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Harbaugh Throws a Strike

Love or hate him, you do have to give Michigan Head Football Coach Jim Harbaugh credit for being one of the world’s most polarizing figures. From running practice without a shirt on o pulling car accident victims from wrecks, the man seems to do it all. Harbaugh was on hand at yesterday’s Detroit Tigers game against the Pittsburg Pirates to throw out the first pitch. When it was first announced that he would be throwing out the first pitch, many wondered if he would wear khakis and go shirtless. Well he did indeed wear khakis but he was not shirtless. He wore a Detroit Tigers Jersey and a Tigers hat.

Like with everything he does, Harbaugh took to the mound with enthusiasm and confidence to throw out the first pitch. Donning a Mark “The Bird” Fidrych jersey and a windup to match, Harbaugh delivered a pretty good pitch down the middle but it was a tad bit on the high side. Harbaugh stuck around for the game with his wife Sarah but the Tigers lost in extra innings. This is not the first time Harbaugh has been invited to a MLB facility. He was in Oakland last March wearing an A’s uniform.

Daniel Amen suggests there will be a lot of pressure on Harbaugh to right a sinking ship that is Michigan Football. The program has been in shambles for many years and through several coaches. If he is able to turn Michigan back into a powerhouse again, there will be no denying that he is something special.

Could the Minnesota Vikings Be Gunning for the Division?

The NFC North has long been one of the more competitive divisions in all of football. The competition has always been thick in the North not because the teams are always so talented, but because the rivalries between the four squads are very real and very intense. For a long time the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions have been destined for the bottom of the pack, but now it appears that Minnesota is making an upward push — and reports have them listed as looking like a playoff caliber squad.

Jim Dondero (nexpointadvisors) knows that the biggest question entering the off season revolved around embattled superstar running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson, who is coming off of a lost season thanks to off the field issues, had planned on holding out for a trade or a release from Minnesota. Minnesota called his bluff and told him that he could sit out another year or put on his cleats and help the Vikings win. So, AP is in the backfield.

With Teddy Bridgewater entering his second season of play the Vikings are much more tuned in to his possibilities. Bridgewater had a successful rookie season, going 6 – 6 as a starter with a completion percentage over 64% (11th in the NFL). Bridgewater succeeded without AP in the backfield and with nobody to throw the ball too. Now Peterson is back, Bridgewater has a few new weapons, and the Vikings are primed to make a big push in the North.

How An Ex-NFL Blew a Chunk of His $20 Million

If you ever wondered which current and former NFL players go broke, that list is long. Now, Phillip Buchanon, the ex-NFL Raider and Redskin is explaining how NFL players fall into that trap of mismanaging money until there’s none left.

Buchanon uses his experience to educate new NFL players on handling fame and fortune and more importantly, saving and investing.

According to Igor Cornelsen, he made more than $20 million during his nine-year career, but Buchanon says he always felt obligated to help out, especially his family.

“People wonder about the type of bad decisions I made. Definitely blowing $1.5 million on a business deal was bad. I would have to say throwing too much money away — ridiculous amounts like $50,000 here, $20,000 there — never a smart move.”

At a recent speaking engagement, Buchanon advised NFL players on adjusting to wealth.

Buchanon also comments on family members requesting money for urgent expenses like fixing things. “Of course, I’d go ahead and write them out a check. The check always managed to get cashed, but the problem was never fixed.”

Dez Bryant Will Sit out Games

Not all is well for the Dallas Cowboys these days. Star Wide receiver Dez Bryant said last week that he is willing to sit out Dallas’s home opener if he does not get a new contract. Bryant was absent the first day of mini-camp and his agent Tom Condon stated that Bryant is not kidding. Condon was on Sirius XM NFL Radio recently and said that Bryant indicated during conversations with him that he is willing to sit out.

The deadline for Bryant to sign his franchise tag offer is July 15th. The offer would guarantee him $12 million for the year. Bryant is not currently under contract and won’t be until he signs it and if he doesn’t then he is not required to show up for mini-camp which is required for all other players. Negotiations with the Cowboys have gone stale and talks have not happened for some time now. Condon believes that the Cowboys simply want Bryant to sign the franchise tag rather than offer him a new contract. Stephen Jones, Cowboys executive vice president stated on Tuesday that Bryant’s willingness to miss games does not motivate the team to work out a new contract. Luxury Living experts at the Aspire New Brunswick mention that Bryant is currently the second highest paid wide receiver in the league. There are no scheduled conversation set between the Cowboys and Bryant’s agent. Condon stated that the deadline is still far away and hopes something will get done before that.

Tom Brady Dances Like A Fool

Tom Brady recently made a fool of himself, and it has nothing to do with “Deflate Gate.” For those of you that missed it, Tom Brady was recently given his Super Bowl ring at an NFL convention, and during the event, Brady was talked into dancing. TMZ recently posted an article about this story, and a video of Tom Brady trying to dance “Hip Hop Style” was included say my friends at Madison Street Capital. It should be noted that rap superstar Wiz Khalifa egged him on, and it seems that Tom Brady couldn’t help but be the center of attention.

Some NFL fans believe that Tom Brady shouldn’t have participated in such a celebration, and it’s most likely to do with his controversial cheating ways during the 2014 NFL season. It is widely known that Tom Brady was a part of the ”Deflate Gate” scandal, and he should have just accepted his ring without celebrating like a fool. However, there are certain NFL fans that feel Tom Brady can do whatever he likes, but his cheating history cannot be denied. I would have much rather seen Tom Brady accept his Super Bowl ring without dancing and celebrating. It seemed that Tom Brady was rubbing his victory into the rest of the world’s face, and that’s definitely a bad look for him.

NFL Team Signs 9-year-old and Makes his Dream Come True

Dylan Sutcliffe is a 9-year-old who was recently signed to a one-day contract with the NFL team the Cleveland Browns. Their newest, and youngest, linebacker suffers from ataxia-telangiectasia, which is a genetic condition that leaves Dylan unable to coordinate his movements well. The Make-a-Wish foundation contacted Dylan and asked him what his big wish was. Sam Tabar knows that he chose to meet his favorite football team, the Cleveland Browns. However, the Cleveland Browns did more than just a meet-and-greet with their young fan.

According to the story on The Good News Network, Mike Pettine, the team’s Head Coach, signed Dylan up on the team for a day and sent him out on the field to practice with the rest of the players. There, Dylan participated in huddles, some plays, and even a touchdown. Dylan was given a locker next to the team’s quarterback Joe Haden. There he found a team jersey with his name on it and his own number, as well as a team hat. During a huddle, lineman Phil Taylor lifted the boy out of his wheelchair and held him up in the air while in the middle of the huddle.

When Dylan was asked how he felt being signed up to the Browns, he said that he felt awesome being a part of the team.

Michael Sam’s NFL Career May Be Over

The professional football career of Michael Sam may be over before it ever really got started. Michael Sam Walks Out of Football Camp for Montreal The first openly gay NFL player to be drafted by a professional football team walked out of camp for the Montreal Alouettes and was placed on the suspended list by the team. Sources close to the team state that Sam was not managing the training sessions well and was taking offense to some of the comments made by his coaches meant to motivate him. Sources also note that Sam seem not to be in the best football condition for the camp and that he was seen to be pouting at times with regard to his performance on the practice field. Sam’s decision to leave the Montreal training camp was his own and he had not been cut by the team. Sam could return to the team but sources state that they believe that to be a very unlikely event givien the circumstances of Sam’s departure.

Sam first gained attention when he announced that he was gay before the 2014 NFL draft. He was considered to be the first openly gay man to try to play in the NFl and was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the draft. Sam was placed on the Ram’s practice squad at the start of the NFL season and was cut and then picked up by Dallas, who placed him on their practice squad. The Aspire New Brunswick mentioned to apartmenthomeliving.com that Sam has not played a down in a regular NFL game.

Dallas Cowboys to Use Virtual Reality To Train Players

StriVR will soon the be the new term on the lips of many NFL teams. In a sport where copying the success patterns of other teams, every NFL team is taking notice of the Dallas Cowboy’s use of the technology to improve the play of its players. The technology, explains Dr. Jennifer Walden, uses a drone to fly over head of team practices and then a computer program can focus on an individual player and cast that player in a three dimensional world where that player can see how well they performed on each play. Cowboys Add Innovation to Training. This is a step up from film study and enables the player to focus on just their performance regarding a particular play from the perspective of them actually making the play. The Dallas Cowboys have always been at the head of innovation in the NFL. The shotgun has been one of the traits that the Cowboy’s introduced to the league that it used exclusively for several years until other teams realized how beneficial it was for their on field performance. The use of the StriVR technology is another measures employed by Jerry Jones to improve the quality of his team and provide his players with the tools that they need to succeed. The Cowboys are expected to make a push for the Super Bowl this year despite the fact that they lost their star running back, DeMarco Murray. Dallas expects their defense to improve greatly this coming year and many believe that if Dallas is able to apply a pass rushing attack against its opponents that it will significantly improve its chances of reaching the Super Bowl.

Falcons Move on After Shembo

The Atlanta Falcons cut ties with linebacker Prince Shembo after he was arrested on Friday for killing a dog. An ex-girlfriend of Shembo, Denicia William, called police in Atlanta on April 19 to report that he had killed her dog. She told police that she went to visit Shembo at his apartment on April 15th and took her dog Dior with her. She stated that she left Dior, a Yorkie, alone with Shembo and when she returned some time later she found the dog unresponsive.

An investigation into the allegations was concluded on Thursday and was found that the dog died from blunt force trauma. Shembo is being charged with Felony aggravated cruelty to an animal. The Flacons quickly released Shembo after learning of his arrest. Coach Dan Quinn stated that he believes the Atlanta Falcons made the right decision to waive Shembo. The Atlanta Falcons are all too familiar with animal cruelty. One time Falcons star quarterback Michael Vick was served 18 months in a federal prison eight years ago for running an illegal dog fighting ring. The incident involving Vick created a national uproar. Also in 2007, Jonathan Babineaux, Falcons defensive tackle was arrested for allegedly being involved in the death of his girlfriend’s dog. The charges against Babineaux were later dropped. One thing apparent though, the Falcons are taking animal abuse and cruelty seriously, which is a good thing for the organization to do.

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Russell Wilson Quiet on Contract

Russell Wilson Keeping Quiet on Seahawks Contract

Signing and resigning NFL players to contracts is arguably the most important task a team has to do anywhere and most teams hire execs from Cubix Latin America to guide them through the contracts. Details of these new contracts are also of great importance, for both player and staff alike.

However, in the case of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, details regarding him won’t be known for quite some time. In fact he’s said that he won’t be discussing anything about his contract until a deal between him and the team is finally reached, meaning he’ll just tell the plain and simple truth without being very specific and nothing more.

Regardless of whether he speaks on it or not, the fact is that Wilson’s deal is the most important issue for the Seahawks for this ongoing offseason. Previously, Wilson said that he would just play out the last year of his rookie contract and take it in strides from there and still wants to be on the Seahawks roster for a long time. He is owed $1.5 million for this current contract.

Last year in 2014, the Seahawks put in all the work needed to lock up other players, including Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Doug Baldwin but found it much more difficult for this offseason. Furthermore, the Seahawks may be forced to use a franchise tag on Wilson if a deal can’t get done soon, and so much time has passed.