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Dealing for John Elway a week after the 1983 draft

The team's most memorable draft moment didn't come from a player the Broncos selected or even on draft weekend. But in the franchise's storied history -- which includes eight Super Bowl appearances and three wins -- Elway's arrival, which came by trade days after the 1983 draft, will always be the pivotal draft moment. The Baltimore Colts had selected Elway with the No. 1 pick of the 1983 draft, but Elway's father, Customized 2014 World Cup USA Replica Red Away Youth Nike Soccer Jersey Jack, had no love lost for Colts coach Frank Kush, and Elway had some legitimate interest from the Yankees as some very public leverage, so Colts general manager Ernie Accorsi dealt Elway to the Broncos in a late-night deal the week following the draft for offensive lineman Chris Hinton, backup quarterback Mark Hermann and the Broncos' first-round pick for the following year. The Colts eventually took Ron Solt with that 1984 first-round pick. While Hinton went on to be named to the Pro Bowl at three different positions in his career and Solt topped 100 games in his career with the Colts, Elway became the player franchises always dream of but rarely find. -- Jeff Legwold Youth Corey Dickerson Authentic Navy Blue Majestic Jersey: MLB Tampa Bay Rays #10 Alternate Cool Base After six seasons with starters such as Brodie Croyle, Tyler Thigpen, Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn, the Chiefs were Womens Joe Mixon Jersey in need of a franchise QB in the worst way when they had the top overall pick for the first and only time in franchise history. But one year after Andrew Luck was available and two after Cam Newton, there was no QB in the draft worthy of such a pick. The Chiefs settled for an offensive tackle, Eric Fisher, who is still with Kansas City but also hasn't proved worthy of being Cameron Payne Jersey the first overall choice. -- Adam Teicher The Manning family made it public that the Ole Miss quarterback did not want to play for the Chargers, so Eli Manning holding up a blue and gold jersey with a forced smile after the Chargers made him the No. 1 overall selection in 2004 was one of the most awkward moments in NFL draft history. Of course, the Chargers would go on to trade Manning to the Giants for Philip Rivers after they selected Rivers at No. 4, along with three other selections that turned into linebacker Shawne Merriman, kicker Nate Kaeding and tackle Roman Oben. Manning went on to win two Super Bowls with the Giants but was booed by San Diegans the two times he played at Qualcomm Stadium and is 0-4 all time against the Chargers. -- Eric D. Williams The Raiders knew they wanted a running back at No. 10 in the 1982 draft, but after Darrin Nelson and Gerald Riggs were already gone, some in the draft room wanted Baylor's Walter Abercrombie. Richmond's Barry Redden came up. Others wanted the reigning Heisman Trophy winner out of USC, Authentic Mitchell Marner Jersey Marcus Allen. As Tom Flores tells it, the Allen camp had to call Al Davis on a pay phone in Los Angeles, where he was in court trying to move the team to L.A., to get him to sign off on the pick. Allen, upon receiving the phone call himself, threw up a newspaper in celebration, exclaiming, "I'm an Oakland Raider!" The Raiders moved to Southern California and Allen turned into what many believe is the greatest Raider of all time -- with 1982 Rookie of the Year, Super Bowl XVIII MVP and 1985 NFL MVP honors on top of being elected to the Hall of Fame -- even with Allen's legendary feud with Davis. -- Paul Gutierrez The Cowboys got their Hall of Fame wide receiver in 1988 with Michael Irvin. They added their Hall of Fame quarterback in 1989 with Troy Aikman. Then they got their Hall of Fame running back in 1990 with Emmitt Smith at 17th overall. And they were lucky. Leading into the 1990 draft, Jimmy Johnson had eyes for linebacker James Francis, who went Womens Donovan Mitchell Jersey to Cincinnati at No. 12. Smith became the NFL's all-time leading rusher, a mark that might stand forever given the way the game is played now. From 1991 until 2001, Smith ran for more than 1,000 yards and helped the Cowboys win three Super Bowls. While Smith's selection is remembered because of his greatness, the brown and yellow jumpsuit he wore to his introductory media conference remains a classic as well. -- Todd Archer It was known coming in that Manning was trying to orchestrate his way to the Giants. But he was ultimately selected No. 1 overall by the Chargers, and it made for an awkward onstage moment afterward. It wasn't until the Giants selected Philip Rivers at No. 4 that the trade was made and the Giants got the franchise quarterback they desired. -- Jordan Raanan Leading up to that draft, a local radio station pushed for the Eagles to take running back Ricky Williams with the No. 2 overall pick. It bused a large group of listeners to New York to watch the NFL draft live, and when Philadelphia selected McNabb instead, boos rained down. That got the relationship between McNabb and the city off to a rocky start -- a relationship that remains complicated to this day, even though McNabb went on to be the most productive quarterback in Eagles history. -- Tim McManus cheap jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys from china cheap jerseys china cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys from china cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys

The Ravens' first draft set the gold standard for

all the ones that followed. After relocating from Cleveland in 1996, the Ravens selected two future first-ballot Hall of Fame players in the first round, drafting offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden at No. 4 and linebacker Ray Lewis at No. 26. The Ravens would eventually become just the fifth team of the Super Bowl era to pick two Hall of Fame players in the same draft and the second of this era to select two Youth Gary Carter Authentic White Majestic Jersey: MLB New York Mets #8 Home Cool Base Hall of Fame players in the same round, according to ESPN Stats & Information. In the first draft that he had full control of, Ozzie Newsome made a statement by taking Ogden over running back Lawrence Phillips, who was the preferred pick of owner Art Modell. Later in the first round, Newsome chose Lewis one spot before the Green Bay Packers, who were set to take him. -- Jamison Hensley Adidas Cale Makar Youth Authentic Veterans Day Practice Jersey - NHL Colorado Avalanche #59 Camo It might not be a good memory, but it's an important one in this franchise's history. The Bengals turned Authentic Tani Tupou Jersey down nine draft picks from the Saints, including two first-rounders, in what owner Mike Brown called "the best offer he's ever had" to stay at No. 3 and draft Smith, who ended up being one of the biggest busts of all time. It wasn't until 2003 that the Bengals started to right the ship by drafting Carson Palmer first overall. -- Katherine Terrell Kosar, who graduated after two years at the University of Miami, wanted badly to play in his hometown of Cleveland. Acting within the rules, the Browns acquired Buffalo's first pick in the supplemental draft, and Kosar delayed his entry into the regular draft, then filed to be part of the supplemental one. The Browns suddenly had a franchise player who wanted to be in Cleveland. His selection led to one of the most exciting eras in Browns history, which included three appearances in the AFC Championship Game. -- Pat McManamon The Steelers' work from the draft room that year set the stage for one of the greatest runs in NFL history. Landing four future Hall of Famers in one class -- Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth and Mike Webster in the first 125 picks -- is a feat no other NFL team has touched. In fact, Pittsburgh is the only franchise with more than two HOFers in one class during the common draft era (1967), according to ESPN Stats & Information. Former Steelers assistant director of player personnel Bill Nunn told in 2014 that "there's no question" the team's 1974 class is one of the league's best ever. The foursome catalyzed four Super Bowl wins from 1975 to 1980. -- Jeremy Fowler This moment is perhaps more memorable because of the season the rookie quarterback had before he tore his ACL after six starts. He was on pace to obliterate the rookie passing touchdown record and was tied for the NFL lead with 19 passing TDs when he suffered the season-ending injury. The Texans had the 25th overall pick and made the surprise move by trading that and their 2018 first-round pick to the Browns to get the player they hope will be a franchise quarterback. -- Sarah Barshop Manning promised general manager Bill Polian in their final face-to-face predraft meeting that he would lead the franchise to a championship if the Colts made him the No. 1 overall pick in 1998. He also promised Polian that he would "come back and kick your ass" if they didn't pick him. Polian listened and picked Manning over Leaf, who turned out to be a bust as the No. 2 pick that year. Manning won five MVP awards, led the Colts to the playoffs 11 times, had eight seasons with at least 12 victories and got to the Super Bowl twice (winning it once) in his 13 years in Indianapolis. -- Mike Wells It's really not fair to say it that way because at the time nobody knew that Wilson would become one of the league's best quarterbacks and lead Seattle to a pair of Super Bowl appearances and one title, but that's the way Jaguars fans look at it. Then-general manager Gene Smith said that Anger "clearly will make an impact on our football team," and Anger did lead the league in punts in 2013 and in average in 2014. But that third-round pick was arguably the worst in franchise history. Then-coach Mike Mularkey Charles Johnson Jersey said the team never considered Wilson because it had drafted Blaine Gabbert the year before and felt Gabbert, despite a disastrous rookie season, would be the Jaguars' franchise quarterback. Five picks later, Seattle drafted Wilson, and the Jaguars eventually traded Gabbert to San Francisco for a sixth-round pick before the 2014 season. -- Shawn Williams Jersey Mike DiRocco A ton of anticipation of what could happen is what made this moment special. The Buccaneers took Jameis Winston with the first overall pick, but they never tipped their hand throughout the process. Mariota was coming off a Heisman Trophy-winning season with rare athleticism and accuracy, but there were questions about whether the Titans would take a QB many believed wasn't "pro ready" or choose a top position player like Amari Cooper. There were also a lot of rumors that then-Eagles head coach Chip Kelly would trade up to pick Mariota, whom Kelly coached during his Adam Gotsis Jersey redshirt freshman season at Oregon. Ultimately, the Titans stayed put, selecting Mariota to be their franchise QB. Eagles fans were upset. Titans fans were pumped. The lack o
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After 82 regular-season games that are basically

rendered meaningless by an inequitable postseason format, the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs is set. There are familiar rivals. There are intriguing matchups. There are ... well, a lot of games. So as a service to you, ESPN offers this Hype Ranking for the NHL postseason, using a complicated algorithm that measures several facets of a series: star power, secondary plotlines, the hate factor, the controversy quotient (for potential violent acts or heinous actions), the arena atmosphere, the probability of a Game 7 and, last but not least, the "Beard-o-sity" of a series, in which the face shrubbery of players is weighed as heavily as the fame of that series' players. Men's Reebok Nick Bjugstad Authentic White Away NHL Jersey: Florida Panthers #27 Each category is given a score of 1 to 10. Now, without further explanation of a completely subjective and arbitrary process, the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoff First Round Hype Rankings: This is one of those series that looks rather tepid on paper but could end up being ferocious on the ice, especially given the Devils' 3-0-0 record against the Lightning this season. While the Taylor Hall Show vs. Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov brings some star wattage, the rest of it boils down to a heavily hyped team trying to avoid an upset, unless the "Brian Boyle vs. Tampa" or "Devils vs. Rangers South" plotlines do it for you. Good beard series, though: For a fair-haired boy, Stamkos can bring some foliage. The star power rating probably doesn't account for how popular the collective Predators team is, but Nathan MacKinnon can't carry it alone. The Predators as champs-in-waiting vs. the scrappy underdog ... that we can work with as a secondary plotline. Not much hate entering this one, nor controversy, although there's always a chance that, for instance, Gabe Landeskog gets hit with a catfish or P.K. Subban mocks the freshness of Mikko Rantanen's breath. The hockey world would be shocked if this thing went seven games. But then, the hockey world's been shocked about a lot of things concerning the Avalanche this season. Can a coach up the hate factor alone? Why yes, he can, when that coach is John Tortorella and this is the sixth time he's faced the Capitals in the playoffs and one of those times he threw a water bottle at a fan. Not to mention his heated exchange with Alex Ovechkin earlier this season, for which he apologized. So there's a lot going on under the hood here, even if this series doesn't have the allure that either of them vs. Pittsburgh has. Interesting to note that the Blue Jackets have never played a seven-game series, but are playing a team that seemingly can't avoid them most years. The Beard-o-sity could be a 10 were it not Bradley McDougald Youth jersey for the questionable health of venerable old woodsman Joe Thornton and the bleached Brillo pad that Corey Perry calls a beard, which obviously brings the score down. This particular Battle of California hasn't been waged in the playoffs since 2009, but shouldn't lack for intensity or the potential for nastiness, what with Perry and Ryan Kesler and Logan Couture all sharing the same ice. Its weakest score is in the secondary plotlines, because the Ducks were disappointing this season and we literally just did the "Can the Sharks finally win the whole thing?" story like two years ago. But a fun, and probably long, series. Oh boy, this could be delightfully nasty. There are just enough major players left from their insane 2012 nightmare of a series -- six games, 56 goals, 309 penalty minutes -- that those memories are relevant, along with the fact that these in-state rivals just don't like each other. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel vs. the resurgent Claude Giroux is a marquee matchup. Penguins fans defacing the Rocky statue! Flyers fans coming with offensive, disgusting insults to Crosby! Let's goooooo ... Honestly ask yourself: Is there a series you're more curious about? The most intriguing secondary plotlines of any playoff series, what with this being a record-breaking expansion team playing in front of rabid fans who have been looking to it for solace in the face of tragedy, battling a formerly dynastic team determined to climb back atop the throne. Throw in the fact that these are geographic rivals that'll have fans in each other's arenas, and you have a must-see series -- if only to see how Vegas, which is already one of the best game-night experiences in pro sports, ups the ante for the playoffs. And by that we mean "Cirque du Soleil Presents: Stanley." There's just no getting around the fact that 2013 happened, even if the Toronto Maple Leafs are a remarkably different team than the one that blew a 4-1 lead, including two goals in 31 seconds, before losing in overtime Womens Trent Murphy Jersey of Game 7. You add that to the Bruins playing like a potential Cup winner and the Leafs seeking to break their decades-long drought. You sprinkle in some expected Brad Marchand line-crossing. Add a dash of Auston Matthews vs. Patrice Bergeron, and the extension of this season's Zdeno Chara lovefest into the playoffs. It's a shame that these teams have to meet in the first round due to the inequities of the NHL playoff format -- in the 1-through-8 format, this would have been Boston vs. Philly -- but at least when it comes to the Hype Ranking, it's produced the most compelling matchup of the first round. cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys china

