PopMuse: Sports http://popmu.se Musings of stuff en-us Copyright 2007-2019 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Colts stick with 'our guy' Vinatieri amid struggles http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/28073247/colts-stick-our-guy-adam-vinatieri-amid-struggles http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/28073247/colts-stick-our-guy-adam-vinatieri-amid-struggles Wed, 13 Nov 2019 19:35:59 UTC www.espn.com - TOP Veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri, who has made only 70% of his PATs and 73.7% of his field goal attempts this season, is "our guy," Colts coach Frank Reich said. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Nike finally made Sabrina Ionescu jerseys, and they sold out in hours https://www.sbnation.com/2019/11/13/20963268/nike-sabrina-ionescu-jersey-oregon-sold-out https://www.sbnation.com/2019/11/13/20963268/nike-sabrina-ionescu-jersey-oregon-sold-out Wed, 13 Nov 2019 19:21:45 UTC Whitney Medworth at SBNation.com - All Posts Yes, it’s good Nike made them but they clearly did not make enough. Sabrina Ionescu may be the most popular college basketball player across both the men’s and women’s game right now. She’s back for her senior season in Oregon and is the runaway No. 1 pick for the WNBA draft next year where she’ll head to Brooklyn to play for the Liberty. Her team also just beat Team USA in a scrimmage. She’s kind of a big deal. But until this week, it was impossible to buy her jersey anywhere. Yes, Nike sells plenty of college football and men’s basketball jerseys but a jersey for Ionescu did not exist. And so like most things, Ionescu publicly roasted Nike and got them to do the thing they should have done a long time ago. They started to sell Oregon No. 20 jerseys. The Sabrina Ionescu jersey timeline This all started on November 5th when Ionescu herself tweeted this out: Why is @Nike not making @OregonWBB jerseys yet!?!? I’m running out of excuses — Sabrina Ionescu (@sabrina_i20) November 5, 2019 Then, magically, on November 9th, Sabrina tweeted that the jerseys would be available soon. It’s amazing how Nike could turn this around so fast. It’s almost like they should have already been doing this, and that they even have the resources to handle it! Thank you @Nike, what an honor! Hoping this is the start of many more female athletes being represented! #GoDucks https://t.co/OmrOk7qxsl— Sabrina Ionescu (@sabrina_i20) November 9, 2019 On the 11th, the official Oregon Ducks store tweeted at 5:38pm EST that the jerseys were available. They got a response from a user at 7:40pm saying they were sold out. I have no idea how many jerseys Nike made available and that information is not public but it was clearly not enough. Tell your friends and tell them to tell their friends!! #20 jerseys are here! https://t.co/4xuC8gKmRu pic.twitter.com/HJiwSCZPrn— The Duck Store (@TheDuckStore) November 11, 2019 But in more concerning news, it appears Nike won’t restock the white jerseys. Either Nike is incredibly lame or they’re going to make the upcoming green jersey endlessly available. I hope it’s the latter but I won’t get my hopes up. We are not expecting another shipment of the white jerseys, however, we’re anticipating receiving the green jerseys later in the season! Stay tuned!— The Duck Store (@TheDuckStore) November 13, 2019 We haven’t even gotten to the part where Ionescu will get 0% of profit from this but hey, I guess we have to fight one battle at a time. Women’s sports are incredibly underserved from a merchandise perspective. Every season WNBA fans beg for more merchandise and jersey options but aren’t given much to work with. During the 2019 World Cup, the Women’s Home jersey became the No. 1 soccer jersey ever sold on Nike.com within a season. Meanwhile, the NWSL is planning expansion based on the popularity of merchandise and sales. These numbers show the interest is there in case after case. If Nike believes in equality and change like it claims, it needs to start stepping up its support for women’s sports. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Lunardi: Kentucky's loss to Evansville might not be a March factor http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/28068323/kentucky-wildcats-loss-evansville-necessarily-hurt-march http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/28068323/kentucky-wildcats-loss-evansville-necessarily-hurt-march Wed, 13 Nov 2019 19:18:59 UTC www.espn.com - TOP The Wildcats can be in the No. 1 seed conversation despite Tuesday's shocking loss. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Is Andy Dalton the worst scout team Lamar Jackson? No, but he’s close: an investigation https://www.sbnation.com/2019/11/13/20963293/andy-dalton-worst-lamar-jackson-impersonator-scout-team-tom-brady-eli-manning https://www.sbnation.com/2019/11/13/20963293/andy-dalton-worst-lamar-jackson-impersonator-scout-team-tom-brady-eli-manning Wed, 13 Nov 2019 19:16:54 UTC Christian D'Andrea at SBNation.com - All Posts Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images Andy Dalton was scout team Lamar Jackson for the Bengals. It did not help. The Bengals were completely unprepared for Lamar Jackson in Week 10. The Ravens’ quarterback and MVP candidate ran roughshod over a winless Cincinnati team. Jackson threw more touchdown passes (three) than incompletions (two), recorded a perfect 158.3 passer rating for the second time in his budding career, and ran for 65 yards — most of which came via a video game, highlight reel 47-yard touchdown run. .@Lj_era8 pressed all the buttons on this run (via@ NFL)pic.twitter.com/CsPVww96UA— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) November 10, 2019 Baltimore went on to win that game, 49-13, continuing Cincinnati’s undeniable path to the top of the 2020 NFL Draft in the process. So how were the Bengals so wholly unable to adjust to Jackson’s dual-threat capabilities? It maaaaaay have all started in practice, where the team’s big ploy to prepare for Jackson’s unique skillset started with running Andy Dalton on the scout team. [Dalton] joined the captains for Sunday’s coin toss after a week the nine-year starter gladly was one of the scout team quarterbacks trying to simulate Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. They tried to get ready for Jackson’s speed with stand-ins being the practice squad wide receivers and for his savvy with Dalton. That’s right, the Cincinnati defense prepped for the most dynamic running quarterback the league’s ever seen — through 1.5 seasons, at least — by chasing down a 32-year-old with fewer rushing yards in his nine-year NFL career (1,203) than Jackson had in his first 16 starts as a pro (1,247). While the veteran wasn’t the only player to take to the backfield in order to confuse the Bengals’ linebackers — Geoff Hobson’s report also notes several wide receivers and running backs took snaps in order to emulate the elusive QB — he was almost certainly the slowest. The Bengals’ strategy failed to pan out ...but could it have gone worse? Dalton stepped up even after being benched on his birthday to help a hopeless team get better (or at least attempt to). Which quarterbacks who began the 2019 season as starters would have been an even worse ersatz Lamar Jackson? 5. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers Ignoring Roethlisberger’s current elbow injury, the lumbering veteran is elusive in a much different way than Jackson. Big Ben stays alive in the pocket because he has the body type of a Weeble. Jackson escapes pressure because he’s, you know, fast. 4. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers Garoppolo has run for 1.1 yards per carry this season. One out of every 87 of his rushes results in a torn ACL. 3. Joe Flacco, Ravens The good news: he knows firsthand what Jackson is capable of, having lost his starting job in Baltimore to him. The bad news: since 2015, he’s run for fewer yards (200) than Jackson had in Weeks 6 and 7 this year (268). He’s also on injured reserve with a neck injury, which further crimps this terrible plan. 2. Tom Brady, Patriots We all remember this, right? Moving on. 1. Eli Manning, Giants Career yards per carry: 1.8. Manning finished his 2016 campaign with -9 rushing yards. Head coach Pat Shurmur tried to roll him out on fourth-and-short in Week 1, and this happened: He truly is bizarro Lamar Jackson. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ The 8 best Trae Young highlights so far this season https://www.sbnation.com/2019/11/6/20938280/trae-young-highlights-video-hawks https://www.sbnation.com/2019/11/6/20938280/trae-young-highlights-video-hawks Wed, 13 Nov 2019 19:04:58 UTC Harry Lyles Jr. at SBNation.com - All Posts This post will probably be updated after every Hawks game, because that’s just how good Young is. Trae Young is one of the most exciting young players in the NBA. Instead of blogging each one of his amazing highlights, we’re going to collect them all right here in a post that will run throughout the entirety of the 2019-20 season. Apologies in advance for how lengthy the post will get, but it will be worth it. Game 10 vs. Nuggets He really nutmeg’d ‘em. Trae was in his bag in Denver Where do his handles rank in the league? pic.twitter.com/rAFQQ9m2lG— Handles (@HandlesNBATV) November 13, 2019 Game 9 vs. Trail Blazers 35 points, 10 assists, 8 rebounds against Portland, whatever. .@TheTraeYoung had another stellar night, going for 35 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds in Portland#TrueToAtlanta pic.twitter.com/7dnCBCS5bU— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) November 11, 2019 Game 8 vs. Kings After scoring only nine points in his worst game of the year in a loss to Chicago, Young rebounded in a big way against the Kings. Young had 30 points and 12 assists, and no play better than this incredible pass: Trae Young ridiculous behind the back pass pic.twitter.com/XjPudsMMoE— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) November 9, 2019 Game 6 vs. Spurs Young returned from a sprained ankle against Miami that kept him out a week, and started this game off shooting 0-for-8 from the field. Then went off in the second half, which included this gem: Oh....oh my pic.twitter.com/e4ywFbP7ta— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) November 6, 2019 Here it is in slow motion, because it was that good. Just in case you, like us, needed to see this in slow motion pic.twitter.com/8MKvl8g685— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) November 6, 2019 Can we start calling him “Twitta Trae”? Because he gets the timeline going. I’m just saying. Game 3 vs. 76ers The Atlanta Hawks have arguably the best social media team in the NBA (you could even argue sports), and well, I’m just going to let the tweet speak for itself. V I S I O N pic.twitter.com/UsWXZQRFvv— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) October 28, 2019 This one, too. Put 'em on skates ⛸ pic.twitter.com/rSq0IQcOpP— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) October 28, 2019 Game 2 vs. Magic Young put on an absolute show in the Hawks’ second game of the season with 39 points, and put the final dagger in the Magic by putting one in off the window. THE BANK IS OPEN pic.twitter.com/2IYEX6UJar— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) October 27, 2019 Game 1 @ Pistons Most of the logo threes are going to be in here, because they’ll never get old. First logo of the 2019-20 added to Young’s collection was the Pistons’ in a 38-point performance. Trae just casually pulling up from the Pistons' logo pic.twitter.com/keaoQOODoc— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) October 24, 2019 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ The 5 most fireable NFL coaches this week https://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2019/11/13/20961731/nfl-hot-seat-coaches-firing-pat-shurmur-giants-jason-garrett-cowboys https://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2019/11/13/20961731/nfl-hot-seat-coaches-firing-pat-shurmur-giants-jason-garrett-cowboys Wed, 13 Nov 2019 19:00:00 UTC Christian D'Andrea at SBNation.com - All Posts Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is on the hot seat after a loss to the Jets. Jason Garrett joins the crowd — and we’ve got a new No. 1. Week 10 of the 2019 season was a great one for underdogs — and a big lift for the hot seat coaches in dire need of wins. The Jets dispatched the Giants to throw some ice on Adam Gase’s hot seat. The Browns messed around for three quarters but still found a way to beat the Bills. Mike Vrabel kept his team alive in the AFC playoff race with a comeback win over reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. That led to some changes in the fireable coach rankings. While victory was enough to keep Gase, Kitchens, and Falcons coach Dan Quinn from the top spot, it couldn’t spare them from the top five this week. And while other sideline generals like Anthony Lynn (Chargers), Doug Marrone (Jaguars), and Matt Patricia (Lions) merited debate about their futures, they’re all still relatively safe compared to their foundering peers. Who made the list as the NFL barrels into the tail end of its season? Here are the league’s most fireable coaches after Week 10. Let’s start with a guy who probably won’t get the ax this winter (but, if we’re going by results, probably should). 5. Adam Gase, Jets The good news: Gase’s Jets got a win. The better news: Gase appears to be getting a second year in New York no matter how badly he blows it in 2019. At #NYJets: Owner Christopher Johnson told reporters today that Adam Gase will not be fired now or after season. Called Gase "good man, good coach." Likes dynamic w/Joe Douglas. Told team Wednesday that Gase is safe. Johnson said reaction from players was positive.— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) November 13, 2019 The bad news: Gase’s second win in green and white came against the 2-8 Giants, and his team blew a 14-0 lead before making a comeback to claim superiority in the Battle of Who Couldn’t Care Less. His progress in New York all hinges on his ability to improve an offense that’s only ranked higher than 23rd in the NFL in points scored once since 2012. He got a season-high 34 points in Week 10, which is good! Only three of his touchdowns came from the offensive side of the ball, however, pushing that unit’s output to 11 in nine games this fall. That’s bad! New York actually gained fewer yards in Sunday’s win (294) than it had in the previous week’s loss to the Dolphins. Six different quarterbacks (out of a possible 22) out-gained the Jets in Week 10, including Daniel Jones. There were positives from the game — New York failed to turn the ball over for the first time all year and an often toothless pass rush notched a season-high six sacks. Still, this team is far from fixed. Gase has a little extra leeway