Pokes in the NFL Week 1: Joe Randle Stars in Lead Role

first_imgJustin Gilbert, CBCleveland BrownsDNP Football is well underway now with college and the NFL both in full swing. Joe Randle and Dan Bailey did their thing in Dallas’ last-second win over the New York Giants. Russell Okung did not do his thing against the St. Louis Rams. Here’s a recap of Pokes in the NFL Week 1.Pokes on the PokesOdell Beckham Jr., who?Joseph Randle made this nasty one-handed grab in the Dallas Cowboys’ matchup with New York on Sunday night football. The catch highlighted Randle’s first game as the lead running back for the Cowboys. Randle finished the day with 107 total yards (42 receiving, 65 rushing) as Dallas won in thrilling fashion, 27-26.His performance caught the attention of Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy.I see you @JRAN_1 showing off your great hands. Great job. Keep it up @SNFonNBC @dallascowboys— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) September 14, 2015But Randle wasn’t the only former OSU player to make an impact for Dallas Sunday night. Dan Bailey hits field goals with such accuracy, he could probably do it in his sleep.https://twitter.com/brendon_wm/status/643268564258959360On Sunday, things were no different. Bailey nailed both of his field goal attempts and all three of his PAT attempts, despite the new NFL rule, which moved the PAT back to the 15-yard line, making extra point attempts 33 yards.But, after an unfortunate headshot, Bailey was victim to jokes on social media.Even with his eyes closed, Bailey was able to hit the game-winning PAT for Dallas after an incredible drive led by Tony Romo.Dez Bryant was having a solid game for the Cowboys when he left. Bryant finished with five catches for 48 yards in the Dallas win. But bad news came after the game that Bryant will be out for 4-6 weeks with a broken foot.After posting 88 receptions, 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns last season, Bryant will leave a big hole in Dallas’ passing game. But even hobbled, he found a way to celebrate the Cowboys’ win.Dez Bryant suffers broken foot, still finds way to celebrate Cowboys’ win: http://t.co/hm585bO2T4 pic.twitter.com/ZDgPLbGOAT— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) September 14, 2015Tyler Patmon also contributed to the Cowboys on both defense and special teams. Patmon totaled four tackles and returned two kickoffs for an average of 13 yards.https://twitter.com/coach_steward/status/643258426978467841Perrish Cox debuts for TitansAfter signing a 3-year $15 million contract with Tennessee in the offseason, Perrish Cox played his first game for the Titans on Sunday. Jameis Winston was playing in his first NFL game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thanks in part to Cox, it was a rough first day for the former Heisman trophy winner.Cox recorded two tackles in the Tennessee win.Perrish Cox breaks up a pass by Winston. He’s had a great day.— TitansMCM (@TitansMCM) September 13, 2015Other notable performancesBrandon Pettigrew played a little for the Lions before leaving with an injury.Brandon Pettigrew grabbing at his left hamstring after that PAT. Walks slowly off the field.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 13, 2015The Seattle Seahawks had a rough time protecting quarterback Russell Wilson against the St. Louis Rams’ pass rush. Wilson was sacked six times for a total loss of 32 yards. Former Cowboy Russell Okung plays tackle for the Seahawks and was quick to take blame for the poor protection on Wilson.#Seahawks LT Russell Okung: “I just have to play better. I’ve got to protect the quarterback better. That’s unacceptable.”— Danny O’Neil (@dannyoneil) September 13, 2015In addition to Cox, number of former Cowboys found new homes this offseason.Antonio Smith (Broncos), Ryan Robinson (Seahawks) and Kevin Williams (Saints) all are on new teams this year. In week one, only Williams and Smith played. Williams finished with one tackle against Arizona, while Smith had two versus Baltimore.There’s both Kevin Williams and John Jenkins stuffing Ellington right at the point of attack. #Saints will need plenty of that this year.— David Billiot Jr (@DCBilliotJr) September 13, 2015Here’s a list of the rest of the Pokes in the pros. Brandon Weeden, QBDallas CowboysDNP Lane Taylor, GGreen Bay PackersDNP If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! NameTeamWeek 1 status Kendall Hunter, RBSan Francisco 49ersDNP (listed on IR)last_img read more

Photographer files complaint with police after alleged assault while on the job

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto newspaper photographer said he opted to file a complaint with police about being attacked while covering a protest in order to raise awareness about the dangers of escalating anti-media sentiment.Longtime Toronto Sun staff photographer Stan Behal said what he experienced last weekend — which included being hit on the head — was different from other incidents over his 35-year career, alleging it appeared to be fuelled by animosity toward journalists.The occurrence, coupled with increasing anti-media rhetoric from south of the border, made him feel the need to put the matter before police, he said.“The public is getting the message that you can get away with this, especially when someone as high-profile as the President of the United States says that we’re the ‘enemy of the people,’” Behal said. “That’s scary. That really makes what we do very difficult.”Toronto police said in a news release Thursday they were looking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect in an alleged assault on a 63-year-old man in the city’s downtown last Saturday. A police spokeswoman confirmed the victim of the alleged incident was Behal. Police said the suspect is a man in his 20s, with a muscular build and short brown hair. He was wearing a grey T-shirt at the time.Behal said the incident took place while he was covering an anti-hate rally in downtown Toronto on Saturday.A coalition of religious, labour and social justice groups had convened to counteract a planned demonstration by the Worldwide Coalition Against Islam, which is open about its anti-Muslim and white supremacist agenda. That group ultimately did not go through with its rally but those against it gathered nonetheless.Behal said that while many espoused messages of tolerance, a specific contingent made him feel targeted as he accompanied a Toronto Sun columnist and snapped photos of the event.Those individuals, who covered their faces with bandannas, followed, photographed and challenged him as he tried to complete his assignment, he said.Suddenly, a man whose face was not covered lunged at him, Behal said.A video posted on the Sun’s website shows a man rush up to Behal, swat at his head, grab his arm and eventually yank off his cap. Several people, including police, look on as the incident takes place.“I think he meant to do damage,” Behal said. “It looks like he’s just swiping to try and get my hat, but his hand comes down pretty strongly on the top of my head … It was quite painful.”Groups organizing or endorsing the rally criticized what happened, saying it undermined the purpose of the event.United Jewish People’s Order spokeswoman Lia Tarachansky, one of the event organizers, apologized to Behal for his ordeal and said no one should ever feel unsafe at an event denouncing hatred.“We did not go there to be violent, but to unite Toronto against hate groups,” she said.Evan Balgord, executive director of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, said hat-grabbing has become a feature of some protests and typically involves people removing the “Make America Great Again” caps that have become prevalent since Donald Trump launched his successful bid for the U.S. presidency.But Balgord said disrupting journalists in the course of their duties crosses the line.“The guy who did this should not have done this,” he said. “You do not lay hands on journalists at demonstrations.”At least one industry group said Behal’s experience raises alarms about the treatment of journalists in society at large.“In an era where epithets like ‘fake news’ are undermining the integrity of journalists around the world, we are seeing real, tangible effects of a concerted effort to establish distrust between the public and the press,” Cole Burston, the president of the News Photographers Association of Canada said in a statement.“The incident with Mr. Behal underscores the growing challenge our colleagues face in simply doing their jobs, and that’s not acceptable.”last_img read more