Stephon Gilmore could return to Patriots from COVID-19 as soon as Thursday (report)

WBZ’s Dan Roche initially reported that Stephon Gilmore is expected to be with … Gilmore is “expected” back at practice, echoing Roche’s initial report.

It’s not just Cam Newton ready to return from COVID-19. The New England Patriots could also get the reigning Defensive Player of the Year back on the field for Thursday’s practice.

Maybe. As of Wednesday evening, reports vary.

WBZ’s Dan Roche initially reported that Stephon Gilmore is expected to be with the Patriots for Thursday’s practice at Gillette Stadium before backing off and saying the team was “hopeful” for his return.

According to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe, “Gilmore’s status is still to be determined for tomorrow but it sounds like he could possibly rejoin practice.”

According to the Boston Globe’s Jim McBride, Gilmore is “expected” back at practice, echoing Roche’s initial report.

As of Wednesday evening, Newton was officially activated off of the league’s Reserve/COVID-19 list while Gilmore was not, indicated that Newton is further ahead in his comeback from coronavirus.

The possible return is a major boost for the Patriots defense and marks a quick bounce-back from Gilmore’s positive test last week.

The report comes shortly after news broke that the Patriots are expected to get their starting quarterback in Newton. A return to practice on Thursday would put both Newton and Gilmore in like to play in Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos.

Earlier this week, Gilmore wrote in an Instagram post that he is “ready to be back in action.” As of Wednesday, teammate Devin McCourty said he hadn’t talked to Gilmore and that the cornerback was still “going through the process.” However, he added that he wasn’t fully sure what the process for Gilmore’s return looked like.

The Patriots are scheduled to hit the practice field at about 12:35 p.m. EST Thursday. It marks the team’s first full in-person activities since Byron Cowart tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, pushing the game against the Broncos from Week 5 to Week 6.

Polynesian Bowl announces Doug Williams, Trent Dilfer as coaches

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(October 14, 2020) – The Polynesian Bowl announced today that two Super Bowl winning quarterbacks, Doug Williams and Trent Dilfer have been selected as head coaches for the 2021 Polynesian Bowl.

The Polynesian Bowl is an annual all-star game featuring 100 of the nation’s top senior high school football players. This year’s game will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 (6:30 p.m. HST) at Aloha Stadium on O’ahu, Hawaii and will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.

Doug Williams will serve as Head Coach for Team Mauka (Mountain). Doug was named Super Bowl XXII MVP, making him the first black QB to both start and win (Washington) a Super Bowl. Following his playing career, Williams began coaching, most notably serving as the head coach of the Grambling State Tigers. He currently serves as Senior Vice President of Player Development for the NFL’s Washington Football Team. Doug is only one of a handful of players honored in two NFL Stadium “Ring of Honors” (Washington and Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

“The Polynesian Bowl is going to be an incredible cultural experience,” said Doug Williams. “I’m looking forward to coaching the nation’s best high school players in paradise.”

Trent Dilfer will serve as Head Coach for Team Makai (Ocean). Trent played 14 seasons in the NFL including starting QB for the Baltimore Ravens during their Super Bowl XXXV championship. After his NFL playing career, Trent was hired by ESPN as an NFL analyst, a position he held until 2017. He currently serves as head coach of the Elite 11, a quarterback camp featuring the nation’s best high school quarterbacks and at Lipscomb Academy.

“I’m excited to be part of the 2021 Polynesian Bowl,” said Trent Dilfer. “The talent is off the charts. It’s going to be a lot of fun coaching these elite athletes.”

Past Polynesian Bowl head coaches include: Dick Tomey & June Jones (2017), Dick Vermeil & Terry Donahue (2018), Mike Bellotti & Jim Zorn (2019) and Frank Beamer & Steve Spurrier (2020).

About the Polynesian Bowl: The world’s top high school football players gather in Hawaii to celebrate culture & play the game they love. It is televised live on CBS Sports Network, presented annually by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. Major partners include adidas, BodyArmor, CrossCountry Mortgage, Friends of Hawaii Charities, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii Building & Construction Trades Council, Hawaii News Now, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel and Riddell.

