By Chuck Barney | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: March 12, 2019 at 9:56 pm | UPDATED: March 13, 2019 at 3:39 am Welcome to the final night of “The Bachelor.” Are you ready for one last blast of crazy, stupid love? Let’s set the scene: Colton, our chaste and soggy-eyed leading man, has flouted years of established “Bachelor” formula by dumping both of his would-be finalists — Tayshia and Hannah G. And he has decided to pursue Cassie, a woman who dumped HIM. Yes, it’s totally unconventional — and defies every fairy-tale trope Mike Fleiss stands for — but it’s also kind of admirable. We can just imagine Colton in the shower sudsing up and singing “I did it my way …” a la Frank Sinatra. (You can Google him, kiddies). In Part 1 of this bloated two-night finale, Colton did a lot of crying and a lot of feeling sorry for himself. But enough of that. Now, he’s putting on his … [Read more...] about ‘The Bachelor’ finale recap: Did Colton and Cassie make it work?
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DENVER • The entire NFL is trying to duplicate the New England Patriots’ blueprint.Nine Super Bowls in 17 years. Three straight trips there. A quarterback whose dimpled chin deserves its own national holiday.One secret to all their winning? The Patriots know how to lose. They rarely put a loss on someone else. They own it. They analyze and improve from it.The proper menu for this Super Bowl, No. 53, includes a platter of whine and sour grapes. Can anyone aside from the Nuggets’ next opponent at Pepsi Center take an ‘L’ around here? When the Broncos played in Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey, the host committee gave out handwarmers and a goofy beanie with blinky lights. This one, Sunday in Atlanta, should be sponsored by Kleenex. Premium Woody Paige: Pat Bowlen, Champ Bailey become Broncos' next Hall of Famers Woody Paige Sports are now the blame game. If it’s not an attorney representing Saints fans threatening legal action over a whiffed … [Read more...] about Paul Klee: In Super Bowl LIII, make mine the New England Patriots. They know how to lose
Welcome to Season 7, Episode 17 of the Unconventional Preview, a serious-yet-lighthearted, nostalgia-tinted look at the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs . . . For all of the relative ups and downs during this Patriots season, they’re pretty much where we expected them to be back in September — resting up during wild-card weekend, with a first-round bye and at least some hope (mostly based on the defense and Tom Brady’s most recent performance) that perhaps they are about to peak at the right time. Sure, it would be better to own the No. 1 seed since they’re 8-0 at home, but that’s something only a dynasty laments. The journey might have been tougher than expected, but no complaints about the result. It’s probably underestimated how much of an advantage it is to have a first-round bye. The Patriots snagged one, so they are in the good place right now, waiting like the rest of us to discover their opponent for next week. Wild-card weekend is one of … [Read more...] about 3 players to watch, and other thoughts on NFL wild-card weekend
Bob Wojnowski The Detroit News Published 5:08 PM EST Nov 22, 2018 I’m warning the Wolverines – don’t fall for it. Down in Ohio, they’re very good at playing possum, and also very good at preparing possum (roasted, with a sweet bourbon-and-chestnut glaze). Trust me, people, I’ve been doing this for a long time, long enough to remember when That School Up North always referred to Michigan, never Michigan State. I remember when Bo and Woody would exchange snarky telegrams. I remember when Ohio State’s John Cooper was so popular, he could’ve won multiple terms as Michigan governor. I know we’ve been told this is the year the Wolverines (10-1) return to their cherished tradition of beating the Buckeyes (10-1), and there are legitimate reasons to actually believe it. Michigan’s defense is so good, players get helmet stickers only when they hit a ballcarrier hard enough to knock out his mouthguard (toothguard, for Buckeyes). Jim … [Read more...] about Wojo’s Pigskin Picks: Wolverines can’t fall for Buckeyes’ possum trick
Orion Sang Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 AM EDT Oct 5, 2018 Jim McElwain paused for a second, then smiled. Michigan football’s receivers coach had just been asked about the growth of sophomore Nico Collins. McElwain’s response: “He was tall to begin with.” Then he shook his head, apologized for the quip and continued with his answer. “I think his understanding of what, why and how has been pretty darn good,” McElwain said last month, after Michigan's season-opening loss to Notre Dame. “I’d say his assignment grade was really good in this game. Which tells me he did a good job in preparation. Now, we just gotta continue that, but he’s obviously gonna get a lot of reps. So, just maintain that throughout.” More: Michigan football vs. Maryland: Scouting report, prediction Collins, a 6-foot-4, 218-pound receiver who has 13 receptions for a team-high 214 yards and one touchdown, towered over the competition in … [Read more...] about Michigan football: Why Nico Collins’ rise isn’t surprising