From Comcast SportsNetNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Chris Johnson first wrote the names of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims on his cleats. Now the Titans running back has sent gifts to the family of Grace McDonnell after speaking with them by telephone.He had the names on his cleats for Monday night's game against the New York Jets, and he scored on a franchise-record 94-yard touchdown run. The family reached out to Johnson through the Titans, and the running back spoke Tuesday with the McDonnells and Grace's older brother, Jack."You get a whole sense of it and just him and the kids ... that he was trying to be strong, but it's a situation I can tell how he feels," Johnson said Thursday after practice. "I lost my grandmother earlier in this year and just knowing how that feels I just kind of wanted to do something to at least try to lift his spirits."Johnson also became a father earlier this year too with the birth of twin boys. He said that just made him appreciate his sons even more. He said he sent over a few Christmas gifts to Jack McDonnell and the family, and he also shared his telephone number in case they need anything that he might help with in the future.The Titans running back said he still plans to auction off the shoes to help families. But he sounded reluctant Thursday as he discussed the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School."I kind of what to step back. ... I kind of did it for the kids and the family. I really don't want to make it about me," Johnson said.
JJ Stankevitz, John “Moon” Mullin and Cam Ellis look at the best and worst-case scenarios for the Bears in the first round of the playoffs, and wonder if Mitchell Trubisky will be up to the task of putting the final nail in the Packers’ playoff coffin.
1:25: On the surface, who’s the Bears’ best and worst matchup in the wild card round?
2:45: Playoff odds time! Who has the highest chance of playing the Bears in the first round?
5:10: Ranking the quarterbacks of the Bears’ potential playoff opponents
9:00: If the Vikings have the ideal quarterback matchup for the Bears, they also have the best defense
12:00: Don’t count out the Packers just yet
15:35: The next step for the Bears? Be a “finisher” when it comes to Green Bay’s playoff hopes
17:15: Why Mitchell Trubisky sounds up for the task of eliminating the Packers
21:35: The moment hasn’t been too big for Trubisky and that’s a good thing
22:15: Jordan Howard’s game vs. LA is encouraging for the Bears down the stretch
25:55: The rest of the Bears’ offense actually showed signs of improvement vs. LA…except for the QB
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HOT TAKE: Things aren’t great for the Bulls right now. Between fired coaches, player mutinies, getting trolled by the Kings, and a 6-22 record, it's tough to find things to get excited about. It's never good when the off-court news drowns out any on-court accomplishments. If this was a work of fiction it might be downright interesting. This feels more like 90s wrestling than 2018 NBA. In the spirit of taking a break from the negative stuff, and honoring the Gods of Content, here are the 2018 Bulls if they were Attitude Era WWE Superstars.
(Editor's Note: The WWE Attitude Era was 1997-2001)
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Zach LaVine is The Rock
The Rock conquered Hollywood, LaVine went to UCLA. The Rock’s finishing move “The People’s Elbow” is the most electrifying move in sports entertainment. A Zach LaVine dunk is the most electrifying move in the United Center. The Rock was the “People’s Champ”. Zach became the Bull’s “People’s Champ” when he was top 5 in scoring in the face of injuries and team dysfunction. Do you smell what LaVine Cuisine is cooking?
Bobby Portis is Ken Shamrock
Bobby is the emotional leader and brings 100 percent intensity each and every game. Ken Shamrock was called “The Most Dangerous Man in the World.”
Wendell Carter Jr. is The Undertaker
The Undertaker wasn’t always the elder statesmen of wrestling. When he debuted at Survivor Series in 1990, he was a 6-foot-10 athlete with a stoic personality who seemed mature for his age and had a huge upside. Sound like anyone you know? They even called The Undertaker, “The Phenom”. Can we please start calling Wendell Carter Jr. “The Phenom”? Please?
Ryan Arcidiacono is Billy Kidman
Ok, Billy Kidman was with WCW during the Attitude Era, but this is too perfect. They are both undersized fan favorites who overachieve and show flashes of brilliance. Plus they are 90’s dreamy. #TWOTIGERBEATS.
Lauri Markkanen is Chris Jericho
Both are blonde, charismatic, foreigners who have the potential to be The Best In the World. Jericho would often talk about how he would “save the fans” and Markkenan returned last week to save us from this season.
Justin Holiday is Christian
Both are solid, reliable athletes that have more heralded brothers. Christian is no Edge and so far Justin has not been Jrue. Both Justin and Christian can thrive if in the right circumstances.
Kris Dunn is Eddie Guerrero
Let’s hope Kris Dunn has the chance to have a career like Eddie Guerrero. Dunn is an undersized determined athlete with the work ethic heart and IQ to be great. Eddie Guerrero was an undersized determined athlete with the work ethic heart and IQ to be great and became great. We haven’t seen enough from Dunn to know what we have.
Robin Lopez is Kane
Cam Payne is X-Pac
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• Chandler Hutchison is the Lethal Weapon Steve Blackman
• Jabari Parker is Razor Ramon
• Shaq Harrison is D’Lo Brown
• Denzel Valentine is Val Venis
• Cristiano Felicio is Gangrel