Troy Aikman would be interested in a move from the commentary box to an NFL front office position, though he is skeptical such an opportunity will come with the Cowboys.The Hall of Fame quarterback won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys and has not been shy about voicing his frustrations about the direction of the team with whom he spent his entire pro career. Having seen fellow former players John Elway and John Lynch, previously a colleague of Aikman’s at Fox Sports, enjoy success as general managers with the Broncos and 49ers, respectively, the 53-year-old believes a switch to a similar position could be a viable career move.MORE: Ranking the Cowboys’ Jason Garrett replacement candidates”It’s something that I guess I’ve always somewhat entertained,” Aikman told 1310 The Ticket in Dallas. “I’ve had a chance to talk with John Elway in previous years. I’ve visited with John Lynch, and the decision that he made to take on that job in San Francisco, and I’ve said many, many times, I still believe there’s another frontier for me — maybe there’s not — but I believe that there is, and I think that might very well be it.”It’s something that I think would be very challenging. I’d be giving up a lot to leave the job that I have to take on a role like that. It’s an all-consuming job and I certainly recognize that, but I think the challenge would make it worthwhile.”Now whether or not I’m ever afforded that opportunity, we’ll see, but with each year that passes, the likelihood of it happening becomes less and less,” he added. “I understand that more and more teams want to go young and kind of groom somebody that’s going to be there for the long haul, but relatively speaking, I’ve got a lot of great years left and I feel that having been in a championship locker room and knowing what that looks like, what that feels like, and then I guess my job now as a broadcaster, I’ve been in those organizations.”BENDER: Why Urban Meyer coaching the Cowboys makes sense Aikman, though, does not expect the Cowboys to grant him a chance to prove himself in the front office, due to owner Jerry Jones’ desire to remain as the franchise’s chief decision-maker. “I doubt it. I mean, I think that’s a real long shot,” Aikman said of his hopes of being employed by Dallas. “I believe that it’s unlikely that Jerry will ever bring somebody in that can help this football team in that regard just because he’s been real stubborn and steadfast, in that he’s the one in charge. “I think in a lot of ways until that changes, this team’s going to have some problems. Would he ever ask me to come be a part of it? I think that’d be a real leap of faith. I don’t envision that happening, and I don’t envision it happening at any point, quite honestly, no matter who’s in charge out there.”
Lamar Jackson essentially locked up the 2019 NFL MVP award with an awe-inspiring performance against the Jets Thursday night. Baltimore crushed Gang Green 42-21 as Jackson threw for a career high five touchdowns in the victory. Jackson was electric throughout the evening, setting the single season rushing record for quarterbacks early in the first half, and his play has made the Ravens the team to beat in the eyes of the oddsmakers. Baltimore is now down to +200 to win the Super Bowl.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends from Sports Insider Lamar Jackson’s MVP oddsPrior to Thursday night’s game, Jackson was the overwhelming favorite to win the NFL MVP. At the end of October, Jackson’s MVP odds were about the same as Russell Wilson, but Jackson separated himself from the pack with a win over New England and continued his incredible play throughout November.On Thursday morning, Jackson’s NFL MVP odds were -1000, but they are off the board after thrashing the Jets last night. Online sportsbooks might not open the market back up again since Jackson is such a presumptive favorite, and he would likely be at least -2500 to win the award if betting on this prop did open one more time.Jackson’s 33 passing touchdowns are seven more than any other quarterback in the league, and his 1,100 rushing yards are more than twice as many as Kyler Murray and Josh Allen. Ravens become an even bigger Super Bowl favoriteThe Ravens were +225 to win the Super Bowl prior to last night’s game, but their dominance impressed everyone, including oddsmakers. Baltimore has now won 10 straight games after a 2-2 start, and the Ravens can lock up home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a victory in one of their last two games. They will have an additional three days of rest before taking on the struggling Browns in Week 16, and Baltimore will close out its season against