Eakin Howard / Getty Images The dynamics at quarterback are different than at other positions. A quarterback tends to get too much credit when a team wins and too much of the blame when his team loses. Generally, the backup quarterback is a fan favorite. It doesn't take much for there to be a clamoring for the second-stringer to play unless there is an Pro Bowl-caliber starter in front of him. Head coaches usually don't bench quarterbacks during the earliest stages of the season. It usually takes a little time for a change to be made. Here are three quarterbacks whose starting jobs could soon be in jeopardy without improved play. Mitchell Trubisky, Steelers Trubisky was signed to a two-year, $14.285 million contract worth up to $26.785 million through incentives to help transition from Ben Roethlisberger , who retired after 18 years with the Steelers. Selecting Kenny Pickett with the 20th overall pick in this year's NFL Draft put Trubisky on notice that he wasn't … [Read more...] about Agent’s Take: Three veteran NFL quarterbacks who could soon lose their starting job
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Just when you thought the Thunder were ready to emerge from their two-year tank as one of the NBA 's most exciting young teams, the injury gods decreed that Oklahoma City would spend one more year in lottery land. No. 2 overall pick Chet Holmgren lit up Summer League ... and then suffered a season-ending injury in a pro-am game. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander appeared primed for his first All-Star appearance ... and then he suffered an MCL sprain. No wonder the Thunder held folk hero Aleksej Pokusevski out of EuroBasket . They couldn't risk any more losses. They'll see plenty of those on the scoreboard over the next seven months. That won't bother the Thunder all that much, of course. We're talking about a team that is currently hoarding 15 first-round picks spanning the next seven drafts. They won't say no to a few more ping pong balls, especially when they might yield Victor Wembanyama or Scoot Henderson. But that does temper some of the fun this season could have provided. … [Read more...] about Oklahoma City Thunder 2022-23 NBA preview: Key injuries have OKC eyeing the lottery yet again
Getty Images Legendary NFL quarterback and former Southern Miss star Brett Favre is under fire for the role that his charity played in funneling money to the University of Southern Mississippi Athletic Foundation from 2018 to 2020, according to tax records obtained by The Athletic and ESPN . During this time, Favre also reportedly tried to raise money for a new volleyball center at the university, where his daughter was a member of the team. Favre's charity, Favre 4 Hope , was created to support charities that provide support to underserved and disabled children and breast cancer patients, according to its mission statement. However, the charity made three large donations to the USM Athletic Foundation totaling more than $130,000. Those sums were significantly more than donations made to other organizations. Favre 4 Hope donated $60,000 to USM in 2018, $46,817 in 2019 and $26,175 in 2020. The largest donation it made to any other organization during that time period … [Read more...] about Brett Favre scandal: Hall of Fame QB’s foundation funneled large sums to Southern Miss athletics
USATSI NEW YORK -- When the Brooklyn Nets traded for Ben Simmons , it was supposed to make the team more balanced . They would no longer have that otherworldly scoring punch that they had with James Harden next Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving , but they wouldn't have the same glaring deficiencies on defense and on the glass, either. Simmons' mere presence was supposed to give Brooklyn new life, nudging his teammates away from isolation pull-ups and toward fun stuff: ball movement, player movement, transition play. But, of course, none of that happened. The enduring image of Simmons' 2021-22 season is him sitting on the bench at Barclays Center during Game 3 of the Nets' series against the Boston Celtics , looking like an "I Think You Should Leave" character, wearing orange pants, orange sunglasses and a purple-and-blue jacket in a sea of black and white. The dream, however, is not dead. After a sweep, major surgery and a superstar standoff, Brooklyn is back and … [Read more...] about From Deep: Following Kevin Durant drama, can a healthy Ben Simmons bring the Brooklyn Nets together?
Getty Images The Toronto Blue Jays are heading back to the postseason. On Thursday afternoon, the Blue Jays clinched a wild-card berth in the American League thanks to the Boston Red Sox defeating the Baltimore Orioles . The Yankees have already clinched the AL East , so Toronto will be one of the three AL wild-card teams. Exactly which one remains undecided. The Blue Jays entered Thursday with a 1 1/2-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays for the top wild-card spot and thus home-field advantage in the best-of-three Wild Card Series. Barring something crazy, the three wild-card teams are set with the Mariners and Rays joining the Blue Jays, though the seeding is very much up in the air. They're all still aiming for the top spot and home-field advantage. (The Orioles, the only other team mathematically alive for a wild-card spot.) The Blue Jays came into the season as a trendy World Series contender and a bona fide threat to win the AL East. They've had a very good … [Read more...] about Blue Jays clinch postseason berth for first time in full season since 2016