End of Patriots' success?
Since 2001, the New England Patriots have been a portrait of consistent success. Just one season with fewer than 10 wins. Just two seasons outside the playoffs. Five Super Bowl trips. Three Super Bowl wins (albeit none since 2004). So when said team falls behind 41-7 to a Kansas City Chiefs squad that three weeks earlier lost 26-10 to the Tennessee Titans ... one tends to notice. Bill Belichick's and Tom Brady's squad hasn't quite been the same since losing the Super Bowl in the 2011 season, but could Monday's 41-14 loss be the tipping point?
2014 MLB playoff predictions?
The regular season is done. The playoffs are upon us. One thing is for sure: We will have a different champion in 2014 than in 2013. How will it all play out?
pollcenter:category=5566+2014mlbplayoffpredictions?September 29, 2014Sep29By Joe DeMartino | ESPN.com
The race to identify game-changing talent is a fierce one in the world of soccer, with scouts showing up at games where the players are all shorter than 5 feet tall. Once you've seen the talents of 9-year-old Pietro Tomaselli, however, you'll know why AS Roma recently signed him to its youth academy:
It gets better: That video was from when Tomaselli was just 8. By now, as a veteran footballer of 9, he's probably 10 times better.September 28, 2014Sep28By Patrick Dorsey | ESPN.com
Of all the tributes to Derek Jeter from fans, fellow athletes, celebrities and, really, everyone, this -- from Ashley Kelly, wife of Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly -- might be the best:
When I was 12, I thought I would marry Jeter. Instead I married the guy that took a selfie w/ him during his ceremony pic.twitter.com/3BrkWBQHgy— Ashley Kelly (@ashleynicokelly) September 28, 2014Elsa/Getty ImagesTake a guess as to which one is Derek Jeter.
So there you have it. This post goes out not only to Jeter, but to all the ladies who have had to settle for us non-Jeters. Our condolences.
Meanwhile, here is Kelly's selfie. Sorry, his #2ELFIE.
H/T Bleacher ReportSeptember 28, 2014Sep28By Patrick Dorsey | ESPN.com
Memorable trick plays in football tend to carry some combination of: (1) an unusual design, (2) a successful execution and (3) an unforgettable name.
This one -- from Lewis and Clark Middle School in Jefferson City, Missouri -- has all three.
Witness ... "The Ugly Kardashian":
According to MaxPreps, quarterback Atiq Muhammad is telling the referee that his team took the wrong ball onto the field following a kickoff. Of course, this happens after it is legally snapped to him -- meaning Muhammad is able to run past the defense once he feels he's in position to score.
About that name: It has no real connection to Kim, Khloe, Kourtney or any known or unknown Kardashian. It was inspired, according to coach Shawn Griggs, by "The Annexation of Puerto Rico" play from the 1994 film "Little Giants." (Click here for a whole lot more on that play.)
"When I said it the first time in the huddle [my players] wouldn't stop laughing," Griggs said. "I threatened to change the name of it because they would laugh every time I said it."
The joke wore off, though, enough for the play to net Lewis and Clark a touchdown.