Konomi in Trussville. Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

Welcome to Konomi. Trussville’s favorite Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar. We have been serving our customers since 2004. Our Hibachi Chef’s make the world of Japanese Culinary Art come alive right before you eyes. With dazzling front row seating, you will watch our chef’s prepare your favorite Japanese food or you can order from our sushi bar. Whichever is your choice, Konomi’s in Trussville is the ultimate family night out.

We also have kids birthday parties, rooms for corporate parties and if you are wanting catering, we service all of Trussville and Clay.

Thank you for visiting Konomi’s in Trussville and we hope to see you soon!

The Bills kept pace with the Patriots in the AFC East, moving to 5-2 with a 34-14 victory over the 3-5 Oakland Raiders.

In Cincinnati, the 3-4 Bengals eked out a 25-24 victory over the 2-6 Indianapolis Colts.

The NFL’s best team, at least at the moment, continued to be the Philadelphia Eagles, who topped winless San Francisco 33-10. Carson Wentz passed for 211 yards in that game.

The day began with a business-as-usual game from the Cleveland Browns, who flew to London and lost 33-16 to the Minnesota Vikings. Although the winless Browns led 13-12 at the half, the Vikings had no trouble after that, with Case Keenum completing 27 of 43 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns (with one interception). The Browns’ DeShone Kizer completed 18 of 34 passes for 179 yards.

On Monday night, the 3-3 Denver Broncos play the 5-2 Chiefs in Kansas City in an important NFC West game.

Newton was criticized last week, and rightfully so, after his sexist remark for which he later apologized. But things are going extremely well on the field, and if this continues he will be an MVP candidate again and the Panthers will be Super Bowl contenders once more.

Ford, a four-year starter, is built like a fire hydrant with short arms. He is a terrific athlete with superior coordination, explosiveness and flexibility. He has a quick first step, which allows him to get under taller linemen and gain leverage to shoot into gaps.

Ford uses his explosiveness and flexibility to split gaps and penetrate up field and consistently affect the play. He compares to Sheldon Day in both body type and play style, and he will be best as a pass-rushing defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme.

Lane Johnson should be able to win most of his battles against Danielle Hunter. Everson Griffen versus Halapoulivaati Vaitai is another story. If ever there was a game in which Philly needed Jason Peters …



Konomi in Trussville. Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

Welcome to Konomi. Trussville’s favorite Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar. We have been serving our customers since 2004. Our Hibachi Chef’s make the world of Japanese Culinary Art come alive right before you eyes. With dazzling front row seating, you will watch our chef’s prepare your favorite Japanese food or you can order from our sushi bar. Whichever is your choice, Konomi’s in Trussville is the ultimate family night out.

We also have kids birthday parties, rooms for corporate parties and if you are wanting catering, we service all of Trussville and Clay.

Thank you for visiting Konomi’s in Trussville and we hope to see you soon!

It will be interesting to see whether Bruce Arians want to keep coaching in Arizona beyond this season.

He has done a pretty good job to keep this Cardinals team near .500. But how wearying is it at this point in his career to struggle so hard just to be mediocre?

So does Kyle Shanahan deserve credit for waiting until Jimmy Garoppolo was ready — really ready — to play before putting him in the lineup? Or does he deserve blame because Garoppolo should have been playing sooner? The Niners still have never lost a game started by Garoppolo.

This might come as a surprise, but Hackenberg and Geno both got off to nice starts on Thursday.

Hackenberg displayed the ability to actually put some touch on a pass when he hit Austin Seferian-Jenkins for a 12-yard score:

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in support of Senator Luther Strange at the Von Braun Centre in Huntsville, Ala. on Friday night. (Marvin Gentry/Reuters)
President Trump’s wish that NFL owners fire players who kneel during the national anthem is unlikely to come true. In fact, his vulgar and inflammatory remarks about players such as Colin Kaepernick, who chose to kneel for the national anthem to peacefully protest, might end up having the opposite effect.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’?” Trump said at a political rally in Alabama on Friday. “You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s going to say, ‘That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it [but] they’ll be the most popular person in this country.”

