Morning Skate: Saturday, November 10


Morning Skate: Saturday, November 10

A good rundown on all of yesterdays activities by the USA Today, and where the NHL and NHLPA leadership stands on Saturday while deciding if they want to actually meet.

Ben Woodward checked out the P-Bruins last night for, and heres his game summary. Spoiler alert: the good guys claimed victory over the Albany Devils.

Good take by CBC rink side reporter Elliotte Friedman, who says the gloves are off between NHL players and the ownersleague. Things didnt end well as both sides continue to wait for the other one to break down.

Taylor Hall is finding his game with the Oklahoma City Barons as the AHL players wait for the lockout to finally lift. Theres still hope for a Dec. 1 start, but the two sides need to get their stuff together.

Is Donald Fehr being fully upfront with the players? Do the leagues owners actually want to play hockey this season? Kevin McGran answers all of this and more in his week-ending column for the Toronto Star.

Good column from Mike from Attleboro comparing Jeremy Jacobs and Robert Kraft on the Boston sports scene: you couldnt possibly find two greater examples of opposites, and thats unfortunate for the NHL. You get the sense that if Jacobs were removed from the proceedings that would it appreciably easier to come to a deal on a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

For something completely different: The new Stars Wars movies by way of Casablanca. I didnt think this would actually be pulled off in the Grantland piece, but they did a good job of convincing me. I still say, for the record, that Joss Whedon is the best man for the Star Wars gig, however.

Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'


Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'

Malcolm Butler didn't mean any disrespect. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. 


When the Patriots corner picked off a Landry Jones pass in the first quarter -- one that was intended for receiver Antonio Brown -- Butler stood up in the end zone, faced the Heinz Field crowd, stuck one arm in the air But and gyrated like someone had attached jumper cables to his facemask. 

He was doing his best to mimick one of Brown's well-known touchdown dances.

"Me and Brown had conversation before," Butler said, "and it was a joke to him once I showed him how I do it. Much love for that guy. Nothing personal."

For Butler, it was the highlight of what was a productive afternoon. The third-year corner was asked to shadow Brown for much of the day, and he held Brown to five catches on nine targets for 94 yards. He also broke up a pair of passes intended for Brown's teammates.

“Stopping Antonio Brown, that’s impossible," Butler said. "You can’t stop him. You can only slow him down. I just went out there and tried to compete today . . . Great players are going to make plays but you have to match their intensity.”
Even on the longest throw from backup quarterback Landry Jones to Brown, a 51-yarder, it appeared as though Butler played the coverage called correctly. 

Butler lined up across from Brown and trailed him underneath as Brown worked his way from the left side of the field to the right. Butler was looking for some help over the top in that scenario, seemingly, but because Brown ran across the formation, it was hard for the back end of the defense to figure out who would be helping Butler. 

Coach Bill Belichick admitted as much after the game. 

"He was on [Brown] a lot the way we set it up," Belichick said. "Look, they've got great players. They're tough to cover. They hit us on a couple over routes, in cut where they kind of ran away from the coverage that we had. 

"The plays were well designed. Good scheme, good thorws and obviously good routes by Brown. They got us on a couple, but I thought we competed hard. We battled all the way. We battled on third down. We battled in the red area. They made some. We made some, but they're good. They have a lot of good players."

And Brown, in particular, is about as close as it gets to unstoppable in the NFL. Butler found that out in Week 1 of last year when he matched up with Brown in his first game as a starter, giving up 9 catches for 133 yards to the All-Pro wideout. 

Though Sunday might not have been perfect for Butler, it was better than that day about 14 months ago. And at times, it was worth dancing about. 

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6


SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Seattle's Stephen Hauschka and Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro missed short field goals that would have won the game in overtime and the Seahawks and Cardinals settled for a 6-6 tie Sunday night.

Hauschka's 27-yard field goal was wide left with seven seconds left after Catanzaro's 24-yarder bounced off the left upright.

The tie was the Cardinals' first since Dec. 7, 1986, a 10-10 draw at Philadelphia when the franchise was based in St. Louis. It was the first for the Seattle since entering the NFL in 1976.

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