Donald Trump passed on chance to buy the Patriots in 1988

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump released financial documents last week to show that he’s worth more than $10 billion, but the 69-year-old business magnate once may have had an opportunity to be the owner of the New England Patriots as well.

According to the Boston Globe, Trump was approached by the Sullivan family about buying the team. Billy Sullivan founded the Patriots as members of the American Football League in 1960, but he was facing bankruptcy in 1988 and attempted to sell the team.

Although Trump was interested, he didn’t want the burden of taking on the team’s debts.

Guion wound up paying a $5,000 fine in a plea deal to avoid prosecution for his arrest, but both Guion and the Packers knew a suspension was likely coming before the start of the regular season. The NFL does have pretty clear evidence that Guion did actually have the things he was arrested for, as you can see in this image below:

The Packers re-signed Guion to a one-year deal worth $2.75 million in March shortly after Guion agreed to pay the fine as part of his plea deal. Guion played in all 16 games for the Packers in 2014, putting up 32 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He’s set to be a starter at one of the end spots this season, but with this suspension he’s set to miss crucial outings against the rival Chicago Bears in Week 1, the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2 and the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3.

Kelvin Beachum’s done really solid work at left tackle for Pittsburgh and hasn’t gotten tons of fanfare about it, as has Ricky Wagner on Baltimore’s right side. In Philly, Lane Johnson had a good year and looks like a solid pick amid a sea of questionable offensive line picks from early in that 2013 draft, and Terron Armstead, a third-rounder that year, has come on strong for the Saints. These four players could become household names over the next couple of seasons.

Moving Porzingis to center would be the second significant lineup change for New York

When the Seahawks signed Graham, they were hoping that he’d be a dominant red-zone target, but that hasn’t happened in two seasons with the team. Graham had six red-zone receptions in 2016, tied for 66th in the NFL. The Seahawks averaged 4.54 points per red-zone trip, which ranked 23rd.

There’s certainly an argument to be made that the $10 million that Graham is making would be better spent on other areas of the roster like the offensive line. But there’s probably a stronger case that Seattle should hold on to him.

The Seahawks currently have about $35.1 million in cap space available, according to That ranks 19th in the NFL. And only one of their 22 regular starters (strong-side linebacker Mike Morgan) is an unrestricted free agent this offseason. In other words, they have a good degree of financial flexibility without releasing Graham.

Hornacek said on Monday that one of the biggest hurdles would be how playing Anthony at power forward would change the Knicks’ alignment on offense. But it’s certainly something the coach is strongly considering.

Moving Porzingis to center would be the second significant lineup change for New York.

On Monday, Hornacek inserted Ron Baker into the starting lineup in place of shooting guard Courtney Lee.

It was a bit surprising, because Lee didn’t seem to be at the root of the Knicks’ struggles on defense, which has been their biggest issue during this current 2-11 skid.

Hornacek said he wanted to get Lee more offensive opportunities with the second unit — and that he trusted Baker to move the ball, make the right decisions on offense and defend well.

Lee took the move to the bench in stride when speaking with reporters after the game. He posted pictures from the movie “Dumb and Dumber To” on Instagram later Monday, but he explained that the photos were not a passive aggressive shot at anyone in the organization.

Epstein is taking a similar approach after winning a World Series with the Cubs

The National Basketball Coaches Association announced Sunday that it will introduce its own Michael H. Goldberg Coach of the Year Award this season, which will be voted on at the conclusion of the season exclusively by the NBA’s 30 head coaches.

The award has been conceived to honor Goldberg, longtime executive director of the NBCA, and will be recognized by the league in addition to the annual NBA Coach of the Year award voted on by a media panel.

“This award honors the life work of a great leader, tireless foot soldier for the best interests of coaches and the NBA and, most importantly, a trusted friend,” said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who serves as NBCA president. “The Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award will have special meaning because of its namesake and the fact that it is voted on by all head coaches.”

Gregg Popovich, on teams in other sports trying to emulate the Spurs’ formula: “I guess it means we’ve done something pretty well and haven’t really screwed it up much.”

Epstein is taking a similar approach after winning a World Series with the Cubs. Epstein wants to model the Cubs after the Spurs, who have won five championships under Popovich and are in the midst of a 20-year run of perennially contending for titles.

