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Mandy Rose's Raw Debut Might Get Ruined by Retribution - Here's Why

Retribution is causing a stir in WWE every week. The masked group has been attacking people back and forth. The last attack was on RAW Tag Team champions The Street Profits, Andrade and Zelina Vega.

The group is notorious for dropping in unannounced. Each week, there are predictions where the group will turn up next.

The members are still undisclosed. Last week on Raw, Retribution shared a cryptic threat against WWE. Although they did not appear on SmackDown, it is highly likely that Retribution will appear on this week’s Raw.

Retribution will ruin Mandy Rose’s debut

Although the group has been unpredictable, they have a tendency of attacking Superstars in groups. Since they are looking to make maximum impact, it is highly likely the group will strike again on the “In Your Face” edition of Raw.

As the group claimed last week, they are going to destroy everything in WWE as a mark of redemption. Chances are that they are not going after the prominent ones, but the newer talents.

They have already attacked Dominik, Street Profits, and Garza. In that case, they might also attack the newly drafted Mandy Rose. Without the protection of Heavy Mechinery, Rose has a target on her back.

 

WWE is known for playing around the bush. Retribution storyline caused stir and speculation but now, the gimmick and the interest is slowly fading away.  As the company fights with the declining ratings, they surely would not want more viewers turning away.

Another reason why Retribution could be revealed on this episode of Raw is that the group got their own logo last week. If they were truly vigilantes, they would not have sported a logo of their own. It is only a matter of time till the group gets their theme song and makes an entry through the crowd.

To know further, we have to keep an eye out on Raw. Retribution can lurk in any corner.

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Rangers’ Marc Staal aftermath, vicious moment changed everything

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Regarding the Rangers, eight days away from making the first overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft:

1. I have borne witness to a number of shocking events on the ice throughout my career. Mark Messier hoisting the Stanley Cup at the Garden most assuredly qualifies.

But the single most astounding play I have ever seen was the one with 50 seconds in the second period of the Blueshirts match at Carolina on Feb. 22, 2011, when Eric Staal leveled Marc Staal on a violent high hit that induced a concussion that would only alter the remainder of No. 18’s career.

The blow came while the defenseman was engaged with another Hurricane and looking down for the puck by the boards. The hit, albeit legal, was vicious. And astonishing. No one, and I mean no one, in the press box watching the game understood it. Neither did anyone participating in the game with whom I spoke. I don’t ever need YouTube to conjure the image.

Marc Staal soldiered through the remainder of that season, less than candid with the medical staff about lingering effects from the concussion he had sustained. Less than candid with the public, too. When he missed the next three games, he said his knee was the issue.

But he missed the first half of 2011-12 with post-concussion symptoms, was supplanted by Ryan McDonagh as the top pair left defenseman, and his game was never quite the same. Issues of course were exacerbated when No. 18 was struck in the eye by a deflected puck during 2012-13, yet he was an integral top-four part of the teams that went to the Cup final and won the Presidents’ Trophy in 2013-14 and 2014-15, respectively.

So how dramatically did Staal’s career change following the Concussion in Carolina? In that 2010-11 season, his fourth year in the league, Staal led Rangers’ point men in power play time with 203:31. In the nine seasons following that one, Staal got a total of 103:14 with the man-advantage.

2. Trading Staal to the Red Wings, as the Blueshirts did on Saturday by packaging the alternate captain and his $5.7 Million cap hit with a 2021 second-round draft pick in exchange for “future considerations,” will have no impact on the anticipated buyout of Henrik Lundqvist.

For while the motivation for cutting ties with The King is to create space, all right, that space is in the crease that will be shared by Igor Shesterkin and Alex Georgiev, and not space under the cap. The Rangers aren’t buying out Lundqvist to save $3M under the cap (while adding $1.5M of dead space in 2021-22). They are doing it to enable both the club and the Swede to start this coming season with a clean slate.

3. Pending Lundqvist’s projected buyout, the Rangers will have $23,091,867 of space. Setting aside up to a combined $10.5M to resign Tony DeAngelo and Ryan Strome, they would still have another $12.5M available for Alex Georgiev, Brendan Lemieux and to fill in the blanks.

There is no reason whatsoever the team needs to spend to the cap this offseason. On the contrary, the Rangers should maintain flexibility to accommodate those who might become unexpectedly available due to market volatility caused by the effects of the pandemic.

