Jaguars put the nail in the Steelers’ coffin with everyone’s favorite

red_wings_003The Jacksonville Jaguars are putting on an offensive clinic against the Steelers — something nobody really thought they’d be saying coming into Sunday.

Manning has become a Jersey guy, and he’s not a particularly emotional sort, so I doubt he thinks right now it’s definitely over for him in New Jersey. He used to split the year between Jersey and his southern home. Now he’s mostly a suburban Jersey guy, his kids in a great school, his life in total order. He’s invested in the area. I’ve always thought he’d never want to leave. This obviously could change things. But we’re all guessing about the future.

“I don’t care about the Pro Bowl,” he says, referring to Pittsburgh’s disrespectful dearth of defensive representation. (Shazier was voted in, no one else; Heyward was named All-Pro last week, the only Steelers defender on the list.) “I care about Ryan and his health.”

The penalty puts Ramsey one away from an ejection now. It was a bad missed call by the officials, who already helped the Steelers by not ejecting Maurkice Pouncey in the first quarter after he pushed an official.

The Falcons ended up getting a first down anyway after Ryan found Julio Jones down the middle of the field:

It appeared that Sanu could have possibly regained possession after pressing the ball against the back of his fingers, but there was too much movement for the officials to stick with the call on the field.

Even before they lost their house, the Fitzpatricks never had it easy. Minkah Sr. and Melissa met at an ice cream parlor after an eighth-grade dance and had two kids by the time they were 19. (Minkah Jr. and his older sister, Destiny, shared a bedroom in a tiny railroad apartment until they were six and seven. Their otherwise close friendship was occasionally interrupted by table-flipping fights usually brought on by Minkah’s neatness and Destiny’s refusal to make her bed.) “We had to grow up with them,” says Melissa.

“Completely different backgrounds, upbringings, all that,” Thielen summarizes. “But we’ve both been doubted. We both have that chip on our shoulder. I think we have a lot of connections.”

Which QBs are being taken too high, too low in fantasy drafts?

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles broke out as a reliable, high-scoring fantasy weapon last season, doing so in his second NFL campaign and with modest preseason expectations. Sure, Bortles figured to improve from his underwhelming rookie statistics, but few were expecting him to end up among the top five of all fantasy quarterbacks. That was a major breakout and fantasy owners sure are interested in who is next to do the same. Well, that’s why we’re here, to not only tell you whom to avoid, but whom to expect big things from.

For their part, the Vikings know the first games at their new home won’t come without some headaches, and they’re urging fans to be patient and sensible during the first games at the stadium. Once fans are within range of the stadium’s wi-fi network on Sundays, they can get push notifications on their phones from the Vikings’ app about gates with shorter wait times, as well as help finding concessions and merchandise. The team is also introducing a sports bar outside the stadium, called the Longhouse, which will be open 2 1/2 hours before and two hours after games. A game ticket is not required for admission. That, the Vikings hope, will give fans another option should they choose to arrive outside of peak travel times. It’s probably best to remember, though, that while it opens for football this weekend, U.S. Bank Stadium will go through its share of modifications in the next year or two as it becomes evident what works best for fans.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady might be having trouble getting on the field, but he’s having no problem selling products.

On Monday, Brady launched a line of snacks — 12 1.4-ounce packages of organic fruit and nut combinations sold in a box — for $50.

Who knows how many the folks at TB12 made, but by Tuesday afternoon, they had already sold out.

This is familiar territory for Brady, whose site put out a nutrition manual, which has 89 of the quarterback’s favorite recipes — one is sweet potato gnocchi with escarole — for $200.

Despite fans grilling the price, the manual sold out in days and is on backorder for next month.

Pete Carroll praises Macklemore for picking Air Monarchs over “Chef Curry” shoes

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has become an unofficial spokesman for Nike’s Air Monarch IV shoes over the years, refusing to switch up his footwear despite numerous attempts from his players and equipment staff.