since this is his first season with the Jets, and beating the Giants kept him from the top spot on this list. He’ll face Washington and Cincinnati in two of the next three weeks, however. A loss against either could make owner Christopher Johnson rethink his edict that his rookie head coach will see a year two. 4. Jason Garrett, Cowboys Garrett makes his debut on this list as the only man currently leading a team with a winning record. While his Cowboys are 5-4 and would have a reserved spot in the playoffs if the season ended today, he’s failed to generate any significant progress over the last four years. His 2019 team looks every bit a paper tiger; only one of its five wins has come against a team with more than two victories. Dallas’ flaws were on full display in a Sunday night clash against the Vikings — a team that’s been this season’s dividing line between contenders and pretenders. The defense allowed Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook to do just enough to keep Minnesota in front. Dak Prescott threw for 397 yards and three touchdowns, but was often overruled by coaching decisions that opted to establish a ground game that never found its rhythm: On 1st down the #Cowboys:Passed 14 times for 108 yards (8.3 YPA).Ran 16 times for 39 yards (2.44 YPC).— John Owning (@JohnOwning) November 11, 2019 Dallas continues to be haunted by the lingering feeling the team could have done more. Some bad playcalling and worse execution in the red zone meant two fourth-quarter drives stalled inside the Vikings’ 15-yard line, leading to three total points. Garrett refused to go for it on fourth-and-reasonable from both the Minnesota 40- and 39-yard lines. He gave up a massive chunk of yardage before a last-ditch drive in order to save a few seconds of game clock by telling Tavon Austin to fair catch an extremely returnable punt: Jason Garrett explained what happened on the Tavon Austin fair catch against Minnesota. It's... hard to believe.(via @dallascowboys) https://t.co/1qos0U7Lad pic.twitter.com/dPKNA79zgp— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) November 12, 2019 That continuing theme is what threatens to oust Garrett despite another year at the top of his division. The 10th-year head coach has one of the league’s most talented — and top-heavy — rosters. He’s got a blossoming young quarterback, an All-Pro tailback who remains one of the league’s most dangerous runners, and a defense led by players that range from high-priced veterans (DeMarcus Lawrence, Robert Quinn) to emerging young stars (Byron Jones, Leighton Vander Esch). Despite all that, he’s one game over .500 and in danger of falling from the playoff race entirely if he can’t win the NFC East. 3. Freddie Kitchens, Browns Kitchens threw a wrench into the gears of the Bills’ postseason machine with a potent defensive effort that kept Buffalo from completing a single pass in the red zone. Granted, Josh Allen’s budding crapulence played as much of a role in that as Cleveland did, but it was still an encouraging step forward for a team in desperate need of some momentum. That said, this was still a rough performance for the Browns’ hamstrung offense. They ran 12 plays from within the Buffalo 5-yard line Sunday. Including penalties, those dozen snaps gained a net -7 yards and scored three points. Even if Kitchens wasn’t happy with the result, he’s going to stick to the line of thought that got him there. “I thought those guys did a good job of overcoming that,” Kitchens told the press when asked about how frustrating the Bills’ litany of goal-line stops had been. “If we get down there again, I’m running it again ... I need to call better plays when we get down [to the goal line], but I’m telling you now we’re running the ball when we get down there.” Kitchens’ problem isn’t just unimaginative playcalling. He’s also oscillated between wasting timeouts and burning yardage to save them. His freewheeling style has led to plot holes in his playbook. He shifts philosophies mid-game with no real rhyme or reason behind his choices. This is all a very Browns way to do things, and his 3-6 record bears that out. Still, he got a win that could knock a potential playoff team out of the postseason. That buys him some time. 2. Dan Quinn, Falcons The Falcons, at 2-7, are still screwed. BUT! They found a way to drag an arch-rival into the muck with them while potentially derailing the Saints’ bid for a postseason bye. Atlanta was a two-touchdown underdog when it traveled to New Orleans, then strode out of Louisiana with a dominant 26-9 win. The Falcons held the NFC South leaders to just three conversions on 15 third- or fourth-down attempts, effectively stymying the Saints and giving fans back in Georgia a small taste of what could have been in a lost season. Quinn still has time to rally the troops and give owner Arthur Blank a reason to keep him employed. Toppling New Orleans was a good start, but it’s likely he’s dug himself too deep a hole to climb out of after winning just one of his first eight games. 