Josh Norman says NFL’s ‘bow-and-arrow’ celebration ban all about him

While the NFL has loosened its hard stance on celebrations, one type that will still not be allowed is what the league determines simulated violence.

That includes the shooting of an imaginary bow and arrow.

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman, who was flagged and fined $10,000 last season for pretending to shoot a bow and arrow following an interception, said the ban is just for him.

“You’re just picking on one person here,” Norman said, via ESPN. “[Brandin] Cooks has been doing it for years, and now all of a sudden you want to quit and stop it? Why is that?

The 22-year-old picked fights with wide receivers Steve Smith and DeAndre Hopkins, called an entire crew of officials “homers,” and broke down on the sideline when he got sick and tired of the Jaguars losing.

Ramsey backs up the hype. He’s a 6’1, 209-pound bully at the position. He’s among the best cornerbacks against the run and has the speed to lock down the NFL’s fastest receivers.

It’s those skills paired with his attitude that makes him impossible to ignore and one of the most fun players in the league.

After the Jaguars lost to the Baltimore Ravens New Nike NFL Jerseys, 19-17, in Week 3, Ramsey told reporters he was the one who got into New York Yankees Cheap Jerseys the five-time Pro Bowl receiver’s head:

Smith responded on Twitter and on ESPN; Ramsey responded on Instagram. Feel free to decide if Smith’s eight receptions for 87 yards makes him the winner, or pick who looked better in the postgame exchanges. But does it matter?

Ranking the 26 modern-era quarterbacks in Pro Football Hall of Fame

Kurt Warner on Saturday will become the latest quarterback to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, marking the second straight year a quarterback who started in the 1990s will be the headliner.

Warner once backed up Brett Favre, who was inducted last year. That will beg the question …

Where does Warner rank among the all-time greats? The Pro Football Hall of Fame has 26 modern-era quarterbacks listed, starting with Bob Waterfield and running through Warner. Quarterbacks are a source of endless debate, and Sporting News is happy to contribute to that conversation.

“Most of the time, the quarterback is throwing it to a spot,” Howard said. “It’s on the receiver to get to the spot and go get the ball. So a lot of times it’s just spots you get to, and you know Andrew, he’s going to put it there every time.”

The players at other positions can work on individual techniques — in fact, they must pay particular attention to details of the game so they can concentrate on those elements requiring cooperation and chemistry when Luck returns.

Left tackle Anthony Castonzo, a fixture on the Colts’ line through most of this decade, said Tolzien has a command of the huddle, and that’s really the only variable at the moment regarding who’s behind him at QB. Castonzo said Luck’s absence Denver Broncos Cheap Jerseys does not affect his preparation for the season.

“I’ve got to prepare to do my job regardless of who’s back Direct Cheap Jerseys there,” Castonzo said. “Honestly, I can’t even think about that.”

With Anquan Boldin and Zay Jones, Bills finally get legit for Tyrod Taylor

Anquan Boldin became the newest Buffalo Bill on Monday — something that should make Tyrod Taylor the happiest Buffalo Bill.

In his two rather successful seasons as the Bills’ starting quarterback, Taylor has had to “manufacture” a passing offense for one of the NFL’s run-heaviest teams. It’s no surprise, considering he had pass offense-clueless Rex Ryan as his coach for his first two seasons in Buffalo. Throwing the ball all over the field and having legitimate wide receivers all around was totally ignored.

“I did something financially and unsound when I bought the Dallas Cowboys, and I knew it,” Jones added. “And I knew my family, and my generation of grandchildren, were going to be talking some day about that double idiot that had a chance to make our lives different, but he spent it all wanting to coach football.”

Jones poked at Johnson a couple of times during Saturday’s induction speech, but he also tossed plenty of love toward his old Arkansas teammate. He said replacing the iconic Tom Landry with Johnson, who had never coached in the NFL, in 1989 was a “great decision” and one validated when the Cowboys won consecutive Super Bowls in 1992 and 1993.

“You were a great teammate. You were a great partner to the contrary Create Cheap Jerseys of popular belief,” Jones said during his speech. “We Cycling Cheap Jerseys worked so well together for five years and restored the Cowboys;’ credibility with our fans. We were back-to-back, we were driven, we had thick skin. We took all the criticism they could dish out. I thank you.”

Browns’ Myles Garrett reportedly ‘ready to go’ after injury

The Browns got a scare when Myles Garrett suffered a foot injury in June, but the No. 1 overall pick is reportedly ready to go, according to head coach Hue Jackson.

Garrett suffered the injury during Browns mini-camp on June 20 and has since been rehabbing to bounce back and get ready to participate in the preseason, which starts Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. ET when the Browns take on the Saints.

In addition to learning of Garrett’s health, Jackson also announced quarterback Cody Kessler would be taking the first snaps of training camp. Brock Osweiler and DeShone Kizer will also be taking snaps this preseason for the Browns as well.

Kessler played in nine games last season while starting eight. He threw for 1,380 and six touchdowns to just two interceptions.

