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2. Chris Jones Was Robbed

Complaining about Pro Bowl snubs is tired. The voting process is basically broken, and some omissions are inevitable. But I can’t let this one go: Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones has 14.0 sacks this season, the fifth most in the NFL, and has recorded at least one sack in 10 straight games. He’s also seventh in QB hits and is tied for fourth in tackles for a loss. There are plenty of other snubs on this list, including two of the best offensive tackles in the league (we’ll get to them), Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. Watt, Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans, and many others. But even in a sea of misfires, Jones’s omission seems notable.

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Six Chiefs named to 2019 Pro Bowl

Mahomes, Hill, Kelce and Sherman were voted starters for the AFC. The obvious snubs for the Chiefs are Chris Jones and right tackle Mitch Schwartz.

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Both, for example, bring a prim-and-proper approach to the character, but balance it with a sweet appreciation for childhood wonder. Blunt’s version seems to smirk a little more than Andrews’ did when she’s introducing the Banks kids to the seemingly impossible — like when she pulls all sorts of unexpected items out of her travel bag — as if to acknowledge that they’re witnessing magic without actually saying it.

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SpaceX Hopes To Launch Falcon 9 After Postponing It Due To Issues – News 13 Orlando

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. — For the second day in a row, SpaceX has postponed its launch of a next-gen GPS satellite because of a sensor on the rocket’s first-stage booster.

In a tweet, SpaceX said it was “standing down” from the launch of the new guidance satellite. It’s still dealing with the same problem it had Tuesday during the launch countdown: an issue with a sensor reading on the Falcon 9’s first-stage booster.

Weather and a technical issue forced SpaceX to call off Tuesday’s launch attempt. Just minutes before Tuesday’s launch, the Falcon 9 launch was postponed because of a faulty sensor reading on the rocket’s first stage. Upper-level winds were also a problem.

SpaceX hasn’t announced a date or time for the third launch attempt.

Whenever it does launch, this third-generation satellite will help U.S. troops around the world.

Lockheed Martin built the GPS 3 and says it will be able to work with other countries’ satellites. Right now, GPS receivers are accurate to within 10 feet. However, with the new fleet of satellites, they will be able to pinpoint a person’s location within 3 feet.

The next-gen satellites will also be used for navigation apps on smartphones.

“In the future there’s going to be all these international satellites up there, helping GPS,” Lockheed Martin spokesman Chip Eschenfelder said. “So more points in the sky (means) greater connectivity for civilian users.”

Vice President Mike Pence was among those disappointed they couldn’t see Tuesday’s launch. He was at the Kennedy Space Center to watch the launch and announced a new space command to oversee military operations in space.

Pence said foreign nations have been developing electronic weapons to jam, blind and disable satellites like the one currently on the launch pad prepping for liftoff.

The U.S. Space Command is separate from the administration’s plans to create a Space Force, which would be an entirely new branch of the military. He reiterated that the administration is working with Congress to create a Space Force by 2020.

Wednesday’s 26-minute launch window was supposed to open at 9:07 a.m. EST and the Falcon 9 is sitting at Space Launch Complex 40.

Because of requirements from the U.S. Air Force, SpaceX was not going to attempt to land and recover the first stage booster after launch.

In West Texas, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin was scheduled to launch one of its rockets into space, but the launch was postponed because of an issue on the ground.

Blue Origin tweeted that it is monitoring incoming weather, but it’s looking at trying again Friday.

That mission will carry NASA-sponsored research and experiments into space, including a science payload for a team from UCF.

A third launched scheduled for Wednesday — a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy — is still scheduled to lift off at 8:44 p.m. ET after it was postponed because of high winds. That rocket is slated to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, with the NROL-71 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office.

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How the Steelers’ defense outsmarted Tom Brady and Bill Belichick – Behind the Steel Curtain

The Pittsburgh Steelers are a very inconsistent team, and nothing showed this more than the team rebounding from losses to the Broncos, Chargers and Raiders with a huge home win vs. the New England Patriots in Week 15. It doesn’t get any easier for the Steelers though, as the New Orleans Saints await in Week 16.

Today in the Black-and-gold links article, we take a look at how Keith Butler and Mike Tomlin, every Steelers fan’s favorite scapegoats, out-schemed, and out-smarted, the great Tom Brady and all-knowing Bill Belichick.

