The NFL just made this politically correct change to the Super Bowl

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The NFL is winding down one of the most difficult and controversial seasons in league history.

Protests marred the start of the season.

And now as the 2020 campaign wraps up the NFL just made this politically correct change to the Super Bowl.

The NFL announced the officiating crew for the Super Bowl.

Normally, this is no big deal as most fans cannot name one official.

They only know who they are when they yell at the TV when a replay call doesn’t go their team’s way.

But not this year.

The NFL made a big deal about making sure everyone knew who was officiating the Super Bowl this year when NFL Executive Vice President Troy Vincent announced that Sarah Thomas would be the first woman to officiate the Super Bowl when she works the game as a down judge.

“Sarah Thomas has made history again as the first female Super Bowl official,” Vincent declared. “Her elite performance and commitment to excellence has earned her the right to officiate the Super Bowl. Congratulations to Sarah on this well-deserved honor.”

ProFootballTalk listed the rest of the crew.

“Umpire Fred Bryan, line judge Rusty Baynes, field judge James Coleman, side judge Eugene Hall, back judge Dino Paganelli, and replay official Mike Wimmer make up the rest of the crew,” ProFootballTalk reported. “Coleman joins Thomas in making their Super Bowl debuts while the other officials will be working in the game for the second time.”

The NFL – as well as every other sports league knows – that when you want a good headline, the easiest way to appease the social justice warriors in the media is to make some sort of diversity hire.

Sarah Thomas may very well have earned her spot on the Super Bowl officiating crew.

But by trumpeting her working the game as a history making step, the NFL leaves the impression that they are compromising The Big Game by having someone officiating based on their gender and not their competence.

Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.

This change to the NCAA tournament seeding may make March Madness even crazier

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For sports fans, there’s really no better time of the year than March Madness.

Every year during the NCAA Tournament, employers throughout the country see productivity drop and sick days increase, so fans can take in as much college basketball as humanly possible.

And based on the NCAA’s latest changes to the tournament seeding formula, this March Madness may be even crazier than it has ever been.

Roughly two weeks ago, the NCAA announced that this year’s tournament would be played exclusively at one location, Indianapolis, utilizing a bubble-like format similar to what the NBA used to complete their 2020 season.

All 68 teams are set to stay in select hotels in Indianapolis while playing all of their games in six different arenas in the city and surrounding areas, such as Bloomington and West Lafayette.

With that change also arose the need to change the system the selection committee uses to seed the teams in the tournament.

Previously, the tournament featured regional brackets that played out in arenas across the country.

As such, the committee utilized schools’ geographic locations to help determine who played in what region, mainly to help cut down on travel costs, which ultimately affected how the tournament was seeded.

With every team playing in a centralized location now, the geographic element of the seeding formula is no longer necessary.

That’s why the NCAA announced this week that they will now be utilizing an “S-curve” method for determining seeding.

“The method, commonly referred to as the S-curve, involves the same first step the committee would normally use, which entails putting the top four teams on the seed list in the four separate regions,” the NCAA said in a statement. “From there, however, things will be different in 2021. The overall No. 5 seed will be placed in the same region as the overall No. 4. The overall No. 6 will be placed with the overall No. 3. The overall No. 7 seed will be paired with the overall No. 2, and the overall No. 8 will be in the same region as the top-seeded team.”

“The process repeats itself for teams seeded 5-16, using the overall seed list to place teams in their respective regions,” the statement continued.

Quite frankly, in a perfect world this is exactly how the NCAA would seed the tournament teams every year.

In the past, when the brackets have been announced, part of the conversation around the matchups has always centered on how each bracket featured a far different difficulty level than the others.

With the selection committee now utilizing the “S-curve” we’re going to get better matchups and brackets that are far more even than ever before.

We’re no longer going to have teams facing one another simply because it made the most geographic sense – we’re going to finally have a tournament where the matchups are purely based on merit and how talented the teams actually are.

Buckle up, boys and girls.

March Madness is about to be crazier than it’s ever been.

Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.

This NFL quarterback made a demand about a protest that no one saw coming

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Protests and marches are all in the rage in pro sports.

It’s more surprising when there aren’t athletes taking part in some kind political uprising in pro or college sports.

But this NFL quarterback made a demand about a protest that no one saw coming.

The Houston Texans deteriorating relationship with star quarterback DeShaun Watson is one of the biggest stories in the offseason.

Watson was offended that he was not consulted on the hiring of General Manager Nick Caserio and it now looks like a trade is inevitable.