Analysis (Gatto): Baltimore will be very popular the next 12 days now that team owner Peter Angelos has, per Rosenthal, given GM Dan Duquette Cheap Jarome Iginla Jerseys his blessing to shop the likes of Zach Britton, Brad Brach and Darren O’Day. Oh, and outfielder Seth Smith is available, too. The pitchers, of course, are the main attraction. All three are late-inning prizes, in particular Britton, the All-Star closer who is back from an elbow injury. There was immediate speculation that the Dodgers and Cubs would be big bidders for Britton. Will Angelos allow Duquette to actually make a move if Cheap Jerseys And Snapbacks a deal is agreed upon? Ehhhhh . . .

Dwight Howard can’t resist dirty joke in postgame interview

For better or for worse, Dwight Howard has always been a fun-loving guy.

You can never accuse the 6-11, 265-pounder of taking himself (and some would add the game) too seriously,.

Following the Hawks’ hard-fought 119-114 win against the Bulls Wednesday Cheap Dolphins Jerseys night, the big fella, along with point guard Dennis Schroder, was handling an otherwise run-of-the-mill postgame interview with Fox Sports Southeast’s Olivia Harlan.

Schroder immediately noticed the sophomoric humor in his teammate’s statement. Howard made sure to reiterate his point, realizing he’d made a funny. To her credit, Harlan, the daughter of NFL and NBA commentator Kevin Harlan, kept it professional unlike her much older subjects.

The moment mirrored a similar interaction between the Warriors’ Klay Thompson and sideline reporter Ros Gold-Onwude that went viral on social media a couple seasons ago.

If you didn’t chuckle at all, congratulations, you’re a mature adult.

The Bucs did spend a little on this line, signing 29-year-old former Redskins 3-4 end Chris Baker to complement Gerald McCoy as a 4-3 tackle. McCoy has needed veteran support at this level for a while, and the strength of a good unit will lie inside.

William Gholston and Robert Ayers will remain the Cheap Elite Jerseys starters at end, but expect the Bucs to dial up their usage of second-year man Noah Spence to be a bigger force in edge pass-rushing situations. The team should build on the 38 sacks (tied for 9th in the NFL) it had last season. Baker’s impact should also be felt against the run, where the Bucs were below average last season.

Carmelo and La La Anthony are reportedly separated, living in separate homes

At the beginning of April, Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick spoke to Sporting News about a number of subjects, including how his team viewed its championship window. His answer to the question put into perspective just how cruel the postseason has been to the Clippers.

We think, as long as we have this roster, we are capable and have the potential to (win a championship), Redick said. Last year, we had injuries in the playoffs. The year before, we blew a 3-1 lead, but nobody talks about the fact that (Clippers point guard) Chris (Paul) missed the first two games of that series because of a hamstring injury. We had to deal with the (former Clippers owner Donald) Sterling mess the year before.

I don’t know if it’s the Clippers’ curse or whatever, but we’ve had to deal with a lot at a bad time. For our group, we look at this postseason as another potential championship. That’s how we’re looking at it. First thing’s first: we need to get out of the first round.

It’s been a rough season for Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony, and the turmoil has reportedly taken a toll on his personal life.

According to TMZ, Anthony and his wife La La have separated, as La La has moved to a different home in New York.

The report states that the split was amicable, but that the current NBA season has been extremely stressful on the marriage for several months. It also stated that Carmelo and La La are still on good terms, both appearing at their son Kiyan’s basketball game.

Based on recent comments by Knicks president Phil Jackson, it seems likely Anthony will be on the trade block this offseason, though it should be noted Anthony’s no-trade clause is a huge roadblock to any potential deal.

The couple, who got married in 2010, reportedly have no Cheap Girls Softball Jerseys plans Cheap Germany Soccer Jerseys for divorce, instead seeming content for the time with separation.

Raptors’ Serge Ibaka taunts after rejecting Bucks’ Thon Maker

Smart is sturdy as they come at 6-4, 225 pounds. He’s not the Celtics’ best defender. That’d go to Avery Bradley, but he’s to not afraid to body with anybody. And he certainly doesn’t scare easy.

In his short career, he has stepped to Cousins, Wall and even LeBron James.

He made a hard foul and I ain’t take too fond of it, Smart told reporters of his dust-up with Wall. I let him know what I had to say. I ain’t backing down from Cheap Football Jerseys Xxl nobody, and that’s gone be understood from here on out. I don’t know what he thought, but he got the message.

Beverley has the same Chicago blood running through his veins that’s made Allen one of the NBA’s most feared defenders. He’s earned it at every level from the West Side’s famed Marshall High School to Arkansas, then playing overseas and being cut in the NBA before sticking with the Rockets.

Considered a dirty player by many, the dude simply doesn’t give a rip. He’s there to make the opposing point guard’s life a living hell for 48 minutes, and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep his spot.

Serge Ibaka absolutely swatted Thon Maker’s layup attempt in the third quarter of the Toronto Raptors’ NBA playoff game vs. the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.

