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Christian band MercyMe opens up about abuse, God and new album

MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard opened up Tuesday about his abusive father and how faith saved his family.
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Donald Trump reiterates: He’s serious about buying Bills, keeping them in Buffalo

The Donald is not going away.

The billionaire celebrity Donald Trump, who is now famous for being famous, is hoping to add another feather to his peacock-like cap. He has stated his interest in buying the Buffalo Bills, and now he is reiterating his said interest in buying the team.

More interestingly, per the Buffalo News, Trump says he wants to keep the team in Buffalo. Or so he says.

“I’m going to give it a heavy shot,” Trump told The News on Monday from his office in Manhattan. “I would love to do it, and if I can do it, I’m keeping it in Buffalo.”

Most people believe that Trump would buy the team so as to move it to Los Angeles, or perhaps sister Bills city Toronto. But he’s trying to quash that notion for now with the idea that it could hurt his chances to purchase the team if public sentiment as any seat at this table.

Trump uses sound logic: He curries favor with the locals by explaining the team’s rich tradition and the local ties to the team. But then he can’t help but return to personal interest on the matter.

“I live in New York, and it’s easier for me to go to Buffalo than any other place,” Trump said. “Where am I going to move it, some place on the other side of the country, where I have to travel for five hours?”

(Never mind that Trump has hotels in Chicago, Las Vegas, Toronto, Washington D.C., Miami, Vancouver, Rio Di Janiero, Ireland and Panama, not to mention several golf courses in various other locations. He doesn’t seem to have troubles getting to those places.)

This is where the movie “Wall Street” comes in handy in explaining life. Gordon Gekko, the brilliant Michael Douglas character whom Trump has become, delivers a role-defining line to young protegé Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) when explaining why the magnate must take a fledgling airline and break it up into pieces, after initially saying he would not.

Fox: Why do you need to wreck this company?
Gekko: Because it’s wreckable, all right? I took another look at it and I changed my mind!

Trump is going to do what he wants, when he wants, and if the NFL owners approved him — remember, the membership must first give him a key to the executive swimming pool; 24 of the 32 teams must vote yes to any prospective ownership group — he’d try to move the team to Doha, Qatar if he thought it was best for The Donald.

But that’s the key: Would the owners approve Trump over the suspected major competition, Jon Bon Jovi’s potential involvement with the Toronto company Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment group? After all, Bon Jovi is buddies with the New England Patriots’ owner, Robert Kraft, who quietly is one of the two or three most influential owners in the NFL, which could tilt the scales away from Trump.

The NFL ownership has something of an image problem these days, and Slate’s Jack Hamilton brilliantly summed up this idea in his review of “Draft Day.

“The NFL is in an awkward place right now, the most popular kid in school whom everyone’s starting to hate, and the kid knows it.”

That’s why Trump getting his chance to own an NFL team, after driving a stake through the USFL 30-plus years ago and threatening to attack the NFL with a series of lawsuits aimed at breaking it up being absorbed by it, just seems a bit unlikely.

Besides, the NFL has enough unfiltered loudmouths.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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Americans are optimistic about technology, except drones… and robots… and…

If you asked the average American what they think about the coming crop of technologies, you’d probably get some generic optimism. According to a recent Pew Research survey found that 59 percent of Americans expected that technology would make our…
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Troy Aikman is ‘concerned’ about Tony Romo’s back

There are few men on earth who can understand what it’s like to be Tony Romo, quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. Fewer still understand what Romo is going through from an injury perspective, and one of those is a bit concerned.

Troy Aikman, a Cowboys legend, retired after 12 years in the league in large part because of back difficulties. Speaking to the Cowboys’ website, Aikman was frank about his perspective on Romo’s prospects: “Two back surgeries in less than a year at his age, I would be a bit concerned.”

Make no mistake, Aikman is firmly in Romo’s corner. But he’s taking a pragmatic view of Romo’s injury recovery. “I’m hopeful that he’s able to come back,” Aikman said. “Everybody is. This team won’t be the same if he’s not able to. I anticipate that he will come back. But to say that, ‘Hey, he’s ahead of schedule and everything’s going fine,’ I’m not sure how you can really measure that here in April.”