Boone, Cora scout each other's rosters as Yanks

BOSTON -- Fans here don't think much anymore about the home run Aaron Boone tucked just inside Yankee Stadium's left-field foul pole in October 2003. The Boston Red Sox, after all, have won three World Series since then, including putting an end to their so-called curse a year after that American League Championship Series defeat. But in New York, it's a different story. Virtually anywhere Boone has gone in the Big Apple during the 15 years following his 11th-inning walk-off that put the New York Yankees in another World Series, a stranger has had a story to tell him. Men's Nike Miami Dolphins #17 Ryan Tannehill Elite Black Impact NFL Jersey Just this past Sunday morning, on his way to the Bronx for the series finale against the Orioles, Boone, now the Yankees' manager, listened patiently as his Uber driver giddily recalled a bloody mess he made of himself the night of Game 7. "He jumped over something and he cut his arm and stuff," Boone says, grinning. "He was pretty fired up." Starting Tuesday night, Boone and his fellow first-year manager, Boston's Alex Cora, will attempt to keep their emotions in check as they battle for the first time in 2018. Ahead of the three-game set at Fenway, we caught up with the managers and former ESPN broadcasters to get their take on each other's teams, and on what they believe they'll bring to the old rivalry in their new roles. Nike Daryl Worley Ash Jersey: #26 NFL Backer Carolina Panthers Pullover Hoodie When the Astros -- with Cora as the team's bench coach -- visited Miami last May, Giancarlo Stanton was in the midst of a 14-game homerless stretch, the longest drought Jamie Oleksiak Authentic Jersey of his MVP season. He was particularly quiet Prince Amukamara Jersey against the Astros, going 2-for-9 with one double, two walks and four strikeouts. But as Cora watched a Marlins game on television later in the season, he noticed Stanton had changed his mechanics at the plate. "I know he made an adjustment with his front leg," Cora says, referring to Stanton moving his front foot closer to the plate than his back foot, making his swing more compact while maintaining his power. "I think he's more disciplined on the inside part of the plate now, and that's why he's been able to cover the plate more because he's been disciplined. "We've got to wait and see which Stanton we get [this] week. These guys, they change a lot. For how great they are, they have their weeks that they're aggressive, Timmy Jernigan Authentic Jersey others they're passive and others they're hitting home runs. Hopefully we get the aggressive ones. Obviously he's very talented. It's going to be very difficult, we know that. But I think you take a look at our [starting pitching] staff and it's a pretty good one, too. You've got to be ready, but we feel that we have the pitching to compete with them." Stanton enters this series having gone 3-for-28 (.107) with 16 strikeouts in the Yankees' six-game homestand. He recorded two five-strikeout games this past week, drawing boos from the home crowd. As enticing as the Green Monster must have looked to Aaron Judge during his superhuman rookie season, it wound up having the effect of an emerald-colored wall of Kryptonite. Judge homered in his first at-bat against the Red Sox last April 26 -- his birthday Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Authentic Jersey -- at Fenway Park. He didn't go deep again until his second-to-last at-bat there -- 86 plate appearances later -- on Sept. 3. Overall, he was 11-for-73 with two homers and 30 strikeouts against the Sox, who attacked him with elevated fastballs and cutters. Thirty-one percent of the pitches Judge saw from Boston were in the upper-third of the strike zone, according to ESPN Stats & Information, and he batted .097 and slugged .194 against those pitches. But while pitching coach Dana LeVangie, the lone holdover from last year's coaching staff, figures to tap into that successful scouting report, Cora won't assume the Red Sox have solved the riddle of Judge. "For whatever people think, he has his holes, but this guy controls the strike zone," Cora says. "He does an outstanding job of not expanding. At that stage of the playoffs, it's different and the stuff he was seeing [from the 2017 Astros] was tough. But he's a complete player. "You know what really got my attention about Judge? The way he plays defense. He won one of the [ALCS] games defensively -- he robbed a home run, he got a ball in the gap. He's a great athlete. He can do a lot of stuff. He picks his spots running the bases. He's more of a complete player than what people think. He reminds me of [Green Bay Packers tight end] Jimmy Graham. He's that type of athlete. If he wanted to, he could be a tight end in the NFL." Tanaka and Martinez will see each other again this week when the righty Tanaka pitches Wednesday. In barely two weeks with his new team, Martinez has already doubled, tripled and homered for the Red Sox. Boone and Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild are well aware of the big-fly potential Martinez possesses. They know 34-year-old vet Hanley Ramirez has that same capability, too -- "He's already got a couple big hits for them," Boone says of Ramirez. But Boone's biggest concern is how dangerous Boston is once it gets runners on base ahead of Ramirez and Martinez in the heart of the order."It's a very athletic team," Boone says. "Kind of different than the old-school Red Sox that will kind of bash you to death. This is a team that's really athletic on defense and on the bases.