Perhaps also concerning? The Eagles defense, which did not look stout the final three weeks of the season. Holding the Cowboys to just six points was nice, but this was not the same unit that dominated throughout the regular season. It’s entirely possible the defensive line reverts back to its previous form and Jay Ajayi/LeGarrette Blount turn into a winter weather duo of destruction in the rushing attack.



Konomi in Trussville. Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

Welcome to Konomi. Trussville’s favorite Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar. We have been serving our customers since 2004. Our Hibachi Chef’s make the world of Japanese Culinary Art come alive right before you eyes. With dazzling front row seating, you will watch our chef’s prepare your favorite Japanese food or you can order from our sushi bar. Whichever is your choice, Konomi’s in Trussville is the ultimate family night out.

We also have kids birthday parties, rooms for corporate parties and if you are wanting catering, we service all of Trussville and Clay.

Thank you for visiting Konomi’s in Trussville and we hope to see you soon!

The victory is the fourth in the playoffs when trailing by 10 or more points in the fourth quarter. No other quarterback has more than one.

It looked as if the Jaguars were going to advance after taking a 20-10 lead on two field goals. With the Patriots driving in the fourth quarter, Myles Jack came up with a big play, stripping the ball from Dion Lewis. But these are the Patriots. They simply went on another drive, closing within 20-17 on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Amendola.

And then Brady and Amendola did it again, connecting on a four-yard touchdown pass that put New England up 24-20.

With more than a decade’s worth of data now, we’ve seen offensive line feature some of the slowest career progressions of any position. The famous “second-year jump” that a lot of players enjoy is more of a third- or even fourth-year jump along the offensive line. Williams has embodied that this season. Over his past seven games, Williams has allowed two combined sacks and hits. Last year he needed an injury elsewhere for him to crack the starting lineup; now he’s the highest-graded right tackle in the NFL.

The question for Kelce, more so than anyone else on this list, isn’t what happened to him this year to make him successful; it’s what happened last year that made him a possible cap casualty this past offseason? Kelce was PFF’s all-pro center in 2013 and has been consistently among the league’s best before the wheels fell off a season ago. He’s back atop our center rankings this season and there’s little reason to think he’ll revert to 2016 form.

The top two perimeter players on last season’s Jazz were Gordon Hayward and George Hill. Those two slots, this season, are taken by rookie Donovan Mitchell and offseason acquisition Ricky Rubio. There are clear differences in the skill sets of the two pairs of players, with Hayward and Hill as excellent long-range shooters and Mitchell as more of a rim-attacker and Rubio more of a non-shooter distributor.

The NFL had been investigating Elliott for more than a year, with league officials looking into a number of incidents involving Elliott, who led the NFL in rushing yards and attempts during his rookie season in 2016. Elliott’s ex-girlfriend accused him of five incidents of domestic violence over a six-day period in July 2016, though prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, declined to press charges because of “conflicting and inconsistent information” from witnesses.

The key to winning big without an established, reliable QB is striking the right balance between caretaker and playmaker, conservative and aggressive. Immense talent across the board at other positions has allowed the Vikings and Eagles to push the right buttons with Keenum and Foles. It’s easier for a team to both take chances and not take them when it can pick up the QB through other phases.



Konomi in Trussville. Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

Welcome to Konomi. Trussville’s favorite Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar. We have been serving our customers since 2004. Our Hibachi Chef’s make the world of Japanese Culinary Art come alive right before you eyes. With dazzling front row seating, you will watch our chef’s prepare your favorite Japanese food or you can order from our sushi bar. Whichever is your choice, Konomi’s in Trussville is the ultimate family night out.

We also have kids birthday parties, rooms for corporate parties and if you are wanting catering, we service all of Trussville and Clay.

Thank you for visiting Konomi’s in Trussville and we hope to see you soon!

