How ‘Hoodie Melo’ became our new favorite Melo

Carmelo Anthony has been constantly working out in a hooded sweatshirt and it’s the best thing of the summer.

The 2017 summer has turned into a showcase of offseason workouts of NBA players on Twitter and Instagram, but maybe the most important trend to emerge has been Carmelo Anthony’s alter ego: Hoodie Melo. Hoodie Melo was created after fans began to see him constantly wearing a hoodie while working out, mostly with Chris Brickley. Brickley has become the go-to workout guru for many NBA athletes including Anthony, Kevin Durant, and C.J. McCollum.

Hoodie Melo works out at 2am. Hoodie Melo doesn’t miss. Hoodie Melo makes LeBron James look a mere mortal.

It was with Brickley that Hoodie Melo began to make his debut. There is a large number of Hoodie Melo appearances on Brickley’s Instagram dating back to May of 2017.

Here are the defining moments as our hero was born.


May 19: Hoodie Melo appears on Instagram

A post shared by Chris Brickley (@cbrickley603) on May 19, 2017 at 5:44pm PDT

June 1: Hoodie Melo displays his handles

June 29: All white everything Hoodie Melo

A post shared by Chris Brickley (@cbrickley603) on Jun 29, 2017 at 8:12pm PDT

July 2: Hoodie Melo emerges at 1:49 AM running drills on a soccer field in New York.

July 15: Hoodie Melo has no mercy for anyone.

A post shared by Chris Brickley (@cbrickley603) on Jul 15, 2017 at 7:29pm PDT

July 17: Hoodie Melo is out here shooting like Olympic Melo

A post shared by Chris Brickley (@cbrickley603) on Jul 17, 2017 at 5:33pm PDT

July 18: Hoodie Melo teams up with Kyrie Irving for pickup games

A post shared by Chris Brickley (@cbrickley603) on Jul 18, 2017 at 5:09pm PDT

July 28: Hoodie Melo drains a ton of three-pointers then starts shooting free throws left-handed

A post shared by Chris Brickley (@cbrickley603) on Jul 28, 2017 at 2:29pm PDT

August 7: Hoodie Melo dropes dimes like a point guard

August 10: Hoodie Melo reveals his hook shot. HIS HOOK SHOT.

August 12: Chris Brickley gives us the Hoodie Melo montage we so rightly deserve.

A post shared by Chris Brickley (@cbrickley603) on Aug 11, 2017 at 10:46pm PDT

August 15: LeBron James flies to NYC to play pickup with Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony but meets Hoodie Melo instead and is unable to stop him.


Fans have been following along all summer and based on the progression of Hoodie Melo, they’re ready for Anthony’s takeover next season.

Fans even want the NBA to let Melo play in a hoodie next year.

Some even want Hoodie Melo available in NBA 2K18.

Long live Hoodie Melo.

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Falcons’ new stadium has a Chick-fil-A that will be closed on Sundays

Every lover of Chick-fil-A knows that Sunday pain. The crushing reality when you crave a chicken sandwich and remember that it’s Sunday and the restaurant isn’t open. It feels like every Sunday is when you want Chick-fil-A the most, and it’s never there for you. Falcons fans are about to be reminded of this every single week of the NFL season.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium is getting its own Chick-fil-A for Falcons games, which sounds amazing. One problem: It will continue the company’s longstanding tradition of being closed on Sunday, which means yes, no chicken sandwiches on game day.

One would think the restaurant would make an exception given Sunday will be the only day of the week where fans are in the stadium — but alas, no adjustment will be made to the hours.

 via Mercedes Benz Stadium

Chick-fil-A started their tradition of being closed on Sunday in 1946. The restaurant’s website has an entire section devoted to explaining the reasoning.

“Truett saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose – a practice we uphold today. Sundays are meant for getting out and spending time with family and friends.”

It’s great news for Chick-fil-A employees who want to watch the Falcons on Sunday, and horrible for anyone else seeing the Falcons on Sunday. However, there might be more to this story than meets the eye.

The Mercedes-Benz stadium concessions list notes that on Sundays Chick-fil-A is replaced by “Fries Up,” which is listed nowhere else on their website. Furthermore, an internet search shows that Chick-fil-A coined the hashtag #FriesUp during the Falcons playoff run in 2017.

This means there’s a possibility Chick-fil-A will still be available on Sunday, just under a different name. We already know that other concessions are aiming to fill the gap. “Gamechanger,” a restaurant inside the stadium is offering a “Closed on Sunday” chicken sandwich, which is a riff on the classic Chick-fil-A version. It actually might be better.

Rest assured, Falcons fans: There will be some way to get chicken on a Sunday, but this is one of the weirder concessions stories you’ll see all year.

h/t Boston Globe

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BBC’s coverage of US PGA was not perfect, but criticism has been rough | Ewan Murray

The corporation stepped in to replace Sky at short notice, would it have been better to sit back and allow a blackout?

Criticisms of the BBC’s live coverage of the US PGA Championship were as immediate as they were predictable. Peter Alliss, again, was widely described as an anachronism, representing the dated image golf is trying desperately hard to leave behind. That elements of the BBC’s broadcast were only available via red button, or without high definition, was another cause for social media screaming. The slightest gaffe was met with widespread derision and insistence of incompetence.

Criticism of the coverage was inevitable from the moment a BBC deal for the Quail Hollow major was confirmed. It was easy to infer minds were made up from as soon as Sky Sports’ loss of the tournament broke. Anything else, surely, was second best.

