Houston Texans Decide The Andre Johnson Era Is Over

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"I know that we would like to have him back, we'd like to see him retire a Houston Texan. But again, I don't think retirement is in his mind. When I say that, I just mean in the future. We don't want him to play anywhere else. He's a Houston Texan and we want him back." -- Bill O'Brien at the NFL Combine two weeks ago

If you read Bill O'Brien's quotes from the NFL Combine a couple weeks ago, he really seemed to want Andre Johnson back with the Houston Texans next season. He seemed adamant, almost enthusiastic, by God!

However, as is oftentimes the case, it's not so much what O'Brien said, but what he didn't say. Scour the quotes again, and there's no mention of dollars, no mention of "at what price" the Texans would want Andre Johnson back. Just, "Hey, we'd love to have Andre Johnson back!"

Money can be a very polarizing issue in today's NFL, what with that darn salary cap and all, and when a big cap figure meets advancing age and declining production, rarely is happiness at that nexus. Unless you're an elite quarterback or willingly choose to walk away at a young age (Barry Sanders), if you are a highly paid franchise icon, you'll likely finish out your career toiling for another team. That's the way it is. That's the NFL.

Predictably, Andre Johnson and Texan fans learned this the hard way on Monday night.

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Hey, NFL, You Can Keep Your Super Bowl and We'll Hang Onto Our $50M, Deal?

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According to a report from Chron.com, the NFL, after touring NRG Stadium this week, says the stadium needs up to $50 million in upgrades in anticipation of Super Bowl LI, to be held in Houston in 2017. While the upgrades include the installation of Wi-Fi (a requirement for all NFL stadiums that NRG has yet to add) as one component, the bulk of the modifications -- some $45 million worth -- are said to be primarily for the club and suite levels.

They're kidding, right? Apparently not.

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Aaron Hernandez's Bar Tab From the Night Odin Lloyd Was Killed (w/ VIDEO)

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Most of us, thankfully, have no firsthand knowledge of what goes through the mind of a murderer mere hours before he or she commits such a dastardly deed.

Now, we are not completely certain that former New England Patriots tight end (and current guest of the Massachusetts correctional system) Aaron Hernandez is, in fact, a murderer, although the overwhelming pile of evidence seems to indicate that, at the very least, he sure does find himself near lots of guns and crime scenes.

Hernandez is currently being tried for the murder of Odin Lloyd, so if he is indeed convicted of this crime, surveillance footage played during testimony on Thursday morning would, in theory, give us a window into the mind of at least one convicted murderer just hours before he killed another man.

And the answer appears to be that, just prior to killing someone, a murderer likes to wave his hands in the air, like he just don't care!

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Adrian Peterson's Suspension Overturned By Judge

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When it comes to off the field crime during the NFL's calendar year, 2014 will be remembered as much for Roger Goodell's questionable handling of punishment as it will be for the crimes themselves.

Of course, there was the Ray Rice domestic assault case, whose discipline process set a new standard for offensiveness and ineptitude, complete with Goodell possibly lying about Rice's testimony in their sit-down meeting and a total overreaction (to their initial under-reaction) by the Ravens and the league to the release of the video of the incident in which Rice struck his fiancé. Eventually, that mess had to be cleaned up by somebody else, with Rice getting reinstated upon appeal.

Then there was Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's child abuse case, in which Peterson sat out over two months of the season while he was in court, eventually plead to a lesser charge, and was still suspended until April 2015, despite being told he'd be credited for time served. Like Rice, Peterson appealed.

And like Rice, Peterson's Goodell mess had to be cleaned up by somebody else.

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Michael Sam Reportedly Slated for Next Season of Dancing With The Stars

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Of all the marquee reality television shows, the one that has utilized current and former NFL players to the greatest extent (and it's really not even that close) is ABC's Dancing With The Stars.

Former NFL standouts Emmitt Smith and Hines Ward are former DWTS champions, and in seasons past, the show has also featured Jerry Rice, Warren Sapp and Jason Taylor coming in second place. Former Houston Texan Jacoby Jones parlayed his 15 minutes of good football into a berth on the show in 2013.