When the game was finally over, an excited Davis jumped on Cousins and wrapped his arms around his neck.

“He played his heart out,” Davis said.

Cousins became the first NBA player since Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1972 to have as many as 40 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in a game, according to Elias Sports Bureau research. Few others have done it.

“Protect the receiver,” Smith added, before Irvin said he put the interception more on the receiver.

Anyhow, 12 hours later, Cousins made his weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan’s Grant and Danny program. Midway through the appearance, he was asked about that NFL Network criticism. Cousins said he hadn’t heard it, and after it was summarized, he attempted to avoid entering a back-and-forth.

“I mean, I think those guys are gonna say what they want to say, and I honestly think that in today’s world, unfortunately, sometimes saying inflammatory things, you get rewarded for it whether there’s a lot of truth behind it or not,” Cousins said. “You know, I didn’t go over right away [to Crowder], but I did go over and just try to encourage the guys up and down, the receivers and the O-line and the running backs, let ‘em know we’re doing a lot of good things, we’re fine.”

Then came a new threat in the Jaguars’ defense. Brady needed to dig even deeper for something new to add to his legacy.

Brady has been through every situation, and he has learned from his past failures in the penultimate playoff round. He wasn’t in a Super Bowl on Sunday, but this AFC title game had the feel of those two big games in which the Patriots came up short against Tom Coughlin’s Giants. Brady wasn’t about to let that happen again against a different kind of Coughlin team.

If Brady were not 40, his 81.6 passer rating over the final five games of the season, which he played with a nagging Achilles’ injury, would be dismissed as part of a season’s typical ebb. The sterling late-season performance of Jimmy Garoppolo, the heralded backup the Patriots shipped to San Francisco for a second-round pick, would not have evoked panicked regret across New England.



Konomi in Trussville. Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

Welcome to Konomi. Trussville’s favorite Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar. We have been serving our customers since 2004. Our Hibachi Chef’s make the world of Japanese Culinary Art come alive right before you eyes. With dazzling front row seating, you will watch our chef’s prepare your favorite Japanese food or you can order from our sushi bar. Whichever is your choice, Konomi’s in Trussville is the ultimate family night out.

We also have kids birthday parties, rooms for corporate parties and if you are wanting catering, we service all of Trussville and Clay.

Thank you for visiting Konomi’s in Trussville and we hope to see you soon!

Walter Payton Man of the Year: Greg Olsen, Ben Watson, J.J. Watt finalists for prestigious honor

Greg Olsen, Benjamin Watson and J.J. Watt are the three finalists for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

The prestigious award honors NFL players who have shown not just excellence on the field, but have been leaders in volunteer and charity work.

Watt, who has missed most of the past two seasons to injuries, is a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the Texans. The defensive end has long been active in charitable causes. He stepped up big in the wake of Hurrican Harvey, which devastated Houston. Starting a fund-raising campaign on social media, he raised more than $37 million in less than three weeks. In addition, his Justin J. Watt Foundation, founded in 2010, has provided more than $3.4 million in funding for youth sports.

Greg, Benjamin and J.J. have changed countless lives with their generosity and commitment to helping others, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. As remarkable leaders on and off the field, they personify the character of the late Walter Payton. We commend them for using their platforms to leave a positive impact on communities across the country.

The Portland guard hit his first nine shots — including seven 3-pointers — and scored 31 points as the Trail Blazers beat the Dallas Mavericks 117-108 on Saturday night for their season-best sixth consecutive home win.

Lillard, who didn’t miss a shot until late in the third quarter, went 10 of 15 from the floor and handed out nine assists to lead Portland. Backcourt mate CJ McCollum scored 26 points, while Evan Turner had 17 points and Al-Farouq Aminu 13.

Portland tied a season high with 18 3-pointers. Six Blazers made at least two each, led by Lillard’s seven.



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We also have kids birthday parties, rooms for corporate parties and if you are wanting catering, we service all of Trussville and Clay.

