NFL Combine player didn't know he had 37 parking tickets until Raiders told him

  • NFL Raiders

    The NFL Combine is highly publicized for its drills, but another important aspect is something the league doesn't show on TV: the player interviews.

    Teams meet with the NFL hopefuls and ask them a series of questions ranging from silly to serious. Franchises will be investing millions of dollars in some of these players over the next four years, so they want to make sure they're drafting the right guys. During this process, teams do some deep dives into each player's past.

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    In the case of TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock, the Raiders went so deep they informed him of something he didn't even know about himself.

    Your first question is probably: What?

    Your second question is probably: How did he not know?

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    Both are good questions, and we have some answers. Blacklock explained that TCU just took the money out of his account.

    "They take them out of our checks. They pay for it at TCU," Blacklock said. "I guess it's a good thing because I don't go[......]

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    Tampa mayor apologizes to Bucs QB Tom Brady for ejection from local park

  • NFL Buccaneers American Football

    Tampa Mayor Jane Castor issued a light-hearted apology to Tom Brady as she welcomed the superstar quarterback and Rob Gronkowski to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Brady, who swapped the New England Patriots for the Buccaneers via NFL free agency, was ejected from a Tampa park amid the coronavirus pandemic earlier in the week

    The six-time Super Bowl champion was spotted working out Monday and Castor tried to make amends in a letter to Brady and Gronkowski after the former Patriots teammates reunited in Tampa.

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    "Dear Tom and Gronk, I want to personally welcome you both to Tampa! We are all very excited to have you here in our beautiful city," Castor wrote in a letter posted via social media.

    "You will quickly find that Tampa has a lot to offer. For st夜网论坛arters, you can leave your winter clothes behind, all you need here are shorts and sunscreen. A popular misconception is that there are no seasons here in the Sunshine State, however, you will find that we have endless summers, three or four cold days in winter, and of course allergy season.

    "Tom, my apologies for the miscommunication when you arrived — not the best first impression. But given my law enforcement ba[......]

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    NFL forfeit rules, explained: What happens if an NFL team is forced to forfeit due to COVID-19?

  • NFL American Football

    The NFL may soon see something it has never officially seen since its inception: A forfeit.

    The 2020 NFL season is at risk of scheduling madness due to COVID-19's impact on the league. With the Tennessee Titans representing the major early-season outbreak but other clubs also dealing with positive coronavirus tests, Roger Goodell and the league office may have no choice but to force teams to forfeit games in order to complete the regular season on time.

    Fines and the threat of lost draft picks have also been floated as punishments for COVID-19 protocol violations, but the only way to ensure as fair and balanced a schedule as 2020 can offer might be to call for game forfeitures.

    Here's a look at how the NFL's forfeit rule is written and how it could be applied in the 2020 season.

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    What is the NFL's forfeit rule?

    The word "forfeit" appears exactly once in the NFL's 2020 rulebook:

    Note: If a team forfeits a game, the opponent will be declared the winner by a score of 2-0, but the points will not be added to the winning team’s record for purposes of offensive production or tie-breakers.

    That means a team which wins by forfeit is the "winner," getting a win in their won-loss record for that season. The two points recorded as the winning margin cannot impact end-of-season scorin[......]

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    Elise Tate blasts Giants for usage of husband Golden Tate: 'So under utilized'

  • NFL Giants Giants v Buccaneers Buccaneers American Football

    The luster is dimming for Golden Tate in New York.

    In a lengthy Instagram story post, Elise Tate, wife to Giants wide receiver Golden Tate, ripped the Giants for Tate's lack of use in夜网论坛 the New York offense, saying that the offensive gameplan needs to put more of an emphasis on Tate and his talents.

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    The entire message was posted on a replay of Tate's fourth-quarter TD grab that pulled the Giants to within two points on "Monday Night Football."

    Here's Elise Tate's message in its entirety:

    Getting so many texts throughout the game GT WIDE OPEN WIDE OPEN WIDE OPEN. I KNOWWWWW. I mean yeah given ONE chance in the fourth quarter of course he comes down with the ball! He's @showtimetate !!

    SO UNDER UTILIZED. AS HIS WIFE I CANNOT EVEN WATCH WITH ONE EYE OPEN!!!!

    Same exact thing last game. one target in the first quarter - of course - an epic TD. HE NEEDS TO BW (sic) FED THE BALL. Period. Watch the film. He always comes down with the ball. His 1000 yard sea[......]

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    What channel is Packers vs. 49ers on today? Schedule, time for 'Thursday Night Football' game in Week 9

  • NFL Panthers v Falcons Falcons American Football Panthers

    The Green Bay Packers travel to play the San Francisco 49ers on "Thursday Night Football" with both teams far from full health.

