Bills head coach Rex Ryan is looking forward to facing the Patriots, John Jastremski and Jim McNally reportedly won’t be disciplined by the NFL, David Ortiz got his home run ball back, and the rest of the sports news you need to know to start your Monday.
Steelers say altercation between coach and Patriots fan never happened: “The Steelers have found no wrongdoing or even a physical altercation involving tight ends coach James Daniel and a New England Patriots fan at the game Thursday night in Foxborough, Mass., team president Art Rooney II said.
“In a statement to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rooney said an internal inquiry found ‘no corroboration’ that a fan was physically assaulted by Daniel either before or after halftime of the Steelers’ 28-21 loss at Gillette Stadium.’’ (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
No league discipline coming for Jastremski, McNally: “As the NFL considers whether to reinstate Patriots employees John Jastremski and Jim McNally, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the league will not be imposing discipline on either man.
“According to the source, executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent intends not to interrogate the suspended employees but to discuss their roles going forward. The team will have representation in the room during the meeting.’’ (ProFootballTalk.com)
Fox has fun with Deflategate in Sunday pregame ‘PSI: Boston’ spoof:
Rex Ryan can’t wait for the Patriots to come to town: “The one thing you don’t know entering a season is how the enthusiasm of an off-season is going to translate to the regular season. The Bills sold more than 60,000 season tickets for the first time in their history, a tribute to the undying optimism of a region on the longest playoff cold streak of any team in the league. (It’s been 15 years.) The defense is the real thing. If the offense can hold up its end—and really, you can say the same thing about any of the three AFC East challengers to New England—Buffalo will be in it till the end. That’s a big if, of course. It’ll depend on the maturation of [quarterback Tyrod] Taylor.
“But on Sunday, [Rex] Ryan wasn’t looking too far ahead. He was looking at next Sunday. Some old friends are coming to town: Bill Belichick. Tom Brady. The schedule-maker came up with an unlikely AFC Game of the Week in Week 2. ‘Wait till next week,’ Ryan said, chuckling over the phone. ‘Holy s—. I cannot wait.’’’ (TheMMQB.com)
#Bills HC Rex Ryan: I'll start thinking about the Patriots after I have a couple of beers— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) September 13, 2015
Bills fans chant ‘WE WANT BRADY’ during Sunday’s game against Colts:
"We want Brady" being chanted in Buffalo. "Ouch my butt hurts" will be next weeks chant. pic.twitter.com/PuonYDpXY7— Fake Rob Gronkowski (@Faux_Gronkowski) September 14, 2015
ICYMI: Matt Damon weighs in on Tom Brady in Toronto: “I think the practice of inflating the balls before games is far less scientific, or was, last year, far less scientific, than the NFL is pretending that it was. I think it was a couple of dudes with needles from MVP Sports, and they were giving the balls a cantaloupe test before the game. And what resulted was, you know, a game we almost lost — because Tom was being given footballs that were inflated to over 16 PSI, which is ridiculous. Essentially, it would be the same as him throwing footballs that were underinflated to 9 PSI. So, we almost lost that game. We were a blocked field goal from losing that game [a narrow victory over the Jets in 2014]. And I think someone like Brady would absolutely say, ‘I want the balls at 12-and-a-half.’ Like, under no circumstance can this happen again. From there I don’t know what happens.’’ (The Boston Globe)
Seahawks again snatch defeat from the jaws of victory: “…Dion Bailey, playing his first NFL game and replacing holdout Kam Chancellor at strong safety, fell down while attempting to cover St. Louis tight end Lance Kendricks, allowing Kendricks to waltz in with a 37-yard touchdown catch to tie the score with 53 seconds remaining.
“’I just got my foot stuck in the turf and just fell down,’ Bailey said. ‘I promise you it will never happen again.’ And then normally reliable kicker Steven Hauschka simply mis-hit the ball on the kickoff to start the overtime, with the Rams recovering at the Seattle 49-yard line, setting up a short drive for the go-ahead field goal.’’ (Seattle Times)
1-0. #GoHawks— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) September 12, 2015
Giants choke away a win in Dallas: “Facing third-and-goal from the Cowboys’ 1-yard line with 1:43 left and Dallas out of timeouts, [Eli] Manning threw the ball out of the end zone instead of taking a sack that would have drained the clock of about another 40 seconds.
“’I should have taken that sack,’ said a crestfallen Manning, who finished 20-of-36 passing for just 193 yards. ‘This is 100 percent on me. That [throw out of the end zone] should never have happened.’’’ (New York Post)
Giants' plane didn't leave Dallas until after 4 am due to a mechanical issue. Adds insult to injury....— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 14, 2015
Patriots will miss injured Dez Bryant when they visit Dallas: “Bryant will miss at least four weeks with a broken foot. The Cowboys cut loose DeMarco Murray this offseason to pay Bryant, believing he was more instrumental to the success of this offense than the NFL’s leading rusher. His presence on the flank kept that eighth defender out of run defense, creating daylight for Murray, and also forced single coverage on Terrance Williams, Jason Witten and every other Dallas receiver.
“Without Dez, yards on the ground and through the air will be tougher to come by in the next month. That could mean lower-scoring games and greater pressure on the Dallas defense to bow up especially with a schedule that includes the Saints and Patriots and their Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks in the next four weeks.’’ (The Dallas Morning News)
John Calipari apologizes to former UMass players at Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony: “Calipari, who coached UMass to the Final Four in 1996 in a season which was later vacated, took time to specifically apologize to his former Minutemen players. ‘I was 29 years old and I had no idea what I was doing,’ he said. ‘You took UMass from the bottom and brought it to the Elite Eight and the Final Four, and you did it in spite of me.’’’ (Boston Herald)
Rich Hill’s inspirational climb: “Any discussion of the encore, or how many encores there may be, can wait. You make an improbable journey like the one that 35-year-old left-hander Rich Hill took to be on the mound at Tropicana Field Sunday afternoon — the road to the majors doesn’t often lead through Central Islip, New York — you stop to admire the view.
“’A lot of stuff now,’ Hill said after holding Tampa Bay to one hit in seven scoreless innings while striking out 10 in Boston’s 2-0, 13-inning win over the Rays, ‘is about staying in the moment, trying not to get too forward, or think about anything that happened in the past.’’’ (ESPNBoston.com)
Orioles fan gives David Ortiz his 500th home run ball: “’I got it,’ Ortiz said proudly. ‘It’s a young guy that was at the game. He told me he sat there because he had a feeling he was going to catch my 500th home run today, so he just came for the game. He was very nice. He handed it to me, no problem. He was happy and proud of doing it. We put a very nice package for him. He doesn’t want many people to know about him, so I’ve got to respect that about him. He was super nice, and I really appreciate that.’ And about that Orioles shirt? ‘Yeah, we kind of forced him to switch it later,’ Ortiz said.’’ (The Boston Herald)
Jacoby Ellsbury has turned into ‘offensive black hole’ for Yankees: “The center fielder went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, which followed an ugly Saturday in which he didn’t get a hit in 10 at-bats. Overall, the $153 million leadoff hitter is in a 1-for-25 funk…
“Rarely seen in the clubhouse, [Ellsbury] made a brief appearance after Saturday’s sweep and said only that the Yankees had to “come out with energy’’ Sunday. But a black hole at the top of the lineup has taken a toll on an offense that is already without Mark Teixeira for the remainder of the season with a fractured leg.’’ (New York Post)
Boston MVPs through the years: