The Washington Redskins have moved on from Robert Griffin III, on Tuesday head coach Jay Gruden made the decision to bench the one-time franchise quarterback, Gruden then named Colt McCoy as the new starter.
Hopefully, for all parties involved, this is a move Gruden will stick with the rest of the way. It’s time for Griffin to move on to another team, for the Redskins to see what they have in McCoy at quarterback, and for first-year head coach Gruden to finally stop answering questions about Griffin. Enough already.
How many times are we going to hear about how close New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was to signing with the Chicago Bulls this past summer? In a new documentary about Anthony’s free agency set to air soon, he said he was close to asking for a sign-and-trade to Chicago, even describing the situation there as “a perfect setup and perfect fit” for him. Anthony eventually wound up re-signing with the Knicks for a deal worth a reported $122 million over five years. The Bulls moved on and signed free agent Pau Gasol, through 13 games this season he’s averaging 18.9 points and 10.8 rebounds, both improvements over his last season with the Lakers. Meanwhile, the Knicks are off to a dismal 4-13 start to their season, despite Anthony averaging 23..2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists. He’s also dealing with back spasms that’s kept out of the last two games, both losses. I can’t help wonder when Anthony’s asked about Chicago again, what his next answer will be?
Ray Rice, former Baltimore Ravens running back, won his appeal of an indefinite suspension and has been reinstated to the NFL. Rice is now eligible to sign with any NFL team, he was suspended for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy in an incident of domestic violence. While I’m a believer in second chances, it would be a surprise if a team took a chance on Rice anytime soon. He’s only 27 years old, however he’s also coming off a poor 2013 season with the Ravens where it looked as if he was beginning to show signs of a player in decline. His best bet here is to continue working hard on and off the field to repair his reputation, a team will most likely take a chance on him in the offseason, preferably when the spotlight won’t be as hot as it might be now.
The Knicks are not just bad, they’re bordering on awful …the Dallas Cowboys got smoked on Thanksgiving by Mark Sanchez and the Philadelphia Eagles. A couple of weeks ago, it looked as if Dallas would grab control of the NFC East division. They’re now 8-4, a game behind the Eagles and that dreaded month of December that’s haunted them in the past is approaching. How Dallas responds over the next four weeks will determine a lot about the true makeup of this football team … the Boston Red Sox signed big-money deals this week with free agents Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. Both deals are reportedly totaling at least $183 million in salary. On paper, it looks like Boston’s loaded. If it transfers to the field, remains to be seen. That’s a lot of coin being spent, are the Red Sox trying to buy another championship? Because that plan’s gone over so well for the New York Yankees lately.
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