For more information, visit www.PolynesianBowl.com and www.PolynesianFootballHOF.org.

The Polynesian Bowl began in 2017 with current Stanford running backConnor Wedingtonthe inaugural Offensive MVP and Iowa defensive lineman A.J. Epenesa the Defensive MVP. The 2018 game was the second year and Washington cornerbackKyler Gordonand Stanford quarterback signeeTanner McKeewere named Co-MVP’s. The 2019 game saw linebackerDaniel Heimuliand receiverPuka Nacua, both now at Washington, earn co-MVP honors. The 2020 game saw BYU signeeSol-Jay Maiavaand Washington preferred walk-onMeki Peiwin co-MVP.

The fifth Polynesian Bowl is set for January 23, 2021 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, with nearly 40 players already selected to the 2021 game.

For a look at the 2021 Polynesian Bowl roster,go here.

Weclome to OwnersBox

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Welcome to OwnersBox. OwnersBox provides a unique fantasy sports experience that offers contests that run for a full week or more. This can lead to some interesting strategy sessions, as you are often no longer planning for just one game. Engaging and entertaining, Weekly Fantasy Sports could very well become the next big thing in fantasy football.

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What is WFS?

WFS stands for Weekly Fantasy Sports. While most are more familiar with season long or DFS, weekly contests offer a unique twist. The contests can run from one to four weeks. This means that strategizing for multiple matchups becomes a priority. OwnersBox offers contests for NFL and MLB, as well as for the NBA and the NHL (during the regular season). In order to roster players, you will participate in a live draft, and thus will not be restricted by a salary cap. Be sure to take advantage of our promotional offer — $100 Free OwnersBucks, in-game virtual currency that can be used to enter contests or converted into real money — when signing up, but also remember that you can test out the platform before entering your first real cash contest.

Lineup swaps

At OwnersBox, players are given one of three designations in regards to their health or availability. A green icon beside the players name denotes the player is healthy. A yellow icon denotes that the player is on the injury report. Finally, a red icon denotes that a player is injured or otherwise unavailable. There are two types of lineup swaps: injury swaps and regular swaps.

Injury swaps

At OwnersBox you are joining contests that can span a week or more depending on the number of participants. This means being able to manage your lineup becomes critical. This is especially true in the event of an injury or a positive test (for NFL and MLB). Once a player has been confirmed to fall in either of these categories, OwnersBox allows you to swap these players out of your lineup for a player available on the waiver wire. You are allowed an unlimited amount of swaps if your player is labeled as injured, or with a COVID designation. If your player is not designated with a red icon confirming that player has been ruled out, then he will fall under the regular swap umbrella.

Regular swaps

Users can still swap players out for someone on waiver wires if they are not injured. However, unlike with injured players with a red icon, players with a green or yellow icon can only be swapped out twice per contest. This is important to note for contests that span over a week, or when playing MLB or NFL contests and deciding to stream. There is a games played cap, so the swap ability will not fully devolve into a streaming contest or ‘swap meet’ the likes of which we commonly see in NBA and MLB season long leagues once the playoffs hit.

Games played cap

There is a games played cap so streaming does not become part of the way to compete at OwnersBox. For the NFL it is simple, one game per week, per slotted position. For the NBA, you are allowed a maximum of three games per week, per slotted position. So if you draft two power forwards, you are allowed a maximum of six games played since you have two power forward slots.

Draft based on week-long schedule

One of the more unique parts of WFS is that it forces you to account for every game scheduled within the contests window. Some of the contests I have joined are set to run for a week (two-player contests). However, as mentioned above, larger contests (ones with 4-16 players) can span 2-4 weeks. This means that evaluating and projecting multiple matchups is a necessary part of your research.

