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St. Paul, Minn. — Matt Patricia’s beard is a masterpiece in manliness, but the New England Patriots defensive coordinator and soon-to-be Detroit Lions head coach didn’t grow out his bushy facial hair as a young assistant coach to hide his boyish looks as some as speculated.No, there’s a far more interesting story behind the beard, which Patricia shared during Super Bowl Opening Night at Xcel Energy Center.“The quick story on the beard is, honestly, 2011 I believe it was, I have a lot of buddies who are in the military, that have gone overseas, were overseas that year,” Patricia said. “I got to see a couple of them before they left and the were usually in full beard, obviously doing great things to protect our country and just great Americans. It’s kind of just one of those deals where I said, ‘Well, I’m not shaving to you get back. So when you get to see us on TV, or see me on TV, know that I’m thinking about … [Read more...] about Patricia: Beard is tribute to friends in military
The Yahoo! Sports website has compiled a list of the “Five worst moments in Carolina Panthers History” and it’s definitely rubbing salt in some old wounds. Included in this hall of shame are some lesser remembered moments, like the killing of former Panther Fred Lane, and some names we’re not being allowed to forget, like Rae Carruth. And yes, the ongoing scandal involving team owner Jerry Richardson’s work-place conduct is ranked. Here’s their list, which apparently runs from the bad to the worst of the worst: 5. Fred Lane killed by his wife: Lane rushed for more than 2,000 yards in three seasons with the Carolina Panthers before being traded to the Indianapolis Colts in April 2000. Three months later, he was dead at age 24, shot twice with a 12-gauge, pump-action shotgun outside his south Charlotte home. His estranged wife Deidra Lane pulled the trigger. She later pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. The two had a daughter that was 7 days old … [Read more...] about What are the Panthers ‘5 worst moments’? National sports site made a painful list.
Nike may supply NFL uniforms, but Under Armour is laying claim to the cleats worn by all the quarterbacks in Sunday’s National Football League conference championships. The Baltimore brand said Friday that the quarterbacks of the New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles wear Under Armour cleats. Barring injuries, that means Under Armour will potentially magnify its exposure at the Super Bowl. The winners of the Patriots-Jaguars and Vikings-Eagles contests advance to the big game on Feb. 4. This season’s conference championships are unusual in that only one of the quarterbacks — the Patriots’ Tom Brady — is a star. The 40-year-old future Hall of Famer is one of Under Armour’s best-known ambassadors. The other quarterbacks — Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles, Minnesota’s Case Keenum and Philadelphia’s Nick Foles — are far less well-known, at least to casual fans. Keenum and Foles … [Read more...] about Under Armour hopes you notice the cleats in Sunday’s NFL championship games
We’re driving along a stretch of I-10 heading home after visiting our son in Florida. Too far from the New Orleans Saints radio network to pick it up, the Husband and I are streaming the NFC wildcard game over the radio speakers in the truck through an app on the cell.Any Saints fan knows it’s not always easy living in the “Who Dat?” nation. They tend to take it down to the final seconds and this game against the Carolina Panthers is no different — exciting, but nerve racking.Saints are leading 31-26 and the Panthers have the ball.It’s the 4th quarter and Cam Newton was just called for intentional grounding, sending the Panthers back to the Saints’ 43-yard line with a loss of 10 seconds on the clock.The game clock was reset to 20 seconds.Scott and I are hanging on every word. Newton throws one deep into the end zone — incomplete — no flag.It’s 4th down and 23 yards to the goal.You could almost cut the … [Read more...] about Saints, playoffs, milkshakes, dogs and dealing with the Husband
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) reaches over the pile for a first down in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Bill Feig) During the Saints-Panthers game Sunday, it was reported that New Orleans defensive tackle Tony McDaniel had to decide between playing and being with his wife while she was in labor. It was later announced that his wife wasn’t in labor but went to a hospital with a stomach bug. Either way, favorite bettors who had action on any of the NFL wild-card playoff games could relate. A year after all four home favorites won their wild-card games by double-digits and covered the spread, the weekend went to the underdogs, who finished 4-0 ATS with two outright upsets. Stomachs started churning in the second half of Saturday’s first game as the Chiefs started the postseason the same way the Falcons ended it last year — by blowing a 21-3 halftime lead. When Alvin … [Read more...] about Favorite bettors find no relief on NFL wild-card weekend
The Buffalo Bills' playoff drought nearly became old enough to vote before some late heroics on New Year's Eve and a series of tiebreakers sent the team to the playoffs for the first time since 1999, ending the longest postseason drought in American professional sports How did we get here? Well, it's kind of a long story. Fasten your seatbelt and get ready to relive everything this city went through over the last 18 years of Buffalo Bills football. 2000 Titans fans celebrate as Kevin Dyson runs into the end zone to complete The Music City Miracle on Jan. 10, 2000. (News file photo) Jan. 8, 2000: Frank Wycheck’s disputed lateral to Kevin Dyson on a late kickoff helped spring the Tennessee Titans to a 22-16 win over the Bills in the wild-card round of the playoffs. The game is known as the Music City Miracle, but in Buffalo, it’s still The Forward Pass (video here). Jan. 11, 2000: The Bills fired special teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven three days after the loss, later … [Read more...] about THE DROUGHT: How the Buffalo Bills went 17 years without making the playoffs
The first Florida Insider Poll of 2018 focused on the landscape in Tallahassee heading toward a legislative session amid sexual misconduct scandals, looming primary elections, and more. We surveyed more than 170 savvy politicos with these questions: **Who is the most powerful figure in Tallahassee today? You can read about the findings here. Often, though, the comments are even more interesting. We allow anonymity to encourage honesty. OVERALL COMMENTS: The events leading into the 2018 legislative session has created a lot of uncertainty and apprehension. I hope my lobbyists colleagues, the Capitol Press Corps, or any other interested parties do not assume the root cause of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct has been dissolved because Senator Latvala resigned. It's deeper and until a real effort (versus an on the surface effort) is made to purge the halls and the Capitol of this behavior, it will remain dormant until the articles cease. There are others and many fully are … [Read more...] about Florida Insider Poll voices: Rachel Perrin Rogers is my hero
If you’re listening closely to the rumors flying everywhere in the wake of "Black Monday" this week and the firing of five NFL head coaches and counting and retiring of another, you may have heard the one about Ron Rivera and the Panthers parting ways. It’s quiet and way under the radar, according to all of our best sources at PFW, but it is nonetheless out there. The problem is this is one where somebody apparently thinks they’ve come up with something, and now folks are desperately trying to make two and two equal four, but in this case it’s just not going to happen. The thinking goes that with interim general manager Marty Hurney only in the Panthers job through the 2018 NFL College draft and team owner Jerry Richardson about to actively begin a search for someone to buy the team, it could be the right time for Rivera to move on. But why? Rivera is coming off another outstanding season in which he guided the Panthers to an 11-5 record and a Wild Card spot in … [Read more...] about Way We Hear It: Could Ron Rivera leave Carolina Panthers this offseason?
More people were killed in Charlotte in 2017 than any year since 1995. Police and community leaders are searching for ways to reduce the violence across the city. There were 87 homicides last year, compared with 69 in 2016 — that’s a 26 percent rise. In fact, 2017 was the city’s seventh deadliest year. It was the first time so many lives have been lost since the crack cocaine epidemic of the early to mid 1990s, which largely accounted for Charlotte’s highest homicide rates since record-keeping began in earnest in the 1970s. The 2017 homicide victims have a median age of 29. Nearly 60 percent were black men. Nearly three-quarters were killed with a gun. And Charlotte’s deadliest days were June 20 and Dec. 9, when three people were killed on the same day. About a quarter of the 2017 victims were killed by a partner or close relative, police said. At the end of the year, city officials and community leaders announced plans for a center where victims of … [Read more...] about Charlotte’s homicide rate hits two-decade high. Here are the victims’ stories.