The Texans were a playoff team last year and even advanced to the Divisional Playoff round, but a disastrous trade of star wide receiver DeAndre Hopins demoralized and gutted the team.

Another trade for tackle Larry Tunsil cost the team its first round pick, which ended up being the number three selection.

Now it looks inevitable that the Texans will trade Watson over their fractured relationship and to acquire the draft capital to jump start their rebuilding process.

About 150 fans planned to march on the Texans complex in protest and to demand the team make it right with their franchise quarterback.

But Watson begged the fans not to gather in his honor citing COVID-19 hysteria.

“I’m hearing there is a march planned on my behalf in Houston today,” Watson wrote on social media. “Although I am humbled I ask that whoever is organizing the march cancel for the sake of public safety. COVID is spreading at a high rate & I don’t want any fans to unnecessarily expose themselves to infection.”

The fans listened and canceled the march.

This is the first time anyone can recall a pro athlete begging protesters not to march in support of a cause.

The NFL’s ratings once again tumbled in 2020 as players got more politically active.

That trend may have reversed itself if more athletes followed Watson’s example and did not encourage political marches, protests, and riots.

Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.

One sexually explicit photo has this Major League Baseball team in hot water

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Pitchers and catchers report in a matter of weeks.

But the thought of spring training and opening day are not the biggest story in baseball right.

And that’s because one sexually explicit photo has this Major League Baseball team in hot water.

The New York Mets under new billionaire owner Stevie Cohen are trying to change perceptions that they are a second class organization that always operates in the shadow of the iconic New York Yankees.

Cohen promised to boost the payroll and compete with the big boys and made good when the Mets traded for all-star shortstop Franciso Lindor.

But in many ways the Mets are still operating like a bush league franchise.

When they hired General Manager Jared Porter 35 days ago they somehow never found that, ever since 2017, ESPN had in its possession 60 text messages where Porter relentlessly texted a foreign reporter covering baseball in the U.S. insisting she meet up with him romantically.

The woman ignored the text messages until the final message was allegedly one of an exposed penis.

ESPN reports:

The woman, a foreign correspondent who had moved to the United States to cover Major League Baseball, said at one point she ignored more than 60 messages from Porter before he sent the final lewd photo. The text relationship started casually before Porter, then the Chicago Cubs director of professional scouting, began complimenting her appearance, inviting her to meet him in various cities and asking why she was ignoring him. And the texts show she had stopped responding to Porter after he sent a photo of pants featuring a bulge in the groin area.

Porter continued texting her anyway, sending dozens of messages despite the lack of a response. On Aug. 11, 2016, a day after asking her to meet him at a hotel in Los Angeles, Porter sent the woman 17 pictures. The first 15 photos were of the hotel and its restaurants. The 16th was the same as an earlier photo of the bulge in the pants. The 17th was of a bare penis.

The Mets announced an investigation into this matter but everyone knows how this story is going to end.

Last year, the Mets had to fire skipper Carlos Beltran before he even managed one game because of his role in the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal.

Now, for the second year in a row, the Mets will likely have fired a top member of management before the first pitch is thrown.

Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.

UPDATE: No surprises here, the Mets fired Porter, according to a Tweet from owner Steve Cohen: “In my initial press conference I spoke about the importance of integrity and I meant it. There should be zero tolerance for this type of behavior.”

Maybe next time they’ll act like the professionals they claim to be and screen their GM applicants a little better.

Super Bowl Picks: Who will be in the big game?

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FOUR TEAMS REMAIN! The Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Buffalo Bills.

Will the Chiefs repeat? Can Tom Brady lead his new team to glory? Do the Bills still love losing Super Bowls?

So many questions that only time will answer. But in the meantime . . .

*Sports with Balls Official Polling*

 

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Joe Biden is set to ruin sports after he makes this announcement on his first day in office

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Conservatives around the nation brace themselves for whatever Joe Biden’s administration has planned.

Usually, presidential executive orders just deal with the economy and unknown regulations.

But Joe Biden is set to ruin sports after he makes this announcement on his first day in office.

Every conservative can see the writing on the wall with Joe Biden heading to the White House this week.

You can expect an executive order for every day Joe Biden hid in his basement during the election cycle.

And with so many heading our way, you can expect the usual executive orders pertaining to trade, foreign diplomacy, and offshoot regulations.

Sports being affected by executive orders is one of the last things you would expect.

But the Joe Biden administration is already a wack job so expect the unexpected.

And now it’s clear that Joe Biden will issue an executive order forcing schools to have policies that encourage transgenders in sports.

Joe Biden has claimed to be a “champion” for human rights including for transgender rights.

