The Vegas point spread for Bills-Vikings has fluctuated significantly in the last six days, always staying on the side of a Bills win. The line opened at 9.5 points favoring Buffalo, but as Josh Allen missed practice throughout the week, the spread shrunk on Friday to just three points on Buffalo’s side. Fast forward to late Saturday afternoon — with the NFL world chirping that Allen will likely play in Week 10 — and the line settled at 6.5 points. And it’s the first time the Vikings have experienced underdog status since Week 2 when the team lost at Philadelphia.
Case Keenum and Stefon Diggs made history together in Minnesota. Now, for the first time, they prepare to take on their former team in Week 10. The two main characters of the legendary 2018 "Minneapolis Miracle" are set to take on their old teammates as the Bills welcome the Vikings to Buffalo. With Josh Allen still day-to-day with a UCL injury, there's a very real chance Keenum will be the Bills' starter against his old squad. It would be his first start since Week 18 last season (as a Cleveland Brown) and his first start under center for Buffalo. Allen's injury comes at an inopportune time for the Bills, who lost their second game of the season last time out to their division rivals, the New York Jets. The Jets were able to keep the Bills' offense in check and ran all over their defense en route to a 20-17 victory. It dropped the Bills to 6-2 and left the AFC East in a tight race at the top, with the Jets and Dolphins both lurking close behind at 6-3.
Seated just about a three-hour drive apart, Portland and Seattle should be ripe for sports rivalry. However, as of now, the only major league the cities share is the MLS and while the rivalry between Portland’s Timbers and the Seattle Sounders is real, there is still something to be desired. There was a time when this was not the case. For decades, Seattle had the SuperSonics to rival Portland’s Trailblazers, similar in both their fantastic names and in their devotion to the rivalry. The I-5 rivalry, named for the highway between the two cities, was the only major sports feud that could represent the very real social rivalry that exists between the two cities. In 2008, the SuperSonics had a hopeful future with the Rookie of the Year in Kevin Durant and while they were fresh off the worst season they had ever had, that meant they could get another good young player in the draft to pair with Durant. That pick turned into superstar and eventual MVP Russell Westbrook, but the good young roster being built would not play in Seattle. Starting in the 2008-09 season, the SuperSonics were no more, moving to Oklahoma City and becoming the Thunder. While OKC came close to a dynasty with the young core built in Seattle, the fans that watched it come together had no team to watch anymore. The I-5 rivalry was dead. For over a decade, it has remained that way and professional basketball in Seattle existed only in dreams.
Thunder general manager Sam Presti has a stunningly successful history with high draft picks. Back when the Thunder were still the Seattle SuperSonics, Presti made Kevin Durant the No. 2 overall pick in 2007 and Russell Westbrook No. 4 overall in 2008. The team moved to Oklahoma City for the 2008-09 season before Presti selected James Harden third overall in 2009. The trio took the Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012, and all three were on the NBA’s 75th Anniversary team listing the 75 greatest players in league history. Presti picked Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren No. 2 overall Thursday. Holmgren knows all about the previous high picks, but he isn’t interested in comparisons. DAZN is the new home of NFL in Canada. Live stream every NFL Live Free game in HD. Sign up today - $20 per month or $150 annually. Cancel anytime.
It's been a busy week for the Seahawks, who last weekend selected nine players in the 2022 NFL Draft, and who on Wednesday learned that they are heading to Germany this season to face the Buccaneers in Munich in what will be the first regular-season NFL game played in Germany. With all of that going on, now's a great time to dig into the mailbag and answer some questions from you, the fans. As always, thanks to everyone who asked questions this week, and apologies if I couldn't get to yours this time around. Imelda McGuire from Panama City, Florida asks, "Which draft picks have the best chance to be Week 1 starters?" A: While a lot can and will change between now and the start of the season, looking at where the Seahawks selected players in the draft, as well as what the competition looks like on the roster, the most obvious choice would be first-round pick Charles Cross starting at left tackle. Not only was cross the No. 9 overall pick, meaning the Seahawks think very highly of his ability, he also is coming to a position where last year's starter, Duane Brown, remains unsigned as a free agent. Sticking with tackle, third-round pick Abraham Lucas also will get a real shot to compete for a starting job, though he'll face some stiff competition in Jake Curhan, who played well after taking over the starting job for an injured Brandon Shell late last season. Second-round pick Ken Walker III should have a decent role in the offense right away, though as long as Rashaad Penny and/or Chris Carson is healthy, it might be hard for Walker to start right away. Fellow second-round pick Boye Mafe and fifth-round pick Tyreke Smith may not be starters to kick off their rookie campaigns, but Pete Carroll said he wants to have a deep rotation of edge rushers, so both could earn early playing time even if players like Darrell Taylor and Uchenna Nwosu are ahead of them on the depth chart. For those who miss the broadcast in its entirety or specific portions of it, the NBC Sports streaming service allows the option of on-demand viewing for the fan. If you're a cord cutter, here are the ways you can stream Rugby World Cup 2013 live online.
Though Oak View Group is not from Seattle, the group continues to have success in forming local partnerships and drawing strong corporate interest that will prove vital to both the new Seattle Center arena and a potential NHL club.
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For Katie Fudd, it finally sunk in when she saw her daughter Azzi run out of the players’ tunnel ahead of the UConn women’s basketball team’s season-opening game against Arkansas in November.
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This was created this past fall but I only discovered this a few days ago: The Ringer created a podcast called "Sonic Boom" about the Sonics' sale and departure. They do give eventually give a nod to "Sonicsgate" and have a good set of interviewees including Brian Robinson. But I don't listen to podcasts and this is nine episodes that on the whole merely revisit history that we either know from living through it or that were covered in "Sonicsgate". That calls for spending a lot of time for not much new information. They do uncover a new name and story: a guy named Ed Evans who put together a group to buy the Sonics, initially without a strong notion of moving them. But he was hanging out with people such as Bennett, McClendon, etc. and eventually invited them to join his group. And they pulled him in their direction, although he soon left the ownership group after the sale. Most of the podcast is behind a paywall but there are transcripts on The Ringer website that can be read for free: https://www.theringer.com/sonic-boom