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Suspended Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has taken a more personal touch to reshaping his image. CBS 58 has confirmed [Braun] is calling Brewers season ticket holders to apologize. "Hey there's a guy on the phone claiming to be Ryan Braun, it's probably one of your buddies messing with you." That's exactly what Kelly's Bleachers owner Pat Guenther thought Thursday afternoon. He picked up the phone thinking it'd be a joke. "Hey Pat this is Ryan Braun," Guenther recalls. "Right then and there I knew it was his voice based on interviews I've seen on TV. I knew damn well it was his voice." So he did what anyone in the service industry would do. "I said what can I do for you? He said, I messed up, in a nutshell, I messed up. I just want to reach out and say I'm sorry." (CBS 58) Comment
Doc Rivers may be thousands of miles from Boston, but he's certainly close enough to hear the narrative. It's been more than two months since [Rivers] and Danny Ainge played the blame game over how exactly the former Celtics coach landed in Los Angeles in exchange for an unprotected 2015 first-round pick from the Clippers. Ainge claimed it was ultimately Doc's decision. Rivers presented it as part of the Celtics plan. "Honestly, I was very disappointed in that part of Danny's press conference," Rivers said during an appearance on Dennis & Callahan. ... "Other than that, Danny and I have no issues. Danny knows, just like I know, that that's not true. Listen, guys, this is old stuff. I'm here, and Danny's in Boston. You can ask Danny that more and more." (WEEI.com) Comment
In describing Jay Cutler's adaptation to the new offense, Marc Trestman broke out some words not often associated with the Bears' quarterback. "He's been very efficient," the coach said, "and has been very even-keeled throughout training camp and OTAs." Trestman said the fiery Cutler "does feel comfortable" with the scheme, as he prepares for its regular-season unveiling Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Cutler, however, hedged his statement. "Only as comfortable as I could be up to this point," he said. ... "But in the new offense and where we're at right now, I think this is probably the most comfortable I've felt in a new offense, and not having as many reps as somebody in Year 2 or 3 in a new offense." (Chicago Sun-Times) Comment
The NFL is back. In this photo, Ravens QB Joe Flacco and Broncos QB Peyton Manning talk after last night's game. Manning threw seven touchdown passes as Denver rolled to a 49-27 victory. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
This video of a running back from the 6th grade Obion County Schools (TN) football team has been making the rounds this week. Will we see him hurdling over NFL defenders in 15 years?