Former Denver Broncos cheerleader Michelle Beisner joins ESPN


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Today, ESPN hired Michelle Beisner, more commonly known as “Joe Buck’s new trophy wife.”

I’ve been saying for the past few years that most of the new sideline reporter hires in sports media are drawn from two pools

a.) wannabe actresses/models, note the slash, very important to have that slash in there or

b.) cheerleaders.

With Michelle Beisner, formerly of NFL Network, it’s literally both.

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Thankfully Football Saves Us From Football


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Everything gets pushed aside for the start of NFL training camps.

Is Kevin Love getting traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Not nearly as important as a cocky, highly questionable rookie quarterback for the lowly Cleveland Browns. The size of the most recent Jose Abreu home run? Psshh.

Was it bigger than Jay Cutler’s new shaggin’ wagon?

Much like the way the commencement of baseball Spring Training fills us with a sort of revitalizing vigor every year, this version of the start of the NFL season (not to be confused with the draft or minicamp or the Hall of Fame Game or your team’s first preseason game or the third preseason game that’s like almost real football or the Thursday game of Week 1 or Sunday of Week 1 the next week) stirs up those savage desires to watch controlled violence.

Football makes everything better.

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Stephen A. Smith: A lesson in stupid


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Stephen A. Smith, your rocket to the sun is ready.

I like to believe that I am a level-headed person. My family and friends probably beg to differ. More often than not, I speak my mind in harsh truths because the topic either deserves it or because someone/something said or did something inexcusable for me to bear witness to.

Advocating that men are allowed to hit women based on provocation is a great way to piss off any self-respecting person, or anyone with a moral compass.

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Carolina Panthers Greg Olsen, Dale Earnhardt Jr. team up


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The NFL slaughters everything in America, but NASCAR rules in Charlotte. Now the two join forces as the Carolina Panthers’ best receiver and racing’s most popular driver coalesce. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who drives the No. 88 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, is teaming up with Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, who wears the No. 88 in the National Football League, to raffle off the ultimate sports experience called “Weekend With The 88s.” 

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How the S.F. 49ers will integrate Jimmie Ward into the secondary


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So what are the San Francisco 49ers getting this year in Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward? He became just the second Huskie ever to be drafted in the first round when he was chosen with the 30th overall pick. Ward made an impression during 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl Week in his hometown of Mobile, Ala., and followed that with an impressive performance at the NIU Pro Day in March.

Ward measured in at 5-10 ½ inches and 197 pounds, ran the 40 yard dash in 4.45 seconds, had a 38-inch vertical jump and a broad jump of 10 ½ feet.

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Arizona Cardinals lineman hosting Mexican talk show


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“Titulares y Más” is getting ready to welcome former NFL player Rolando Cantú this week. The former Arizona Cardinals offensive guard will appear as guest host of the successful sports program.

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Saints, Drew Brees championship window is closing


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Drew Brees has all the weapons he needs to make another deep run. Health will be key. The offseason was busy, but the overall grade out is essentially a wash. The Jimmy Graham drama seems to be over for now. I’ll spare you a recap/analysis of that since it’s already been over-covered as it is. Overall, NOLA has to be the favorite in the NFC NASCAR division.

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Have the Baltimore Ravens improved their offense enough?


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The Baltimore Ravens rode Joe Flacco’s big arm and a strong defense led by Ray Lewis to a magical Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers. That was the 2012-2013 season. The 2013-2014 season was much different.

Gone were future Hall-of-Famers Lewis and Ed Reed. Also gone was Flacco’s favorite target Anquan Boldin. To make matters worse, another one of his other favorite targets, Dennis Pitta, went down with a dislocated hip in training camp. The Ravens failed to make the playoffs, finishing 8-8. Despite a tumultuous offseason where five players were arrested, they are confident they can get back to the top of the AFC North in 2014. [Read more...]

Carolina Panthers will have fierce defense, running game in ’14


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The talent is definitely there for the Carolina Panthers on D.

However, it seems that everyone else in the NFC NASCAR division improved, or at least they addressed their weaknesses this offseason. The Panthers tried but got worse. The Atlanta Falcons should leapfrog Carolina this year. And the Saints are a notch or two above both of the teams. That said, I would not be surprised if Carolina was still able to grind out a playoff berth on the strength of their defense and running game.

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Tony Dungy issues statement about his Michael Sam comments


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The following is a statement from Tony Dungy, regarding the comments he made about Michael Sam, and the controversy that ensued. (For more on the backlash against his remarks go here).

The statement begins:

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“Things Happened” under Tony Dungy, 17 Colts got arrested


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UPDATE: Tony Dungy releases statement in response to backlash against his remarks

“I wouldn’t have taken him,’’ said former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy, now an analyst for NBC. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.

“It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.’’

Michael Sam as member of the St. Louis Rams had actually ceased to be top of mind for me a while ago, and as news representation goes, it would appear the same for most of the sports media consumers. That’s a good thing. Normalizing the first openly gay NFL player via apathy of the general public is a step toward making an athlete’s sexuality a non-issue.

Tony Dungy feels otherwise. Besides being a noted homophobe, the former coach, current analyst, and guy tapped for tapioca public speaking and life-coaching books decided to make it known that coaching a player who is different or who he feels has potential to create a problem just isn’t worth it.

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Can New Orleans Saints defense carry them to the Super Bowl?


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When discussing the New Orleans Saints…First off, anyone who ever does a “Saints go marching….” cliche gets KICKED IN THEIR THROAT SO THEY NEVER TALK AGAIN. If you really are that bad at your job that you have to make a reference to the song that helped name the team and use it to try and sound clever, you are too dumb to work in this field. And you’re too boring to be allowed to speak. I hope your NFL credentials are revoked for that.

*rant over*

Now, let’s get on to talking about the New Orleans Saints defense.

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