    Week 9 of the NFL season kicks off Thursday when the Packers and their near-empty RB room face off with a 49ers team that's lacking Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle and Raheem Mostert. It's anyone's guess as to whether Nick Mullens or a struggling Green Bay defense holds the advantage on that side of the ball, while the continued absence of pass-rusher Nick Bosa likely means Aaron Rodgers will perform up to his usual standard while on offense.

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    One storyline to watch will be the performance of Davante Adams, who's made his case to being the best WR in football the last few weeks. Rodgers has gone his way double-digit times in each of the last three Green Bay games, and that should continue on Thursday night with the Packers' main running backs unavailable.

    Below is everything you need to know about how to watch[......]

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    Ben Roethlisberger injury update: Steelers QB says he'll be 'fine' after taking hit to knee

  • NFL Steelers Cowboys v Steelers Cowboys American Football

    Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went to the locker room just prior to halfime Sunday to have a left knee injury examined. The Steelers had just scored a touchdown with about a minute left, and it appeared Roethlisberger figured his work was done for the half.

    Two plays into the ensuing Cowboys drive, a CeeDee Lamb fumble gave Pittsburgh the football. Roethlisberger was still away from the field, so Mason Rudolph entered the game at quarterback for the Steelers, trailing 13-6. Rudolph completed 2 of 3 passes to move Pittsburgh into field-goal range, and Chris Boswell nailed a 59-yarder to put the Steelers behind by four at the break. 

    According to Steelers director of communications  Burt Lauten, Roethlisberger "is expected to return in the second half." ( UPDATE: Roethlisberger did return, and he led the Steelers to a 24-19 comeback victory. He told reporters after the game that he'll be "fine.")

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    Roethlisberger was shown througho[......]

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    Madden 22's early rendering of Mac Jones looks nothing like Patriots rookie

  • NFL Patriots American Football

    Madden 22 won't be released until Aug. 20, but it's already catching heat for some of its early character designs.

    One of the most notable ones is Patriots rookie Mac Jones. The game's initial rendering of the 15th overall pick from the 2021 NFL Draft looks nothing like him.

    Below you can see Jones' initial face design, per the Twitter account of Toucher and Rich.

    Here's a picture of Jones for comparison's sake.

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    I mean, come on. It's not even close!

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    First of all, Jones doesn't have facial hair, so giving him an Andrew Luck-style neckbeard isn't the right decision. He also doesn't have a receding hairline and has blue eyes. The model appears to have either brown eyes or heterochromia, like Max Scherzer.

    No matter how you look at it, this doesn't look like Mac Jones. It looks like some cross between Luck, Scherzer and the Trae Y[......]

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    NFL's highest-paid tight ends: How contracts of Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews, George Kittle compare

  • NFL American Football Patriots Raiders Browns Falcons Ravens 49ers Chiefs Lions

    The top NFL tight ends are finally getting the lucrative contracts they deserve for playing one of football's most demanding positions at an elite level. Defining "highest-paid" players at the league at any position is complicated, depending the weight one puts on average annual salary, guaranteed money and total value.

    The Chiefs' Travis Kelce and the 49ers' George Kittle got their new pricey deals from their teams last summer for their great receiving and blocking efforts. This year, right before the season, the Ravens' Mark Andrews was lock[......]

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    LeBron joins MJ, Kobe on prestigious playoff list

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    SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James is the 11th player in NBA history with 1,000 postseason assists.

    James hit the milestone with his first assist of the NBA Finals, setting up Dwyane Wade for a score with 5:05 left in the first quarter in the Miami Heat's game against the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.

    James is only the third player in NBA playoff history with at 夜网论坛least 4,000 points and 1,000 assists, joining Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. He's also the second forward to reach the postseason assist milestone, with Larry Bird being the other.

    Since James entered the league, no one has more postseason points, assists or steals than the four-time NBA MVP. Over that span, he also ranks second to the Spurs' Tim Duncan in postseason rebounds.

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    Josh Childress earns his ejection with vicious elbow in NBL game

  • NBA 夜网论坛

    You might remember Josh Childress as a mild-mannered NBA shooting guard with a large afro. 

    Well, Childress is now playing in Australia's NBL and he still has the afro. The mild-mannered part is a different story. In a game with his Sydney Kings, an angered Childress charged toward an opponent and leveled him with a vicious elbow. 

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    The video provides some context, as Jesse Waggstaff of the Perth Wildcats knocked Childress down on a hard screen. After his fall, Childress picked himself up, looked around for a foul and lunged at Waggstaff, who was in the air for a midrange shot attempt. 

    It was clear that Childress was hit hard on the screen, but nothing looked dirty about it. Childress obviously felt differently, and he earned his ejection. 

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