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Recent study proves Dallas Cowboys have No. 1 fanbase in the NFL
They call them America's Team for good reason, and it's not only because of the five Super Bowl trophies.

the Dallas Cowboys have been one of the biggest draws in the NFL. It's a team who's brand has grown exponentially, to the present where it's currently the most valuable sports franchise in the world -- per Forbes. A large part of it is it's laundry list of gold jacket wearers,Since it's inception in 1960, but no amount of winning matters if the cheers stop when the losses begin to mount.

Cowboys fans are overall one of the most loyal bases in the world of sports, and that's not simply an opinion anymore -- it's science.

a recent study was conducted proving as much,Per Yahoo Sports, with the Cowboys edging out the New England Patriots for the throne.

home and road attendance, gear purchase and so on. Basically, the more you show you love your team, the more juice you give your team. Are you doing your part?,The study: Dr. Mike Lewis of Emory’s Goizueta Business School tracks NFL fanbases via multiple means: social engagement,Delano Hill Jersey, in good times and in bad

in order, fifteen years of consistent winning on the other. It’s once we start digging deeper into the numbers that we start unveiling some interesting facts. For instance,Authentic Amara Darboh Jersey, Chicago Bears (7), the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots. Decades of Texas-sized arrogance on one side,Arthur Brown Jersey, the Philadelphia Eagles edge out the New York Giants for third place, with the Pittsburgh Steelers coming in fifth. The Denver Broncos (8) and Green Bay Packers (9) enjoy long-term fan loyalty,The best fanbases: It will come as no surprise to you that the most ardent fanbases in the NFL are, and San Francisco 49ers (10)., and even teams that are currently terrible can engender fan loyalty, like the New Orleans Saints (6)

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whose fans are as rabid as Stephen King's "Cujo". The sole outlier in that regard being the Washington Redskins,It's a list dominated by the storied NFC East, who brought up the rear at No. 15.

the Cowboys are now led by quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott -- the 2016 Offensive Rookie of the Year and 2016 FedEx Ground Player of the Year, respectively. They're also looking forward to a fully healthy Dez Bryant,Authentic Delano Hill Jersey,Authentic Nazair Jones Jersey,After seeing their recent Super Bowl aspirations derailed by injury in 2015,Nazair Jones Jersey,Amara Darboh Jersey, Cole Beasley coming off of a career year and the addition of a brand-new offensive weapon in rookie Ryan Switzer.

and Cowboys' fans will have a lot to root for over the next decade -- which adds to all of the legendary moments from their storied past. As the fans have shown before, however,Authentic Arthur Brown Jersey,Authentic Mike Alstott Jersey,Add to those factors a rebuilt defensive secondary and the potential NFL debut of both Charles Tapper and Jaylon Smith,Mike Alstott Jersey, rough times don't stop their loyalty.

And that's why they're the best there was, the best there is and the best there ever will be.
Recent study proves Dallas Cowboys have No. 1 fanbase in the NFL
Recent study proves Dallas Cowboys have No. 1 fanbase in the NFL

They call them America's Team for good reason, and it's not only because of the five Super Bowl trophies.

Since it's inception in 1960, the Dallas Cowboys have been one of the biggest draws in the NFL. It's a team who's brand has grown exponentially, but no amount of winning matters if the cheers stop when the losses begin to mount., to the present where it's currently the most valuable sports franchise in the world -- per Forbes. A large part of it is it's laundry list of gold jacket wearers

Cowboys fans are overall one of the most loyal bases in the world of sports,Authentic Delano Hill Jersey, and that's not simply an opinion anymore -- it's science.

Per Yahoo Sports,Authentic Nazair Jones Jersey, with the Cowboys edging out the New England Patriots for the throne., a recent study was conducted proving as much

The study: Dr. Mike Lewis of Emory’s Goizueta Business School tracks NFL fanbases via multiple means: social engagement,Amara Darboh Jersey, home and road attendance,Arthur Brown Jersey, gear purchase and so on. Basically, in good times and in bad, the more you show you love your team, the more juice you give your team. Are you doing your part?

