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Published: Sunday, December 31, 2018 @ 12:26 AM
— Three touchdown receptions to cap your freshman season in a big-time bowl game?
Springfield High School grad Danny Davis did just that Saturday night in Wisconsin’s 34-24 win over Miami in the Orange Bowl. The freshman wideout caught touchdown passes of 20, 5 and 6 yards from Alex Hornibrook as the Badgers (13-1) rallied from an early 14-3 deficit to cap the winningest season in school history.
Here come the Badgers. pic.twitter.com/tu5BnQzEvw— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) December 31, 2017
Davis finished with five receptions for 56 yards. He’s the first Wisconsin receiver with multiple TD catches in a bowl game.
DANNY DAVIS ⏰✖️3⃣— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) December 31, 2017
TOUCHDOWN, WISCONSIN🙌 pic.twitter.com/7yeFy7xDpL
The 6-foot, 186-pounder finished the season with 26 catches for 418 yards and five TDs.
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 3:18 PM
When Preston Brown walked through the Bengals locker room for the first time after signing a one-year, $5 million contract, he noticed his number — 52 — already was assigned to Brandon Bell.
“I’ll have a talk with him and see what we can work out,” Brown said.
But that conversation never happened.
“When I showed up last week (for the start of voluntary offseason workouts), I already had it,” Brown said.
Bell was just as surprised was Brown, but he said he understood.
“It’s a veteran thing,” Bell said. “I get it. They say we’re still rookies. I don’t mind it too much. It is what it is.”
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Bell wore 11 in college so he didn’t have an attachment to 52. This year he will wear 51, which belonged to Kevin Minter last year.
Even though Bell didn’t have a say in the swap, Brown said he still plans to thank him.
“I’m going to have to take him out to dinner or something,” Brown said.
“I’ll take him up on that offer,” Bell said. “A nice steak would be great.”
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 2:12 PM
— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be winging it during the latter stages of the NFL draft.
The NFL announced Monday that the Bucs will have a parrot deliver its fourth-round selection from the pirate ship at Raymond James Stadium to an announcer during Saturday’s televised Day 3 draft show.
The parrot, a Catalina macaw named Zsa Zsa, is based at the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary in Hudson, Florida.
The bird is not the first animal to participate in an NFL draft. Last year, an orangutan aided in the Colts announcing their fourth-round selection of offensive lineman Zach Banner, the NFL reported on its website.
Reaction on the Buccaneers’ upcoming pick ranged from humor to squawks of surprise. One website, JoeBucsFan, posted a video of The Three Stooges’ 1936 comedy short, “Disorder in the Court,” where a parrot is figured prominently in the climactic court scene.
Undoubtedly, some fans will post the iconic parrot sketch from “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.”
Regardless, the Bucs will be giving the NFL the bird on Saturday.
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 10:05 AM
— Former NFL kicker Jay Feely said he was trying to be funny when he posed in a Twitter photo standing between his daughter and her prom date holding a pistol, but in the wake of the Parkland shootings in February, social media posters did not appreciate the joke, WFLA reported.
Feely, who played in the NFL from 2001 to 2014 and is an analyst for CBS Sports, apologized Sunday.
In the photo, Feely has his left arm around his daughter and a pistol in his right hand at his side. Next to Feely is his daughter’s prom date, who is smirking.
"Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom," Feely wrote, using the hashtag "#BadBoys."
The prom picture I posted was obviously intended to be a joke. My Daughter has dated her boyfriend for over a year and they knew I was joking.— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) April 22, 2018
I take gun safety seriously (the gun was not loaded and had no clip in) and I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue
The reaction from some on social media was swift and critical.
“Oh yay -- American dads have kicked off the season of 'let’s pretend I’m going to shoot my daughter’s date for impugning her chastity' pics," tweeted Shannon Watts, who is the founder of the gun control group Moms Demand Action.
“The Stoneman Douglas shooting was 2 months ago,” author Geraldine DeRuiter posted on Twitter. “But sure, let's make jokes about murdering high schoolers.”
The backlash was vocal enough for Feely to issue an apology Sunday on Twitter.
“The prom picture I posted was obviously intended to be a joke. My Daughter has dated her boyfriend for over a year and they knew I was joking," he wrote. "I take gun safety seriously (the gun was not loaded and had no clip in) and I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue."
Oh yay - American dads have kicked off the season of “let’s pretend I’m going to shoot my daughter’s date for for impugning her chastity” pics. https://t.co/JRkhQTmKRV— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) April 22, 2018
The Stoneman Douglas shooting was 2 months ago.— Geraldine (@everywhereist) April 22, 2018
But sure, let's make jokes about murdering high schoolers. https://t.co/Km3j9G4Ffn
Some Twitter users defended Feely’s post, noting that he was referencing the movie “Bad Boys 2.”
“He’s referencing a scene in the movie #BadBoys2,” Twitter user Mike McLeod wrote. “The kid knows it’s a joke -- it’s not pointed at anyone and barely in the picture. I’m sure there’s a picture with his daughter and just the date also. This isn’t anything to blow out of proportion.
He’s referencing a scene in the movie #BadBoys2— Mike McLeod (@CMichaelMcLeod) April 22, 2018
The kid knows it’s a joke— it’s not pointed at anyone and barely in the picture. I’m sure there’s a picture with his daughter and just the date also. This isn’t anything to blow out of proportion. https://t.co/OWWQGxhKpF
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 1:25 PM
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon said he does have any insight as to where his former Oklahoma teammate, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield, will get drafted this week.
But there’s one place Mixon is rooting against.
“Hell no I don’t want to play Baker twice,” he said when asked if he hopes Cleveland takes Mayfield.
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