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Just an old guy that loves sports and the internets.

Report: Johnny Manziel fined $12,000 for flashing middle finger

Johnny Manziel’s Monday night middle finger didn’t go unnoticed — or unpunished — by the league office.

The NFL docked Manziel $12,000 for his gesture in the third quarter of Monday’s game at Washington, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday. The hand signal was caught by the ESPN cameras and went viral in a snap.

Manziel can appeal to have the fine reduced, as it is more than 25 percent of his weekly salary of $24,075.

Here’s the applicable language in the CBA between the NFL and NFLPA regarding fine reduction appeals:

“On appeal, a player may assert, among other defenses, that any fine should be reduced because it is excessive when compared to the player’s expected earnings for the season in question. However, a fine may be reduced on this basis only if it exceeds 25 percent of one week of a player’s salary for a first offense, and 50 percent of one week of a player’s salary for a second offense.”

Manziel will enter the regular season as the Browns’ backup quarterback after Brian Hoyer was named the club’s starter earlier this week.

Dallas Cowboys to Break Ground Friday in Frisco

Frisco ISD football teams excited about playing in new Dallas Cowboys sports complex
. The Dallas Cowboys will be breaking ground Friday in Frisco where they will build a brand new headquarters and practice facility.   Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones, the mayor of Frisco and the Frisco ISD superintendent will all be in attendance, as the multi-use complex will also house Frisco ISD high school football games.  

  Football is a way of life and passion for the players at Heritage High School in Frisco.    

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In about two years, some of them will be playing their games in the same brand new, state-of-the-art sports complex as the Dallas Cowboys.

“It’s really nice playing where the Cowboys practice,” said Heritage senior offensive lineman Colin Yang. “We all look up to them.”

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The new multi-use event center will have restaurants, shops and several fields.

“[It’s] an unbelievable facility,” said Heritage High School head coach football Che Hendrix. “Frisco ISD and the Cowboys did a great job designing it and partnering with each other. What a special place.”

For Heritage senior wide receiver Chris Baez, he will have graduated by the time his team plays in the facility. But he says playing there will have a lasting impact on their program.

“It’s very special,” said Baez. “We are an underrated football program to begin with, so when we show up there for big games and represent our school, it’s going to be nice.”

Dallas Cowboys now the first U.S. sports team to top $3 billion in value

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NEW YORK — The Dallas Cowboys are the first U.S. sports franchise to top $3 billion in value.

For the eighth straight year, the Cowboys are worth the most of all 32 NFL franchises, according to Forbes. They’re valued at $3.2 billion; only Real Madrid at $3.4 billion is worth more among global franchises.

Dallas posted the NFL’s highest revenue, $560 million, and operating income, $246 million. That was far ahead of second-place New England, worth $2.6 billion and with $428 million in revenues, $147 million in operating income.

But the Patriots had the biggest increase since last year, up 44 percent in value. Dallas was up 39 percent.

The average NFL franchise value for 2014 is $1.43 billion, the highest in the 17 years the business magazine has tracked professional football. That shows a 23 percent increase, the largest in one year since 1999.

Forbes determines team values using equity plus net debt figures, and accounts for each team’s current stadium situation, with adjustments for pending new stadiums and renovations to existing ones.

Washington ($2.4 billion) is third in value, increasing 41 percent since the last rankings, and the New York Giants ($2.1 billion) are fourth.

For the 2013 season, the average NFL team generated record revenue of $299 million and operating income of $53 million. Each franchise received a record $170 million of national revenue, mainly from league broadcasting and licensing fees.

At the bottom are Buffalo, worth $935 million and currently for sale after owner Ralph Wilson’s death, and St. Louis at $930 million. But every team increased in worth, the lowest rise being Arizona at 4 percent.

A Compilation Of People Messing Up The Ice Bucket Challenge

My thoughts on the ice bucket challenge are complicated and not worth going into here. My thoughts on people falling down, bashing themselves over the head, and otherwise harming and embarrassing themselves are much simpler: I am staunchly pro-slapstick.

NOTE TO PEOPLE DOING THIS CHALLENGE:::::::::

It is supposed to be ice cold water…..you know, with ice cubes and stuff we can see when you pour the water on your head??????

It’s nothing special just to pour  room-temperature water on your head.

 

Kids Receive Speech To Remember For LIfe

Dave Belisle’s Rhode Island Little League team had just lost in heartbreaking fashion to a team from Illinois.

The team huddled around Belisle, eyes getting red, bottom lips faltering as the coach began to talk. At 12-years-old, this was without question the biggest moment of these kids’ lives. The pinnacle achievement, on national TV, and they just lost.

So Belisle decided to give them a speech they will likely never forget, and neither will we.

FSU tops AP preseason top 25; 8 from SEC, 6 from Pac-12 ranked

The last major preseason poll before the start of the college football season was released Sunday afternoon. Florida State, as expected, received the number one spot in the AP top 25, receiving 57 out of 60 first-place votes. Alabama followed Florida State in the voting, edging Oregon.

Oklahoma comes in at number four, followed by Ohio State and last season’s SEC champion, Auburn. UCLA is ranked seventh, followed by Michigan State, South Carolina and Baylor to round out the top ten.

Defending Pac-12 champion Stanford comes in at number 11, followed by Georgia, LSU, Wisconsin, USC and Clemson. Notre Dame is ranked 17th, although it should be noted the votes for the AP poll were due before the news of an academic misconduct investigation and suspensions to players broke last week.

Ole Miss is ranked 18th, followed by Arizona State and Kansas State to wrap up the top 20. Texas A&M, Nebraska, North Carolina, Missouri and Washington complete the top 25 poll in that order.

Eight teams from the SEC appear in the preseason AP poll. The Pac-12 is second with six teams ranked. The Big Ten has four schools ranked, the Big 12 has three schools ranked. The ACC also has three schools ranked in the preseason poll. No school from a Group fo Five conference appears in the preseason AP top 25.

Florida State also ran away with the top spot in the coaches preseason poll.

Here is the full preseason AP poll.

1. Florida State (57 first-place votes)

2. Alabama (1 first-place vote)

3. Oregon (1 first-place vote)

4. Oklahoma (1 first-place vote)

5. Ohio State

6. Auburn

7. UCLA

8. Michigan State

9. South Carolina

10. Baylor

11. Stanford

12. Georgia

13. LSU

14. Wisconsin

15. USC

16. Clemson

17. Notre Dame

18. Ole Miss

19. Arizona State

20. Kansas State

21. Texas A&M

22. Nebraska

23. North Carolina

24. Missouri

25. Washington