Let’s get to the news:

By: Chris Carter, DKPittsburghSports

The Steelers’ 17-10 win over the Patriots at Heinz Field Sunday was the team’s biggest win of the season and was encouraging because of the direction of a defense that has been searching for its identity all season.

Let’s dig deep …

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• Where scheme beat team: Keith Butler had been the target of much criticism in recent weeks for the defense’s fourth quarter failures during a three-game losing streak. But against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, he delivered a gameplan that never allowed the five-time Super Bowl champions to get a fix.

The initial plan appeared to feature a return of Artie Burns to the starting lineup. But when Brady connected with a wide open Chris Hogan with 63-yard touchdown pass, Burns was removed from game and didn’t see field again, outside of special teams.

While many, including myself, saw that play as a huge mistake by Burns, Mike Tomlin provided a different assessment after the game of the lone touchdown surrendered by the Steelers.

“That play wasn’t even his fault, so I think I want to be clear in saying that,” Tomlin said when asked about pulling Burns after the touchdown. “That play we gave up was not his fault. I accept responsibility that it was our fault. I was too busy arguing a sequence of events prior to that really to make sure we had proper communication in that sequence, so we essentially spotted them seven.”

The Steelers did spot the Patriots seven points in a game they won 17-10. But my initial reaction to Tomlin’s postgame comments was that he was covering for Burns, who has had a rough season.

However when I reviewed the tape, Tomlin’s explanation made sense. Dale Lolley and I had speculated during the week that Burns would be asked to explicitly play man coverage. But the Steelers had to play the Patriots, a team that rarely lets an opponent just play one style of defense without challenging it.

Watch how Burns plays tight to Josh Gordon at the bottom of the screen and follows him the entire play, while Joe Haden and Sean Davis are clearly in zone for a Cover 3 scheme. It’s apparent the Steelers switched out of their called defensive play because of the motion by Hogan to to the top of the formation and went into a zone scheme.

The problem came when everyone switched into the Cover 3 zone and Burns stayed in man coverage. My estimation is Burns was told only play man unless told otherwise and the Steelers forgot that when making the switch at the line. While he was in man coverage and Haden and Davis covered two-thirds of the field, the one-third of the field left vacated by Burns’ assignment was exposed and Hogan was wide open:

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By: Mark Madden, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

After soiling the bed in fashions varied and messy over the prior three weeks, the Steelers stared down their personal boogeyman at Heinz Field on Sunday and kept their playoff hopes realistic with a victory.

It felt like the Steelers should have won by at least 14, but you need only win by one.

A bad defense elevated itself through sheer will and stopped Tom Brady throughout the game and, dramatically, at its death.

The defense moved up a notch in my book. That puts it at notch one.

The Steelers can be proud, and relieved. Their season was on the brink.

Thing is, their season is still on the brink. They lead the AFC North by a paltry half-game.

That’s why the Steelers have to replace Chris Boswell. They won’t.

But if they don’t, they will pay for it.

The Steelers kicker lost the game at Oakland. He did his best to lose vs. New England. Forget the kick Boswell made. The one he missed left the result in doubt and gave Brady a chance he usually doesn’t squander. Boswell sliced it right like Judge Smails. The difficulty of the win connects directly to Boswell’s shank.

Boswell has missed 12 kicks (seven field goals, five extra points) this season. The notion a kicker would be kept on a roster long enough to miss 12 kicks is absurd. Boswell should have been canned a month ago.

Kicker is football’s most disposable position. (Running back may be second: Witness Jaylen Samuels deputizing for James Conner taking the place of Le’Veon Bell.) Why are the Steelers holding on to Boswell?

They brought in Shaun Suisham to work with Boswell. Suisham is the kicker Boswell replaced. They should have hired a shrink instead. Boswell has the yips.

That should be Boswell’s problem, not the Steelers’. Enough is enough. Get another kicker.

If the Steelers miss the playoffs, it should be because real football players fail. Not a kicker.

After Sunday’s win, Mike Tomlin said Boswell is “our kicker from start to finish.” Ride or die. If Tomlin means that, it’s stupidity dipped in stubbornness drooling from the mouth of a coach who isn’t exactly having a career year.

Ditching Boswell was obviously considered. The Steelers tried out two other kickers last week. Kai Forbath performed well enough to win the job. The Steelers kept Boswell. Forbath signed with Jacksonville and made two field goals in two tries. One-for-one on extra points.

Rookie Matt McCrane was the other kicker. He was cut by Arizona (twice) and Oakland earlier this season.

Is McCrane better than Boswell? He can’t be worse. That’s usually a terrible, haphazard reason to make a personnel move.

But it’s come to that.

Don’t fret about the cap hit. (Boswell is signed through 2022. If he’s cut, his cap hit for next year would be $4.8 million.) Worry about making the playoffs now. Think about what kicker gives you the best chance to win. (It’s not Boswell.) Boswell’s contract was too much, too long in the first place.

Deactivate Boswell if you don’t want to cut him. Fabricate an injury and put him on IR. But get another kicker.

Why on earth is replacing Boswell so hard? When is the last time a team treated a failing kicker with such deference?

Boswell has cost the Steelers. The Steelers are lucky Boswell hasn’t cost them more.

By: Chris Pastrick, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell deleted his Twitter account following the team’s 17-10 victory of the New England Patriots, according to various media outlets.

It’s unclear why he deleted his account, although it likely could have been due to the volume of negative comments from fans.

Already having missed 11 kicks this season, Boswell missed a 32-yarder Sunday.

ItzYinzburgh posted screenshots showing more than a few fans tweeting “kill yourself” at the 27-year-old kicker.

In addition to deleting his Twitter, Boswell disabled comments on his Instagram.

As for Sunday’s game, Boswell redeemed himself somewhat, making a 48-yard field goal late in the game.

Earlier this week, the Steelers brought in two other kickers for tryouts, but opted to stick with Boswell. Former teammate Shaun Suisham was brought in as a guest at practice to help.

Back in August, the Steelers signed the Boswell to a multi-year deal reportedly worth slightly less than $20 million. It will keep him with the Steelers through the 2022 season.

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U.S. reviews whether imports came from Chinese forced labor camp – NBC News

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BEIJING — The U.S. government said Tuesday that it is reviewing reports of forced labor at a Chinese internment camp where ethnic minorities are sewing clothes that have been shipped to the U.S. market.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that reporting by The Associated Press and other media “for the first time appears to link the internment camps identified in Western China to the importation of goods produced by forced labor by a U.S. company.”

The AP tracked shipments from a factory in a camp in China’s far western Xinjiang region to Badger Sportswear in North Carolina. The company ships clothing to universities, colleges and schools around the United States.

Experts and a human rights organization say that possibly as many as 1 million Uighurs, Kazakhs and others from predominantly Muslim groups are arbitrarily detained in such camps, whose functions range from political indoctrination to forced labor.

Following the recent news media reports, Badger said that it had suspended business with Chinese supplier Hetian Taida Apparel and was investigating. A statement on its website says “one percent or less” of Badger products was sourced from Hetian Taida.

The Washington-based Workers Rights Consortium (WRC), which has agreements with many educational institutions to make sure the products they sell on campus are ethically manufactured, said that “forced labor of any kind is a severe violation of university codes of conduct.”

The group’s executive director, Scott Nova, said in a message to affiliate universities that, building off the AP’s report, WRC had gathered additional evidence indicating the factory that supplied Badger with collegiate apparel was “one and the same” as the factory inside the highly-guarded internment compound seen by AP reporters.

The factory was featured on a Chinese state television segment in October that characterized the camp as a vocational training center that helps minorities steer clear of religious extremism and gain employable skills.

The state-run China Daily published an article on Tuesday which profiled ethnic minorities in Xinjiang who have been recruited to work in garment factories. The story featured a 23-year-old woman named Burebgul Ali who was described as being “reluctant to work at the factory.”

“But after skills training and learning Mandarin,” the story said, “Burebgul found her job quite comfortable and could make at least 3,000 yuan ($435) per month.”

The AP spoke to a dozen former detainees and individuals who had friends or family in similar centers in Xinjiang who said they were given no choice but to work at factories on site. The Uighurs and Kazakhs, who were interviewed in exile in Kazakhstan, said that even professionals were trained to do factory work.

It’s against U.S. law to import products of forced labor. Customs and Border Protection said it is part of its mission to enforce “both laws to protect individuals from forced labor and our nation’s economy from businesses profiting from this form of modern slavery.”

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