Patriots become first NFL franchise to own planes

After a historic Super Bowl comeback, the Patriots have set yet another record.

New England has purchased two jets to become the first NFL franchise to own their own planes to fly to games, ESPN reported Tuesday, citing unidentified sources.

According to the report, the Patriots bought two 767 Boeing wide-body planes during the offseason. The jets have been retrofitted with all first-class seats and painted with the red, white, and blue team logo. They’ve even been decorated with five Lombardi trophies on the tail.

The Patriots will use the jets for round-trip travel to their 10 road games and allow the planes to be rented when they are not being used by the team.

Due to the expensive cost of charter travel and the fact that a number of organizations, including the Cardinals, Ravens, Colts, Jaguars, Steelers, and Dolphins, will no longer fly with American Airlines, more plane purchases could be on the Cheap NFL Jerseys horizon for NFL franchises.

Is doing all of it extra? Yes. Does it really matter? No.

Bringing that to the field shows Beckham is human. He might be somebody that — if given the chance to meet — you would have something in common with. Football is a game, and games are supposed to be fun. He’s making it fun.

Having customized cleats has been a practice that’s grown in football over the past decade, but Beckham has taken it to another level.

Beckham’s worn a variety of customized cleats that have celebrated Christmas with the Grinch, paid tribute Craig Sager with vibrant colors, or Cheap NFL Jerseys USA honored America in remembrance of 9/11.

NBA trade rumors: Cavs, Pacers, Nuggets nearly pulled off blockbuster deal involving Paul George, Kevin Love

To say it’s been an ugly offseason for the Cavs would be putting it mildly.

Cleveland let general manager David Griffin walk out the door along with vice president of basketball operations Trent Redden only days before the NBA Draft. The Cavs saw the gap between them and the Warriors widen during free agency as Golden State seemingly improved its roster while Cleveland retained Kyle Korver and added only Jose Calderon and Jeff Green in free agency. Chauncey Billups passed on the GM opening after being offered a below-market salary. All of this left LeBron James “frustrated” and “concerned” about where the Cavs are going.

Then the Kyrie Irving trade talks picked up this past weekend after it was reported Irving wants out of Cleveland. Can’t get any worse, right? Wrong.

According to an ESPN report documenting the weeks leading up to Irving’s trade request, the Cavs nearly acquired Paul George in a three-team deal with the Pacers and Nuggets. Here’s how it went down, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst:

So they’re basically in the same situation, standings-wise, but with 16 fewer games to make up the deficit. That’s not ideal.

During that June 30 press conference, DeWitt, John Mozeliak (who was bumped up from GM to president of baseball operations) and new GM Mike Girsch all Cheap Jerseys Outlet Shop said the same basic thing: They were going to use the next couple of weeks to Cheap Jerseys Online evaluate how they would approach the deadline, using a healthy amount of caution during the evaluation period.

Adam Silver: Seattle has good shot when NBA expands

Seattle was once a proud NBA franchise for nearly 40 years before it moved to Oklahoma City.

The Supersonics won an NBA championship in 1979 and went to two more NBA Finals in 1978 and 1996. Great players like Gary Payton, Jack Sikma, Ray Allen and many more played for the Sonics.

Allen and several other players have been trying to get a team back to Seattle in recent years and Adam Silver gave them hope in an interview with The Players Tribune and C.J. McCollum.

He continued, “the Cleveland Cavaliers have given him everything he’s wanted. They have the highest payroll in NBA history. He wanted J.R. Smith last summer, they paid him. They brought in Kyle Korver. He’s the best player in the world. Does he want all the best players? Does he want to compete?”

LeBron fired back. “He’s a hater,” he said to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “What makes what he says credible? Because he’s on TV?”

So J.R. gave us his thoughts on the feud and some well-needed extra nuggets to make the internet a fun place again.

A quick, but significant complication: Verlander has complete veto power over any trade, as a player with 10 years of MLB service, including five with his current team. He’d have to approve any deal, which seems likely to happen because it’s doubtful the highly competitive Verlander wants to pitch through the rebuild that is coming soon to Detroit. To agree to wave that veto power, though, he could make demands — such as forcing the other team to guarantee that 2020 option, for example — to allow the trade to go through.

And then there’s this issue: Verlander hasn’t been nearly as good this year as he was in 2016, when he finished a very close second in the AL Cy Young Cheap Jerseys NFL Wholesale race. It’s not just his ERA that has jumped in the wrong way — from 3.04 to 4.50 — but Cheap Jerseys NCAA Basketball the peripherals, too: K/9 (from 10.0 to 8.7), BB/9 (from 2.3 to 4.1), H/9 (6.8 to 8.9), WHIP (1.00 to 1.44) and FIP (3.48 to 4.21).

Yoenis Cespedes wants to play ‘last year of career’ in Oakland

Yoenis Cespedes started his MLB career in Oakland, and he would like it to end there, too.

The Falcons gave their new tackle $125,000 after he reached his weight goal of under 330 pounds, ESPN reported.

According to Poe’s one-year contract with Atlanta, he needed to make the weight by the start of training camp this week. He had also met his weight in June, when he was supposed to weigh 340 pounds or less.

In talking to him, he’s under the guidelines, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. I’m happy for him to be at his best. I’m not surprised. This is a guy who handles … I mean, this guy is a pro. Whatever we’ve asked him to do, he’s done that.

Per the contract, Poe has two more weigh-ins he needs to make, which are also worth $125,000 each. For both those weigh-ins, he must maintain his weight at 330 pounds or less.

Poe signed the $8 million contract with the Falcons in March after spending five seasons with the Chiefs. He started all 16 games for Kansas City in 2016.

That situation made it imperative to target a wideout in the draft, and it just happened be a more explosive Buckeye in second-rounder Curtis Samuel. Samuel’s size (5-11, 196 pounds) and quickness suggest he’ll see heavy slot duty Cheap Jerseys In Canada as a rookie. But the Panthers can also benefit from his ability to line up and stretch the field outside. With his hybrid rushing skills, he also can cause matchup nightmares when lining up in the Cheap Jerseys From USA backfield along with McCaffrey. It makes sense for Samuel to both step into what Ginn and Brown did vertically and zip across the field. Newton will appreciate having control of that joystick.