4. The Staal-DeAngelo pair was intact for 39 of the final 43 games, on for 19 goals scored and 14 against in 438:06 of five-on-five play, which is not only not too bad, but is actually pretty darn respectable for a third pair. (Thanks, Naturalstattrick.com.)

So the Rangers will need a replacement on the left side of the blue line that would feature incumbents Ryan Lindgren and Brendan Smith, whatever air of confidence with which that leaves everyone.

Libor Hajek, who will get a head start on the season by playing in the Czech League, likely will get first crack at the vacancy. K’Andre Miller could contend for a spot.

But the Rangers could also move the righty-shooting DeAngelo to the left. We are talking about a small sample size, but when DeAngelo played the left with Adam Fox for 79:37 of five-on-five, the pair had a 62-pct Corsi rating, a 62-percent shot share and a goals for-against of seven-three for a plus four. (Of course, they were generally together when the Rangers were behind and pressing for offense.)

So, hypothetically: DeAngelo with Fox, Ryan Lindgren with Jacob Trouba and…and…and?

And if, as likely, the team is seeking a veteran to play either side on a one-year depth deal, Ottawa pending free agent Ron Hainsey should be at the top of the list of candidates. The 39-year-old lefty worked primarily last year on the right with Thomas Chabot. The 2000 Montreal first-rounder was on the Penguins’ 2017 Cup winning defense coached by incoming Rangers assistant Jacques Martin.

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Who is the fastest player in the NFL in 2020? Tyreek Hill has competition in Raheem Mostert, Lamar Jackson

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Who is the fastest player in the NFL in 2020? Tyreek Hill has competition in Raheem Mostert, Lamar Jackson

Once upon a time, Chad Johnson (or was he Ochocinco) challenged a race horse. While giving himself a head start, the Bengals star wide receiver won the race, proving that man can be faster than beast with a predetermined advantage. 

Johnson wouldn’t have held up in a fair race against many of the players in the modern NFL, though. Guys like Tyreek Hill, Raheem Mostert and even Lamar Jackson and Kyler Murray display more apparent on-field speed than maybe anyone in NFL history. If not for high definition, they’d be blurs on our television screens. But who’s really the fastest player in the NFL?

It’s too bad the Pro Bowl doesn’t have it’s fastest man competition anymore. The fastest players in the NFL literally lined up and raced each other like they were track athletes. That’d be an easier way of solving this problem than anything else.

Who is the fastest player in the NFL?

There isn’t one perfect way to answer this question. The most easy thing to do is cite 40-yard dash times, but that’s also not simulating a football game played in pads with defenders attempting to tackle the ball carrier. 

Thankfully, the NFL’s Next Gen Stats have begun to help with this dilemma, providing sprint speeds for players on individual plays. That’s helpful – it can show us who has the most top-end speed in the league. In 2020, it looks like Raheem Mostert is the early favorite for fastest player in the NFL when you look at the table of Next Gen Stats data below.

The answer probably falls somewhere in the middle of these two data possibilities. A player’s straight line speed in workout clothes will generally translate to how fast he can be on the football field. The biggest problem for some of the fastest players who boost (think Darius Heyward-Bey of the Raiders) is that they don’t frequently enough free themselves up with the football in space to show off that blazing speed. It’s sort of irrelevant who the fastest player in the NFL is in a vacuum – teams are ideally looking for the players who have the most effective speed, mixing raw running velocity with the talent to let that speed play.

Top 10 fastest NFL players in 2020 (mph)

Here are the 10 fastest runs from the 2020 NFL season (via NFL’s Next Gen Stats):

Player Team Top speed (mph) Play event
Raheem Mostert 49ers 23.09 80-yard rushing TD
Raheem Mostert 49ers 22.73 76-yard receiving TD
Leonard Fournette Buccaneers 21.44 46-yard rushing TD
L’Jarius Sneed Chiefs 21.38 39-yard interception
Devin McCourty Patriots 21.33 43-yard interception TD
Tyreek Hill Chiefs 21.29 9-yard rush
Raheem Mostert 49ers 21.27 4-yard rush
Michael Gallup Cowboys 21.19 52-yard reception
Marquez Valdes-Scantling Packers 21.11 45-yard receiving TD
Ashton Dulin Colts 21.07 6-yard reception

Mostert has managed the two fastest runs of the season by more than a full mile per hour than the next closest name on the list, which is somehow 228-pound bruiser Leonard Fournette. It might be more remarkable that Hill, Mostert and Ashton Dulin got up to such high speeds on such short gains.

