Last week the Pittsburgh Steelers made a roster move that had people wondering what the team was thinking. They released 14-year veteran James Harrison. At 39, Harrison is not the player that he once was, but Harrison is still considered by many as one of the best linebackers in the game today. Pittsburgh’s claim was that Harrison was released to make room for offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert. Some said they believed that the Steelers would re-sign Harrison before the playoffs began, and before another team claimed him off waivers. If that was the plan, it backfired big-time.
Sports Illustrated (@SI) reports, James Harrison is going to sign with the New England Patriots. Harrison visited Gillette Stadium in New England this morning. Harrison went unclaimed on waivers, opening up the way for New England to cut a deal with the veteran linebacker. Pittsburgh is a great team who is having a great season. The Steelers will be hard to beat, especially if Antonio Brown is ready to play come playoff time. The only thing standing between Pittsburgh and a trip to the Super Bowl is their long-time nemesis, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The Patriots defense scares no one at all. They don’t play with a nastiness like great defenses do. They just don’t have that edge to them. Harrison is one player who can single-handedly change all of that. Harrison’s mere presence brings a nastiness with it. A nastiness that can easily become contagious. The last thing AFC teams need right now is for New England to get better. Especially at this time of year. The last thing Pittsburgh needed is a New England team with one of their former players, who now has motivation to want to beat the Steelers. NFL fans buckle in. The NFL playoffs are going to be a wild ride this season!
A class action lawsuit filed in Illinois accuses Apple of violating the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practice Art. This is one of many that the company is currently facing due to an update users claimed made their Iphones operate at a slower pace.
A few weeks ago, right around the time Apple’s newest Iphone was set to release, some Iphone users with older model phones, started to notice that their phone had suddenly seemed to be operating slow, or slower than it had been before an update. Some people wondered if they were just imagining things, while others went on the attack, saying that Apple was purposely slowing down the older model phones. I was of the opinion of the first group of people. I thought Iphone users were just trippin’ like they usually do. I’m an Android user, and will probably always be one, but I often see the conspiracy theories floating around about Apple products that were created by Apple product users. Like most people, I usually brush conspiracies off as people being people. That’s what I assumed this complaint was about. But, for some reason, Apple admitted that they had purposely slowed down the older phones. Apple claims that they only did slow downs on four models. (Iphone 6, 6s, 6e, and 7) Apple claims that those certain models were slowed with an update because of battery issues. Users weren’t buying the excuse. Some claim that Apple purposely slowed the phones down to make people have to go out and buy the newest model. As of the time I’m writing this, there are five separate lawsuits against Apple for the slow down issue. I’m not sure if this is connected in someway, but Apple stock has fallen today after this news was released. Apple stock currently sits at $170.35/share. Down about 2.67%
Rumors began floating around that Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians may be leaving the team after this season after Hub Arkush, a writer for Pro Football Weekly released a story of Arians’ pending departure. Arkush reported that Arians had already made the Cardinals organization aware that he was leaving the team after this season due to health issues and team issues. Mainly, the fact that the Cardinals will probably be heading toward a rebuilding stage, complete with a new quarterback. Arkush reported that Arians and the Cardinals organization agreed that an official announcement would be made some time next week. However, ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss jumped in to refute the report hours later. He said no decision has been made by Arians on if he will return or not yet. Weinfuss reported that Arians would sit down with the organization and talk about his future with the team after next weeks final game. According to Weinfuss, no decision has been made by Arians at this time. Arkush’s report does hold some truth to it. Arians has been publicly having health issues. Arians had major kidney surgery just this offseason, and also fought a battle with prostate cancer a few years ago. Arians is 48-30-1 as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. In his report, Arkush said that Arians departure could have a domino effect on the team. Especially in the case of star wideout Larry Fitzgerald, who Arkush says is unlikely to re-sign with the team if Arians is not there.
The Eagles played a sloppy game against a bad Raiders team last night, but they found a way to walk away with the victory. More important than the victory was the fact the Eagles clinched home-field advantage with the ugly victory. A 19-10 win versus a struggling Oakland Raiders team. Honestly, 6 of those points shouldn’t really be there. The Raiders attempted to pull some last second razzle-dazzle that turned into a fumble and a defensive TD for the Birds.
The Eagles won this game, but I believe if they were playing any other team in the league, they would’ve lost. The offense was out of sync all night, the defense was sluggish, and there was no real sense of urgency from anyone on the team. Even though this game meant a lot. Home field advantage throughout the playoffs is a big boost for a team like the Eagles who feed off of the energy of a rowdy home crowd. Even with this knowledge, the Eagles came out flat last night and stayed that way throughout the entire game. The Raiders tried to give that game away all night. Even when the Raiders turned the ball over, the Eagles turned around and gave the ball right back to them. The Raiders finally succeeded in giving the game away, but that doesn’t say much for the Birds. I’m not really sure that it can get any better with Foles at QB. We knew that Carson Wentz’s absence was going to effect the offense, but his absence also seems to be effecting the defense and special teams also. How that makes any sense? Don’t ask me, but take a look at the stats. Since Wentz went down, teams have remarkably started moving the ball and scoring at will against a defense that had been playing great ball all season. Even the special teams has fell off. Jake Elliott is missing chip shot field goals now? I don’t know what’s going on, but the Eagles need to shake this bad Omen off and do it quickly. Yeah, the Birds clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs last night, but from where I’m sitting, all that will mean come playoff time, is a shorter ride home! The Birds need to get it together. If they don’t, this 13 win season will be all for nothing. Nick Foles is the starting QB. Carson Wentz is not coming back this season. Nick Foles is not Carson Wentz, never will be, because he doesn’t have the heart to be. Doug Pederson needs to realize and accept this. Only then, can he adjust his plan accordingly and create a game plan that will help the team moving forward. Nothing too advanced, just something simple. Like…….I don’t know………MAYBE RUN THE DAMN BALL MORE!