Romo and Aikman have plenty of parallels. Romo is also entering his 12th year, and he’ll turn 34 this year, the age Aikman was at retirement. Aikman didn’t hint that change was on the way, noting instead that Brandon Weeden and, presumably, Kyle Orton will be suitable backups.

“It doesn’t sound like they’ll be drafting [a quarterback],” Aikman said of the Cowboys. “But if they can find a free agent to come out and at some point down the road play like Tony has played, that’s a pretty good way to go.”

You know where this ought to head, though. Johnny Manziel to the Cowboys. Make it happen, Jerry.

Jay Busbee is a contributor for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter.

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Tracy Morgan ‘concerned’ about Alec Baldwin

Tracy Morgan has certainly had his share of off-screen drama throughout his career, but now the 30 Rock alum says he feels like the tables have turned and it’s his former co-star Alec Baldwin who’s continually finding himself in hot water.
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IHS: ‘no breakthroughs,’ ‘nothing earth-shattering’ about Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 Cost

Research firm IHS says the Galaxy S5 costs $ 256 to make, Re/code reports, a price that’s significantly higher than previous Samsung high-end handsets but which is becoming the norm for the company’s new flagships. While the $ 256 bill of materials for the handset does not account for the cost of software, distribution and marketing, Samsung is expected to enjoy a gross margin of about 60% on the Galaxy S5.

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Johnny Manziel visiting the Oakland Raiders; talk about a match made in heaven

If there ever was a perfect match, Johnny Manziel and the Oakland Raiders are made for each other.

Oakland has the historic bad boy reputation. Raiders fans are, umm, passionate?

Manziel showed up with rapper Drake at the Final Four and was booed when shown on the Jumbotron. He is already disliked despite never taking one snap in the NFL.

Well, Manziel spent Sunday and Monday on a predraft visit with Oakland, and even if it appears unlikely he will play for the Raiders, the thought of him wearing silver and back (minus the face paint) is intriguing.

Oakland traded a sixth-round pick to obtain Matt Schaub this offeason. Schaub restructured his contract, and coach Dennis Allen said the newly acquired quarterback would be his starter after Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin struggled during Oakland’s second straight four-win season.

That does not mean Oakland will overlook a quarterback in the upcoming draft.

Schaub is a short-term solution for Oakland. In addition, Schaub set an NFL record with an interception returned for a touchdown in four consecutive games last season. If he struggles again, Johnny Football coming to the rescue would be must-see TV.

NFL teams can host up to 30 draft-eligible players, which means Manziel’s visit could just be a formality.

But Manziel and the Raiders might be a perfect match.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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IRL: A rant about Nintendo’s Virtual Console service

Welcome to IRL, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we’re using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment.

Before you send in your angry emails, comments and tweets…
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Staples is about to bring 3D printing to the masses

Staples 3D Printer Sales

We’re about to learn whether 3D printing will ever have mainstream appeal because Staples is now offering both an in-store printing service as well as actual 3D printers. The cheapest printer costs $ 1,300, which is fairly steep, but shipping is free. Shoppers can now also walk into stores and ask for the employees to help them to design and print objects on the spot.

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Jerry Jones’ Cowboys keep missing the playoffs, but brags about being a popular TV show

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones cannot brag about his team’s recent success in the playoffs, so he had to boast about something.

On second thought, he really could have kept those thoughts to himself.

Jones recently held a press conference to announce AT&T Stadium will host the 50th annual Academy of Country Music awards next April. Instead of just bragging about the beautiful stadium, or everything Dallas has to offer, Jones made a horrible analogy involving his football team.

“As you know, the Cowboys have not gone to the playoffs in several years,” Jones said (via The Dallas Morning News). “We have not gone, yet we’re the most popular TV show there is on television. We lead all teams in TV ratings. We lead, 24 of the last top 25 shows were NFL games, and any time your Cowboys play they’re up there at the top and leading. Now, what causes that? What causes that is creating some aura, creating some excitement. We want to use that as best we can to make this award show the greatest ever.”

That observation should do wonders for season ticket sales.

There is a difference between being popular and good. A random search on YouTube will produce several popular videos, but that does not mean it is quality entertainment.

Jones also does not realize many people enjoying watching Dallas because of its annual collapse. Dallas has finished 8-8 the past three seasons, while quarterback Tony Romo’s record in December is 14-19.

Dallas may be a popular team, but Jones should be uncomfortable settling for that insignificant accolade.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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