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Martz upset Owens jumped Bruce, Holt on HOF ballot

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Former Rams coach Mike Martz is baffled that Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt are not among the 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Martz expressed his frustration over Marvin Harrison and Terrell Owens “leapfrogging” Bruce and Holt into the finals in Owens’ first blackhawks jersey cheap year of eligibility.

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“‘Surprised’ isn’t the word,” Martz said per the St. Louis Dispatch. “You can’t print how I felt when T.O. leapfrogged those two. That’s just plain out-and-out ridiculous.”
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Martz said it was Owens’ persona that put him into Hall of Fame contention.

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“Had they promoted themselves, which was contrary to everything we were about, they’d probably get in without an issue. That’s just not who we were.

“If they big-timed it and did all that dumb stuff, they’d probably get in earlier. I think they’ll eventually get in. I don’t think that’s an issue, but it’s tragic that people wholesale nfl jerseys think of them like that. If Marvin Harrison gets in, how could they not get in?”

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Not everyone shares Martz’s sentiments. Andy Reid, Owens’ former coach with the Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys, said the wide receiver possesses the chops to be a Hall of Famer.

“As far as talent and production goes, T.O is absolutely a Hall of Famer,” Reid said this week per the Philadelphia Daily News.

Reid coached Owens for two seasons in Philadelphia. Owens helped lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl appearance during the 2004 season, but was also responsible for their tumultuous 2005 outing due to a falling out with quarterback Donovan McNabb (among other incidents).

“There was that one off-the-field issue with him, but everything else, he was a pleasure to coach,” Reid added. “The son of a gun would do anything cheap jerseys you asked him to do and he’d do it a hundred miles an hour, which not every player will do.”

Owens is second in career receiving yards (15,934), third in receiving touchdowns (153) and sixth in receptions (1,078).

The 2016 Hall of Fame’s Class will be announced during “NFL Honors” on the eve of the Super Bowl 50.

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Heat set team shooting mark, rout Bulls

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MIAMI (AP) — All the Miami Heat Jerseys did was put together the best shooting night in franchise history, an effort that matched the NBA’s top performance from the floor in the last 18 years.

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The Heat shot 67.5 percent, set a season high for points and beat the Chicago Bulls Jerseys 129-111 on Tuesday night. Hassan Whiteside scored a career-high 26 points and had 14 rebounds, and Johnson had 24 points in his Miami home debut.

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Miami’s 52-for-77 shooting was the best since Utah shot exactly that on Feb. 27, 2010, and no team has done better from the field since the Los Angeles Clippers Jerseys connected on 69.3 percent of their shots on March 13, 1998.

”The game felt effortless offensively,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ”We’re not calling specific play calls to say, ‘OK, this is for you, you get your shot.’ It’s five-man basketball, guys are making the right play and if you see somebody open you follow the fundamental law of basketball and throw it to them.”

Heat guard Dwyane Wade was more succinct.

”I have no idea,” Wade said.

Clearly, neither did the Bulls. It was the worst field-goal percentage defense night for Chicago since the stat started being charted by STATS in the 1983-84 season, and after the Bulls got within 108-102 with about 5 minutes left they got outscored 21-9 the rest of the way – taking a loss that knocked them out cheap blackhawks jersey of the top eight in the Eastern Conference.

”A terrible defensive effort on our part,” Chicago’s Pau wholesale jerseys Gasol said. ”We knew that this team was a high-scoring team in the paint, we didn’t force them to take 3s, we didn’t force them to take long shots. They pretty much got everything that they wanted.”

Derrick Rose returned from a three-game absence because of injury and scored 17 points for Chicago, which lost for the 17th time in 25 games. Gasol had 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and Taj Gibson added 13 points for Chicago – but left in the third quarter with a right hamstring injury, grabbing at it and wincing in pain.

”I liked how I played,” Rose said.

No team had shot better in an NBA game this season than the 61.8 percent posted by San Antonio against Philadelphia on Dec. 7. The Heat topped that easily, with Deng, Whiteside and Johnson combining to shoot 26 for 34. Deng scored 20, Wade had 18 and Goran Dragic finished with 17 points and 11 assists.

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”Great pickup, Heat,” Whiteside said. ”He’s an amazing player and I’m glad he’s on our side.”

The Heat improved to 5-2 in seven games since Chris Bosh became inactive because of a blood clot in his leg. Neither Bosh nor the team has offered any specifics or updates on his condition.

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Golfer Matt Kuchar – in town for this week’s World Golf Championship at Doral – made a pair of chips from midcourt during a timeout, earning $10,000 for charity. Also courtside were a pair of retired professional hitters, baseball’s Mike Lowell and boxing’s Floyd Mayweather Jr. Miami clothier Kenny Sager was in the crowd as well, his birthday celebration marked by Heat mascot Burnie covering him with silly string.

