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14 months ago
The Shutdown Corner has learned that Chad Johnson has received his work permit to play in the Canada and that he is in camp with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes on Wednesday participating with the team in an effort to revive his football career.
In a t Read more ... ext, Als GM Jim Popp told the Shutdown Corner that Johnson received his permit on Tuesday and that he is "at camp as we speak."
Johnson, 36, signed with the Alouettes back in April after taking the past two years away from football. The bare-bones contract includes no incentives, and Popp previously said that Johnson just wanted to play football.
In the first 10 years of his NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals, Johnson — who sometimes went by his alter ego of Chad Ochocinco — compiled 751 receptions for 10,783 yards and 66 touchdowns. He then was traded to the New England Patriots for the 2011 season, where he mostly struggled. His final NFL game was Super Bowl XLVI, in which he caught one pass.
Johnson signed the following offseason with the Miami Dolphins and figured to play a prominent role but was arrested on domestic violence charges and almost immediately released by the team thereafter. That arrest was considered a potential road block to being able to work in Canada, but Popp said those issues have been resolved.
Now we can find out if Johnson has anything left in the football tank.
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14 months ago
Under the Knife: MLB Injury Analysis on Ventura, Darvish, Arenado and More: Josh Beckett threw a no-hitter, and Hyun-Jin Ryu nearly topped it with a perfect game. That's downright impressive, but there's more behind it than just two lucky performance Read more ... s. This is a microcosm of the game right now: sports medicine, international signings and pitching dominance. If there was a stat as easily understood as home runs, we'd be looking at a mid-90s "steroid era" for the pitchers. When there were a few young pitchers coming up in the game a few years ago, I wondered if we were headed for a cyclic change from power hitters to power pitchers. It came and then some. Strikeouts are popping up, but pitchers don't get enough outings to approach the heights of the 1970s. Randy Johnson levels? Maybe. The top five pitchers in strikeouts are averaging 83 K's over 11 starts each. That's 7.5 per start. The difference comes in innings pitched, where there's a 15-inning difference. It's no surprise that Stephen Strasburg is doing more in fewer innings, but again, why is he being held back by pitch counts and innings limits when he's showing dominance and no visible sign of fatigue? Randy Johnson was getting 35 starts when he was striking out 372 batters in a season, but he was also going deeper into games. He's a freak and shouldn't be a pure comparison, but the change in opportunities shows why strikeout numbers aren't jumping to odd proportions and making this a more stark case for the casual fan. For Beckett, it's a triumphant return. His thoracic outlet syndrome is a memory, and his shoulder problems are controlled. He's not an ace again, but for one day, he was as good as it gets. The Dodgers were hoping that Beckett would hold that back end down and instead, he's given them stability and options. With a couple of guys ready to fill in, the Dodgers suddenly have depth. Credit that to the Dodgers medical staff and Beckett's off-field team as well. There's a long way to go with shoulders, but Beckett is showing that there's progress on that front as well. For now, there are plenty of other injuries around MLB, so let's get to those... Yordano Ventura The Royals dodged a bullet, but they didn't unload the gun. Yordano Ventura came out of the MRI tube without significant damage to his elbow, but the Royals haven't said what the problem is. They simply may not know, but whatever it was that caused the pain and loss of velocity will need to be fixed. The Royals say that Ventura will miss only one start with the elbow issue, but to stay on track to do so, he'll need to make his side work in five days. Watch for that and see whether or not the Royals figure out the causation. If not, it's going to be worrisome each and every time his electric stuff gets on the mound. For more on Ventura's elbow, click here. Noah Syndergaard I don't normally cover the minor leagues, but some situations demand it. It was apparently a good MRI day around baseball. The Mets may have flown Noah Syndergaard across the country for an MRI and a check with their team physician, but this was never a major concern. UCL tears are relatively easy to diagnose manually with things like the milking test, but there are other reasons to bring a top prospect into the home office. There are consistency-of-care situations; the Mets will want David Altchek to know Syndergaard's elbow well (but not too well!). Altchek is one of the top elbow surgeons, so why wouldn't the Mets want to take advantage of that resource, especially in a situation as potentially valuable as this one? The team will likely be very conservative with Syndergaard's return despite the positive outcome. There's no real reason to rush, though they are still hoping that Syndergaard can at least come up for September. Matt Wieters Matt Wieters is making some progress with his elbow. It's not much and not enough to say that he'll be able to come back or to avoid surgery, but enough to wonder just how much is the result of what is now being called "biologics." These injections, the common platelet rich plasma (PRP) or newer stem-cell injections like what CC Sabathia had in his knee, are poorly understood but widely used. If Wieters can avoid Tommy John surgery through rehab and biologics, it's a win for him and the team. We should know more in a few weeks as he starts gearing up to swing a bat. For more on Wieters and the biologic therapy the Orioles are gambling on, click here. Cliff Lee It's not just the young pitchers who have elbow problems. Cliff Lee is anything but young, and if you look at his history, you won't find much in the way of arm-injury red flags. There's little or no history. He's very durable and has shown no recovery issues. He wasn't overworked at a young age. Still, he's human and a pitcher, so a flexor-mass issue isn't unheard of. The question now is how long he'll be out. The Phillies tend to be pretty conservative, as they showed earlier this year with Cole Hamels. Lee's return date is up in the air, but that's not a bad thing. Ruben Amaro is saying that Lee won't even start throwing until he's pain-free, according to MLB.com. That's conservative, but smart. The worry now is that stamina will be an issue if he's shut down longer than a couple starts, but I believe that's a bit overblown. If the Phils can't figure out how to use Lee for 50 pitches with a shadow/tandem, they don't deserve to win. Nolan Arenado Mallet finger trumps hitting streak, unfortunately. The talented young Colorado Rockies 3B will shift from a star-making run to the disabled list after a preventable injury. Arenado was injured on a slide, something that could have been prevented by better sliding gloves or a change to the base that has been suggested to baseball for several years. Arenado will miss about six weeks if he can avoid surgery, eight if it's needed in order to correct the fracture and associated tendon issues. As with most finger or thumb injuries, it's grip strength and bat control that will be the toughest part of Arenado's rehab. If he can get healthy on schedule, he's the perfect secondary bat to the middle of the Rockies order. For more info on Arenado's finger, click here. Body and Velocity Dr. Matt Daggett brought up a study of body mass index (BMI) and velocity in a discussion on Twitter. While he had some good points, I wanted more facts. Tyler Brooke dug into the numbers and came up with this quick-and-dirty study, using the top 25 pitchers in terms of velocity and their BMI, taken from their listed height and weight. (Yes, I know the listings are off, by a lot in some case, but it's what's available.) Turns out that there's almost no correlation (R= -0.02948). I'd love to see a bigger study on this, but without kinematics, it's not usable. Quick Cuts Yu Darvish Unremarkable? That's a positive for Yu Darvish coming off a scratched start. Darvish woke up with a stiff neck, the same kind of pain that cost him time at the end of spring training. An MRI showed nothing to speak of, which is good, but this is a recurrent problem that could be back again later. The Texas Rangers have certainly had a hard time with spines over the last few days, losing Matt Harrison and Prince Fielder for the seasons with severe injuries. There's no clear pattern to suggest this is anything but a fluke, but with so many issues besides these three spinal cases, it's hard to see this as anything more than the latest arrow aimed at the Rangers from an angry fate. Mark Teixeira Mark Teixeira had been doing well since his early season DL stint due to his surgically repaired wrist. The inflammation he's experiencing is normal, but it's problematic. The Yankees medical staff will have to figure out how to minimize this, and it may force another DL stint in order to calm things down. Teixeira has shown that his power returned after wrist surgery, but he'll have to show some durability as well. Carlos Beltran Carlos Beltran is swinging a bat. Good sign, yes, given the bone spur that shut him down, but there's no throwing just yet. Beltran could be pushed to DH only, but the Yankees don't have a very flexible roster, and putting him there exposes the rest of the roster. The next step for Beltran will be throwing and hitting against live pitching, but there's a ways to go. If Teixeira is out a while, the 1B option will be open, but it's not clear if that will even be an option for a while. Josh Hamilton It was an odd reason for pausing a rehab assignment. Josh Hamilton has been coming back from thumb surgery, and it was a bone bruise that set him back this week. How that bruise happened is unclear, but the likely culprit is that he's holding the bat differently. He could be squeezing it harder or softer, letting the bat move in his grip. The Angels should know and should be able to pad it for a bit, but it doesn't bode well for his immediate recovery. Grip strength and bat control are the issues for these kinds of comebacks. He hasn't had enough at-bats in Salt Lake to really tell if he's having these troubles, but pitchers are going to know that he doesn't like getting jammed quickly. Watch to see how Hamilton reacts to that—and remember, Albert Pujols also reacts strongly to inside pitches—and if he's able to make contact at his normal rate. Jeremy Hellickson When the Rays lost Matt Moore, the concept was that the team had enough pitching depth to get by. The problem is, it hasn't worked out that way, but not because of the depth. Jeremy Hellickson is in the final stages of his rehab, likely to start a rehab assignment after passing a sim game this week. He could be back after three or four starts—the Rays are conservative with their rehab plans—but whom he will supplant isn't as clear as expected. Erik Bedard has a better ERA than the rest of the current Rays rotation, but don't go stat-head on me. The peripherals aren't there for Bedard, so he's the most likely to go, though it's not quite that simple because of roster rules. The Rays want Hellickson back to improve the rotation for the second half, and they hope where he fits will sort itself out while he builds back up. Chad Billingsley Another complex situation is about to happen for the Dodgers. Chad Billingsley had a mild setback during his rehab, but it came at a good or bad time, depending on how you look at it. Josh Beckett is locked in to the back of the rotation now, just as Billingsley's last PRP injection got him back on track for a return. He's likely to be cleared for a sim game and the rehab assignment just after, but where he goes after that 30 days is an open question. It's a good problem to have, to be sure, but it will be hard to trade any of the guys at the bottom due to injury history. Instead, they'll have to mix and match, perhaps going to a de facto six-man rotation with an odd skip built in and freer usage of them as relievers when available, but is this something we expect Don Mattingly to handle? This will likely end up a problem solved by injury, but "too much pitching" isn't really a problem. Hanley Ramirez The Dodgers have had a tough time getting Hanley Ramirez back on the field and locked in there. He's bounced back and forth with his calf strain, which indicates that he's not comfortable. The Dodgers medical staff isn't the type to rush someone, so this is likely a movement pattern issue where something Ramirez is doing is aggravating the injury and pushing him backwards. Its a tough situation since getting to the root cause is difficult and time consuming. They may have to muddle through as they continue to maintain it and get some distance and healing from the initial injury. Ramirez wants a big new contract, but it's this kind of low-grade injury that he has a tougher time with than the big ones. He needs to prove this kind of thing is an exception rather than the start of a decline phase marked by injuries. Mike Napoli It's been a rough couple weeks for Mike Napoli. He had the flu, a bad hamstring, a calf strain and then capped it off with a dislocated finger that finally pushed him to the DL. Napoli's hip, the big worry that the Red Sox had with him, is fine. Napoli will rest and recharge, with the hope that he re-energizes his bat by getting healthy. Napoli is streaky, but to be streaky, a hitter has to be healthy. Given his injury history, an aging Napoli might decline rapidly with exactly this kind of scattershot problem building up to tear him down. I'm excited about joining MLB Network more often in the future, working with them as their "Injury Insider." I've loved my spots over there and hope I get the chance to tell the story of the doctors and athletic trainers around baseball to even more people. I hope you'll tune in, so follow me on Twitter to get the heads up on those and other TV and radio hits. Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com #MLB #Fantasy #UndertheKnife
14 months ago
2014 NBA Mock Draft: Best Possible Moves for Each 1st-Round Team: Each team is looking for something different for its first-round pick, but this year's NBA draft has something for everyone. Whether a squad wants a high-upside player capable of becom Read more ... ing a star or safe pick who is certain to contribute immediately, solid options are available throughout the first round. The only question is which teams will make smart decisions and which teams will mess up their chances. Although a lot can still change before the June 26 draft, here is a breakdown of the best choice for each of the first 30 picks. 1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas The Cavaliers already have a quality young backcourt between Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, but the team needs to find some balance up front in a two-way player who can be one of the elite centers in the league. Joel Embiid has that ability when healthy. He still has a lot of room to improve, but he could help teams right away with his shot-blocking talent on defense and his finishing ability on offense. According to Ryen Russillo of Grantland, at least one NBA scout is extremely high on the center: My top tier is Embiid, by himself. I think Embiid is the only difference-maker in the group. I like Parker and Wiggins, but if they are your best player, you are going to be in the lottery every year. Embiid has natural instincts. I doubt he was coached on much of this stuff, considering how quick his stops have been, and that he just started playing basketball. The only question is his back injury, which seems to be a serious concern for Cleveland, according to Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio: If the medical staff feels Embiid is healthy, though, this would be a no-brainer pick. 2. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas When people pick apart Andrew Wiggins' game, they are simply looking for something to complain about. The young player has as much upside as anyone in the class with the talent to be a star for whichever team drafts him. Milwaukee needs a prospect to build around, and Wiggins can be that person thanks to his all-around game that is still getting better. 3. Philadelphia 76ers: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke Jabari Parker is the most NBA-ready player in the draft. He has a wide offensive game that allows him to score in a bunch of different ways, something that will lead to a high scoring average right away. If he is drafted by the 76ers, Parker would immediately become the go-to option offensively and could be an early contender for Rookie of the Year. 4. Orlando Magic: Dante Exum, PG, Australia Although he is not a household name just yet, Dante Exum has all the tools you look for in a point guard. He has good size and the quickness necessary to get down the court and into the lane to make plays. Orlando can take Exum and pair him with Victor Oladipo to create an interchangeable backcourt that can succeed for years to come. 5. Utah Jazz: Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky Julius Randle was dominant at Kentucky while using his size and strength to manhandle opponents in the low post. Although there are better athletes in the NBA, he will be able to keep making plays inside. While he might not have as high a ceiling as others in the lottery, Randle is a safe pick who knows how to contribute on a basketball court. 6. Boston Celtics: Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana The Celtics have to look for potential game-changers in this draft to help the rebuilding process and get back to the playoffs. Noah Vonleh is the best available as a quality inside scorer who can also step out and hit a three-point shot. While the Indiana product lacked assertiveness in college, his wide skill set should allow him to be successful at the next level. 7. Los Angeles Lakers: Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State Marcus Smart has plenty of confidence in himself as a player and a leader. According to Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders, the point guard explained why this would make him a good fit with the Lakers: The [Lakers are] interested. I’ve seen that. They found out a little bit more about me – not just as a player, but as a person. They were very interested… I think it would be a good fit. They’re looking for a point guard. Someone that can come in and man that team and take control, and you know that’s the type of person I am. I’m a leader, and I feel like it would be a perfect fit. This makes a lot of sense from a rebuilding perspective, as Smart is the type of player who simply makes teams better. He has a high motor that allows him to make plays on both ends of the court, and he could represent the start of a rebuilding process in Los Angeles. While there are still doubts about his ability to shoot from the outside, that has not stopped players such as Rajon Rondo from being successful point guards. 8. Sacramento Kings: Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona Athleticism goes a long way in the NBA, regardless of what else you can do. A leaper such as Aaron Gordon can be a productive shot-blocker on the defensive end while also consistently throwing down big dunks on offense. With Sacramento, Gordon can be brought along slowly before eventually pairing with DeMarcus Cousins to create a formidable frontcourt. 9. Charlotte Hornets (via Detroit Pistons): Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton Charlotte reached the playoffs last year, but the squad still needs a lot of help before contending for a title. One area of need is an outside shooter who can spread the floor for Al Jefferson to continue making plays inside. Doug McDermott is arguably the best shooter in the class, and he can get points in a bunch of different ways, as he did at Creighton. Even if he does not become a star at the next level, he will be a useful contributor throughout his career. 10. Philadelphia 76ers (via New Orleans Pelicans): Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State Even after adding Parker with the first pick, Philadelphia should have no problem continuing to add perimeter talent in the form of Gary Harris. The Michigan State product is a good defender who also has shown the ability to be a go-to option on offense. All of a sudden, the 76ers will have a very nice core with Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel to go with Parker and Harris. 11. Denver Nuggets: Dario Saric, SF, Croatia The biggest thing keeping Dario Saric from being an even earlier pick is unfamiliarity. However, he has an impressive set of skills that makes him like a guard who happens to be 6'10". Denver had a rough season and needs to take prospects who can be stars at the next level, and Saric is by far the best available. 12. Orlando Magic (via New York Knicks): Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State After solidifying the backcourt with Exum, the Magic need to get more offensive talent who can help out in the frontcourt. Adreian Payne could be that addition as an athletic forward who can also consistently hit shots from the outside. Although he is relatively old (23) compared to others in the draft, he still has room to grow and can help out significantly at the next level. 13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan Nik Stauskas is one of the better offensive players in this class, as he can create his own shot or open up opportunities for others. He became a leader for Michigan this past season and can continue that success in the NBA. Although the Timberwolves already have Kevin Martin, Stauskas can be a valuable addition to increase the backcourt scoring and help Minnesota compete with some of the other high-scoring teams in the West. 14. Phoenix Suns: James Young, SF, Kentucky The NBA scouting combine seems to hurt prospects more than it helps them once teams realize that most players are smaller than their listed heights from college. However, James Young did not disappoint with his measurements, via Chad Ford of ESPN: His length allows him to get shots off against almost anyone who would be guarding him, and he has the potential to be a very good shooter. Additionally, he knows how to attack the basket and finish in traffic when needed. He certainly showed that ability in the national championship game: There are concerns about his defense, but Young still has plenty of time to improve in all areas. He represents a lot of upside that could help the Suns down the line. 15. Atlanta Hawks: Rodney Hood, SF, Duke Although Parker got most of the headlines at Duke last season, Rodney Hood was often just as effective. The forward made big plays throughout the year as a versatile player who can score on the outside or drive in and score in the paint. The Hawks desperately need scoring depth, and Hood is someone who can provide it right away. 16. Chicago Bulls (via Charlotte Hornets): Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse Derrick Rose is the man in Chicago when he's healthy, but that has not been too often in the past two years. The Bulls need to start thinking about a contingency plan at point guard in the form of Tyler Ennis. While Chicago had two effective point guards last season between Kirk Hinrich and D.J. Augustin, neither was capable of truly running an offense that ended up being last in the league in scoring. Ennis can improve the unit and get the most out of everyone involved, which will be useful whether or not Rose plays. 17. Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn Nets): Zach LaVine, PG, UCLA Zach LaVine became one of the quickest-rising players in the class after scouts were able to see what he can do with his impressive athleticism and pure speed. He has the potential to be a quality scorer in the NBA whether he does it from the point guard or shooting guard position. While his lack of playing time in college will likely drop him out of the lottery, he becomes a worthwhile risk for the Celtics at this stage. 18. Phoenix Suns (via Washington Wizards): Clint Capela, PF, Switzerland Although Clint Capela is incredibly raw, he can contribute early on with his rebounding and shot-blocking ability. Those are things the Suns lacked while attempting to reach the playoffs last season. Capela could step in and develop along with the young team to help the organization get back toward contention. 19. Chicago Bulls: T.J. Warren, SF, North Carolina State While Ennis can come in and improve the flow of the offense, the Bulls still need people capable of putting the ball in the basket. The good news is that T.J. Warren is one of the best in the class in this area. The North Carolina State star almost single-handedly carried the squad to the NCAA tournament last season as one of the top scorers in the country. He has a deadly mid-range game and should be able to help the Bulls right away on the offensive end. 20. Toronto Raptors: Kyle Anderson, SF, UCLA Kyle Anderson might not be the quickest or most athletic person in the draft, but he knows how to play basketball. The versatile player was a 6'9" point guard last season, although he likely projects as a wing in the NBA. No matter where he lines up, Anderson will utilize his great passing ability and vision to improve a unit that tended to be inefficient at times last season. 21. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Dallas Mavericks): Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia It is clear that Oklahoma City needs more depth in the frontcourt, and Jusuf Nurkic can provide it. He already has an effective scoring approach with strong on-ball defense, but he has the potential to be even better. While the team drafted Steven Adams last season, Nurkic can provide even more depth for a squad looking to contend for a championship. 22. Memphis Grizzlies: Cleanthony Early, SF, Wichita State Memphis is another team that simply needs to find players capable of scoring. Cleanthony Early proved throughout last season that he can help out in that area. The small forward knows how to create his own shot and should remain an effective scorer at the next level. Additionally, he is a tough defender who can fit in right away with what the Grizzlies do best. 23. Utah Jazz (via Golden State Warriors): P.J. Hairston, SG, Texas Legends (NBDL) P.J. Hairston was a promising prospect at North Carolina, but he was removed from the program when he was caught receiving improper benefits. The good news for the guard is that NBA teams do not seem to care about this issue, according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated: Meanwhile, the lack of consistency is a problem, but he is as good as anyone when he is hot. He had multiple 40-point games with the Texas Legends and can be an elite outside shooter any coach would love. He is not a complete player, but he is someone who can get points right away for the Jazz after the team lacked many scoring options this past year. 24. Charlotte Hornets (via Portland Trail Blazers): Jerami Grant, PF, Syracuse While Jefferson had a huge year for Charlotte, he received very little help in the frontcourt. The Hornets need to bring in someone capable of providing rebounding help to match the bigger teams in the Eastern Conference. Jerami Grant might not be able to shoot from the outside, but he can be an effective rebounder and inside scorer who helps right away, similar to what Mason Plumlee did with the Brooklyn Nets this past season. 25. Houston Rockets: K.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson Although size is important in the NBA, you want athletes capable of playing bigger than their height. K.J. McDaniels played like a center last season despite his size at 6'6". He does have the athleticism to remain a wing in the NBA, but he is an above-average shot-blocker who will be effective in this area no matter where he lands. With Houston, he can help a team that struggled defensively all year long. 26. Miami Heat: Nick Johnson, SG, Arizona Nick Johnson lacks ideal height for a 2-guard at 6'3", but he knows how to make plays on both ends of the court. He is someone who likes the ball in his hands in big situations and knows how to make the most of every situation. While he will not be a star for the Heat, he can provide plenty of depth in the backcourt and become a go-to option for the second unit. 27. Phoenix Suns (Indiana Pacers): Shabazz Napier, PG, Connecticut Although Shabazz Napier was a star in college, he does not have the size NBA teams want in a starting point guard at 6'0". The best-case scenario is that he becomes a star off the bench who gets points in bunches. Phoenix already has a solid backcourt between Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic, but the squad would love to have another option such as Napier to get quality minutes and improve going forward. 28. Los Angeles Clippers: Mitch McGary, PF, Michigan Although Mitch McGary missed most of last season due to injury, he is worth a shot for a team with a relatively complete roster. Los Angeles has talent at every spot, but the squad could use a tough player capable of bringing down rebounds. McGary has a high motor, which allows him to get almost every loose ball on both ends of the court. ESPN's Tim McCormick thinks this skill will be even better going forward based on his mindset: The Michigan product can provide important minutes in the rotation and should be able to stick around for a long time in this league. 29. Oklahoma City Thunder: C.J. Wilcox, SG, Washington C.J. Wilcox might not have tons of upside, but he is one of the more efficient scorers in the class. He can simply get into the lane and find ways to score at or above the rim. Although the Thunder have some of the best scorers in the league already on the roster, they can use even more depth to help out when Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook is struggling. 30. San Antonio Spurs: Elfrid Payton, PG, Louisiana-Lafayette While Tony Parker remains the point guard for San Antonio and shows no signs of slowing down, the Spurs would be smart to draft a high-upside player who can learn from the veteran and possibly take over in a few years. Elfrid Payton is very quick and has the ability to put up points in a hurry. Although he could use some more development to become a better passer, he will have plenty of time to improve in this situation. Follow Rob Goldberg on Twitter for the latest breaking news and analysis. Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com #Basketball #NBA #NBADraft #Opinion #fantasybasketball
2014 NBA Mock Draft: Best Possible Moves for Each 1st-Round Team
Each team is looking for something different for its first-round pick, but this year's NBA draft has something for everyone. Whether a squad wants a high-upside player capable of becoming a star or safe pick who is certain to contribute immediately, Read more ... solid options are available throughout the...
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Trevor Too bad this wasn't televised Melissa Smith.
Wildwood Bronc' Bustin'
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WE HAVE THE DRAW FOR WBB, SEE WHAT GREAT HORSES THESE SADDLEBRONC RIDERS ARE MATCHED UP WITH!
