Antonio Brown will be on another NFL team soon. The Steelers, per reports, are trying to trade him by Friday while getting a first round pick in exchange for the second most prolific receiver in franchise history. While there is a clear front-runner in the Antonio Brown Sweepstakes, there are several other NFL teams that shouldn't be ruled out over the next 48 hours.
On Wednesday, NFL Network released the top landing spots for Brown, who will be most likely be playing somewhere other than Pittsburgh in 2019.
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1) OAKLAND RAIDERS
The Raiders remain the front runner to trade for Antonio Brown. Oakland, 4-12 last season, has the draft picks (they currently have the 4th, 24th, 27th and 35th overall picks in this year's draft) and cap space to acquire Brown, who led the NFL with 15 touchdown receptions last season.
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2) SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Antonio Brown has made it known that he would like to play for the 49ers, a team that would like to complement young quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with an elite receiver. Brown posted an image of himself in a San Francisco jersey earlier this offseason, while NFL and 49ers legend Jerry Rice has lobbied for his former team to sign the seven time Pro Bowl receiver.
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3) SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
The Seattle Seahawks would surely love to acquire a playmaker like Brown to team up with quarterback Russell Wilson, who has worked out with the Pro Bowl quarterback in previous offseasons. Seattle is coming off a 10-6 regular season and a wild card playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
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4) GREEN BAY PACKERS
In Green Bay, Antonio Brown would be teamed up with Aaron Rodgers, who is in the middle of a Hall of Fame career. Rodgers, who defeated the Steelers while claiming MVP honors in Super Bowl XLV (Brown's rookie season), threw 25 touchdowns against just two interceptions last season for the Packers, who failed to make the playoffs after finishing the 2018 season with a 6-9-1 record.
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5) TENNESSEE TITANS
The Tennessee Titans, a year after advancing to the divisional round of the AFC playoffs, failed to qualify for the postseason in 2018 despite compiling a 9-7 record for a third consecutive year. In Nashville, Brown would be teamed up with quarterback Marcus Mariota, who owns a 27-28 regular season record as the Titans' starting quarterback.
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6) NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
New Orleans may make a late push to acquire Brown would possibly giving themselves the final piece to their Super Bowl puzzle. The Saints finished just short of advancing to Super Bowl LIII after losing in overtime to the Rams in the NFC Championship Game.
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7) DENVER BRONCOS
NFL Network has given the Broncos the seventh best odds at acquiring Brown despite multiple reports stating that Denver is not going to further pursue trading for Brown, who victimized them to the tune of 189 yards and two touchdowns in Pittsburgh's 2015 regular season victory over the eventual Super Bowl 50 champs.
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8) ARIZONA CARDINALS
Like the Broncos, the Arizona Cardinals has reportedly bowed out of the Antonio Brown Sweepstakes. Along with Arizona and Denver, the New York Jets have also reportedly taken themselves off the market with regard to a possible trade for Brown. That being said, nothing can officially be ruled out until Brown is actually traded to another NFL team.
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9) WASHINGTON REDSKINS
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported last Friday that the Redskins were one of the first teams that showed interest in possible trading for Brown. Washington, who is trying to make it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2015, currently own the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
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10) PITTSBURGH STEELERS
While it's a near certainty that Brown will leave Pittsburgh, Steelers' GM Kevin Colbert said during the NFL combine that Pittsburgh won't trade Brown unless they receive equal value in exchange for the NFL's most productive receiver over the past eight years. The Steelers reportedly want a first round pick for Brown and will try to get one while trading Brown to another NFL team by Friday.
LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan: Comparing Career Scoring Totals
March 07, 2019
LeBron James scored 31 points Wednesday in the Lakers' 115-99 loss to the Nuggets. It would likely go down as a forgettable result in a season he’d like to forget, save for one major news item: He passed Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time career scoring list.
As his 16th season winds down, LeBron has now racked up 32,311 points, even more than the 32,292 points MJ tallied in his 15 regular seasons. LeBron is now fourth all-time in scoring, trailing just Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant.
So today is the day. I will personally make the case that determines which of these two players is better and we will all agree forever. OK, probably not. There are other places on the internet to read those kinds of takes today. Instead I’ll just present some graphs and charts to compare the scoring outputs from these two all-time greats.