The best fanbases: It will come as no surprise to you that the most ardent fanbases in the NFL are, in order, the Philadelphia Eagles edge out the New York Giants for third place, the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots. Decades of Texas-sized arrogance on one side, fifteen years of consistent winning on the other. It’s once we start digging deeper into the numbers that we start unveiling some interesting facts. For instance, with the Pittsburgh Steelers coming in fifth. The Denver Broncos (8) and Green Bay Packers (9) enjoy long-term fan loyalty, Chicago Bears (7), and even teams that are currently terrible can engender fan loyalty, like the New Orleans Saints (6),Delano Hill Jersey,Nazair Jones Jersey, and San Francisco 49ers (10).

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It's a list dominated by the storied NFC East,Authentic Arthur Brown Jersey,Authentic Mike Alstott Jersey, who brought up the rear at No. 15.,Mike Alstott Jersey, whose fans are as rabid as Stephen King's "Cujo". The sole outlier in that regard being the Washington Redskins

After seeing their recent Super Bowl aspirations derailed by injury in 2015, the Cowboys are now led by quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott -- the 2016 Offensive Rookie of the Year and 2016 FedEx Ground Player of the Year, Cole Beasley coming off of a career year and the addition of a brand-new offensive weapon in rookie Ryan Switzer., respectively. They're also looking forward to a fully healthy Dez Bryant

Add to those factors a rebuilt defensive secondary and the potential NFL debut of both Charles Tapper and Jaylon Smith, and Cowboys' fans will have a lot to root for over the next decade -- which adds to all of the legendary moments from their storied past. As the fans have shown before, rough times don't stop their loyalty., however

And that's why they're the best there was, the best there is and the best there ever will be.
Buying stock in 7 teams
Buying stock in 7 teams

If the Tennessee Titans were a stock, I'd be buying.

but the recent signing of veteran wide receiver Eric Decker only served to solidify my thinking in that regard. Lack of experience among their receivers was one of if not the only major concern for a team poised to build on last year's 9-7 campaign,That was already the case because of their solid 2016 season, strong young core of players and the additions they had made this offseason, and inking Decker goes a long way toward alleviating that potential problem area.

and in big games,Taywan Taylor Jersey,The Titans had already added talent to the outside to go along with emerging star quarterback Marcus Mariota when they drafted Corey Davis in the first round and Taywan Taylor in the third round. Tennessee also has returning receivers like Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe,Authentic Sean Taylor Jersey, for a long time. Now all those young players will have a role model to look up to and see the way Decker carries himself in meetings and practice. Stuff like that matters and it is a major reason why teams always try to have one veteran,Josh Norman Jersey, but the team didn't really have an established veteran who had produced at a high level, high-character guy like that in every positional meeting room.

and gives Mariota another reliable target that really knows how to work the middle of the field. Between that signing,Plus, Decker is a versatile player that can play both outside and in the slot, the draft and reinforcements the Titans have added in the secondary -- like free agents Logan Ryan and Jonathan Cyprien,Authentic Taywan Taylor Jersey,Authentic Jonnu Smith Jersey, is a terrific blocker in the run game for the Titans' dynamic duo of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry,Jonnu Smith Jersey,Sean Taylor Jersey,Authentic Kirk Cousins Jersey Authentic Kirk Cousins Jersey, as well as first-round pick Adoree Jackson -- there is no glaring weakness for a Tennessee team that may keep the professional sports momentum going in Nashville after the Predators' march to the Stanley Cup Final took the city by storm.

That said,Kirk Cousins Jersey, while the Titans may be the non-playoff team from 2016 I feel best about punching a postseason ticket in 2017, they aren't the only club whose stock I would seriously consider purchasing if we are talking about the next five years. Here are a few others who have caught my eye.
Wendell Smallwood has uncertain role in Eagles backfield
Wendell Smallwood has uncertain role in Eagles backfield

Wendell Smallwood was set to become the No. 1 running back on the Philadelphia Eagles. ,Sidney Jones Jersey,Almost exactly one month ago

as the Eagles were fully prepared to give him the bulk load of carries heading into the 2017 season. ,Rasul Douglas Jersey,Smallwood knew his role as the featured back in the Eagles running back-by-committee. He even had the vote of confidence from head coach Doug Pederson

That all changed the moment Philadelphia signed LeGarrette Blount...and suddenly Smallwood's role was uncertain.