DRAW FOR WILDWOOD BRONC BUSTIN
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JIM BERRY ROCKY MTN HOUSE AB-- C5S 426 ARIKARA
RYLAN GEIGE Read more ... R BRACKEN SK-- C5S 47 BONANZA
TODD HERZOG PENHOLD AB--C5S STORM WARNING
LAYTON GREEN MEETING CREEK AB--FS 324 DEEP CREEK
DELANO KJOS FORT ST JOHN BC--FS U18 ROLLIN SMOKE
LEVI HARBIN PEERS AB--FS 42 SWOOPS
JUSTIN MESTON TEES AB--C5S 703 THUNDER BAY
JOSH HARDEN BIG VALLEY AB--FS V72 SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS
CALL MARR TWIN BUTTE AB--FS 323 BIG DREAMS
SAM KELTS MILLARVILLE AB--FS 644 THUNDERSTORM
COLE NEELY DUCHESS AB--C5S 704 BAY BOY
ADAM GILCHRIST MAPLE CREEK SK--FS 43 BAR 43
KYLE THOMSON LUNDBRECK AB--C5S 71 CHRISTY
CLINTON COX ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE AB-
-FS 09 AFTER MIDNNIGHT
CHET JOHNSON DOUGLAS WY--C5S 102 RED TIDE
RYAN MACKENZIE HOMEDALE, ID-- C5S 49 FIRE WORKS
CORT SCHEER ELSMERE NE--FS 33 ALASKA PETE
TYLER CORRINGTON HASTINGS MN--C5S V31 BETTY BUCKS
DUSTY HAUSAUER DICKINSON ND--FS 228 ANOTHER BLUE
TROY CROWSER WHITEWOOD SD--C5S 51 COOL WATERS
JUSTIN BERG WAINWRIGHT AB--C5S E27 KLINGS FLING
CHAD THOMSON BLACK DIAMOND AB --FS 013 JUST MY LUCK
JAKE BROWN PONOKA, AB--FS U51 FLAT OUT
COLEMAN WATT HARDISTY AB--FS 199 SCOTTISH LASS
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14 months ago
NBA Lottery 2014: Live Stream Info, Team Odds, Latest Rumors Surrounding Draft: The future of 14 NBA franchises will soon be dictated by several swirling Ping-Pong balls at the 2014 NBA draft lottery. While the actual draft itself is far more importa Read more ... nt than the lottery selection show, Times Square Studios in New York City will play host to an important event in its own right. The lottery can drastically impact the way the early picks of Round 1 play out. With so many possibilities, the scenarios for teams are endless. Chad Ford of ESPN broke down every possible scenario: Given the brevity of the lottery, you won't want to miss it. Below is all the information you'll need to watch along with every team's odds at receiving the top pick and even some of the latest NBA draft rumors. 2014 NBA Draft Lottery Schedule When: Tuesday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET Watch: ESPN Stream: WatchESPN Odds Below is a table with odds for the 14 teams in the running for the No. 1 overall selection. Draft Rumors Pre-Draft Trading on the Horizon? The days leading up to the NBA draft usually feature a trade or two, with most of the trade action coming on draft day itself. Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com claims that we could see a lot more trading going on before the draft this year: The basketball portion of the pre-draft combine ended Friday with a growing sense that the period leading to the June 26 NBA Draft could include more trade activity than usual since several lottery regulars want big improvements now via a veteran rather than wait for another prospect to develop, executives and scouts told NBA.com. The alignment of aggressive sellers with increased interest among potential buyers has created the possibility of major shifts over the next six weeks amid the obvious boost of the top selections having far more value than those who headlined what has so far turned out to be a poor 2013 draft. But what type of veteran talent could be on the move? One name that has been popping up quite a bit recently is Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Love hasn't been shy about letting people know it, either, as SportsCenter's official Twitter account noted: Aside from free agency, when Carmelo Anthony is free to go where he pleases, a trade of Love would likely be the most significant deal done this offseason. It will be interesting to see if he gets moved before he becomes an unrestricted free agent after next season. Is Boston Targeting Julius Randle? The Boston Celtics will likely have a high pick in the lottery, so they'll have a large crop of prospects to choose from. Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe tweets that they have shown enough interest in Julius Randle to bring him in for an interview: I find it interesting that Boston would be interested in Randle. It already has Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk in the frontcourt—two young players with a ton of untapped potential. Randle is a special talent, but this team has other needs that it can address. Assuming they pick at No. 5 like the odds suggest, the Celtics could presumably grab Dante Exum or Marcus Smart to add depth to the backcourt. Both players are capable of playing the 2. Avery Bradley has shown inconsistencies at the position, so at the very least, Bradley and either Exum or Smart can split time at the position. From a talent perspective, Randle is deserving of a pick in that area of the draft. It's not a great fit in Boston, though. Chicago Wants Shooters The Chicago Bulls got bounced early from the playoffs by the Washington Wizards in part because shooting consistently was difficult for the team. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bulls are aware of this and want to draft a shooter like Rodney Hood or Doug McDermott. Hood is aware of the team's issues shooting consistently, and he told Johnson that he can help right away: "I watched them pretty much all season, and I think they're a shooter away from making that next jump. They had Mike Dunleavy but other than that, they really don't have too many shooters. I can come in and stretch the floor right away." Hood will bring athleticism and that ability to stretch the floor to the team if selected, but McDermott is also a proficient shooter. He seems comfortable playing for Chicago as well, via Johnson: "He [Kyle Korver] loved playing for Coach [Tom] Thibodeau. I know this would be a great spot for me. I really like where they're going and how comfortable I was in that meeting. They're real familiar with my game and have seen me play a lot." But which player is the better fit? I'm leaning toward Hood at this point because of his athleticism. When Derrick Rose is healthy, Chicago can run an extremely athletic offense. McDermott is no slouch on the court, but Hood is the far better athlete. A combination of Rose and Hood in the backcourt has the potential to be a scary matchup for defenses. Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com #Basketball #NBA #NBADraft #PreviewPrediction #fantasybasketball
15 months ago
KINGSPORT SPEEDWAY – “TECHNOLOGIES OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA NIGHT AT THE RACES” – MAY 16, 2014
NASCAR WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES LATE MODEL STOCK (TWIN # 1 - 35 laps)
Showing Finish Position, Starting Position In Parentheses, Driver Name, Car Read more ... Number, Hometown, Laps Completed In Parentheses
1. (1) Chad Finchum #19-Knoxville, TN (35)
2. (3) Kres VanDyke #15-Claypool Hill, VA (35)
3. (6) Zeke Shell #97-Johnson City, TN (35)
4. (8) Ryan Stiltner #22-Grundy, VA (35)
5. (4) Ronnie McCarty #5-Kingsport, TN (35)
6. (7) Paul Nogradi Jr. #02-Clinton, TN (35)
7. (9) Tyler Goodwin #64-Kingsport, TN (35)
