The Daily Outkick: Thursday, December 6, 2018

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Nation Bids Farewell to President George H.W. Bush (New York Times) The nation bade farewell on Wednesday to George Herbert Walker Bush, the patriarch of one of the most consequential political dynasties of modern times and the president who presided over the end of the Cold War and the beginning of a new era of American dominance in the world.

Week 14 Upset Alert: Bucs Shock Saints & Niners Buck Broncos? (Outkick) Drew Brees will hit his targets – he always does – but the Bucs defense is playing with some swagger and will give the future Hall-of-Fame QB more trouble than expected.

Did The Packers Squander Aaron Rodgers? (538) It remains mystifying that a quarterback of Rodgers’s stature hasn’t won more frequently.

Clay Travis: President George H.W. Bush’s Funeral Was a Phenomenal Celebration-of-Life (Outkick)

Kevin Durant Calls Environment Playing with LeBron James Toxic (CBS Sports) Durant admits that the attention James receives isn’t his fault, but says it’s all just a massive distraction for teammates.

Packers’ Excuses For Mike McCarthy Firing Don’t Suffice — They Simply Panicked (Sporting News) I have always considered the Packers a first-class organization, but in firing Mike McCarthy with four games remaining this season, Green Bay’s current leadership, in my eyes, has lowered itself by not treating its longtime, successful coach with the respect he deserves.

Rovell: XFL Non-Committal on Future Sports Betting Integrations (The Action Network) The XFL announced its eight franchises on Wednesday, but didn’t make any proclamations one way or the other on how sports betting would be integrated once the league launches in 2020.

The Evolution of Russell Wilson (The Ringer) The Seattle passer has mastered his craft this season, taking a roster lacking star power and turning it into a playoff contender. As the Seahawks near a postseason berth, it’s become clear Wilson has cemented his place in the league’s top QB tier.

Clay Travis: Hugh Freeze Blocked at Tennessee (Outkick)

Mike Gundy Cut Check to Radio Personality Who Bet on Oklahoma State and Lost (For The Win) Gundy wrote: “I have many H.S. buddies who consume way too much alcohol, which leads to listening to talk radio. The rumor is you bet on our team and lost your money. We came up short, so I thought the manly (51) thing to do is reimburse a guy for believing in our TEAM!”

Hiring Kliff Kingsbury Is Exactly the Move Clay Helton and USC Needed to Make (Yahoo Sports) It’s a significant coup for USC, and surely an expensive one—though terms of the deal were not announced, all signs point toward him being one of the highest paid coordinators in the country.

Former College Teammates Claim NFL Agent Bus Cook Paid Steve McNair While in College (Sports Illustrated) In the latest episode of Steve McNair: Fall of a Titan, former college teammates of Steve McNair tell Sports Illustrated NFL writer Tim Rohan that Bus Cook, a prominent NFL agent, used to pay McNair money under the table while the quarterback was in college.

Clay Travis: Top 5 / Bottom 5 NFL Teams (Outkick)

Jake Fromm is Starter Again in 2019, So What Does That Mean for Justin Fields? (Saturday Down South) What we learned Saturday is what we knew most of the year, that Jake Fromm is a great quarterback, certainly one of the best 5 or 10 or so in the country. He gives Georgia the best chance to win every Saturday, even with talented 5-star freshman Justin Fields on the roster.

Will AT&T Get To Keep WarnerMedia? Oral Arguments In Appeals Court Will Help Determine The Answer (Deadline) More than a year after government regulators sued AT&T to block the Time Warner merger, the media business trial of the century reaches a pivotal moment Thursday in Washington with oral arguments in the government’s appeal.

Mark Sanchez Still Answering for Buttfumble in New York Return (New York Post) Mark Sanchez is a starting NFL quarterback again, so of course he could not get through a few days of preparing for the Giants without being asked about the play that will forever be associated with his career.

Clay Travis Practices New PETA Anti-Animal Language Rules (Outkick)

 

 

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