" Smallwood said. "I think our room is going to be the best room on the field. That competition we're up against and that we'll get better is going to make this team lean on us and be those dogs on offense that are going to push this team forward.,Authentic Mack Hollins Jerse,"I definitely think Blount adds diversity to our offense

I run the ball. There's nothing that I don't think I can do.",LeGarrette Blount Jersey,"I've been doing it all. There's nothing that I don't do in practice. I run routes

Smallwood isn't buried on the depth chart, who has become a mentor for Smallwood heading into his second season. , but he isn't the No. 1 running back anymore either. That role has been passed over to Blount

"LeGarrette just brings the boom, that can make you miss. He adds that load and gives us that power. He drives us good to be as good as him." ," Smallwood said. "He's that kind of guy that can run you over

How have the Eagles used Smallwood in minicamp now that he's no longer the No. 1 option? Smallwood relieves Blount in the "PONY" offense, who had just six catches for 55 yards in his rookie season. ,Authentic Sidney Jones Jersey,Authentic Rasul Douglas Jersey,Authentic Donnel Pumphrey Jersey, but is also getting more involved in the passing game. The Eagles need more from Smallwood in that department

While Smallwood could be the odd-man out in the Eagles crowded running back stable,Donnel Pumphrey Jersey,Mack Hollins Jersey, but he'll still get the opportunity to run the ball...especially with Darren Sproles turning 34 this week and Donnel Pumphrey seemingly limited to passing downs at this time. ,Authentic LeGarrette Blount Jersey, that doesn't seem likely. His carries may be limited with Blount as the No. 1 back

everyone can do different things,"With all the guys we have," Smallwood said. "We're not going to be that one-guy team where they can game plan for one back. They're going to have to prepare for Sproles, Pump, everyone who's here, me, so I don't think it's going to be easy for anyone."

but his role in the offense still remains a mystery.,Smallwood is part of the mix
Lions talking contract with safety Glover Quin
Lions talking contract with safety Glover Quin

The Detroit Lions want to keep Glover Quin in the fold,Authentic J.J. Watt Jersey, and have apparently been talking deal with the safety

In a piece by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, it's revealed that Quin and the Lions are discussing a possible extension with the team. That news was revealed

The Detroit Lions are pushing through the offseason workout period.

Here's Birkett's take on where things stand with both the Lions and Quin.

He said he doesn't know how far along talks are, $23.5 million deal he signed as a free agent in 2013, but the Lions handed out summer contract extensions to Darius Slay, and they consider Quin, Theo Riddick and Sam Martin last year, who's entering the last season of a five-year,Authentic Randall Cobb Jersey, a key part of their future.

"I've played going on five years here,Authentic Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey,Authentic DeAndre Hopkins Jersey, allowed me to play the way I knew that I could always play, good majority of my career,Authentic Jadeveon Clowney Jersey, obviously it’s not where I started but it was a team that accepted me," Quin said. "Some of my better years. My growth. So to kind of get to finish up here, brought me in, so to get an opportunity to finish here would be excellent."

Quin said he believes he has "three or four more high-level years" left in his body, and history suggests he can continue playing at his current Pro Bowl-caliber level for years to come.

that more than seems to be the case,Certainly,Randall Cobb Jersey,Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey,J.J. Watt Jersey,DeAndre Hopkins Jersey,Jadeveon Clowney Jersey, as Quin played every game in 2016 and continues to be durable and solid at safety for the team.
Colin Kaepernick free agency exposes NFL's racial divide, says Seahawks' Michael Bennett
Colin Kaepernick free agency exposes NFL's racial divide, says Seahawks' Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett openly campaigned for his Seahawks to sign Colin Kaepernick, the fact that the former 49ers quarterback is still a free agent makes for an easy answer to this question: Is Kaepernick being blackballed?, and he expressed disappointment when Seattle instead signed Austin Davis to compete for a backup position. To Bennett