Top 10 fastest 40 times (active NFL players)

And here are the 10 fastest 40 times by active NFL players, recorded during either the NFL Combine or at a Pro Day:

Player Team 40-yard dash time Year Position
John Ross Bengals 4.22 2017 WR
Marquise Goodwin Eagles 4.27 2019 WR
Henry Ruggs III Raiders 4.27 2020 WR
Tyreek Hill Chiefs 4.29 2016 WR
Javelin Guidry Jets 4.29 2020 CB
Curtis Samuel Panthers 4.31 2017 WR
Andy Isabella Cardinals 4.31 2019 WR
Parris Campbell Colts 4.31 2019 WR
Will Fuller V Texans 4.32 2018 WR
Raheem Mostert 49ers 4.32 2015 RB

When Ross ran his 4.22-second 40-yard dash in 2017, he broke past the recent high-water mark of Chris Johnson’s 4.24-second 40. That hasn’t been touched in the three years since, with rookie Henry Rugs III coming the closest in 2020 at 4.27 seconds. 

It makes sense that Goodwin is fast – he’s one of the best athletes in the NFL and competed in the 2012 Olympics for the United States as a long jumper.

It’s also worth noting in regards to this list that Marquise “Hollywood” Brown of the Ravens has never run a reported 40-yard dash. He’s regarded as one of the fastest players in the NFL.

What is Tyreek Hill’s 40 time?

Tyreek Hill didn’t participate in the 2016 NFL combine because of a domestic abuse arrest. At West Alabama’s Pro Day, Hill was clocked at 4.29 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

What is Mecole Hardman’s 40 time?

Hill’s teammate and potential heir apparent in Kansas City is nearly as fast as “the Cheetah.” At the 2019 NFL Combine, Hardman ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash, coming it 0.04 seconds behind Hill’s reported pro day time.

What is Raheem Mostert’s 40 time?

Despite being the class of speed in the 2020 NFL, Mostert didn’t come in with the fastest 40-yard dash time. He ran a 4.32-second 40-yard dash at Purdue’s Pro Day in 2015.

What is Nick Chubb’s 40 time?

Chubb has yet to break into the charts above, but he had a few of the fastest runs of the 2019 season. At the 2018 NFL Combine, though, Chubb ran just a 4.52-second 40-yard dash. 

What is Leonard Fournette’s 40 time?

Fournette’s presence on this list begs the question of how fast his 40-yard dash was. Like Chubb, he’s put together speedy long runs despite a relatively pedestrian 40 time of 4.51 seconds at the NFL Combine in 2017.

What is Odell Beckham Jr.’s 40 time?

Beckham remains one of the best receivers in the open field thanks in part to the 4.43 40-yard dash speed he showed off at the 2014 NFL Combine. 

What is Saquon Barkley’s 40 time?

Barkley made the top-10 run speeds list multiple times in 2019, but he won’t get to claim his place in the 2020 list due to a season-ending knee injury. In the 2018 NFL Combine, Barkley ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash.

What is Christian McCaffrey’s 40 time?

One of the best all-around running backs in the NFL, McCaffrey ran a 4.49-second 40-yard dash at the 2017 NFL Combine.

What is Lamar Jackson’s 40 time?

Jackson didn’t run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, but at a “speed day” put on by Louisville in 2017, he reportedly ran a 4.34-second 40-yard dash. 

What is Patrick Mahomes’ 40 time?

Mahomes has incorporated running as a part of his game, but usually as more of a passer who scrambles while still looking to throw. His NFL Combine 40-yard dash time was 4.80 seconds.

What is Kyler Murray’s 40 time?

Murray also didn’t run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. When asked about it in 2019, he said that a few years earlier he’d run a 4.30 and was faster now. There’s a reason Murray was a first-round baseball pick as a potential major league centerfielder.

What is Josh Allen’s 40 time?

Allen has turned into one of the NFL’s best rushing quarterbacks, but he wasn’t superbly fast at the 2018 NFL Combine, running a 4.76-second 40-yard dash. 

Who is the fastest NFL player ever?

