Perhaps the tale we should be looking at for comparison’s sake isn’t A-Rod’s at all.

The most obvious difference is that we’re in a whole other league now, and one that — despite the fact we just found out, a whole two days before the start of the season, where and how to watch the games — doesn’t feel like it’s flying quite as much by the seat of its pants.

We’re in year five, smashing through the previously impenetrable three-year barrier Cheap Jerseys China Paypal that felled the previous two leagues. The relative infrastructure, history, and stability that the NWSL brings as compared to WPS, especially when Rodriguez was a rookie, means that at the very least, there are four other people who once stood where Lavelle is now, and based on where at least three of them are now, things will probably turn out OK.

Perhaps the tale we should be looking at for comparison’s sake isn’t A-Rod’s at all. Perhaps we should instead head west, to Chicago in 2015. The Red Stars, for all their struggles in the WPS era and in the early days of NWSL, made the playoffs for the first time in 2015, and Cheap Jerseys Good Quality they did it largely on the strength of a team devoid of the kind of names you’d think they’d need to get there.

Manziel and Gilbert were two premier selections who wound up making 11 total starts before washing out of the league. Since 2000, no team has had two players taken so highly in the same draft who contributed so little.

The Pac-12 career record-holder for made three-pointers will remain on the West Coast, joining a Sparks team that’s loaded with talent. Wiese’s three-point ability will be greatly appreciated in Los Angeles after the defending champion Sparks led the league in three-point shooting last season.

Whoever has the most facial hair earns two points and so will whoever delivers the best dance

Saying the winner of the series should take the honor would be a misleading way to assign the throne. Harden’s Rockets are clearly superior, and as the No. 3 seed they’ll be favored over the No. 6 Thunder. So we here at SB Nation have our own scorecard to measure what is truly important. (Points will be added over the course of the series and the score is currently 9-5 in favor of Westbrook.)

Before the game even tips, some points will be decided. Whoever Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale has the most facial hair earns two points and so will whoever delivers the best dance. We know who should win each category, but there’s still time for the Brodie to chuck the razor and for Harden to let loose. This. Is. April. After all.

As they say, heroes never die, but memes live forever. It’s extremely important that each candidate produces multiple pieces of viral content. Five points for anything deemed a meme (unlimited uses).

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And here’s J.J. doing more or less the same thing in 2015: Denver in the first round won’t be diving into quarterback again. Its priority will be improving protection for its current young passers and boosting its run blocking. Other than that, front-seven rebuilding for new coach Vance Joseph will dominate Denver’s draft.

The Watt brothers share some traits, with the primary difference (other than their number of Pro Bowls) being J.J.’s profile as a lineman and T.J.’s as a linebacker. There are worse players for T.J. to be like.

Julio Jones, recovering from foot surgery, attends workout with Falcons teammates

Foot surgery didn’t keep Julio Jones from attending “Camp Brotherhood” with his Atlanta Falcons teammates.

Although the star wide receiver was still recovering from foot surgery, Jones was in attendance Wednesday at the players-only workouts being orchestrated by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.

While the Cardinals seek a new naming-rights sponsor, the stadium will keep its current name. The team will also continue a partnership with University of Phoenix, which laid off more than 170 full-time faculty members and saw a decline in enrollment of 40,000 students from 2015 to 2016. But University of Phoenix will remain Cardinals’ official education partner.

“We look forward to continuing our relationship with University of NFL Cheap Jerseys Nike Phoenix while at the same time are excited about identifying a new naming rights partner for the next era of the stadium’s success,” Cardinals executive vice president/chief operating officer Ron Minegar said in a statement. “Our partners at University of Phoenix have been a major factor in the building’s success which has not only been a tremendous source of community pride but also an unparalleled economic driver for Arizona.”

Since the stadium opened in 2006, it has hosted two Super Bowls, three college football national championship games, 11 Fiesta Bowls and a Pro Bowl in addition to the Final Four.