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Patriots, Vikings going to Super Bowl 52, according to NFL’s now-deleted Facebook post

The NFL stirred controversy this week when a graphic that depicted the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings in the Super Bowl appeared on its Facebook page.

The post, which appeard Tuesday, was supposed to be for a promotional giveaway in which fans were given the opportunity to win Super Bowl seats if they donated to United Way. It read:

Unsurprisingly, Philadelphia fans felt particularly disrespected by the situation and began to shout conspiracy. NBC Sports Philly’s Amy Fadool helped calm some of the uproar.

New England special teams stalwart Matthew Slater probably put it best during his media availability Wednesday. When asked why his team wasn’t talking trash he didn’t mess around.

I’ll pose a question at you, he said. Why should we have to?

Since 2000, the Patriots are 18-3 in the playoffs at home, an 85.7 percent winning percentage, good for second best in the league (min. seven games) over that span (Seattle 10-1, 90.9 percent).

The Jaguars are 4-5 in the playoffs when playing on the road. However, they are 2-1 in their last three road playoff games, with both wins coming against the Steelers.

The Patriots set a franchise record with eight sacks in their playoff game last week against the Titans. Their previous playoff record for sacks was six against Jacksonville in 2006.

I understand why the Jaguars did what they did against the Bills, going for shorter passes and screens to combat a loaded box and catch them looking in the backfield, but you also have to try to back them off early in the game. Bortles hasn’t exactly instilled confidence passing the ball the past few weeks, but you’ve got to do better in the passing game if you want to win.



Konomi in Trussville. Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

Welcome to Konomi. Trussville’s favorite Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar. We have been serving our customers since 2004. Our Hibachi Chef’s make the world of Japanese Culinary Art come alive right before you eyes. With dazzling front row seating, you will watch our chef’s prepare your favorite Japanese food or you can order from our sushi bar. Whichever is your choice, Konomi’s in Trussville is the ultimate family night out.

We also have kids birthday parties, rooms for corporate parties and if you are wanting catering, we service all of Trussville and Clay.

Thank you for visiting Konomi’s in Trussville and we hope to see you soon!

Mike Trout wears dog mask to support Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field

Mike Trout was hard to miss Sunday at the NFC championship game in Philadelphia. Not just because he’s one of baseball’s biggest stars, but because he was wearing a dog mask.

Trout, a native of Vineland, N.J. — about 40 miles south of Philly — has been an Eagles fan since his childhood. Of course, the big thing with Eagles fans this week has been dog masks and T-shirts. It started when Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson and defensive end Chris Long donned dog masks after last week’s win against the Falcons, to symbolize the Eagles being the first No. 1 seed in history to be a home underdog against a No. 6 seed.

NBA All-Star reserves, voted by the coaches, will be announced Tuesday. Portland’s next game isn’t until Monday, and by then, many coaches will have already voted. Saturday’s performance might have been Lillard’s last All-Star statement.

Lillard didn’t see Saturday’s game as an All-Star audition, but rather, what he’s supposed to do.

I gotta play at a certain way and perform at a certain level for us to be able to win games, he said. That’s why my job is. I don’t have anything else to say about it.

Olsen and his wife, Kara, founded the HEARTest Yard Fund in 2013 after an exam of their unborn son, T.J., revealed the infant had a congenital heart defect. The couple have not only donated their own money toward pediatric heart equipment and screening, but headline an annual gala that has raised almost $4 million in only three years. The HEARTest Yard Fund unveiled a new cardiac neurodevelopmental program in 2017.

Watson, who missed all of the 2016 season with an Achilles injury, returned this season to haul in 61 passes for 522 yards and four touchdowns. He has been hailed for his work in a variety of charitable efforts, but his One More Foundation supports both existing charities and initiates programs of its own in working to combat human trafficking and violence against the poor. He also hosts the Big BENefit, which offers 25 underserved families an opportunity to provide holiday gifts for their children.