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The team rightly does not want to deal the unprotected Nets' No. 1 pick. (As of right now that pick is a lottery pick but is only three wins ahead of Atlanta for last place. Tanking Fever, catch it.)It also makes sense for LeBron. He can craft where he wants to go. Heck, he likely could craft a deal that would include a spot for BFF Dwyane wade, too.)This Cavs structure is broken. LeBron hates owner Dan Gilbert and vice versa, regardless of the chance each presented the other for redemption. It's done. And LeBron is headed somewhere.But if he would agree — and the construct of a deal could be woven — would that not behoove both sides. And then, as we become a sports culture that loves the transaction more than the action — and that's a discussion all to itself — LeBron James on the trade block would be awesome sauce. Period. End of discussion.(And here's hoping the Spurs find some sort of assets to move for LeBron, and add him to that cast of veterans and the return of Kawhi and let the chips fall where they may. Giddy up.)Well hello, and good-byeJosh McDaniels said thanks but not thanks after all to the Indianapolis Colts.Ripple takeaways are far-reaching.If you are Johnny Colts Fan, you are praying this about McDaniels and his place with the Patriots hierarchy and the succession plan the Kraft family pitched New England's offensive coordinator.More on that in a moment.In a worst-case scenario for Indy, this could be that McDaniels is unsure about the long-term health of Andrew Luck and his surgically repaired shoulder that was supposed to cost him five weeks of last season but put him on the shelf for the entire season.We wrote this last week about McDaniels' offenses: As the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots from 2006-08, \the Patriots led the league in scoring during that time; When he was the head coach in Denver from 2009-2010 the Broncos ranked 17th in scoring; When he was the OC of the Rams in 2011, the Rams were last in scoring;Back as the Patriots offensive coordinator from 2012-17 and the Patriots led the league in scoring during that time. Yes, McDaniels is a genius and a savant with TB12 pulling the trigger.In the end, the simplest explanation here seems the most logical, and that simple thought has to be that McDaniels was told if he stayed he would be the head-coaching-in-waiting after Bill Belichick. (Side note: Heard this morning on ESPN Radio that there is an exception to the Rooney Rule that allows teams to name successors without interviewing minority candidates. So there's that.)But to go back to a conversation we had around these parts yesterday, the fact that the Patriots are evening thinking about the A.B. (After Bill) days is kind of telling.Even more telling is that the Kraft family worked hard and made a late — read: expensive — push to keep the guy they believe can smooth the A.B. transition after dealing the quarterback that was going to be the A.B. (After Brady) guy.This and that— While we're here on the McDaniels stuff, the Colts have two coaches already under contract — coaches McDaniels wanted on his staff — and say they are going to honor those deals. Tough deal for those cats, and also for the new head coach, whomever it may be. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Bell-ow average?One week after Chaz Green got embarrassed at the hands of Adrian Clayborn and the Atlanta Falcons while filling in for the injured Tyron Smith, Byron Bell was the replacement left tackle Sunday. Twitter was NOT a fan of Bell’s performance.Give my dad a month to train, and he would do better at LT than Byron Bell and Chaz Green— Derek Hall (@D_Hall30) November 20, 2017Surprise, your backup tackle got beat. Poor job by the front office on attempting to retool this o-line. Chaz Green at guard? Terrible idea. Byron Bell? Terrible. Cooper? Awful.— Benjamin Bullock (@BenBulljive) November 20, 2017How did Byron Bell or Chaz Green become Pros?¿?¿? #CowboysNation— Logan Harmon (@OmegaTexasTV) November 20, 2017BYRON BELL LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO— Delonte West is Steph Curry's granddad (@Maccpot) November 20, 2017But, while the 28-year-old allowed a sack, he held his own better than Green, against a better defensive front seven than the Falcons group that torched Green. And, even if Cowboys fans hated Bell’s performance Sunday, they can take solace in the fact that the coaching staff prepared him better for the game than Green. Bell was given consistent help, rather than being left on an island to allow six sacks.Playoff hopes are dwindlingThe Cowboys’ playoff chances have a pulse, but not much sign of life. At 5-5, they’ll wake up Tuesday morning (following a Monday night tilt between Atlanta and Seattle) as the No. 10 team in the NFC standings and no tiebreakers against the teams immediately ahead of them.Before Sunday night, the two games against Philadelphia looked like “prove-it” games that could write the script for the Cowboys’ push at a Wild Card berth, even if the division was out of reach. But if Sunday night was a barometer for the season, things are bleak at best. With four Zeke-less games remaining, and possibly multiple others wit... (WFAA)
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Tuesday but advised people to check with airlines to make sure their flights were actually scheduled.As far away as Atlanta, hundreds of flights were canceled Tuesday at Hartsfield-Jackson airport, the world’s busiest in terms of passenger traffic, where gusts up to 64 mph were reported.In Florida, the port of Tampa reopened Tuesday afternoon to big ships, which will allow fuel tankers to make much-needed deliveries.A?n army of work crews was mobilized to try to restore electricity, which was cut for nearly three-quarters of Florida’s homes and businesses, crippling commercial activity and hampering recovery efforts.Florida’s electricity cutoffs affected 15 million people, Christopher Krebs, an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security, said at a briefing in Washington on Tuesday — a figure extrapolated from utilities’ reports that nearly 6 million customers had lost power, with each account representing more than one person. Other estimates were lower, in the neighborhood of 10 million affected — still half the state’s population — and the numbers were fluctuating as some repairs were carried out more quickly than others. Utility crews were working around the clock, officials said, including an additional 30,000 workers from out of state, the governor told reporters.Some progress was being reported, though. Florida Power and Light said it hoped to have service restored to many of its customers on the Atlantic Coast in the next five days, although damage was worse — and will take longer to fix — on the Gulf of Mexico side.In South Carolina, utility officials reported progress in halving the number of outages from a peak of about 250,000 customers affected. But some of those gains were wiped out by fresh power cuts in the state and elsewhere as the remains of the storm moved north.In signs of nascent normality, curfews were being lifted in storm-stricken Florida cities and cruise-ship passengers were disembarking after voyages extended by the storm.“We’ve got a lot of work to do, but everybody’s going to come together and get this state rebuilt,” Scott, the governor, said.The peninsula’s major population centers on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, including Miami in the east and Tampa-St. Petersburg in the west, suffered considerably less damage than feared as the storm’s track veered away from them.But parts of the Keys, a fragile archipelago linked to the mainland by a single roadway and 42 bridges, faced a longer road to recovery.The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, William B. “Brock” Long, said Tuesday that by initial estimates, a quarter of the homes in the Keys were destroyed and an additional 60% damaged. In all, “basically every house in the Keys was impacted,” he said.One of those who chose to ride out the hurricane in Key West was 90-year-old Shirley Ross Block. Speaking by phone, she recounted her fears during the storm that roofs might fly off — including hers — but they held, she said.Block initially thought the evacuation order wasn’t necessary, but changed her mind when confronted with the aftermath: power outage, rationed running water and dwindling propane for generators. If everyone had stayed, she said, “there would be all the more people in dire straits now.”img itemprop="image" data-baseurl="http://www... (Los Angeles Times)
Sandy Springs and Conyers to Cabbagetown, remained in the dark Tuesday, with nearly 900,000 Georgia residents — more than 320,000 in metro Atlanta — still without power as evening approached. Gov. Nathan Deal urged the state’s residents – and thousands of evacuees from Florida sheltering in Georgia – to stay put on Tuesday as workers remove debris and clear roads damaged by the remnants of Irma. The governor warned that recovery is “going to be a little more slow” because the massive storm touched every corner of the state. At least three people died as a result of the storm, including a Dunwoody man killed when a tree fell on his house as he slept and a Forsyth County woman killed when a tree fell on her car. “All things considered, I’m just thankful no one got hurt,” said Dunwoody resident Ken Burnett as he surveyed damage from a 60-foot sweet gum tree that crashed into his mailbox, taking nearby power lines down with it. “It’s going to be a hell of a cleanup.”September 11, 2017 Atlanta: A sleeping Sandy Springs man died Monday after a tree crashed through his home.? JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM JOHN SPINK / AJC/JOHN SPINK / AJC DeKalb County appeared to take the brunt of the storm. Dunwoody City Councilman Terry Nall warned the clean-up effort will take time. “Despite the massive power outage and loss of traffic signals, everyone, so far, seems to be calm, patient, and considerate, especially at intersections,” Nall said. “This will not be a quick fix, as outages are expected to last for several days.” As of 5 p.m. Tuesday roughly one out of three Georgia Power customers in the county remained without electricity. Half of DeKalb’s school were also without power late Tuesday. Schools there will remain closed Wednesday, as will the Fulton, Gwinnett, Clayton, Cobb and Atlanta school districts. With children staying home and power out, local merchants prospered, especially those offering creature comforts usually taken for granted. In East Atlanta Village, damp and sweaty customers squeezed inside Joe’s East Atlanta Village to get their coffee fix. Software engineer Kyle Woodlock, 33, walked one-and-a-half miles to Joe’s in search of one large café americano and a large café mocha with ... (Atlanta Journal Constitution)