CLIFTON PARK, NY – Welp, things couldn’t have gone much worse on Sunday, right?
Who wants to see the Patriots lift another Lombardo Trophy? Two thumbs not pointing at this guy!
The Philadelphia Eagles playing at home played a huge role in their run to the Super Bowl.
They were underdogs in each of their games and they, along with their fans, played into it.
Hey, Nick Foles was great, but a lot of that was because the Vikings played uncharacteristically bad.
OK. Time to move on. Or I’m going to down into the rabbit hole.
Enjoy this weeks’ set of Ebs’ Hot Takes:
The New England Patriots always end up on the right side of crucial reviews. While I don’t actually believe that the referees are literally in the Patriots’ pockets – that would be insane. I do find it rather interesting that New England benefited from yet another blown call that likely changed the outcome of the game.
Dion Lewis, fumbles after making a break for it during a double-pass. Myles Jack strips Lewis and falls to the ground untouched. But before Jack gets up and runs to what would have been a touchdown and a Jacksonville Jaguars 17-point lead the play was blown dead.
Jack was touched while he was on the ground after gaining possession? I’m sorry, but you swallow your whistle on this, let it play out then go to the replay.
— Aldo Soto (@AldoSoto21) January 21, 2018
So instead of a touchdown and 17-point lead, the Jaguars go three-and-out and punt. New England gets the ball and goes 85 yards in eight plays to start yet another postseason double-digit comeback.
This is already on top of the controversial overturned Jessie James, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Kelvin Benjamin touchdowns and the poorly officiated game-winning Brandin Cooks touchdown against the Houston Texans.
Not to mention, New England was only flagged once the entire game. How?
The Patriots were called for 1 penalty against the Jaguars
It is the fewest penalties called on one team in a playoff game since the 2011 AFC Championship… when the Patriots were called for 1 penalty in a win over the Ravens
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) January 21, 2018
Also, I’m starting to think Tom Brady’s hand wasn’t really that injured after all. It’s Curt Schilling’s bloody sock all over again.
A look at the cut on Tom Brady's hand pic.twitter.com/OhOHCZAr3C
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) January 22, 2018
The NBA All-Star Game draft should be televised. I’m with Rachel Nichols on this.
The NBA All-Star Game draft has to be televised. They’ve done it in the NHL and NFL. It’s time for the NBA to man up.
From #TheJump: The All-Star train is picking up steam (Starters are in! Captains are set! No Rihanna for Joel Embiid!) but you know what I'm going to say: it's still not too late for the @NBA to switch tracks on making the draft public. #TeleviseTheDrafthttps://t.co/esA21S3zsR
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) January 19, 2018
Not only is the draft not televised, but the only two players who know the order of the draft selections are LeBron James and Steph Curry.
These are men we’re talking about. If their feelings are hurt because they were drafted last, give them a car like they did in the NHL. Oh, and maybe their millions of dollars will comfort the blow of being taken last too.
The draft should be televised. It’d only make the NBA money.
There’s still time to change your mind, Adam Silver. Do the right thing.
Tim Tebow getting a major-league spring training invite is a joke. Come on, New York Mets?
What are you think?
Tim Tebow has done nothing to actually earn an invite to the big-league camp. To be honest, this is a guy that should have probably been playing winter ball or in the Arizona Fall League again, but was instead working for ESPN. I’d be furious if I was a borderline prospect that missed out on the invite.
This is nothing more than being able to cash in on Tebow’s name and brand.
Gotta keep up with the New York Yankees some how, right?
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Maybe next year, Jacksonville.