What happens to Michael Sam after being cut by the Dallas Cowboys?

Originally posted on Q:

The Cowboys have released Michael Sam from the practice squad. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

The Cowboys have released Michael Sam from the practice squad. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

There are no guarantees for NFL practice squad players – not even Michael Sam, who’s out of a job for the second time in less than two months.

The Dallas Cowboys waived Sam off their practice squad Tuesday and signed linebacker Troy Davis to take his place in a move that would have blended in with hundreds of other like transactions if it didn’t involve the NFL’s first openly gay player.

Story: Cowboys release Michael Sam

Life on the practice squad isn’t easy: Run other teams’ plays with the scout team. Take your punishment from the starters. Collect your roughly $6,300 paycheck and hope there’s another one the next week, along with another chance to catch the coach or GM’s eye.

Lose your spot and it could be a day, a week, a month or longer until…

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15 Best Netflix TV Shows for Binge-Watching


The Net-list

Originally posted on ListyLife:

I know finding something good to watch on Netflix can be a daunting task at times but lucky for you – I’ve had plenty of free time on my hands to sift through the garbage for you. With a husband in the military working long hours and being sent away for months at a time, I’ve become something of an expert at TV show binge-watching. The key is to stick it out at least the first three episodes before you decide if you’re interested or not. Sometimes it takes awhile to get hooked, but once you are, there’s no turning back. Sometimes living under a rock isn’t so bad.

Warning: This may take over your life a little.

1. One Tree Hill - (All 9 seasons on Netflix)

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This is one of those shows that I wish I could go back to the beginning and watch it all over again…

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NLCS, Game 3: Cardinals vs. Giants lineups

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the Cardinals-Giants series in San Francisco:

3B Matt Carpenter
CF Jon Jay
LF Matt Holliday
1B Matt Adams
SS Jhonny Peralta
C A.J. Pierzynski
2B Kolten Wong
RF Randal Grichuk
SP John Lackey

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was forced to make some changes due to Yadier Molina’s injury and (as discussed in this space yesterday) he’s decided on A.J. Pierzynski instead of longtime backup Tony Cruz behind the plate. Pierzynski bats sixth, which was Molina’s usual spot.

CF Gregor Blanco
2B Joe Panik
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
RF Hunter Pence
1B Brandon Belt
LF Travis Ishikawa
SS Brandon Crawford
SP Tim Hudson

Giants manager Bruce Bochy moved Brandon Crawford up in the lineup following a big September and the shortstop came through with a grand slam in the Wild Card Game, but he’s struggled since then and…

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Hey Kansas, Ed Orgeron wants to be your next head coach

Originally posted on CollegeFootballTalk:

Kansas is without a head coach. College football’s favorite coaching free agent, former USC defensive line coach-turned-interim head coach Ed Orgeron, is without a job.

Let’s make it happen, Jayhawks.

“It’s a Power Five (job),” Orgeron told George Schroeder of USA Today at a speaking engagement Monday in Little Rock, Ark. “(Mark) Mangino went 12-1 and went to the Orange Bowl. It’s in a great conference. His staff proved that you can do it.”

When asked if he really wanted to be Kansas’ fourth head coach seven years, Orgeron was undeterred.

“It’s a challenging job,” he said. “But most jobs you get, there’s gonna be some things you’re gonna have to fix.”

The popular longtime assistant holds a 16-27 career record as a head coach – 10-25 at Ole Miss from 2005-07, and 6-2 on an interim basis at USC last season. He believes the second job is more indicative…

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Long Island High Schooler Dies After Football Collision

Originally posted on TIME:

A Long Island high school junior died late Wednesday after colliding with an opponent in a varsity football game.

Tom Cutinella, a junior at Shoreham-Wading River High School who plays guard/linebacker on the school’s football team, was pronounced dead after sustaining a head injury in the third quarter of the afternoon game, Newsday reports.

Cutinella was hospitalized after the hit and placed in the intensive-care unit after undergoing surgery. His death came as a shock to the community and to the 60 friends, relatives and teammates waiting in the hospital, Newsday reports.

