Falcons: Hey, maybe fans should be able to afford food at our games

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    It's tough to decide what's funnier: That the Falcons are seeking credit for not extorting fans who'd like to eat at their new stadium, or that they actually deserve it.

    Atlanta owner Arthur Blank and president Rich McKay detailed the "revolutionary" fan-friendly pricing scheme at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday. Here, "revolutionary" qualifies as charging your customers what they'd pay at a normal food spot, rather than $9 for a hot dog.

    The full list of "street-priced" items: $2 hot dogs, pretzels, popcorns, bottomless regular Coke products and bottled water; $3 pizza slices, waffle fries, nachos and peanuts; $4 souvenir sodas; $5 12-ounce Bud Lights and cheeseburgers; and $6 chicken tender baskets.

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    The end result is that a family of four can eat at a game for about $27, about 50 percent cheaper than the cost at the Georgia Dome. Not bad.

    “The pricing is a way to say thank you to our fans for being supportive, thank you to our fans for helping us building and construct this magnificent stadium," Blank said. Mercedes-Benz Stadium, all told, is expected to cost $1.4 billion and open in June 2017.

    “("Street-priced" items) probably represent 75-80 percent of the volume in the business," Blank said. "We didn’t take some weird items that maybe only you and I might order, and nobody else would order, and price those low."

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    Dez Bryant accuses former financial advisor of stealing

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    Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant filed a lawsuit against former financial advisor Royce West claiming he, along with associate David Wells, stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in endorsement money, NFL.com reported.

    According to the suit, “West would instruct endorsement companies and others to make payments for any endorsement agreements to Wells, not Bryant. Many of these payments stopped at Wells and/or West, but never reached Bryant."

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    The lawsuit claims Wells "absconded" with more than $200,000 owed to Bryant from endorsements. West and his law firm also allegedly breached fiduciary duties and took $300,000 from Bryant, who is asking the court to recover all loses and fees paid.

    "Such malicious and reckless conduct justifies an award of exemplary damages in addition to the actual damage夜网论坛s incurred by Bryant for which it seeks recovery,” the suit reads.

    Bryant’s suit comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed by West against the All-Pro receiver claiming Bryant caused $60,000 in damage to a house he lived in for years in DeSoto, Texas, while West was tasked with keeping Bryant out of trouble.

    West called Bryant's claims “lies and frivolous,” according to the Star-Telegram[......]



    Cardinals GM 'embarrassed' by Patriots loss

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    Cardinals general manager Steve Keim had no sympathy for his team losing at home Sunday night against a depleted New England Patriots squad.

    Keim held back nothing when he described the Cardinals' performance in the 23-21 loss, which ended with kicker Chandler Catanzaro missing a potential game-winning 47-yard field goal in the final minute.

    "You wake up Monday morning with a loss. You're angry, disappointed, embarrassed, and that's the way we should all feel," Keim said while speaking on Sports 98.7 FM in Phoenix. "Just didn't get it done, and a lot of reasons why we didn't get it done. And that needs to improve. That's certainly unacceptable."

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    Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said after the game that his team needs to get back to the basics and come better prepared to the next game.

    "We were obviously not ready to play," Arians said during his postgame news conference. "They outplayed us and we will learn from it and grow from it and continue.There's a long way to go and regroup and see if we can win the next one."

    The Patriots were playing without suspended starting quarterback Tom Brady and star tight end Rob Gronkowski due to injury.

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    Keim failed to see any positives that could be gleaned from the loss.

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    McDaniels says he's not waiting for Beichick to retire

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    Josh McDaniels would love to be a head coach in the NFL again. What he isn't interested in is waiting around for Bill Belichick to retire.

    The Patriots offensive coordinator said reports claiming he is gunning for Belichick's job "are unfounded," according to the Boston Herald.

    The reports began circulating after McDaniels' name wasn't included on a new list of possible head coaching candidates compiled by the NFL’s Career Development Advisory Panel.

    According to an unidentified source cited by Pro Football Talk, McDaniels' name wasn't included because it was understood he wanted Belichick's job once he retired.

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    “I’m aware of the report and I’ll try and clear that up,” McDaniels said. “I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I would definitely love to be a head coach again. There’s only 32 of those in the world. They’re opportunities that don’t come along that often. And if you would ever be so fortunate and blessed to have another opportunity to do it … that would be an opportunity I would look forward to.

    “It would have to be at the right place, at the right time, which is what I’ve always said. I’ve always tried to make decisions on what’s best for my family, what’s best for myself. Again,[......]



    Martavis Bryant, JuJu Smith-Schuster celebrate TD by mimicking hit on Vontaze Burfict

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    The Steelers lost Antonio Brown in the first half of Sunday's game in Pittsburgh after the star receiver left the field with a calf injury, but Martavis Bryant and JuJu Smith-Schuster picked up the slack with six catches and 89 yards combined, including a one-handed touchdown grab by Bryant to give the Steelers a 17-10 lead heading into the locker room.

    What some fans may not have noticed on the live CBS broadcast, though, is the celebration that followed. Smith-Schuster appeared to taunt Vontaze Burfict by mimicking his massive hit from the Week 13 matchup between the Steelers and Bengals.

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    Smith-Schuster's crackback block on Burfict landed the Steelers rookie a one-game suspension, and he later apologized on Twitter, saying "I jus[......]



    Colts vs. Titans results: Colts clinch playoff berth after wearing down, ousting Titans

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    Do or die. Win and in. Any way you name it, the "Sunday Night Football" finale had huge ramifications. 