"Of course he's being blackballed,'' Bennett said this week on a New York radio station. "Nobody likes race and politics in sports. I think that's one of those things that nobody wants to talk about,Reuben Foster Jersey, I think it struck a lot of people the wrong way.'',Ahkello Witherspoon Jersey Ahkello Witherspoon Jersey, and for him to bring race and politics in sports

it's middle America,"You watch the people that really watch football,Authentic Joe Williams Jersey Authentic Joe Williams Jersey, and the people that buy tickets to the game aren't really African American people," Bennett added, "and for him to bring that into that crowd was one thing that people felt like shouldn't have been there."

including from then-presidential candidate Donald Trump,Steve Largent Jersey,Kaepernick sparked immense criticism last year, for kneeling during pregame renditions of the national anthem. He said he was doing it to protest racial injustice in America, and not out of any antipathy to the flag itself or the nation's armed forces. He has since indicated that he won't continue those protests this season, but many believe that NFL owners are staying away from him out of fears of the backlash they might receive from some fans.

To Bennett, with mostly black players viewing the quarterback sympathetically and mostly white fans feeling great resentment toward him. Bennett continued to discuss that theme Wednesday during a news conference at the Seahawks' minicamp in Renton, the ongoing inability of Kaepernick to find work exposes the league's racial divide, "I think the league is built on middle America, Wash., saying (via ESPN), and most of the middle of America is predominantly a white crowd.

so the issue that he's dealing with is what we're all dealing with.","I think race is not something that the NFL wants to be a part of or get behind. But the league is predominantly African American

"I Know My Rights,Bennett made those comments while wearing a hat and shirt bearing the message," which came from Kaepernick's empowerment initiative for at-risk youth. The two players met up this week in New York, where Kaepernick's girlfriend works at another radio station, and where he is reportedly training while waiting for another chance in the NFL.

"Obviously, and most people know why, there's the elephant in the room why Kaepernick isn't signed, and I'm not afraid to say it: I think race and politics in sports is something people don't want to hear about," Bennett said at the news conference. "I've said this several times,Authentic Reuben Foster Jersey, nor do people want to be a part of."

In May,Authentic Ahkello Witherspoon Jersey,C. J. Beathard Jersey, Bennett claimed that Seattle would be "a perfect place" for a social activist such as Kaepernick. "You have an owner [Paul Allen] who spends and gives back to the homeless, who shows that our team is built around community.",Joe Williams Jersey Joe Williams Jersey,Authentic C. J. Beathard Jersey," he said. "You've got players on your team that give back in the community. You've got Russell Wilson

However,Authentic Steve Largent Jersey, subsequently signing another quarterback with a distinctly inferior résumé. "Colin's been a fantastic football player, after meeting with Kaepernick — becoming the only NFL team to take a public interest in him — the Seahawks passed," Coach Pete Carroll said. "At this time, but we know where he is and who he is, and he's going to continue to be, we didn't do anything with him, and we had a chance to understand him much more.

"He's a starter in this league. We have a starter, and I can't imagine somebody won't give him a chance to play.", but he is a starter in this league

Bennett told the radio station that he wished Kaepernick "would have signed with us, and he described the team's signing of Davis as "really one of those shocking things.", because we would have had a good backup quarterback." Bennett said that Kaepernick "thought it was going to happen" with the Seahawks

"I think if you bring the issue of oppressed people onto a stage where there's millions of fans watching, you bring up dirty little secrets," Bennett said Wednesday (via Q13 Fox). "People just want to see people score touchdowns and make big hits., and I think a lot of people don't want to hear that