archrival Pittsburgh. Baltimore will be a heavy favorite, per the NFL betting odds, in both those games. The Ravens weren’t too impressive against those division rivals earlier this year though, losing 40-25 at home to the Browns and needing to survive overtime to beat the Steelers. Provided they don’t collapse and lose their last two regular season games, Baltimore is in great position in the AFC. The conference has only three real contenders, and the Ravens would likely avoid either New England or Kansas City in the Divisional Round of the AFC Playoffs. The Patriots and Chiefs are heavy favorites to finish as the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, while the No. 4 seed is slated to either be Houston or Tennessee.RUSH TO JUDGMENTLamar Jackson passed Michael Vick as a QB long before rushing recordNeither the Texans or Titans are seen as much of a threat though, and the Ravens would be favored by more than a touchdown if they were to meet in January. While New England’s Super Bowl odds are +450 and Kansas City’s Super Bowl odds are +700, Tennessee and Houston both have Super Bowl odds of +4000.As long as their stars stay healthy, Baltimore would likely be favored over the NFC champion if the Ravens made it to the Super Bowl too. The Ravens recently beat the favorites to win the NFC in San Francisco, and the 49ers are one of two teams in the conference with odds of less than 10-1 to win the Super Bowl. Odds on NFC teams to win the Super Bowl are longer considering the overall strength of the conference. A potential 10-win team in Minnesota or Los Angeles could be left out of the playoffs, and every potential playoff team is seen as a Super Bowl contender.
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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” For the first time in 11 years, the Wellington High School wrestling team has won a league title, and the first time in Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV history.Wellington secured the title two week ago when it defeated Andale 40-39 and Clearwater 49-28. Tonight, the Crusader grapplers go to Circle in Towanda at 6 p.m. to complete the AV-CTL DIV dual season.â€œIt was completely unexpected,â€ said Mitch McComb, Wellington head wrestling coach of the league title. â€œI did not think before the season started we would have the manpower to compete for a title. A lot of good things had to go our way.â€Wellington last won a league wrestling title in 2005 when it was a member of the AV-CTL DIII. Since then the Crusader grapplers have been close but had never gotten over the hump until this year.Still, with the Class 4A Regional in Rose Hill coming up in a little more than a week, Feb. 19-20, things are a little dicey at the moment on the Crusader wrestling mat.Wellington will go into the post season with two of its premiere wrestlers, Graysen DeJarnett and Jason Norris, out for the season with concussions.DeJarnett has been dealing with the concussions all season while Norris, who received a concussion earlier this year, is going into the military this summer and did not want to jeopardize his status there.Wellington is also suffering from a lightweight wrestler leaving the program last week, who had potential of going to state. McComb would not say who this athlete was but was told last Thursday in practice he didnâ€™t want to wrestle anymore.So come Friday of next week, Wellington should have a shuffled deck in a regional that also contains: Andale, Andover Central, Augusta, Clearwater, El Dorado, Holcomb, Hugoton, Mulvane, Pratt, Rose Hill, Ulysses, Wichita Trinity and Winfield. It should be a tough regional.McComb said he is moving Aaron Schoemann from 170 to 182 and Ian Groom from 182 to 195 to replace Norris at 195.He is expecting Wellington to fill 13 of the 14 weight divisions at the regional with 152 being the only weight class open.But how many Wellington wrestlers will get to the Class 4A State Tournament in Salina, is anyoneâ€™s guess.â€œNothing is a sure thing,â€ McComb said. â€œYou never know what is going to happen in a regional – whether or not a light switch will go on or not.â€Wellington heavyweight Miguel Lujan has as good as chance as anyone with a 31-9 record.â€œThe thing is, Lujan has beaten everyone in his bracket and he has also lost to everyone in his bracket,â€ McComb said.He said Jace Lowe at 220 could be a wildcard. Lowe is currently 12-18, but he has also scored some huge upsets and is 2-2 against ranked opponents.â€œYou just never know,â€ McComb said. â€œI remember back a couple years ago when Taylan Lamkin was seeded eighth in his regional and he ends up taking sixth at state.â€Follow us on Twitter.
Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 99%. Audience review: 91% liked it.Follow us on Twitter. This week at the Regent Theater: Zootopia (see trailer below)Schedule: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 2 and 7 p.m.Rated: PG (for some thematic elements, rude humor and action). Time: 1 hour 48 minutesMovie Synopsis:Â The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together-a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
Paul Bissonnette and Daniel Carcillo dropped their metaphorical gloves on Twitter on Saturday night when the former accused the latter of calling him the N-word when they were teammates in the minor leagues. He added that he knew of Carcillo wearing a swastika in the NHL.Bissonnette’s tweet laid out his history with Carcillo, who skated alongside him with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins from 2005-07. Remember when you used to call me a ni**er in the locker room every day in Wilkes-Barre? Remember when you had a sauwastika embroidered on a robe underneath the hood you wore in an NHL locker room until the captain found out and talked some sense into you? Welcome to the mud Dan. https://t.co/P5nTaXTMbP— Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) February 16, 2020This was a response to Carcillo tweeting: “Damage control after the fallout with [Jeremy] Roenick,” referring to an article by The (Toronto) Globe and Mail titled The Power of Paul Bissonnette: How a former tough guy became the most influential person in hockey.”Damage control after the fallout with Roenick@NHL #NHL @globeandmail https://t.co/DvYC5s1QK1— Daniel Carcillo (@CarBombBoom13) February 15, 2020Roenick parted ways with NBC Sports recently after being suspended for inappropriate comments he made about co-workers Kathryn Tappen, Patrick Sharp and Anson Carter while appearing on Barstool Sports’ “Spittin’ Chiclets” podcast, which Bissonnette co-hosts. MORE: Jeremy Roenick apologizes for ‘insensitive comments’ that led to NBC Sports suspensionAfter Bissonnette’s tweet immediately went viral, Carcillo responded by acknowledging he used the slur:I cleaned up my side of the street Paul. I apologized to you for using that word in your direction. You accepted it months ago. And as I said before to you, the same day in an exchange of messages, I don’t know how to embroider and that never happenedMessages to follow— Daniel Carcillo (@CarBombBoom13) February 16, 2020Bissonnette’s tweet garnered a lot of reactions from other well-known hockey figures — including Roenick.Goodnight Dan! @CarBombBoom13 @BizNasty2point0 pic.twitter.com/EEw9ephzBi— Jeremy Roenick (@Jeremy_Roenick) February 16, 2020pic.twitter.com/VKZXNOITx4— Michael Grabner (@grabs40) February 16, 2020thank you for finally exposing this guy. So painful whenever the internet treats him like hockey’s greatest hero.— JD Bunkis (@JDBunkis) February 16, 2020Oh boy— Cam Janssen (@CamJanssen25) February 16, 2020
With the sporting world shut down for the next few months, at least, it’s hard not to think back on the great memories sports have given us, right? I have been blessed in my sportswriting career to cover more incredible moments and games than I could even begin to count.The shortlist includes a pair of 15-over-2 upsets in the NCAA Tournament (Lehigh and Middle Tennessee) and four World Series Game 7s (2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019). The one that tops them all, though? The most points Virginia had allowed in a game all season was 68, in a loss to West Virginia on December 5. UMBC scored 74 — 53 in the second half! The Cavaliers had held opponents to 53 or fewer points for an entire game 15 times during the season.”To come in,” Jourdan Grant said, “and beat the No. 1 team in the country — not the No. 1 seed, but the No. 1 team in the country — in the fashion that we did? It’s just a crazy feeling.”He wasn’t wrong then, and he isn’t wrong now. I was sitting courtside the day the impossible happened. March 16, 2018: the day a 16-seed finally knocked off a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The University of Maryland-Baltimore County traveled to Charlotte to play the Virginia