NFL Championship – Vikings Shop NFL http://vikingsshopnfl.com/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 13:51:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2.png NFL Championship – Vikings Shop NFL http://vikingsshopnfl.com/ 32 32 Miller High School Football Heads to 7-on-7 State Championships https://vikingsshopnfl.com/miller-high-school-football-heads-to-7-on-7-state-championships/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 12:30:23 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/miller-high-school-football-heads-to-7-on-7-state-championships/ Despite all that Miller High School football has accomplished in its resurgence over the past few seasons, one thing it hadn’t done was qualify for the 7-on-7 state football championships. The fast-pass competition only held in the offseason to help quarterbacks and receivers cut their time has grown in the state over the past decade […]]]>
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FOOTBALL: AIB reveal what motivates inter-county stars including Galway’s Sean Mulkerrin to mark 8th season as All Ireland Senior Championship sponsors https://vikingsshopnfl.com/football-aib-reveal-what-motivates-inter-county-stars-including-galways-sean-mulkerrin-to-mark-8th-season-as-all-ireland-senior-championship-sponsors/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 18:05:29 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/football-aib-reveal-what-motivates-inter-county-stars-including-galways-sean-mulkerrin-to-mark-8th-season-as-all-ireland-senior-championship-sponsors/ June 21, 2022; Galway and Oileáin Árainn footballer Seán Mulkerrin pictured at the launch of AIB’s new series, The Drive, which explores the adversity faced by inter-county players in the modern game and what drives them to don the jersey year after year. Hosted by Ardal O’Hanlon, The Drive features the stories of four cross-county […]]]>
June 21, 2022; Galway and Oileáin Árainn footballer Seán Mulkerrin pictured at the launch of AIB’s new series, The Drive, which explores the adversity faced by inter-county players in the modern game and what drives them to don the jersey year after year. Hosted by Ardal O’Hanlon, The Drive features the stories of four cross-county players and their journeys on and off the pitch, celebrating the incredible perseverance shown by players across the country, who despite logic, never can’t give up, no matter how hard, because Tough Can’t Quit. You can see the teaser for the series on AIB GAA’s social media. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Proud club and county sponsor AIB have today been joined by inter-county footballers past and present to launch their new content series The Conduct as part of its sponsorship of the 2022 GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.

The Conduct, which is hosted by comedian Ardal O’Hanlon, takes a behind-the-scenes look at the reality of life as an inter-county player and symbolizes their own journey as players and the commitment required on their part to succeed in the modern game. It also takes a deeper look at what drives them to don the jersey year after year and put in hours of unseen training for the game they love.

Season after season, inter-county footballers return to the training ground on dark January nights, putting in the hard yards at the start of the season – the rewards of which are often only seen on the sunny days of Championship football. However, many players are unlikely to get their hands on the infamous Sam Maguire Cup, let alone provincial silverware. For many footballers, after a grueling County season, they return home, expected to lead their clubs to County glory and chase the #TheToughest title of all as the days get shorter again.

After an exciting and action-packed 2021 GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, a new dawn is now dawning for teams across the country and the new series, which kicks off next week, will feature the Tyrone shooter , Niall Morgan in episode one. Tyrone’s number 1 since 2013, Morgan will give insight into what propelled him and his teammates on their journey to the promised land, which saw The Red Hand claim their first Sam Maguire in 13 years last year . Morgan – now in his ninth year on the Tyrone panel – delves into life behind the scenes, the willingness to dig deep to get to the promised land last year and the reality of juggling daily life with life commitments. GAA – including how difficult it may be to deal with criticism on social media from a vocal fanbase. You can see the teaser for the series here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZivfsdUSVIwith the launch of the first episode on June 29e on the social networks of AIB GAA.

The series will also feature Galway defender Seán Mulkerrin, who, despite recurring injuries and long journeys from his home of Inis Mór, has retained his place in Padraic Joyce’s squad, in a season that has saw the Tribesman overthrow longtime rivals Mayo in their quest. for provincial glory. Kilmacud Crokes talisman Paul Mannion will also be in the hot seat, as he looks back on a career that saw the 28-year-old win seven Leinster titles and six Celtic Crosses while leading the line in the hunt for Crokes for the Andy Merrigan Cup. . Rounding out the series is rising Kerry star Stefan Okunbor, who – after a few seasons Down Under with Geelong Cats – will be looking to make his mark on his return to the Kingdom as Jack O’Connor’s men. prepare for one more charge at Sam Maguire.

AIB, now in its eighth year as a sponsor of the GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, has launched The reader to celebrate #TheToughest players in Gaelic games. Speaking at today’s launch, AIB Managing Director Colin Hunt highlighted the importance of this year’s GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship: “Like the GAA, the AIB is deeply rooted in communities across the country. We have always been extremely proud of our association with the GAA and are delighted to launch ‘The Drive’ today as part of AIB’s sponsorship of the GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. Over the past three decades of our partnership with the GAA, we have witnessed the incredible dedication and perseverance shown by the players season after season. Their commitment to representing the club and the county is a testament to themselves, their families and their communities. They, along with their supporters nationwide and we at the AIB, are all looking forward to another exciting weeks of Championship action.