Related: Justin Thomas says jealousy over Spieth’s Open win inspired US PGA victory

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What is the PUP list and which NFL players are on it?

Here’s how it works and how it’s different from the NFI list.

Andrew Luck and Dont’a Hightower are two big names who will start NFL training camp on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. But it’s scarier than it sounds. If a player goes on the PUP list during training camp, it doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t be ready to go for the season.

What are the rules for the PUP list?

There are specific rules about when a player can be placed on PUP and when he’s allowed to come off of it.

If a player has practiced during training camp — even for one minute — he’s not eligible for PUP. Players like Luck and Hightower, who started training camp on the PUP, can be removed from the list at any time during the preseason. Once they are, they can get back on the practice field.

The player also has to be a dealing with an NFL-related injury to be placed on the PUP.

What’s the NFI list?

If a player suffered the injury away from the team, or if a rookie is coming off an injury he suffered in his final college season, then he’s not eligible for the PUP list.

Instead, those players go on the Active/Non-Football Injury list. The Broncos placed two rookies on the NFI list this week: tight end Jake Butt, who tore his ACL in Michigan’s Orange Bowl loss last December, and Chad Kelly, who underwent wrist surgery before he was drafted.

The rules on when a player can return from NFI are the same as PUP. But if a player is cleared from the NFI or PUP list, he can’t be placed back on that list after the fact. The team will either have to cut the player or place him on injured reserve.

When should I worry if a player is on the PUP list?

The time for concern is when a player can’t get off the PUP list before the end of the preseason. If he’s still on PUP when the regular season begins, then that player is stuck on there for the first six games. Luck is expected to start Week 1, but if he’s still on the PUP right before the regular season starts, the Colts will be without their quarterback until mid-October.

Teams always have the option of shifting a player from PUP to injured reserve if it looks like he won’t be physically ready within that six-week timeframe.

Who’s on the PUP and NFI lists right now?

Here’s a running list of the players on PUP and NFI lists as training camps start around the league:

Arizona Cardinals

Deone Bucannon – PUP
Jarvis Jones – NFI

Baltimore Ravens

Michael Campanaro – PUP
Patrick Ricard – PUP
Tavon Young – PUP

Buffalo Bills

Colt Anderson – PUP

Cincinnati Bengals

Cedric Peerman – NFI
Jarveon Williams – PUP
Brandon Wilson – NFI

Cleveland Browns

Howard Wilson – PUP

Dallas Cowboys

Justin Durant – PUP

Denver Broncos

Jake Butt – NFI
Shaquil Barrett – NFI
Chad Kelly – NFI
Kyle Peko – PUP

Detroit Lions

Ziggy Ansah – PUP
Taylor Decker – PUP
Sam Martin – NFI
Corey Robinson – PUP

Green Bay Packers

Vince Biegel – PUP
Demetri Goodson – PUP

Houston Texans

T.J. Daniel – PUP
Joel Heath – NFI

Indianapolis Colts

Clayton Geathers – PUP
Kendall Langford – PUP
Andrew Luck – PUP
Brian Schwenke – PUP

Jacksonville Jaguars

Aaron Colvin – PUP
Jalen Ramsey – PUP

Kansas City Chiefs

Isaiah Battle – NFI
Parker Ehinger – PUP
Tamba Hali – PUP
Chris Jones – PUP
Dadi Nicolas – PUP

Los Angeles Chargers

Darrell Stuckey – PUP
Mike Williams – PUP

Miami Dolphins

Reshad Jones – NFI
Rashawn Scott – PUP
Avery Young – NFI

Minnesota Vikings

Teddy Bridgewater – PUP
Sharrif Floyd – NFI

New England Patriots

Alan Branch – PUP
Dont’a Hightower – PUP
Andrew Jelks – NFI

New Orleans Saints

Terron Armstead – PUP
Senio Kelemete – PUP
Devaroe Lawrence – NFI
Damian Swann – PUP
Max Unger – PUP

New York Giants

Valentino Blake – PUP
Shaun Draughn – PUP
J.T. Thomas – PUP

Oakland Raiders

Gareon Conley – PUP
Jon Feleciano – PUP
Ben Heeney – NFI
Cooper Helfet – NFI
Jihad Ward – PUP

Pittsburgh Steelers

Canaan Severin – PUP

Philadelphia Eagles

Beau Allen – NFI
Sidney Jones – NFI

San Francisco 49ers

Jimmie Ward – PUP

Seattle Seahawks

Malik McDowell – NFI

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jacquies Smith – PUP

Washington

DeAngelo Hall – PUP
Jordan Reed – PUP
Kendal Thompson – PUP

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Manchester United reaping early rewards thanks to Chelsea’s unexpected largesse | Paul Wilson

After seeing José Mourinho hijack their Romelu Lukaku deal and letting Nemanja Matic go to Old Trafford, Chelsea have undeniably strengthened a direct rival while weakening themselves

Opinion has been divided on the wisdom of Chelsea selling Nemanja Matic to Manchester United for £40m. There are those who say top teams, especially defending champions, should never sell to direct rivals, and those who believe the money was too good to refuse down for a player who has just turned 29.

It is being argued that Chelsea have just signed an upgrade in Tiémoué Bakayoko for the same price, at least a player Antonio Conte regarded as an upgrade in the same position, and at just 22 the promising France midfielder offers many more years of service than Matic, whose sale effectively means the former Monaco player has joined for free.

Related: Lukaku’s power and Rashford’s pace give Manchester United renewed hope | Jamie Jackson

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