Brandon Browner treated fairly?
Former Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Browner was reinstated by the NFL, but still must serve four more games of a suspension brought on by a violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. Browner, a free agent after spending the past three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks -- the last of which was cut short by injury, then his suspension -- was initially banned a year for marijuana use. He is a free agent and can sign with anyone as early as Tuesday. Did the NFL do right by Browner? Would you want your favorite team to sign him this offseason?
Big moves made at NHL deadline
The 2014 NHL trade deadline was reliably active, with a number of deals going down not long before the 3 p.m. ET cutoff. Among the biggest: The Montreal Canadiens acquired left wing Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders; the Los Angeles Kings grabbed right wing Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets; and, in a deal involving two potentially playoff-bound parties, the New York Rangers acquired right wing Martin St. Louis -- who had requested a trade -- and sent right wing Ryan Callahan and two high draft picks to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Which was the biggest deal? Which team will fare best down the stretch? Who wins it all?
LeBron James might have scored a career-high 61 points against the Bobcats on Monday night, but for Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, that's not all that impressive. Wilkins sent out a series of tweets that pointed out just how weak LeBron's competition was during his offensive explosion:
No denying he put on a shooting display. He was hot. Let's not forget, he was playing the Bobcats. A sub 500 team w a match up nightmare.- Dominique Wilkins (@DWilkins21) March 4, 2014
Where is the Defense? The Bobcats put up 107 points in a defenseless display of basketball. Offensively who was there to make Bron work on D- Dominique Wilkins (@DWilkins21) March 4, 2014
Why are we not talking about Al Jefferson and the MONSTER night he had 38 and 19! Yes, like I said, Bron got hot & put on a shooting clinic.- Dominique Wilkins (@DWilkins21) March 4, 2014
Watch the film. No close outs on D, doubles were late, rotations were slow. It was too easy to score. At 54 y/o I could drop 40 on that D- Dominique Wilkins (@DWilkins21) March 4, 2014
Wilkins later specified that he wasn't criticizing LeBron, just pointing out that, for someone of James' talent, playing the Bobcats is practically Easy Mode:
Calm down people. Not taking anything away from a great OFFENSIVE night from one of the greatest the game has seen. He shot the lights out!- Dominique Wilkins (@DWilkins21) March 4, 2014
Obviously I love scoring & a great offensive performance is exciting to watch, especially from the young talent today.- Dominique Wilkins (@DWilkins21) March 4, 2014
But great basketball is even better to watch! The work, the schemes, the battles, the enforcers inside...a lot of that is lost. #Totality- Dominique Wilkins (@DWilkins21) March 4, 2014
Steelers to keep Polamalu
Loyalty usually isn't a two-way street in professional sports, but the case of Troy Polamalu and the Steelers may be an exception to that rule. Despite needing to create salary-cap space, the Steelers will not release Polamalu, citing the Rooney family's loyalty to the veteran safety. Polamalu has essentially been the face (and hair) of the Steelers' franchise since being drafted in 2003, and imagining him in a uniform other than Steelers black and gold is almost unthinkable. His production has been declining, however, and given that he'll be 33 this season, the Steelers might end up regretting their otherwise-admirable allegiance to one of their all-time greats.