The 2016 NFL season might be full of surprises, but its top tier continues to be composed of the same teams. Lest upsets take place in the following week's games, surging teams might keep up their high level of play as the season moves forward.
The ESPN NFL Week 3 Power Rankings features a familiar sight - the New England Patriots. Fighting them for the top spot are the Pittsburgh Steelers, who could actually pull it off should they remain undefeated this week.
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Christian NFL player Benjamin Watson says even though he's devastated that he'll have to miss his entire first season with the Baltimore Ravens due to an injury, he knows God has something up His sleeve.
Watson, a veteran tight end and a devout Christian author, tore his Achilles tendon on the first offensive play during the Ravens' third preseason game against the Detroit Lions on Aug. 27.
As the tear of the Achilles takes about four months to a year to completely heal enough for athletic competition, the 35-year-old Watson was placed on the injured reserve list and will be sidelined for the whole 2016 season. more >>
Recently, across the nation, Sunday was a day of ritual. No, I'm not talking about church liturgies; I'm referencing rather to the demonstrations staged by a number of National Football League players during the national anthem.
Sparked by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in protest against the supposed police brutality towards blacks, players have been sitting or kneeling rather than standing during the anthem, with high school and college teams following suit.
Reaction has been predictably polarized. more >>
I played the position of catcher in Little League baseball. I played catcher in Pony League baseball. I was a catcher in high school baseball. In college I played catcher on an intramural softball team. I spent a lot of time hunkered down behind home plate; hundreds of hours, thousands of innings, thousands upon thousands of pitches. During all of those games and practices, I noticed something.
The width of home plate never changed. It was always seventeen inches wide. Its dimensions were never up for discussion. We players could choose our uniforms, hats, shoes, and bats. But when it came to the plate, it was unchangeable and its size non-negotiable. When a pitcher couldn't throw the ball over the seventeen-inch wide mark, the umpire didn't offer to widen it. He never said: "Hey, buddy, I'm going to get a new plate just for you. Would twenty-five inches help?"
The width of the plate was immutable. more >>
With the 2016-17 NBA regular season drawing near, a certain group of players or teams have consistently been subjects of trade rumors. The Philadelphia 76ers, for example, with their log jam of front court talents, have had players like Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor in the rumor mill, waiting to be traded elsewhere. Here are some of the latest NBA trade rumors.
1. Jimmy Butler to Los Angeles Lakers
The Cristiano Ronaldo versus Lionel Messi debate divided football fans for several years now. Brazil icon Pele recently fueled the widely discussed topic after he named the FC Barcelona forward as the better football player than the Real Madrid captain. Did Pele make the right choice?
Messi vs Ronaldo
According to Metro, Pele spoke at a Q&A session in Glasgow and ended the longest running debate by picking Messi over Ronaldo as the best footballer in the world. The 75-year-old legend, who is popularly regarded as the greatest football player of all time, stated that Messi's incredible statistics and feats in the past years placed him ahead of Ronaldo. more >>