Ibaka spent the ensuing seconds taunting with his arms up as the Raptors completed a four-on-five successfully with a DeMar DeRozan and-one finish at the rim.

The Raptors are beginning to look like the team we’d hoped would show up in the playoffs.

Toronto may have lost its home-court advantage after falling in Cheap Gaa Jerseys Game 1, but if Ibaka can sway how Milwaukee attacks the basket, that shouldn’t matter.

Cavs’ J.R. Smith hopes to play in Game 3 after missing second half

J.R. Smith was on the floor for 19 minutes of Monday’s Game 2 win over the Pacers, but scored just three points in the 117-111 victory.

Smith was dealing with a tender left hamstring and was kept Cheap Fan Jerseys out of the lineup in the second half.

Lue did talk to both players, he said, to keep them ready in case they had to go back in. But he opted to keep Deron Williams and Channing Frye on the court, because they were part of the unit that put up a big run against the Pacers to key the historic comeback.

He called media speculation that he asked Irving and Love permission to keep them on the bench, crazy.

That was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen, Lue said, via ESPN. A grown man asks somebody permission to do something, I never understood that. They always make a story out of something when it comes to us.

Lue relayed a conversation he had with Love that summed up how he thought the situation was much ado about nothing.

When I say, ‘Kevin, I had to ask you, could I bench you?’ They Cheap Football Jerseys were saying, ‘S—, get out of here, man. You know you didn’t do that. You didn’t want to put us back in in the first place.’ But I mean, to ask for permission? That’s crazy, Lue said.

Chris Paul gets dumb question this time after Clippers’ Game 5 loss

Unfortunately for Redick and his teammates, Los Angeles was unable to escape that curse or whatever in this year’s playoffs. The Clippers fell to the Jazz in their seven-game series, but it wasn’t just losing to Utah. The Clippers lost Blake Griffin to a big-toe injury in a Game 3 win and couldn’t build on their 2-1 series lead. Griffin’s absence and another first-round exit added another brutal chapter to the book full of LA’s recent postseason misery.

Dating back to 2013, the Clippers have blown five straight playoff series leads. The numbers are stunning when you consider this team has three All-Star level players (Paul, Griffin and DeAndre Jordan) in the starting lineup and a championship coach (Doc Rivers) who has led the team Cheap DUKe Basketball Jerseys to four consecutive 50-plus win seasons. (Clippers owner Steve Ballmer may not want to look at what’s below.)

Welcome to Clippers playoff postgame, where stupid happens.

Tuesday night, after the Clips lost to the Jazz and fell behind 3-2 in their West playoff series, LA point guard Chris Paul had to field a stunner of a question Cheap Elite NFL Jerseys about whether there’d be a Game 7.

The questioner seemed hopeful CP3 would get real and give everyone a juicy headline by saying his team was done. When that didn’t happen, the interrogator persisted. The challenge became Defend your optimism.

Paul’s reaction (What?) was understandable and along the lines of Doc Rivers’ incredulous expression after a question following Game 1. At least the question to Rivers was about actual game play. We need more (and smarter) questions about game play. The question to Paul was just bait placed in front of a frustrated athlete: Please go off script and create heat. Paul left the line dangling.

Warriors’ Steph Curry tweaks Giants’ Madison Bumgarner

So Johnson knows what he needs. He’s got to import a Cheap College Jerseys special player. George checks a lot of boxes. The Pacers star is a top-10 player at peak performance. He has struggled with consistency in the playoffs, but has already played in 63 playoff games. And he doesn’t turn 27 until May 2. Still in his prime, he already has made two trips to the Eastern Conference finals, both times being denied a trip to the NBA Finals by the best player in the sport, LeBron James. A SoCal native, he’s been talking about playing for his hometown team, the Lakers, for a long time. He’s never made his long-term intentions a secret within the Pacers’ locker room, according to former teammates. He wants to wear the purple and gold.

There is little doubt that the Pacers are at a crossroads with their franchise player. In July, George could score a mega-extension in the form of a designated veteran exception — it could end up being a six year, $223 million deal — if he makes an All-NBA team. But in light of what has happened this entire season, right through their Game 3 debacle when they blew the biggest lead in playoff history, you really have to wonder if Indiana wants to go in all-in on George.

There was an instance of Bay Area superstar-on-Bay Area superstar crime Monday afternoon.

During media availability ahead of Game 1 of the Warriors’ series against the Jazz, a reporter asked Golden State guard Stephen Curry what he’ll do on his off-days in Utah.

Curry, of course, was tweaking Giants ace pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who suffered shoulder and rib injuries last month when he fell off a dirt bike during an off-day visit Cheap Custom Jerseys to the mountains outside Denver.

Odds are this was friendly joke made at Bumgarner’s expense. You’d think two of the biggest athletes in the Bay Area have met enough times to be on friendly terms.

Still, the Giants probably are not laughing, because MadBum is out at least three months.