Willie was beloved by the people of New York in his time at the Polo Grounds.

During his playing days, he was very kind and sociable, especially with his younger fans. Even after long days at the ballpark, Willie would play stick ball in the surrounding neighborhoods with some of his young admirers, not just as a one-time thing, but also for all his time in New York.

However, now that Willie has publicized his blindness, I can tell people that his eyes were to blame for that incident, not his heart.

Willie turns a dazzling 87 years young on Sunday. He was a great ballplayer, and a wonderful subject for any interview, but, more than anything, he is a good friend, and an even better man.

The six-year, $103.75 million contract signed by Ryan in the summer of 2013 was due to expire after the upcoming season. Once Cousins set the market at $84 million in guarantees, both Ryan and Aaron Rodgers were fully expected to break the bank with their own mega deals. Now that Atlanta’s 2016 MVP has signed, it’s only a matter of time before Green Bay’s two-time MVP hopscotches that contract.

Franchise quarterbacks are the sport’s holy grail and are compensated accordingly. As Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff once lamented, Until you find your quarterback, the search for him consumes you.

There was never a chance that Dimitroff and owner Arthur Blank would allow Ryan to reach the open market. The new contract removes the possibility of the organization applying the franchise tag next offseason.

Ryan, 32, holds the franchise record in nearly every major passing category, throwing for 41,796 yards with 260 touchdowns and 126 interceptions. No quarterback in history has passed for more yards over his first 10 seasons.

Now that Denver’s draft has come and gone without a marquee quarterback addition, general manager John Elway insists former first-round pick Paxton Lynch has a new lease on life with the Broncos.

Although Lynch has faceplanted in multiple opportunities to beat Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys out Trevor Siemian now banished to Minneapolis as Kirk Cousins’ backup Elway isn’t prepared to throw in the Cheap NFL Jerseys USA towel on a major investment.

Raiders sign former Giants WR/KR Dwayne Harris to deal

The Oakland Raiders have signed receiver/special-teamer Dwayne Harris, the team announced Monday.

Terms were not released.

The New York Giants released Harris on March 22, saving more than $2.45 million on their salary cap. They originally signed him to a five-year, $17.5 million deal in 2015. They restructured his deal last season, a pay cut that could be recouped through incentives that he never ultimately hit.

Harris was not offered a pay cut this offseason, a source told ESPN, as he wasn’t going to be part of the Giants’ plans — counting more than $4 million against the salary cap.

The Cowboys originally selected Harris in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL draft out of East Carolina. He immediately made his mark in Dallas on special teams, ranking second in the NFL with an average of 16.1 yards per punt return in 2012. He had two returns for touchdowns in his first three professional seasons.

I think there’s a lot of intrigue there, Gruden told reporters at the NFL owners meetings, according to ESPN. His performance on the field wasn’t very good, on tape. I think, Robert Griffin, a rookie of the year, (I’m) surprised he’s out there. Tim Tebow takes a team to the playoffs, there’s some surprise that he never came back. You know, Johnny Manziel, he’s out there.

Back to Kaepernick, he got beat out by (Blaine) Gabbert to start the (2016) season. I think that says something. (But) I am surprised he’s not in camp with somebody. He probably will be soon.

Kaepernick, who previously started for the San Francisco 49ers, has been a free agent for more than a full calendar year. He was the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem, describing the gesture as a means of protesting racial inequality and police brutality. Critics, including Cheap Jerseys Direct Coupon Code President Donald Trump, have argued that the demonstrations are disrespectful Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale to members of the military.

Report: Peyton Manning turns down FOX’s TNF analyst offer

Peyton Manning has rejected FOX’s offer to be the lead analyst for Thursday Night Football, sources told The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand. The two-time Super Bowl winner also reportedly turned down a similar role with ESPN and its Monday Night Football coverage. Both companies were reportedly willing to offer Manning around $10 million per year.

The Steelers displayed several elaborate touchdowns celebrations last season, including a rendition of hide-and-seek behind a goalpost and a re-enactment of a fight between Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green and Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Tomlin insisted on Tuesday that the celebrations do not score big with him. I’m preparing, I’m moving on, to be honest with you, Tomlin said. I don’t even see them. I see them on television. In game, you’re moving on.

