It is once again time for the annual NFL Scouting Combine held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. A lot of NFL fans and pundits refer to this as the "Underwear Olympics" as the NFL network gets huge ratings by broadcasting a good number of the 2015 draft eligible players being put through drills.
Over the last decade or so fans and others have become fixated on one drill in particular and that is the time in the 40-yard dash. Even though football players rarely run 40 yards in a straight line, this drill still holds a special place in the hearts of NFL fans.
The only real reason for that is speed is the one thing that cannot be coached. If a guy doesn't perform well in the bench press a team drafting him gets him with their strength and conditioning coach and they work at it. Speed is one of those things one has or doesn't. more >>
Joe Gibbs Racing has expanded to four team for the 2015 season. It is a move a long time in the making. And it comes at a curious time. While JGR did qualify all three of their teams in the 2014 Chase for the Championship those three teams only won two races during the 2014 NASCAR Spring Cup season. That was down significantly from the 12 races they won as group in 2013. The addition of Carl Edwards is certainly a boost but one has to wonder how the equipment, crews, and shop will react to the big step of adding another full time Racing team.
#11 Denny Hamlin- once again Denny will be sponsored by Fed Ex and their collection of different businesses. Dave Rogers moves over from the #18 team replacing Darian Grubb. Denny has won a race in each of the last 9 seasons, but has not won multiple races since he won five in 2013. Hamlin did make it all the way to the Championship round of last year's chase and as been very close to winning a championship in the past.
#18 Kyle Busch- Adam Stevens will take over crew chief duties on the #18 car, and the car will have a different look in 2015 as Crispy M&M's is the primary sponsor. Kyle seems to have lost faith in 2014 crew chief Dave Rogers but the two did combine for four race wins. However Kyle did not advance past the Contender round of the Chase. more >>
There was a lot of action right before the NBA trade deadline. The biggest move of the day was the Phoenix Suns sending guard Goran Dragic to the Miami Heat. There were a pair of three team deals, and a few teams made other moves just ahead of the 3 p.m. trading deadline.
With Dorjic demanding a trade and the Suns more than happy to move on from him after the deal with Miami was completed they orchestrated a three team deal with the Milwaukee Bucks for PG Brandon Knight, according to ESPN. In that deal Milwaukee receives PG Michael Carter Williams from Philly, PF Miles Plumlee and PG Tyler Ennis from Phoenix. The 76ers received a draft pick in the deal.
The Detroit Pistons made a pair of moves one with the Boston Celtics to reacquire Tayshaun Prince who is on an expiring deal and a three team deal to land PG Reggie Jackson from the Oklahoma City Thunder. In that deal Detroit gave up PG DJ Augustin and SF Kyle Singler (which made the Prince acquisition necessary for their starting lineup). In that trade the Thunder those two players from the Pistons in addition to C Enes Canter and PF Steve Novak from the Utah Jazz. The Jazz received Kendrick Perkins. more >>
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a quarterback in place that the believe in. Blake Bortles had a pretty good rookie year, and now team owner Shadid Khan wants his team to have "better results on game day." With a potential franchise QB on the roster, Khan is prepared to spend some money on the free agent market to make that happen.
The trend in the NFL lately is to find a good young QB and then surround him with as much talent as the front office can find. The Jaguars have 62 million dollars of cap space to spend this off season. They hope that that will be a big enough selling point to attract new talent to the team to help improve those game day results.
Two big things working against the Jags is their home city not exactly being a free agent destination and that fact that they will play one of their home game in London, England for the foreseeable future. more >>
The Dallas Mavericks return home after a tough loss in Oklahoma City featuring an encore of Russell Westbrook's All-Star Game MVP performance. In addition, cross-state rivals the Houston Rockets start their second half of the season with new players on deck.
Both teams were active player transaction-wise during the All-Star break, leading to new acquisitions.
The Mavs took Amar'e Stoudemire via free agency following his contract buyout from the New York Knicks. more >>
Tim Tebow had a very special Valentine's Day this year after sponsoring 45 simultaneous "Night to Shine" proms for 7,000 people throughout the world on Feb. 13.
Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, "Night to Shine" was attended by thousands of people who have special needs with help from 44 churches in 26 states across the U.S., as well locations in Uganda and Kenya.
Tebow not only helped fund the international proms, but also attended two of the U.S. events. more >>