8. (11) Wayne Hale #19-Bluff City, TN (35)
9. (12) Joey Trent #26-Gray, TN (33)
10. (16) Bruce Blessing #55-Gate City, VA (33)
11. (15) Austin Peters #48-Kingsport, TN (33)
12. (13) Allen Hawkins #14-Kingsport, TN (33)
13. (14) Sam Steffey #35-Abingdon, VA (33)
14. (10) Zack Walton #1-Blountville, TN (33)
15. (19) Greg Bohanon Jr. #17-Leicester, NC (33)
16. (18) Phil Harris #55-Johnson City, TN (33)
17. (17) Rick Pannell #33-Kingsport, TN (33)
18. (20) Luke Fox #94-Weaverville, NC (31)
19. (2) Lee Tissot #7-Asheville, NC (7)
20. (5) Justin Fontaine #60-Fletcher, NC (6)
21. (21) Keith Stiltner #2-Grundy, VA (6)
22. (22) Wayne Salyers #5-Kingsport, TN (2)
NASCAR WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES LATE MODEL STOCK (TWIN # 2 - 35 laps)
Showing Finish Position, Starting Position In Parentheses, Driver Name, Car Number, Hometown, Laps Completed In Parentheses
1. (2) Kres VanDyke #15-Claypool Hill, VA (35)
2. (19) Lee Tissot #7-Asheville, NC (35)
3. (4) Ryan Stiltner #22-Grundy, VA (35)
4. (7) Tyler Goodwin #64-Kingsport, TN (35)
5. (3) Chad Finchum #19-Knoxville, TN (35)
6. (1) Zeke Shell #97-Johnson City, TN (35)
7. (6) Paul Nogradi Jr. #02-Clinton, TN (35)
8. (8) Wayne Hale #19-Bluff City, TN (35)
9. (11) Austin Peters #48-Kingsport, TN (35)
10. (15) Greg Bohanon Jr. #17-Leicester, NC (35)
11. (10) Bruce Blessing #55-Gate City, VA (35)
12. (16) Phil Harris #55-Johnson City, TN (35)
13. (17) Rick Pannell #33-Kingsport, TN (34)
14. (13) Sam Steffey #35-Abingdon, VA (34)
15. (12) Allen Hawkins #14-Kingsport, TN (33)
16. (20) Justin Fontaine #60-Fletcher, NC (26)
17. (5) Ronnie McCarty #5-Kingsport, TN (22)
18. (9) Joey Trent #26-Gray, TN (20)
19. (18) Luke Fox #94-Weaverville, NC (20)
20. (14) Zack Walton #1-Blountville, TN (17)
21. (21) Keith Stiltner #2-Grundy, VA (8)
Did Not Start: Wayne Salyers #5-Kingsport, TN
STREET STOCK (30 laps)
1) Alan Rich #03; 2) Rob Austin #25; 3) Nick Cole #63; 4) Jared Broadbent #74; 5) Chris Tunnell #6; 6) Steve Sims #10; 7) Mark Christian #43; 8) Jamie Meadows #11; 9) Sam P. Hurd #11; 10) Danny Casteel #41; 11) Tony Mullenix #70; 12) Royce Peters #48 – Did Not Start: David Schmidt #20
PURE 4 (25 laps)
1) Keith Helton #74; 2) Jason Ketron #28; 3) Jon Pittman #00; 4) Bruce Crumbley #33; 5) David Trent #57; 6) John Ketron #26; 7) Tim Jennings #16; 8) Tim Abelseth #66; 9) Richard Quillen #14; 10) Darrell Whitehead #44; 11) Matthew Ford #19; 12) B.C. Penley #44; 13) Kenneth Street #2; 14) Todd Cross #41 – Did Not Pass Post Race Tech: Billy Ketron #27
MOD 4 (20 laps)
1) Kirby Gobble #88; 2) Rocky Yates #3; 3) Dennis Arnold #7; 4) Duke Bare #2; 5) Billy Duty #7; 6) Chris Amburgey #7; 7) Nick Cole #77; 8) Mike Williams #5; 9) Jessie Amburgey #17; 10) Luke Fox #94
ROOKIE PURE 4 (20 laps)
1) Michael Jeter #53; 2) James Deese #25; 3) Brandon Crumbley #7; 4) Andrew Hill #97; 5) Craig Phelps #00; 6) Tim Jennings #16; 7) Derek Gilliam #34; 8) Chris Wilhelm #99; 9) William Hale #47; 10) Gary Crumbley #59; 11) Larry Stapleton #14; 12) Tammy Cross #41; 13) Larry Bowens #18
LEGEND (10 laps)
1) Derek Lane #19; 2) David Wright #9; 3) Trey Lane #28
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15 months ago
Keith Ray Lewis dropped dat clown....then went bout his business... Nicole Austin
15 months ago
Alida How could the not see each other the helments
15 months ago
NFL Draft 2014: Mobile Accessible Grades for Each Team's Overall Results: After seven rounds of steals, reaches and stunning selections, the 2014 NFL draft is over, and fans want to know what grade their team received for their overall results. While Read more ... teams like the Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars had excellent drafts, there were teams like the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles that faltered under the pressure and had a lackluster selection process. Here are the draft grades for every team in the NFL. Team That Thrived on Draft Day: Jacksonville Jaguars There were many teams that filled needs or selected the best player available in the 2014 NFL draft, but no franchise executed its game plan to perfection better than the Jacksonville Jaguars. After another terrible season in Jacksonville, the franchise used nine selections (including four in the top 100 picks) to build for the future by selecting players who would have a long-term impact on the organization. There were many experts who liked the decisions the Jaguars made during the draft, and ESPN’s Mel Kiper gave Jacksonville an “A” grade, according to NFL on ESPN’s Twitter account: No player stands out more than Central Florida quarterback prospect and No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles. With the raw size (6’5”, 232 lbs) and strength to be a star in the NFL, Jacksonville has found its franchise QB. After being selected with the Jaguars' first-round pick, Bortles told Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com about the importance of throwing at the scouting combine: I love to compete. I love to play football and I mean anytime somebody's going to ask you to throw at the combine, you get an opportunity to do that in front of every single NFL coach and GM in the country, I don't know what's wrong with you if you don't take that challenge on and go compete. The most exciting part of the Bortles selection is that he will not be expected to start right away. With Chad Henne already dubbed the starter, as general manager David Caldwell told DiRocco, Bortles will have the necessary time to acclimate to the NFL before ever stepping onto the field. While the franchise is clearly building to the future, Jacksonville made smart additions with wide receivers Marqise Lee (39th overall) and Allen Robinson (61st overall) when each fell to the second round. When Bortles is ready to play, he will have weapons to utilize. The Jaguars also grabbed a value pick in the third round when Miami (Florida) guard Brandon Linder fell to them at No. 93 overall, and they followed it up with the risky pick of Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin at No. 114 overall. Colvin suffered a knee injury during the Senior Bowl, but the Jaguars saw enough in the prospect to take the educated gamble in the fourth round. If the tall defensive back recovers and lives up to expectations, this will be a steal. Jacksonville finished out its draft by taking Florida State inside linebacker Telvin Smith (114th overall), Arkansas defensive end Chris Smith (159th overall), Virginia center Luke Bowanko (205th overall) and Central Florida running back Storm Johnson (222nd overall). Not only did the team fill major needs across the depth chart, but the Jaguars also managed to get value at each and every pick. This was a smart fundamental draft for Jacksonville and should lead the franchise to a more successful future. Overall Grade: A- *Stats via NFL.com. Follow @Donald_Wood Read more NFL news on BleacherReport.com #Football #NFL #Opinion #2014NFLDraft
15 months ago
‘You Can’t Base Your Policy On What’s Trending On Twitter’
It is easier to have interaction via social media than taking action.