"They don't want to hear about people getting killed by the police, women's issues, gentrification, Standing Rock, nobody wants to hear about that, nobody wants to hear about that. People just want to hear about athletes playing sports."
Blake Bortles: Jaguars 'tired of being below average
Blake Bortles: Jaguars 'tired of being below average

but also convincing those around him that it will be worth the wait.,[url=http://bit.ly/2r4FW2l]Authentic Jalen Ramsey Jersey[/url],Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has the unenviable task of not only rebuilding his throwing mechanics this offseason

Bortles was a little more straightforward with his message.,In a session with reporters in Jacksonville on Wednesday

"This is my job, my passion, via http://Jaguars.com. "I'm going to exhaust every resource I have to make this thing work.",[url=http://bit.ly/2pChnsp]Vontae Davis Jersey[/url]," Bortles said

He added: "Guys are sick and tired of being below average.

To believe in the Jaguars this season is really to believe in Bortles,[url=http://bit.ly/2pChwvX]Blake Bortles Jersey[/url], Bortles' touchdown percentage more than doubled his rookie year total. The development of receivers like Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson formed the bedrock of an offense that could one day produce a playoff berth., who can point to an age-23 season in 2015 when he threw 35 touchdowns and 18 interceptions en route to a 5-11 record as the main reason for hope. During that season

Last season did not do that belief any favors, none of this is news., as Bortles regressed alongside one of the least effective running games in the league. By now

The one positive for Jaguars fans perplexed by this Bortles situation is that 2017 will be definitive. The club has shifted into win-now mode as evidenced by their aggressive spending on the free agent market and the acquisition of one of the draft's best individual athletes,[url=http://bit.ly/2pChnsp]Authentic Vontae Davis Jersey[/url],[url=http://bit.ly/2pChwvX]Authentic Blake Bortles Jersey[/url],[url=http://bit.ly/2pnqPE1]Authentic Allen Robinson Jersey[/url], the team will know for sure that it's time to move on. Bortles' performances during minicamp and training camp should provide a fascinating window into the eventual outcome.,[url=http://bit.ly/2pnqPE1]Allen Robinson Jersey[/url],[url=http://bit.ly/2r4FW2l]Jalen Ramsey Jersey[/url], Leonard Fournette. Should Bortles' message turn out not to be true
Patriots Spring Practice Report Card: Studs And Duds From OTAs, Minicamp
Patriots Spring Practice Report Card: Studs And Duds From OTAs, Minicamp

The New England Patriots will begin their summer vacation later this week — five weeks away from the practice field before training camp begins in late July.

As the players pack up their playbooks and finalize their travel plans, let’s hand out some final grades from organized team activities and minicamp.

The starting wideouts

Julian Edelman, while Malcolm Mitchell is recovering from an undisclosed injury and has yet to practice with the team., with newcomer Cooks hauling in two or three of the most impressive catches of the spring. The former New Orleans Saints speedster has fit seamlessly into a Patriots receiving corps that, Brandin Cooks and Chris Hogan all looked excellent, barring injury, should be absolutely lethal this season. Danny Amendola also had a solid few weeks

The starting corners

On the other side of the ball, athleticism and physicality that should stand out even more once the pads come on next month., breaking up four passes in team drills over the four sessions he participated in. Gilmore, the 1-2 punch of Malcolm Butler and Stephon Gilmore look just as formidable. Butler missed the final minicamp practice but otherwise looked like himself,Authentic Duane Brow Jersey, meanwhile,Authentic Whitney Mercilus Jersey, showcased a blend of size

Eric Rowe

and he enjoyed a strong spring,Authentic Will Fuller V Jersey, intercepting a pass from Tom Brady and breaking up multiple others. It’s still unclear how New England will use Rowe this season,Rowe is the Patriots’ third-best cornerback behind Butler and Gilmore,Andrew Luck Jersey, but he saw time both outside and in the slot in these sessions.

Kenny Moore and Harvey Langi

Of the 21 undrafted rookies currently on the Patriots’ 90-man roster, the NFL’s highest-paid UDFA, Moore and Langi have been the most impressive thus far. Langi, is the more highly touted of the two, while Moore entered the spring as a relative unknown after completing a four-year career at Division II Valdosta State.