Without a time machine, there’ll never be a rock-solid answer to this. That’s because before 1999, the NFL used manual timing at the NFL Combine, leaving room for human error. The fastest player with electronic timing is the Bengals’ John Ross, who ran the 40 in 4.22 seconds in 2017.

Besides Ross, we’ve got to start with Bo Jackson, though. Jackson famously said in the 30-for-30 about him that he never lifted weights a day in his life, despite has chiseled physique. All that muscle didn’t stop Jackson from running a reported 4.13-second 40-yard dash at the 1986 Combine, which would just about break the Internet if it happened with electronic timing today.

Bob Hayes played for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960s and 1970s after tying the world record in the 100-meter dash (10.06 seconds) at the 1964 Olympics. His nickname was Bullet for a reason. According to MileSplit’s convertor, that translates into a 4.19-second 40-yard dash, although we can’t say whether Hayes would’ve accelerated and maintained speed in the same proportion as to how he did in the 100-meter dash if he ran a 40-yard dash.

For what it’s worth, if Usain Bolt had ever run the 40-yard dash, he might’ve broken what seems like the impossible 4.0-second barrier. Bolt’s 9.58-second 100-meter dash time converts to a 3.99-second 40-yard dash. Bolt’s only problem would’ve been his long strides – he doesn’t pick up full speed until the second half of his 100-meter races, by which point his 40-yard dash would’ve already been over. 

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What will worry Yankees in MLB playoffs

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The Indians arguably have the best starter (Shane Bieber over Gerrit Cole), best player (Jose Ramirez over DJ LeMahieu) and best reliever (James Karichnak over Aroldis Chapman) in their best-of-three series against the Yankees.

They have as good a starting three, with Bieber followed by Carlos Carrasco and Zach Plesac, as any AL contender, an unheralded but deep, successful bullpen and excellent infield defense.

The Yankees’ edge in this series is in length of lineup, but will that lineup play against the team that led the AL in ERA (3.29)? The ball really carries to right-center at Progressive Field, so watch the weather, the cooler the better for Cleveland’s pitching to temper an Aaron Judge or Luke Voit from going deep to the opposite field.

Game 1 in a three-game series is obviously vital, even more so when each team is firing its best weapon: Cole and Bieber. With the help of three experts (a scout and two executives), a scouting breakdown of what the Yankees should expect this week in Cleveland:

Bieber Fever

What does June 9, 2019, mean? That day the Yankees inflicted Bieber with perhaps his worst outing — five runs in 1 ²/₃ innings. Since then, he has a 2.39 ERA in 32 starts. The only starters with a better ERA in that period are Jacob deGrom (2.02) and Cole (2.11). This season Bieber was the majors’ best starter, becoming the first pitcher since Johan Santana in 2006 to win the majors’ pitching Triple Crown (wins, ERA and strikeouts).

His emergence as an ace allowed the Indians to more comfortably trade Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber and Mike Clevinger in the past 14 months. Cleveland’s staff, particularly its starters, are renowned for command and pitchability. But Bieber is the best. His fastball and breaking ball are both elite, and so is the righty’s precision. He doesn’t miss in the middle of the plate much (if at all) and his slider comes from the same arm slot with similar spin as his fastball before veering off the plate late.

Can the Yankee hitters have the discipline until two strikes to lay off the pitch away and hope it is a fastball or slider off the plate that gets them ahead, and just fixate on middle-in with the concept of driving the ball to right-center? This is the general hitting philosophy against Bieber, but it is so hard to execute (batters hit .167 against him).

Beating Bieber would be a huge psychological blow in a best-of-three and losing to him does not mean the series is over because the other Cleveland pitchers are good, but no one is close to Bieber.

The Cleveland Indians and Yankees will begin their MLB playoff series Tuesday.
The Cleveland Indians and Yankees will begin their MLB playoff series Tuesday.Getty Images

The Right Stuff

The Indians are lined up to start three righties vs. the Yankees, and Bieber has held righty hitters to a .565 OPS, Game 2 starter Carlos Carrasco a .638 OPS and — if necessary — Game 3 starter Zach Plesac a .526 OPS. Plesac walked just two of 114 righty batters and might have the best righty pickoff move in the majors — so baserunners beware.

