In the video game world, that means pass the sticks. Chris Conner Authentic Jersey In the NFL playoffs, it was a wake-up call not only to the Jaguars’ opponent Sunday, but also to the team it will face in seven days.
The Patriots entered their divisional playoff game against the Titans as 20-point favorites. They also were dealing with the cloud that was a damning ESPN report regarding friction between Brady, head coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft.
h. Coffeenerdness: Best coffee-related value of my year: Bought a 12-ounce Hydro Flask (one of those great thermal double-walled drink containers) for the morning coffee, and the best thing I can say about it is it keeps the Italian Roast tasting like fresh, piping-hot Italian Roast for a good three hours. I’m sort of a slow coffee drinker, and it’s annoying with a ceramic cup to have to microwave the coffee three or four times in 90 minutes.
i. Beernerdness: Had the Two Roads Holiday Ale (Two Roads Brewing Company, Stratford, Conn.) at a restaurant in Stratford the other night, and found it distinctive and lighter than a normal holiday ale, which I liked. Malty. Not memorable, but a nice dinner beer.
j. There is only one word for the college football coaching business, in which Jimbo Fisher, coming off a 5-6 season at Florida State, gets hired/legally hijacked by Texas A&M for a salary actually close to Bill Belichick’s: insanity. Three words, actually: absolute friggin’ insanity.
The Panthers, who are scheduled to play at the Saints on Sunday, are making their fourth playoff appearance in Rivera’s seven years at the helm. They are 64-47-1 under him and made the Super Bowl in 2016, when they lost to the Broncos.
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Rivera’s old deal was set to expire after the 2018 season, but he would have been coveted this offseason in a market replete with head coach openings. The Bears, for whom Rivera both played and coached, are among the teams searching.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the first to report a new deal for Rivera was in the works, noted the extension is the first big decision for Tina Becker, the Panthers COO who is running the organization with owner Jerry Richardson stepping down after announcing the team is for sale.
Authentic Mens Jaromir Jagr Jersey The elder Bonzie exited his playing career more quietly after blowing out his knee in a French pro league. He settled into a coaching career, climbing the ladder on high school and college staffs, and when his son was born, in 1996, Bonzie II became a courtside fixture. At four he was entertaining himself on a lowered rim at George Washington when Red Auerbach, an alumnus who frequented his alma mater’s practices, told Bonzie I that his boy would grow up to be a great player. Not long after the original Bonzie took a job on Al Skinner’s staff at Boston College, in 2001, Little Bonz became a frequent one-on-one challenger to Eagles stars like Jared Dudley and Troy Bell. I wasn’t scared of nobody, Little Bonz says now. If I made a shot over them I felt like I was the biggest man on campus.