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Bengals’ Adam Jones berates reporter after offseason arrest question

Bengals cornerback Adam Jones went on a verbal tirade against a reporter just minutes into the team’s first open interview period of the offseason on Monday.

Jones was speaking to the media for the first time since he was released from jail after an arrest in January. He spoke for only four minutes before he yelled at a reporter who’d asked whether Jones had anything to say to the fans about his arrest. Jones announced before the interview that he would not be taking any questions related to the arrest.

If you’ve paid any attention to the Tigers-Red Sox series that has been going on in Detroit this weekend, you’ve probably noticed that the Red Sox roster hasn’t looked as you may have expected. The near-unanimous favorites to win the AL East are rolling out lineups that look like this, and like this.

Brock Holt is leading off and playing DH. Chris Young Cheap Authentic Jerseys is playing against right-handed hitters. Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez are inexplicably absent. In what is one of the oddest things I’ve ever witnessed happen to a major league roster, the culprit for the absences is a flu outbreak.

Betts and Ramirez are just the most notable players currently sitting out because of this illness, of which there are apparently three strains circulating the Red Sox clubhouse. It all started Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China back at the end of spring training when Mitch Moreland was quarantined for a few days along with a handful of coaches.

Henley’s hole-out for eagle requires massive repair effort on Augusta National’s fifth green.

Russell Henley had a priceless reaction after his second shot to the par-4 fifth clanged off the flag and fell into the cup for a hole-out eagle.

Only thing missing from the three-time PGA Tour winner’s ho-hum reaction was a yawn. Doesn’t get much more chill than that.

This will reportedly take place during Tuesday’s home game against the Nuggets, the final home game of the regular season. According to Stein, this is slightly more than an honorary event, as the Mavericks will actually dress up Romo in their gear and have him sit on the bench. But unfortunately, he won’t actually play during the game, which would’ve been neat (and maybe a little weird) to see — he hasn’t played competitively since high school. Here’s Romo hanging out at Duke in 2015, and playing with Quinn Cook:

Apparently, owner Mark Cuban had been teasing this for a week, making a cheeky reference to Romo in response to questions about Seth Curry being out for the rest of the season:

Cuban has said on multiple occasions over the past week that the club would be looking to add “a pass-first point guard” before playing out the season’s final five days.
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Gonzaga players were in a bad mood on their first night in Arizona ahead of the Final Four.

The next step comes quickly. With convenient dramatic flair, Spurs’ Wednesday evening game finishes fifteen minutes before Chelsea’s. The north Londoners are away at relegation-battling Swansea, while Antonio Conte’s 343ers are at home against Manchester City.

Or, to put it another way, Spurs have a game that they really should be winning, and Chelsea have a game that they really could end up losing. Not impossible. Not even that improbable.

So by Thursday morning we could have a gap down to four points with eight games left, and a title race that’s stood up, stretching, and looking for its glasses. Then it becomes a question of scrutinising the fixture list and wondering where the next crack will appear. For Chelsea, the obvious candidate comes in mid-April when they head up to Manchester United.

Now, Manchester United aren’t very good. And Manchester United have the Europa League to think about. And Chelsea have this season put five unanswered goals past David de Gea. And we could go on and on in this vein.

Gonzaga players were in a bad mood on their first night in Arizona ahead of the Final Four. Head coach Mark Few had gathered the team for a late night film session three days before the ‘Zags would take on South Carolina.

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For the first time this season, the Kansas City Chiefs are no longer at least tied for the No. 1 seed in the AFC. By losing to Denver on Sunday, the Chiefs dropped from the top spot all the way to the No. 5 seed. Kansas City will get a chance to regain the top spot against Denver Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men in two weeks, but for now the Broncos are on top.

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The news, which was first picked up late Tuesday morning, revealed that the U.S. women’s team had yet to vote on the deal, but that there was great optimism they’d reach a conclusion. Negotiations stalled during the day, but Kevin Allen of USA Today confirmed Tuesday evening that the sides reached a deal.