Maybe the Jets bring back Christian Hackenberg or Bryce Petty for another camp, as a fourth quarterback, while they evaluate Bridgewater’s knee. But if his knee looks good enough, there is no point in keeping Hackenberg or Petty around. Neither is starter material.

Josh will go into it as the starter, Bowles said of training camp. And at the end of training camp, we’ll see who the starter is. There’s competition at every position. Nobody can go in and say they may be the starter Day 1. If they’re not performing well enough, they won’t be the starter at the end of August. That’s never changed since I’ve been here. The fact that anybody is a starter now, it has no bearing on what happens at the end of training camp.

But is McCown destined to be the Jets’ starting quarterback for the second straight year, after they failed to land Kirk Cousins in free agency

McCown isn’t an elite quarterback (nor a horrible one). But just look at who he’d be Cheap Jerseys Bing competing against in camp — a guy coming off a major knee injury and a rookie. McCown would have the upper hand over both players, at least initially.

It’s always good fun, Clevinger said of facing the Angels. He was Cheap Jerseys And Sunglasses drafted by Los Angeles in 2011 and missed most of the 2012 and 2013 seasons after having reconstructive elbow surgery. He was traded to Cleveland in 2014 and made his big league debut in 2016. I came up there and know a lot of people there and always want to leave a good impression. I try to use my emotions to my advantage.

With the Redskins ‘ brass botching the Cousins situation for years, claiming the position has been upgraded is necessary.

If Smith continues to play the way he did in 2017, Gruden might also not be wrong in his evaluation either. Both Pro Football Focus and NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal ranked Smith ahead of Cousins based off last season’s performance.

It’s not one thing, it’s everything. It’s the entire body of work, Gruden said of Smith. He’s very good at the intermediate ball. He’s good with the quick game. He can run zone reads, the [run-pass options]. Very exciting…. The ability to ad-lib, make plays that aren’t there and keep plays alive. Coaching him for the first time will be exciting because I don’t think there’s a limit on what he can do. He has all the thing you want a quarterback to be able to do.

Washington swapped QBs to provide stability after bungling the situation for so many years. The team might believe they improved the position in the process. They also brought in a quarterback whose two previous teams believed he could be upgraded upon.

Coaches and executives see it, especially after a senior year in which he had 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles, when he flashed at the Senior Bowl in January in his first extended work against other elite draft prospects, and at the NFL scouting combine earlier this month, when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds.

The only person who doesn’t always look at Davenport and automatically see a first-round draft pick is Davenport himself.

The biggest challenge for Davenport in this exhausting pre-draft process, which includes his Pro Day at UTSA on Wednesday where representatives from all 32 teams are scheduled to attend, has been developing the self-confidence to see in himself what others see, that he’s no longer the teenager who arrived at UTSA, his hometown school, at 198 pounds after receiving just a smattering of scholarship offers.

I had to develop more confidence, because this game will eat you up if you don’t have Cheap Jarome Iginla Jerseys it, Davenport told USA TODAY. I would usually think more about my negatives than my Cheap International Soccer Jerseys positives. About the things that I haven’t done instead of what I have done. So I decided to change my mindset, and behind every ‘I am,’ I had to say something positive.

Duchene scores twice, Sens stop Panthers’ home win streak

Aleksander Barkov had a short-handed breakaway with 4:10 left in the third but Anderson made the save on a point-blank shot.

“It was a big save for them,” Boughner said. “They needed a big save, they got it. We just couldn’t crack him at the end.”

Anderson hosted the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hockey team at the game. Their group of 60 watched with tickets courtesy of Anderson, who lives in nearby Coral Springs, close to where the tragic shooting took place in Parkland on Feb. 14.

“We raise our kids here and we’re living through it just like everyone else in the community,” Anderson said. “For us to give (the MSD hockey team) a night out and watch a sport that they love playing is the least that I can do for our community.” … Claesson played in his 100th NHL game. … Panthers D Keith Yandle played in his 700th consecutive game, the longest active streak in the NHL. … Trocheck got his 200th career point on the goal by Matheson. … Florida forward Denis Malgin returned after missing seven games with an ankle injury.

“There was some of the talk when it happened of `Get this kill and get a little momentum going,” Pavelski said. “The game wasn’t going well at that point so it was huge for us to come back.”

Fehr added his goal 1:44 later for his first since Jan. 18, 2017, for Pittsburgh Cheap Custom Baseball Jerseys against Montreal.