Impressive rookie starter Triston McKenzie held righties to a .530 OPS against and becomes a multi-inning asset in this series. And Karichnak and his 95-mph-plus fastball and true power curve make him among the most important players in this series. He struck out an AL-high 48.6 percent of batters he faced. It was 30 of the 59 righties he faced, holding them to a .441 OPS. So when there is a stretch of Yankee righty power in a pivotal spot, expect Karinchak in the game.

Also, just considering the righty pitching strength, does Aaron Boone think about Brett Gardner’s lefty bat rather than Clint Frazier’s? Frazier hit righties well this year, but he became more of a groundball machine late in the season while Gardner’s offense perked up (he also homered against Bieber in that June 9, 2019, game). Also, the Yanks are not a strong defensive team. Frazier was better than last year in the field, but he can still be indecisive with the ball in the air or in his hand. Gardner provides better defense.

No Tito

Terry Francona last managed the Indians on Aug. 16 and will not return for the playoffs. He has been dealing with gastrointestinal and blood clotting issues. Francona has managed the 19th most games in major league history and the sixth most playoff games, going 40-29.

Sandy Alomar Jr. did well enough in Francona’s absence to help steady the Indians after they lost eight straight in September to win nine of 11 to close the season and gain the home field with the No. 4 seed in the AL.

Francona, though, is renowned as among the best bullpen manipulators in the history of the game and this Cleveland bullpen is more matchup dependent than overpowering beyond Karinchak. Journeymen types such as Phil Maton, Nick Wittgren and, yep, that is still Oliver Perez getting outs with his multiple funky motions, all have pitched well in relief. This is a pen that will throw a lot of breaking balls early in counts to try to get ahead — closer Brad Hand tends to pitch backward, for example, his best-pitch slider early and a diminished but still effective fastball late. Don’t be surprised to see Hand in leverage situations even before the ninth inning.

But when and how to use these relievers is a skill. The Indians’ blessing is Carl Willis. Bieber is going to be the fifth Cy Young winner under his pitching coach tutelage (also CC Sabathia, Cliff Lee, Felix Hernandez and Rick Porcello). Francona leaned on him, so will Alomar. But still, under this scrutiny, is there something lost not having Francona on the bench?

Ramirez is the Manny

Jose Ramirez might win the MVP because of how great he was late in the season. The third baseman’s final 11 hits were all for extra bases — seven doubles and four homers. He can hit anyone’s fastball — even Cole’s or Chapman’s. You really have to do all in your power to not let the switch-hitter face a lefty. The Indians’ lineup top four are all switch hitters — Francisco Lindor, Cesar Hernandez, Ramirez and Carlos Santana. It makes Cleveland difficult to match up against. You will want to turn Lindor and Hernandez to the right side, but then you have Ramirez doing the same (eight homers in 57 at-bats this year vs. lefties). Tommy Kahnle would have been useful in this series for the Yankees, with his changeup to deal with lefties, including even Ramirez to some degree.

All four switch hitters work the count — Santana, even in a down year (.199 average), walked (47) more than he struck out (43), and he remains a guy who wants the clutch moment. The pivot point in the lineup is DH Franmil Reyes hitting fifth. He is a bit of a wild card. He has a ton of holes in his swing, but he has Judge/Giancarlo Stanton power and a few hot days could change a series. Beyond him, the bottom of the lineup is weak and a key to this series is Yankee pitchers not wasting bullets with deep counts on the bottom half or letting it turn over the lineup regularly to the top.

The Yankees must avoid letting Ramirez beat them. The more the big at-bats are put into other’s hands the better path to win this series.

There is No “D” in Yankees

Cleveland is a sound defensive team, especially in the infield, including catcher Roberto Perez. Lindor got more chase happy this year and had a down offensive season, but his glove remains superb and his defensive advantage over Gleyber Torres is as big as any element in this series. The Yankees hit into a lot of double plays, but don’t convert them well on defense as opposed to the Indians, who do. Cleveland’s Tyler Naquin can really throw from right field.

The more pressure that can be put on the Yankee catchers, especially Gary Sanchez, the better. Ramirez is not a burner, but is among the game’s smartest baserunners. He will steal a big base in a big spot if you don’t watch him. Will Lindor and Delino DeShields Jr. have a green light? Will Oscar Mercado receive pinch-running chances? Perez will try to drop a bunt for a hit if the infield is not alert. The Indians’ baserunners are good at moving up bases on balls in the dirt — so Sanchez will be challenged.

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