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Longer PATs in the NFL?
Points after touchdown are generally pretty easy to get. Save for the occasional botched snap or slippery patch of grass, they're pretty much automatic. The NFL competition committee seems to see this as a problem, as it is in preliminary talks to dramatically increase the length of PATs. Currently, teams take PATs from the 2-yard line, but the committee is looking to place them on the 25-yard line. Kickers are against the idea, but something like that would mean a lot more drama after a game-tying touchdown in the final minutes, as what used to be a given will suddenly become that much more difficult.
pollcenter:category=5091+longerpatsinthenfl?AP Photo/Paul SancyaJohn Axford's arsenal includes a hard fastball, a sharp curveball, and comprehensive film expertise.
Three possibilities exist to explain Indians closer John Axford correctly picking 18 out of 18 categories at the Oscars:
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 18 for 18! #Oscars— John Axford (@JohnAxford) March 3, 2014
One, John Axford has an extensive knowledge of film history and Academy voting patterns.
Two, John Axford got lucky.
Three, John Axford is in fact a psychic, and his perfect Oscar bracket is only the opening salvo in a campaign of global domination.
We think it's probably one of the first two. Check that. We hope it's one of the first two.NikeThe new Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniforms certainly look ... interesting.
Coming up with a new uniform that everyone doesn't immediately mock and hate is something of a challenge, and we're not sure that the Buccaneers really cleared that bar with their new duds. It's not that they're hideous, exactly. They're just ... well, they're a bit XFL, aren't they? If we were Darrelle Revis, we might start dropping increasingly less subtle hints about trades after seeing what we might have to wear this season.
Revis on the trade block
The Buccaneers aren't actively shopping Darrelle Revis, but given his expense and relatively poor performance last season, the team is reportedly listening to trade offers for the veteran cornerback. When healthy, Revis is one of the finest corners in the league, a shutdown player with a nose for interceptions, but the Buccaneers could be worried about the $16 million in cap space he's currently taking up. A team with some free space and a need for pass defense might just decide that Revis is due to bounce back.
Jaworski not high on Manziel
Johnny Manziel might be a candidate for the top pick in the draft, but ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski doesn't think the quarterback is worth nearly that high of a pick. Describing Manziel as a ''project,'' Jaworski said he wouldn't even take the QB in the first three rounds of the draft. Opinions vary on Manziel -- he is clearly an explosive playmaker and he excelled in college, but his lack of size and freewheeling style might not translate well to the NFL, which tends to turn impressive college quarterbacks into washouts. The Texans have the No. 1 pick, however, and are desperate for a replacement for Matt Schaub. Manziel might end up being that guy.