The backlash to Papa John’s chief executive blaming disappointing pizza sales on NFL players’ protests came swiftly on social media.

Some called John Schnatter, the chain’s founder, a racist for scapegoating black football players protesting racial injustice. They made fun of the way his pizza tastes. They threatened to boycott.
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The controversy, ignited by Schnatter’s comments during a call with investors Wednesday, is unlikely to inflict any long-lasting damage on Papa John’s corporate image or even profits, some marketing experts say.

People get upset and the outrage lasts for a week. These kinds of things blow over, said Lakshman Krishnamurthi, a marketing professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kicked off the protests against police brutality K.J. Wright Youth jersey of black Americans more than a year ago by sitting, then kneeling, during the national anthem. He has since become a free agent and has been effectively blackballed from the league, an outcome that inspired many African American football fans to boycott the NFL this season.

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The Vikings are the NFC’s second seed but given the vulnerability of the Carson Wentz-less Eagles, they enter the postseason as the conference’s likely Super Bowl favorite. They were 7-1 at U.S. Bank Stadium during the regular season and they will attempt to become the first team to play a Super Bowl at home. The defense is very good and QB Case Keenum amazed all season.

Papa John’s declined to make Schnatter available for an interview.

Other company officials said during the earnings call the NFL protests have hit Papa John’s harder than its competitors because of its close relationship with the league. Papa John’s began its partnership with the league in 2010. In addition to being the official pizza of the NFL, it has deals with 23 of the 32 teams.

Clearly, if you’re the number one recognized partner with the NFL two years running, you’re going to have a more significant impact from a partnership association, said Steve Ritchie, Papa John’s president and chief operating officer.

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Patriots: New England has clinched the AFC East and a first-round bye. The Patriots will clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with either a win over the Jets or a Steelers loss to the Browns. They also will clinch home-field advantage with a tie combined with a Steelers tie.

Steelers: Pittsburgh has clinched the AFC North and a first-round bye. The Steelers will clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win over the Browns combined with a Patriots loss/tie against the Jets, or with a tie combined with a Patriots loss to the Jets.

Jaguars: Jacksonville has clinched the AFC South and the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs no matter the result of its game against the Titans.

Chiefs: Kansas City has clinched the AFC West and the No. 4 seed in the AFC playoffs no matter the result of its game against the Broncos.

Ravens: Baltimore will clinch a wild-card berth with a win/tie against the Bengals, or a Bills loss/tie against the Dolphins, or a Titans loss/tie against Henrik Sedin Womens Jersey the Jaguars.

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Adam Wainwright Authentic Jersey A: Silver said some players did convey that concern to him. However, James said it didn’t matter to him if his picks were televised. Other players, such as John Wall, have also advocated for the draft to be shown. ESPN’s Rachel Nichols has made it a personal mission, excoriating the league to show the draft on multiple occasions. But for this year, it will take place on a conference call between James, Curry and league officials. In the future, who knows?

Sixers: Have reached 100 points in 34 of 43 games and 10 of last 11. …

Jones’s opinion can make things happen, or not happen, in the NFL, so his view of the protests is important — so important that Trump called Jones after the Sept. 25 game to try to get on the same page.

“He did call,” Jones told a Dallas radio station. “He was complimentary, which doesn’t mean that in any way we acquiesced to what he was implying. What we did was exclusive from that. What we wanted to do was basically make a statement and certainly not dishonor the flag.”

Vanderbilt’s Payton Willis made a 3-pointer 40 seconds into the game to open the scoring, but the Commodores missed their next 17 3-point attempts before LaChance heated up.

LaChance went 4 of 4 from 3-point range in a span of 2 1/2 minutes and ended up scoring 15 straight Vanderbilt points to start the rally. But his huge second half couldn’t reduce the sting of a loss to an in-state rival.

Have lost 10 straight in the series. … Saric has reached double figures in 24 straight games. … Luwawu-Cabarott started his third game of the season. … Ben Simmons, the Sixers third-leading scorer at 16.6 points a game, was limited to six points on 3 of 8 from the field.