Move over, McShay. Time for my annual

three-round mock draft in which I play the general manager for each team at each pick for the 2018 draft. That's all 100 picks from Rounds 1-3. You can check out Todd's here. To be clear: I'm not projecting picks based on what I'm hearing around the league. This is me making three full rounds of picks based on what's best for each team at Aaron Dell Youth jersey that slot, so that each team gets an "A" grade. And it's not easy to get an "A." I'll be discussing some of my picks on SportsCenter All-Access on ESPN and WatchESPN on Tuesday night. Women's Theoren Fleury Authentic White Reebok Jersey: NHL Calgary Flames #14 Away This is my top-ranked quarterback, running back and 3-technique defensive tackle with the Browns' first three picks. General manager John Dorsey is in a great spot with two picks in the top five, and it would be tough to pass on NC State's Bradley Chubb at No. 4. Could you imagine him getting after quarterbacks on the other side of Myles Garrett? I went with Barkley, though, who will help make better the quarterback that Cleveland takes at No. 1. Christian would be in the mix to replace longtime left tackle Joe Thomas, and Hubbard is one of the top true 4-3 defensive ends in this class. This class is going to hinge on the quarterback. The Browns have added some weapons in the offseason, and Allen wouldn't have to start right away with Tyrod Taylor on the roster. I still think the Giants should grab a quarterback with their pick (unless they get blown away by a trade offer). Eli Manning is 37 and on the down side of his career, and New York has a talented roster that shouldn't be picking this high in the future. Is GM Dave Gettleman really going to pass on a signal-caller who could be Manning's ready-made replacement? Wynn could be an immediate starter, as the Giants lost interior linemen Weston Richburg, D.J. Fluker and Justin Pugh in free agency. Hines is an undersized speedster (he ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at the combine) who will help in the receiving and return games. Hand, a former five-star prospect, underwhelmed at Alabama, but he has the physical tools that teams look for at the end of Day 2. He would play defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. But unlike Cleveland, which can pick its quarterback of the future at either No. 1 or No. 4, Buffalo will probably be forced to trade up from No. 12 in the first round if it wants to make one of the top four quarterbacks -- Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield -- its potential franchise cornerstone. With the division rival Jets already having moved to No. 3 in likely pursuit of a quarterback, the Bills would have to do a deal with the New York Giants for the No. 2 pick should they want some security about selecting their desired quarterback. Such a deal could cost the Bills a “ransom,” as Beane has called it, and could strip the club of half or more of its six selections in the first three rounds. For a team that Beane and coach Sean McDermott have characterized this offseason as being a “long way” from championship contention, those early-round picks could be valuable in building a roster that was not only among the weakest in the playoff field last season, but also among the NFL’s oldest. The retirement of the 34-year-old Incognito and January’s announcement by 32-year-old center Eric Brian Cushing Authentic Jersey Wood that his career is over due to a neck injury help the Bills get younger. However, the departures have only created another void for a team with many short- and long-term holes. Ryan Groy, the Bills’ backup center last season, and John Miller, a 2015 third-round pick who lost his starting right guard job to Vladimir Ducasse last season, are among the candidates to start at left guard. Groy or free-agent signing Russell Bodine could start at center. In any case, the Bills are downgrading from Incognito and Wood. There is also no obvious starting middle linebacker on the roster. Preston Brown, who has started almost every game the past four seasons in that role, signed with the Cincinnati Bengals this offseason. There is also a lack of proven options at No. 3 wide receiver and nickel cornerback. The Bills could address those needs in the draft, but they must also keep an eye toward the future at several other positions. They have four running backs who are 29 or older, including LeSean McCoy. Top receiver Kelvin Benjamin is in the final season of his contract, and two defensive starters -- tackle Kyle Williams, 34, and outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, 34 -- have one year left on their contracts and are seemingly close to retirement. Starting cornerback Vontae Davis is also on a one-year deal with no long-term replacement on the roster. Add in uncertain long-term futures in Buffalo for tight end Charles Clay, right tackle Jordan Mills and defensive ends Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson, and the Bills have almost universal needs across their roster. Safety is the only position with a certain outlook beyond 2018. Beane has made it clear this offseason that he likes having a high volume of draft picks, and those could come in handy rebuilding a roster that could look drastically different than the one which exceeded expectations to make the postseason in 2017.But Beane has also stressed that the NFL is a “quarterback league,” and it is hard to win without one. That could mean Beane bundling his picks to take a swing on the highest-drafted quarterback in franchise history.