1. Total points by age
Here are their career points scored, broken down by age. In this case age means their n-age season, basically the year they were n years old on February 1, which is the way Basketball-Reference displays ages.
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Here you can see the advantage LeBron gained by jumping to the league straight out of high school, as he banked 3,700 points at the same ages that had Jordan wearing Carolina blue.
Then you can see MJ gaining on LeBron until his baseball years (outside of his second season, when he only played 18 games in 1985-86).
Now at 34, LeBron is the same age Jordan was when he finished his Bulls career with a second three-peat.
2. Total points by season
This graph is similar to the one above, but now we go by season instead of age. This takes out the advantage LeBron gets from starting younger and playing all the way through. Jordan’s trajectory is no longer stunted by taking the 1993-94 season off, though you can still see the 1995 year when he played just 17 games in his return from baseball.
By this measure, Jordan was ahead of LeBron when he hung them up after his Wizards stint.
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3. Points per game by age4. Points per game by season
These two graphs are the same as the first two, but instead of using cumulative career points, we’ll use scoring average per game during those seasons.
Again, when Jordan isn’t dinged for the seasons he missed, you can see that his scoring average per season was consistently higher for most of his career.
That’s true either way you break it down, although his scoring averages as a 38- and 39-year-old in Washington, his 14th and 15th seasons, show a noticeable dip.
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5. Breaking down field goals, free throws and three-pointers
These pie charts basically answer the question: How did they get their points? It shows the career breakdowns for both players, and the percentage of points that came from free throws, two-point field goals and three-pointers.
Mitch Goldich/Sports Illustrated
Their free throw output is very close; Jordan made 7,327 and LeBron has made 7,101.
The key difference is three-point shooting. James has made 1,714 three pointers, while Jordan made just 581. Of course that’s a result of them being products of their era. Jordan was a career 32.7% three-point shooter, while James has made a slightly better 34.4%. If Jordan played today, three-point shooting would likely be a bigger emphasis of his game—more attempts and he probably would have gotten even better at it.
6. Breaking down points by team
One of the key differences between their careers is that Jordan spent almost all of his with the Bulls, until his late run with the Wizards. Jordan’s most famous employer swap was from the Bulls to the Birmingham Barons and back, whereas LeBron left Cleveland for Miami, came back and then again moved to Los Angeles.
This graph simply shows how many points they scored in each of their NBA uniforms.
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7. Breaking down points by career stop
If you’d like to take the previous graph and break it down further, this time we’ll consider each of LeBron’s stops in Cleveland separately. And while we’re at it, we can carve out Jordan’s pre-baseball and post-baseball eras in Chicago.
Here’s their total output during each of the various chapters in their careers.
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8. Scoring leader race by season
In addition to scoring more per game and more per season relative to LeBron, one thing that stands out about Jordan’s career is the way that he dominated his peers in the scoring race.
Jordan led the NBA in total points 11 times, including every season from 1986-87 through 1997-98 when he wasn’t playing baseball.
LeBron finished second in total points in eight straight seasons from 2004-05 through 2011-12, finishing behind Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant (3x), Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant (3x). He didn’t lead the league in total points until last season, his first time playing 82 games.
This graph shows where they finished in the league scoring (total points, not per game), based on the number of times finishing in each spot. Jordan led the league 11 times, every season of his career except the two shortened Bulls seasons and the two Wizards seasons. LeBron only has that one season leading the league, but he was consistently in the Top 5. In fact, his first season in L.A. is his only time out of the Top 10, largely because of how many games he has missed due to injury.
Mitch Goldich/Sports Illustrated
If we used points per game to show where they stood among league leaders, the graph would look very similar. Jordan’s career scoring mark of 30.12 points per game is the all-time record, and MJ won the per game scoring title 10 times. LeBron's mark of 27.15 is fourth all-time, behind Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor. (For now at least. It takes three decimal places to separate James and Durant, and LeBron actually leapfrogged KD on Wednesday.)