Cavaliers, who were not only a No. 1 seed, but the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament that year.March Madness 2018: 16-seed UMBC stuns Virginia in historic upsetUMBC dominated the best team in the country on that day, winning by 20 points (74-54) in a game that didn’t even feel that close, somehow. This wasn’t how it was supposed to happen, how the tiny 16-seed was finally going to stun a 1-seed Goliath. There was supposed to be a buzzer-beater, or a hold-on-to-your-seats final few minutes as the clock slowly ground its way to 0:00.I’ve seen enough March Madness upsets in my day — the FaganJinx is real, folks — to have a pretty good feel for how these things tend to develop.This contest was unlike anything I’d ever seen. The game was tied 21-21, at halftime, and even though the Cavaliers weren’t winning, the game was being played at their pace. It seemed just a matter of time before Virginia — which was 31-2, had rolled through the powerful ACC with a 17-1 record and cruised to the ACC Tournament title — exerted its will.But then, to borrow from my buzzer file that day …UMBC came out of halftime like it was playing Delaware State, not the best team in the nation. Joe Sherburne drove to the rim, scored and was fouled. He made the free throw to put the Retrievers up, 24-21, and then he knocked down a 3-pointer.27-21.Layup by K.J. Maura. 3-pointer by Jarius Lyles.32-24.3-pointer by Sherburne. Three free throws from Lyles.38-24.Layup by Lyles. Another layup by Lyles.45-29.They were relentless. Confident. Aggressive. Undaunted.The outcome wasn’t even remotely in doubt for the final stretch of that unforgettable game. The fact that I had time to file a lengthy buzzer story — a normally abbreviated column filed right at the buzzer — for the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history was incredible, too. We somehow went from UMBC needing a miracle to win to Virginia needing the same sort of miraculous event.MORE: Ranking the Top 16 #FaganJinx upsetsThe Retrievers spent the last 10 minutes or so doing three things: extending their lead, grinning from ear-to-ear and laughing as the crowd in Charlotte — it was the last game of the day, a start time shortly after 9:30 p.m. ET — was going mildly crazy.Lyles, UMBC’s star player, finished with 28 points, 23 of those in the second half. Only one player had scored more than 28 points against Virginia all season, and Lyles needed only 11 shots from the field (he made nine of them) to get to 28.”I was in a zone, man,” Lyles told me in the locker room after the game. “I get in those zones from time to time. I don’t think anybody can stop me when I get in that zone. Credit to my teammates for getting the ball to me and coach for giving that confidence to me.”
Rick Pitino is back in the college basketball coaching circuit after he left Louisville following the 2016-17 season amid an FBI corruption investigation that implicated his program.While his Iona job is lower profile than his stint with the Cardinals, he still has a flair for grabbing headlines. On Saturday he challenged his son, Richard Pitino, to a wager over future scheduling based on WrestleMania 36: If Brock Lesnar defeats Drew McIntyre Sunday under the bet, then Richard Pitino’s Minnesota squad would need to visit Iona for a game. If Lesnar loses, then Iona would travel to Minnesota. If @BrockLesnar wins, you guys play at Iona next year. If @DMcIntyreWWE wins, we’ll play at the Barn.— Rick Pitino (@RealPitino) April 4, 2020MORE: An oral history of Auburn’s 2019 Final Four runRick Pitino has been all-in on WWE this weekend, tweeting eight times about wrestling since Saturday morning.When the coronavirus pandemic ends and his focus eventually turns back to basketball, Pitino will lead an Iona team that is accustomed to participating in March Madness: The Gaels have made six of the past nine NCAA Tournaments. Pitino made it in 10 of his final 11 years at Louisville. Richard Pitino, though, wants the sides to be reversed and get behind Lesnar (a Minnesota product who won a heavyweight wrestling title for the Gophers in 2000). Rick Pitino has not yet confirmed whether he’s good with that change.