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Larry McCarthy said: “AIB, as one of our longest serving partners, has continued to provide unwavering support to our organization and an incredible commitment to the development of the Gaelic Games. Through their sponsorship of the GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship , they have brought to life the bond between the GAA and the wider community, and that has already been demonstrated this summer, through the Sam Maguire and Tailteann Cups.We look forward to seeing more thrilling matches, football skilful and raw desire on display as Counties battle to lift the Sam Maguire and, for the first time, the Tailteann Cup.We’re sure AIB will put the 2022 GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship front and center, celebrating the dedication and perseverance of the players and the unwavering support of fans around the world.

For more information on The readerfor more exclusive content and to see why AIB supports the club and county, follow them @AIB_GAA on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and find out more at www.AIB.ie/GAA.

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Will Zalatoris after third place runner-up at major https://vikingsshopnfl.com/will-zalatoris-after-third-place-runner-up-at-major/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 01:45:35 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/will-zalatoris-after-third-place-runner-up-at-major/ 8:41 p.m. ET Paolo UggettiESPN BROOKLINE, Mass. – Will Zalatoris failed again, and this time he thought he had it. After missing a 14-foot birdie on the 18th hole that would have put him in the playoffs with winner Matt Fitzpatrick, Zalatoris couldn’t help but sigh as he collected the silver medal for second to […]]]>

BROOKLINE, Mass. – Will Zalatoris failed again, and this time he thought he had it.

After missing a 14-foot birdie on the 18th hole that would have put him in the playoffs with winner Matt Fitzpatrick, Zalatoris couldn’t help but sigh as he collected the silver medal for second to the US Open Sunday. After speaking to the media as the screens showed Fitzpatrick hoisting the trophy, Zalatoris walked away with a forced smile. He had to leave the stage to let the champion pass.

“This one, in particular, hurts a lot,” said Zalatoris, who now has six top-10 finishes in nine major starts, including three second-place finishes. “I’m three shots away from being practically a – having a shot at being a three-time major champion. A rebound here or there.”

The 25-year-old entered Sunday’s action without a major victory or a PGA Tour win, but with plenty of confidence. He said on Saturday that his recent playoff runner-up to Justin Thomas at this year’s PGA Championship gave him the belief he could be one of the best players in the world. But Belief couldn’t push his putt any inches closer to the hole.

“With about six feet to go, I thought I had it,” Zalatoris said of his putt. “It stings, obviously. To have three finalists so far in my majors career.”

Zalatoris arrived on Sunday tied for the lead with Fitzpatrick. Zalatoris struggled early, making two bogeys on the first five holes before his ever-elusive putter caught fire. He birdied on four of the next six holes and at one point held a 2-shot lead over Fitzpatrick.

“I fought like crazy,” Zalatoris said, calling his driving “atrocious” this week and adding that his hip was bothering him. The 2021 Masters finalist’s usual issues came with his putter, but as he said with a smile on Sunday, his putt was fine.

“I’m sure all the morons on Instagram are going to say it has something to do with my left wrist bending going down,” Zalatoris said of the 18 putt. has nothing to do.”

Zalatoris’ two costly mistakes came on the back nine. On the 12th hole, he missed the fairway and had to hit, which led to a 2-putt for bogey. On the 15th, he missed the fairway again. Fitzpatrick did it too, but he missed it so far that he had a better lie than Zalatoris, who was on the hard side. Fitzpatrick birdied. Zalatoris bogey. The lead was then 2 in favor of Fitzpatrick.

On the par-3 16, Zalatoris birdied to sit 1 back. But when Fitzpatrick saved his errant drive that found the bunker with a perfect iron shot into the 18th green, the pressure was back on Zalatoris, who then called Fitzpatrick’s approach shot “ballsy” and “1 on 20”.

“I knew very well that Will was going to hit close range,” Fitzpatrick said. “He’s one of the best approach players on tour.”

Zalatoris hit him just under 15 feet. Fitzpatrick 2 putt for par, so Zalatoris knew what he had to do. As he hit the ball and watched it fly past the hole without falling, it was Zalatoris who fell to his knees in agony. The champion was decided.

“I’ve been asked before, how nervous were you on the 18th putt?” said Zalatoris. “It’s like I have nothing to lose. Either it fits or it doesn’t.”

Even after a tough loss, Zalatoris showed confidence, saying he had the recipe to win. With less than a month until the next major – the St. Andrews Open – Zalatoris said he was happy to try again soon.

“I’m not happy to have finished second,” he said. “I’m obviously trying to make it happen. The comfort level is there, especially now that I know I can do it. I just have to wait my turn.”

