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It has been widely assumed the Tennessee Titans would cut running back Chris Johnson rather than pay the $8 million his current contract demands, but Mike Florio says it would be wise for the franchise to hang on to the running back in case they find a trade partner.
The Titans should sense no urgency to make a decision on Johnson during the month of March because they aren’t in cap purgatory, like the Steelers or Cowboys, which would incite the need to clear Johnson’s salary off the books. Florio favors the thought that Tennessee hangs onto the running back and explores the trade route – because after all, $8 million for a former 2,000-yard rusher could become an offseason steal for most teams.
Gerald Wallace and Jeff Green had a little fun with their buddy Jared Sullinger after the Boston Celtics game defeated the Orlando Magic on Sunday.
Sulliger's praise of his teammates and their hard work was overshadowed by some tomfoolery from Wallace and Green as soon as Sullinger began his interview with Comcast SportsNet's Abby Chin.
-- CSN New England staff
A Bulls-Nets matchup on Christmas Day meant Taj Gibson was heading home for the holidays. And the Bulls power forward got into the spirit of giving and made some special deliveries around his old neighborhood.
Bulls TV joined Gibson and got a behind-the-scenes look as he delivered gaming systems to families in Brooklyn.
"It's Christmas Eve, we're going into Brooklyn. It's just a great thing to do something for your neighborhood and give back," Gibson said. "I want every gift that we have, the kid to be like 'wow,' and take the burden off mom and dad that's probably having a hard time.
"I don't even have kids and I'm like, 'Man I have to get the games for the kids!'"
-- CSN Chicago staff
The Philadelphia Eagles have thrown their hat in the ring to host a future Super Bowl and Mike Florio sees no end in sight for cold weather cities suggesting why they deserve to host the NFL’s biggest game.
The more bids for the big game means more pressure for the cities to pull off a great week of festivities, meaning the NFL will receive a spectacle unmatched by any major American sport.
In advance of Thursday night’s matchup between the San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls, the SportsTalk Live panel debated whether a team would rather have Tom Thibodeau or Gregg Popovich as its head coach.
Though Popovich clearly has the better resume, including more than 900 wins and four NBA championships, but Thibodeau has been impressive in his four seasons as the Bulls' coach.
So who would you rather have? And what level of success must Thibodeau experience over the course of his career to be considered in the same ballpark as Coach Pop?
-- CSN Chicago staff
To cap Newton (Mass.) North High's victory over crosstown rival Newton South in the Good Sports Invitational at TD Garden, Newton North team manager Brendan Durkin, a special needs student with Down Syndrome, came into the game and hit a jump shot at the buzzer.
The Tigers fans and his teammates erupted as the five-foot Durkin sank a basket as meaningful as any the Celtics have ever made on the Garden floor.
Described by PFT’s Mike Florio as the NFL’s version of Jekyll and Hyde, Warren Sapp was on his best behavior a year ago because he understood his Hall of Fame candidacy relied on his public persona. Now that the former defensive tackle is enshrined in Canton, he’s letting loose and speaking his mind.
Sapp now takes aim at Hall-worthy defensive end Michael Strahan, saying the former New York Giant “comes up short” of his standards for enshrinement. Strahan has responded by calling Sapp a coward and the obligatory bad names, but Florio believes there must be a level of jealousy on Sapp’s part. Strahan has clearly been much more successful after his playing career ended, and the former Buc’s file for bankruptcy probably factors in as well.
The NFL has to be happy with the turn out and success of Super Bowl Media Day and Mike Florio says the spectacle Marshawn Lynch made by speaking to the media for less than seven minutes only adds more fuel to the bizarre fire that the day thrives on.
While this may set an unwanted precedent if Lynch goes unpunished by the league and more players plead the fifth when prodded by the media for answers, Florio is certain all is well according to the NFL because Media Day has become the circus they hoped it to be.
With about three and a half minutes remaining in the third quarter of the Rockets-Spurs game on Tuesday night, Spurs forward Aron Baynes gave Dwight Howard a bear hug.
Baynes isn’t the first opponent to hug Howard this season and he won’t be the last. And he didn’t do it because Howard’s a nice guy – even though he seems it.
But with under four minutes to go in the third quarter, San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich, who turned 65 on Tuesday, called for the Hack-A-Howard.
“We’ve done it a lot,” Popovich said. “We’ve fouled guys for 10 years.”
On Tuesday, it blew up in his face.
“I figured they were going to do it,” Howard said. “It was Pop’s birthday. I figured they were going to do it. I’m just happy I made most of them.”
The Rockets had a three-point lead at that point and went on an 11-6 run to finish the quarter. They won the game 97-90, beating the cross-state rival Spurs for the third straight time this season.
Howard made 9-of-14 free throws in the third quarter once the Hack-A-Howard began.