At the time, the 49ers believed that, at worst

Garoppolo provided them options no matter how much he played or how well he performed over the final eight games. If he struggled or was just OK, the team could tag him and get a longer look in 2018. That could still have left the door open for Cousins, and that indeed was still a possibility after the trade. Finally, in what seemed the most difficult-to-attain option, Garoppolo would get a chance to play and would look so good that the Niners would shut down their search for a franchise quarterback and pay him like one. Men's Adidas Calgary Flames #58 Oliver Kylington Premier Red Home NHL Jersey Even without the benefit of an offseason to learn the offense, Garoppolo took over late in a loss to Seattle and never looked back. By the time Garoppolo engineered a drive to beat Tennessee on Dec. 17, Shanahan knew he had his man. (New York Giants Dwayne Harris Limited Nike Men's Blue Jersey) NFL #17 2017 Pro Bowl “Jimmy went out there and played very well in the first game," Shanahan said. "I was extremely excited. The second game I was even more excited. By the third game, I think we all kinda forgot about free agency and about the draft, and we were like, ‘All right, we can isolate on one guy right now,’ and we were very happy that it happened.” With Garoppolo at the controls, the Niners won their final five games and improved in nearly every major statistical category. The day after the season, Lynch declared that signing Garoppolo was the top priority. Sure enough, on Feb. 8, Garoppolo inked a five-year, $137.5 million deal with $48.7 million fully guaranteed. Meanwhile, in Washington, Cousins got a heads-up that he would become this year's most coveted free agent when the Redskins agreed to a deal for Kansas City's Alex Smith. That set off a frenzy in which multiple veteran quarterbacks found new homes. Despite the Niners being out of the mix, Cousins had no shortage of suitors willing to make him the game's highest-paid quarterback. That's exactly what C.J. Mosley Jersey happened when he signed a three-year, fully guaranteed $84 million deal with the Vikings on March 15. Although Cousins didn't get a chance to reunite with Shanahan in a familiar offensive system, he did land with a legitimate Super Bowl contender, flush with offensive weapons. For their part, the Niners get a less-proven player in Garoppolo, 26, but one who brings more upside to a young team trying to build a long-term contender. After Cousins signed in Minnesota, Shanahan reached out and congratulated his former pupil on his new deal. Not so long ago, such a conversation seemed all but certain to happen right here in the Bay Area, with Cousins sporting a red-and-gold tie. Alas, it wasn't to be. "I’m really happy how it ended up for all sides,” Shanahan said. SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams' aggressive pursuit of going from NFC West Division champions to Super Bowl champions in 2018 has been one of the NFL's hottest offseason topics.The impact Jake McCabe Jersey of the Rams' bold moves to acquire cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, receiver Brandin Cooks and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has not been lost inside the San Francisco 49ers organization. After all, the Rams sit at the top of the Niners' division, and the two teams have a longstanding rivalry that appears on the verge of being must-see once again. "It is what it is," coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters at last week's NFL owners meetings. "They've added some firepower this offseason, Golden Tate III Jersey and I think we have, too. I know they're trying to get better, and they have, and hopefully we are, too." In some ways, the 49ers are now in a similar position to where the Rams were last year at this time. Like the Rams of the 2017 offseason, the Niners are coming off a losing season but are making calculated moves to round out their roster in hopes of engineering a big turnaround. Those Rams added a stabilizing piece on the offensive line in tackle Andrew Whitworth and an offensive weapon who had been underutilized in his previous stop in receiver Robert Woods. They also added some under-the-radar talents they viewed as scheme and locker-room fits, such as cornerbacks Kayvon Webster and Nickell Robey-Coleman and pass-rusher Connor Barwin. Although some of the positions are different, the 49ers have followed a similar blueprint, making big investments in a key offensive lineman (center Weston Richburg) and giving a larger-than-expected contract to an offensive weapon they believe can do more than he has previously (running back Jerick McKinnon). They've also taken fliers on some more budget-friendly players they hope can blossom in their system in guard Jonathan Cooper and pass-rusher Jerry Attaochu. Cornerback Richard Sherman could be considered a happy medium between a big addition and a low-risk move as he recovers from a ruptured right Achilles. As it stands, the 49ers can only hope their offseason moves help them make the leap from NFC West also-ran to division winners. The Rams, meanwhile, have turned their attention to taking the next step toward claiming a Super Bowl title. Their big-name additions have made splashy headlines, but the real story is that the Rams clearly believe their Super Bowl window is open now and intend to jump through it before having to pay top dollar for quarterback Jared Goff in a couple of years. That's a position the 49ers haven't yet reached, and it's a big part of the reason why they aren't getting caught up in some sort of headline-driven arms race. Instead, having already paid out a massive contract for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, the Niners are attempting to balance becoming genuine playoff contenders now and setting themselves up to sustain that status in the future. It's why, even with plenty of cap room, the Niners didn't throw big money at bank-breaking free agents such as Andrew Norwell and Allen Robinson. “I think you do everything you can to win now, but you can never do it at the expense of your future,” Shanahan said. “And I’ve been in this league a long time, I think we’ve all waited a long time to have an opportunity like this. This isn’t something that you go in recklessly and just try to make yourself look good right away.” wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys free shipping wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys china