But again, none of this is to say that Jordan was better than LeBron. Or vice versa. They each have different careers, different skills and different stories. It would be just as simplistic to boil their entire careers down to total points as it is to reduce their careers down to championship rings. They both deserve to be appreciated for what they’ve done, and on a day that’s natural to compare their scoring output it’s fun to compare their careers in a few different ways.
Tristan Thompson has been on two dates with Karizma Ramirez since Khloe Kardashian split, apparently
'OKURRRR', as the Kardashians would say.
by DUSTY BAXTER-WRIGHTMAR 7, 2019
- Tristan Thompson has been photographed with model Karizma Ramirez twice since kissing Jordyn Woods behind Khloe Kardashian's back.
- The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star reportedly broke up with Tristan as soon as she heard he was "very touchy feely" with Kylie Jenner's best friend.
Oh, God. Will it ever end? A week after Khloe Kardashian reportedly broke up with Tristan Thompson because he cheated on her with Jordyn Woods, the basketball player has been photographed on a second date with someone else.
*Insert quote about basketball players moving fast. Or something.*
According to DailyMail, Tristan was seen with model Karizma Ramirez "days after his nasty break-up with Khloe Kardashian", and have since "been seen on two dates". Unfortunately her social media profiles are private, but you can see her here.
They claim Tristan took the 28-year-old for dinner at Nobu in New York on Tuesday [5 March], after taking her for double date with fellow basketball player Jordan Clarkson at Carbone last week.
An onlooker said "Tristan seemed wholly unconcerned about being photographed by the photographers gathered outside the team hotel in New York. Instead he walked past them side by side with Karizma, only briefly stopping to flip the bird at the cameras, a wide smile on his face."
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This is... a lot.
According to a report from People, Khloe is currently planning a first birthday party for their daughter, True, and is trying to "figuring out how to get Tristan involved." The source said Kim Kardashian apparently thinks there's no way she can "keep it together and not lose it on him", but that Khloe will probably be "very cool" about the whole thing. “She’s not one to seek revenge or hold on to negativity,” they said.
Do you think that was reported before or after the photos of Tristan and Karizma were taken?
HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY KIRSTJEN NIELSEN DEFENDS PRESIDENT’S BORDER EMERGENCY DECLARATION
Posted By: StaffMarch 7, 2019 @ 4:40 amNews Daypop
On Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended President Trump‘s assessment that the situation at the southern border constitutes a national emergency, telling lawmakers that an extended influx in migrants could “overwhelm” the immigration system.
Nielsen testified before the House Homeland Security Committee that illegal immigration “is spiraling out of control and threatening public safety and national security.” Nielsen said in her opening statement that “Although we may disagree on solutions, I hope there can be a consensus that the current system isn’t working and that this is an emergency.”
Trump’s emergency declaration has been a source of debate in Congress since he issued it last month. Democrats have maintained that no such emergency exists based on government data, while some GOP lawmakers have expressed concerns about Trump’s use of executive authority to skirt Congress to secure funding for a border wall.
Via abcnews.go.comHomeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen faced Democratic lawmakers amid the debate over…03/06/2019 11:26 AM
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Queen Elizabeth II Shares First Instagram Post, And It’s A ThrowbackThe post on the royal family’s account was signed “Elizabeth R.”By Lee Moran
Elizabeth II is officially an Insta-Queen.
Britain’s 92-year-old monarch on Thursday published her first photographs to the verified @theroyalfamily Instagram account from London’s Science Museum.
The queen posted two archive images of a letter that Charles Babbage — who is “credited as the world’s first computer pioneer,” according to the caption — wrote to her great-great-grandfather, Prince Albert, in 1843.
Perhaps Elizabeth realized it was time for a Throwback Thursday, or #TBT, post?
“In the letter, Babbage told Queen Victoria and Prince Albert about his invention the ‘Analytical Engine’ upon which the first computer programmes were created by Ada Lovelace, a daughter of Lord Byron,” the caption says.
The post was signed: “Elizabeth R.” Two photographs of the historic social media moment were also shared as an Instagram Story:
“The Queen’s Instagram post was published when Her Majesty touched the screen in the Smith Centre before invited guests,” royal family said in a statement. She also formally opened the museum’s new Smith Centre.