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The Jets’ current QB depth chart is the football equivalent of a torn-up bomb shelter.

The New York Jets have plenty of holes to fill in the 2017 NFL draft, but none may be as big as the void at quarterback. The franchise currently has three passers on its roster; together, they combined to go 1-6 as starters last fall.

So when Jets head coach Todd Bowles told reporters the team will be looking into adding a rookie signal caller this spring, it didn’t exactly come as a surprise.

“There is a scenario [where the Jets would use the No. 6 pick on a QB], yes, Bowles told reporters at the league’s annual meeting in Phoenix. We’ll see how it falls, and we’ll look at the pros and cons of it and we’ll make that decision. But there is a scenario.”

From Cam Newton to Luke Kuechly to “Riverboat Ron,” there’s so much to like about the Panthers, except for one person. That and more in Matt Ufford’s Fumblr.

In the AFC, a more familiar face was honored for his offensive performance. Ben Roethlisberger soldiered through bad weather to throw for 367 yards and four touchdowns on 29-for-45 passing and help the Pittsburgh Steelers upset the Detroit Lions. The win moved the Steelers to 4-6 on the season, keeping them in the picture for what is shaping up to be a hotly-contested battle for the AFC’s final wild card spot.

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Long earned a ring with the Patriots, but he won’t ride off into the sunset just yet.

The second overall pick in the 2008 draft, Long has been one of the more accomplished edge defenders over the past decade. The longtime Rams end has tallied 58.5 sacks, 22 run stuffs, nine forced fumbles, and six fumble recoveries in a nine-year career. He notched four sacks, three pass defenses, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery last year with the Patriots.

For comparison, DeMarcus Cousins has accumulated 111 technical fouls in his 483-game career. This season alone, he’s been T’d up an astonishing 19 times, and the Pelicans still have eight games to go before the season’s over.

But even the most mature and revered NBA stars lose their temper once in a while. LeBron James has been hit with four technical fouls this season, and Dwyane Wade’s been called for five. Chris Paul, eight. Even the notoriously soft-spoken Tim Duncan was called for at least one technical every season in his 19-year career.

If you’ve ever played any level of basketball, you know how easy it is to foul compared to getting a steal. Renowned perimeter defenders like Ron Artest, Bruce Bowen, and Shane Battier all fouled way more than they stole the ball.

The fact that Kawhi’s accomplished this over the course of six seasons is a serious testament to his discipline. He makes it look easy on the defensive end.

Leonard is currently a candidate for a third consecutive Defensive Player of the Year award, and stats like these certainly help his case.

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The Cincinnati Bengals lost Sunday’s game to the Baltimore Ravens

Kelly isn’t wrong; Foles has played well in his last two starts. Take a look at the numbers: 34 of 46 (73.9%) with 634 yards, 10 touchdowns and 0 INTs for a 155.3 passer rating. Most importantly, the Eagles are 2-0 in those games.

Assuming Eskin’s report is true, Michael Vick won’t play again this season, barring an injury to Foles. Vick, if healthy, would likely be the team’s primary backup QB in this case. It seems like Vick still isn’t 100% healthy yet though. He re-injured his hamstring a few weeks ago and hasn’t been able to fully participate in practice since then.

Vick was originally named the team’s starter after winning the job in an open competition held in training camp and preseason. The veteran quarterback hasn’t started since returning too early and looking unfit to play against the Giants in Week 8.

Injury update: Speaking of injuries, but unrelated to the main subject of this post, Eskin also gave an update on some of the Eagles’ injured players. According to the report, Eagles rookie Earl Wolff is likely out versus Washington with a knee injury. Mychal Kendricks (knee) might also miss time, but starting left tackle Jason Peters is likely to play.

The Cincinnati Bengals lost Sunday’s game to the Baltimore Ravens, but middle linebacker Vincent Rey did everything he could on an afternoon when the defense was sorely missing Geno Atkins.

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