Did President Obama go batcrap?

“I’m sure cheeseburgers will be on the menu,” said Thompson. “And these guys are never short on opinions. Jim Cornette is the greatest talker in the history of the business. People say that Bobby Heenan had the sharpest wit, and I don’t know that you can argue that, but when it comes to rants, I don’t know that anybody can hold a candle to Jim Cornette. Anyone who was disappointed that I wasn’t going to be there is going to get more than their money’s worth when Jim Cornette is there.”

Whitlock on how players and the NFL fell for Trump’s bait: “I include ownership, coaches, executives, Roger Goodell. He baited us, and they fell for it unbelievably. Oh my God, he says we shouldn’t kneel, so let’s everybody kneel together. Let’s show Donald Trump! … Everybody that Trump says something bad about should go absolutely batcrap then.

Robby Anderson, New York Jets, ankle, 1 p.m. ET: Anderson’s presence on the injury report was worthy of attention, but it was for only a day. After being limited Wednesday, Anderson was a full participant both Thursday and Friday, and his removal from the pregame injury report indicates he will be ready to play against the Falcons.

The scheme earned one victory, the organization’s first in NASCAR, in the MENCS event at North Carolina Motor Speedway (Rockingham) on Oct. 22, 1989. The scheme, originally sponsored by Stroh Light, ran in the MENCS during the 1988 and 1989 seasons. During that time period, the Roush Fenway Ford earned one win, 17 top-fives, 28 top-10s and led 602 laps in 58 total starts.

Is Fromm who Gardner told us he was? Because he just threw a horribly thrown ball to start the second half, and Duke Dawson just picked it off. Ugh, weird stuff always happens at the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.

How are TCU quarterback Kenny Hill and his Horned Frogs going to turn it around … never mind, KaVontae Turpin just ran past everyone for a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the opening kickoff of the second half.

On the day Elliott filed his appeal, Jones declined to comment.

The league wasn’t happy with Elliott’s plan to discredit his accuser in his appeal or the NFLPA’s role in it. While the record shows that the woman was dishonest at times, shifting blame to a victim is “shameful,” in the words of NFL Executive Vice President of Communications Joe Lockhart.

“I don’t have anything to say about any of the appeal or anything about that issue, today,” Jones said via the team’s website. “But certainly I’ll be visiting with you guys about it in the future. Right now, today, is just not the time for me to talk about it.”

Elliott finally spoke to the media after his injunction was granted and his Cowboys beat the New York Giants in the team’s season opener. He said the injunction is a relief.

Robby Anderson, WR. New York Jets: He set a new career high with 22.5 PPR fantasy points, catching all six of his targets in the process. Anderson was started in 16.3 percent of ESPN leagues, his highest rate in any of his 24 career games. With matchups against the Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers the next two weeks, Anderson could have upcoming WR3 value.

After breaking onto the NFL scene with six touchdowns during his first three games, Kareem Hunt (3.5 OTD) has failed to find the end zone even once during his past five outings. Despite the scoring drought, Hunt’s OTD is incredibly still well below his touchdown total. Hunt has carried the ball only three times inside the opponent’s 5-yard line and has been targeted twice while inside the opponent’s 15-yard line.

The last year of completely shameless tanking. Back in September, the NBA’s Board of Governors voted to tweak the draft lottery odds so that the three worst teams would have the same chance to receive the top pick in the draft. In other words, the league was trying to cut down on teams resting players and playing marginal talents in hopes of accumulating losses in a race to the absolute bottom.

A healthy Stastny on an inspired Blues team means business.

Though he took his last major league at-bat only 14 months ago, in addition to his Fox gig he is already, among other things, a guest judge on Shark Tank—he and Mark Cuban recently invested in the Ice Shaker, a product from Rob Gronkowski and his many hard-partying brothers—and even a contributor to ABC News.

If not, Bradley becomes a fascinating target for contenders at the trade deadline or as a free agent next summer.

His fallback plan might have been to play under fellow former Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay in Los Angeles, but with Jared Goff breaking out after a dismal 2016 campaign, the Rams aren’t going to be in the Cousins market.

The 49ers traded for Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on Tuesday, sending a 2018 second-round draft pick to New England. The 49ers are expected to release quarterback Brian Hoyer, who is expected to sign with the Patriots to be Tom Brady’s backup.

I don’t even think ramen was a thing at Ohio University in the late ’70s, when I was there, and it never made it to the King dinner table when the kids were growing up. Shake ’N Bake pork chops, and Hamburger Helper—now those made it to the King table, but ramen … never heard of it.

So I was in Denver, and Robert Klemko of The MMQB lives in Denver, and he and his girlfriend, Dana, invited me to their favorite restaurant, Uncle. It’s a ramen place. I first had to explain that I didn’t know exactly what ramen was.

On pace to match his career high in shots on goal and getting his highest average ice time per game as a member of the Blues, Stastny is on pace for his first 70-point campaign since 2009-10. A major part of missing that threshold the past two seasons has been Stastny’s health, which will remain a concern in the background.

the Texans were able to mitigate the loss of J.J. Watt with Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney.

Losing two of the three is altogether different, and why Houston was scouring the veteran market for help this week.

I had questions in this regard, so I have to give credit where it’s due: John Elway and the Broncos have done a bang up job churning the guts of their defense around stars like Von Miller, Aqib Talib and Chris Harris.

Elliott filed an appeal, which was upheld, but it didn’t end there. The NFL and NFLPA are publicly at odds over this situation, and this thing could drag on for some time.

It was about 50 degrees at the time of kickoff, slightly damp, with swirling winds. Before the game, Parcells had noted to reporters that he knew the Bills would be focusing all their attention on LT, trying to mitigate his impact. “But they’ve got to find Lawrence first,” Parcells said wryly.

According to a team spokesperson, the hauler was waiting in line before being parked in the Cup Series garage when the body of a garbage truck shifted on Dover’s steep banking and collided with the stopped hauler, causing significant damage to the left side. The team’s rented tractor also received damaged. No one was injured.

Tom Brady isn’t the NFL’s only age-defying playmaker. Julius Peppers is playing like it’s 2007. He increased his season sack total to a team-leading 7.5 on the season and finished with two tackles.

In 2013, Yankees G.M. Brian Cashman publicly commanded him to “shut the f— up” after Rodriguez, already embroiled in a performance enhancing drugs controversy, announced on Twitter that he’d been medically cleared to return from a torn labrum in his hip—and this was before the league officially suspended him for the entire 2014 season.

Elliott is eligible to play during this time.

On Monday, Oct. 16, the NFLPA filed a motion for a temporary restraining order with the New York Southern District Court. A judge granted the TRO on Tuesday, Oct. 17, but it will only remain in place until Oct. 30 or until the presiding judge hears the case.

This is the same court that heard Tom Brady’s Deflategate appeal. In that case, they sided with the NFL and upheld Brady’s suspension. However, the issue of “fundamental fairness” is the cruz of Elliott and the NFLPA’s argument.

Football Story of the Week: Kyle Meinke of MLive.com on Lions long-snapper Don Muhlbach, who played his 200th game for the franchise Sunday in Minnesota—tied for third in the glorious history of the Detroit Lions. A quick clip:

Obit of the Week: Laura Mansnerus of the New York Times, on the passing of Hugh Hefner, at 91. Great last line of the obituary: “Mr. Hefner will be buried in Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, where he bought the mausoleum drawer next to Marilyn Monroe.”

Ingram has actually been one of the league’s busiest players near the goal line over the past 3? seasons. During the 2014-16 regular seasons, Ingram’s 26.5 OTD ranked seventh in the NFL. He scored 25 touchdowns during the span. Ingram remains the Saints’ lead and goal-line back. Expect more of the touchdowns to go his way in the second half, though both backs are viable fantasy starters.

The Panthers can see that coming, too, with Newton hitting a half-dozen receivers in the road wins over New England and Detroit, and hitting each of those six guys multiple times against the Lions.

“I think he’s learned,” Rivera said. “He still throws those deep digs, he still throws those bang 8s, those deeps outs, and he still throws the vertical. But in between, he’s getting the ball into other players’ hands quicker. And he’s limiting the number of hits he has to take.

A top-five defense is led by a front four that can pressure the quarterback without the need to blitz.

Is it unfair that Belichick and Popovich can get away with it, but when Cam does it we all get nuts? Yup! But then, Belichick and Popovich don’t show much interest in the entertainment business and don’t have a show on Nickelodeon and don’t have a bunch of national endorsement deals.

The offense still isn’t firing on all cylinders even with the coordinator switch from Ken Zampese to Bill Lazor after an 0-2 start.

It’s difficult to buy stock in Cincinnati considering two of its wins came against Cleveland (0-8) and Indianapolis (2-6). If the Bengals can weather three straight road games upcoming against Jacksonville, Tennessee and Denver, Cincinnati could make a move when returning for three straight home matchups vs. Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Chicago.

Can-Am/Kappa return to sponsor DiBenedetto at Dover The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series travels to Dover International Speedway this weekend for the thirteenth race of the regular season. Can-Am and Kappa, will be sponsoring the #32 Ford and driver Matt DiBenedetto as they take the green flag for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism. The team will also be taking part in Dover’s, “Autism Awareness Day at the Races” and will be running a special Autism Awareness decal on the Can-Am/Kappa Ford all weekend.

It was Schulte, however, who was the one who made headlines the next day for his rough and physical—and, by all accounts, dirty—play. Schulte, who died of a heart attack in 2008, was a guard who had played at Illinois. Small and stocky and able to bench press more than 500 pounds, Schulte had no hesitation squaring off against Taylor.

“Rick Schulte was not afraid of, nor did he fear, anyone,” said Don Passmore, Schulte’s college teammate and best friend. “Rick was not in awe of anyone on the football field. He played until the whistle and beyond, and that’s what kind of pissed LT off.”

McVay is scary precocious. It showed in his post-game scrum with the team Sunday

The strategy seems to be working. Lamping says that a portion of the team’s ad dollars now comes from international companies. (Just how much? He won’t say.) The NFL’s UK office says the Jaguars are the eighth-most popular team in London, as measured by jersey sales, as of June 2017. There seems to be a growing pool of British NFL fans to draw from, too: 40,000 people bought ticket packages to attend all four games here this year.

Mark Waller, the NFL’s vice president for international, says the next step in the NFL’s London experiment is expanding to playing eight games a year in London—simulating an NFL regular season—and having one team play in two of those games, in back-to-back weeks.

The general feeling among club owners and executives seems to be this, voiced by one strong ownership influencer: “The players have to buy into something as a group, or else we’re going to be stuck in this muck and mire. That will be awful for the game.”

Fifteen of the CPS’s 96 varsity football programs cancelled their 2017 seasons, mainly because of low participation numbers, and a 16th program combined players with another school to save its season. Rood has built program from the ground up—the team now has 54 players—and posted winning seasons in each of its first two years. For a Chicago public school, that’s a remarkable feat.

At the start, Rood’s job more closely resembled a youth football coach. In the first season only two players out of some 50 who signed on had any experience playing organized football. “It was like coaching 8- and 9-year-olds,” he says. “As a football coach, getting guys just understanding plays—that was the hardest challenge.”

McVay is scary precocious. It showed in his post-game scrum with the team Sunday, after the Rams walked into Jerry World and beat the Cowboys 35-30. He sounded like a veteran head coach, not one who 11 years ago this week was walking across the Miami campus in Oxford, Ohio, scurrying to class as a senior.