This one’s a bit worse, as it set up the Jags’ eventual tying touchdown

Despite management-friendly scribes swearing to the contrary, the NFL’s replacement officials made some enormous errors yesterday-some of which affected the outcome of games and at least one that directly led to a starting quarterback being knocked out of the game. That’s not to mention track of time outs, which Dominic Moore Jersey we covered last night. general, most of the mistakes were of the purely-boneheaded variety, and there were far more than we could illustrate here. We’ll try to do this every week, with your help; if you a replacement referee blunder, tweet at us or use the #scabwatch hashtag. Patriots vs. Titans. Officials mistook incomplete pass for a fumble-a ruling reversed by the replay booth-which meant that they didn’t blow the play dead. On the runback, which should never have happened, Titans quarterback Locker was hit and knocked out of the game with injured shoulder.. Before Locker got knocked out of the game, he and the Tennessee offense had their opening drive killed when Frump’s crew missed clear defensive pass interference the end zone. Jaguars vs. Vikings. Kluwe stood up for the replacement referees at his game, but there were two big Eddie Giacomin Jersey misses. Here’s timing his jump perfectly yet being penalized for it.

This one’s a bit worse, as it set up the Jags’ eventual tying touchdown. Watch No. 84 at the bottom of the screen, as he’s flagged for illegal block below the waist despite clearly hitting the Jags player legally. Eagles vs. Browns. Both teams took equal punishment from referee Roan and his crew. Here’s Roan penalizing the wrong player for being offside, extremely simple penalty but a mistake that wasn’t corrected. More seriously, though, the Browns missed out at what should have been another opportunity to score a touchdown-one that would have given them a victory-when Eagles player jumped offside during a Phil Dawson field goal attempt without drawing a flag. This is the worst blunder, though. After a Vick fumble on third and short-with the Eagles driving attempt to score a game-winning TD-Browns coach Pat Shurmur tried to challenge the play’s result. But Vick recovered his own fumble, and you can only challenge the recovery of a fumble the end zone. It took Roan’s crew nearly six minutes to figure that out. Colts vs. Bears. Cutler was forced to call time out because referee Wayne forgot to reset the play clock after a penalty. Andrew Luck, believing he had a free play due to a Chicago player obviously jumping offside, threw deep and was intercepted. The flag never came. Bears cornerback Jennings is rewarded for a fantastic and legal defensive play by being called for pass interference. Redskins vs. Saints. Referee ‘s crew bails out Griffin III on a fourth-down play with a phantom pass-interference call the end zone. The zebras’ enthusiasm for throwing flags had a great deal to do with Griffin’s phenomenal first-game numbers. Here’s one of the most glaring mistakes we recorded yesterday. The Redskins started this drive on the 20 after a touchback, meaning the first-down marker was exactly at the 30. On third down, with the ball spotted at the 24, Griffin threw incomplete pass. The Saints committed a five-yard penalty on the ensuing punt. Somehow, 24 plus 5 got Washington the first down. Falcons vs. Chiefs.

Just one gripe about this game, though it’s a big one. Jones made a touchdown catch that should have been brought back for pass interference, but the play was missed by Shepherd’s crew. Rams vs. Lions. There is ineligible interior lineman downfield two yards from the line of scrimmage at the time the pass is thrown. This touchdown won the game for the Lions, who have Briggans’s crew to thank for the victory. 49ers vs. Packers. Oh holy hell, where do we start? Referee White’s crew was horrendous, and we couldn’t possibly highlight all their mistakes. Our favorite, though, is this punt which the 49ers are charged with a block the back despite being the punting team. Apparently Green Bay rushed the kick backward. Unsportsmanlike conduct was called on the Niners on this play for removing the helmet, even though it was Aaron Rodgers’s foot that did the removing. Another good defensive play flagged for pass interference. There were, by our count, at least four false starts by the 49ers that escaped referee punishment this game. Here’s one of them. Steelers vs. Broncos. Last night’s finale capped off evening of terrible officiating, as referee Wright’s crew proved inept and confused throughout the evening. Here’s the crew running away from the ball, which is snapped before the umpire reaches his position and while a Steelers player is still trying to get off the field. The clock never stopped, and was never fixed, after a challenge flag was tossed. Last night’s SNF game was only 59 minutes, because a minute disappeared into the ether. The crew also lost track of the two-minute warning. When a touchdown happens at the two-minute mark, the officials are supposed to wait until after the conversion before calling the warning. Instead, they sent the game to timeout right after the touchdown, giving the Broncos more time to set up their two-point conversion play-and costing the Steelers the timeout they could have used to plan their two-minute drill. Again, this is by no means a comprehensive list. The regular refs make plenty of mistakes, but they generally ‘t misplace the two-minute warning or award nine-yard first downs. If the NFL wants to keep arguing that the scabs ‘t make a difference, it needs to ignore a lot of video evidence.