Grizzlies: G Wayne Selden received two technicals — the second in the third quarter. … Has a five-game home winning streak. … Memphis shot 42 percent in the game, compared to 45 percent for Philadelphia — only the third time this season Memphis has won when shooting a lower field goal percentage. … The 15-point deficit was the largest the Grizzlies have overcome in a win this season.

Henry, who was signed by the Grizzlies on Jan. 13, was 3 of 5 from the field in the fourth, including converting two of his three 3-point attempts. That and 10 fourth-quarter points from Evans, who finished with 18 points and eight assists, helped Memphis come back from 10 down with 9:45 left.

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I have always had a great deal of respect for Mike as a player and as a coach, Robinson said. I saw him up close as a player for the Patriots and saw how he prepared himself to be successful on a daily basis. He was the ultimate team-first player and he embodies that same mindset as a coach. He Kevin Fiala Youth jersey is intelligent, energetic, detailed and a leader whose deep passion for this game will resonate with our players. As a coach, I have seen him develop talent at both the college and NFL level, and put players in position for them to be successful. I am excited to get him in front of our team and watch us grow together as a team.

Jacksonville at Pittsburgh and New Orleans at Minnesota on Sunday are repeat clashes from the regular season.

Ryan heading back to New England so fresh from his Patriots exit is a reminder that the NFL experience resets and circles, that old becomes new and new becomes old.
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The Bucs underachieved in 2017, in part because they went 3-7 in games decided by a touchdown or less, including four such losses to playoff teams. Numbers suggest the Bucs should improve, but it’s difficult to see a high ceiling for Tampa Bay when it is bringing back frustrating coach Dirk Koetter and is still stuck in a division with three stacked teams in Atlanta, Carolina and New Orleans. A healthy season from Jameis Winston — who posted the league’s seventh-best passer rating after returning from injury in Week 13 — would help.

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Where do the Cardinals go from here? They’ve got to address the quarterback situation.

What’s next for the Raiders? Del Rio is a defensive-minded head coach. But while this experiment did not work, the Raiders will probably hire another coach who preaches defense. Offensively, the Raiders should be fine.

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“That’s the fine line, that you’ve got to be careful of [not] taking the aggression away from your quarterback … because I don’t ever want to do that,” Pederson says. “But at the same time, we’ve got to continue to educate and talk to him about sliding and protecting himself, getting down, all of that; the longevity of the season and his well-being. It’s a fine line, but we’ll just continue to talk to him about those issues.”

Palmer was signed with the team through 2018, and they don’t have any other quarterbacks on the roster for 2018. Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert didn’t exactly light the world ablaze filling in for Palmer after his injury, and neither is under contract with the team for 2018 anyway.

A baseball stadium might seem like an unusual place for the Eagles to practice, but in fact, the Los Angeles Rams (version 1.0) played here from 1980 to 1994. The goalposts the Angels put up for the Eagles are the same ones used by the Rams back then and stored for decades in a hallway in the bowels of the stadium. The venue also regularly hosts high school football playoffs, though this year’s games were moved because of ongoing renovations to the stadium’s scoreboards and sound system.

The conversion process is relatively simple: The pitcher’s mound is removed and a laser is used to lower the infield dirt, over which a thick layer of sod is laid down. Early in the week Eagles players commented on the slick grass and having to wear their longer, screw-in cleats. The Angels adjusted—they stopped watering the grass so that the players would have better footing. The Eagles had flown their groundskeeper out the previous week, and the field was lined and painted before the Eagles kicked off in Seattle.

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While Richardson’s decision to sell has led to rumors around potential buyers, for now, Becker is in charge.

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Becker previously worked in the team’s entertainment, ticketing, stadium operations and fan engagement departments. She started as a member of the team’s cheerleading squad, the TopCats, and was hired full-time as the cheerleading team’s coordinator in 1999.

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