Chargers and Rams’ move to new stadium is delayed

The huge amount of rainfall in the area seems to be the reason why both franchises have opted to delay arena construction by an additional year.

The arrival at the new arena by the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers will have to wait another year . At first it was estimated that the new stadium would be ready for the 2019 season, but the large amount of rainfall that has occurred in the area in recent months has slowed the works, so the move will not occur until the 2020 season .

Both franchises have issued a joint press release explaining that last winter’s record rainfall in the city has created ‘significant delays ‘ from January to March. As a result of this delay, the Chargers will play at Carson’s StubHub Center until 2019, including the Rams will remain at the Coliseum.

The president of the Chargers, AG Spanos, has commented that the decision has been made thinking about the future benefit of the fans . “Our approach will always be the amateur’s experience,” he added. `Our future home will be the best stadium in the NFL and will deliver a transformative experience to Chargers fans. If doing what is right means postponing the completion date of the works, then I think the additional year is worth it.

The Chargers one more year in a stadium of 30,000 seats

For the fans of the Rams the delay will not be a big problem. However, the social mass of the Chargers itself has begun to complain. It is logical. In the next years his team will play the matches in a stadium of just over 30,000 seats, reason why a lot of his fans will not be able to enjoy like until now of the parties.

The Chargers want to take advantage of the small size of their stadium to bring fans and players closer. Spanos commented: “At the StubHub Center we are creating a parallel environment to see the NFL and we believe that no other stadium in the league gives you the chance to live matches so closely , so we think our fans are going To enjoy our three years in Carson.

And what about Philip Rivers?

In the sporting aspect arises a great doubt. What will happen to Philip Rivers? The team’s recent moves, especially in the draft, seem aimed at allowing the veteran quarterback to be able to hold the team’s reins for a few more years . However, their contract ends in 2019. If the Chargers want their leader in and out of the field to open the new home they will have to put a renewal offer on the table.

Alex Smith experiences déjà vu with the arrival of Patrick Mahomes

The Chiefs quarterback compares his situation to what happened with the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick.

The moment he heard the name of Pat Mahomes, the images paraded through the mind of Alex Smith. After 13 years in the NFL, there is not much that the current quarterback Kansas City Chiefs have not seen or situation that has happened.

Having to give the post to someone younger than him is, unfortunately, something that he lived during his stay in San Francisco , where he lost ownership at the hands of a young man named Colin Kaepernick, and knows that the possibility of that Repeat with Mahomes is more than latent.

He understands and accepts it. He is aware that he has already begun counting down his tenure as the starter in Kansas City. It would be innocent not to think otherwise.

“I think the Chiefs are committed to me just for this year,” said the 49ers exquarterback in an interview with ESPN. “That’s nature. If you do not go out and do your job, Coach Reid is very honest. You must go out and do your thing. Apply for all “.

The wisdom that is only gained over the years gives Smith a new perspective, because he insists that this is the mentality that must always have, with or without Mahomes breathing close.

“Whether we have selected Patrick or not, does not change anything, right? If you are not good enough, if you do not do your job, you will not have it for a long time. This is how the position works . ”

If anyone knows, it’s Smith, who was San Francisco’s first draft pick in 2005 and eventually took title to veteran Tim Rattay in the middle of that year and kept it for a good part of seven seasons until a Kaepernick Second year he applied the same trick to him, banishing him from the Bay to Kansas City.

It is the cycle of life. The food chain. As George Washington Duke said in Rocky V: It is the young lion against the old lion. It is so obvious that Smith himself accepts the comparison.

“Yes, there is some similarity,” he acknowledged. “I am the oldest quarterback and they selected a young man they are looking to develop.”

He says it well, it’s the old man. He does not regret and knows that he only has to do what he deserves. The rest is out of reach.

“I’ve been through it, and I get it. If any of us were the manager, and in my opinion we are talking about the most important position in the whole sports world, it would be a mistake not to accumulate talent, “he said. “You understand. And that should not change my focus. I still feel like I can play for a few years. Honestly, I think I keep getting better. ”

Maybe, but he does not have much time to prove it. At least not in Kansas City.

Chris Cornell: Farewell to a Seahawks and Sonics fan

Soundgarden’s guitarist, singer and songwriter died last night in Detroit.

On Thursday, May 18, 2017 Chris Cornell was been found dead in his room at the MGM Grand Detroit Hotel. The guitarist, singer and songwriter had performed in the city of the state of Michigan with the group of which he was founder, Soundgarden, flagship of the grunge musical movement , formed in the late 80’s and early 90’s, and whose Epicenter was the city of Seattle. He died at age 52 due to unknown causes, although the Detroit Police are investigating it as a possible suicide.