Cincinnati the quarterbacks have been all but perfect

Cincinnati the quarterbacks have been all but perfect. has gone 14 for 114 yards but the Bengals have seen two drives stall out forcing them to settle for a pair of field goals. Conversely Roethlisberger is 10 for 136 yards with two satisfying touchdowns. has racked up 79 yards and a touchdown of his own on 12 first half carries. Pittsburgh 21 – Cincinnati 6 Halftime Fear the Rams. is back, Bulger rediscovered the gold mine that is Torry Holt, and Linehan looks significantly less suicidal.

The St. Louis trio has Donald Butler Jersey orchestrated two flawless drives on the Browns defense and all three have taken part the culminating touchdowns. But ‘t count out Derek and the Browns, they’re quite plucky. Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow have each contributed a touchdown towards savvy fantasy teams throughout the land. St. Louis 17 – 17 Halftime A Game England? Yes, there is a game being played at Wembley Stadium. The turf, cut short and fast for the beautiful game, is getting torn to shreds by big wet Americans. By the second half this is going to look like that game from All the Right Moves. New York has done a better job keeping their footing and it’s showing on the scoreboard. Maybe Wembley can install a retractable roof before we pencil next year’s game on the travel schedule. New York Giants 13 – Miami 0nd Quarter Halftime Bench Peyton!

Joseph Addai just scored the first touchdown of the day for the Indianapolis Colts after Peyton Manning finally pulled his head out of his ass. The King Midas of signal callers had been struggling mightily, still, he’s just 5 for 88 yards. Vinny Testaverde has completed 11 passes, 10 of them to his own team, and his arm has yet to fall off. DeShaun is carrying the load for the Panthers with 49 yards and a touchdown. Indianapolis 10 – Carolina 7 Halftime There are three other going on, but they’ll have to wait.

For those of a certain age, no video game Drake Nevis Jersey had more cultural impact – and was played often under the influence of MadDog 20 – than NHL ’94. Contrary to popular opinion, it’s the game they’re playing ; sadly, they had already eliminated the bleeding option by then, thus decreasing the ability to partake the activity regards to Wayne Gretzky. Today I want to look at the most underrated part of this game. No, not the crowd meter, not the unstoppable force that is the Housley, today I am here to talk about the Instruction. That may sound a bit weird, but I assure you once you look at it you understand. To begin with, it is 88 pages. That’s right… 88 pages. The game involves 3 buttons and a directional pad and still produced the longest instructional of all time. We that there’s a two-page section on. You know, the thing you do by moving the controller around.

science and the humanities

On witnessing the terrifying power of the first test of the atomic bomb he had laboured hard to create, Oppenheimer could only think of words from the Bhagavad Gita, a classic of Hindu scripture: We are become death, the destroyer of worlds. I didn’t mean for this to get quite heavy but the point is this: science and the humanities should be on speaking terms and hopefully always be curious about one another.

This spurt of Reilly Smith Jersey new growth among the science blogs here at the Guardian should enlarge that conversation. I’m a great believer the power of dialogue to nix misconceptions: the most wonderful moment that last Infinite Monkey Cage show was hearing ‘s delighted surprise on learning that our fellow Guardian science blogger, Prof Butterworth, would have been just as interested the outcome if the LHC had found the Higgs boson.

Through that exchange he saw something new Terry O’Reilly Jersey about the unpredictable nature of science and scientists. As that example shows, a good way to make science more approachable to those who may feel daunted by its experiments and hypotheses is to humanise the people involved. That mission was established – and still continues – at Occam’s Typewriter, independent blogging network powered by a motley crew of scientists and former scientists.