The queen sent her first tweet in her own name from the same venue in 2014:
It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.
Royal aides have previously updated the official royal family Instagram feed with snaps of the queen and relatives meeting dignitaries and attending official functions:
'Hope is everything' - Ricky Gervais speaks to Independent.ie about his stunning new Netflix show After Life
March 7 2019 1:07 PM
Only Ricky Gervais could serve up comedy gold playing the role of a grieving, suicidal widow, yet After Life is already being hailed as his finest work.
The six-part Netflix 'dramedy' premiering this Friday (March 8th) serves up an intoxicating mix of despair, tragedy, sitting humour and, ultimately, hope for Gervais's tortured character Tony, as he tries to find a way to come to terms with the death of his wife Lisa from cancer.
It's a storyline that only the devious mind of Gervais could visualise, with Tony's misery exasperated by his role as a local newspaper reporter covering panel stories that include a kid who has mastered the art of playing the recorder with both nostrils and parents who are convinced their baby looks like Adolf Hitler.
It may sound like an improbable landscape for Gervais to create another television masterpiece, but that is what After Life certainly is and as and as the comedy giant sat down with Independent.ie at a London hotel, he admitted this production may never have got past the censors if he made it for network television.
"I think this is the first show that has the 'C word' in the trailer and that says all you need to know about working with Netflix," begins Gervais. "They let us get on with this, backed up all the way and the result is a show that is precisely what I wanted to make.
"It was a no-brainer to go with Netflix and the main reason was I like to have final edit on what I do. Some people never get that luxury, but I've been lucky in that I've always managed to have it. Getting it for The Office was very odd because the BBC don't give it to newcomers to the business, but that was mainly because it was low budget and no one at the BBC cared too much about it.
Okay....I've just watched all six episodes of @rickygervais #AfterLife and it's quite probably his best work yet.Stupidly funny (somehow given the subject), emotional, scary at times and brilliantly made. Can't recommend it enough when it comes out on @NetflixUK on March 8
"When you do well with something, you get the chance to have a final edit again, but I've had to be inventive to hang on to that control. I had to go to Channel 4 instead of ITV for Derek. I went to BBC 2 instead of BBC1 for The Office.
"Then Netflix comes along and it is just a dream. No interference, we can do what we want, the sky is the limit and they have 140 million subscribers.
I'd have been getting notes if I was doing this on another network about toning down the use of the expletives, but we have that word in a trailer on this and that says all you need to know. Netflix never tell you to take anything out and to be honest, I probably took some of the swearing out to make sure it was not gratuitous.
"I think TV has been beating films for the past 15 years. It started with things like Sopranos and The Wire and you can invest more in a character on a TV show. You get more embroiled when the format is like this, as the beats of a movie don't work as well as they do on TV for something like this.
"To be honest, I haven't watched mainstream TV for the last few years and tend to watch Scandi noir, shows like The Bridge, The Killing, Before We Day and I'm watching Greyzone at the moment. These shows are grown up, uncompromised, compelling and are just brilliant TV."
Gervais has built his career on the premise that no topic is off limits for his comedy and at a time when PC culture has allowed some to find offence where none is lurking. He insists he will change for no-one.
"I'll keep saying and doing what I want and if that offends some people, so be it," he continues. "We are grown-ups. I'm 57 and I don't just do jokes about certain subjects to get a reaction, not at all. I do it because I have thought about it and calculated what is funny and what is going too far.
"My comedy show Humanity was played to 800,000 people around the world. I have seen those jokes from every conceivable angle. They are bullet proof and yet people complain about the joke when the live show is broadcast on Netflix. They have not thought through their complaint, but they fire it off and want to get a response.
"Complaints about a joke are generally misguided. While I am a fan of political correctness and appreciate some of the sentiments, it is warped sometimes. How can you be offended by a joke? Just ignore it if you don't like it, but don't be offended by it.
"Censorship is strange at times and I see some things on TV that confuse me. Let's give you an example. I was in a gym....okay I feel the silence in my room as you look at my belly and ask yourself the question!
"Moving on from that, I was in a gym in New York and the Denzel Washington film Training Day was on one of the screens. It was during the daytime, so they have bleeped out some words, replaced the F word with 'forget' or any other word that can overdub.
