Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 2:35 PM EST Dec 3, 2018 Do you know what the Los Angeles Rams were before they were the best team in the NFL? One of the worst. It was four short years ago that the Rams went 6-10 and ended up with a top-10 pick in the NFL draft, a pick that changed the direction of their franchise for good. A couple quarterbacks went at the top of the draft, some wide receivers and pass rushers and offensive linemen went next, and with the 10th pick of the 2015 draft, the Rams took running back Todd Gurley from Georgia. Gurley scored two touchdowns in the Rams’ 30-16 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday – his NFL-leading 18th and 19th touchdowns of the year – and his big day got me thinking that maybe the Lions are headed in the right direction after all. Seriously. More from Windsor: Lions stuck in past while Rams are future of NFL I’m not and never have been an advocate of tanking, and I wouldn’t implore the Lions to do … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions headed for top-10 pick; what’s wrong with that?
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Through the ups and downs of wide receiver Josh Gordon’s football career, former Baylor football coach Art Briles could have abandoned hope on several occasions. But Briles — who suspended Gordon twice, once indefinitely, at Baylor — has been vocal in support of his ex-player beyond their days together in Texas. Here’s what Briles has said over the course of Gordon’s tumultuous NFL career: ‘He’s got a good soul, good heart’ In July 2012, Gordon was selected as part of the league’s supplemental draft — an opportunity for players who were ineligible for the college football season and had missed the deadline to declare for the traditional NFL Draft to still earn an opportunity to compete in the NFL. The Cleveland Browns won the bid for Gordon, who was considered one of the top prospects at the time. “I think opening day, he’ll be a starter,” Briles told Ohio.com shortly after Gordon joined the Browns. … [Read more...] about ‘He’s got a good soul, good heart’: What Josh Gordon’s college coach has said about him
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Tara Sullivan Globe Staff June 24, 2018 Full disclosure: I love soccer.Loved to play it. Loved watching my kids play it. Love the beautiful intricacy of the team game and the amazing artistry of the individual one. The four major US sports are awesome and the lifeblood of our collective fandom, but for me, soccer brings its own particular sporting joy, not so much driven by the uniform of a certain team with roots determined by geography, but by the very essence of a game with global appeal.So when the World Cup comes around, these eyes are tuned in to the glorious smorgasbord of group play all the way through the title game, to the spirited warm-up routines, the controversial penalty kicks, the successful set pieces, the daring saves, the studio recaps and off-site celebrations, the farcical flops and intensity of stoppage time. Advertisement And this 2018 … [Read more...] about Tara Sullivan: For the future of US men’s soccer, now comes the hard part
Roger Goodell: NFL will fine teams for players not complying with national-anthem rule On May 23, 2018, NFL owners came up with a new policy concerning player actions and expectations during the playing of the national anthem. Last season saw onfield protests of kneeling for social causes. That didn't resonate with every fan. Jeff Siner × crossOrigin="anonymous" SHARE On May 23, 2018, NFL owners came up with a new policy concerning player actions and expectations during the playing of the national anthem. Last season saw onfield protests of kneeling for social causes. That didn't resonate with every fan. Jeff Siner On May 23, 2018, NFL owners came up with a new policy concerning player actions and expectations during the playing of the national anthem. Last season saw onfield protests of kneeling for social causes. That didn't resonate with every fan. Jeff Siner Tom Talks Tom Sorensen's off-beat and often biting take on the world of sports … [Read more...] about What’s the best response to players’ anthem protests? Roger Goodell needs to know.
Nathan Bomey and John Gallagher Detroit Free Press Published 5:43 p.m. UTC May 24, 2018 Originally published Sept. 15, 2013 Detroit is broke, but it didn’t have to be. An in-depth Free Press analysis of the city’s financial history back to the 1950s shows that its elected officials and others charged with managing its finances repeatedly failed — or refused — to make the tough economic and political decisions that might have saved the city from financial ruin. Instead, amid a huge exodus of residents, plummeting tax revenues and skyrocketing home abandonment, Detroit’s leaders engaged in a billion-dollar borrowing binge, created new taxes and failed to cut expenses when they needed to. Simultaneously, they gifted workers and retirees with generous bonuses. And under pressure from unions and, sometimes, arbitrators, they failed to cut health care benefits — saddling the city with staggering costs that today threaten the safety and quality of … [Read more...] about How Detroit went broke: The answers may surprise you — and don’t blame Coleman Young