We are just one week away from the 2018 NFL Draft and a few months away from the start of the league’s regular season, but on Thursday, April 19 the National Football League gave us a look ahead at what we can expect when the new year kicks off with the release of the NFL schedule. Earlier this month, the NFL released its preseason schedule which kicks off with the Hall of Fame Game between the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens. Thursday night, the schedule for the regular season was dropped live on ESPN and the NFL Network.
This year, the primetime kickoffs will begin earlier than in the past.
Monday Night Football will move up 15 minutes to 8:15 p.m. ET, Sunday Night Football will begin ten minutes earlier at 8:20 p.m. ET, and Thursday Night Football will move back five minutes to 8:25 p.m. ET. The league will also kick off the new year with its traditional Monday Night Football doubleheader.
Four games will be played internationally, with three in London and one in Mexico City.
Teams making the international trips include the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, and Tennessee Titans.
- Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders, Tottenham Stadium, Oct. 14 at 1:00 p.m. ET (FOX)
- Tennessee Titans vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Wembley Stadium, Oct. 21 at 9:30 a.m. ET (CBS)
- Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, Wembley Stadium, Oct. 28 at 9:30 a.m. ET (NFL Network)
- Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Rams, Estadio Azteca, Nov. 19 at 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)
When and where will your favorite team be taking the field throughout the upcoming season?
The full schedule for the 2018-19 NFL regular season can be seen below:
Where does your team land?
— NFL (@NFL) April 19, 2018
Post will be updated with the 2018-19 NFL regular season schedule when it is officially released.
In the midst of game 2 action last night in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, news broke that Erin Popovich, wife of the legendary Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, had passed away after a bout with an unknown illness. As a result, it has been announced today that, understandably, he will not be coaching tonight’s game 3 matchup at home against the Warriors. It is unclear if he will return beyond that in any ensuing games.
The news rocked the NBA world, where, despite his curmudgeonly media persona and reputation, Pop is beloved and respected by just about everyone. This includes Lebron James, who has, according to reports, become close with the 22 year Spurs coach after two hard-fought finals between the two in 2013 and 2014. James found out about Erin’s death just after his Cavs defeated the Pacers in game 2 of their series 100-97 when TNT reporter Allie LaForce broke the news to him after a couple standard questions about the game and his performance. James was visibly shaken and at a loss for words, finally mustering an emotional “I know that’s devastating news … holy s—. It’s just a lot. The NBA family, we stick together. I know we compete every night, but something like this happens, and it just puts everything in perspective. … I know the man above never makes a mistake, even when sometimes you have to ask why, but that’s just terrible news, and my best of luck to Pop and everyone in San Antonio and the whole Spurs family.” Once finished, he thanked LaForce and headed back to the Cavaliers locker-room. He appeared somber and spacy as he walked.
Some have taken issue with LaForce’s decision to break the news to Lebron so soon after the game when perhaps he was not emotionally ready to deal with the news. Twitter users attacked both LaForce and TNT, accusing them of sensationalism and heartlessness.
Jordan Zirm, an ESPN Cleveland sports reporter under the username @clevezirm tweeted “Allie La Force is a really good sideline reporter. feels like someone (a producer) pushed her to drop that question about Pop’s wife on LeBron. it feels gross because TNT wanted to make a neat little viral clip of it.” A user named Ryan G tweeted: “Atrocious reporting from TNT’s sideline reporter, blindsiding Lebron with the news of the death of Greg[sic] Popovich’s wife seconds after the game ended. Lebron handled it exceptionally, but that blindside searching for a reaction was disgusting.”
Upon finding out about the guff LaForce was taking on social media, Lebron took to Twitter a few hours after the interview to defend her by way of video on the Uninterrupted account, a notable action, considering that he largely avoids social media during playoff time. “I was made aware by some friends…” he said, “that a question was asked to me post game and a lot of people thought I was blindsided. That is absolutely false.”
He went on to explain that LaForce had given Lebron a heads-up that the question was coming shortly before the interview began. “Once I started talking about it, once we were on the air, actually my emotions just kind of just kind of took over, my emotions about the late Erin Popovich.” He concluded with “please get off Allie LaForce’s back. She followed the proper protocol and she warned me. So get off her back man, she’s very professional and she does a great job…”
Lebron will take the floor again on Friday night in Indianapolis for game 3, while the Spurs play tonight at home without coach Pop against the Warriors.
FACT: Tristan Thompson cheated on Khloe Kardashian will multiple women.
FACT: Tristan Thompson did not play any meaningful minutes for the Cleveland Cavaliers in their first two playoff games since news of this scandal broke.
RUMOR: Fact number-two is a direct result of fact number-one.
You've likely read this rumor all over the Internet, haven't you?
Multiple celebrity gossip websites out there are trying to allege that Cleveland Head Coach Tyronn Lue has determined that either:
1. Thompson has become so much of a distraction, due to his off-the-court behavior, that he would negatively effect the team on the court.
2. Thompson does not deserve to see any playing time as punishment for stepping out on at least two occasions on his baby mama.
But are either of these statements true?
Would LeBron James actually risk a shot at his fourth NBA title because a teammate slept with a few Instagram models?
The truth is that Thompson only averaged 20.2 minutes per game this season, about seven-and-a-half minutes fewer per game than his career average.
He lost his spot in the starting lineup before the opening game even tipped off, as Coach Lue decided to start Kevin Love at center in order to optimize the offensive spacing on the court.
Thompson never seemed to recover from the slight.
He averaged a career-low 5.8 points per game in 2017-2018 and essentially tied for a career low by only averaging 6.6 rebounds per game.
Moreover, Cleveland made-over its roster almost entirely at the February trade deadline, acquiring four new players, including Larry Nance Jr.
Nance is a younger and more athletic version of Thompson, playing basically the same position, but doing so with more energy and with a higher shot-blocking rate.
In other words:
Thompson saw his minutes decline throughout the season, and then saw them take a precipitous drop once Nance Jr. joined the team.
The power forward only played 15 combined minutes in the third-to-last and second-to-last games of the season, prior to racking up nearly 30 minutes in the final regular season contest...
... only to end the game with plus/minus of -24. Against the awful New York Knicks, no less!
Thompson is simply an anachronistic basketball player.
Yes, he signed a five-year, $82 million contract as recently as 2015, but the league since then has emphasized three-point shooting and spacing on offense.
Thompson plays for a team that employs arguably the best driver and best passer in basketball.
Someone who cannot shoot from outside three feet simply clogs the lane for James, who is at his most unstoppable when his squad spreads the floor and gives him many options to whom he can pass.
The game has mostly passed Thompson by.
This may explain why he didn't care about partying all night in early April with some random side piece, allegedly taking her back to his hotel room very early in the morning to have unprotected sex.
If he's not gonna see any action between the lines that week, why not stay awake for awhile and see some action between the sheets, right?
With the Cavs playing the Pacers, who start Myles Turner at center, we doubt we'll see much of Thompson at all this series.
Turner shot over 35% from three-point range this season and would drag Thompson away from the basket, mitigating Tristan's one supposed skill: rebounding.
And if Thompson isn't camped out under the basket boxing out opposing players, there's really no point in having him on the court.
In closing, Tristan Thompson may be riding two to five side pieces these days, but that's not why he's riding the pine for Cleveland.
He simply isn't very good at modern NBA basketball