The administration is right to address the kidnapping of hundreds of young girls in Nigeria, but its decision t Read more ... o not designate Boko Haram as a terrorist group years ago displays a failure to take these foreign policy issues seriously, says Representative Mike Rogers (R., Mich.).
“You can’t base your policy on what’s trending on Twitter,” said Rogers, who serves as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on Face the Nation. “It has to be more than hashtags and selfies.”
Rogers outlined other examples of threats and dangerous situations abroad that are largely going unaddressed under this administration, particularly those affecting and harming women, such as those in Chad, Afghanistan, Syria, and elsewhere.
“This is going to continue to happen unless we have a robust, holistic approach to what is radicalism and extremism popping up around the world,” he said.
15 months ago
Ame Great interview. Here's some info you may not have known about Captain! Thanks Chad Johnson and Athlete Interviews
15 months ago
Josh Chad Johnson might not be playing in the NFL but he's doing random acts of kindness on Twitter
15 months ago
MIA Chad Johnson is the Twitter Santa!
15 months ago
Ame Check out Chad Johnson's interview with legendary running back Roger Craig!
Athlete Interviews via Twitter : Get to Know @histepper33 Roger Craig
Aspiring sports journalist trying to make a name for himself. Most interview requests are sent via Twitter. I like to ask the questions most reporters don't. Be sure to like my facebook page by clicking the "Like" button on the right. Thank you!
15 months ago
Czarneski Collects $1000 in First Race of the Red, White and Blue Series at 141 Speedway
By Greg Aregoni
(Francis Creek)- The Red, White and Blue Series was put together to find out who the best local driver in the IMCA Modified division was. With Read more ... a 604 Crate Motor to the winner of the series on the line; Tim Czarneski was the man to step up and win round one in a field of 39 cars. A total of 145 cars checked into the pits to compete.
Other feature winners on the evening included Rod Snellenberger(IMCA Stockcars) Kevin Bethke(IMCA Sportmods) Greg Haese(Grand National) Mike Conard(Street Stocks) and Matt Brehmer(4 Cylinders)
Darren Duffy traveled from Urban, IA to join his Wisconsin competitors for night number one of the Red, White, and Blue Series. He found himself the early leader of the IMCA Modified feature. The race saw early cautions put a halt to the race. Duffy jumped up front early and often and put distance on the field through the first five laps. Tim Czarneski found the highline on the track and started to real in Duffy. “I wanted to pass him off of turn 2 when I caught him but he pushed in corners three and four so that's when I dove inside for the lead.” Czarneski on his race winning pass. Czarneski moved down low as Duffy pushed and moved into the lead on lap eight. Czarneski moved back on top and left everyone to fight behind. With Duffy solidly in second by himself the final half of the race would be a battle with Shawn Kilgore, Benji LaCrosse and Brad Lautenbach. Czarneski would graze the wall with a lap to go but nothing would be hurt as he casted his name to the ballot in the the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational race with his ¾ of a straightaway win. Duffy came to Wisconsin to earn second place money. Kilgore would beat LaCrosse to the line for the third. Lautenbach started in 17th as he flew to the front to finish fifth.
Talladega pack racing could describe to IMCA Stockcar Feature race. After problems on opening night, Dustin Loberger shot out in front to the 22 car starting field. Loberger used to top of the track to gain advantage of the field. Loberger would lead through a series of caution early in the race. John Heinz, Rod Snellenberger, Scott Stewart would and Luke Lemmens would be able to join the leader after a caution would setup an epic final seven laps. Heinz and Snellenberger found momentum on the bottom of the track and give Loberger room on top. With a three wide battle right behind the front duo there was no room for error. Heinz would finally grab the lead down low with three laps to go. Snellenberger stayed right on the tires as Heinz was forced to move up off of turn two. As they came to the white flag Heinz led by a nose. Snellenberger again stayed low as they evened up off of turn two. Three wide racing for third was right behind with five guys having a shot in the final corner. Snellenberger found just enough off of the final corner to edge Heinz by a bumper. Snellenberger stayed perfect on the season as Heinz wound up second. Loberger finished third and picked up an extra $170 in lap leader money. Stewart edged out Lemmens for fourth.
Kevin Bethke entered IMCA Sportmod Feature action Saturday night without ever winning a sanctioned event. One caution and 20 laps later that would all change. In a race where he went unchallenged besides the one restart, Bethke never missed a beat and hit all his marks. Bethke started on the front row and stayed on a rail throughout the race. He would pick up his first career sanctioned win by a near full straightaway. Hunter Parsons would win a race long battle with Brandon Long to win the coveted runner-up position. Mike Dauphinais made a late race charge to finish in the claim area. Brian Bruechert rounded out the top five.
Mike Conard made quick work of the Street Stock division in week two. Conard dove down on the first lap and went from third to first in turn four. Conard would have to be patient through a caution but then would go right back to work. Conard pulled away from the field as the point leaders had to come from deep in the field. Defending champion Paul Diefenthaler made his way to second halfway through the race. Shawn Haydon won his consolation race and started 16th in the feature. He would make his way through the field. Both drivers needed a caution that never flew. Conard would win the main event and score a clean sweep on the evening. Diefenthaler had a comfortable distance on Haydon at the finish line. Josh McDonald ran to a solid fourth with rookie driver Sawyer Haese fifth.
Defending champion Kevin Naidl started on the front row of the Grand National feature and led the opening two circuits. Problems would sideline the leader turning the top spot over to Greg Haese. Haese would have a straightaway lead halfway through the feature. Haese would never relinquish the lead on the way to the win. Chad Ninmer made a strong charge to finish second in the caution free race. Shawn Schmitt won the battle for the third over Nick Strobbe Jr. Brad Lubach finished fifth in his first race of the season at the speedway.
Matt Brehmer and Shaun Bangart sent the fans home happy with a great battle in the 4 Cylinder Feature. Brehmer started seventh and flew to the front with Bangart in tow. Bangart closed the gap in the waning laps and bump drafted Brehmer a few times on the final laps. Brehmer was able to cling to the lead and the win. He is still perfect on the season in feature action. Bangart finished in a close second. Scott Johnson finished third with Adam Broehm and Grant Kastning also also with top five runs.
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IMCA Modified Feature- 1. Tim Czarneski 2. Darrin Duffy 3. Shawn Kilgore 4. Benji LaCrosse 5. Brad Lautenbach
Consy #1 Lautenbach
#2 Brian Mullen
Heats- #1 1. Kilgore 2. Jamie Schmidt
#2 1. Lance Arneson 2. Jeremy Jacobs
#3 1. Eddie Muenster 2. Marcus Yarie
#4 1. Czarneski 2. Mike Mullen
IMCA Stockcar Feature- 1. Rod Snellenberger 2. John Heinz 3. Dustin Loberger 4. Scott Stewart 5. Luke Lemmens
Heat #1 1. Loberger 2. Lemmens
#2 1. Larry Karcz Jr 2. Justin Jacobson
#3 1. Heinz 2. Stewart
IMCA Sportmod Feature- 1. Kevin Bethke 2. Hunter Parsons 3. Brandon Long 4. Mike Dauphinais 5. Brian Bruechert
Consy- 1. Troy DeGrave
Heats- #1 1. Race VanPay 2. Bruechert
#2 1. Parsons 2. Ryan Lemieux
#3 1. Greg Potts 2. Bethke
Street Stock Feature- 1. Mike Conard 2. Paul Diefenthaler 3. Shawn Haydon 4. Josh McDonald 5. Sawyer Haese
Consy- 1. Haydon
Heats- #1 1. McDonald 2. Ray Fuller
#2 1. Diefenthaler 2. Tim Mueller
#3 1. Conard 2. Fred Davister
Grand National Feature- 1. Greg Haese 2. Chad Ninmer 3. Shawn Schmitt 4. Nick Strobbe Jr 5. Brad Lubach
Heats #1 1. Haese 2. Aaron Hauck
#2 1. Lubach 2. Ninmer
4 Cylinder Feature- 1. Matt Brehmer 2. Shaun Bangart 3. Scott Johnson 4. Adam Broehm 5. Grant Kastning
Heats- #1 1. Brehmer 2. Broehm
#2 1. Bangart 2. Mathias Prouty
15 months ago
Nanita CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE!!!!
YEAH FOR CHAD JOHNSON.
•maybe he'll stay off Twitter•
16 months ago
Andrew plz go away...
16 months ago
Chad Johnson is headed north of the border.
The six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL on Thursday, the team announced on Twitter.
Johnson, who once changed his last name to Ochocinco, could be hearing a lot o Read more ... f "O Canada" this summer. His signing comes two days after he was with the Alouettes for the start of their three-day minicamp.
Johnson, 36, last appeared in an NFL game during the 2011 season with New England. He was in training camp with the Dolphins -- his hometown team -- the next summer, but his contract was terminated a day after he was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery.
A plea deal was eventually worked out, but after a probation violation Johnson wound up going to jail for a few days anyway after a judge objected to the way he slapped his attorney on the backside in celebration.
The Alouettes have a history of not judging players by their checkered pasts, as evidenced by how they once gave former Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips a chance on what became a Grey Cup-winning team in Montreal.
The CFL game is very much passing-friendly, and that can be at least partially attributed to several rules deviations from the NFL game.
Teams in the CFL have only three downs to gain 10 yards instead of four. The field is 10 yards longer from goal line to goal line, is about 10 yards wider, and the end zones are 20 yards deep -- twice as deep as those used in high school, college and pro play in the U.S.
16 months ago
Chad Johnson is back in football.
It's not exactly what the one-time star receiver envisioned, probably, but it'll do. Johnson, who is mostly known for his time with the Bengals, has signed with the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes, the Read more ... league announced.
BREAKING: The @MTLAlouettes have signed @Ochocinco. Details to come. #CFL
— CFL Official Feed (@CFL) April 17, 2014
IT'S OFFICIAL: @ochocinco puts pen to paper with @PoppJim. Bienvenue à #HuitCinq chez les #Alouettes! #CFL #LCF pic.twitter.com/yKkRlBwU7y
— Montreal Alouettes (@MTLAlouettes) April 17, 2014
It's unlikely that this could lead to a NFL return. He's 36 and his last four seasons in the NFL weren't too productive. He was cut by the Dolphins before the 2012 season after he was arrested on simple battery/domestic violence charges. Johnson has let it be known, mostly through his Twitter feed, how much he regrets how his time in the NFL ended.
The CFL isn't the NFL, but that's fine with him.
"A dream of mine since I was 4 years old was taken from me, rightfully so, by my wrongdoings and I just want to get back to doing something that I love to do, regardless of where it is," Johnson said, according to the New York Daily News. "Montreal, flag football, back in the street the way I grew up. I just want to play football.”
Johnson is taking a rather unusual path. There aren't many established NFL stars who have gone to play in Canada after the NFL wouldn't give them a job. Running back Ricky Williams (who was suspended for a year by the NFL), defensive end Mark Gastineau, running back Lawrence Phillips and receiver Andre Rison are a few who have played in Canada after starring in the United States. Others, like Warren Moon, Doug Flutie or Cameron Wake have gone to the NFL after showing off their pro talent in Canada first. But reviving a once-successful NFL career by going to Canada first is very rare.
Johnson is, by all accounts, in great shape, and he's likely to be motivated after being out of football. Will a strong showing in Canada be enough to get even one NFL team interested in him? That's unlikely, but it sounds like the NFL isn't consuming his thoughts right now. He just wanted to be on a team again. If nothing else, the CFL should be even more entertaining because of him.
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16 months ago
Lauren Chad (@ochocinco) Johnson signing with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.... pic.twitter.com/SVS5uYgD6H
16 months ago
The Ex-NFL Star Chad 'Ochocinco' Johnson Scores a Touchdown for Bitcoin Awareness on Twitter http://buff.ly/1m6y4rb
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The Ex-NFL Star Chad 'Ochocinco' Johnson Scores a Touchdown for Bitcoin Awareness on Twitter http://buff.ly/1m6y4rb
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Cryptowomen More and more people are asking 'What is Bitcoin?' Former NFL Star Chad 'Ochocinco' Johnson asked the same question and headed to Twitter to find out! ~kjm
16 months ago
Brandon Chad Johnson lol
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GBSH Ex-NFL Star Chad 'Ochocinco' Johnson Scores a Touchdown for Bitcoin Awareness on Twitter http://buff.ly/1l0W8Mq via Entrepreneur
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Ron The hot-tempered former NFL wide receiver wonders how 'easy' the complicated cryptocurrency is. Dont even get us started.
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Tanya RT @CFL_News: Twitter plays role in @ochocinco story as Johnson used twitter to get #CFL's attention http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/From+Ocho+Canada+Chad+Johnson+working+toward+playing+ball/9742015/story.html #Alouettes
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