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NFL is back; will Seattle repeat?
The Seattle Seahawks started this season the way they ended the last one: with an emphatic -- albeit not quite as dramatic -- win over a talented team with a star quarterback. Instead of embarrassing the Denver Broncos like in the Super Bowl, this time Seattle beat the Green Bay Packers 36-16 in the NFL's first game of 2014. Is this a sign that the Seahawks are in for a repeat?
Your 2014 NFL predictions?
The 2014 NFL season kicks off Thursday night, with the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks hosting the Green Bay Packers in the first of what should be many intriguing games in this wide-open league. What will happen this year? Read our experts' NFL preview, then cast your votes below!
NFL upholds Josh Gordon's suspension
Josh Gordon's appeal of his one-year suspension for violation of the league's substance abuse policy has been denied, meaning the Cleveland Browns will be without the Pro Bowl wide receiver for all of 2014. The decision comes at a time when the NFL's disciplinary philosophy is under scrutiny, especially in light of Ray Rice's two-game suspension after an offseason arrest for domestic violence. The move also comes on the same day an NFL Nation survey showed players agree with Barack Obama's stance on marijuana.
A Twitter user promised free drinks for all if Michael Sam sacked Johnny Manziel and did 'money' sign. Sam responded.August 24, 2014Aug24
Before Saturday's St. Louis Rams-Cleveland Browns game, Twitter user @SquareKnight made the type of playful, hyperbolic statement that Twitter lives and breathes on:
Rams vs Browns tonight. If Michael Sam sacks Johnny Football & gives the money sign, drinks are on me. For everyone in the world. Forever.— FISHER KING (@SquareKnight) August 23, 2014
You know what happened: In the fourth quarter of the Rams' 33-14 win, Sam followed @SquareKnight's tweet to a T.
OMG! So glorious that Sam did it! Take that Johnny Football. You go, Mike!— FISHER KING (@SquareKnight) August 24, 2014
But then there was that thing about the promise of drinks ...
Declaring bankruptcy in 3..2..1...— FISHER KING (@SquareKnight) August 24, 2014
Today I messed up by promising mankind free booze for all eternity.— FISHER KING (@SquareKnight) August 24, 2014
Internet trolls, as they do, also had their say, prompting a clarification:
I wasn't betting against Michael Sam. I was wishing he'd do it. Joking about celebratory drinks for mankind; that was the sentiment.— FISHER KING (@SquareKnight) August 24, 2014
Still, despite negativity from frustrated fellow Twitter users who wanted a free beer, this story has a pretty happy ending:
Anyone know Sam's fave charity? So pumped he sacked JFF. If I can't perpetually intoxicate society, I can contribute to its betterment.— FISHER KING (@SquareKnight) August 24, 2014
.@MichaelSamNFL: Consider it done. Great play, btw. Give 'em all Hell in the NFL! You're a class act. God bless, brother.— FISHER KING (@SquareKnight) August 24, 2014
The man, who did not want to be named, said he is donating $500.
Information from Darren Rovell was used in this report.