the Falcons are honoring a convicted dogfighter who profited from cruelty to animals for years

This is not to say anyone should feel sorry for Vick. Hes not a victim in any way. But he has paid for his crimes. He career, his reputation and his legacy all suffered. He’ll always be tied to his misdeeds. He suffered the due consequences of his actions.

He paid his debt according to the law, so any further punishment is essentially vigilante justice on our part.

I think at some point in your life, you have to forgive, Vick said Sunday about fans who still boo him. I’m just thankful there’s a lot of people here in this organization, in this city there’s a lot of people who have forgave me and gave me an opportunity to show a different side of myself. I’m just thankful that I got a lot of supporters, and that’s all you can ask for.

Not everyone agrees, obviously, as evidenced by the petition that asked the Falcons not to invite Vick to Sundays game. More than 30,000 people signed.

By inviting Michael Vick to participate in a ceremony on Sunday, the Falcons are honoring a convicted dogfighter who profited from cruelty to animals for years, the page reads. Please sign this petition and let the Falcons know that NFL fans do not support Vick and do not condone his actions.

The Raiders and the NFL are going to get Vegas to give them a stadium steelers_036one way or another. Just not the billionaire casino boss paying for one-third of it way. But you never know: Another billionaire casino boss could always pop up and take the place of the first one.

Someone’s always lining up to give rich NFL owners something. As it was pointed out here just a day ago, owners get what they want, by whatever means they see fit.

By NFL standards, the Raiders’ Mark Davis isn’t even that rich. The two Super Bowl owners, Arthur Blank and Robert Kraft, make him look like a guy running the corner bodega by comparison. Yet, according to one account of the negotiations, Davis made a brazen money grab that, if (or when) it succeeds, will make him the envy of Blank, Kraft and all their fellow owners.

NFL playoff schedule 2016-17: Divisional matchups, kickoff times

The NFL playoff schedule for 2016-17 is moving on to its second week, and after the wild-card round, we know who will play who on divisional weekend.

The Texans, Seahawks, Steelers and Packers eliminated the Raiders, Lions, Dolphins and Giants, respectively, from the playoff picture during wild-card weekend. Those winners’ tests become a lot tougher this week.

The AFC’s No. 1 overall seed in New England draws Houston, a team the Patriots dominated 27-0 in Week 3 this season. The NFC’s No. 1 seed in Dallas draws Green Bay, a team the Cowboys beat 30-16 in Week 6.

Well, the first, most logical thing to do would be to place him on the phantom DL. With a dozen starts on the season, the time for game-to-game adjustments is likely over, especially when the Yankees are sub-.500 (9-11) in their past 20 games. If Tanaka is to be the team’s stopper, then he’s going to have to sit down for a week and just stare at video to figure out how to stop not stopping. Unlikely the Yankees do it.

Tanaka is stuck, and there ain’t a thing the Yankees can do about it until he figures it out. Some still hold out hope that he could figure it out soon.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi pointed to Tanaka’s start vs. the A’s on May 26 as the reason why Tanaka’s 2016 form still exists inside. Tanaka pitched very well vs. the A’s, striking out 13, but the Yankees lost the game, 4-1.

The Yankees won’t be able to escape Tanaka’s issues, and luckily for them, their young arms are looking pretty good this season. Yankee untouchable Luis Severino is pitching to a 2.90 ERA, Michael Pineda is in the midst of his best season with a 3.76 mark, and the surprising, out-of-nowhere lefty Jordan Montgomery is pitching to a 3.67 ERA.

MLB Draft 2017: Angels’ Jo Adell embraces opportunity to be role model for African-American youth

The senior at Ballard High in Louisville is expected to be a first-round pick in this year’s MLB Draft — which starts at noon ET Monday — after putting up video-game statistics in his final year on the prep stage. Adell, a strapping lad at 6-3 and 210 pounds, hit .562 with 25 homers, 61 RBIs and 22 stolen bases and was named the Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year as Ballard finished with a 23-12 record. That speed on the basepaths translates in the field, too, and he’s an outstanding defensive outfielder.

Adell has tools on tools on tools. In fact, the very smart folks at say Adell has the “best all-around tools in the 2017 Draft.” He has been compared to Byron Buxton and Melvin Upton Jr. (the Rays/Padres version, not the Braves/Blue Jays version) and even Bo Jackson, though comparing anyone to Bo Jackson is kind of silly.

“That guy is on a different level,” Adell says with a laugh.

He has committed to play baseball for the University of Louisville, though it’s very possible that he never suits up for the Cardinals. He’s projected as a potential top 10 pick in the draft, and Adell is the type of potential All-Star who would be a very welcome addition for any fan base.