That's also why the 49ers have wisely avoided

making any reactionary moves meant as a clear response to what the Rams have done. The temptation when a division rival adds talent the way the Rams have would be to mortgage the future in an effort to counter. Such an approach might offer a quick fix at the expense of consistency. But Shanahan is quick to remind that the Niners' goal is to compete with the Rams not only in 2018, but beyond. Women's Majestic Houston Astros #16 Brian McCann Replica Green Salute to Service MLB Jersey “[Suh] is a good player, there’s a lot of good players in this league," Shanahan said. "I know one of the best is there, too, with [Aaron] Donald, so it’s gonna be a huge challenge. I was messing with [Rams coach] Sean [McVay] about it, but I’m sure they’re gonna draft some more good ones also. We plan on improving our team, which I think we’ve done, and I think it’s gonna be a challenge this year, and I think it's gonna be a challenge for years to come. And we look forward to it.” Of course, before the Niners can compete with the Rams for a division crown, they must first climb out of the NFC West basement. Even after finishing last season with five consecutive wins, the 49ers still finished last in the division for the third straight year. There's plenty of optimism around the team based on that finish and on what Garoppolo could do with a full offseason to learn Shanahan's offense. Still, the Niners' roster needs plenty of work, something general manager John Lynch and Shanahan have not lost sight of even as buzz around their team builds. Until proven otherwise, the Rams wear the crown and have earned the right to be division favorites. And while Seattle looks to rebuild around quarterback Russell Wilson and Arizona seeks a quarterback capable of taking a solid roster back into contention, Shanahan is looking forward to the challenge that awaits as the NFC West reclaims its place as one of the NFL's toughest neighborhoods. “I think we've got four good teams in our division," Shanahan said. "I know Arizona and Seattle have been at it for a while, and I’m not gonna act like they’re not gonna be there every year also. There’s four good organizations, good coaches, good players. It’s a tough division to be in, but it makes it more fun also.” how the starting two guys end up," Shanahan said. "They've got to be able to play both. We practice everybody at every spot. Once people do end up becoming the for-sure starter or the competition is over, then you'll leave them at one spot, but you're always mixing around because you can only dress a certain amount on game day and you've got to be very versatile." If one were to look solely at the draft status of those three guards, the easy conclusion would be that the Niners are set at the position. The reality, however, is far different. Of that trio, only Garnett is an original draft pick of the Niners, taken No. 28 overall in 2016. Tomlinson came to the Niners in a trade just before the start of last season after entering the league as the No. 28 pick in the 2015 draft by the Detroit Lions. But none of the three was drafted by the current regime of Shanahan and general manager John Lynch. Further, of the three, only Cooper profiles as a natural fit in Shanahan's outside-zone-heavy offense. That system requires guards to have the Authentic Brent Seabrook Jersey speed and athleticism to get out in space and block at the second level. Last season, the 49ers allowed 43 sacks and averaged just 3.92 yards per carry between the tackles, 22nd in the league. All of which means that the Niners might not be out of the market for guard help when it comes to the NFL draft. And for as long of a shot as it might be that he falls, we can't rule out a match between San Francisco and Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson should he tumble to No. 9. Widely regarded as one of the top three-to-five players in the draft regardless of position, Nelson is projected to be off the board before then. But in Nelson's case, the positional caveat can be tossed aside because his position is very much a factor in how he'll be valued. Traditionally, the only offensive linemen to go in the top 10, let alone the top five, are tackles. Since 1988, only three guards -- including Cooper -- have gone in the top 10. Nelson will likely be No. 4 and for good reason. A unanimous All-American as a junior, Nelson was the Fighting Irish's most valuable player in 2017. He started 36 games for Authentic Jeremy Hill Jersey Notre Dame over the Authentic Kendall Fuller Jersey past three seasons and earned a reputation for his strength, athleticism and nasty streak at 6-foot-5, 325 pounds. Nelson bench-pressed 225 pounds 35 times at the scouting combine, tied for second-most among offensive linemen. From the time Nelson was a child, he looked the part of a future professional football player. Before each season of Pop Warner football, Nelson would have to lose 20 pounds just to meet the weight requirement to play against kids two or three years older than him. To build toughness, Nelson often had to overcome his own family to achieve success in sports. With parents who were each the youngest of six kids, Nelson eventually became the youngest out of 39 nieces and nephews. Nelson refined his athletic abilities on a basketball court, as a goalie in soccer and, of course, on the football field. His former strength coach once referred to Nelson as a "balletic grizzly bear" with a "bizarre blend of grace and power."

Amazing Shohei Ohtani ups the ante again

Maybe aside from some postseason pitching performances, it might have been the most exhilarating individual week and one day in major league history. You can call that an exaggeration, and maybe you’re more impressed by Johnny Vander Meer’s back-to-back no-hitters over five days in 1938 or Ken Griffey Jr. matching Don Mattingly and Dale Long with home runs in eight consecutive games in 1993. But Ohtani pitched, he slugged, he dominated and the Angels went 5-0 in the games he played -- all in his first full week in the majors. Men's Nike Game Lardarius Webb Baltimore Ravens White Jersey: NFL Pro Line Fashion #21 It was something else. As my colleague Christina Kahrl tweeted, this is Fernandomania plus Nomomania wrapped around the enthusiasm for the streaks of Griffey and Mattingly. It’s all coming from a two-way wunderkind from Japan adapting to a new culture and with an enormous spotlight of hype. Youth Barry Bonds Replica White Majestic Jersey: MLB Pittsburgh Pirates #24 Home Cool Base The A’s had no chance Sunday. In terms of raw stuff for a starting pitcher, Ohtani was right up there with Noah Syndergaard and Max Scherzer. He had fastball command, starting 15 of 23 batters with first-pitch strikes, hitting the corners or keeping it down in the zone. His slider doesn’t have the wicked side-to-side movement like Scherzer’s but rather works more like a change-of-pace curveball, spinning in at 80 mph to 82 mph. It was the splitter, however, that made the difference Sunday. Ohtani threw the splitter 34 times. The A’s swung 21 times. They missed 16 times. In his two starts, batters have missed on 26 of 37 swings Austin Czarnik Youth jersey against the splitter and are 0-for-19 against it. When you have to gear up for an upper-90s fastball and then Ohtani throws an 88 mph splitter that dives down ... well, good luck. The splitter is a popular pitch in Japan. Masahiro Tanaka has a good one, although he’ll hang it from time to time and he doesn’t throw as hard as Ohtani. Hisashi Iwakuma had a good one, but since his fastball topped out at 90 mph to 91 mph, hitters had a little better chance to adjust between the pitches. As Kahrl pointed out, Ohtani’s dominance was reminiscent of Mike Scott in 1986, when Scott combined a good fastball with a splitter (back when few pitchers threw one) to strike out 306 batters and win the Cy Young Award. Let’s start with the Yankees, who blew a 5-0 first-inning lead to the Baltimore Orioles and lost in 12 innings as Jordan Montgomery could only get through four frames. After the Orioles scored in the top of the 12th, the Yankees loaded the bases Kyle Murphy Jersey against Brad Brach with no outs -- and Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton coming up. The Yankees’ win expectancy at that point was 75 percent. Instead, Judge grounded into the rare 1-2-5 double play, and Stanton struck out -- for the fifth time in the game, as he went 0-for-7. That’s already two five-strikeout games for Stanton, and if that seems rare, it is: In the modern era, only two other players have had two five-strikeout games in one season: Deron Johnson in 1964 and Ray Lankford -- who had three -- in 1998. Lankford’s games all were extra-inning affairs, and he had at least one hit in all three. Stanton is the first guy to have two five-strikeouts games with no hits in a season. All this Lance Lynn Jersey after not having even a four-strikeout game last season. Through 10 games, Stanton is on pace for 49 home runs, 97 walks ... and 324 strikeouts. Needless to say, Yankees fans booed Stanton once again as he ended the game. “They’re not going to cheer for that,” he said. “So what do you expect?” Meanwhile, the Red Sox rallied with six runs in the eighth inning -- after there were two outs and nobody on -- to stun the Tampa Bay Rays. It was only the fourth date in MLB history that either the Yankees or Red Sox blew a five-run lead while the other rallied from a five-run deficit (not including games against each other). Mookie Betts tied it with a two-out single, then Andrew Benintendi doubled in Betts. Darqueze Dennard Jersey Speaking of win probability, the Rays’ odds were at 97.9 percent before the rally started. The Red Sox have started 8-1 for the first time in franchise history. The Rays’ disastrous spring training has spilled over into the regular season with a 1-8 start. The Red Sox have opened up a 3.5-game lead on the Yankees, which means almost nothing this early in the season, but it does mean a little something. If the Yankees had a 52 percent chance (to Boston's 48) to win the division on Opening Day, maybe those odds now swing in favor of the Red Sox. FanGraphs has the Red Sox with a 49.7 percent chance to win the division, the Yankees at 43.5 and the Blue Jays at 6.7 (and don’t forget the Orioles at 0.1). After Sunday's game, Lovullo expressed he has the utmost respect for Molina and said he “used a poor choice of words” to which Molina took offense. My guess is it was something like, “That [expletive] is framing pitches.” Anyway, the Arizona Diamondbacks got the last laugh with a 4-1 victory, scoring three runs in the eighth off the St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen, as David Peralta hit a two-run homer off Dominic Leone and AJ Pollock homered off Mike Mayers. A potential breakout performer: Pittsburgh Pirates righty Jameson Taillon spun a one-hit shutout against the Cincinnati Reds -- opposing pitcher Tyler Mahle got the only hit -- as the Pirates improved to 7-2. Taillon, the second overall pick in 2010 (one spot ahead of Manny Machado), has seen his career interrupted by Tommy John surgery in the minors and then testicular cancer last season, so he’s yet to throw a complete season in the majors. He had a strong first half last season, before posting a 5.96 ERA in the second half. That could have been fatigue, but it seems there was some bad luck with balls in play, as well, as his strikeout-to-walk ratio and home run rate remained consistent. cheap jerseys from china wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys from china wholesale jerseys