    The Colts (10-6) walked into Tennessee on a three-game winning streak with a playoff berth in sight, and walked out with a ticket to Houston punched for the NFL playoffs. Behind solid efforts from quarterback Andrew Luck and running back Marlon Mack, the Colts, 9-1 in their last 10 games, are playoff bound.

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    It was an uphill task for the Titans, who entered the game with Blaine Gabbert under center. Marcus Mariota was sidelined with a nerve issue in his throwing arm, ending his regular season. Mariota, in his fourth year, has yet to play all 16 games in an NFL season.

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    Andrew Luck has gone through a career renaissance in 2018. In his first season playing a full 16 games since 2015, Luck has thrown for 36 touchdowns, 4,308 yards and a 67.2 completion percentage entering Sunday's contest. After a shaky[......]



    Steelers' Foster issues PSA to stop social media drama

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    Ramon Foster is tired of all the social media drama surrounding the Steelers.

    The veteran guard issued a lengthy "PSA" statement Thursday on Twitter, calling for former Pittsburgh players to stop constantly criticizing his current teammates. 

    "Moving forward...any former player or affiliate of the Steelers who has an issue with anyone still in the locker room, please contact me or Maurkice Pouncey or anyone else you feel you can talk to," Foster wrote. "Whoever you have an issue with, we will get you their number so you can address them. I PROMISE. These media takes might give y'all good traffic on your social media outlets but the guys still in that locker room, who y'all still know personally have to answer for those comments. Call them what you want, but call them personally and tell THEM. Defend who you want to 夜网论坛defend but you don't have to mention the team at all.

    "Whether you have a ring or played for one year...ENOUGH...CHILL. Most players at one point in their life want to take their kids back to the place where they once played, don't burn too many bridges. It's a long history of brotherhood more than anything, BUSINESS is one thing but let's keep it at a minimum for the guys who have to answer for these comments moving forw[......]



    Here's the scene where Aaron Rodgers made his 'Game of Thrones' cameo

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    Aaron Rodgers made an appearance on HBO Sunday, but it didn't have anything to do with football.

    The Packers quarterback was featured as a soldier on the battlefield in the latest episode of "Game of Thrones." Rodgers showed that he's more than夜网论坛 just a talented signal caller, as he portrayed a Lannister soldier in one of the series' most momentous clashes.

    The two-time MVP hinted at his role in late April via Twitter, giving fans fair warning to pay attention for episode five of the show's eighth and final season.

    Rodgers proved he has more than just his famous "discount double check" in his acting repertoire, but he likely won't be seen again in the seven kingdoms anytime soon.

    For now, he'll focus on helping Green Bay reach the postseason for the first time in two years. The Packers posted a 6-9-1 record in 2018 and have a new head coach in Matt LaFleur.

    Rodgers will look to bounce back from an injury-plagued season in which he threw for 4,442 yards and 25 touchdowns.




    Best remaining NFL free agents: Top 25 players still available in 2019

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    NFL free agency in 2019 has already reached its third wave less than a week into the new league year. Most of the highest quality and priciest veterans have either landed big contracts with new teams or re-signed to return to their old ones, via franchise tag or otherwise.

    But of the many more who are still unsigned for 2019, there are plenty of players who can be solid contributors for teams in need, from starting jobs to backup or situational roles.

    MORE: NFL free agency winners & losers

    Here's looking at the best of what's left:

    NFL free agents 2019: Top 25 players availableRankPlayerPos.1.Ndamukong SuhDT2.Jared CookTE3.Ziggy AnsahDE4.Tre BostonS5.Eric BerryS6.Jay AjayiRB7.T.J. YeldonRB8.Spencer WareRB9.Clay MatthewsOLB10.Justin HoustonOLB11.Muhammad WilkersonDE12.Darqueze DennardCB13.Morris ClaiborneCB14.Darius PhilonDT15.Randall CobbWR16.Jordy NelsonWR17.Chris HoganWR18.Quinton SpainG19.Jamie CollinsOLB20.Vontaze BurfictOLB21.Rashaan MelvinCB22.Michael CrabtreeWR23.Jaheel AddaeS24.Austin Seferian-JenkinsTE25.Stephen GostkowskiK

    Age: 32 | Signed with: Buccaneers

    Suh got some big one-year money to join LA’s Super Bowl push last year, and after coming through as a good inside pass-rusher in the regular season, he showed his pop against the run in the playoffs. 

    Age: 32 | Signed with: Saints

    Cook had a big season a[......]



    New deal for Rivers 'going to happen,' team owner says

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    Philip Rivers will be taken care of.

    While speaking to reporters Tuesday, Chargers owner Dean Spanos wouldn't speculate when the team would re-sign its franchise quarterback but guaranteed the two sides will eventually agr夜网论坛ee to a new contract.

    "It’s gonna happen, it will happen," Spanos said, via the Orange County Register. "We have an understanding, as long (Rivers) wants to be here, we want him here. We love Philip Rivers, you can’t say enough great things about him. I don’t think the contract issue is a big thing for us or for him."

    Rivers, who is in the final season of his four-year deal worth $83.25 million, had previously stressed that he's in no rush to get his contract extension, adding that he would like to play through the 2020 season when the Chargers are set to move to their new stadium.

    "I’m just fine right where we are, you know," Rivers said earlier this month, via the Los Angeles Times. “I got this year left and (I'm) under no immediate stress or urgency to get anything done. If it means playing it out, that will be[......]