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On Arthur Smith and Dean Pees, Desmond Ridder, Jared Bernhardt, Matt Ryan and more https://vikingsshopnfl.com/on-arthur-smith-and-dean-pees-desmond-ridder-jared-bernhardt-matt-ryan-and-more/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 16:16:36 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/on-arthur-smith-and-dean-pees-desmond-ridder-jared-bernhardt-matt-ryan-and-more/ ATL’s Jason Roberts Always love to see everyone’s questions and your answers are the best. I know we are not looking at next year but I think we will field more pitch rushers before the start of the season and OL as well or are we going to cash in both for next year and […]]]>

ATL’s Jason Roberts

Always love to see everyone’s questions and your answers are the best. I know we are not looking at next year but I think we will field more pitch rushers before the start of the season and OL as well or are we going to cash in both for next year and manage our team competitive this year.

bay: Thanks for the kind words, Jason. I appreciate back and forth even (perhaps especially) with those who disagree. I think this about your question: The Falcons are trying to win as many games as possible. They’ll sign a lineman during the break and clear up skill points, like they just did after minicamp tryouts.

Will they be really competitive with this roster? Time will tell us. They will try to be and will continue to shuffle the bottom of the list in particular, looking for Anthony Rush style rough diamonds.

I think the offensive line needs to improve. There are three open spots along the line, and it will be a huge camp for fighters at right tackle, left guard and center. This is a good thing. The Falcons need to build that line, find out who owns, where to cut bait and where to invest in talent. That will be key for the Falcons this year and next.

Scotty B from Dubai/Atlanta

Is this team underrated or am I just a devout fan? Having lived with the Falcons’ *relatively* constant mediocrity since the ’80s, at some point you start to lose confidence, and the comparisons to the Cleveland Browns start to sting. That said, some of the players we’ve added this offseason, draft and otherwise, look like they could add a real spark. So I guess I’m asking, even if they “add a real spark”, are we talking about a spark just for the funzies and we lose over 12 games? Or do we have a chance of being at least a spoiler, if not a realistic chance of being a decent team (over 8 wins?)?

bay: Alright, dude. Big name. Considered underrated/overrated, it’s still tough. If we look at the line of games won in 2022, it sits at 4.5. The Falcons are not highly respected there. I believe they will earn more than that. Last year the number was 4, and they actually won 7.

I think the chemistry of this team will help, as well as some of the new talent being drafted or signed. But, like a year ago, they are super thin in some places. They need to stay healthy to stay competitive.

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Dr. Cavil’s 2022 HBCU Pre-Season Football Rankings https://vikingsshopnfl.com/dr-cavils-2022-hbcu-pre-season-football-rankings/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 06:15:17 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/dr-cavils-2022-hbcu-pre-season-football-rankings/ I’m Kyle T. Mosley, Editor and Reporter for the HBCU Legends and Saints News Network on Sports Illustrated’s FanNation Channel since October 2019. Morehouse Alum, McDonogh #35 Roneagles (NOLA), Drum Major of the Tenacious Four. My father, my mother, my grandmother, my aunts and my uncles were graduates of the HBCU and my grandmother taught […]]]>

I’m Kyle T. Mosley, Editor and Reporter for the HBCU Legends and Saints News Network on Sports Illustrated’s FanNation Channel since October 2019. Morehouse Alum, McDonogh #35 Roneagles (NOLA), Drum Major of the Tenacious Four. My father, my mother, my grandmother, my aunts and my uncles were graduates of the HBCU and my grandmother taught in an HBCU! My notable interviews: Deion Sanders (Jackson State University, Head Coach), Demario and Tamala Davis (NFL Player), Jerry Rice (Hall of Famer), Doug Williams (HBCU & NFL Legend), James “Shack” Harris (HBCU & NFL Legend), Travis Williams (Founder of HBCU All-Stars, LLC), Malcolm Jenkins (NFL Player), Drew Brees (Former NFL QB), Deuce McAllister (Former NFL RB), Willie Roaf (NFL Hall of Fame), Jim Everett (Former NFL), Quinn Early (former NFL player), Dr. Reef (NFL player training specialist), Nataria Holloway (NFL VP). Host of the “Blow the Whistle” HBCU Legends and “Bayou Blitz” podcasts. Guest on WWL New Orleans (Mike Detillier/Bobby Hebert), KCOH AM 1230 Houston (Ralph Cooper), FOX26 in Houston with Isiah Carey, WBOK New Orleans (Reggie Flood/Ro Brown), 103.7 The Game (Jordy Hultberg/Clint Domingue) , College Kickoff Unlimited (Emory Hunt) and Offscript TV on YouTube. I am building a new team of journalists, podcasters, videographers and interns. Follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @ktmoze. For media inquiries, interviews, or interest in joining HBCU Legends, please contact me at kmosley@hbcusi.com.