Westbrook made a game-winning 3-pointer against the Kings on Feb. 22. Temple said he Cheap Blackhawks Jerseys thought the Kings did well to hang tough this time after losing at Denver the night before.

“Coming off a back-to-back, playing against a pretty physical team, against a team who is obviously battling for a playoff spot and against a team who beat us at home in an emotional game — it was real big for us to come in and battle the way we did defensively and offensively,” Temple said.

Fantasy baseball offseason trade tracker for the 2017-18 offseason

Nov. 15: Healy’s fantasy value doesn’t change much, as he’s still a mid-range mixed-league corner infielder. This locks his future in as a first base/DH type, affecting future eligibility.

Lynn’s deal is for one year and $12 million.

Sanchez had agreed to a one-year deal with the Twins last month.

He has a 90-94 record and 4.09 ERA over 12 seasons with the Miami Marlins and Detroit Tigers.

Sanchez pitched a no-hitter as a rookie with the Marlins on Sept. 6, 2006, and led the American League with a 2.57 ERA in 2013 with the Tigers.

But he had a 6.41 ERA last season in 105 ? innings, and the Tigers declined his option, making him a free agent.

The Heat used an 18-2 run to start the fourth quarter to trim a 19-point deficit to three, but Lillard took charge for the Blazers, just as he has throughout the winning streak. The All-Star guard broke Portland’s drought of over five minutes with a 3-pointer midway through the period to put Portland back in front by six, and the Blazers stayed safely ahead from there.

Moustakas called it a blessing in disguise, he missed the first part of spring training with the birth of his son, Michael Carter, last week.

A roster spot on the Royals opened up Saturday when outfielder Jorge Bonifacio was suspended 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

New Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Jake Arrieta is still a good starting pitcher, no matter how one defines the word good. He is just not likely to be a great one, and that is just fine for realistic fantasy managers who have perspective. After all, Arrieta won the NL Cy Young Award in 2015 and was basically awesome. Fantasy managers won championships thanks to him and his Cheap Authentic Soccer Jerseys Chicago Cubs won Cheap NFL Jerseys USA a playoff series.

You’re essentially playing probabilities, looking for likelihoods. Generally speaking, I’d expect there to be more close games and overachievement on the whole from those six games than the five mismatched contests that I didn’t list.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas hockey team members are the best players in the world of the week

The NHL community rallied together to support the team. Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, a former student at the school, hosted the team at a game against the Florida Panthers. One day later, the team practiced at BB&T Arena, which was decorated in Stoneman Douglas’ honor, including a championship banner. It was at that practice when a special guest made an appearance: the Stanley Cup, which the players mobbed.

Staal’s second goal of the night for Minnesota capped a franchise-record flurry to start the second period, and the Wild cruised to a 6-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

“Everything he touches,” coach Bruce Boudreau said, invoking the Greek mythological king Midas, “it turns into gold.”

Staal, the second overall pick in the 2003 draft by the Hurricanes who spent 13 years with the club until a late-season trade, has 64 goals in 149 games with the Wild. That’s tied for ninth in the NHL over the last two years. He’s also tied for 17th with 132 points, and he’s older than every player ahead of him in that span.

McDavid won two categories, as the NHL’s fastest skater and the player with whom you’d most want to start a franchise. He finished second to Crosby in three categories (most difficult player to play against, player you’d want on your team if you needed to win one game and most difficult forward to play against).

Connor McDavid won two categories in the NHLPA player poll but finished second to Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys Sidney Crosby in three categories, including most difficult player to Cheap Authentic Soccer Jerseys play against. Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
NHL players were surveyed on more than 20 hockey-related questions during their annual NHLPA team meetings, between the preseason and early January 2018. More than 500 players took part in the poll.

This year, with almost 50 percent of the ballots public, Bonds and Clemens are both polling in the neighborhood of 65 percent.

They aren’t exactly breaking down the door to Cooperstown, but they’ve been creeping closer to the 75 percent threshold for induction.

“Not too long after the report was issued and the issues were debated and discussed, the players began what has turned out to be a complete transformation on the subject, to Basketball Cheap Jerseys their credit. I give the players and the Players Association enormous credit. They have completely reversed their position on the subject, and now they are strong proponents of meaningful and effective testing and related procedures as they apply. I think they’ve come to understand that the argument I initially made to them, which they initially rejected, is a valid argument.”

