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Sports Website Leaves Alshon Jeffery Off Top 25 Receivers List

Kevin Kinkead - May 22, 2019

Let’s get it back to the Eagles.

Today we’ve got a list of the NFL’s top 25 wide receivers at The Sporting News, which was brought to my attention by NJ.Com’s Zack Rosenblatt.

The top five of this list makes sense to me. They’ve got DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones, Michael Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr., and Antonio Brown in there. Rounding out the top ten it’s Keenan Allen, Davante Adams, JuJu Smith-Schuster, A.J. Green, and Adam Thielen.

I kept scrolling down the list, looking for Alshon Jeffery, and… nope. He’s not even on there.

Here’s what they came up with for 11 through 25:

  • 11 – Stefon Diggs
  • 12 – T.Y. Hilton
  • 13 – Mike Evans
  • 14 – Julian Edelman
  • 15 – Robert Woods
  • 16 – Tyler Boyd
  • 17 – Tyler Lockett
  • 18 – Jarvis Landry
  • 19 – Amari Cooper
  • 20 – Mike Williams
  • 21 – Brandin Cooks
  • 22 – Kenny Golladay
  • 23 – Chris Godwin
  • 24 – D.J. Moore
  • 25 – Cooper Kupp

Hmmm… yeah…. I dunno.

Problem with Alshon is that he doesn’t light it up in the raw numbers department. He played 13 games last year, catching 65 balls for 843 yards and 6 touchdowns.

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Ben Simmons’ Sister Makes Shooting Comment, Twitter Becomes Fidgety

Kevin Kinkead - May 22, 2019

People say things on Twitter, then others respond, and I write a story about it. That’s usually how it goes, especially when things get slow around Memorial Day weekend.

Today we’ve got Ben Simmons’ sister making a shooting comment, which caught the attention of Sixers’ fans and had the potential to be twisted and warped into a sports radio topic, before she basically told people to chill out:

She is not wrong, but listen, it’s a sore topic. Ben Simmons with a jump shot is a perennial All-Star. Ben Simmons with a jump shot gets the Sixers into the Eastern Conference finals. Ben Simmons with a jump shot makes him one of the most dynamic and versatile players in the NBA while opening up the floor in a way that helps Joel Embiid flourish.

Here’s a sample of the responses, after the jump:

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Boston Sports Fan Reviews Manco and Manco Pizza

Kevin Kinkead - May 22, 2019

I’m old enough to remember when “Manco and Manco” pizza was “Mack and Manco,” long before owner Chuck Bangle bought the company outright and then later went to jail for tax evasion.

But this story is about pizza, not fraud, unless we’re talking about Dave Portnoy, who is an insufferable Boston Bruins, Patriots, Red Sox, and Celtics fan. He runs Barstool Sports and does pizza reviews, recently gracing us with his presence at the Jersey Shore:

7.3 for Manco and Manco seems accurate, I guess. I personally find their pizza to be average, but that’s just my opinion. Is that sacrilege? I dunno. I’m not a big “eat hot pizza on the boardwalk when it’s already 89 degrees out” kind of guy.

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The NFL Overtime Rules Will Not Be Changing This Season

Kevin Kinkead - May 22, 2019

Remember when the Patriots beat the Chiefs in overtime of the AFC Championship Game?

Remember how New England won a coin flip and took possession of the ball, then scored?

Remember how Pat Mahomes sat on the sidelines and didn’t even get into the game?

The Chiefs offered a proposal to change the overtime rules, but it’s not gonna happen:

It’s a dumb rule. I’m not listening to any arguments otherwise. There is no reason why both teams should not be given an offensive possession in overtime, and anyone who says, “WeLL tHe deFeNsE jUsT nEeDs to geT a StOp” gets muted, permanently banned from commenting on the issue. That stance is flimsy, because those two phases of the game are not equal, as I explained in this column from a few months back, after the jump:

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Aaron Rodgers Perfectly Explains Why the Game of Thrones Finale was a Disappointment

Kevin Kinkead - May 22, 2019

Aaron Rodgers, speaking the truth.

The Packers QB is a massive Game of Thrones fan and even made a cameo in this most recent season. Like me, and probably you, he was unsatisfied with the series finale.

If you don’t watch the show, all you need to know is that the person who was given the throne, the throne for which the entire series is named,* was a boring peripheral character with little in the way of development or actual scripted lines. I’m serious. The guy just sat there in a wheel chair for most of the 8th season with very little to actually say or do, which is strange considering the fact that he has omniscient super powers, powers he obtained from a magical forest creature and a really old dude who was actually a tree. Or something like that.

Anyway, here’s Rodgers, after the jump:

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“It Felt Great to Get That Thing Off,” Says Carson Wentz of His Knee Brace

Kevin Kinkead - May 21, 2019

Judging by the video clips I saw on Twitter today, the Philadelphia Eagles are going 16-0.

DeSean Jackson looked good without any defensive backs covering him. Nate Sudfeld was excellent in handing the ball off. And Carson Wentz, without his knee brace, was a full participant, with no restrictions, in the OTA session.

“It felt great to get that thing off,” said the Birds quarterback, releasing a pronounced sigh of relief. “I felt good out there.”

So what went into the decision to take off the brace? Did he push for it? Did the medical staff give him the green light?

“Ultimately it was my decision,” Wentz said. “But just talking through it with everybody, we felt it was best going forward. The knee feels good; it feels strong. I feel better without it.”

Wentz says the plan is to go without the brace in games, so it looks like we’re moving forward sans brace for the foreseeable future. I know I joked about the OTA video clips above, which show players doing May repetitions against nobody in particular, but Carson honestly looks like he’s moving well here:

Here’s another clip of Wentz’s footwork in the “pocket,” after the jump:

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Landry Shamet Made the NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team

Kevin Kinkead - May 21, 2019

Good for Landry, bummer for Sixers fans who didn’t like the decision to send him to Los Angeles in the Tobias Harris trade.

Shamet was named to the All-Rookie second team, which looks like this:

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, LA Clippers
  • Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Landry Shamet, LA Clippers
  • Mitchell Robinson, New York Knicks
  • Kevin Huerter, Atlanta Hawks

And the first team was literally the top five picks in the 2018 draft:

  • Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks
  • Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks
  • Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns
  • Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies
  • Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento Kings

Landry started 23 of 25 games for the Clippers, upping his three point percentage to a juicy 45, after the jump:

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The Wall Street Journal, Really Going Out on a Limb

Kevin Kinkead - May 21, 2019

One thing people like to complain about in 2019 is that sometimes media headlines don’t match the story. Folks then call your article “fake news” or “click bait” or “sensationalism,” when most of the time you’re just trying to write a catchy headline or, in the case of larger outlets, an editor writes the title and a reporter handles the story itself. There’s usually a disconnect.

But there’s another layer, and it’s when a social media blurb doesn’t match the headline OR the story, as The Wall Street Journal showed us today with this enlightening Twitter post:

Yeah? Really going out on a limb there!

The Warriors would not be a dynasty without their 10-time All Star (Durant), their 3-time All Star (Green), their 5-time All Star (Thompson), their Future Hall of Famer (Curry) and their defensive specialist and elite glue guy (Iguodala).

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