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Terry McLaurin, Deebo Samuel among seven NFL players who deserve a raise NOW https://vikingsshopnfl.com/terry-mclaurin-deebo-samuel-among-seven-nfl-players-who-deserve-a-raise-now/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 17:16:00 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/terry-mclaurin-deebo-samuel-among-seven-nfl-players-who-deserve-a-raise-now/ The Los Angeles Rams got it right this offseason, once again thinking of tradition to care for those who helped them win the franchise’s first championship in 22 years. Since the Cincinnati Bengals lost in Super Bowl LVI, Los Angeles has granted contract extensions to a number of veterans, including massive deals for quarterback Matthew […]]]>

The Los Angeles Rams got it right this offseason, once again thinking of tradition to care for those who helped them win the franchise’s first championship in 22 years.

Since the Cincinnati Bengals lost in Super Bowl LVI, Los Angeles has granted contract extensions to a number of veterans, including massive deals for quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Cooper Kupp and defensive tackle Aaron. Donald, who now ranks as the highest paid defensive player. in NFL history.

The Rams sent the message that performance at the highest level will be rewarded, even if you have years left on your contract. Accompany money and you will be rewarded with gold.

It seems so logical, but all over the league there are hard-nosed management types who believe you don’t pay a player unless – and until – you have to. They place more emphasis on building tomorrow than winning today. On some level, that makes sense — if you subscribe to the traditional, conservative economic model that treats the salary cap as an inflexible object. Teams have won championships with this mindset. But that philosophy can also create a wall between the locker room and the front office, as we’ve seen again this offseason with players seeking trades or turning down coaching services due to dissatisfaction with their contract situations.

So, kudos to the Rams for doing what they didn’t have to do, working around the salary cap to honor performance. Their willingness to open the checkbook got me wondering…

What other veterans, across the league, deserve a raise?

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Ranking the 10 best duos in the NFL: The Chiefs’ Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes beat the Packers and Rams for the top spot https://vikingsshopnfl.com/ranking-the-10-best-duos-in-the-nfl-the-chiefs-andy-reid-and-patrick-mahomes-beat-the-packers-and-rams-for-the-top-spot/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 19:16:44 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/ranking-the-10-best-duos-in-the-nfl-the-chiefs-andy-reid-and-patrick-mahomes-beat-the-packers-and-rams-for-the-top-spot/ Earlier this week, my colleague Jeff Kerr identified the best duos on every NFL team. It was a fun exercise. We’re here to identify the best duos in the entire league, period – but with a bit of a twist. While Jeff has identified the best player-player pairings, we also allow coaches to be considered […]]]>

Earlier this week, my colleague Jeff Kerr identified the best duos on every NFL team. It was a fun exercise. We’re here to identify the best duos in the entire league, period – but with a bit of a twist.

While Jeff has identified the best player-player pairings, we also allow coaches to be considered here. And coaches will be heavily factored into this list, which includes four – three head coaches and a coordinator. Otherwise, we’ll use the same criteria that Jeff defined for his list:

  • Play (or coach) on the same side of the ball
  • Contribute to the offensive or defensive success of the team
  • Can be from the same position, but not a prerequisite
  • Maybe the two best players (or coaches) on that particular side of the ball

We also only allow one duo per team. Otherwise, it would just be a list of players and coaches from the small handful of the NFL’s top teams, and that’s no fun.

10. Dan Quinn and Micah Parsons, Cowboys

This duo only have a year of experience, but this year has been so electric that it’s enough to land them on this list. Quinn built his defense – which finished the season ranked second in the Football Outsiders DVOA and third in the TruMedia version of the EPA per game – around a dynamic rookie unlike any player in the league today. . Parsons ranked sixth in the NFL in sacks and eighth in total pressures (sacks plus hits plus rushes) despite getting at least 135 fewer chances to rush the setter than any player in front of him. He generated pressure on over 22% of his passing snaps, which was so far ahead of the next closest player that it’s not even worth mentioning who it was. He picked up plenty of tackles flying to the ball in the running game, and he held firm in coverage. The Cowboys will continue to move him all over the field, Quinn will continue to generate advantageous games for him and he will continue to make plays in the backfield.

9. Justin Herbert and Austin Ekeler, loaders

Herbert has quickly established himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, and while he has two great receivers he throws the ball to quite often, his real partner on offense is Ekeler. One of the most efficient and effective guards in the NFL, Ekeler is capable of not only working in the control game, but also being his quarterback’s primary target. Despite his small size, he has surprising power in his legs and is difficult to defeat on the first try. Herbert can hit any spot on the court with his throws due to his otherworldly arm strength, but his accuracy and ball placement on low and peripheral throws in Ekeler allows him to create yards after the captures with incredible frequency.

8. Tom Brady and Mike Evans, Buccaneers

In two seasons together, this duo had 70 catches for 1,006 yards and 13 touchdowns, and 74 catches for 1,035 yards and 14 touchdowns. They added 28 connections for 440 yards and four other scores in their six playoff games. Oh, and they also won a Super Bowl there. It’s a pretty special thing.

