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Happy Thursday, everyone.

Many thanks to Brent for yesterday’s JP. With sports news so light, he did a fine job of finding shit to write about. Kudos.

Related, in the Chatham house we are currently a few episodes into Schitt’s Creek on Netflix, and thus far have found it pretty amusing. Worth checking out if you need a comedy rec.

We’ll open today with a singing pupper because, well, who doesn’t love a singing pupper?

Everyone enjoys a good crime drama.

Greg Sankey spoke with reporters on a teleconference yesterday, and he is optimistic about football season being played as scheduled.

Sankey was asked if he was optimistic about playing the 2020 football season starting in September. “That’s my focus. I’m a half-full perspective kind of a person so I have optimism. We have taken measures as have our colleague conferences. At this time, if I read those health leaders, they say we are going to have a period of time and we’ll see what happens with the growth of these cases and we’ll make decisions down the road.”

Sankey also indicated that, while all spring games are canceled, there is a small and narrowing window that some practices may be held. I don’t see that happening.

A couple of NFL notes:

In 2019, Robinson played in 13 games, started nine contests and played 46 percent of the Detroit Lions’ defensive snaps. A shoulder injury caused Robinson to miss the final three games of the season. Robinson had 40 tackles and knocked down three passes in 2019.

A’Shawn has had some tough luck on the injury front, but has had a nice career as an interior run stuffer.

Ha Ha is still on the market.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix might have a little name recognition, but he’s fallen off the radar a bit recently.

An offseason ago, the 21st pick in the 2014 draft had to settle for a one-year deal with the Bears after splitting the prior season between the Packers and Redskins.

Clinton-Dix indeed proved himself, grading at a 74.2 at Pro Football Focus. He registered 78 total tackles and allowed just a 59.1 completion percentage in coverage on 44 targets and picked off two passes.

Ha Ha has been good in his career, but tackling issues have plagued him. He will latch on somewhere.

Coach Bo tweet out thanks to all involved with his program.

Class act.

Last, in keeping with the theme, check out this shit.

REGIONAL FINAL

(2) Penn State 28, (1) Alabama 27: James Franklin has had the Penn State program right there on the cusp of playing for a national championship several times in the past few seasons. Close losses have tormented the Nittany Lions, but this time they turn the tables with a close win thanks to Sean Clifford’s fourth-down touchdown pass to tight end Pat Freiermuth after Freiermuth returns to the game from an earlier injury.

James Franklin beating Nick Saban in a playoff game? Good luck with that one.

Oh, and no thanks on the 64 team tournament.

That’s about it for now. Have a great day.

Roll Tide.