Taylor Lewan made contact with an official during Sunday’s win, and it cost him big time.
The Titans left tackle was fined $30,387 for unsportsmanlike conduct, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a league spokesman. A fine was expected after Lewan was ejected during the first quarter.
For what it’s worth, Lewan’s coach, Mike Mularkey, agreed with the initial ejection.
“It was the right call,” Mularkey said. “Taylor should not have been where he was. He should have been back in the huddle — no excuses. He shouldn’t have been there.”
Lewan wasn’t the only player fined by the league on Friday.
Rapoport adds that Falcons safety Keanu Neal was fined $24,309 for a hit on Eagles receiver Jordan Matthews. While there was no flag thrown on the play, the fine suggests that the hit deserved one.
The more you hear about the behind-the-scenes world of the NFL in the ’80s and ’90s, the more you start to wonder if everyone involved in the league was under the influence of a powerful mind-altering agent.
Former Bengals star Boomer Esiason shared a wild anecdote involving former Cincinnati coach Sam Wyche, a fancy sweatsuit and the kind of full-frontal male nudity usually reserved for a Westworld episode.
According to Esiason, Wyche entered a meeting room two days before a game dressed in a sweatsuit (Boomer: “It was back in the ’80s, so everybody had matching sweatsuits) and told Bengals safety David Fulcher that if he played well on Sunday, Wyche would give him said handsome sweatsuit as a reward. The Bengals would go on to win that Sunday in a game Fulcher thrived in.
And that’s when things get … weird.
“Monday morning we come into our meeting and Sam walks in with the sweatsuit and says, ‘Dave, you had a great game and I want to give you this sweatsuit.’ And takes off the entire sweatsuit,” Esiason told CSN New England. He has nothing on underneath and he’s standing there in front of us, and he had a Fo-Rock (Fulcher’s nickname) medallion made around his neck. So here’s the head coach of the NFL standing stark naked in front of us with a Fo-Rock necklace around his neck and he hands the sweatsuit to David Fulcher.
“And nobody is laughing. Everybody is still and quiet and Sam goes about his meeting basically stark naked in front of the entire team.”
Remember a few years back when Mike Singletary dropped his pants in front of his players to make a point and everyone painted him as unhinged? Mike Singletary was wearing underwear, people. Sam Wyche would be committed for this same action in 2016.
DeMar DeRozan won a shootout with Russell Westbrook, scoring 37 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 112-102 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.
DeRozan, the NBA’s leading scorer with a 34.1 average heading into the game, made 13 of 22 field goals and 11 of 15 free throws.
“You know, sometimes you’ve got to tip your hat, and good offence can beat great defence,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “He had that happen several times where he made some very, very difficult shots.”
Westbrook had 36 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, but he made just 9 of 26 shots and committed eight turnovers.
“I thought everybody that guarded him did a decent job, but it was a five-man job,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “Not one guy is going to stop him, and I say that all the time. It’s on the team.”
Kyle Lowry added 19 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds and Patrick Patterson had 13 points for the Raptors. Toronto, which shot 51.8 per cent from the field, has won four of five.
The Thunder (6-2) entered the night tied for the NBA’s best record, but their offence was inconsistent against the Raptors, and they couldn’t find and answer for DeRozan. Victor Oladipo scored 18 points and Steven Adams added 14 points and 12 rebounds for Oklahoma City.
The Raptors led 62-55 at halftime behind DeRozan’s 22 points. Toronto scored 16 points off 11 Oklahoma City turnovers in the first half.
“Little things like us turning the ball over, then leading to fast breaks,” Oladipo said. “Rotations weren’t great today. Little things like that that we can correct. We’ve just got to continue getting better and push forward.”
A bounce pass by Lowry led to a jam by DeMarre Carroll that gave Toronto a 68-59 lead, and a basket by Pascal Siakam bumped the lead to 11 and led to a timeout by the Thunder. DeRozan’s mid-range jumper in the closing seconds of the third quarter gave the Raptors an 88-75 lead.