1. Pat Shurmur, Giants Shurmur not only lost Sunday — he lost to another member of this list. New York couldn’t find the extra gear to put away Gase and a struggling Jets team. That may be the final ignominy in a Giants career filled with them. Shurmur’s team has now lost six straight games. Half of those defeats came against teams with losing records. Team owner John Mara has remained tight-lipped on any upcoming organizational changes, but he may not have to say much to make his displeasure clear. saw john mara very briefly after the game. mad doesn't even begin to describe the look on his face https://t.co/Y3yVGezh5o— charles (ronald) mcdonald (@FourVerts) November 11, 2019 The Giants’ history suggests it will retain protocol and wait until the end of the season to install a new coach — the only midseason coach firing the franchise has done in the past three decades came in the middle of Ben McAdoo’s 2017 hatchet job. That means Shurmur’s got six games left to prove he can provide a tangible reason for optimism in New York. His best bet is to continue to develop Daniel Jones. Jones was potent through the air in Week 10, becoming just the third player since 2000 to throw four touchdown passes in multiple games as a rookie. He was also a big negative in the pocket, as his three fumbles pushed his total to 10 in the last four games. I ranked them — they’re all bad! That task is going to be even more difficult considering how banged up the Giants’ playmaking corps are. Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard are both working through maladies that have cost them multiple games this fall. Saquon Barkley’s nagging injuries limited him to the least efficient game of his career last week (13 carries, 1 rushing yard, and a handful of missed assignments on blitz pickups). It’s possible Shurmur’s future hangs on the efficacy of Golden Tate (good!), Darius Slayton (manageable?), and Wayne Gallman (oh boy) through the final two months of the season. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer face off with Wimbledon memories fresh https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/nov/13/novak-djokovic-roger-federer-atp-finals https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/nov/13/novak-djokovic-roger-federer-atp-finals Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:58:36 UTC Tumaini Carayol at Sport | The Guardian • Serb expects Federer to be mentally strong after summer epic• Defeats by Thiem have left both players at risk of ATP Finals exitAt a time when so many younger players are breaking through, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are battling for the year-end No 1 ranking and the O2 Arena’s 10-year lease of the ATP Finals is coming to an end, so much of the build-up has been about the role their Wimbledon final will play when Djokovic and Roger Federer take to court in their group on Thursday.It reflects the depth of feeling, satisfaction and hurt that their last classic battle delivered, when Djokovic recovered from 8-7, 40-15 down in the fifth set to defeat Federer. The dominant question is how on earth a player will not be scarred by such a loss when they finally meet again. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Rafael Nadal admits he was lucky to beat Daniil Medvedev after battling back from the brink in ATP Finals https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/tennis/rafael-nadal-admits-he-was-lucky-to-beat-daniil-medvedev-after-battling-back-from-the-brink-in-atp-a4286646.html https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/tennis/rafael-nadal-admits-he-was-lucky-to-beat-daniil-medvedev-after-battling-back-from-the-brink-in-atp-a4286646.html Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:49:00 UTC at Evening Standard - Sport Rafael Nadal admitted he was 'lucky' to beat Daniil Medvedev after an incredible fightback kept him in contention to qualify for the last four at the ATP Finals. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal saves a match point to beat Daniil Medvedev http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/tennis/50413058 http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/tennis/50413058 Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:36:29 UTC BBC Sport - Sport Watch the best shots as Rafael Nadal keeps his hopes of winning his first ATP Finals title alive after beating Daniil Medvedev. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Did ABC and CBS Collude to Punish the Wrong Employee? https://www.wsj.com/articles/did-abc-and-cbs-collude-to-punish-the-wrong-employee-11573669957 https://www.wsj.com/articles/did-abc-and-cbs-collude-to-punish-the-wrong-employee-11573669957 Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:32:00 UTC RSSOpinion Being suspected of whistleblowing may be enough to get fired by broadcast networks. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/