Ninja started streaming Fortnite on Twitch Wednesday morning, but is he back full time?No. No, he is not. At least, not yet. Twitch is known as a streaming platform, and Ninja has already built a loyal following there. As we mentioned before, he has 14.8 million followers on Twitch despite not streaming there for a full year. He also has an active YouTube page, where he boasts 24 million subscribers. He had more than 130,000 viewers on YouTube during his stream there, so it’s clearly a viable platform.While YouTube isn’t known as the dominant live-streaming platform that Twitch is, YouTube has made strides in gaming by signing top talent in recent years. Streamers such as CouRageJD, Valkyrae and Lachlan have helped boost YouTube’s status.As Ninja continues to stream on platforms, it seems as if his return to full-time streaming will be in the near future. But nothing has been confirmed as to when Ninja will make his decision, or where he’ll eventually end up. Ninja did a similar thing in early July when he started live streaming on YouTube. Esports reporter Rod Breslau said at the time, “Ninja is currently in negotiations with streaming platforms and no exclusive deal has yet been signed.” That is still the case, even with Wednesday’s Twitch stream.Near the start of the stream, Ninja explained that this stream “came about in two seconds.”MORE: Fortnite finally has cars. Here’s your guide on where to find & drive themHe also explained that his relationship with streaming platforms is “complicated.” “I’m kind of like in a thing, but not really,” Ninja said, half-joking. “I’m allowed to see other people.”Dr. Lupo, who was streaming alongside Ninja, joked that if this was on Facebook, Ninja would put his relationship status as “it’s complicated.”Ninja proved that he still has a loyal following as he gathered nearly 100,000 viewers within the first 10 minutes of his return. Even though he’s been gone for more than a year on Twitch, he’s still by far the most-followed user on the platform with 14.8 million. The person in second place (Tfue) has 8.8 million followers.Speaking at the end of the stream, Ninja said he wants to get back to streaming full time soon.”I can’t really say too much, but I had a blast streaming And I think today kind of solidified how much I miss it. I actually missed playing Fortnite right there, and I missed playing Warzone,” Ninja said. “I’ll be streaming soon. And I love you guys. Thank you guys for watching.”Ninja has been a streaming free agent since Mixer shut down in June. He had an opportunity to join Facebook Gaming on a large salary, because that’s where Mixer merged after its end, but opted to take his time and make the best decision for his career. Ninja reportedly received a buyout worth around $30 million from Mixer.While there’s been nothing official on where Ninja will head next, his two logical options are Twitch or YouTube. It’s no surprise that those are the first two platforms he’s streamed on since becoming a free agent.
DES MOINES — The new edition of the Farmers’ Almanac predicts a freezing, frosty winter is ahead for Iowa and the rest of the Midwest.Sandi Duncan, the publication’s managing editor, says they’re calling for above normal snowfall and below normal temperatures.Duncan says, “We’re calling this winter a ‘polarcoaster’ winter because we think there’s going to be quite a few thrills and chills up and down the thermometer this winter.”The Almanac is forecasting what it calls a “memorable” storm that will produce “hefty snows” for the region between January 20th and 23rd, followed by bitter cold as low as 40-below zero. “We’re looking at the coldest outbreak of the season to be at the end of January and the beginning of February,” Duncan says. “Overall, in your region we’re calling for a frigid and snowy winter.”This past spring was lousy for many farmers in the region, with prolonged cold, wet weather and widespread flooding. The Almanac is predicting essentially a repeat for next spring. “We do see a very slow start to spring once again with chilly, wet conditions hanging on into April,” Duncan says. “The good news is, we also have a summer forecast, and we see scorching temperatures with not the greatest but near-normal precipitation. Hopefully, things will even out a little bit as summer continues to take hold in 2020.”Meteorologists at the National Weather Service often put little stock in forecasts more than a few weeks out, but Duncan notes the Farmers’ Almanac has been predicting the weather for longer than the National Weather Service. The Almanac’s forecasts extend out from six to 16 months and they’re based on a formula established two centuries ago.“It was set on a bunch of rules that we’ve altered slightly but we still consider a lot of the rules that our founding editor in 1818, we still follow them,” Duncan says. “They are rules that talk about sunspot activity, tidal action, the Moon, the position of the planets. They apply them to different weather conditions and they’ve been doing a pretty good job for us.” She says those who follow the publication’s long-range outlooks say they’re 80 to 85% accurate.