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Blackhawks look ahead after 12-game win streak ends

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TAMPA — The longest winning streak in Chicago Blackhawks’ history ended Thursday when they lost 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. But coach Joel Quenneville feels the defending Stanley Cup champions have put themselves in a strong position for the remainder of the season by running off 12 consecutive victories.

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The Blackhawks were 13 points out of first place in the Western Conference after a 2-1 home loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Dec. 27. They began the streak two days later, and despite wholesale jerseys the loss to the Lightning are three points ahead of the Dallas Stars for the top spot in the Central Division and the Western Conference.

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Quenneville feels the winning streak has the Blackhawks in a good position with 32 games remaining.

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“[The streak] put us in a great spot,” he said. “You’re in that 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 [position in the standings] basically almost all year, I’d say even 10. You want to try to keep yourself out of that position. There’s a lot of hockey left to be sorted out but I really liked what we did. We still have to keep pushing.”

Moving forward was the prevailing message after the game.

Chicago (31-14-4) won’t have much time to think about the loss to the Lightning; the Blackhawks visit the Florida Panthers on Friday. The Panthers also had a 12-game win streak, from Dec. 15 to Jan. 10, but they are 0-3-1 in their past four games. That’s something the Blackhawks would like to avoid.

“It will be fun to play Florida,” defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson Jerseys said. “I bet they are pretty hungry too. I think they’ve lost four in a row. It’s going to be a big challenge.”

Chicago returned to Amalie Arena for the first cheap nhl jerseys time since Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, a 2-1 victory that gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 series lead. The Lightning entered the game Thursday on a six-game winning streak and used a smothering defense to frustrate the Blackhawks: Tampa Bay outshot Chicago 33-18 and won 32 of 48 faceoffs.

The top line of Jonathan Toews Jerseys, Marian Hossa Jerseys and Andrew Shaw Jerseys was held to two shots on goal. Lightning coach Jon Cooper dispatched the line of Ryan Callahan, J.T. Brown and Valtteri Filppula to keep them contained.

Callahan was credited with three hits. He also created two good scoring chances in the first period that were denied by Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford Jerseys.

“You can feel [the energy] in the building, going into the game.” Callahan said. “I think anytime we play Chicago cheap custom jerseys now you’re going to look across and you remember playing them in the Finals and you remember that feeling of losing to them. The extra emotion is there.”

Crawford made 31 saves but had his nine-game winning streak snapped. He said the Blackhawks have to focus on the next game.

“It was definitely a turning point cheap custom jerseys for our season,” Crawford said of the 12-game streak. “We are feeling good and have chemistry throughout the lines. It was definitely important to get on that streak and move up the standings.”

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Lions GM: Drafting QB every year is ‘good football business’

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For NFL teams, finding a starting quarterback is vital for success. Finding a quality backup is necessary insurance. And drafting quarterbacks with upside is just smart business.

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With a market shortage on quality quarterbacks, landing a player with potential can lead to future success or aid in stockpiling draft picks. The Eagles under Andy Reid were the prime wholesale jerseys example of building up backup quarterbacks then swapping unproven talent for draft picks — i.e. Kevin Kolb.

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This offseason, the hot backup name is Mike Glennon, who will wither away behind Jameis Winston if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers don’t cheap nfl jerseys swing a trade. Glennon has starting experience and an NFL arm. There are questions about his ability to be an everyday starter, but in a QB-needy league, a player like Glennon could bring back a solid haul for Tampa.

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Coming from New England, Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn knows taking swings at quarterbacks in the draft is a calculated risk every good organization should make, even if that swing misses.

“I think it’s really good football business to acquire a young quarterback every year or every other year,” Quinn said, via the Detroit Free Press. “There’s such a value in the position and nowadays in college football there’s a lot of spread offenses, which means it’s a lot different than pro football. So it takes these young quarterbacks time to develop. So if you can add a young quarterback every year or every other year to your roster, it’s good football business in my mind. So you have time to develop them, either on the practice squad or as a backup, before eventually them having to play in a game.”

The Lions haven’t drafted a quarterback since taking Matthew Stafford Jerseys No. 1 overall in 2009. With no developmental quarterback on the roster, expect that to change in Quinn’s first season in Detroit.

The Patriots didn’t fear using a second-round pick in 2014 on a player who might not play a significant snap in his entire tenure with the team. It’s easier to do while shining multiple Lombardi Trophies, to be sure, but it’s also good sense. It will be blatantly clear when we hear next offseason teams are considering sending at first-round pick for Garoppolo.