LIONS COACH JIM CALDWELL LIVE PRESSER NOTES

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KaSandra Hunt | September 1, 2014 11:35am CT

#Lions Coach Caldwell’s stated that everything that happens with the team and players lies on his shoulders. At least on the field that is.

It appears his eye for talent is working in the Lions favor as well as a more disciplined presence the team had displayed during Training Camp and Pre-Season games. Though Coach Caldwell seems like a perfect mild mannered gentleman, his knack of getting through to making his players a success dates all the way back to his days of college football coaching.

Coach Caldwell stood proud and tall when making the statement that everything that goes on with this team lies on his shoulders, but did not take away the aspect that the players have to take responsibility as well.

Coach spoke of his college coaching days of when he would go out and talk with many of the players guardians to explain the role their sons had taken on as a player and the role he would play in developing them as their coach. The is very different on the professional level.

While Caldwell will take ownership of what happens on the field with the team, he expressed these are not college students. He stated that these are adult men, some with families and have to understand the roles they play off the field they are solely responsible for them. Today he mentioned he will be thoroughly going over the new NFL Domestic Abuse policy recently put in place to make sure every player understands the consequences of off the field actions, of which he cannot save them from as adults.

While some were kicking cans when they learned Ken Whisenhunt took the Titans gig over the a Lions, it doesn’t seem the a Lions ended up with the short end if the stick. In just a short time, Coach Caldwell has taken ( what some feel is one of the most talented teams in the NFC North on paper) and already turned a few things around from last season.

It’s true that we can’ t judge everything from training camp and a few exhibition games, but many will be watching to see how his style of coaching plays out in the first few regular season match-ups against the Giants, Panthers and Packers.

For more on today’s PRESSER conference, Lions 53 Man Roster and Practice Squad selections simply place hold the link : Official site of the Detroit Lions

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ESPN apologizes regarding statements of Michael Sam’s showering habits

Via: KaSandra Hunt | Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:58AM CST

This week one of our favorite journalist, Josina Anderson, had the pleasure of getting insider interviews with the St. Louis Rams as they prepare to head into final roster spots selection and forst regular season game.  Per ESPN,

On Tuesday, Anderson appeared live on SportsCenter from Earth City, Mo. to report on various Rams topics. At the end of the segment, she was asked how Sam, the first openly gay player in NFL history, was fitting in with teammates. Anderson first quoted Sam’s fellow defensive lineman Kendall Langford, who called the rookie “just one of the guys.”

Supposedly, Anderson reported something she’d heard from one of Sam’s teammates. Namely, that Sam seemed to be skipping the showers while his other teammates were there. Ostensibly not to make them uncomfortable.

ESPN is quoted in saying, “They regret the manner in which we presented our report,” the statement said. “Clearly yesterday we collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports.” 

As journalists we are often forced to tackle stories that are like an unmonitored case of exploding fireworks, yet that is what we are trained to handle.  I think Josina did a pretty good job of addressing the situation on a very professional level.  This should not be a major issue and how he chooses to live life should not be a sideshow spectacle.  

Michael Sam is a talented DE looking to make the roster and history in the NFL beyond simply being an openly gay player.  I look forward to seeing how Sam’s professional career unfolds and more interviews and commentary for ESPN’s Ms. Josina Anderson.

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Jackie Robinson West t-shirts selling for $50 on eBay

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Originally posted on WGN-TV:

The teams new found fame is making their merchandise a hot commodity.

Their t-shirts sold out at Dick’s Sporting Goods and now they’re showing up on eBay for $50

The shirts retail for $20.

In all, Dick’s ordered about 12,000 shirts.

The company has announced it will now give all of the net proceeds, somewhere around $200,000, from the sale of the shirts back to the team.

Meanwhile, WGN has learned that bogus t-shirts are being sold on the street, claiming that a portion of the proceeds are going to the team and that is not the case.