The Thunder opened the fourth quarter with a 9-1 run to cut the deficit to 89-84. Oklahoma City eventually cut the deficit to four, but the Raptors rallied, and Lowry’s 3-pointer bumped Toronto’s lead back to 10 with 3:32 to play.
“DeMar did a great job of getting to his spots, getting to the free throw line, and Kyle did a great job running the team,” Oladipo said. “We’re going to have to do a better job next time we play them.”
Raptors: DeRozan scored 11 points on 5-for-9 shooting in the first quarter. … Shot 13 for 23 in the second quarter and outscored the Thunder 42-28. … C Jonas Valanciunas missed his second straight game with a left knee contusion. … F Terrence Ross sat out with a sprained right index finger. … C Lucas Nogueira scored 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting and had seven rebounds.
Thunder: Scored the game’s first 12 points. … Shot 52.6 per cent in the first quarter. … Donovan was called for a technical foul late in the second quarter. … Made just 12 of 34 3-point attempts.
Westbrook shot a season-high 12 3-pointers, and made three. It followed a 1-for-6 effort beyond the arc against the Miami Heat on Monday. He’s hit a bit of a rough patch after a blistering start, making 14 of 42 shots his past two games combined.
DeRozan on fellow Los Angeles native Westbrook: “I’ve known Russ way before the NBA was thought of. It’s just a thing. You always support guys from L.A. To see the type of player he is — when you start naming off players from L.A., you put in a Russ, myself and all the other guys from L.A. — it’s a great group of guys. It’s great to see what he’s doing. The respect has always been there.”
Did Brett Favre ever really leave Green Bay?
Following the Packers’ upset loss to the Colts in Week 8, the legendary quarterback, now retired and pushing multiple products via late-night infomercials in his spare time, chose to air a few suggestions for Packers coach Mike McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
“Mike, Aaron being the leader, rather than talk about it afterwards, we’ve got to figure out a way to be excited about playing,” Favre told SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Because bottom line, even after this loss, they’re no different than they were before. They’ve got just as good a chance and probably will win … their division. It’s a tossup. No one gained any ground on anyone. So they’re still the best team, in my opinion, and they need to play like it.”
Though Green Bay’s offense has been relatively revitalized following its early-season lull, the 4-4 Packers have dropped three of their last four games and two of their last three contests at Lambeau. As Favre intimated, the NFC North is still within reach — the Vikings have lost three in a row — but if the Pack keep losing home games, fans, like Favre, will start to question the leadership at the top.
On the other hand, Rodgers is as “cool” as ever during Green Bay’s skid. When asked if Sunday’s game in Tennessee is a must-win, he responded in a manner akin to his famous R-E-L-A-X comments, “I’ve never liked that term. World War II was a must-win. Football’s football. It’s an important one but it’s just the next one.”
The Packers now embark on a three-game road stretch against playoff contenders and then return home to Lambeau for matchups against two playoff teams from last year, Houston and Seattle. Rodgers is naturally nonchalant about midseason skids, but he might want to heed his predecessor’s words so as to avoid a sub-.500 finish. That is unless he wants the Green Bay faithful to ignite a World War III.
“The answer” Iverson have been identified to participate in the 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony, and as Iverson introducer, Larry – Brown, Julius – Owen and John – Thompson will be present to “answer” Congratulations.
This year’s Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony will be officially held on September 10, organizers have been determined Iverson was selected to attend the 2016 Hall of Fame ceremony news.
Iverson basketball career as the three important mentor, former Philadelphia 76ers coach Larry Brown – former Georgetown coach John – Thompson, and basketball legend Julius – Owen will come to the scene.
Iverson played for the NBA 14 seasons, once elected MVP, 11-time NBA All-Star team during the regular season, played just 41.1 minutes, averaging 26.7 points, 6.2 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 2.2 steals.
Hall of Fame this year, attended the ceremony as well as “Little Giant” Yao Ming, and as he introduced guests “Deke” Mutombo and “Lord of the Rings” – Bill Russell will come to the scene.