Who is headed to Cooperstown? Chipper Jones and Jim Thome headline first-time players on the Hall of Fame ballot.
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, both of whom have steadfastly denied use of PEDs, are headliners for category No. 3. If they’re going to make it to Cooperstown, they’ll have to overcome their links to the Mitchell Report, a 10-year-old document Joe Morgan and his Hall of Fame brethren have suddenly made newsworthy again.
Bonds was mentioned 103 times in the report, while Clemens elicited 82 mentions, with much of the information coming from former New York Yankees strength and conditioning coach Brian McNamee. Former Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski also provided information as part of a plea agreement in a federal steroids case.
Cameron Meredith will be forgotten, but he has upside. They’ll need to hit with Basketball Jerseys Cheap some draft picks and be smart in free agency (the Rams got Andrew Whitworth and then traded for Sammy Watkins), but Cheap NFL Jerseys China it’s not out of the question. Best of all, having a young GM with an extension in hand and a promising second-year quarterback makes this an attractive job for someone like Josh McDaniels. The Bears should come out of this with a strong coach.
By all accounts, it will be Ballard who is in charge of the coaching search, taking Jim Irsay out of the equation outside of simply signing off on the choice. That’s good for Ballard, because it gives him an opportunity to actually work with someone who he wants to work with, and it’s good for Colts fans, because it should mean a lot less dysfunction between the front office and the coaching staff. No one wants Ryan Grigson-Chuck Pagano Part Deux.
Kirk Cousins probably will put up some big numbers this season, and the bidders will line up for him if and when he becomes available. That will be justified in a league with so many QB-needy teams. But he still makes too many bad plays at the most inopportune times, such as the overthrow that produced a goal-line interception in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Eagles.
Tom Brady passed for 337 yards and three touchdowns, the 10th time in his career he’s had at least three scoring passes in a playoff game.