Peter King/NBC Sports NEW ORLEANS — “This is the first time in NFL history a play like this has been run from this formation! Ever!” jovial Saints coach Sean Payton called out to his offensive team Saturday night in a second-floor ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton on Canal Street. This was a man in love with his job. The NFL’s state-of-the-art offense was doing a final walk-through in the Salon II ballroom before facing the Eagles on Sunday in the Superdome. (New Orleans embarrassed Philadelphia, 48-7, the worst loss ever by a defending Super Bowl champion.) Quite a sight, as the players lined up and walked/slow-jogged through the first 15 plays they planned to run in the game. Alvin Kamara, wearing flip-flops, black socks and a red hoodie obscuring much of his face. Brees, in shorts, untied sneakers and a black T-shirt pumping his FNA co-ed flag football league. Payton, in a blue pullover, playing defense. Payton called out the name of Sunday’s bizarre play: … [Read more...] about FMIA Week 11—Embedded in New Orleans: The Ritz, the Rout and the Reason the Saints Are Unstoppable
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Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News Utah linebacker Stevenson Sylvester celebrates a fumble recovery as Utah and Alabama play in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2, 2009. With three conference games remaining, the Utes are the darlings of the Pac-12 South. Ute Insiders Dirk Facer, Amy Donaldson and Trent Wood discuss where this year’s team ranks among others during the Kyle Whittingham era. They also look ahead to this week’s tough game against Arizona State in the desert, examine some of the players’ unique pregame rituals, and visit with former Ute great Stevenson Sylvester, a member of the undefeated 2009 Sugar Bowl team. Editor’s note: The following is a transcript of the episode. It's been edited for clarity. Dirk Facer: On this edition of the Deseret News Ute Insiders podcast, we look back at Utah's 41-10 win over UCLA, look ahead to this weekend's big matchup in Tempe between the Utes and Arizona State; we're joined by Stevenson Sylvester joins us as a guest … [Read more...] about Ute Insiders: How does this Ute team measure up to 2009 Sugar Bowl team?
Michael McCarthy @MMcCarthyREV Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET Watch NBANBA with fuboTV Imagine working your first game as an ESPN sideline reporter. And your first assignment is to interview Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who chews up nervous sideline reporters and spits them out. A coach whose surly TV interviews give new meaning to the word "awkward." Cassidy Hubbarth passed her Pop test with flying colors. That’s one reason why the native Chicagoan and Northwestern graduate is thought of as a rising star inside and outside ESPN. MORE: ESPN's Josina Anderson discusses her career, the NFL and more Hubbarth wasn’t even hired by the talent office. Instead, she joined ESPN as a part-time digital host. But she’s had a meteoric rise over the past seven years. Along with veteran Doris Burke, Hubbarth is now one of ESPN’s main NBA sideline … [Read more...] about ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth talks sideline reporting, the state of the NBA, and learning from Stuart Scott
0 of 50 Prepare for nonstop rumors as the NBA's 30 organizations plan out how they will spend their money in 2018's free-agency period. Plenty of star power litters the top of these rankings, led by none other than LeBron James as he decides whether to remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers or join a different organization for 2018-19 and beyond. But this class is about so much more than just one player. You can find talent at each and every lineup slot, which we've run through one by one leading up to the heart of the offseason. If you need a recap of those prior articles, we've got you covered: Now, we're grouping them all together. Positions are no longer relevant as we mix the point guards with the centers and everything in between, seeking to determine the best buys based on current level of play, age and expected performance during the next contract. The lone rule is that our order can't deviate from the positional countdowns, with only Dwight Howard serving as a … [Read more...] about NBA Free-Agency Rankings: Top 50 Players on the Market
Head Coach Sean McDermott Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Opening Statement: Alright, good afternoon, let’s get started. The following players will not participate in practice today: Tenny [Palepoi], Tenny has an illness, Zay Jones with the knee [injury], Trent Murphy, you guys have seen Trent out there, he’ll do some, he’ll participate some in practice, just not the team periods at this point in time, Logan Thomas, Malachi Dupre as well as Matt Milano [will not participate]. Q: Who was the first name again, Coach? A: Tenny Palepoi; he has an illness at this point. Q: The verbiage is different, but it’s kind of the same thing, right? You’re just moving on. OTAs, minicamp, [is it] the same thing? A: Right, I mean [they are] pretty much the same style practice overall. Verbiage, to your point, is different and there’s obviously some things rule wise [that] change in terms of mandatory versus voluntary, but other than that, the complexion of what we do really … [Read more...] about What They Said: McDermott, McCoy, McCarron, Peterman and Allen on start of minicamp