Draft starts when full

One thing to keep in mind when joining OwnersBox contests is that like some other platforms, the drafts start just minutes after being filled. This necessitates making yourself available as long as you have an active entry in a contest. Luckily, OwnersBox allows you to pull your entry without penalty, something that is key for those who no will not be available to wait until the contest in question is full. This is important to keep in mind, as the draft will go on without you, and your team will be auto-picked. This is something that can lead to undesirable results, and a punt of a portion of your deposited balance.

Social

One of the interesting things that OwnersBox has created for its users is the social community aspect. They have a built in messaging platform that allows users to interact with other users (after friend request is accepted), and also to create groups. The group function is one of the key ways the community will be built at OwnersBox, as the owner and admins of the group can start contests just for the group members to participate in. The group function also allows users to compete against each other in a standings format. Instead of creating private contests, those in the group can compare performance in contests as tracked in group standings.

Final Thoughts

Weekly fantasy sports obviously sounded a little foreign to me when I first heard about them, but upon testing out the platform I was thoroughly impressed. I have participated in drafts for all four sports, and found myself remaining engaged throughout the week as I tinkered with lineups for the three active sports. The new layer of strategy required when joining 4-16 player contests is refreshing, as you are now planning for up to four contests rather than just a single game. And perhaps my favorite part of all is that they use individual defensive players (IDP) instead of the antiquated Team D/ST many DFS providers have opted to use. It’s definitely worthy trying out. Sign up for OwnersBox here.

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Doug Baldwin leaves football behind and advises us — and his critics — to just be better human …

Years after tinkering with LEGOs as a kid, Baldwin is tinkering with tech ideas at Intellectual Ventures, the Bellevue, Wash.-based invention and …
Doug Baldwin, ex-Seattle Seahawks wide receiver. (GeekWire Photo / Dan DeLong)

Seattle Seahawks great Doug Baldwin has left behind the instant gratification and self worth that he associated with being a professional football player. Coming to terms with life and personal value away from his longtime career has been a struggle at times, and one that Baldwin encourages people in any arena to recognize for themselves.

Employees in tech or business or education or any other field who place an outsized emphasis on what they do for a living should pay attention to Baldwin’s advice when it comes to really living, after work.

“As an entertainer it’s very easy to make that business your identity,” Baldwin said of his 8-year NFL career. “I was the Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin for a long time. Don’t get me wrong, it comes with its perks, but at the same time there’s an emotional, mental, physical, and even more so spiritual consequence that comes from selling yourself to that industry.”

Baldwin said his performance on the football field was directly tied to his value in the world. After retiring before the 2019 season, the self-professed geek is now stretching his muscles and mind in new and intriguing ways.

Ex-Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, right, and GeekWire’s Taylor Soper on stage at the GeekWire Summit. (GeekWire Photo / Dan DeLong)

Baldwin is one of the forces behind the creation of the Family First Community Center in Renton, Wash., a local hub for families that will serve to help kids reach their education potential.

Years after tinkering with LEGOs as a kid, Baldwin is tinkering with tech ideas at Intellectual Ventures, the Bellevue, Wash.-based invention and investment lab.

And he’s flexing his desire to continue to speak out about injustice everywhere — defying those who shout back on Twitter at his pointed observations about the state of the country and world.

“Typically, when someone says, ‘Well, you’re an athlete, stick to sports,” Baldwin said, “Well, f*** you.”

The guy who famously came into the league with a so-called chip on his shoulder, with something to prove to football critics, may not exercise much caution when taking on his post-football critics, but it’s not like it will affect any political aspirations.

“No,” he said before even being asked about whether a run for office was in his future. “I want to work outside of politics. I feel like I can be more effective working outside of the red tape.”

(GeekWire Photo / Dan DeLong)

With a refreshing ability to tell it like is, Baldwin asked those in the room not to root for the Seahawks or simply support his efforts in Renton, but to make their own necessary adjustments in life.

While technology has been so pervasive in making life easier and we’ve bought into it, it’s still lacking empathy, in Baldwin’s view.

“What I would ask of you as members of society … I wish that we would be more empathic to one another,” Baldwin said. “Not only as business leaders or intellectual minds or entertainers, but just as human beings on this planet.”

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