Friday, December 9, 2011

Dec 9 update; NFL, NBA


Champ Bailey, CB, Denver Broncos
Champ Bailey best defensive player in Broncos history.
To tell the truth, cornerback Champ Bailey didn't expect to be here. He didn't expect to be in first place. Heck, he didn't expect to be in Denver. He was as good as gone from the Broncos a year ago.
"A year ago, I didn't know if the Broncos even wanted me," Bailey said Wednesday. "I didn't know if I would be back. The signs were it wasn't going to happen."
The improbable tale of how Denver became the NFL's best comeback story of 2011 could not have been written without Bailey coming back to town, when he could have found fortune elsewhere. So maybe it's time we recognize this 10-time Pro Bowler for all he's worth: Bailey is the best defensive player in franchise history..... Continued at The Denver Post

Shaun Chapas, FB, Dallas Cowboys
Rookie fullback Shaun Chapas made a little bit more than $22,000 in his first game on the active roster last week at Arizona.  The NFL wants $20,000 of it.  The league fined Chapas for a blindside hit on a second-quarter punt return that led to a 5-yard touchdown catch for Dez Bryant. Chapas leveled Cardinals linebacker Reggie Walker on a 14-yard return by Bryant, however, Walker was chasing Bryant and seemingly involved in the play.
Chapas agent, Hadley Englehard, said his client will appeal the fine.
The NFL has made blindside hits a point of emphasis this year with player safety.
Chapas was not penalized on the play.
Chapas' fine was the largest drawn by a Cowboy this year. Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware was fined $15,000 for a hit on Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Wide receiver Kevin Ogletree and cornerback Frank Walker were fined $7,500 each for face mask and unnecessary roughness penalties against San Francisco and Miami respectively. ESPN

Justin Houston, LB, Kansas City Chiefs
The KC defense has been fun to watch recently and that is thanks mainly to the emergence of rookie OLB Justin Houston. The first-year player out of Georgia is quickly becoming a force in Romeo Crennel’s defense, making contributions in both pass and run defense. Regardless of the outcome of the next four games, it is crucial that Houston continues to grow. Continued progress could mean a potential Pro Bowl season for Houston in 2012.  Arrowhead Addict
Tim Jennings, CB, Chicago BearsPark Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Verizon Wireless is awarding $20,000 to Rich East High School in Park Forest, Illinois, which recently gained the most votes in a text-to-win contest.Students also will enjoy a visit from Chicago Bears starting cornerback Tim Jennings, who will appear at a school pep rally on Mon., December 12, at 1:30 pm, to present the check to the high school and deliver congratulations on behalf of Verizon.     E News Park Forest

Leonard Pope, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
Americus native & Chiefs TE Pope visits soldiers
Some members of the Kansas City Chiefs wanted the chance to personally thank some soldiers for their service to our country.
So they recently made a trip to Fort Leavenworth to deliver their message of thanks in person.
Among those making the trip was Americus native and former University of Georgia Bulldog Leonard Pope.
While on post, the pros got to fire some weapons in a simulator.
Pope said, "It's amazing man just to be able to feel the recoil."
Command Sgt. Major Chris Greca said, "It gives the Chiefs players even a better appreciation of not only what the soldiers do but what are soldiers families have to kind of go thru as our soldiers prepare."
After their visit to Fort Leavenworth, the Chiefs said it reminds them their job is ten times easier than the job the soldiers have.

Ben Watson, TE, Cleveland Browns
Also suffered a concussion in Thursday night's game against the Steelers.  NFL


Travis Leslie, G, Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers also announced the signings of two second-round draft picks, University of Georgia teammates Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie. Thompkins is a forward, Leslie a guard. Read more

Trey Thompkins, F, Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers also announced the signings of two second-round draft picks, University of Georgia teammates Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie. Thompkins is a forward, Leslie a guard.  Read more

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