As a native of Seattle, which he liked to boast about, Cornell supported the Seahawks — the city’s most representative team and a member of the NFL. In 2014, the singer became the narrator in a video to the franchise and its fans (the 12th) shortly before the Superbowl was held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. There, the Seahawks claimed the title by winning over the Denver Broncos. Cornell was among other artists on the Washington State music scene, such as Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), and Guns N ‘Roses bassist Duff McKagan. That same year, Soundgarden performed at the premiere of the Seahawks’ season. The club recalled the musician in his Twitter account: “We remember Chiris Cornell, icon of Seattle, devout 12, and one of the great voices in the history of rock & roll.”

In 2011, Cornell had also shown support for the NBA’s Seattle Supersonics , a franchise that had disappeared from the city in 2008 when it was sold to a corporate group that moved it to Oklahoma City. During a concert and with the Sonics shirt on, the musician shouted: “They took our [expletive] team from us. Since I was this high, I had that team. And they [expletive] took it away. It’s [expletive] to take away a basketball team!” WARNING: Lots of NSFW language in the video.

A brilliant musical career

Chris Cornell will go down in history and eternity of rock as a guitarist, composer and, above all, vocalist, a facet in which he is considered one of the best ever. In addition to Soundgarden, a group he founded with Kim Thayil and with which he released eight albums (he was already preparing the ninth), he must also be remembered as the promoter of the Temple of the Dog supergroup, which he formed with Soundgarden and Pearl Jam components to pay tribute to Andrew Wood, singer of Mother Love Bone (deceased in 1990). No less brilliant was his contribution to the creation of Audioslave with three members of Rage Against the Machine, including the great guitarist Tom Morello. Together they composed three albums. On his own, Cornell edited five, And also recorded several songs, the latest one, The Promise , which appears in the film of the same title and whose benefits go to the NGO International Rescue Committee. That’s part of the more supportive side of Chris, who along with his second wife, Vicky, created a foundation to help children around the world. He had two daughters and a son.

Rest in peace.

Patriots make a deal with Blount

The signing of the running back with the Philadelphia Eagles has not only cleared the landscape in the backfield of New England but comes with a ‘gift’ for the club.

A while back, I wrote about the clever maneuver that the New England Patriots made in relation to the running back LeGarrette Blount, who was offered on May 9 that allowed them to win whatever was the final destination of the New England Patriots or the rest of the National Football League.

Let’s add one more positive to the guys from Massachusetts.

Following the signing of Blount by the Philadelphia Eagles for a year and can reach up to $ 2.8 million if it meets the various incentives contained in the agreement, it remained to know what the balance would be for the Patriots.

It turns out to be the ‘progress adequately’.

The ‘tender’ formula of May 9

In that smart move we mentioned, the Patriots kept their backs. If by July 22 he had not signed with any team, he would return to the Patriots for a modest salary of 1.1 million by 2017. If that was not the case, Blount’s new ‘boss’ would award several rounds for his hiring.

According to the website, Overthecap.com, the first assessment that has been made of this agreement is that the Patriots would win a fourth and a fifth round by the Blount march, elections that would go to New England for which it is a real gold mine.

(See Tom Brady for more information.)

In addition, it clarifies a little the excess of players that are in the current roster of the club, that never comes bad, although the continuity of Blount supposed a real enigma, one that perhaps not happened to continue in the equipment already initiated the season With no sign of Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead signing in the free agency and who had even given his 29th back to cornerback DJ Killings, a free agent who has not been selected in the draft.

However, none of the above is carved in stone because of the complex formulas that are used to calculate those compensatory rounds in the NFL and rival the quest to find the secrets of the Philosopher’s Stone… or something like that.

What is very clear is that even when the Patriots lose a player, which is moment for the recollection for the importance that had in the scheme of the Emperor Palpatine, digooo, Bill Belichick, the truth is that they find the way to gaining.

And without deflating balls even.

Bennett opens the Seahawks doors to Colin Kaepernick

Seattle is looking for a substitute for Russell Wilson and his former rival sounds like a possibility.

Pete Carroll is still a ‘hippie’ at heart. In a world in which Colin Kaepernick has the doors closed for his political stances and the unnecessary noise for a reserve quarterback, the Seahawks coach opens a light of hope to his former rival and antagonist of epic battles.

And he’s not the only one in Seattle.

The vocalist and outgoing defensive end Michael Bennett would welcome Kaepernick in the locker room, claiming that his political stance is one that is shared among Seahawks players, who on more than one occasion have expressed their support for Kaepernick.

