Forget the beef with Cam Newton. That doesn’t matter. Kelvin Benjamin says he's only concerned about the teams on the schedule, and the former Panthers first-round pick has a grand goal in his first full season as the Bills’ No. 1 wide receiver. “Win every game,” Benjamin said in earnest. “That’s possible. Other teams don’t got nothing we don’t got. They wake up and put their socks on, put their drawers on just like we do. What makes them better than us?” Benjamin spoke at his locker last week after practice as the Bills prepared to face the Ravens on Sunday in Baltimore, kicking off a season most prognosticators believe won’t go particularly well for Buffalo, which went 9-7 last season and snapped a 17-year playoff drought. Days earlier, Nathan Peterman was named the team’s starting quarterback, ahead of first-round rookie Josh Allen, the seventh overall pick in the draft. This left some outside the building incredulous … [Read more...] about Bills’ Kelvin Benjamin: Bills can ‘win every game … other teams don’t got nothing we don’t got’
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Jay Beagle (left) is one of the NHL’s top faceoff men and takes a detailed approach on game-day to prepare for his nuanced role. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images) Without all those hours spent cramming and crouching and creating an enduring belief that the Washington Capitals’ best chance to get the puck is off his stick, Jay Beagle probably wouldn’t have been on the ice with 17 seconds left in a tie game against the Carolina Hurricanes earlier this month. But he was, taking a defensive-zone faceoff against Hurricanes center Victor Rask. All the Capitals wanted from Beagle, their fourth-line center and one of the NHL’s most-reliable faceoff men, was possession. He ended up scoring, too, delivering the puck and then a win with 1.3 seconds left on the clock. “It’s pretty simple,” Beagle said Friday. “Would you rather start with the puck or not start with the puck? That’s what my job is.” If the goal is simple, the nuances … [Read more...] about Jay Beagle wants to win every faceoff. The goal is simple but the nuances aren’t.
Time for some mailbag questions, but first, some housekeeping. Mel Kiper is bullish on the Hokies' underclassmen in the draft, particularly Tremaine Edmunds. The spring game is set for April 14. Mark your calendars. We have a new podcast for your listening pleasure, talking about the 2018 schedule, revisiting our preseason over-unders and discussing the NFL playoffs. Also, Hokies signees Quincy Patterson, Armani Chatman and Keshon Artis will play in the International Bowl tonight at 9 p.m. in Arlington, Texas. It'll be broadcast online on ESPN3. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook. Now for this week's questions ... Am I crazy to think that 4 teams (Clemson, Miami, VT and NC State) could all win 10 games next year? Looking at the schedules, Clemson is Clemson, Miami's toughest games will be LSU and VT, VT's toughest will be ND, Miami and FSU, and NC State's crossovers are Uva and UNC. (Okay, yeah, I'm probably crazy.) But in your mind, with … [Read more...] about Hokies mailbag: How many ACC teams have a shot at winning 10 games next season?
VCU’s streak of seven consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament puts the Rams in exclusive company. Only seven other programs in the country can say they’ve achieved the same, including blue bloods like Duke, Kansas, Michigan State and North Carolina. But, on Wednesday night, VCU’s hopes of making it eight straight NCAA tournament bids took another blow as the team fell to crosstown rival Richmond for the first time in almost three years. The Spiders had their way as the Rams’ defensive struggles persisted, and shots didn’t fall. Perhaps all of the change the Rams (11-8, 3-3 Atlantic 10) have endured — the team is on its third coach in the past four seasons and lost eight players from last year’s team — is catching up with them. And perhaps more of the other teams in the Atlantic 10 are catching up, too. Since VCU's inaugural A-10 season in 2012-13, it has had the most regular-season wins and best regular-season record in the league … [Read more...] about ‘Everybody thinks we should win every game’: VCU confronts new reality as tourney streak is in jeopardy
The Louisville football team’s 2018 schedule is out, and the Cardinals play a difficult schedule that includes two teams from this past season’s College Football Playoff.Louisville plays seven games at home and five on the road. Nine of those 12 opponents are coming off bowl appearances.Here are some thoughts on every game next season:Sept. 1 vs. Alabama in Orlando, Florida: The opener is about as tough as it could be. The Cards begin the 2018 season at a neutral site against the defending national champions, who have not lost a season opener in 11 years under coach Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide have played the last six of those openers on neutral sites and have won all 11 by double digits. … Louisville, meanwhile, will break in a new starting quarterback and an almost entirely new defense. It’s a daunting task. Related: Alabama's a daunting opener, but the Cards are 'gonna play ball' Sept. 8 vs. Indiana State: The Cards catch a … [Read more...] about Let’s break down every game on Louisville’s 2018 football schedule