However, those players all had certain things in common. They were either retired or, in the case of Jones, an established player under a lucrative contract.

Michael Sam is neither retired nor established. However, he will reportedly become the first hopeful NFL player to appear on the program this coming season.

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NFL Combine: 5 Things We Learned From Bill O'Brien and Rick Smith

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I'll admit, I am a bit of a press conference junkie, especially with NFL head coaches, the one category of sports personnel who are on a very regimented communication schedule, and from whom many times you can learn as much from what they don't say as you do from what they do say (or how they say it....confused yet?).

In the pantheon of NFL head coach (and GM) interviews, among the most revealing are the sessions at the NFL combine, mostly because they're facing a national media throng who know that asking an uncomfortable question won't result in any ill will for the next 17 weeks from the coach or GM.

To that end, Bill O'Brien and Rick Smith had their turn at the combine on Thursday. Here's a quick rundown on what we learned:

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Houston Rockets Not on Goran Dragic's List of Desired Trade Destinations

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It was the summer of 2012, the NBA's offseason, and it was time for the Houston Rockets to begin making some moves.

Goran Dragic, the smooth, Slovenian point guard that the Rockets had acquired in a trade for Aaron Brooks a little over a year prior, was coming off of his best season as a pro, averaging nearly twelve points a game in 2011-2012 and routinely cracking the twenty point mark in games during the final two months of the season after taking over starting point guard duties in the wake of the Kyle Lowry trade to Toronto.

So it would stand to reason that the Rockets would want to keep Dragic around to run the show with Chandler Parsons and whoever Daryl Morey eventually acquired as a foundational type of star player. Or so we thought. The team offered Dragic around $8 million per year over three years, but Dragic wanted a fourth year at his option in the deal. The Rockets balked at that.

As it turned out, the Rockets wanted to keep Dragic, but not enough to concede player control over a fourth year in the deal, and perhaps whatever remaining grudge Dragic has over that is the reason why we are where we are this morning.

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SNL Anniversary Special Triples NBA All Star Game Rating (w/ Eddie Murphy SNL VIDEO)

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In some ways, it's never been easier to be a couch potato. There's more good TV than there's ever been, and so long as you have a DVR with the proper wherewithal to record multiple shows at any one time, you can relax and binge watch for days on end.

However, the decisions on what to watch in first run have never been more difficult. Sports would seem to be the default "live watch" because it's real and it's immediate and it's nearly impossible to avoid spoilers if you function as a human being on a remotely normal basis in 2015.

However, with the advent of social media, all it takes is one dickhead to ruin a drama or comedy running first time, so the sporting event had better be compelling if it's going to beat out first run dramatic or comedic endeavors.

So on a crowded Sunday night, was the NBA All Star Game compelling enough to trump NBC's 40th anniversary special for Saturday Night Live? Well, Monday we got our answer...

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Happy Presidents' Day! 5 Great Presidential Sports Moments (w/ VIDEO)

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It's Presidents' Day, a semi-fabricated holiday made up by somebody who got tired of giving us days off on both Washington's and Lincoln's birthdays. Those were good times, and they've been ruined by one morphed-together holiday where Washington and Lincoln are now each getting just a little bit screwed.

I know how they feel. My older two children were born on my birthday 17 years ago. I'll let you take one guess as to whose birthday gets jammed at the back of the line every year in our family. Yep, old pops!

So George and Abe, I feel you, man. Let's see if we can't properly celebrate you and your presidential ilk in a post here today. How about five of the greatest presidential sports moments in our nation's history?

Sound good? Okay...

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J.J. Watt Actually Takes a Vacation (w/ Tropical Photo)

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I'll be honest, I didn't realize that J.J. Watt's inventor had programmed his 300 pound cyborg to take vacations.

I just thought that the modern day Dr. Frankenstein that created Watt embedded some code into his hard drive that triggered an offseason routine that largely resembled the slogan on any Brock Lesnar t-shirt -- EAT. SLEEP. WORK OUT. REPEAT. (As opposed to Watt's regular season slogan -- EAT. SLEEP. SACK BORTLES. REPEAT.)

But alas, I was wrong. Apparently the code includes at least a smidgen of vacation time. Who knew?

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