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The highest score in a career

Le 24 novembre 2016, 07:34 dans Humeurs 0


On draft night in 2012, his size and shooting ability were lauded, the comparisons rolled out — Ray Allen anyone? — his future debated. That started season after season of talking from the Washington Wizards’ organization about what could be coming. General manager Ernie Grunfeld would explain that the organization thought Beal could be an All-Star. He said it time and again, before and after each season, when John Wall and G-Wiz were the lone annual representatives at All-Star weekend. Grunfeld would also repeat that he thought they had the recurring injury to Beal’s lower right leg under control, although they didn’t, and he kept missing games.

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis would wholesale nfl jerseys free shipping reference the all-star possibility when talking about why the organization decided to give Beal $128 million last summer, some of which has gone to a mansion in McLean, assuring that Beal cheap Carolina Panthers jerseys would be here even if Wall eventually leaves.

“We didn’t think twice about this,” Leonsis said at the time.

For an evening, they all saw optimum cheap nfl jerseys Beal for the first time. Beal scored a career-high 42 points on 22 shots Monday night against the Phoenix Suns. He took 10 3-pointers, the shot that caused the organization to salivate so grandly in the first place. Beal took nine other shots right next to the basket. He attempted 11 free throws. These were all checkmarks on a list of what former coach Randy Wittman and new coach Scott Brooks would want to see from Beal. Aggression, precision, dominance, efficiency, all there for an evening.

“Brad had a heck of a night for us,” Wall said.

Monday, Dudley explained the interactions between the Wizards young stars as a “working relationship” after questions about tension between the duo surfaced in the summer. That should be sufficient. They need wholesale NFL jerseys nike each other on the floor, where Wall is programmed to pass and Beal is mechanized to score. What they do off it is of little relevance.

A road map to a repeat for Beal is in his shot chart from cheap NFL jerseys from china Monday night. Ten dots outside of the 3-point line. Eleven dots inside the lane. One lonely midrange shot, the one Beal has been trying to fall out of love with since entering the league.


For a night, he had arrived. All the people who claimed what he could be saw their vision leave their heads and hit the floor. The question is if this version of Beal was just stopping by or is here to stay.

Rainey is 170 pounds of spritely all-rounder who seeks a heavier load

Le 21 novembre 2016, 03:49 dans Humeurs 0


The B.C. Lions offence is not only well-rounded, it’s well-grounded. That should be of major concern to the Calgary Stampeders for Sunday’s CFL West Division final at McMahon Stadium.

It wasn’t just the 193 rushing yards the Lions racked up in last Sunday’s 32-31 semifinal victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers; it was the way they got them that was so impressive.

Jeremiah Johnson, who figures to be the Lions’ feature back for at least two more games, if he stays Dallas Cowboys jerseys healthy and his team qualifies for the 104th Grey Cup in Toronto, provided the most pivotal play in last Sunday’s come-from-behind victory.

With the Lions down 25-6, the game was as good as lost in many minds — until Johnson broke wholesale NFL jerseys through, slipping tackles and faking Winnipeg safety Taylor Loffler out of his shoes to score on a 40-yard run that changed the momentum of the game with 1:35 to go before halftime.

“It was an improv move,” Johnson explained Thursday. “At that point, I’m not really thinking about what moves I make. I’m just trying to make things happen.”

Johnson is one reason the Lions shouldn’t be taken lightly against the favoured 15-2-1 Stampeders.

He has rushed for more than 100 yards in three of his past four games — all Lions victories. His recent run began with four rushes of 10 yards or more, 108 yards in total, Oct. 22 against Edmonton. A week later, he had 101 yards rushing against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Johnson took a backseat to Chris Rainey in the Lions’ regular-season finale, a 41-18 drubbing of the hapless Riders. The Rain Man picked up 89 yards nine carries in the game that secured second place for the Lions.

But back Johnson came last Sunday, with 110 yards on just 10 carries against the Blue Bombers. He might have been the man of the match had not quarterback Jonathon Jennings rushed for two more scores in the second half, when Jennings was doing as much damage with his legs as his right arm.

If Johnson seems too good to be true on the field these days, he is that way in everyday life, his savviness as a cheap NFL jerseys runner and his humility as a person being his defining characteristics.

His shake-and-bake touchdown against the Blue Bombers was set up by a 37-yard pass-and-run play from Jennings to Rainey that had Winnipeg cheap jerseys defenders back on their heels.

As the dangerously fast and deceptive Rainey has been incorporated more into the Lions offensive scheme, Johnson’s rushing totals have begun to soar. He’s not unappreciative of what Rainey has done to make him better.


“Chris has tremendous athletic ability,” Johnson says. “When you’re a defence, and you see a guy who comes in predominantly for gimmick plays, and he swings out of the backfield and gets 20 yards, you start wholesale jerseys to think about that. You have two or three things on your mind now. When they’re thinking too much, that’s when you get them. He just gets me amped up.”

The Buffs have cracked an elite stratosphere

Le 17 novembre 2016, 03:40 dans Humeurs 0


The Colorado Buffaloes are the No. 10 college football team in the country.

That was the declaration Tuesday night from the College Football Playoff committee, which is charged with ranking the top 25 teams in an wholesale jerseys effort to determine a true national champion.

The buzz continues to grow for the Buffs, who will continue their quest for a Pac-12 championship Saturday against Washington State. The Cougars landed at No. 22 in the most recent CFP rankings, which were revealed on ESPN.

And CU coach Mike MacIntyre got a big endorsement wholesale NFL jerseys from a respected industry voice during the broadcast.

“That’s the national coach of the year,” ESPN’s top color analyst, Kirk Herbstreit, said of MacIntyre.

The top-10 ranking only furthers Colorado’s remarkable turnaround story. At 8-2 and 6-1 in the Pac-12, the Buffs have already won more league games this season than they had in their previous five years of membership in the conference.

And there is plenty of opportunity in front of the Buffs to climb even higher. After playing the No. 22 Cougars on Saturday, CU will close the regular season at home on Nov. 26 against Utah, which came in at No. 12 in the CFP rankings.

Win the next two games and CU would earn a berth in the Pac-12 title game, where it would play either Washington State or Washington (No. 6 CFP).

After a wild weekend in which the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 teams in Michigan, Clemson and Washington all tumbled, there was shakeup in the top four of the CFP. The top four teams in the final rankings will play in two national semifinal games, with the winners playing for the national title.

Alabama landed at No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson.

The cheap NFL jerseys Buffs have been done a favor in the committee’s eyes by their tough schedule. Their only losses have come on the road to San Diego Chargers jerseys Michigan and USC, which is surging cheap jerseys and ranked No. 13 in the CFP. CU also has a road win at Stanford, which cracked the CFP rankings at No. 24.


The Buffs have cracked an elite stratosphere. Now it’s time to see how much higher they can climb.

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