Tom Brady

and he saved his best for last, completing 35 of 43 passes in Tuesday’s OTA. Two of those incompletions were drops,Breaking news: Tom Brady still is very good at quarterbacking. Brady easily was the top QB on the field in all five open practices, and another was a throwaway.

Dwayne Allen

It’s far too early to get worked up over dropped passes, Allen is more of a blocking tight end than a receiving threat, but Allen had a whole bunch of them in OTAs and minicamp — not the impression he wanted to make after coming over from the Indianapolis Colts in an offseason trade. Granted, and it’s worth noting that Rob Gronkowski had about a dozen drops in training camp last year. Still, the ex-Colt will need a better showing come training camp if he wants to earn a significant role in the Patriots’ loaded offense.

Jimmy Garoppolo

Garoppolo wasn’t awful this spring. His performance in these practices is no cause for alarm by any means. But he was less consistent than he was in this same setting last year,As we’ve stressed several times here, completing less than 50 percent of his passes in 11-on-11 drills before sitting out the part of the final minicamp practice and all of Tuesday’s OTA with what reportedly was a minor leg injury. Garoppolo took just four snaps in 11-on-11s last Thursday and spent nearly all of Tuesday’s session doing conditioning work on a separate field.

Cyrus Jones

and he didn’t rise to the occasion this spring,Duane Brow Jersey,Jones is under the microscope after struggling as a rookie,Whitney Mercilus Jersey,Will Fuller V Jersey, muffing at least one kick or punt in three of the five sessions that were open to the media. Fellow second-year pro Jonathan Jones also has outplayed him at cornerback thus far.

Josh Augusta

Augusta,Authentic Andrew Luck Jersey,Authentic T.Y. Hilton Jersey, and Augusta again lagged far behind his teammates., is a long shot to make the team anyway,T.Y. Hilton Jersey, an undrafted rookie defensive tackle, but his inability to complete two laps around the practice field during minicamp was a bad, bad look for a professional athlete. The defense was ordered to run two more laps Tuesday
DeMarcus Ware is Teaching 49ers Rookie DE Solomon Thomas 'Next Level' D-Line Techniques
DeMarcus Ware is Teaching 49ers Rookie DE Solomon Thomas 'Next Level' D-Line Techniques

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Solomon Thomas recently changed his jersey number from 96 to 94. Why?

DeMarcus Ware.

Ware—who retired in March with the 8th-most sacks in NFL history—recently got together with Thomas for a 90-minute workout at Impact Performance & Fitness in Southlake,Malik McDowell Jersey , Texas. The experience left such a good impression on Thomas that he wanted to pay homage to Ware by wearing his old number.

"It was a really cool experience to learn from him," Thomas told the Sporting News. "He taught me some crazy stuff. His technique is amazing. I was trying to take it all in. I'm texting him so hopefully I can do it again sometime."

'Can you help me before rookie training camp?' That was big,Thomas actually reached out to Ware before rookie training camp to see if he'd be willing to work out with him. "When you get a rookie that's mature [enough] to call a veteran and say," Ware said on NFL Network's Good Morning Football.

Thomas called Ware and told him he was going to wear his number. "[He said]," Ware said. "I told him I was a great player when I played,Authentic Richard Sherman Jersey, I'm going to wear No. 94.' I'm like,Tedric Thompson Jersey, oh,Eddie Lacy Jersey,Ethan Pocic Jersey , man, really? He's like, 'DeMarcus,Shortly after their session together, 'I'm going to emulate my game after you,Richard Sherman Jersey, but I don't want you to play like me. I want you to be better than me. So I'm going to show [you] some things that are going to get you to the next level."

