'Keeping up with O.J. and the Kardashians?' America would watch

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    If the riveting “O.J.: Made in America” documentary proved anything, it’s that O.J. Simpson still has the ability to pull us all back in.

    The opening intro of the final installment Saturday said it all. A voiceover features Simpson saying this:

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    “My story is just like an American tale, you know. You need to overcome great obstacles, it’s easy to celebrate,” he says. “It’s easy to be friends when somebody’s winning. You know you’ve got to have tragedy in your life to really write an interesting autobiography.”

    Interesting would be an understatement. It’s still intoxicating. The 10-hour documentary, along with the FX television series “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story” put Simpson back in our living rooms for 20 hours, and every single minute was worth it. The real-life and made-for-TV series were must-see television.

    That means Simpson is still must-see television almost 50 years since winning the Heisman Trophy at USC in 1968. He was must-see TV as the Hall of Fame running back who rushed for 11,236 years in the NFL. He was must-see TV during the White Bronco chase that trumped the 1994 Night net Finals. He was must-see TV as the man who was acquitted in the 1994 double-murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

    Simpson is still serving a maximum sentence of 33 years at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada for his role in an armed r[......]



    Jared Allen told Brett Favre to 'stay retired'

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    Coming off of a crushing NFC Championship loss to New Orleans, the Vikings weren't sure if their quarterback -- Brett Favre -- was going to return for the next season. So, in 2010, three players were sent on a surprise visit to see Favre in Mississippi. 

    The players — guard Steve Hutchinson, defensive end Jared Allen and kicker Ryan Longwell — were able to convince him to come back, but apparently one-third of the party wasn't advocating for a return.

    "I was the one guy who told him, 'Stay retired,'" Allen told A.J. Hawk on the linebacker's podcast.

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    "Hutch and Longwell put the pressure on him," Allen continued. "I was like, 'Listen, dude. It looks like you got it pretty good down here.' His place is amazing. I'm like, 'I'm going to be real honest with ya. If I'm you, I stay retired.' But I'm like, 'Don't come back thinking you gotta prove something. If you want to come back and have fun with us and try to win some football games, do it. If not, I might retire and move down here.'"

    The players involved in the trip have discussed the recruitment in other interviews, and said the initial plan wasn't to bring Favre out of retirement. They were sent just to get an official answer from him, and in the process, got him to come back.

    "It’s true, he did not want to come back at first," Hutch[......]



    NFL exhibition games come with a cost, but Americans can't stop buying

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    You’ve had a rough week, America.

    I don’t need to tell you why, but I guess the name “Colin Kaepernick” included in this story might lead more people to find it on the internet, so, yeah, his decision to not to stand for your national anthem really has made it a rugged few days.

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    This isn’t about that controversy, though. This is about the venue that led to that commotion and, more to the point, the injuries suffered by Dallas quarterback Tony Romo, Baltimore tight end Benjamin Watson, Indianapolis guard Jack Mewhort and Pittsburgh tackle Marcus Gilbert. The protests and the injuries all occurred during NFL exhibition games. And you, America, are to blame for all of it.

    You love NFL exhibition games so damn much that your decision to sit and watch the Dolphins and Falcons exhibit themselves in a game that did not count — those two teams accounted for 14 victories and 18 defeats last year — made NBC the No. 1-rated network in prime time last Thursday.

    You love NFL exhibition games so damn much that eight of the top 10 sports events in terms of social media engagement last week were preseason football games. Heck, that even included the Browns and Buccaneers, who accounted for nine victories and 23 defeats last year.

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    Every year, we hear sportswriters and analysts complain about the absurdity of the NFL exhibition process. This y[......]



    Cam Newton eats Von Miller's helmet, then flosses away the taste

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    Cam Newton officially suffered an ankle injury in the third quarter of the Panthers' opener Thursday night in Denver. How the reigning NFL MVP didn't suffer a concussion on the play is mind-boggling.

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    While Newton's right leg was being twisted on the sack, he also was getting drilled in the head by nemesis夜网论坛 Von Miller's helmet.

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    When Newton returned to the sideline, he lay on the ground, seemingly out of it. In fact, he was getting his leg checked.

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    Newton didn't miss a beat; he returned for the Panthers' next series. He even had the wherewithal to floss on the sideline after getting Miller's helmet in his grill (that, or because he had chewed off chunks of yardage against the defense that stuffed him in Super Bowl 50).

    That's an MVP move (or just weird; your mileage may vary).

    UPDATE: Cam had a pretty good explanation after the game.

    They weren't Bronco orange, were they?




    NFL says 'sexually suggestive' dances unsportsmanlike

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    The NFL plans to send out a video to all 32 teams that will specify what is considered unsportsmanlike conduct, senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said Tuesday,

    Taunting calls are up 220 percent in the first four games of 2016 as opposed to last season, according to ESPN.com.

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    Other unsportsmanlike penalties, such as celebration dances, are up 56 percent.

    "We certainly want the teams to have clarification," Blandino said on NFL Total Access, "and this isn't a new issue. We've been dealing with this in the past. And so we're going to send a tape out in the next week or so and clarify some of these things. But the key is if it's a gesture that either mimics a violent act — that's something with a firearm or a bow and arrow — or a sexually suggestive act, those are unsportsmanlike conduct.

    "That's ... something that officials will flag. That's direct from the competition committee and something that we're going to try to be as consistent as possible."

    A prime example is Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, who was penalized in Week 1 for twerking in the end zone. He vowed to limit his celebration to "two pumps," but was hit with another penalty last week for making a thrusting motion after catching a touchdown.

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    Cowboys CB Claiborne set to undergo hernia surgery

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    The Cowboys will likely be without starting cornerback Morris Claiborne indefinitely after he suffered an injury Sunday night against the Eagles and is now expected to undergo hernia surgery, according to ESPN.

    The report says Claiborne could still come back this season even if he opts for surgery. Vikings cornerback Terrance Newman underwent the same procedure in 2008 and returned six weeks later.

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    Claiborne, who has never quite lived up to expectations after being selected by the Cowboys with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2012 draft, injured his groin with under a minute left in regulation in Sunday's 29-23 overtime win.

    Claiborne has 26 tackles and an interception this season. He has never had more than one interception in a season during his five-year career.

    Orlando Scandrick, who just returned from a hamstring injury, will start in Claiborne's absence.




    NFL might expand international series for more Mexico games

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    The NFL’s announcement that four 2017 regular-season contests will be played in London isn’t necessarily bad news for Mexico City.

    Sporting News has learned that the league may return next season by expanding its inventory of international games.

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    The NFL is still in the process of evaluating the situation, a source said. Last month, the league returned to Mexico City for the first time since 2005, when Oakland played Houston. The game was seen as a success both logistically and financially by the NFL with an easy sellout of 75,000-seat Azteca Stadium.

    Besides Mexico City, Monterrey remains another potential host city because of the NFL’s popularity in that country.

    London mayor Sadiq Khan had lobbied the NFL for four games in 2017 before the NFL staged its third matchup there this season between Cincinnati and Washington. All three London games, including Jacksonville vs. Indianapolis and Los Angeles vs. the New York Giants, were sellouts, as well.

    The teams for next year’s London games will be unveiled Tuesday, but dates and stadium locations won’t be officially announced until 2017. The NFL has confirmed that New Orleans vs. Miami is one of the matchups.




    NFL playoff scenarios: How Chargers, Bills, Seahawks, others can clinch in Week 17

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    The NFL playoff picture is almost set. Nine teams have clinched playoff spots as Week 17 approaches, leaving six teams hoping certain scenarios will play out in their favor for the final three playoff berths. Teams like the Seahawks, Bills and Chargers seem like longshots to make the playoffs, but their chances remain intact.

    The Seahawks and Falcons in Week 17 will be fighting for the NFC's final wild-card spot. Atlanta, which hosts Carolina, only needs to win. Seattle needs to take care of Arizona at home and hope the Falcons fall to the Panthers.

    In the AFC, both wild-card spots are up for grabs in Week 17. The Ravens and Titans are in the best positions to take those seeds, as they both simply need to win Sunday. The Chargers and Bills need a handful of results to go their way in order to steal playoff berths.

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    Here are the NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 17.

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    Week 3 Fantasy Rankings: Running back

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    Time for a two-week check: On a scale of 1-10, how do you feel about your running back situation? No matter what you answered, it could change dramatically by the end of the next week -- or even after looking at our Week 3 fantasy RB rankings. That sleeper you love might have a bad matchup and be mostly worthless this week, while that guy you were just about to send to the waiver wire might actually be worth playing. And all of last week's actual injuries (Leonard Fournette, Devonta Freeman, Joe Mixon) and injury scares (LeSean McCoy, Dalvin Cook, Melvin Gordon, Todd Gurley) should remind you to invest in a handcuff or two.

    It changes that fast in the running back game, as we saw when Joe Mixon's "cleanup procedure" was announced last Friday. We got a little bit better of an idea of how workloads will be divvied up after Week 2 (hello Phillip Lindsay and Matt Breida!), at least in the short term, but we know that can change in a hurry based on opponents/game plans, as well. The lesson -- you can never feel too comfortable at this position, and you should always be looking on the waiver wire for potential adds. 

    Week 3 Rankings:
    Quarterback | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker

    Once again most of the usual suspects are near the top of the rankings (sad that we're already considering James Conner a "usual suspect"), but we'll likely start seeing some big risers and fallers soon. Perhaps the most interesting situation[......]



    NFL Power Rankings

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    Not much has changed at the top of the NFL power rankings after last week's games. The half-dozen heavyweights delivered in key matchups to separate as the best Super Bowl contenders.

    As for the middle, and the races for the wild-card spots in both the AFC and NFC? That’s a lot more interesting, as many positions between Nos. 7 and 27 have changed.

    Here is a complete look at our updated NFL power rankings going into Week 8.

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    1. Los Angeles Rams 7-0 (last week: 1)

    Todd Gurley and Jared Goff were having too much fun, so it became time for Aaron Donald to flex his muscles and remind everyone this team has both the best running back and the best defensive player in the NFL.

    2. New Orleans Saints 5-1 (last week: 3)

    The Saints' win in Baltimore was more than just luck with that extra-point miss. New Orleans was the grittier team in a tough game with the steadier quarterback play to match. The whole “they aren't the same team outdoors” narrative is dead.

    3. New England Patriots 5-2 (last week: 2)

    The Patriots didn't have their running pop in Chicago without Gronk and Sony Michel, but they made up for it with Josh Gordon flashing for Tom Brady and the special teams saving the day.

    4. Kansas City Chiefs 6-1 (last week: 4)

    Patrick Mahomes and Kareem Hunt are becoming almost impossible to stop, as they work well tog[......]