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Tom Brady reportedly “very upset” over Logan Mankins trade

(Credit: review2akrill.com) The New England Patriots decided to no re-sign wide receiver Wes Welker after Tom Brady received his contract extension, which didn’t sit well with the superstar quarterback. The Pats recently traded  veteran offensive lineman Logan Mankins for tight end Tim Wright and a draft pick, and this move reportedly has Brady “very upset.” Per PFT: While...
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College Football Predictions 2014: Hot Seat

In any offseason, there are countless speculations and predictions being thrown around. With every new season there are higher expectations. Higher expectations mean hotter seats for many college football head coaches. The five head coaches listed below have the sizzling misfortune of starting this year off on the hot seat.   Mike London, Virginia Cavaliers (18-31, 4 years, Salary...
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Peyton Manning on fine for taunting: “Money well spent”

(Credit: businessinsider.com) During last week’s preseason game against the Houston Texans, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning took exception to a hit on Wes Welker by Texans safety D.J. Swearinger. The hit gave Welker a concussion. Manning sprinted up the field, got in Swearinger’s face, and had some choice words for him. It is worth noting that the hit looked completely...
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College Football Predictions 2014: Heisman Sleepers

(Credit: Jeff Romance) In light of College Football kickoff later today, it’s time to dig up some potential sleepers to win the 2014 Heisman trophy. FSU QB Jameis Winston could become the second player in college football history to win the award twice. Ohio State running back, Archie Griffin, won the Heisman back-to-back in 1974 and 1975. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota and UCLA QB...
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Photos: NFL Logos redesigned as stoners

Marijuana has been a hot topic in the NFL lately with the year long suspension of Browns receiver Josh Gordon. Players smoke weed, and the majority of folks don’t care. It’s being legalized more and more throughout the country, but the NFL has remained strong in their ban against it. What if the NFL were to allow the reefer? Thanks to Dave Rappoccio of the Draw Play Comic and...
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Navy shows off new Summer white jerseys

On Saturday, the Navy Midshipmen will be taking on the Ohio State Buckeyes in Baltimore, Maryland. After a 9-4 season in 2013, the Midshipmen are ready for another successful season this year. While Navy may not be able to beat number five ranked Ohio State, it is not every week that your team gets to take on a top-five ranked team at home. Even if Navy cannot beat Ohio State on...
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Tim Wright acquisition solidifies Patriots return to winning ways

Patriots nation was shocked yesterday to hear that six-time Pro Bowler Logan Mankins had been traded to Tampa Bay for Tim Wright. Though to many this may come as a surprise, this deal is great for New England, and Tim Wright may be the missing link that the team needs to win Super Bowl XLIX. Beginning in 2010, the Patriots began to use more two tight end sets because we had two...
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Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn’s denim suits don’t disappoint

Whether he’s photo bombing fellow teammates or dealing with pranksters in the locker room, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers a well-known prankster. Today, Rodgers and back up quarterback Matt Flynn took being goofy to a whole new level. The pair showed up at the Packers welcome back luncheon in matching denim suits. Dressed to impress at the #Packers Welcome Back Luncheon. pic...
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Les Miles jokes LSU will play two quarterbacks at the same time

Tired of being asked about the team’s starting quarterback, LSU head coach Les Miles told SiriusXM he plans to play both at the same time (Credit: The Advocate/Bill Feig) During this time of the summer, some college football coaches get tired of being asked who will be the team’s starting quarterback. While some coaches, like Alabama’s Nick Saban, get angry at the media about...
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Cowboys Bubble game to be played at AT&T stadium

  Caption (credit: www.SkylineScenes.com) Coming to AT&T stadium Thursday night is the annual Bubble game. The fourth game of the preseason is the game where the stars are secured in bubble wrap, and the players struggling to make the team will get their chance to shine. Quarterback Dustin Vaughn will see plenty of action in this the final preseason game of 2014. The Cowboys...
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Seattle Fan gets prosthetic Seahawks eyeball

(Credit: Dave Haviland) Bill Vandenbush isn’t messing around. The 64-year-old Vietnam veteran, who lost his right eye in war in 1969, was given a prosthetic eyeball with the team’s logo in it as part of a 10th year anniversary gift by his wife, Shannon. “I had always wanted something in my eye, like a skull and crossbones,” Vandenbush said. “I was pretty overwhelmed with...
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2014 NFC North Team Previews

Green Bay Packers – Covered by Justin Arbogast Key Pickups – LB Julius Peppers (Bears), DT Letroy Guion (Vikings) Key Losses – C Evan Dietrich-Smith (Bucs), TE Jermichael Finley (UFA), S MD Jennings (Bears), WR James Jones (Raiders), OT Marshall Newhouse (Bengals), NT Ryan Pickett (UFA), DE CJ Wilson (Raiders). Draft – (21) S Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix (Alabama), (53) WR Devante...
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2014 AFC North Team Previews

