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We here at Bleeding Yankee Blue LOVE David Cone. He’s a smart baseball guy. I love that he’s in the booth, but dare I say, I’d love to see him as a manager one day. He has what it takes. I’ve always said that. No idea if that’s in the back of his mind, but it should be.

With all this stuff going on with the baseball season being in jeopardy and now a dispute with the union, Cone has a solution, because both sides are just not budging and it’s getting late early as Yogi used to say. Steve Serby of the New York Post writes:

“…the sides should meet back in the middle on an 82-game season with an expanded 14-team playoffs to get the ball rolling on a deal.

‘I would say a fair number would be somewhere in the 82-game region,’ Cone said. ‘If I was the commissioner that’s where I would try to start the conversation.’”

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Giants’ Saquon Barkley among stars who demand NFL ‘condemn racism’

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 22: Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants celebrates with teammate Sterling Shepard #87 after scoring a touchdown in the first half against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 22, 2019 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley was among a group of NFL stars, also including wide receiver Sterling Shepard and ex-Giant Odell Beckham Jr., who collaborated on a powerful video demanding the NFL step up and not only “condemn racism,” but acknowledge they won’t punish protesters who kneel during the National Anthem during the 2020 season.

The video opens with a series of questions: “How many times do we need to ask you to listen to your players? What will it take? For one of us to be murdered by police brutality?” And, “what if I was George Floyd?”

Following the questions, the NFL stars begin to list names of African Americans who have been killed in recent years.

Watch the entire video below:

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Mailbag: Can Michigan football win with a revamped OL?

Anyone interested in some football?

Last week, I put out a call for questions to MLive “Wolverine Confidential” text subscribers, hoping to gather enough for a Michigan football mailbag. A bunch came in.

But things changed, quickly. The killing of George Floyd became the spotlight, with protests across the country consuming the news cycle. His death — and the circumstances surrounding it — became more important, so I opted to hold off for a week.

So, a week late, but here it is — some good questions on the season, Michigan’s QB situation, how the Wolverines replace four starting offensive linemen, recruiting and more.

As always, feel free to submit a question for consideration on Twitter, via email ([email protected]), or by subscribing to the text service. As a special thank-you to subscribers, they get first priority.

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Oday Aboushi donates 35,000 pounds of food to his hometown food bank

Lions offensive guard Oday Aboushi is one of the genuinely good people you’ll meet in life. Throughout his journeyman NFL career, he’s always been a generous and thoughtful man. He proved his giving spirit once again this week, and Aboushi joined the Jim Rome Show to talk about it.
Aboushi and his sister donated 35,000 pounds of food, including fresh produce, to those in need in his home city, New York.
“It was amazing,” Aboushi told Rome enthusiastically. “We can’t take all the credit. We teamed up with a bunch of amazing community members.”
Aboushi humbly describes “the rush” of feeling the support and gratitude of his community.
It’s great to see a player remembering and honoring his roots and using his success to help those who helped him succeed.

Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham among NFL stars uniting for Black Lives Matter video

CLEVELAND, OHIO - NOVEMBER 10: Odell Beckham #13, Jarvis Landry #80 and Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns stand for the National Anthem prior to playing the Buffalo Bills at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 10, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Browns receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry were among several prominent African-American players to participate in a well-coordinated video speaking out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Landry posted the video to his Instagram account, as did several other participants including Saquon Barkley, Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes and DeAndre Hopkins.
“What if I was George Floyd,” Beckham and others ask, hoping to make an impact on fans who might not appreciate the enormity of Floyd’s death at the hands of Minnesota police officers. The video closes with Beckham offering a sincere, “black lives matter.”

Report: Bengals turned down trade offers for William Jackson at trade deadline

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback William Jackson (22) jokes on the sideline with a towel wrapped on his head like a bandana in the fourth quarter of the NFL Preseason Game One between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Chicago Bears at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. The Bengals won the pre-season opener, 30-27. Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals are all-in on the contract year of cornerback William Jackson.

Sounds like a weird thing to say in June before that season. But a new report just revealed the Bengals turned down trade offers on Jackson at last year’s deadline.

Here’s the note from Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle: “The Bengals love William Jackson’s size, 4.37 speed in the 40-yard dash and cover skills enough that they rebuffed multiple NFL teams that inquired about him before the trade deadline last season, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly. ”

Jackson was an obvious trade target as he had a down year for a 2-14 team and the Bengals might’ve been comfortable offloading him.

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‘That can be me’: Texas players march to State’s Capitol with higher purpose, raise awareness for inequality

“If you fail to realize what’s going on in front of you, when you see it every day … you’re close minded and you’re part of the problem.”

Thursday, a hot, humid Texas day in early June, brought about what should stand forever as one of the most memorable moments in Texas football history.

Dozens of Longhorns, their coaches and support staff members walked from Royal-Memorial Stadium to the steps of the State Capitol, flanked by members of the UT and city of Austin police forces.

Call it whatever you want — a George Floyd rally or a Black Lives Matter protest. The name ascribed to this gathering doesn’t particularly matter. It was without question a heartfelt expression of anger from mostly black athletes who are sick and tired of being targeted or judged simply by the color of their skin.

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Penn State will bring some students back June 8, including 75 football players

Penn State will begin welcoming some students back to campus June 8, and 75 football players are on the list.

The news was announced Thursday night, as the university said that it will also begin welcoming back other students who need “access to specialized facilities, in-person mentoring or early arrival for successful transition to the fall semester.”

All classes have been held in a virtual setting since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf and the state’s Department of Education said this week that Friday, June 5 is the first day colleges can hold in-person classes again.

It was not immediately clear which players would get to report first, but it’s likely that the members of the Class of 2020 who did not report in January could be on the early list, as the school and football program would benefit by getting them acclimated to campus life as quickly as possible.

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WATCH: Tom Herman, Texas players march through Austin

Following the death of George Floyd and the protests in each state around the country, the Texas football team wanted to get involved in the fight for racial justice as well. On Thursday, the players and head coach Tom Herman made that happen.

On Thursday afternoon, the football team gathered on campus as they got ready for its protest. The team then began its march through the city of Austin in order to protest police brutality and racial injustice.

Wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Longhorns can be seen walking the sidewalks in Austin with Herman and his wife in the middle of the pack.

— Jake García (@Jake_M_Garcia) June 4, 2020

After Floyd died, Herman told FS1’s The Herd that the team had a meeting on Monday morning to discuss the events around the country. According to the coach, it was a very emotional talk.

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