“We’re a small community and we’re all devastated,” Jack Costas, a member of the Shoreham-Wading River school board told Newsday. “It’s always tragic when someone so young and so full of life has their life ended. It’s going to be a very, very difficult road ahead from this.”

The risks of injury and death in football have come…

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LeBron James shares on-court moment with teenager fighting leukemia

Originally posted on For The Win:



Jackie Custer is fighting leukemia. After spending the weekend in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy, the 16-year-old got to attend the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Wine and Gold scrimmage.

It was at the game, Jackie got the surprise of her life.

In addition to receiving a Cavaliers jersey, Jackie got a hug from the king himself.

Take a moment to look through Jackie’s twitter feed, and realize just how incredible, inspiring, and funny she is.

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Originally posted on Stories From the Belly:

Several months ago I wrote, “Stopping the Violence,” a blog post about a verbally abusive relationship I was in. He and I were together for nine months—longer, if you count the times we got back together. While nine months might not sound like a long period, the emotional injuries I sustained from those months with him were significant. It took me years to recover.

Yes, I stayed. Even after he punched a wooden fence one night in a jealous fit because I’d said hello to an ex-boyfriend. Yes, I stayed. Even after he swung his fist at me, stopping just before making contact with my face.

I definitely have had my issues, some of which I was working out with him. For a long time, I used to think that it was all my fault. If only I had been stronger or tougher, or perhaps less broken. Maybe I wouldn’t have…

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People often assume that as a white female, I don’t have to deal with racism. And they’re right — I don’t.

Originally posted on Passion, caffeinated:


Somebody recently told me that this picture, originally part of the #ITooAmWakeForest campaign (which you can find here: http://itooamwakeforest.tumblr.com/), was incorporated into an article somebody published on the website Total Sorority Move. I wasn’t able to track down the article myself, so it’s possible that it was moved or deleted. The sign I’m holding in the picture reads, “I’ve been asked: ‘Are you a transfer?’ ‘Are you albino?’ ‘Are you lonely?’ Because it’s ‘crazy’ I would want to join a black sorority instead of a white one.” Yes, I have really been asked those things at Wake Forest.

A year and a half after crossing Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in spring 2013, it still strikes me as odd how much fascination and interest is generated simply by my membership in a historically black sorority. I knew long before I joined that I would receive a wide variety of responses…

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Guest post: Tom Buttry reflects on his life (and last night) as a Royals fan

Originally posted on Hated Yankees:

Tom Buttry, right, with his brothers, Joe, left, and Mike, visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.

Tom Buttry, right, with his brothers, Joe, left, and Mike, visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.

I’m enjoying this year’s post-season as much as if the Yankees were playing. The reason: All three of my sons are Kansas City Royals fans, dating to my days at the Kansas City Star and Times, when I would take the boys to ballgames. I tried to turn them into Yankee fans, but utterly failed. They fell hopelessly in love with the team they kept seeing on the field. Well, the past quarter-century-plus has been kinder to Yankee fans than Royal fans, but the boys remained loyal KC fans, even though we all moved away.

So I am celebrating with them as the Royals get their first taste of post-season play since 1985, our first season in Kansas City. The boys and I exchanged multiple messages — text messages, tweets, Facebook messages…

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Report: Chivas USA to suspend operations for at least 2 years

Originally posted on ProSoccerTalk:

According to ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle, Chivas USA will cease operations in Major League Soccer for at least two years as condition of the imminent sale of the club.

Carlisle’s report states a buyer has been found who will pay approximately $100 million for the club, and the break from MLS play is part of the terms of the sale.

A rebrand of the club is certainly possible, and the report states part of the hiatus will be to find a location for a new stadium.

Sports Illustrated’s Brian Straus first brought up the possibility of a break for Chivas in the beginning of September, and it seems that has come to fruition.

The club has long operated in the shadow of cross-town rivals Los Angeles Galaxy, and have failed to perform both on the pitch and at the box office, missing the playoffs for now five straight seasons.


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