Thomas spent much of his childhood in Coppell,AuthenticTedric Thompson Jersey,Authentic Eddie LacyJersey,Authentic Malik McDowell Jersey ,Authentic Ethan Pocic Jersey , Texas—a suburb of Dallas. No doubt he grew up watching Ware rack up sacks for the Dallas Cowboys. Now his childhood idol is one of his mentors. How cool is that?
San Francisco Deltas and San Jose Earthquakes Clash in U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round
San Francisco Deltas and San Jose Earthquakes Clash in U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round

June 12,12th Fan Jersey,SAN FRANCISCO, the Bay Area's two professional soccer teams, June 14 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose.,C. J. Beathard Jersey, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The San Francisco Deltas and the San Jose Earthquakes,Joe Williams Jersey, will meet in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round on Wednesday

"I think the upcoming game between our team and the Quakes is significant because it's exciting for Bay Area fans to have an opportunity to see soccer played at the highest level between two local teams," said SF Deltas head coach Marc Dos Santos. "The fans see San Francisco against San Jose as a rivalry and we understand that."

Fans from both sides have begun to call Wednesday's contest the "101 Derby" because Highway 101 connects the two cities. A derby is a common term in soccer that refers to a game between two teams from the same town, city or region.

The U.S. Open Cup is a knockout competition in American soccer; the Cup is the third-longest-running open soccer tournament in the world and is the country's oldest annual team competition. The Cup is open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and consists of eight rounds between May 10 and September 20.

"There's a lot of pride that comes from clubs playing in the U.S. Open Cup. As an American, it's fun to have an interleague competition where anything can happen,Authentic C. J. Beathard Jersey,Authentic Joe Williams Jersey,Authentic Steve Largent Jersey," said SF Deltas forward Tommy Heinemann. "To play against a team that has a lot of tradition and history will be special for our club."

This will be the second matchup between the two Bay Area rivals. The Deltas previously won against the Quakes 1-0 in a preseason friendly on February 15. Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m. at Avaya Stadium. Tickets are available at http://www.sjearthquakes.com/tickets.

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Saints players who could take a leap in 2017 headline this week's Twitter mailbag
Saints players who could take a leap in 2017 headline this week's Twitter mailbag

The New Orleans Saints finished organized team activities last week, which means there's just one more week of offseason practices before a pre-training camp break.

We should learn a little more about some of the new players during mandatory minicamp this week, and obviously,Authentic Trey Hendrickson Jersey, the biggest question facing the team is the status of defensive tackle Nick Fairley's future.

But,Authentic Adrian Peterson Jersey, there are also other issues on fans' minds,Lawrence Taylor Jersey, so let's take some of your questions.

Brees first mentioned at the end of last season his desire to play out the final year of his deal.

"I plan on playing that out and just allowing things to take form and take shape here for next year and putting forth my absolute best effort to help us win a division championship and then a world championship,Eli Manning Jersey," he said. "And then, again, just one year at a time, and that's not a lack of commitment or anything like that. It's just, I just want to focus on what's right in front of me."

During 2016, Brees' contract was such a popular talking point that he surely doesn't want it to be an issue immediately again in 2017. Players often say contract issues aren't a distraction, but after signing his one-year extension four days before the season began last year,Trey Hendrickson Jersey,Adrian Peterson Jersey, Brees would rather focus on Week 1 than his contract a few days before the season begins.

I think the football world would be stunned to see Brees play anywhere else,Authentic Lawrence Taylor Jersey,Authentic Eli Manning Jersey,Authentic Odell Beckham Jr Jersey, so I don't think anything bad can come of him playing out the final year of his deal. It's hard to see him holding out until March to test the market.

And,Elite Odell Beckham Jr Jersey, considering Brees' goal to play into his 40s, this could also be a leverage play. In negotiations, history gives any team leverage in dealing with a 38-year-old quarterback, but if he plays well again in 2017, he should be able to make more money for 2018 and beyond.
Backup center Barclay benefiting from starter's reps
Backup center Barclay benefiting from starter's reps

For the second time in as many years,J.J. Watt Jersey, starting center Corey Linsley is nothing more than an observer as the Green Bay Packers near the end of their offseason program.

began last season on the physically unable to perform list with an injured hamstring. Now he is recovering from ankle surgery to fix a problem dating to 2015. He would not discuss a timetable for his return.,Duane Brow Jersey, 25,Linsley

whenever that is.”,” Linsley said in May. “I’m looking to be back as soon as I can,“Just rehabbing and trying my best to get back as quick as I can

In moments like these, offensive line coach James Campen had grown accustomed to JC Tretter filling Linsley’s shoes with aplomb. Tretter was a fourth-round pick by the Packers in 2013 after first-team All-Ivy League honors at Cornell. He started three games in 2015 and seven games in 2016 before his rookie contract expired in March.