"Then, amid all these deleted swear words, one of the main characters is shot in the heart! So they bleep out the swear words and shot someone in the chest with a bloody gun. How can that be right? Is it politically correct to remove a swear word and then show kids a man being shot in the heart? That's messed up."
With a stunning performance Kerry Godliman as Tony's late wife Lisa and wonderful cameos from Ashley Jenson and Roisin Conaty, the London-born actress with strong Irish roots, After Life is a sure-fire television hit that is worthy of the critical acclaim it has attracted way ahead of its launch to the world.
New Trailer for #AfterLife. March 8 on Netflix around the world.
"It is kind of like a self-help show on how to get through something like this and one question hovers over everything is this; is it worth living when you have lost everything and without ruining the show, the answer to that question has to be yes," adds Gervais.
"Even though it might never be as good for Tony as it was when that special person was with him and there is scar tissue that he will never be comfortable with, you have to find a way to enjoy a new life. If you know the bad days will outweigh the good forever, it is tough to get through life but you don't know that. Hope is everything, as Tony says."
After Life premieres on Netflix this Friday (March 8th)
‘Downton Abbey’ Rep Remains Defiant: I Was Targeted Because I Was ‘High Profile’
March 7, 2019 10:24 am
If former congressman-turned-indicted felon-turned-free-man Aaron Schock (R-IL) could travel back in time, he might not have posed shirtless, parading his six-pack for the cover of Men’s Health magazine.
That, along with his age, Instagram account and infamous “Downton Abbey” office decor made him a “high profile” member of Congress, he told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” hosts on Thursday. And, he added, an easy target.
“I could have done a better job of overseeing my office,” he admitted. “I also think when you are the youngest member of Congress, as I was, and you’re very high profile, as I was, and you do things that are nontraditional, by the way, that aren’t illegal, right? Being on the cover of Men’s Health gets you a lot of attention. Being one of the first members of Congress, 10 years ago, that was on Instagram gets you a lot of attention, right? Now some of that stuff is not as sizzley.”
GOP ex-Rep. Aaron Schock speaks out after charges dropped: I was targeted because I was "high profile"
Schock, sitting for an interview for the first time since the federal charges against him were dropped and he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge — which essentially amounts to filling out paperwork wrong — thinks those factors are what led to a “fishing expedition” that culminated in a 24-count felony indictment against him. Among many other things, the 2016 indictment alleged that Schock reimbursed himself for thousands of miles he never drove; used government and campaign money to remodel his apartment, his office and take a private plane to a Chicago Bears game; and spent congressional money on camera equipment for himself and his personal photographer.
“They used 30 federal agents, they subpoenaed over 100 witnesses and flew them in to Springfield, Illinois to testify in the grand jury,” he said. “Everything from my mother, my brother, my sister, my father, to all of my good friends, to my business associates who I bought a house with when I was 18 all the way up to my current business associates all the way out in California who I never even worked with until I left Congress and it became a massive fishing expedition in the pursuit to try to find anything that they could charge me with.”
In a stroke of dumb luck, Schock’s four-year-long felony case was moved from Springfield to Chicago six months ago and the case was set to go to trial in June. Schock faced up to 100 years in prison for the charges. But in a surprise hearing on Wednesday, the charges were dropped and U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly approved the misdemeanor deal at prosecutors’ urging. Prosecutors said it was a “fair and just” resolution to the case after they conducted a review, according to theChicago Tribune.
Schock lamented the anxiety the case had brought to his life and he relitigated some of the issues he faced with the federal prosecutors handling his case. Before the charges were dropped this week, Schock had been through three federal prosecutors. Two were removed from the case for misconduct.
“It’s the first morning I’ve woken up today that I’m not facing 80-100 years in prison,” he told MSNBC. “Am I excited about that? Sure. Am I bitter about what has happened to me over the last couple of years? I think any American would.”
Schock told “Morning Joe” he plans to meet with former colleagues to discuss justice system reforms. After that, his future is wide open.
“Now that I’m not an alleged felon, I think there are more opportunities that I can explore,” he said.