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THE INJURY BUG MADE A FEW STOPS THROUGH A COUPLE OF PRE-SEASON WEEK 2 MATCH-UPS

 

Atlanta Falcons:

Sam Baker (LT) – Season Ending Torn Patellar Tendon

 

Baltimore Ravens:

Ray Rice – Bruised Shoulder

Jimmy Smith – Bruised Chest

 

Buffalo Bills:

Sammy Watkins – Bruised Ribs

 

Cincinnati Bengals:

Darqueze Dennard –Hip Injury

 

Oakland Raiders:

Derek Carr (QB) – Concussion/ Bruised Ribs

 

San Diego Chargers:

Manti Te’o – Bruised Foot

 

San Francisco 49ers

Antoine Bethea – Concussion

 

St. Louis Rams

Isaiah Pead – Season ending Torn ACL

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Police activity in Harvey; officer injured

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Originally posted on WGN-TV:

An officer has been injured in Harvey, town spokesman Sean Howard confirms.

The circumstances of how he was injured are unknown.

There is police activity near 147th and Robey, and there are reports of a possible hostage situation.

WGN has a crew and a reporter headed to the scene.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

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SIDNEY RICE SHOCKINGLY THROWS IN THE RETIREMENT TOWEL AT AGE 27….

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By : KaSandra Hunt | Football Fan Rush Network

A few months ago, it was exciting to see a tweet from Rice that read “SEA you soon” as fans wondered if the Seahawks would re-sign the wideout they had come to love. Who would have expected that just a few months later he would be officially announcing his retirement.

While Rice proved to be instrumental in getting the Seahawks through some tough wins and even to a Superbowl Title, many feel his best year was as a Minnesota Viking.

Rice, who was initially drafted by the Vikings in 2007, was always looked at as a talented Wide Receiver that had yet to prove his ability. That all changed when a QB master named Brett Favre donned a Purple and Gold uniform in 2009.

We watch Sidney explode!

Rice wrapped up that season with 83 receptions, 8 touchdowns and a total of 1,312 yards. It was finally safe to feel (at least in the 2009 season) Sidney had finally bloomed into the player all expected he would be with a bright future ahead.

Unfortunately, Rice’s 2010 season with the Vikings was not impressive landing him a new team home out west with the Seahawks.

Sidney did not have that same explosive season we saw in 2009, but he made many key plays that lead to victories for the team. One of his best and most memorable plays was the game winning TD that handed the Chicago Bears a nice “L”. While the TD ply was amazing, many gasped for air watching Rice go down out cold after taking a vicious hit from (then) Chicago Bears Safety, Major Wright in 2012. Shockingly, he was not ruled with a concussion on the play.

Rice recovered to play one more season, but stated that continuous concussion injuries have been more than he can withstand and finally calls it quits.

We here at the Football Fan Rush Network wish Mr. Sidney Rice the best in his future endeavors and like the many Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks fans……thanks for the memories!

Photo Credit: Seattle Seahawks

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The History of the Famous Purple People Eaters

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By: KaSandra Hunt | Football Fan Rush Media
July 2, 2014 3:00PM CST

While this title will have many singing, “One eye, one horn, flying purple people eater” we aren’t exactly talking about that type of beast in the read. We are throwing attention to one of the most famous and strongest defensive front four in the history of the NFL.

Purple People Eaters or at time referred to as the Purple Gang, is a term for the defensive front four of the Minnesota Vikings from the late 1960s to the late 1970s. Yes it is a reference to a popular song from 1958, the color of the uniforms and the productivity of the defense. Those who watched this defensive front come alive every game always remembered their famous motto, “Meet at the quarterback.”

The defensive line was made of the following key players:
• Defensive tackle Alan Page, 9 Pro Bowl Selections (1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976), NFL MVP (1971), Hall of Fame
• Defensive end Carl Eller, 6 Pro Bowl Selections (1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974) Hall of Fame
• Defensive end Jim Marshall, 2 Pro Bowl Selections (1968, 1969)
• Defensive tackle Gary Larsen, 2 Pro Bowl Selections (1969, 1970)

We are pretty sure most Grandparents and Parents remember their beast like play vividly while watching them give fits to all opponents they were up against. Despite not winning a Super Bowl in any of their 4 trips (Super Bowls IV, VIII, IX and XI), the Vikings’ defense is considered arguably among the greatest defense of all time.

Hopefully, the Vikings current line-up can not only get them back to the big game appearance number 5 pretty soon and finally bring home the Lombardi Trophy (wishful thinking). Now pardon us while we play the “Purple People Eaters Song”. http://youtu.be/Rx47qrH1GRs

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Photo Credits: NFL Films and VikingsUpdate.com

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