And then the strangest thing happened

The men, women and children around the 18th green let out a roar that wasn't, you know, a roar. No, the majority of fans at Augusta National didn't want this decorated product of Augusta State to prevail. Did Team Reed notice? "I definitely feel that way," Karain said of the fans' allegiance. "But that's OK, because sometimes that's motivating, too." Men's Josh Jackson Authentic White Adidas Jersey: NBA Phoenix Suns #20 Home Nobody is quite sure why the golfing public has little use for Reed. Perhaps enough fans have read about his misbehavior in college or have been turned off by his brash and boastful style. (He announced in the spring of 2014 that he was already among the world's top five players.) Perhaps some are aware that Reed has been estranged from his parents, younger sister and other family members for years over issues neither side of the divide will discuss for the record. Bill and Jeannette Reed, Patrick's parents, were expected to watch the Masters in their home only a few miles from Augusta National. They are not welcome at their son's tournaments, majors or minors. Asked if his family's absence made Sunday's triumph bittersweet, Reed said, "I'm just out here to play golf and try to win golf tournaments." Men's Nike Los Angeles Chargers #33 Tre Boston Elite Green Salute to Service NFL Jersey Patrick has been consistently unapologetic about almost everything in his life. "It's not a popularity contest out there," he told in 2014. Around the same time, his old coach at Georgia, Chris Haack, recalled one of his assistants scouting Reed in a high school tournament and returning with this report: "This guy hits it close all day long but never makes anything. If he ever figures out the putter, he's going to be dangerous." Patrick Nathaniel Reed just figured out the putter. "It's everything we've been working hard for," said Justine, his wife and former caddie. "A lot of people, for a long time, maybe don't say his name as often as they should. That's what I think. I've always thought he's a great player. That's what he did today. He showed his true colors." As it turned out, Reed's true color was pink, the color of his winning shirt. Reed wore Tiger Woods red on Sundays before his Nike deal gave him a softer look. It was the only thing soft about Reed's game all day. "He didn't let the roars and the crowd really get to him," Karain said. In the end, Patrick Reed quieted them down with his precision and poise. That was his biggest Augusta National victory Sunday -- the sweet sound of silence amid the towering Georgia pines. I guess there's shock, which seems like a half an hour and it's probably just seconds," he explained. "And then he came in the house and he hugged me and he's got that police vest on him, so you never forget that feeling. And then all I could think of was: 'How am I going to tell his sister? And how am I going to tell his mother?'" Jamie died of an overdose of heroin that had been laced with fentanyl, a synthetic and far more potent form of the drug, according to an autopsy report and death certificate. For Ken, understanding how Jamie could overdose in a sober home environment meant exploring the dark path Jamie had traveled in the final weeks before his death, a journey that opened Ken's eyes to something he had never before considered: the existence of a corrupt side to the billion-dollar rehabilitation industry in South Florida, where federal laws can be exploited by people Brent Grimes Authentic Jersey who actually have no interest in Aaron Sanchez Authentic Jersey keeping recovering addicts clean. Jamie, his father came to realize, got caught in an insurance scam known as "The Florida Shuffle." "It's Chris Maragos Authentic Jersey one thing to have an addiction and not being able to overcome it because the addiction overtakes you ... but then when bad people get involved and they contribute to it, it makes you sick," Ken says. "Jamie has a very addictive personality, where he can't really say no, and he didn't really know his limit either, so he'd just keep doing it and taking more because he liked the way it made him feel," says Amanda Farber, Jamie's friend from both high school and Michigan State. Farber says that during Jamie's freshman year in East Lansing he started abusing cocaine and, more frequently, Vicodin and Xanax. It wouldn't be long before his family also recognized the troubling signs of his addiction. "You'd see him at night and trying to put a coat on and even struggling to get the arm in there. But you'd say to him, 'You high?' 'No, I'm not high,'" Ken says. Jamie's younger sister, Arlyn, said she, too, saw signs his addiction was out of control, like the time in a coffee shop near campus where Jamie could barely function. "He couldn't talk. He couldn't stand up straight, and I was embarrassed to have him there. I took him back to my apartment ... I couldn't handle it," Arlyn said. It was a disappointing development; she and Jamie had grown closer when she became a freshman at Michigan State during Jamie's senior year. Normally big-hearted and loving, Jamie developed a nasty streak. "The s--- that will come out of somebody's mouth who is on drugs is amazing. The crap that they'll say ... it's another person, just takes over the body," Ken says. When Jamie was home from Michigan State, he split time between his parents' homes. They had divorced when Jamie was 9. Jamie's mother, Lisa, experienced the same rage Ken did. "I can't remember what prompted it, honestly, but [Jamie] threatened me. He threatened to kill me," Lisa says. Jamie was always remorseful, she says, always sincerely apologetic after lashing out. Still, she says, she took the threat seriously enough to remove the knife set from the kitchen counter and lock her bedroom door at night. More often than not, though, Jamie was a functioning addict, according to friends and family members. Frequently on the dean's list, he graduated from Michigan Authentic Gorgui Dieng Jersey State in May 2015 with a 3.5 GPA. He worked for a mortgage company in Downtown Detroit. He also was employed during the summer of 2015 as a camp counselor in Ortonville, Michigan, nearly an hour north of his father's house. It was there that Jamie reached his breaking point.