7. Kyle Shanahan and Deebo Samuel, 49ers

It’s hard to find a more perfectly matched duo than this one. Shanahan is one of the most creative game designers in the NFL, and Samuel is a player you can design literally any game for. He’s a deep threat, he’s a YAC monster, he’s tough in midfield, and oh yeah, he’s apparently one of the best running backs in the league too. No one has ever had a season quite like the one Samuel just put together, in which he had 77 catches for 1,405 yards and six touchdowns, leading the NFL in yards per reception; and also had 50 carries for 365 yards (6.2 per carry!) and eight other scores. With Shanahan finding exciting new ways to put the ball in his hands, Samuel became nearly unstoppable last season. It was incredibly hard on his body and the volume of runs should slow down (especially if the Niners pay him to a long-term contract), but it was also incredibly exciting.

6. Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals

In their last two seasons together (one in college and one in the pros), Burrow and Chase combined to connect on 165 passes for 3,235 yards and 33 touchdowns, as well as a national title and championship. of the AFC. Chase has only been in the NFL for one season and Burrow for two, but they are already among the best quarterback-receiver combinations in the game.

5. Cameron Heyward and TJ Watt, Steelers

The backbone of one of the NFL’s best defenses in recent years, this duo has combined to total 115 sacks over the past five seasons — an average of 23 per year. Watt had almost as many himself last season, with a record 22.5 of them. He’s led the NFL in quarterback knockouts and tackles for loss in each of the past two seasons and is coming off his first Defensive Player of the Year award. Heyward is the unsung hero of the Pittsburgh defense, playing every spot inside the defensive line, pushing pockets and tackling the quarterback. He has made five straight Pro Bowls while Watt has made four in a row and two first-team All-Pro appearances in the past three seasons while Watt has made three in a row. You won’t find a better duo on the defensive front.

4. Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs, Bills

Allen and Diggs have only been together for two seasons, but those two seasons have been great as Allen became one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and Diggs shone even brighter than he did in Minnesota. Diggs led the NFL with 127 catches and 1,535 yards in his freshman year at Buffalo, adding eight touchdowns to his record that season. The “drop year” he followed with consisted of 103 catches for 1,225 yards and 10 scores. Allen was in charge for those two monster seasons, and his ability to find Diggs on the court with his rocket arm and ability to extend plays with his legs is nearly unmatched. He’s also the best non-Lamar Jackson quarterback in the NFL right now, with 224 carries for 1,184 yards and 14 scores over the past two seasons.

3. Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur, packers

Rodgers won back-to-back MVPs running the LaFleur offense, which ranked first and second in DVOA and first and first in EPA per play during those seasons. I don’t think we need to say more.

2. Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey, Aries

The NFL’s best defensive player, Donald is totally unblockable. Inside defenders just aren’t supposed to be able to do what he does, and he does it anyway, with metronomic consistency. Paired with arguably the best defensive back in the NFL, the duo kept the Rams firmly in the title mix even when Jared Goff was under center, and helped propel them to the Super Bowl once the team added Matthew Stafford last year. Stafford and Cooper Kupp had a magical season in their first year together, but they’re still the Rams’ best duo until Donald decides to hang up his spikes for good.

1. Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes, Chefs

In four seasons together, Reid and Mahomes went to (and hosted) the AFC title game four times, winning two of them, as well as a Super Bowl. They finished those four seasons ranked first, sixth, first and third in yards; first, fifth, sixth and fourth in points; first, third, second and third in DVOA; and first, second, third and second in EPA per game. Mahomes is arguably the most talented quarterback to enter the league, Reid is one of the best coaches of his generation or any generation, and they created one of the most explosive and effective offenses in recent memory.

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Georgian football’s five top 7s show consistent results https://vikingsshopnfl.com/georgian-footballs-five-top-7s-show-consistent-results/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 09:06:04 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/georgian-footballs-five-top-7s-show-consistent-results/ Recruits during visits to Georgia this spring has seen first-hand the results of donors who have invested more than $100 million in facility upgrades over the past few years, including a sparkling football operations center, a much-needed indoor training facility and a new changing room on game day. They also posed with something the program […]]]>

Recruits during visits to Georgia this spring has seen first-hand the results of donors who have invested more than $100 million in facility upgrades over the past few years, including a sparkling football operations center, a much-needed indoor training facility and a new changing room on game day.

They also posed with something the program won last season: the National College Football Championship trophy.

After ending a 41-year national title drought behind a generational defense and underrated attack with a former extra Stetson Bennet at quarterback, will incoming recruiting classes add more gear while in Athens? Or will Georgia fall back like an LSU team that won the national title two seasons earlier?

Coach Smart Kirby doesn’t see his program as a “flash in the pan,” he told fans during the offseason of keeping the program at a level of excellence.

“I think we’ve been there,” he said at an event in Duluth in April. “It’s not like it’s the first time we’ve been in conversation. I am for consistency. We have always been efficient and constant in recruitment and constant in the field.

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Georgia has finished in the top seven in each of the past five seasons in the AP Poll, something only Ohio State has done. Georgia is tied with Clemson for the second most national league appearances since the 2017 season with two behind Alabama’s four.