Pittsburgh Steelers - Covered by Jim Racalto Key pickups – FS Mike Mitchell, RB LeGarrette Blount, WR Lance Moore, LB Arthur Moats, DT Cam Thomas, CB Brice McCain, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey,  Key losses – LB LaMarr Woodley, SS Ryan Clark, WR Emmanuel Sanders, WR Jerricho Cotchery, DE Ziggy Hood, DE Al Woods, DE Brett Keisel Off-season - The Steelers were far more active in free...
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Dallas cuts squad to 75

Caption (credit: www.mesquiteisd.org) The Dallas Cowboys made their official roster reductions, to get the team down to the required 75-man squad. While many of the players released today were injured, some were just not performing up to standards. The only real surprise on the cuts happened a couple days ago when Dallas released the free agent rookie fullback J.C. Copeland. Fullback...
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Seahawks Captain May Require Surgery

Backup middle linebacker and last year’s special team’s captain, Heath Farwell, may require surgery on a groin strain he suffered during last Friday’s 34-6 win over the Chicago Bears, per the team’s twitter account. READ MORE BY CLICKING HERE
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2014 NFC East Team Previews

Dallas Cowboys – Covered by Bruce Seymour Key pickups – DT Henry Melton, DE Jeremy Mincey, LB Rolando McClain, Ryan Williams Key losses – DE DeMarcus Ware, DT Jason Hatcher, LB Sean Lee Off-season – The coordinators played musical chairs in Dallas. Rod Marinelli will now be the defensive coordinator with Monte Kiffin’s position being called “assistant defensive coordinator...
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2014 AFC East Team Previews

Buffalo Bills – Covered by Joe Ray Key Pickups – LB Brandon Spikes, WR Mike Williams, LB Keith Rivers, CB Corey Graham, G Chris Williams, RB Bryce Brown, RB Anthony Dixon Key Losses – S Jairus Byrd, WR Stevie Johnson Off-Season – The Bills’ number one goal in free agency was fairly obvious: get stouter against the run. They accomplished just that. Spikes is one of the NFL’s...
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Seahawks fans reenacting Sherman’s tip over Crabtree at new 49ers stadium

While the San Francisco 49ers new stadium may have a few field issues, they also have a golden opportunity for fans of the rival Seattle Seahawks to make fun of the team’s loss in the 2013 NFC Championship. According to MyNorthwest.com, the gift shop at the new Levi’s Stadium has a statue of wide receiver Michael Crabtree. The new statue is providing a perfect opportunity for...
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Patriots trade guard Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay

Hoping to improve their offensive line before the season begins, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reportedly traded tight end Tim Wright and a pick to the New England Patriots for Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins. Mankins, who is 32-years-old, should still have a few solid years for the Buccaneers. Mankins will also help the Bucs replace guard Carl Nicks who was cut this off-season. Trading...
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NFLPA hopeful Sean Gilbert proposes radical changes

Former NFL player Sean Gilbert is launching a campaign to take DeMaurice Smith’s spot as the NFLPA’s executive director. While a debate between the two would be pretty entertaining, they might as well just have a steel cage match, because it looks they won’t see eye to eye on any current issues. Per Yahoo Sports: Gilbert, the former NFL defensive tackle with the Carolina Panthers and...
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Vikings to supply certified athletic trainers to local high school teams

AP Photo/Genevieve Ross The Minnesota Vikings announced today that they, along with the TRIA Orthopaedic Center in Minneapolis, will provide each school in the Minneapolis and St. Paul School Districts football program’s with certified trainers during the upcoming season. “Athletic trainers play an important role in keeping young athletes safe,” Eric Sugarman, the Viking’s...
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Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham out for year

(Photo Credit: Kevin Cook) NORMAN, OK—Sorry Sooner fans; you’re going to have to wait another year to see this potential superstar take the field. Junior transfer wide receiver, Dorial Green-Beckham, will not be eligible to play for Oklahoma this season. The school announced Friday that the waiver request entered on behalf of the phenom wide receiver, asking to make him eligible...
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USC player jumps from building to save nephew

AP Photo/Eric Risberg Josh Shaw, one of the starter for the USC Trojans, suffered high ankle sprains in both ankles after rescuing his 7-year-old nephew who was drowning. According to a report from USC, Shaw saw his nephew struggling in the pool and jumped from a second floor balcony onto concrete to get to the young boy. “I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not...
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Watch: Fan in wheelchair scores a touchdown

  (Photo Credit: ftw.usatoday.com) KALAMAZOO, MI—The Western Michigan football team scored perhaps the most meaningful points of their season, weeks before the season actually began. John Mulhearn, who is crippled to a wheelchair, took a hand-off about 45 yards to the endzone in Thursday’s practice. WMU head coach, P.J. Fleck, weaved Mulhearn through traffic while the entire...
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NFL player survey: Raiders worst team to play for, Bills 2nd

(Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports) To play in the NFL is a dream of many of today’s youth – and it’s been a dream for children of many decades. To get to the league is a feat in itself – to get there and make a successful career is another level of a dream. But players in today’s NFL might be taking that for granted, as a recent confidential players survey highlighted that...
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