Smylie Kaufman is playing in his first Masters, and he’ll tee off on Sunday alongside Jordan Spieth in the tournament’s final pairing.
That’s remarkable bordering on miraculous in itself, but then there’s this: Kaufman learned to play Augusta National by playing the course on the Tiger Woods video game. You know, just like Jack and Arnie used to do. - Referenced Article
Brett Favre became the 14th first ballot Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback on Saturday night after being voted in, according to USA Today.
Favre, who has been described as having a “gun-slinging approach” to quarterbacking, became one of the eight members of the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, in his first year of being eligible to do so. - Referenced Article
The Miami Dolphins got their man. Now it’s up to Adam Gase to prove he can do something predecessor Joe Philbin couldn’t: Get the Dolphins and young quarterback Ryan Tannehill into the playoffs. - Referenced Article
Brisbane, Australia • Serena Williams retired during her Hopman Cup match in Perth on Tuesday, completing a day of injuries and upsets for the leading women's players less than two weeks from the Australian Open.
Williams, who missed the U.S. team's opening loss to Ukraine on Monday because of inflammation in her left knee, was trailing 7-5, 2-1 against Jarmila Wolfe when she left the court in her first match of the season. - Referenced Article
Bleacher Report By : Mike Freeman , NFL National Lead Writer
There is always massive turnover in Cleveland. Everyone gets canned, all the time, which is very Clevelandy.
The Browns have had eight head coaches since 2000. No, a coach and GM getting fired in Cleveland is not news. The real news will come soon. The real news will be what the new head coach does with Johnny Manziel. - Referenced Article
Darrelle Revis went MIA for most of Sunday’s season-crushing loss to the Bills.
The Jets’ $70 million man was schooled by a youngster, second-year wideout Sammy Watkins, throughout most of Sunday’s contest. Watkins, who was mostly marked by No. 24, finished with 11 receptions for 136 yards. - Referenced Article
The Pittsburgh Steelers is on the verge of missing the playoff this season and yet some are informing me that Todd Haley is in contention for a head coaching position in the NFL. I’m fully aware that the Steelers have racked up 5,948 total offensive yards and they have arguably the best receiving cadre in the league. At last check they ranked third in total offense in NFL, but what would Haley do without one of the league’s best Quarterback Receiver tandems and a proficient running attack?
Could Haley take a team with significantly less and produce the same results? In other words can he produce a playoff contending team without the luxury of talent on the Steeler’s roster? If you’re a team that wants to make a significant investment in a head coach I ask that you look at Haley’s performance in critical situations this season.
I would urge any front office to take a close look at the Steeler’s close defeat against their division rival Baltimore Ravens. Even though the Ravens are in the bottom 15 in the leagues for pass defense they managed to hold the Steelers to under 20 points in both division games. The Steelers air attack was grounded at critical junctures throughout the game.
In 2014 we suffered embarrassing defeats against division rivals in Baltimore and even in Cleveland, but any team considering Todd Haley should consider his performance under limited circumstances.
When Big Ben was out, they played a very tough game in San Diego. At a critical point in the game Big Ben drew up an offensive play and we reported:
Startling revelation that injured Pittsburgh Steeler Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger drew up the explosive 72 yard Michael Vick pass to Markus Wheaton in last night’s thrilling victory over the San Diego Chargers.
Immediately before the game winning run by Runningback Le'Veon Bell; they received instructions on the play by Ben Roethlisberger; which begs the question, what is the role of the true Offensive Coordinator, Todd Haley in Pittsburgh since Ben Roethlisberger call his own plays under center?
Big Ben also said he factored in the fact that he knew Michael Vick likes getting out of the pocket when drawing up the 72 yard play. Why did it take Big Ben to utilize Vick's strengths?
Big Ben was very disappointed when Haley arrived as the offensive coordinator, so I’m guessing he won’t be devastated if he departs. Big Ben usually controls the discussion when he zips to the sidelines in critical game situations and I would argue that it’s because he has too much control of the offensive strategy and execution due to Haley’s inefficiency.
It’s easy to win 10 games in this league with the league’s best running back, quarterback, and wide receiver. There is zero indication in my mind that Haley has the capability to win with less.