viable weapon downfield.  He ran...
Via cover32 - Saints
September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Undrafted free agents who could make the New England Patriots’ final roster

Every season the New England Patriots seemingly strike gold in the undrafted free agent (UDFA) class. Last year wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins was a starter and had the most exciting play of the season with his 17-yard touchdown reception, with no time left on the clock, to defeat New Orleans 30-27 in Week 6. Defensive tackle Joe Vellano also came into camp last year as an UDFA...
Via cover32 - Patriots
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Professional Athletes Name The Most Annoying Fan Bases They Had To Deal With In College

Even after they graduate and make it to the next level, professional athletes are always willing to talk about their collegiate glory days. Some athletes especially love talking about their rivals, and how even though they graduated, they still loathe them and especially their fans. On the ESPYS red carpet last week, Mike Dunsmore of Dunsmore Productions LLC asked pro athletes a...
Via College Spun
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Camp Preview: Who will back up Jimmy Graham at TE for the New Orleans Saints?

Thanks to the NBA Finals/Free Agency and the World Cup the summer sporting doldrums have seemed to fly by, and we’re now officially one week away from Training Camps kicking off across the NFL. To catch you up to speed on all things Saints, each day we’ll preview a different position and give you an idea of what to keep an eye on while you watch reports coming out of The Greenbrier...
Via cover32 - Saints
July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Camp Preview: Who’s going to back up Rob Gronkowski?

As the New England Patriots enter training camp this summer no position has more question marks than at tight end. Behind All-Pro Rob Gronkowski, New England’s tight end group is anonymous. In addition, the New England front office failed to address the position this offseason in free agency or the NFL Draft. While Rob Gronkowski is unquestionably the most dynamic offensive playmaker—when...
Via cover32 - Patriots
July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots post-draft roster breakdown: Receivers & tight ends

Now that the 2014 NFL Draft is in the books there is a clearer picture of what the New England Patriots 2014 roster will look like heading into training camp this summer. Undrafted Free Agent signings are done and with just a few end-of-the-roster moves before training camp begins later this summer, for the most part the roster is in place. This continues a breakdown of how the Patriots...
Via cover32 - Patriots
May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots beef up on undrafted free agent Tight Ends

The New England Patriots were smart to wait until after the 2014 NFL draft to add depth at tight end. That sounds insane, since tight end was a major area of need for the Patriots this offseason, but the draft only had five top players at the position. Eric Ebron, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jace Amaro and Troy Niklas were off the board by the time the Patriots were selecting at No...
Via NESN.com
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Sign Nine Rookie Free Agents

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots signed nine rookie free agents on Monday, May 12. The nine rookie free agents are TE Tyler Beck, RB Roy Finch, S Shamiel Gary, LB Cameron Gordon, DB Travis Hawkins, RB Stephen Houston, TE Justin Jones, LB Deontae Skinner, and TE Asa Watson. Tyler Beck, 23, appeared in 49 games during his four-year career at Bowling Green and caught 25...
Via Sox and Dawgs
May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Asa Watson: Joining Patriots 10 Years After Brother Ben ‘Surreal’

Asa Watson is entering the New England Patriots’ organization under much different circumstances than his brother, who was drafted by the team 10 years ago. Tight end Ben Watson was a Patriots first-round pick (No. 32 overall) in 2004, and Asa is joining the team as an undrafted free agent after dealing with a heart ailment as a junior and a reduced role in the North Carolina...
Via NESN.com
May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Tight End Asa Watson Among Patriots’ Nine Undrafted Free-Agent Signings

The New England Patriots used the undrafted free-agent signing period to fill major needs on their depth chart after the 2014 NFL draft concluded. The Patriots signed East Carolina tight end Justin Jones, Oklahoma running back Roy Finch, Bowling Green tight end Tyler Beck, Delaware cornerback Travis Hawkins, North Carolina tight end Asa Watson, Michigan linebacker Cameron Gordon...
Via NESN.com
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Eric Winston Elected New NFLPA Union President By Player Reps

On Tuesday, Pittsburgh Steelers free agent safety Ryan Clark was nominated as a candidate to become the new NFLPA union president, however, after a Wednesday vote by the team player reps, Eric Winston will now replace outgoing president Domonique Foxworth. Winston not only beat put Clark, but Ben Watson as well. Many thought that Watson, who most recently served on the NFLPA's executive...
Via Steelers Depot
March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Steelers Free Agent S Ryan Clark Now A Candidate To Become New NFLPA President

The NFLPA is looking for a new president and Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports is now reporting that Pittsburgh Steelers free agent safety Ryan Clark is one of three players nominated Tuesday by team reps to replace outgoing president Domonique Foxworth. Ben Watson and Eric Winston are the other two nominated players that will run against Clark, according to Pelissero. Clark has...
Via Steelers Depot
March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 5: Saints mid-round draft prospects

Although the glitz and the glamour goes to the first round picks, getting the middle rounds right is often more important. Jimmy Graham was a third round pick, Marques Colston was a seventh round gem, and Junior Galette wasn’t even selected in the 2010 draft. That being said, here are five guys to keep an eye out in the all-important middle rounds of this year’s draft. 5. Arthur...
Via cover32 - Saints
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Wigan to play Manchester City

FA Cup holders Wigan will travel to runners-up Manchester City in this season's quarter-finals, while Arsenal will host Everton. Ben Watson's late goal gave Wigan a historic triumph over City in last year's final at Wembley and Manuel Pellegrini's side will be hoping to avenge this defeat at the Etihad Stadium. Everton, meanwhile, will go to Arsenal after they progressed with a...
Via Fox Soccer
February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Cup draw throws up Wigan at City

FA Cup holders Wigan will travel to runners-up Manchester City in this season's quarter-finals, while Arsenal or Liverpool will host Everton. Ben Watson's late goal gave Wigan a historic triumph over City in last year's final at Wembley and Manuel Pellegrini's side will be hoping to avenge this defeat at the Etihad Stadium. Everton could face another Merseyside derby against Liverpool...
Via Fox Soccer
February 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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