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a number the Packers never would have touched., Tretter inked a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns worth $16.75 million. The contract included $10 million guaranteed,Having proved himself a capable starter

and now he counts backup center among his responsibilities. The Packers gave him a vote of confidence by releasing Jacob Flores earlier this week,Instead, general manager Ted Thompson re-signed utility man Don Barclay to a one-year deal worth $1.3 million. Barclay has played all five positions during the first five years of his career, the only true center on the roster aside from Linsley.

although last year he filled in a lot at guard and not really center. So he’s kind of got his foundation set and he’s getting a lot better at different things. We have a great working relationship.”,” Linsley said. “This is his second year kind of playing it,“Donnie is always wanting to learn more about the position

but there is an important silver lining to his extended absence: More and more reps are allotted to Barclay,Having Linsley available for OTAs and minicamp is certainly preferable, especially as the linemen build chemistry with newcomer Jahri Evans, who has run with the starters all spring.

you get more comfortable with it. This is my sixth year,“It’s been good,” Barclay said. “The more and more you do something, so I feel like now I have a good grasp of the offense and everything. That’s one less thing I really have to worry about at the position because I’ve seen so many looks over the years. I’m comfortable with the offense to where I can really try to just focus in on my technique right now.”

Barclay’s familiarity with the scheme is a reflection of his jack-of-all-trades deployment since making the team as an undrafted free agent in 2012. His 24 career starts have been split between right tackle and left tackle. He has made relief appearances at right guard and left guard. He has manned multiple positions within the course of the same game.

right guard (137) and right tackle (six). Such an existence can be unenviable,He played 196 snaps last season with portions at left guard (52), according to Campen,Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey,DeAndre Hopkins Jersey, center (one), and Barclay never complains.

” Campen said. “Now he overcame a bad injury,Jadeveon Clowney Jersey,“He’s been in some really tough spots as a freshman, his rookie year and he came flying through, flying through. This will be the second year off of (the torn ACL). I have all the confidence in the world in Donny Barclay. Donny is a pro’s pro. Love him.”

and every poor performance is met with a Twitter skewering., especially on social media. He is arguably the most criticized player on the roster among non-starters,But Barclay has become a punching bag of sorts for fans

His reputation could not be more different among teammates and coaches, many of whom enjoy his easygoing personality and soft-spoken demeanor.

during 2016,He played golf with Jordy Nelson, Mason Crosby and Bryan Bulaga at Erin Hills earlier this spring. He attended the Kentucky Derby with David Bakhtiari and a number of other Packers. Once, Mike Daniels shouted down a hallway at Barclay just to praise his work ethic and the way he approaches the game.

Collectively they respect a player who fights with everything he has, even when everything he has might not be enough.

so his versatility,“Don Barclay has so many excellent attributes,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “You look at someone who can play all five positions and has played tackle, his work ethic, guard and center in our system, he’s a great locker room guy. Most importantly he’s from Pittsburgh. That goes a long way around here.”

So do the words of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who spoke glowingly about Barclay earlier this spring.

started at guard for us and now is in line to be our backup center. That’s fantastic. I give him a lot of credit. He’s had a great approach,“Bringing Don back was a big thing for us,Authentic Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey,Authentic J.J. Watt Jersey,Authentic DeAndre Hopkins Jersey,Authentic Jadeveon Clowney Jersey,Authentic Duane Brow Jersey,” Rodgers said. “He stepped into the backup center role and has done a fantastic job in the IPWs and now in the OTAs. He has really improved his game. You’re looking at a guy who has started at tackle for us, he’s a great teammate and I think this is an important offseason for him to continue to show this team how valuable he is to it.”
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