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Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 6:21 AM
TORONTO — Johnny Football has been cleared to play north of the border.
Officials with the Canadian Football League announced Thursday it would approve a contract for Johnny Manziel if it is negotiated with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, CTV reported. The Tiger-Cats have the rights to the quarterback, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2012.
In August, Manziel worked out for the Tiger-Cats, who passed on making him an offer. But Manziel's camp activated Hamilton's 10-day window, forcing the CFL club to make a decision on whether to sign, trade or release him, CTV reported.
The CFL then stepped in and extended the window for further evaluation.
“As a result of this process, the commissioner has now informed Mr. Manziel and the Tiger-Cats he is prepared to approve a contract for Mr. Manziel should one be negotiated,” the CFL said in its statement. “The process that led to this decision, however, will continue.
“Mr. Manziel has been informed he must continue to meet a number of conditions in order to remain eligible. These conditions, while extensive and exacting, remain confidential.”
Manziel, 25, was the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy when he starred at Texas A&M. He was drafted in the first round -- No. 22 overall -- in 2014 by the Cleveland Browns.
But the native of Tyler, Texas, was released after two seasons and has been out of football since.
Erik Burkhardt, Manziel's agent, did not immediately return a telephone message Thursday, CTV reported.
Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 4:33 PM
— An Ohio man has gained notoriety in recent weeks, thanks to a college football coach with the same name.
Jeremy Pruitt of Dayton was mistaken on Twitter by football fans as being the new coach of the University of Tennessee football team, The Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Another Jeremy Pruitt was named Tennessee’s football coach on Dec. 7.
The mix-up began in November, when rumors emerged that Pruitt the football coach was rumored to be a candidate for the Mississippi State University football job before he took the Tennessee position.
A mistaken Mississippi State fan reportedly sent the Pruitt from Dayton a message on Twitter, prompting him to then tweet about the mix-up.
“No way I’m getting tweeted about accepting the Miss State coaching job lol,” Dayton’s Pruitt wrote.
No way I’m getting tweeted about accepting the Miss State coaching job lol— Jeremy Pruitt (@jgroove1) November 27, 2017
A columnist at the Tuscaloosa News then retweeted the tweet to his thousands of followers, causing Dayton’s Pruitt to receive dozens of tweets from Mississippi State fans, most of whom realized the mix-up.
Since then, Pruitt has gained thousands of followers on Twitter and he has jokingly changed his profile and cover photos to include Mississippi State logos and images. Pruitt has told news outlets that he is originally from Columbus and is actually an avid fan of Ohio State University.
Along with his explosion of online followers, Dayton’s Pruitt has also received mentions on TV from ESPN and on the sports website SB Nation.
And the “other” Jeremy Pruitt? Here is his introductory news conference when he was named the Vols’ head coach:
Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 3:58 PM
MINNEAPOLIS — When it comes to the Minnesota Vikings, Millie Wall has seen it all -- almost.
The 99-year-old fan was there when the Vikings joined the NFL in 1961. She suffered through four Super Bowl losses in the 1970s, and agonized when Dallas’ Drew Pearson seemed to push off Vikings defender Nate Wright to catch a Hail Mary touchdown pass in a 1975 playoff game to give the Cowboys a shocking victory.
“You just had to bear it,”Wall told WCCO.
Sunday night, she witnessed her first playoff game in person and saw the Miracle of Minneapolis unfold, as the Vikings defeated the New Orleans Saints 29-24 on the game’s final play to reach the NFC championship game.
And if the Vikings should defeat the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Wall will be in the stands for Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, courtesy of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, WCCO reported.
Wall could be seen during the Vikings game Sunday drinking a screwdriver with her granddaughter, Ashley, WCCO reported. The team had given her two tickets to the playoff game against New Orleans to celebrate her upcoming 100th birthday in July.
How rabid a fan has Wall been? When angered or frustrated by the Vikings’ play, she would throw a foam brick at her television set, WCCO reported.
“There were years I got up all the time so I thought ‘Well, this is dumb,’” Wall told WCCO. “So now I put a string on (the brick) so I can retrieve it.”
If the Vikings reach the Super Bowl, it will be the first time a team will play pro football’s biggest game in its home stadium. And if Minnesota should win its first Vince Lombardi trophy, then Wall truly would have seen it all.
Published: Sunday, January 14, 2018 @ 3:18 PM
— To Jurgen Klopp, the expletive seemed appropriate, even during an on-air interview.
Klopp, the German-born manager of Liverpool’s Premier League soccer team, let a vulgar word escape as he did a post-match interview with NBC Sports Soccer on Sunday, The New York Daily News reported.
Klopp was exulting after the Reds’ 4-3 victory against Manchester United when he dropped the F-bomb on the air, causing the interviewer to apologize to the viewing audience.
“I thought in America it’s OK,” Klopp joked, referencing an alleged vulgarity uttered last week by President Donald Trump during a meeting with members of Congress..
Arlo White of NBC Sports Soccer later tweeted that “the language got little ‘fruity’ at our pitch side desk. Apologies again for that.”
The language got little ‘fruity’ at our pitch side desk. Apologies again for that, but Jurgen Klopp arrived with us a heady mix of emotion, adrenaline and euphoria, after a sensational game of Football. #LFC #MCFC pic.twitter.com/wUMliWPKsP— Arlo White (@arlowhite) January 14, 2018
Published: Sunday, January 14, 2018 @ 9:02 AM
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles let the dogs out after their NFC divisional-round victory Saturday.
The Eagles, who were the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs, were still rated as three-point underdogs in their game against sixth-seeded Atlanta, ESPN reported. So, after Philadelphia held on for a 15-10 victory, the dog masks came out.
Defensive end Chris Long and right tackle Lane Johnson, poking fun at the fact that the Eagles were the first top-seeded team to be an underdog in its first postseason game, had bought German shepherd masks earlier in the week. After a final goal-line stand that probably left the Eagles panting in anxiety, a relieved Long and Johnson donned their masks as Philadelphia advanced to the NFC Championship Game.
“Me and Chris Long were talking (at lunch), and everybody's calling us underdogs, so hey, let's go get us a dog mask,” Johnson said. “That's what we did.”
BOWWWWWWWWW pic.twitter.com/bAWjSaOv14— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) January 14, 2018
The Eagles will host next week’s conference title game against the winner of Sunday’s contest between the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings. Even though the Eagles have home-field advantage, it is likely they will be underdogs as they try to advance to their third Super Bowl in franchise history, ESPN reported. The Eagles lost in their two other appearances, falling to the Oakland Raiders 27-10 in Super Bowl XV and losing 24-21 to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX.
“I would imagine we're probably not going to be favored next week, either,” Johnson said. “At this point in the season, it really don't matter; it's anybody's game.”