We are grateful to the good folks at the Guardian who have given us the opportunity to further that mission. Here at Occam’s Corner, the regulars of Occam’s Typewriter take it turns to write about their own experiences of the business, hopefully engaging entirely new audiences. However, even here the posts are constrained by space and time, not every ‘i’ be dotted, not every ‘t’ crossed, but the beauty of the format is that we can continue conversation the comments and, together, close any gaps understanding. We you’ll join . It’ll be a lot easier than landing a nuclear-powered rover on.

Paul Pierce to return for 19th season, then retire

L.A. Clippers forward Paul Pierce announced Monday via The Players’ Tribune that he will return for his 19th season, then retire.

“This is it, my final season,” Pierce said. “It’s time to move on from the game of basketball. Just like any difficult decision, I think you’ve got to be at peace with yourself. I’m at peace with retiring, but I’ve got one more ride left. One more season. One more opportunity.”

Pierce, who turns 39 in October, said he felt uncertainty about coming back for 2016-17 because of the grind of another NBA offseason. But upon contemplating the Clippers’ first-round playoff loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, he said unfinished business pulled him back to Los Angeles for another title run.

“I think why not give it one more shot, especially the way we went out of the playoffs, the injuries,” Pierce said at Clippers media day Monday. “Obviously, you’ve got to be good, you’ve got to be lucky, but I just want to just give it one more shot.

“Like I said, to win a championship here for the Los Angeles Clippers would be monumental, and if I can be a part of that, that’s something I thought about, and that’s something that drove me from August, starting in August on.”

Clippers coach Doc Rivers addressed Pierce’s decision to make this season his last as an NBA player.

“Paul has meant a lot to me, obviously,” said Rivers, who won an NBA title with Pierce in Boston in 2008. “When you win a title with someone, just like him and KG [Kevin Garnett] and the whole group, you’re connected with that person, those people for the rest of your lives, and you should be.”

In many ways, Erving was the original athlete-businessman for NBA players. His first deal with Converse was worth an unprecedented $20,000. Erving was also part of the first licensed video game “Dr. J vs Larry Bird,” which was released by Electronic Arts in 1983. As part of his endorsement, Erving took the option to purchase 20,000 shares of the company at $1 a share. He held on to it, which was eventually worth millions. He also was an investor in a Philadelphia-based Coca-Cola bottling plant for more than 20 years.

Erving, considered the father of the slam dunk, played for five years in the ABA with the Virginia Squires and the New York Nets before the merger with the NBA. He then played more than a decade with the Philadelphia 76ers, leading them to a title in 1983. Erving, whose number is retired by both the 76ers and the Nets, was inducted into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.

Earlier this month, Rivers said Pierce was on the fence about returning for another season but that he believed Pierce has something left in the tank.

Pierce played the first 15 seasons of his career in Boston, nine of them for Rivers.

Rivers recruited Pierce to Los Angeles last season as a veteran presence with knowledge of how to win an NBA championship, hoping he would be the final piece to push the Clippers over the top. But injuries to All-Stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul led to a first-round postseason exit.

Yi Jianlian on NBA re-entry: I think I’ll have no problem with that

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — So much unknown surrounds Yi Jianlian as the former lottery pick prepares to return to the NBA following a four-year absence.

It’s unclear exactly what the 7-footer’s role with the Los Angeles Lakers will be in first-year head coach Luke Walton’s new system.

“Oh, no question. I truly believe it will,” Oladipo said. “Because at the end of the day it’s a sport, and people are gonna be looking at some guys in the NBA to see what they’re gonna do as well. At the end of the day you just control what you can control, so your opinion is your opinion, that’s the beauty of the United States, so, do whatever you feel is best that will help you do whatever you believe.”

Kaepernick, a quarterback on the San Francisco 49ers, has drawn a great deal of attention for choosing to sit during the playing of the anthem in the 49ers’ second-to-last preseason game. After a storm of discussion and criticism for his initial action, he then chose to kneel in the final preseason game and the 49ers’ Week 1 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Other players have chosen to join Kaepernick in his protest. Their gestures have included kneeling, linking arms with teammates and raising fists during the song.