“You have to stay in that conversation,” said Smart, who won the national title in his sixth season at Georgia and his second College Football Playoff Championship game. “Now it will be the most talent we have lost in one fell swoop, but every year we lose juniors who are very good players. …The challenge as coaches is to make sure we “We’re bringing in enough talent to replace them. We’re also growing.”

Georgia lost a modern NFL record 15 draft picks, including a record five picks in the first round of defense.

Talent still oozes all over the roster, and the Bulldogs fire Bennett for a sixth college season after doing what critics thought he couldn’t in leading the team to a national title.

He’s back for more.

“I’m a self-motivator, I guess,” he says. “I want to win every time, so it doesn’t change what we want to achieve this year.”

Bennett and the other returning players, including tight end Brock Bowers and NFL first-round projected defensive tackle Jalen Carter, will be joined by newcomers from a recruiting class ranked No. 3 in the nation by the 247Sports Composite, a sixth consecutive class in the top 3 under Smart. .

Georgia gets a glimpse of a program built to last like Alabama – the program Smart helped build as defensive coordinator under Nick Saban and the one the Bulldogs ultimately eliminated 33-18 in the national championship game – more than a one-hit wonder as Ed Les Tigres d’Orgeron turned out to be.

LSU went from the No. 6 preseason in 2020 to unranked at the end of this season.

The magic turned by quarterback Joe Burrow and an explosive offense with passing game coordinator Joe Brady are gone. After going 9-8 in the 17 games since LSU’s national title, Orgeron was fired in October of last season.

“It’s probably apples and oranges,” LSU athletic director Scott Woodward said last week at the SEC Spring Meetings. “Two different people. I know Kirby well and obviously I know Coach O well. Two different situations, two different things.

Woodward, who returned to his alma mater before the 2019 season and was the school’s external affairs director when Smart was an assistant for the Tigers in 2004, said he would be surprised if Georgia suffered a downturn under Smart. Woodward made a splashy hire luring Brian Kelly from Notre Dame to Baton Rouge to coach the Tigers, but couldn’t figure out what was wrong after the 2019 national title.

Whether it was a sense of complacency or staff departures, including defensive coordinator Dave Aranda or other things swirling around the program at the time, including Orgeron’s handling of misconduct allegations sexual against a player.

“There were a lot of factors and if I knew the answer I would be a Nobel Prize winner,” Woodward said. “I just don’t know. You don’t know what’s going on. The secret ingredients and the magic were right in 2019. That’s something they’ll never take away from O and it was true. What happened next ? I would like to know. I really do. I did not expect that.

Smart liked how the 2022 Bulldogs handled the months following a moment the Bulldog fan base had waited decades for.

“The pats on the back, the kids get it, everywhere you go, every time you go out to your communities, you get that, you use it for energy, but that story goes back to last year,” said Smart, the former UGA All-Security SEC. “A lot of these guys are not in this team anymore. You have a group of young men who were in the team, and I’m extremely excited to get out there and play football with them. Everyone thinks you have to be a certain age to be an entertainer on the football pitch, but if you’re talented enough… we have talented guys, but we just don’t have a lot of experience. purchased, they did a terrific job in the offseason.

Smart’s team may be the defending national champion, but he’s already dismissed any notion that Georgia is the defending national champion.

“That was never our end and that will be all last year,” Smart said at an event at the Augusta Boys & Girls Club in April. “That team last year, they wanted to destroy everyone they played. They never talked about a national championship. It’s easy for the fans to say I want to win a national championship. Our goal was to go out and annihilate, to make your opponent give up, to make him never want to play against you again.

Smart tells the story of two players wanting to address the team after the Missouri game because they were unhappy with the effort they put in.

This came after a 43-6 rout. The players wanted the whole team to show up for an optional lifting session on Sunday.

“So much work has gone into this season, this national championship,” said Jamaree Salyer, Georgia’s starting left tackle for the past two seasons, who was a sixth-round pick by the Chargers. in April. “This did not happen by chance. Everyone likes to put it on talent, but it was so much work. I hope these guys never underestimate what this job meant to this team or the leadership that went into it. We won the national championship, but I think of all the difficult days we put into it during training, meetings and visits.

Said Minnesota Vikings first-round safety Lewis Cine, a national title team starter, “I think Georgia has a great plan going forward. They had an excellent recruiting class. Kirby knows what it takes. He’s just going to do the same thing that led to winning the natty.

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Akiem Hicks joins Bucs for ‘chance to win’ https://vikingsshopnfl.com/akiem-hicks-joins-bucs-for-chance-to-win/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 18:07:57 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/akiem-hicks-joins-bucs-for-chance-to-win/ For the second time in his professional career, Akiem Hicks joined a team led by Tom Brady. This time it was voluntary. Hicks made Florida the fourth stop on his decade-plus NFL journey when he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the first day of June. On Tuesday, he took to the training ground […]]]>

For the second time in his professional career, Akiem Hicks joined a team led by Tom Brady. This time it was voluntary.