But that’s not what we’re going to talk about today. We’re going to talk about why Jordon Adell is the type of person you should root for, even if your team doesn’t pick him in the first round of the MLB Draft on Monday.nike_cardinals_1080

the league stopped recalling and destroying licensed merchandise from the losing Super Bowl team in 1996

Warner, who was named NFL MVP in 1999 and 2001, helped the Rams win Super Bowl XXXIV. He went back to the Super Bowl with the Cardinals in 2008. Warner’s 208 career touchdown passes ties him with Jay Cutler and Kerry Collins for 35th all-time. But his 93.7 career passer rating is 10th all-time.

“Kurt Warner will always be remembered as one of the NFL’s most outstanding quarterbacks,” Rams owner Stan Kroenke said in a statement released by the team. “His journey from working the aisles of a grocery store to winning two NFL MVP awards serves as a reminder to never stop pursing your dreams.

“The Rams enjoyed an incredible run, which included our first Super Bowl title, in large part to his leadership and toughness. Off the field, he and his wife, Brenda, devoted their lives to serving others, and thousands continue to benefit from their outreach initiatives. For these reasons and many more, we congratulate Kurt and his family on this ultimate honor.”

According to The Guardian, the league stopped recalling and destroying licensed merchandise from the losing Super Bowl team in 1996. Instead, the NFL began a charity initiative by working with an outside agency to send the goods to underprivileged countries like Zambia, Nicaragua, Armenia and El Salvador where the game outcome isn’t culturally relevant and the need for clothing outweighs whatever message is printed on it.

The uniqueness of a cap with the wrong Super Bowl winner has made the gear almost as valuable as Willy Wonka’s golden ticket.

“It’s just a different world now, so everybody wants that hat,” Aichinger told co-host Gil Brandt and me on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “That’s one of first questions I always get — ‘What do you do with the hats that aren’t used?'”

Aichinger and his staff received their Super Bowl 51 cap shipment Tuesday — “They’re under lock and key,” he said — and will review it Friday at NRG Stadium.seahawks_027

Tom Brady predicts 5th Super Bowl ring in commercial, takes shot at Roger Goodell

New England reportedly will have about $60 million in cap room. Among their key players who can hit free agency in March is linebacker Dont’a Hightower, who made one of the biggest plays in the Super Bowl with his fourth-quarter strip sack of Matt Ryan. He likely will be a priority for Belichick, as will top corner Malcolm Butler, who will be a restricted free agent.

A long-term deal for Butler may cause the departure of their other fine starting corner, Logan Ryan. But if he leaves, current nickel corner Eric Rowe (a second-round pick in 2015) likely will step in to that starting spot. Other key free agents-to-be include starters LeGarrette Blount, Martellus Bennett, Alan Branch and Chris Long, but the Patriots should have the funds to bring them back if they so desire.

Can Tom Brady predict the future? This might make you a believer.

Last October, the Patriots quarterback starred in a commercial for Shields MRI, where he showed off his four Super Bowl rings.

Brady also filmed an alternate version of the commercial, where he pulled out his “kind of new” fifth Super Bowl ring.

The Cowboys are expected to trade or release Romo in order to free themselves from his contract and pick up $5.1 million in salary cap savings this year. With Prescott coming cheap for two more years under his rookie deal, Dallas can use its Romo savings to fortify its defense and keep its dominant offensive line intact.

IYER: Romo vs. Garoppolo: Who’s worth a trade?

I would not be inspired to trade for a player of Romo’s age and injury history with a $14 million base salary in the coming season. I wouldn’t sign him as a free agent, either. It’s a recipe for a major mistake that can cost a GM his job.

This isn’t to say it was all bad news for Wilson.

With so much uncertainty on defense, 2017 might be defined by how much Wilson can carry the team. Bringing in Lacy and overhauling the offensive line is a start, but the Seahawks offense will go as far as Wilson can take them.

Wilson played through ankle and knee injuries last year and it clearly affected him: He had just 21 touchdown passes, down from 34 in 2015. He set a career high with 11 interceptions. His QB Rating was 92.6, a career low. And the lower-body injuries completely took away Wilson’s running threat — he managed just 259 rushing yards, by far the lowest of his five-year career.

This isn’t to say it was all bad news for Wilson. His receiving weapons were also done in by injury — Tyler Lockett’s broken leg was a huge loss late in the season — but Doug Baldwin had a career-best year with 94 catches and 1,128 yards. Jimmy Graham stayed healthy and became a bigger part of the offense, finishing with 65 catches for 923 yards. And Paul Richardson stepped up big in Lockett’s place, making huge plays down the stretch as Seattle solidified a playoff spot.

When Wilson is healthy and able to run, he adds a unique dimension to the offense that not many teams can match. And his weapons, aside from mistake-prone Jermaine Kearse, are reliable more often than not. However, the Seahawks must do a better job protecting him, and the running game needs to step up, as well. Wilson is a great quarterback, but he can’t do it all by himself.