Epstein has never met Popovich, but is fascinated with San Antonio’s organizational culture of selflessness.

“They’re a great model because they are conscious of creating a culture where players opt in for the greater good and sacrifice personal interest in order to win, in order to have the right rapport with each other,” Epstein told The Athletic. “They value the same things, even after winning, and that can be hard. They’re open. They talk about winning. Popovich is intentional with everything he does, and the players hold each other accountable.”

Told of Epstein’s plans, Popovich chuckled. But interestingly, Popovich, who was born in East Chicago, Indiana. is a Chicago Cubs fan.

“Well, it’s kind of embarrassing, to tell you the truth,” Popovich told “I’m always worried people think we know something and we really don’t, and we’re gonna find out that we don’t know something. And then the gig is up, so to speak. It’s flattering. We’ve been around a while, had some good success. So I think we all do that. We all look at other organizations in other situations and try to learn from them. So if that’s the case, I guess it means we’ve done something pretty well and haven’t really screwed it up much. Whatever we can impart in someone else, we’re always ready to do it.”

The Buffalo Bills have a three-way quarterback battle going on between Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel

The Buffalo Bills have a three-way quarterback battle going on between Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel. However, Taylor may have given himself an edge in the competition last night.

Taylor threw some nice passes, but did have some misses. He ultimately completed 5 of 8 passes for 49 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions, but he did lead two drives that ended with Bills finding the end zone. Where Taylor outshone Cassel was on the ground — he kept the ball six times and went 47 yards. Taylor will get the start in next week’s game.

Next was Manuel, and unfortunately for him, he didn’t look good from the onset. His first drive was a disaster, though Marquise Goodwin did drop the ball and center Alex Kupper had a couple rough snaps, which did him no favors. But at the end of the day, the ball was in Manuel’s hands and he didn’t do much with it.

Though Clowney terrorized opposing quarterbacks in college at South Carolina, a pair of knee surgeries limited him to only four games in his rookie season. He suffered a torn meniscus in the season opener against Washington, and was subsequently placed on the IR in early December to undergo microfracture surgery.

It is tempting to already label Clowney a bust, especially given that he had an injury-riddled junior campaign at South Carolina as well. But his dominance cannot be overlooked, as he recorded 13 sacks, 23.5 tackles for a loss and was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2012.

The Texans have arguably the best defensive line in football even without factoring Clowney into the mix. But if he can line up alongside J.J. Watt and Vince Wilfork with any regularity this season, look out.

the defending AFC North champions enter a road game in New England as a touchdown underdog

They will look to find room against a Patriots defense that no longer features Vince Wilfork as a stalwart in the middle of the defensive line or cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. New England will depend on Sealver Siliga and Alan Branch to handle defensive tackle duties and turn over the cornerback jobs to Logan Ryan and Super Bowl savior Malcolm Butler.

Still, the defending AFC North champions enter a road game in New England as a touchdown underdog, according to OddsShark.

There will be a Kickoff to 50 event prior to the game to celebrate the return of the NFL, although that concert will happen at the site of Super Bowl 50 on the opposite side of the country. Ellie Goulding and Train will perform in San Francisco with coverage on NBC beginning an hour prior to kickoff.

NBC will provide coverage of Sunday Night Football games during the year, including a Week 1 game between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys. But this will be only one of two Thursday games on the network, with a Thanksgiving game between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers serving as the second. CBS and NFL Network will partner to provide coverage of Thursday Night Football for the remainder of the year.

The Nittany Lions didn’t score again the rest of the game and lost 27-10. Hackenberg looked skittish in the pocket most of the game, a result of poor offensive line play that was largely responsible for 10 sacks. A couple of those can be put on Hackenberg for holding onto the ball too long or not picking up blitzes before the snap. For a quarterback entering his third year starting, you’d expect better pre-snap anticipation. Hackenberg also didn’t show much ability to move around in the pocket.

Hackenberg’s best pass was his second of the game, a mid-length out to the left from the right hash. It showed his strong arm and ball velocity. Unfortunately, Hackenberg didn’t get much of a chance to show it. He attempted just two passes over than 15 yards, completing one.

Given Hackenberg’s struggles last season and on Saturday, it’s hard to buy into him being in talks as the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft.