Got a problem with OBJ’s pants? Fine, says the NFL…

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor AFC North and NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

As a Browns fan, we tend to take the “red headed step-child” view when it comes to how the NFL treats us and our team.

Most of the time, it’s just us being super-sensitive. When we complain, everyone else just shakes it off and tells us to quite whining and get over it.

And I, for one, have tried to be more objective, to not take everything personally when it comes to penalties, fines, etc., that are aimed at my team.

But now the NFL has fined wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. because his pants didn’t cover his knees. $14,037 worth of non-knee-coverage.

So it’s hard even for me to just shake this off and pretend it’s not personal.

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Browns get key piece in Odell Beckham Jr.

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

As a fan of the Cleveland Browns, I am often on the wrong end of trades or free agent signings.

But things have started to change for this team, and for once they were on the winning side of a deal!

While I have some sympathy for New York Giants fans, it’s every fan for themselves in the NFL. And the addition of Pro-Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr., has definitely lifted my hopes from having a winning season to now having playoff and – dare I say – Super Bowl aspirations.

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Of trading Odell Beckham, Jr.

Marquita Quinones
OTFB Reporter

By Marquita Quinones //@LatinLove729

TRADE – The word “trade” involves the transfer of goods or services from one person or entity to another, often in exchange for money.

Unfortunately, in the world of sports, it often means an unwanted change and can involve a player that you are not ready to part with. Such is the case of the trade of New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

When rumors first began that the New York Giants were considering trading their star receiver, I and many others felt this had to be a big mistake.

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AFC North – Everything is about to change

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Let’s face it – the AFC North was a hot mess last year! With Le’Veon Bell sitting out, the once-dominant Pittsburgh Steelers had to root for the Cleveland Browns in Week 17 in order to make the playoffs.

The Baltimore Ravens benched quarterback Joe Flacco and began the new era of Lamar Jackson football. Can Jackson keep being the leading rusher for this team and avoid injury?

The Cincinnati Bengals landed at the bottom of a division where the Browns had held that spot for too many years to count. But the once 0-16 Browns, under the leadership of rookie QB Baker Mayfield, are making their case to take over the division.

Let’s take a team-by-team look at the moves they’ve made so far to get ready for the battle to be “Kings of the North.”

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New York Giants are so close, yet so far

Marquita Quinones New York Giants Reporter

By Marquita Quinones // @LatinLove729

Panthers 33 – Giants 31

“So close but yet so far” is my theme at this point in the season when watching the New York Giants play. 

After a 27-22 win against the Houston Texans, I knew things were looking up.  Unfortunately, that was overshadowed by the 33-18 loss to the New Orleans Saints which brought me back to reality.

However, Sunday brought new hope and confidence as the New York Giants faced off against the Carolina Panthers.

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Will history repeat itself for the New York Giants?

Marquita Quinones New York Giants Reporter

By Marquita Quinones // @Latinlove729

It looks like history may repeat itself for the New York Giants.  They are facing a 0-3 start if they fall to the Houston Texans this weekend. Once again, the Giants offense continues to struggle and unfortunately, all eyes will be on Quarterback Eli Manning.

Former New York Jets defensive lineman Damien Woody gave his thoughts during an interview with ESPN:

“Eli is toast. He is toast, OK? Listen, everyone has talked about the offensive line. I mean, I live in the New York tri-state area. You hear it all the time. ‘The Giants offensive line is trash.’ Which they are. They’re bad. They’re bad. There’s no question about that.”

He continued, “But there’s been one constant with the Giants. They’ve had change at GM. They’ve had change at the head coaching position. They signed (wide receiver) Odell Beckham. They drafted a running back. But there’s been one constant, and that’s the quarterback, OK? Eli Manning.”

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Reflections on the New York Giants first preseason game

Marquita Quinones
NY Giants Reporter

By Marquita Quinones //@Latinlove729

Although the New York Giants preseason opener resulted in a 20-10 loss against the Cleveland Browns, there were some positive takeaways to consider, even with the newness of the team.

Keep in mind the Giants had a major turnover of personnel, so there is obviously going to be some fine tuning that will need to happen throughout the season. Also keep that in mind New York fans shouldn’t have expected them to come out in their first preseason game looking like the Super Bowl champs of 2012.

One thing to consider in that preseason game is the fact that the best player, Odell Beckham Jr, didn’t play and most of the starters were only seen for a few downs. The biggest impact was running back Saquon Barkley and his explosive start. Managing to get 39 yards on his first touch is a feat that the New York Giants have not seen in a few years. It does look as though the void of a running back has been filled.

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In LA, Stars Shine Bright On the Rams Upcoming Season

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan Official Reporter, LA Rams

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LUCYrk78

There is a flurry of activity surrounding the LA Rams upcoming season! Rivaling any Hollywood blockbuster, they now have a star-studded roster – and the season hasn’t even begun.

Not only are they making history by adding Quinton Peron and Napolean Jinnies, who are joining the Los Angeles Rams cheerleading squad, but they’re also a top contender for landing Odell Beckham Jr.

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Third & Short: Week 4 Fantasy Takes

Our Turf Football Senior Editor
Official Chicago Bears Reporter

by Wanda Wiedman & Cleveland Kate // @WandaW63  & @ClvlndK8

While the NFL shook up the world with its #TakeAKnee, we have survived week 3 with quite a few upsets but managed to stay true to our picks.

Last week Kate suggested that sitting the Pittsburgh Steelers defense against the Chicago Bears offense would be ideal and boy, was she right! But if you took heed to our suggestions when we said to start Chris Thompson and sit  Jeremy Maclin.…you’re welcome.

So let’s get started with this week’s fantasy Starts!

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Fantasy Football Update Week 3

Fantasy Football Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

The conundrum this past weekend in the NFL made for some new names popping up in this week’s article.

Highlights from each league

Originals League: What’s COOKin Good Looking had a spectacular week topping the league with 167.30 points. QB Tom Brady (Patriots) scored her a cool 56.80 points, along with teammate WR Brandin Cooks (Patriots) scoring 30+ points. In second place is Bongs Over Brussels Sprouts with 160.63 points. Her top performers being QB Kirk Cousins (Redskins) 47.53 points and RB Kareem Hunt (Chiefs) 29.30 points.

>> LEADER: Bongs Over Brussels Sprouts (3-0)

Female Free #1: Pulling out a win this week is Liz’s Primo Team with 154.12 points. Adding up the points quickly for me included Brandin Cooks, plus three other players each with 20+ points. Halifax Hurricanes is next with 133.92 points. Offensive threats QB Russell Wilson and WR Doug Baldwin from the Seattle Seahawks combined to give her 55 points. WR Sammy Watkins (new LA Rams acquisition) provided 25.60 points.

>> LEADER: Gpodawund (3-0)

Female Free #2: This was a close battle. The top two teams went head-to-head this week with BrownLee squeezing out a win by a mere .56 of a point. This keeps her in the lead over Team TriSARAHtops.

>> LEADER: BrownLee (3-0)

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