Oladipo, who was acquired from the Orlando Magic in June, also was asked whether it’s something he had discussed with his teammates. While he said he has not, he expects to see at least a few NBA players with their own protests.

“A few people just in general I’ve had conversations with about that, I tell ’em the same thing, people’s beliefs are people’s beliefs, you know what I mean, you can only control so much, you can only control what you can control, and the most things you can control is yourself,” Oladipo said. “So whatever you believe, believe in to the utmost. But I think definitely, we’ll see a few guys in the NBA doing the same thing.”

Golden State Warriors MVP Stephen Curry said at the convention TechCrunch in San Francisco on Tuesday that he will “most likely stand” when the anthem is played.

Cancer patient uses Big Papi as inspiration to beat ‘Yankee’

BOSTON — After all these years and all those home runs — 536 and still counting, at least for another three weeks — everyone is well aware of David Ortiz’s power.

But what about the power of Big Papi?

More than ever, Geoff Blanck can attest to that.

Blanck, 45, grew up in Weston, Massachusetts, a Boston suburb where Ortiz coincidentally resides. He graduated from nearby Babson Business School and lives with his wife and two daughters in Waterbury, Vermont. Blanck is a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan, old enough to have had his heart broken by Bucky Dent and to appreciate the significance of the 2004 World Series title while not taking 2007 and 2013 for granted.

Blanck isn’t out of the woods yet. Two weeks ago, his most recent scan revealed the tumor had decreased significantly in size but wasn’t completely eradicated, preventing doctors from declaring him cancer-free until at least his next scan in November.

But while there is no doubt that the Yankees are committed to Gregorius as their everyday shortstop, there is increasing evidence that they are less committed to Ellsbury, despite an onerous contract that will keep him on the Yankees’ payroll past his 37th birthday in 2020. (There is also a $21 million team option for 2021, but let’s not get silly here). How else to explain that Aaron Hicks, who is batting .213, has started 19 games in center field this season?

Syndergaard threw a modest 99 pitches, a sign that the Mets are seriously weighing bringing him back on standard rest Sunday against the Minnesota Twins, rather than using Thursday’s team day off after this series to give him extra rest.

Until the late drama, the storyline had been Noah Syndergaard seemingly emerging as the clear choice to handle a winner-take-all wild-card game for the Mets. Syndergaard allowed one run in seven innings and departed with a 3-1 lead. He now has a 1.06 ERA in his past five starts, which leads a staff that has been utilizing rookies Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman in the absence of heralded pitchers.

It was an interesting little twist to this important win that the two biggest hits — Ellsbury’s home run and another homer that immediately followed by Didi Gregorius — came from two players who were not in the starting lineup. Gregorius was out because of a rib injury suffered in a game Sunday, and Ellsbury was only in because Judge strained an oblique in the fourth inning Tuesday night.

From Jets to Mets: Why Amazin’s tossed a ‘Hail Mary’ to Tim Tebow

When Sandy Alderson initially was asked one month ago whether the New York Mets would consider signing Tim Tebow, the general manager joked: “Are you insinuating we need a Hail Mary at this point?”

Still, Alderson was intrigued by the novelty of Tebow. And the Mets ultimately announced the signing of the former Jets and Broncos quarterback to a minor league contract on Thursday. He will participate in the organization’s fall instructional league in Port St. Lucie, Florida, which runs Sept. 18 to Oct. 8.

Whether the 29-year-old Tebow, now an outfielder, reaches the big league club probably is immaterial to the organization. The opportunity alone for the Mets to plaster their brand everywhere as Tebow generates national attention for his baseball pursuit will be worthwhile to the team. And let’s just say the Mets should see a nice boost in attendance at their spring training facility as well if Tebow ultimately is assigned to a minor league affiliate the Mets own, such as the Class A Florida State League club based in Port St. Lucie.

After he exited Wednesday, fears were that Strasburg would need a second Tommy John surgery after having the procedure in 2010.

“It’s good to hear it wasn’t what everybody was speculating,” manager Dusty Baker said Thursday.

“Waiting on news is always nerve-racking. You should have been with me waiting on news that I had cancer … toughest part of my cancer was the three-month checkup, six-month checkup. Waiting on news is not very pleasant.”