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Patrick Reed will never be regarded

among the signature athletes of his generation. He is built like a beer-league softball player, and he plays a game often conquered by men who likely had trouble making their high school football and basketball teams. But Reed did something Sunday that the greatest of the great do on muscle memory. Tiger Woods, Tom Brady, Michael Jordan -- they forever used real or imagined slights to fuel their rage and dominate the very antagonists who slighted them in the first place. Reed joined their ranks at the Masters with some controlled fury of his own. The fans did not want him to win, and Rory McIlroy, four-time major winner, Womens Barclay Goodrow Jersey strongly suggested Reed would be feeling too much anxiety to win. Youth Nike Detroit Lions #23 Darius Slay Limited Olive 2017 Salute to Service NFL Jersey Reed rose above all the negativity, defied the American crowd that rooted instead for the Northern Irishman, and in the process made McIlroy look smaller than a dimple on his golf ball. In the end, Reed fell into the arms of his caddie and brother-in-law as a first-time major winner and as a team-event titan who proved he could manage the immense stress of individual competition as forcefully as any golfer on the planet. "Great f---ing job," caddie Kessler Karain said in Reed's ear after his man made the 4-footer to finish at 15 under, one stroke ahead of Rickie Fowler. "It may not have been pretty, but you got the job done." Limited Trey Hopkins Youth Home Black Nike Jersey - #66 NFL Cincinnati Bengals Vapor Untouchable It was never Womens James Bradberry Jersey going to be pretty with Patrick Reed, the golfer who collected more enemies than most on his stormy rise from boyhood prodigy to college bad boy to self-promoting PGA Tour winner to master of the Masters. Reed was kicked off his University of Georgia team, and nearly voted off his Augusta State team by his schoolmates, for offenses that ranged from alcohol-fueled misbehavior to an arrest for underage drinking to constantly talking down to lesser teammates to alleged cheating infractions. His coach at Augusta State, Josh Gregory, suspended him and Womens Taylor Hall Jersey warned him that his entire career was about to go up in smoke. "After sitting down with Josh," Reed told in 2014, "it helped me realize it's not all me, me, me." But it was all Reed, Reed, Reed this week at Augusta National, where fans who didn't give a damn about the back-to-back national titles he won at Augusta State greeted the quasi-local (Reed grew up in Texas) at the first tee with obligatory applause before welcoming McIlroy as if he were Elvis with a brogue. "But that's another thing that just kind of played into my hand," Reed said. "Not only did it fuel my fire a little bit, but also, it just takes the pressure off of me and adds it back to him. I think that's the biggest thing going into a Sunday ... for me trying to win my first, for him trying to win the career Grand Slam. "It's who is going to handle the pressure, and who is going to have more pressure on them. Honestly, I felt like a lot of that pressure was kind of lifted and kind of taken off me. ... You had a lot of the guys picking him to win over me, and it's one of those things that the more chatter you hear in your ear about expectations and everything, the harder it is to play golf." Down 3 strokes after three rounds, McIlroy put the psychological screws to Reed on Saturday night when he surveyed the leader's majors résumé -- one lousy top-10 finish, a second at last summer's PGA Championship -- and decided that "all the pressure is on him." Reed showed two could play that mind game by using the crowd's clear preference and the predictions of a McIlroy victory (including one from Nick Faldo) to settle into the more comfortable role of underdog. Reed landed his first tee ball near a tree on the left and bogeyed after a lousy shot out of the bunker. McIlroy landed his first tee ball in the pine straw and dry leaves on the right and hit a magnificent iron shot above the trees before making a persuasive, up-and-down save. McIlroy cut another shot from his deficit at the par-5 second but missed a short eagle putt that would've put him in a tie with Reed and left the American bloodied on the ropes. The missed haymaker changed the fight. In pursuit of becoming the sixth golfer and first European to win all four majors, McIlroy birdied only two of his final 16 holes and finished a half-dozen shots behind Reed. "He just hung in there a little bit better than I did and got the job done," McIlroy said. Reed did a hell of a lot more than hang in there. He repelled the amazing run of birdies put together by Jordan Spieth, whose 8-under 64 was among the best closing rounds the Masters had ever seen. Reed repelled an inspired charge from Rickie Fowler, who played the final seven holes in 4 under and birdied the 18th to force the leader to make par. The man who had never slept on a 54-hole lead in a major sandwiched bold birdie putts at Nos. 12 and 14 around a fortunate break at the 13th, where his second shot stayed on the bank and out of the creek. On the 18th, Reed found the fairway with a drive he punctuated with a corkscrew swing out of the Arnold Palmer playbook and then landed his approach 24 feet above the hole to confront what he called "probably the fastest putt on the golf course." Reed barely tapped that putt and still rolled it 4 feet past despite his throwing out his hands and begging it to stop. Karain, the caddie, considered whispering some words of comfort to lighten the moment but decided to step away and leave his player alone with his thoughts. As Karain surveyed Reed's body language, he decided this was the first time all afternoon Jon Ryan Youth jersey that Reed was truly nervous. "He took a deep breath," Karain said, "let it out, and then he went and made the putt." wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys from china cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys from china cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys