Falcons become butt of the joke after Super Bowl collapse

first_imgWinning start Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Atlanta coach Dan Quinn has pushed his team to look forward, not backward.He keeps insisting there will be no hangover from the devastating loss.“When we came back, I knew there was going to be questions like, ‘OK, how much more work do we have to do to talk about last year?’” Quinn said. “I got my answer pretty early in training camp when I saw us go for it in the biggest way.”But he understands that plenty of Atlanta fans are a bit sensitive to all the barbs.“I love our fans,” Quinn said. “For them to get (ticked off) about it, that’s cool with me.”That means you, Peyton Manning, who got in on the act at the ESPY Awards.“I believe in the Falcons. I believe in (MVP quarterback) Matt Ryan and Dan Quinn, and I know in my heart the Falcons will be back,” the former NFL great said, setting up his zinger. “I wanted the Falcons to hear that from me now, at the beginning of the show, because they’re going to stop paying attention three-quarters of the way in.”Even two other NFC South rivals, teams the Falcons will face twice this season, couldn’t resist the chance to pile on.On March 28 — yep, 3-28 — the Carolina Panthers tweeted a picture of four players. But only two were tagged: No. 3 (Derek Anderson) and No. 28 (Johnathan Stewart). Clearly, that was no coincidence, which became apparent when the tweet was quietly deleted a few hours later.A couple of months later, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sent out a seemingly innocuous tweet pitching their team-logo fidget spinners. When the Falcons’ account chimed in with a GIF of cornerback Desmond Trufant asking if the Bucs were “nervous about something,” the Bucs quickly responded by tweeting a picture of cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (No. 28) celebrating with quarterback Jameis Winston (No. 3). Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter, a former Falcons’ offensive coordinator, wound up apologizing for that little back-and-forth.No need, said Falcons safety Ricardo Allen.This team can take it.“It does nothing for us,” he said Wednesday. “This world is so lost in staying in the past… Yes, we lost that game. They won that game. That’s last year. This is a new year. This team, we have the mindset of next-play mentality.“If you have a bad play, OK, next play. They’re going to make plays. Bad game? Next game.”Ryan, in a way, addressed the issue head-on by taking part in a Gatorade television commercial that featured, among others, Michael Jordan and Serena Williams talking about their biggest disappointments. Titled “The Secret to Victory,” it ends with a recreation of the Falcons quarterback dejectedly leaving the field after the Super Bowl, a voiceover describing his “utter disbelief,” before he stares into the camera and says one word.Defeat.Then it shows Ryan getting back to work, throwing one pass after another on the practice field, ending with the mantra, “Make Defeat Your Fuel.”“It’s about moving forward,” Ryan said. “To me, that’s what made sense. You learn from all these things throughout your life. Different things happen to you along the way. You learn from them and try to use them as motivation.”And the jokes? Is he using those as motivation? End of his agony? 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It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Of course, that punch line references the score late in the third quarter of last season’s Super Bowl, when it looked as though the Atlanta Falcons would finally win their first championship.Then, as they remember all too painfully in these parts, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots scored 31 consecutive points to pull off the greatest comeback in the title game’s 51-year history, winning 34-28 in overtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendBrady collected his fifth ring.The Falcons became the butt of the joke. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Isaiah Thomas on trade to Cavaliers: ‘It still hurts’ Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ “No,” Ryan shot back, managing a weak smile. “I don’t pay much attention to it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lots and lots of jokes.Even now, as Atlanta prepares to open the season Sunday with a road game against the Chicago Bears, there’s no sign of the jabs letting up.Just last weekend, when Texas A&M squandered a 34-point lead in the second half and lost 45-44 to UCLA, a Lou Holtz parody account on Twitter claimed the Aggies were unveiling a new logo. Naturally, it was the Falcons’ distinctive emblem.In New Orleans, home of the Falcons’ biggest rival, the Dirty Coast shop on Magazine Street has been offering T-shirts with a scoreboard-like design “28-3, 3rd, 2:12” — when Atlanta was still up by 25. As if that wasn’t enough to bring a smile to Saints’ fans, the store also has been raising money to put up a billboard with the same design outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Falcons’ new stadium.“I don’t pay attention to that,” Atlanta linebacker Deion Jones said with a shrug. “It happened. We can’t go back and change it. So, I mean, you lick your wounds a little bit, then you have to get on with your life.”ADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settled LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Break new ground MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Hawks’ Trae Young suffers ‘painful’ ankle sprain in Miami win

first_imgView comments What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Suerte looks to make PBA jump after one-and-done season with UE Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?00:50Trending Articles02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Rice industry paralysis Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’center_img “They did X-rays. I don’t think they saw anything,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said.Young entered Tuesday averaging 34 points through Atlanta’s first three games.Young played in 81 of 82 games as a rookie, only sitting out the team’s next-to-last game at Milwaukee. His 11 minutes on Tuesday were a career low, and the five points tied the second-lowest scoring night of his young career. He had four in a loss to Golden State last season.“I definitely want to see that guy back out there,” Hawks forward John Collins said. “He’s had a hell of a start to the year. My guy off the court in general, so I just want to see him happy, healthy. You hate to see him go down like that, but you’re just hoping for a speedy recovery and back on the court when he’s ready and go from there.”ADVERTISEMENT Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) lies on the court after an injury during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Atlanta’s Trae Young didn’t want to see the video of the play where he sprained his right ankle.It hurt enough the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Young left the Hawks’ game against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night after enduring a sprain — he said it was the first of his life — in the second quarter. The reigning Eastern Conference player of the week said he’s likely to have an MRI exam in Atlanta on Wednesday, but the initial diagnosis is only a sprain and no other serious issues.“It was painful,” Young said. “Knock on wood, I haven’t had too many injuries. I’ve been blessed not to have too many injuries throughout my whole entire life, so that was definitely a tough pain.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceYoung was hurt on a drive about 2 minutes into the second quarter. He went into the air and landed on the foot of Miami’s Justise Winslow, twisting his ankle awkwardly. Young was eventually helped to his feet, initially unable to put much weight on that leg, and went to the Hawks locker room for further evaluation.The Hawks quickly diagnosed the sprain and said Young would not return to the game. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

Kohli might break most batting records barring Tendulkar’s 200 Tests: Sehwag

first_imgVirat Kohli’s run-scoring feats ever since he made his debut in 2008 have been second to none and along the way he has broken a plethora of records, some of which were set by the legendary Sachin Tendulkar himself.Tendulkar’s opening partner Virender Sehwag feels Kohli has the capability to break most of his records except the 200 Tests record.”Everybody has this feeling that Virat Kohli will break all batting records. I have also said this many times that he is meant to break all records. Just one record which I feel won’t be broken is playing 200 Test matches, which Sachin Tendulkar has set. For that you need to play cricket for at least 24 years.”Barring that Kohli might break all the records. Another thing which everybody keeps saying is the lack of good quality bowlers that Kohli is facing now. Other batsmen are playing against the same kind of bowlers but they aren’t scoring as many runs.READ – Don’t like our batsmen, leave! Is Kohli too impulsive as a captain?”There is something special about him which is why he is scoring runs consistently. I have played with players like Tendulkar, Ganguly, Laxman, Dravid. Even they had ups and downs in their careers. But Kohli hasn’t had that in his career till now,” Sehwag told AajTak.Sehwag’s former teammate Zaheer Khan concurs with his views but added that in terms of stats alone, Rohit Sharma is giving Kohli a run for his money and India is lucky to have two match-winners in limited-overs cricket.advertisementREAD – Virat Kohli turns 30: Another record-breaking year for India skipper”If you just look at the stats then Rohit’s record is quite similar to Kohli’s since he started opening in limited-overs cricket. India’s success is based on the top-three batsmen scoring runs. Kohli and Rohit have defined their own success with the bat by scoring runs consistently.”Then you have quality spinners and fast bowlers who get you the wickets regularly. All these factors have contributed in India’s success rate in the last few years. Indian team is fortunate to have two match-winners in Kohli and Rohit,” Zaheer added.The duo also spoke about the recent controversy surrounding Kohli and his leave India comment. But the matter has been blown out of proportion in media and social media, feels Sehwag.READ – Virat Kohli breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s record, becomes fastest to 10,000 ODI runs”Everybody has the right to speak. I have also been asked who my favourite player is and I have taken taken names like Roger Federer, Brian Lara and Adam Gilchrist. Fans have the right to choose their favourite players and so does Virat. Only the media blows up incidents like these and creates controversies,” Sehwag said.Zaheer meanwhile, said that Kohli was probably misunderstood the first time around which is why he had to clarify his point on Twitter after the controversy erupted.”Fans and Virat have equal freedom of speech. India is a democractic country and everybody has freedom of speech. Even the clarification Virat gave, it came because he wanted to clearly state his feelings on the matter,” Zak said.last_img read more