MB SHOW DAILY
March 25th, 2019
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- RCA manufactures in 1954 made the 1st color TV set (12½” screen at $1,000)
- Callaway is first and foremost a golf equipment company, the second-largest in the industry behind Acushnet. But as Callaway has steadily grown in recent years, it’s also evolved — positioning itself as an active lifestyle company. Callaway’s sales total included $717 million worth of clubs, a healthy revenue stream led by the performance of the brand’s Epic line and Jailbreak technology, and $196 million worth of golf balls. Revenues also included $330 million in apparel and other accessories, a robust figure attributable in part to the acquisitions of the TravisMathew and OGIO brands in 2017. The most recent addition was a $476 million purchase of the premium outdoor apparel company Jack Wolfskin, a move completed this year that positions Callaway for further growth in the soft goods category.
On This Day In Sports:
- 1896 Modern Olympics began in Athens, Greece [NS=Apr 6]
- 1898 60th Grand National: John Gourley wins aboard 25/1 shot Drogheda
- 1904 66th Grand National: Arthur Birch wins aboard 25/1 New Zealand bred Moifaa; horse survives shipwreck off Ireland a year earlier
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
PHOTO: Harry How (Getty Images)
- With Doug Baldwin‘s future in limbo, the Seatlle Seahawks must look toward acquiring a top wide receiver in the Draft. The Seahawks need to invest more time in finding a wide receiver that can be a contributor at the onset of the season, and one that doesn’t possess a troubling injury history.
- The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) updated each team’s salary cap space and the Green Bay Packers have $14,004,669. It ranks as the 20th most cap space in the NFL, so the Packers aren’t in bad shape when it comes to the cap, but they are not the healthiest team either.
- Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers are working on a “significant” contract extension which is likely to be “Big Bens” last.
- The San Fransisco 49ers have had a reported interest in Beckham dating back to last year and were confirmed recently to be one of the teams pursuing a trade for Beckham from the New York Giants.
- The 49ers signed Jerick McKinnon to a four-year $30MM contract last March, but a torn ACL wiped out his first would-be season in SF. It was a huge disappointment for the team and player alike, McKinnon flashed serious potential in Minnesota and many expected him to bust out big plays in the 49ers’ offense.
- The New England Patriots are in talks with free agent DT Allen Bailey. Bailey played out the final year of his five-year, $25.67 million contract and is testing the open market as an unrestricted free agent.
- Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb is quiet for a player of his magnitude. A video of him in the weight room surfaced not long ago. Chubb, casually Power Cleaning 410 lbs showing he is the real deal for the Browns.
- Drew Rosenhaus thinks the Antonio Brown’s deal could set a precedent for players under contract who are unhappy in their current situation. “What I hope it does is maybe bring some more balance,” Rosenhaus told NBC Sports’ Peter King in his Football Morning in America column. “There aren’t many players like Antonio Brown but perhaps—and I’m not suggesting that everybody go out and try to renegotiate their deal or ask for a trade—but I hope it gives players more leverage throughout the league.
- Jeremy Maclin has officially called it a career. The 30-year-old receiver announced his retirement from the NFL during his wife’s baby shower on Sunday.
PHOTO: Brett Deering (Getty Images)
- Jon Gruden has not been shy about bring massive change to the Oakland Raiders, trading away Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper. Now Gruden will be working out QB draft prospects Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins.
- The NFL’s annual owners meetings are ongoing this week in Arizona. The yearly meetings bring NFL owners and executives to one location to discuss league matters, such as rule changes.
- In the AAF, teams alternate first-and-goal possessions from the 10-yard line. Each team gets one try at scoring a touchdown, no field goals are permitted, and teams scoring touchdown can try two-point conversions only, as the AAF has no extra point kicks. Birmingham went four-and-out on the first overtime possession, and Memphis then won the game with a touchdown pass on its possession. It made for an entertaining ending to a good game. The NFL has many rule changes and should look at this overtime model.
- Johnny Manziel made his debut in the Alliance of American Football on Sunday in the Memphis Express’ 31-25 overtime win over the Birmingham Iron. The home fans, who had been chanting “We want Johnny!” before Manziel entered, booed heavily when Silvers returned to play the next series. The Express went three-and-out. Manziel finished 3-of-5 passing for 48 yards with two rushes for 20 yards in his debut.
- Former Missouri quarterback Drew Lock could be important to the Cincinnati Bengals draft. Is it time to move on without Andy Dalton at the helm. The Bengals have plenty of options with their 11th overall selection. They may look to target a player like LSU linebacker Devin White, Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, or maybe even an offensive tackle like Florida’s Jawaan Taylor.
- Ezekiel Ansah stands as one of the best pass-rushers remaining on the open market. The Detroit Lions want to learn more about his surgically repaired shoulder. The plan is to wait until Ansah’s follow-up appointment in mid-April to determine his readiness for the upcoming season.
- John Mara admits his soft spot for Eli Manning, and not only because of the two newest Lombardi Trophies behind glass at the New York Giants team facility. Mara was insinuated he is keeping the 38-year-old quarterback around because of sentiment. The Giants have a lot of work ahead to get another trophy. The Giants owner also said that he was the only no vote on the Competition Committee on the Denver Broncos‘ proposal to provide teams with an alternative to the onside kick.
- Adam Gase the New York Jets head coach talked at the annual winter meeting about running back Le’Veon Bell.
- “I love that he could do everything. And I think the more film I watch since we’ve signed him, I think I tried not to tease myself too much by watching too much film. “But since we have signed him, I’ve just amped it up and trying to figure out what has he done in Pittsburgh? You know, how far can we take him? What can we do in the passing game? What do we have to make sure we do right with him in the running game? How do we kind of build this thing around Sam [Darnold], him and some of the other pieces that we have? So you know, it’s been fun to watch, really go back and watch what he’s done in the past.”
- Joe Thomas wait gain tips tells us he would take an entire loaf of bread, make it all into PBJ sandwiches. Then I’d eat 1/2 a sandwich every hour and wash it down with a glass of whole milk. Guaranteed weight gain!
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