Hicks made Florida the fourth stop on his decade-plus NFL journey when he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the first day of June. On Tuesday, he took to the training ground with his new teammates for the first time as the team opened a three-day minicamp. He needed no introduction to Brady; he played 13 games with the former New England Patriots quarterback in 2015. The first seven were wins.

Hicks landed with the Brady Patriots via trade from his original team, the New Orleans Saints, three games into this 2015 campaign. Notably, his first three-plus seasons in the league were also spent with the alongside one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, Drew Brees. After his brief stint in Foxborough, Hicks signed with the Chicago Bears in 2016 and remained in the Windy City for six seasons. It’s fair to say he didn’t encounter the same level of quarterback play on his third save as he did on his first two.

It’s also fair to say that Hicks is happy to be back on the same side as Brady.

“One thing I often thought about was when I came to the league I had Drew Brees and Tom Brady as my first two quarterbacks,” Hicks said Tuesday. “And then I went to Chicago – it wasn’t Drew Brees and Tom Brady, let me just say that right? I feel spoiled to have someone on the other side of the ball who can deliver everything time, and he has proven it over the years.”

The Buccaneers certainly felt that effect. They were 7-9 in 2019, their 12th straight season that ended before the playoffs. Brady signed with the Buccaneers in 2020 and they have since won 29 of 39 games, a Super Bowl championship and, separately, their First Division title since 2007. Brady, soon to be 45, briefly flirted with retirement after the La The Bucs’ 2021 playoff series ended but opted in March to return for at least the 2022 season. That had a noticeable effect on Tampa Bay’s ability to retain many of its free agents, and it certainly played a role. in Hicks’ rapprochement with a Bucs team that has more Super Bowl aspirations. Hicks, who became a free agent in March, had conversations with several potential suitors around the NFL, but picked Tampa for the bottom line…rankings, that is.

“One of the biggest things that brings me to Tampa is a chance to win,” he said. “I would say I’m happy to be here, happy to be back with Tom. I know in that quarterback position you always have a chance of winning a game with a guy like that. was one of the reasons to be here; also, all the weapons we have in defense.

“[Brady] was definitely a draw. I would say it benefits a defense to have a quarterback who can control the clock, the ball and the position on the field, and that’s what we have here.”

Hicks made the playoffs in 2013 with the Saints, his only campaign as a Patriot, and two of the last four years in Chicago, but has yet to play on the league’s biggest stage. The 2015 Patriots made the AFC Championship game, but it was the only season in five years (2014-18) that New England did not reach the Super Bowl. There is of course no guarantee that the Buccaneers will return to the championship game in 2022, but with Brady in the fold, they will certainly be seen as a worthy contender. At the very least, Hicks thinks he’s joining a team that knows how to win.

“I’ll give you a treat that I had today in practice on this field here,” Hicks said after his first practice with the Bucs. “I heard some defense guys chirping [at] the guys on defense and trying to get them to play better, to motivate them. And I think it’s a winning culture. When you look around and someone scolds you or criticizes what you’ve done, and you’re able to take that and try to be better, I think that’s the winning culture and I saw some of it today.”

Hicks essentially replaces Ndamukong Suh in the Bucs’ defensive line boardroom, and he and rookie Logan Hall will likely absorb the roughly 1,100 defensive snaps Suh and Steve McLendon provided last year. Hicks said he’s never been concerned with the number of specific snaps and isn’t yet sure how he fits into the Bucs’ defensive scheme. He’s not aiming to be another Suh, but the Bucs know Hicks was often dominant during his six years in Chicago.

“I’m just going to be myself, play hard, play hard,” Hicks said. “That’s one of my talents, being able to push the pocket, work a move, get a quick pass, play hard against the run. I’m just going to be me.”

And, hopefully, he’ll enjoy the win he anticipated by choosing to come to Tampa.

“I’m still getting to know people, I’m still learning my way,” Hicks said. “I didn’t know how to move around the building this morning. It’s a process, isn’t it, and a transition for me. I think having phone conversations with [Todd] Bowles and having conversations with other guys in the building I think [they are] good people, guys who know how to win, and that’s what I want to be. »

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US Open 2022: Stories to follow at each sectional qualifying venue on the longest day in golf https://vikingsshopnfl.com/us-open-2022-stories-to-follow-at-each-sectional-qualifying-venue-on-the-longest-day-in-golf/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 22:56:50 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/us-open-2022-stories-to-follow-at-each-sectional-qualifying-venue-on-the-longest-day-in-golf/ The longest day in golf has finally arrived as sectional qualifying for the 2022 US Open is scheduled for Monday. Amateurs, standout college golfers, a former NFL player and PGA Tour stalwarts will attend, all with the same hope of claiming their place on the course for the third major championship of the year. Although […]]]>

The longest day in golf has finally arrived as sectional qualifying for the 2022 US Open is scheduled for Monday. Amateurs, standout college golfers, a former NFL player and PGA Tour stalwarts will attend, all with the same hope of claiming their place on the course for the third major championship of the year.