And on his campaign website it states:

On his first day in office, Biden will reinstate the Obama-Biden guidance revoked by the Trump-Pence Administration, which will restore transgender students’ access to sports, bathrooms, and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity. He will direct his Department of Education to vigorously enforce and investigate violations of transgender students’ civil rights.

And right on que the lawsuits from leftist organizations are starting to come in against sports leagues and schools for banning boys from participating in girl leagues.

Even though an executive order forcing leagues and schools to have boys in girl sports might be helpful to leagues like the WNBA, a breakaway slam dunk once in a blue moon might help their dreadful ratings, just imagine the harm it will do to high school sports.

How are you going to feel when a six foot three 16-year-old “girl” with the voice of a trombone wrecks your daughter during a high school basketball game as she drives to the paint?

All we can hope for is that local school boards take a stand against this madness.

*Sports With Balls Official Polling*

The reason Marshall Faulk is “worried” about Trevor Lawrence may surprise you

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There are few players in NFL history with the resume of former St. Louis Ram and Super Bowl Champion Marshall Faulk.

Faulk is a former MVP, three time Offensive Player of The Year, and six time All-Pro, who also played with quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner in his day.

So when Marshall Faulk talks, people tend to listen. And the reason he’s now “worried” about consensus first overall pick Trevor Lawrence may surprise you.

There are very few people who know football who aren’t completely sold on the idea that Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence will be a franchise quarterback for years to come.

Lawrence has all of the tools needed to not only be a starting quarterback in the NFL, but to thrive and completely change the fortunes of the team he plays for.

Barring a once-in-a-lifetime, king’s ransom of a trade offer that absolutely cannot be turned down by anyone with a brain – which doesn’t exist, by the way – the Jacksonville Jaguars will select Lawrence with the first overall pick on Thursday, April 29.

When they do, Lawrence will be united with a legendary football coach – albeit, one without NFL experience – in former Ohio State and Florida head coach Urban Meyer.

And therein lies Marshall Faulk’s worry for Lawrence’s future.

To some, it may seem bizarre for anyone to suggest that a coach who has produced great college quarterbacks like Tim Tebow, J.T. Barrett, and Alex Smith.

But as Faulk points out, outside of Smith, none of Meyer’s great college quarterbacks were ever legitimate starting NFL quarterbacks.

“I’m worried for Trevor Lawrence,” Faulk said. “I mean, outside of Alex Smith, this man hasn’t developed a quarterback that’s playing in the NFL right now.”

“I think Urban Meyer is a great coach, but he’s never developed a quarterback – outside of Alex Smith when he was at Utah – and he had some really good attempts with four and five star guys when he was at Ohio State and Florida,” Faulk continued. “There’s something to that.”

Jacksonville fans aren’t going to want to hear this, but Marshall Faulk does have a point.

Urban Meyer coached teams have always centered their offensive attack around the quarterback, yet almost none of Meyer’s quarterbacks have developed into being NFL starters.

That does have a lot to do with the fact that, for much of Meyer’s career, the type of offense he ran was very different to the pro-style offense of the past, so the type of quarterback he was recruiting to run his offense was never going to be a prototypical NFL starter.

Fortunately, for Jaguars fans, Meyer, and Lawrence, the NFL has recently moved to a style of offense that more closely resembles Meyer’s college offenses.

That doesn’t make Urban Meyer’s track record of not developing quarterbacks go away, though.

The biggest question marks surrounding Meyer’s foray into the NFL have always been on how he will evaluate and develop talent up and down the roster, and how he will tweak his offense to be effective in today’s NFL.

Trevor Lawrence’s future hinges on how Urban Meyer answers those questions, so Marshall Faulk is completely warranted in questioning Meyer and saying he’s “worried” for Lawrence.

Until Urban Meyer – and Trevor Lawrence for that matter – prove otherwise on a NFL field, there will always be questions.

It’s all about how they answer them.

Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.

This controversial college football player just announced they are part of Joe Biden’s inauguration

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Joe Biden’s inauguration is set to take place on Wednesday.

Since sports are now fully immersed in the political culture and officially part of the Left, it’s no surprise that athletes will participate.

And this controversial college football player just announced they are part of Joe Biden’s inauguration.

This fall, Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller became the first female to kick in a major conference college football game.

The stunt got head coach Derek Mason fired as players were not happy that Fuller lectured the team at halftime of their loss to Missouri.

Of course, the social justice warriors in the media hailed Fuller’s botched 30 yard squib kick as “historic” and treated it like Neil Armstrong walking on the moon.

Fuller successfully converted two extra points in Vanderbilt’s next game against Tennessee, but it’s still not like she kicked a field goal, which would be an actual achievement worthy of praise.

Now, Fuller will have a new role as she taped a video message to be played during Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The beginning of 2021 shows that the Left’s politicization of sports was not just an election year stunt where everything would return to normal once the leftists got their way and Donald Trump is gone.

If anything, this success guarantees that the Left will continue to push sports further into the political realm.

Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.

Shaq absolutely eviscerated James Harden and flat-out called him a liar

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It’s entirely possible that the best part of today’s NBA is having former greats who can put current players in their place when necessary.

Rules changes have made the on-court product lackluster, players prefer to be political activists, and many love more than anything to whine about not getting $41 MILLION instead of $40 MILLION per year to play a game.

That’s why there’s simply nothing better than seeing a Hall of Famer destroy an NBA diva, just as Shaq did recently when he eviscerated James Harden while flat out calling him a liar.

When it comes to NBA divas in 2021, James Harden might just be at the top of the list.

Prior to the start of the season, Harden pitched a hissy fit and refused to show up for the start of training camp on time with the rest of his teammates, despite the fact that the Houston Rockets were set to pay him $40 MILLION this season.

While his team was preparing for the season, Harden was going to Las Vegas strip clubs and attending rappers’ birthdays in violation of the NBA’s COVID protocols.

So, when he finally decided to do his job, Harden was required by the NBA to sit out a period of time, and caused several teammates to do the same after he came in close contact with them, forcing Houston to cancel a game.

Harden was even reportedly throwing balls at teammates during practice in order to cause fights so that Houston would be forced to trade him.

All in all, he was a complete and total jerk simply because he wasn’t getting his way.

To add insult to injury, once Houston was finally able to rid themselves of his antics by trading him to Brooklyn, Harden penned a message to the city of Houston and Rockets fans in which he claimed that he gave the team and city everything he had, and tried so hard to do right by them.

Obviously, after Harden’s hissy fit, that message didn’t sit well with many NBA fans, and among them was Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal.

Once O’Neal was given the opportunity to talk about Harden on TNT’s NBA pregame show, Shaq didn’t hold back, and unleashed on Harden.

We’ve seen many talking heads unleash rants only using opinions about a superstar athlete that often don’t make sense, but what made Shaq’s rant different was the fact that it was simply facts.

James Harden demanded a lot of Houston during his time there, and every time the team gave him exactly what he wanted.

He wanted the team to sign specific players every offseason, and every time they did exactly what Harden asked.

Harden told the team he needed this player or that player to get the team a championship, and the team held up their end of the bargain every single time.

The only person involved in this situation who didn’t live up to their end of the bargain was James Harden.

As Shaq pointed out, every time Houston gave Harden what he wanted, it was Harden who ultimately failed to deliver when it mattered most in the playoffs.

So when Harden claims he did everything he could for the team and the city, Shaq couldn’t be more correct when he calls him a liar.

There’s simply no other way to put it – that’s just the reality of the situation.

Now, Harden is in Brooklyn with a team that clearly has their own issues.

And most likely, it won’t be long until James Harden is once again a cancer in that locker room too.

Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.

All hell broke loose when this star quarterback suffered a serious injury

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The NFL playoffs were thrown into chaos.

One big hit may have changed everything.

And all hell broke loose when this star quarterback suffered a serious injury.

Midway through the third quarter of the Kansas City Chiefs Division Playoff round matchup with the Cleveland Browns, Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes left the game after suffering a concussion.

Mahomes was running an option type play when Browns linebacker Mack Wilson tackled Mahomes and drove Mahomes head into the turf.

Following the play, Mahomes got up woozy with a faraway look in his eyes as Chiefs medical personnel attended to him.

Mahomes left the game and never returned as he entered the concussion protocol and backup quarterback Chad Henne played the rest of the game.

The Chiefs led 19 to 10 when Mahomes departed the game and held on to win 22 to 17 with Henne leading the Chiefs to a crucial first down that allowed them to run out the clock.

On that drive Henne completed a clutch throw on 3rd and 4 for a first down and then later on 3rd and 14 scrambled for 12 yards, which allowed the Chiefs to successfully convert on 4th and 2 instead of punting the ball back to Cleveland.

Mahomes’ status for the AFC Championship game against Buffalo is up in the air as there is no set timetable for recovery from a concussion.

The Chiefs previously defeated Buffalo 26 to 17 in the regular season, but if the Chiefs do not have the reigning MVP available for the rematch, the Chiefs path to a Super Bowl repeat narrows considerably.

Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.