Some writers won’t consider candidates even remotely linked to steroid use, while others say they can’t play detective and vote strictly on the statistics. What’s your take on that divergence of opinion?

GM: “It can be a difficult responsibility. I don’t doubt that. But as an outsider, I think it’s abandonment of the responsibility as a voter if you just look at the statistics because the Hall of Fame has clear standards other than statistics.

“On the other hand, you can’t just rely on one rumor. I did not include players that I felt certain in my gut were users because I did not have sufficient corroborated evidence Cheap NFL Jerseys China of that fact. We excluded a fairly substantial number of names, many of whom later were proven to be users, based on evidence that was not available to me at the time, including some admissions that were made.

Cowboys players won’t have to face owner Jerry Jones’s stand-or-else proclamation, at least not yet. But the Cowboys’ situation seems more unsettled than that of any other team.

The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers each got the victory they needed, the Packers with Brett Hundley stepping up in the absence of Aaron Rodgers, and the Steelers squeaking by in Indianapolis.

Nobody before or since has brought NFL excitement to life the way Berman and Jackson did on “Primetime.”

To pull off an AT-AT-sized upset by beating the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday, the Jaguars need to turn to an unlikely source: Blake Bortles’ right arm. Yes, I’m being dead serious. The Jaguars need to let Bortles sling the ball around early and often if they have any hope of departing Heinz Field with a win. I promise you, it’s not as crazy as it sounds.

Tom Brady, 40, and Marcus Mariota, 24, are set to make history on Saturday when the Patriots and Titans face off in Foxborough with a trip to the AFC title game at stake. According to Elias Sports, Saturday’s game between Brady and Mariota will have the largest age gap between starting quarterbacks in playoff history.

After watching the Bengals close their regular season on a two-game winning streak, Lewis showed up to his end-of-season press conference on Monday and sounded like a guy who was very interested in staying. One of his first moves was replacing defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, who took the same role with Oakland, with former Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.

Gruden got his big deal to return to the Raiders and leave the comfort of the ESPN “Monday Night Football” broadcast booth. He wasted no time in bringing in Olson, Guenther and Bisaccia as his right-hand men. Edgar Bennett (wide receivers) and Tom Cable (offensive line) also were Cheap Bike Jerseys hired from other staffs. This is as all-star as it gets to help take Derek Carr and Khalil Mack to the next level.

Before RedZone Channel, social media and smart phones, “Primetime” was the place, the only place, to catch up on the day’s NFL action. Especially if you were a fantasy football player hungry for highlights of your favorite players.

How popular was “Primetime”? When NBC Sports czar Dick Ebersol won the NFL’s Sunday Cheap Chelsea Jerseys Night TV rights in 2006, he made sure Berman and Jackson’s “Primetime” would not go up against his new “Football Night in America.”

In Wilson’s case, an easy fix would prohibit such a return.

“I promise that I will continue to work diligently so that this team can one day bring a championship to Houston, and when I return, I will be better, stronger and more focused Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys than ever before!” he tweeted “Now the grind begins…. #815 #Memo GODSPEED. A small thing to a GIANT.“

A Rodgers return depends on several factors: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers addressed his status for the first time Friday, telling reporters that whether he will be able to come off the injured reserve list (he’s eligible to return Week 15) will depend on how well his surgically repaired broken collarbone heals. “I would just temper expectations because, as much as I would love to get back out there this year, if it’s not healed, then there’s no conversation,” Rodgers said. “If it is healed, then there’s a conversation and we’ll go from there.”

In one international rugby league, Nowinski said, players who are suspected of having a concussion must sit out for a minimum of 10 minutes. It gives longer time for symptoms to surface and decreases pressure on doctors.

“That’s a clear choice by the NFL not to have a time minimum, and that’s going to increase the number of guys that return too soon,” Nowinski said.

Quarterbacks have been at the center of most controversies, because their big hits happen in the open. “Think about an offensive lineman or a defensive lineman,” McCoy Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys said. “They hit every single play. How do you know?” Those linemen are most often sustaining sub-concussive blows, the accumulation of which, researchers say, can lead to debilitating brain diseases later in life, such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

And honestly, by that time the question’s probably answered for me. So I think the teams that push him down the board because of this episode probably won’t even have to face that question because he’s likely going to be off the board in the second or third round.”