Although this event happens every year and fantastic stories are often produced, this summer is different as the US Open travels to Brookline Country Club, just outside of Boston. More than 100 years from Francis Ouimet’s historic victory at the US Open, the 20-year-old Massachusetts resident became the first amateur to win the national championship by defeating Harry Vardon and Ted Ray, two of the best players in the professional ranks, in an 18-hole playoff after the three were tied after settlement.

It’s hard to imagine something similar happening today, but the game of golf has never gone deeper. If one wants to follow in Ouimet’s footsteps, they must first qualify at one of nine qualifying sites located from Florida to California, including a site in northern Canada.

Below are some of the notable players participating from each qualifier site.

RattleSnake Point Golf Club — Milton, Ontario

  • PanCT: The Olympic bronze medalist will attempt to play his sixth US Open. His best finish to date was a tie for 45th place at Merion in 2013. He made the cut at the Memorial Tournament despite carding 10 in the first round, marking his seventh consecutive payday on the PGA Tour.

The Olympic Club – San Francisco

  • Maverick McNealy: The world No. 81 has only appeared twice at the US Open and failed to qualify on both occasions. He had a strong 2021-22 season with a second-place finish at the Fortinet Championship and a top-10 finish at the Genesis Invitational, both in his home state of California.

The Club at Admirals Cove — Jupiter, Florida

  • Alex Fitzpatrick: The younger brother of Matt Fitzpatrick, Alex is a standout player at Wake Forest. While Matt will be the talk of the Country Club due to his 2013 American Amateur victory, let’s not forget that it was Alex who was his caddy that momentous week. He has plenty of play as he ranked sixth in the PGA Tour college rankings.
  • Ricky Hunter: The 33-year-old hasn’t played in a US Open since 2020, but enters this qualifier having made the cut in four straight outings on the PGA Tour. One of those starts included a tie for 23rd in the PGA Championship where he impressed from tee to green.
  • Matthew Wolff: It’s hard to believe we’re there with the 2020 finalist, but Wolff has played sparingly for the past two years. He was coming off a lengthy break before last year’s championship at Torrey Pines and surprised many as he battled it out over the weekend and eventually finished tied for 15th.

Ansley Golf Club — Roswell, Georgia

  • Smylie Kaufman: He was last seen at the PGA Championship with a microphone in hand as clubs betrayed him in recent years. He missed the cut at the Puerto Rico Open in March and outside of his 2016 Masters hasn’t managed to make the cut at any major championship. Despite that, it would be nice to see Kaufman back in a major setting as a player rather than an announcer.

Woodmont Country Club – Rockville, Maryland

  • Harry Higg: The post-Masters hangover was brutal for Higgs as he missed five of six cuts after arriving in T14 at Augusta National. He has yet to manage to qualify for the national championship and his recent play suggests his debut may have to wait another year.

Century Country Club, Old Oaks Country Club — Purchase, New York

  • Haotong Li: The 2020 PGA Championship 36-hole leader has found some form on the DP World Tour in recent months. He finished sixth in the ISPS Handa Championship and hopes to play at the US Open for the first time in three years.
  • Brandon Matthews: The bomb and scam strategy was successful at the US Open and Matthews could easily use it as he is arguably the longest player in the world. Hopefully he catches some magic and qualifies as it would be a sight to behold at a shorter venue like the Country Club.

Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club, Wedgewood Golf and Country Club — Columbus, Ohio

  • Pierceson Coody and Cole Hammer: Members of the 2022 NCAA National Championship team from the University of Texas, they will look to follow in the footsteps of Beau Hossler and Jordan Spieth as the Longhorns to make some noise at the US Open.
  • Davis Riley: It’s a crime that Riley has to qualify. The Alabama product hasn’t finished outside the top 20 on any rankings in nearly two months and poses a serious threat to earn Rookie of the Year honors. If successful, it will be his third appearance at the US Open.
  • Padraig Harington: Whistling Straits’ European Ryder Cup captain, Harrington performed well on the Champions Tour with two second-place finishes in May. He may be 50, but he’s still struggling to compete against the best in the world, as shown by his tie for fourth in the 2021 PGA Championship.

Springfield Country Club – Springfield, Ohio

  • Danny Woodhead: Do you believe in miracles? The former NFL running back has since become a golf stick and if he was able to fight his way into our national championship, I’m not sure there would be a better story in the sports world. all year. Of the 871 players taking part in the Section Qualifiers, he may be the one every golf fan is looking for.
  • Sahith Theegala: A two-time US Open participant, including last year at Torrey Pines, Theegala has since embarked on the PGA Tour. He finished strong in the Memorial Tournament and given his propensity for going very low, it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see him progress.

Pronghorn Resort – Bend, Oregon

  • Joe Highsmith: Having stood out in the highly decorated NCAA 2021 Pepperdine Waves National Championship, Highsmith took medal honors in the Oregon qualifier last year. If he does again, he will secure his place behind Joel Dahmen as the best golfer in the Northwest to wear a bucket hat.
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