Alex Fisher Updated at 8:37 a.m. ET Updated at 8:37 a.m. ET Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was subject to alleged racial abuse during Thursday's NFL game against the Titans in Nashville, according to Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone. Thursday's 30-9 loss left the Jaguars at the bottom of the AFC South with a 4-9 record, but the result was overshadowed by an confrontation between Fournette and a fan. In video sourced by TMZ, Fournette was seen walking over to the stands in Nashville and arguing with a supporter before being dragged away by Jaguars staff. Read This Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette threatens fan after loss to Titans Gabrielle McMillen When asked about the incident involving the 23-year-old, Marrone said Fournette had alleged he was subjected to racial abuse. "[Jaguars director of public relations] Tad [Dickman] showed [the incident] to me prior … [Read more...] about Leonard Fournette confronted fan over alleged racial slur, Doug Marrone says
After a weekend of dramatic comebacks in the NFL (or collapses, depending on which team you root for), I took a little different approach to the power rankings this week. Don’t worry. This one is just as likely to spur irrational comments and the usual levels of vitriol that any ol’ subjective ranked list would. Anyway, for this week, I ranked teams based on who you’d most trust to lead a fourth quarter comeback. I considered the entire team for this. However, these kind of situation are most heavily dependent on the quarterback and the head coach, so those two factors weighed heavier than the rest here. It’s also meant to be more reflective of what these teams look like and what they’re doing this season as opposed to the totality of their record. But here again, experience counts for something, e.g. just because the Packers played like garbage under Mike McCarthy this season doesn’t mean most of us still wouldn’t want Aaron Rodgers taking … [Read more...] about NFL power rankings, Week 15: Who’s the best in comeback situations?
For the first time in over a year, both of the NFL’s Northern California teams won on the same day. The San Francisco 49ers beat the Denver Broncos on the back of a huge first half from tight end George Kittle, and the Oakland Raiders edged the Pittsburgh Steelers when Ben Roethlisberger was, for some reason, sidelined for most of the second half. Both improved to 3-10 on the year. But that probably isn’t a good thing. The 49ers and Raiders would benefit much more from losing at this point. Both are long eliminated from playoff contention and profit from every loss that puts them a step closer to a top draft pick. They’re now tied with the Arizona Cardinals — who got an ill-advised win over the Packers in Week 13 — for the worst record in the NFL. It’s supposed to be tanking season, but none of them are doing a very good job of it. Of course, it doesn’t benefit the players much to mail it in. Roster spots aren’t easy to secure in the NFL … [Read more...] about No NFL team knows how to tank right
‘Tis the season for joyous college football bowl games, Christmas Day NBA games, that long, long Michael Jordan vs. LeBron GOAT debate you’ll be having with your uncle, winter break days where you stay inside and play Madden for 10 hours straight, and all the sports gift options you could possibly want. But instead of searching endlessly for the perfect present, SB Nation has done the work for you with 111 (yes, you read that correctly) items the sports fan in your life needs. And for yourself, of course. Here’s our curated list to celebrate the holidays. Sports books to enjoy over the holidays Need something to read over the long car ride or on your beach vacation? There’s a book for every interest: the state of the NFL, the history of college football, Tiger Woods, and even the rise and fall of the USFL. Now your five-hour flight in the middle seat won’t be quite as unbearable. The sports video games you’ll want The gamer in your life has … [Read more...] about The Ultimate SB Nation Holiday Gift Guide
Bobby Wagner was at the center of a controversial play in the fourth quarter of the Seahawks’ 21-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings. With under six minutes to go, the Seahawks were leading 6-0 when the Vikings attempted a 47-yard field goal. Then Wagner jumped over the line of scrimmage before blocking Dan Bailey’s kick. It looks like Wagner used the bodies of his teammates Shamar Stephen and Jarran Reed to launch himself over the Vikings’ line, which is a violation of NFL rules. Running forward and leaping across the line of scrimmage in an obvious attempt to block a field goal or Kick, or apparent kick, unless the leaping player was in a stationary position on the line of scrimmage when the ball was snapped. A player, who is behind the line of scrimmage before or at the snap, may run forward and leap, provided he does not cross the line of scrimmage or land on players. The officials initially threw a flag on the play, but picked it up and let the block stand. They … [Read more...] about Here’s why Bobby Wagner’s field goal block was illegal