Strasburg signed a seven-year extension worth $175 million in May. He had an MRI before inking that deal, and Lessard said Thursday that Strasburg’s elbow looks “basically the same” as it did then.

The Nationals entered Thursday night with an 8?-game lead over the Mets in the NL East.

Asked who will take Strasburg’s spot in the rotation, Baker said the team hadn’t decided yet.

“We have the personnel that we have,” he said. “You can’t count on somebody else coming in here. So we have to the best for the situation with what we have and then make a determination on who is to take his place now and possibly later or is it a better option to not have Stephen or do we not count Stephen out? Those are our options, and the Lord knows and can heal Stephen with the help of our trainers and doctors.”

Yet perhaps the teams aren’t to be differentiated by their strengths. As easy as it is to dwell on the positives, most good baseball teams have a lot of those things in common. It might be better to identify the weaknesses. The reasons why given teams might not be the last one standing. It’s important to see your own team for what it is. It’s important to see other teams for what they are. In the interest of keeping things well-rounded, I’ve tried to highlight the weakest meaningful area for every team still in the hunt.

Clayton Kershaw to pitch simulated game vs. Single-A hitters

DENVER — In the same setting and under similar circumstances, the Los Angeles Dodgers will conduct another simulated game for ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

With Cole out, the Pirates’ Opening Day rotation has been completely overhauled. Gone are Francisco Liriano and Jonathon Niese (traded) as well as Jeff Locke and Juan Nicasio (in the bullpen). In came veterans Ivan Nova (trade) and Ryan Vogelsong (bullpen, disabled list) alongside rookies Jameson Taillon, Chad Kuhl and Brault, Monday’s starter.

That group has actually pitched well lately despite Cole’s extended skid. Pittsburgh’s rotation ranks third in the NL with a 3.92 ERA since the All-Star break.

So subsequent Kershaw news has been released at a trickle. Water isn’t the only thing they are rationing in Southern California.

When could we see the NL’s best pitcher on the mound for the Dodgers again?

Taking into account the front office’s tendencies, Kershaw’s own competitiveness, and the Dodgers’ need for starting pitching, a possible timetable could go as follows:

SUNDAY OR MONDAY: Kershaw will pitch in at least one minor-league game with the first coming at Class A Rancho Cucamonga this weekend. The regular seasons in the three top levels of the minor leagues end Monday, so time is of the essence. Any Dodgers affiliate would like nothing better than to close out its season with a visit from a three-time Cy Young Award winner, but Kershaw’s objective won’t be to add to the promotion schedule — he will be trying to build up his pitch count in an outing to 60, while throwing four or five innings.

SEPT. 10 OR 11: There will be a decision to be made the second weekend of the month. Do the Dodgers go with one more minor-league outing for Kershaw, possibly with Rancho Cucamonga or Triple-A Oklahoma City, both of which would be in the playoffs at that time? Or do they trust Kershaw for a six-inning outing at Miami against the Marlins? Kershaw has talked about enjoying his time under manager Don Mattingly, but he should still have no qualms about hurting Mattingly’s wild-card chances with a strong outing at Marlins Park.

SEPT. 12: If the Dodgers are intent on taking it a little slower with Kershaw’s return, there is a chance one of baseball’s biggest names could make his major-league return on one of baseball’s biggest stages. The Dodgers open a three-game series at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 12, and what a spectacle it would be if Kershaw pitched in the series. The left-hander has never pitched in Yankee Stadium, a little detail that would heighten the experience even more – especially if the Yankees can keep their own playoff hopes afloat this long. Nothing like announcing your presence with a return in New York.

Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara eyes Labor Day return to bullpen

BOSTON — Given how the Boston Red Sox bullpen has labored for the past month, getting injured setup man Koji Uehara back by Labor Day would be a welcome development.

Indeed, when Uehara got injured, the Red Sox weren’t sure he would pitch again this season. Pectoral injuries are less common in pitchers than shoulder issues. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski recently noted that Detroit Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez missed the final month and a half of last season with a pectoral strain.

“I have learned more humility, for that I am grateful,” Puig said. “I am going to keep working so my teammates can see my situation and be able to give advice to other players about what has happened to me.”

Ichiro floated an opposite-field single off Mets right-hander Rafael Montero with two outs in the fourth inning of a scoreless game at Citi Field to match Boggs for 27th place with 3,010 hits. He notched hit No. 3,011 with two outs in the eighth and came home on Xavier Scruggs’ RBI double.

It’s been a year of milestones for Ichiro, who entered 2016 just 65 hits shy of 3,000. The veteran became the 30th player in MLB history to reach the benchmark on Aug. 7 with a triple at Colorado.

Next on the all-time list is Rafael Palmeiro, who is 26th with 3,020.

But Ichiro has been in a slump, going 1-for-18 in his last eight games before he reached in the fourth. He is getting more playing time in right field with Giancarlo Stanton on the disabled list with a Grade 3 left groin strain, as manager Don Mattingly has been going with Ichiro against right-handed starters and recently acquired Jeff Francoeur against lefties.
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Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani was a member of the Gators’ pitching staff from 2009-11, so he was a freshman when Tebow led the university’s football team to a national title.

“It was great watching him,” DeSclafani said. “He’s a legend at that school, obviously. I heard he was really good at baseball before playing football at school. There are so many people that are against him and a lot who are for him. Personally, I’m for him. бн I think he’s a genuine guy that just wants to play sports.

John Wall: ‘We have a tendency to dislike each other on the court’

Familiarity doesn’t always breed friendship, and that’s something Washington Wizards stars John Wall and Bradley Beal are hoping to finally smooth over heading into this season.

“It’s tough because we’re both alphas,” Beal said. “It’s always tough when you have two guys who firmly believe in themselves, who will bet on themselves against anybody else, who want to be that guy. We both can be that guy.”

With Beal signing a five-year, $128 million max contract this offseason and Wall in the middle of an $80 million deal that runs through the 2018 season, the two still have time to get things on track in D.C.

Apparently even the sight of Durant’s last name is too much for Nazari. According to this article in The Oklahoman, the name of the city is actually pronounced Doo-Rant, unlike the Warriors forward’s last name.

As of 10:10 p.m. ET Thursday, the petition was just 45 supporters short of its goal of 1,000.

That is the mentality he took on over the summer with Spain, a team filled with proud veterans who take lesser roles when they get together in the summer to compete in the Olympics.

Rose has missed nearly 40 percent of his games since the start of the 2012-13 season, due primarily to multiple knee injuries, so his health will always be a concern. But the 27-year-old former MVP believes he has much more to offer.

“I feel like I’m not done,” said Rose, who will be a free agent next season and also changed his number to honor the late Chicago basketball star Benji Wilson. “It’s a new start. I feel rejuvenated, and when you put all that together, when I step on the floor, I really don’t know what to expect. What I’m doing right now is just preparing myself for something big. I think we have a chance to win every game, and in the league, that’s rare.”

The team goal is to rebound from a 41-41 season that saw the Wizards go from being a team on the rise in the Eastern Conference to missing out on the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season. New Washington coach Scott Brooks will be tasked with getting Wall, 25, and Beal, 23, on the same page.

“Here’s this grown man calling she’s never talked to, and she said, ‘Who’s this?'” Walton said. “And Elvin says, ‘Is Billy there?’ And my mom says, ‘I’m Billy’s mother. Who is this?’ And Elvin says, ‘Tell Billy, Big E is calling and we need him to open the gym tonight.’ I’m on the floor, and my mom puts her hand over the phone and says, ‘Billy, who is this guy Biggie? He sounds old. Is everything OK?’ I said, ‘Mom, that’s Big E! Give me the phone!’

“I was never so embarrassed in my life. Elvin and I are still close friends. All of those guys all still my friends to this very day.”

The Rockets relocated to Houston in 1971 when Walton was at UCLA, meaning San Diego lost two NBA teams in 13 years. That’s not counting the ABA’s San Diego Conquistadors, who hoped to become contenders in 1973 by picking Walton in the underclassman portion of the draft and signing Wilt Chamberlain as a player-coach. The Los Angeles Lakers, however, still technically had Chamberlain under contract and sued to prevent him from ever playing for the Conquistadors. Walton, meanwhile, opted for the NBA after finishing his college career and being selected first overall by Portland in the 1974 draft. The Conquistadors were rebranded as the Sails in 1975 but folded 11 games into the season.