“I think it would be a good thing in our locker room,” said Bennett, one of the team’s leaders. “I can not find a reason why I would not fit. I think we all talk about the same issues. Only he had the courage to face it, I understand. ”

The rest of the league seems to have turned their backs on Kaepernick, partly because of their stance and social activism, and partly because their numbers have consistently gone down in the past two seasons, having stayed within five yards of winning the Super Bowl in 2012.

In Seattle, he would have no pressure on either side. Their acts and protests are backed by colleagues, coaches and even the owner. Suffice it to remember that as Kaepernick knelt in protest, the Seahawks came out of their arms intertwined with the same message.

In addition, the quarterback would only see the pitch in case Wilson was a victim of a catastrophe. As Bennett puts it, Kaepernick will not find a better place.

“I think it would be great if Kaepernick got the chance to be on our team, it would be a very good place for him, because we have people like coach (Pete) Carroll, who are enthusiastic about those kind of challenges,” he said in an interview With 710 ESPN Seattle.

“We have an owner who invests and gives back to the community. There are players on this team who contribute to the community. There’s Russell Wilson, who shows that our team is community based. It’s the perfect place for him. ”

Come on, the situation is so good for both sides that Bennett and the rest of the Seahawks seem to have forgotten the intense rivalry that arose between Kaepernick and cornerback Richard Sherman after the latter intercepted the pass that gave Seattle the ticket To the Super Bowl in January 2014, which led to a strong war of words.

But words are carried away by the wind. The important thing is the actions and Bennett believes that Seattle could benefit Kaepernick on the ground, so it would not be a purely political or public relations movement.

“You have to see what you have done over the years with your team. Our offense is career-based, and the fact that he can play in the read-option gives him many opportunities to be a star in the NFL again, “said Bennett. “I think we have a great system, great players, and we have Russell. It would be good for him. ”

For Kaepernick, the obvious benefit would be to receive his weekly paycheck, but the fact that his pay comes from a team that does not see it as a threat or a problem would be invaluable.

There is only one small detail: Until now, everything is hypothetical.

Nico Marley signs his contract with the Redskins

Marley had been fighting for the whole month of May to be part of the team and has finally succeeded. Special teams will be your first stop.

It was difficult, but he succeeded. At the beginning of May we learned that Nico Marley, grandson of the famous singer Bob Marley, would be in the training of the Washington Redskins fighting for a position in the roster and he has achieved . The player signed his contract yesterday and already looks like linebacker of the main roster of the capital equipment.

Blessed to officially be apart of the @redskins organization!

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This isn’t a surprise… Bob Marley’s grandson would fight to get to the NFL from the Redskins after having a good college career. Tulane University linebacker has shown that it can be a more than valid option to give depth to the template. His speed, power and good readings of the plays will make his first stop in the NFL, if all is on the right track, be the special teams in Washington.

 

Patriots-Blount love story continues

The running back, which comes from performing one of his best campaigns in the NFL, has been the subject of a maneuver which aims to continue in New England.

Within the imagery of the New England Patriots, with impeccable management of the members of a roster that has been tapped to the last drop, there is a player who has gained a prominent role even though we are not going to confuse him with one of the references In his position and that does not detract from the fact that the people of Massachusetts have been the model to follow.

We’re talking about LeGarrette Blount .

The sturdy runner has helped as few as set the defenses and allow the Patriots’ global game led by Tom Brady to have reached the heights we know all the NFL fans.

Interestingly, Blount comes from making one of his most notable campaigns but the best in his football career, with personal marks in attempts (299), total yards (1161) and touchdowns (18).

More interestingly, LeGarrette is a free agent today .

The formula of the ‘tender’

However, this situation may or may not change, thanks to a resource that is almost in the process of being extinguished, as is the tender or offer made on May 9 to the veteran broker who will turn 31 on the 5th of May. December.

In fact, it was the only one offered to him throughout the NFL.

According to this formula, if Blount remains a free agent beyond July 22, he could only play with the New England Patriots, while if he signs earlier with any other team, Bill Belichick’s wards would receive a round-off Draft for 2018 even if we do not think of a first or second, but rather a more advanced one.

You know, where you choose a Tom Brady of life or something.

Thus, whenever Blount continued with the Patriots, his salary for 2017 would be $ 1.1 million , or what is the same, just $ 100,000 more than he received last year and made him one of The biggest bargains in recent history.

After the arrival as free agents of Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead, plus the presence of James White, Dion Lewis, Brandon Bolden and even DJ Foster in the squad , the situation of Blount is not completely clear or at least his role for the new Year.

However, it is already known that having many options to play for you is not always a problem, but rather the opposite and that the rigors (injuries, penalties, etc.) of football are what end up clarifying the panorama.

And for both a broken and a barefoot, we’ll always have Blount.

Well, for that and for something else.