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Smiling or frowning. Wayne Gretzky Jersey .Woe is us or Wow for us.Heading into the final week of the NFL regular season, hardly anyone has a neutral feeling about the 32 teams. There are success stories and there are flops.Heres a look at both sides.SMILINGThe biggest and widest grins should be worn in Dallas, of course; everything is huge in Big D, right? No one outside of Jerrys Palace could have predicted the Cowboys (11-4) would be NFC East champs and in line for a first-round playoff bye. Not with a defence that lost its best player, linebacker Sean Lee, to preseason injury. Now with quarterback Tony Romo coming off back surgery. Not with a coach, Jason Garrett, who seemed lost in big spots.This team is so special because we built this thing from the ground up, defensive end Jeremy Mincey said. Guys came to work, from (training camp) all the way to now, and the results are definitely paying out. And if we keep playing the way that were playing, anything is possible.Folks in the Valley of the Sun also should be thrilled by what their Cardinals (11-4) have provided. Until injuries tore apart the roster — theyve used four quarterbacks and have seen offensive and defensive playmakers go down nearly every week — the Cardinals were the feel-good story of 2014.Even as they reel a bit, their faithful should, well, keep the faith heading into the post-season.You have to wipe it away, get the 12th win. Use that momentum, hopefully, to go into the playoffs, running back Stepfan Taylor said. We still have football left. Thats the best thing about this. Were not out of anything.Then there are the two favourites for the Super Bowl, the defending champion Seahawks (11-4) and the AFC East winners, the Patriots (11-3).A little more than a month into the season, their fans were shaking their heads, wondering what was wrong.Now, those same fans are nodding pleasurably at what they see.Seattle is hitting top speed at just the right time, its defence looking just as overpowering as last year, its quarterback, Russell Wilson, making magic on the ground and through the air.New England has been invincible at home, which could be enough to get it to yet another Super Bowl. Tom Brady is having a vintage season despite a non-stellar surrounding cast other than tight end Rob Gronkowski and receiver Julian Edelman. The defence has found some new stars (Jamie Collins, Chandler Jones) to go with vets Rob Ninkovich and Darrelle Revis.Two more teams few counted on to make an impact: Detroit and Buffalo.The Lions (11-4) not only can waltz off with the NFC North by winning at Lambeau Field on Sunday — a tall task, for sure — but have a shot at the top seed in the conference.Regardless, under new coach Jim Caldwell they have exorcised many of the disciplinary demons that plagued them under the previous regime.As for the Bills, well, their NFL-high drought is now at 15 seasons, but they at least sniffed the playoffs this year. They also put together a defence that nearly anyone east of Seattle would envy.FROWNINGWe could lump together the teams that brought in new coaches and totally floundered: Washington, Tennessee, Tampa Bay. Not many people seeing the bright side there.Instead, though, lets concentrate on the horror shows in Chicago, New Orleans, New Jersey and San Francisco.Its a sign of how much turmoil the Bears (5-10) have experienced in 2014 that one week after benching Jay Cutler for Jimmy Clausen — yes, Jimmy Clausen — the team has to go back to the failed veteran. Clausen was concussed in his start on Sunday, and coach Marc Trestman has to go back to Cutler against Minnesota.Regardless, things have gotten so ugly in the Windy City that the only thing capable of bringing smiles might be a total housecleaning.Just as dysfunctional are the Saints (6-9), who lost five straight at home, cant stop anyone defensively and have lost their mojo with the ball. Theyve rarely looked the same since the bounty scandal and Sean Paytons year-long suspension in 2012.At least folks arent wearing paper bags at the Superdome as in the old days.Instead of resorting to the paper bags, Jets fans hire airplanes to fly banners asking to fire the general manager. They could get their wish as owner Woody Johnson may show John Idzik the door, along with coach Rex Ryan.The Jets (3-12) still play hard, particularly on defence, but the overall talent level would make any observer frown.Not so in the Bay Area, where there is plenty of skill. When Jim Harbaugh leaves the 49ers (7-8), he will be praised for taking them to three straight NFC championship games, and one tight Super Bowl loss. His departure will be blamed on discord in the front office.No one will be smiling.___AP Sports Writers Schuyler Dixon and Bob Baum contributed to this story.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Ryan McDonagh Jersey . -- Masahiro Tanaka knows that first appearance in a spring training game for the New York Yankees will be scrutinized. Eddie Giacomin Jersey . According to the Red Wings Twitter feed, Zetterberg plans to practice with the team on Thursday and is aiming for a second round comeback. http://www.officialrangersproshop.com/Rangers-Rod-Gilbert-Adidas-Jersey/ . - Because they didnt go into Beast Mode, the Seattle Seahawks found themselves in Spin Mode.OAKLAND, Calif. - His voice can be heard everywhere the Golden State Warriors go.During games, he antagonizes opponents and challenges teammates. In the huddle, he shouts at coaches one moment and shares a laugh with them the next. And in practice, he barks at individuals not hustling and respects only those who earn it.Anybody listening to Draymond Green quickly learns this is the way he approaches everything in life. Love him or hate him, its that all-out energy and no-nonsense attitude that has carried him from an overlooked second-round pick to one of the most important players on the NBAs best team.One thing Ive always been taught: youre not going to shoot great every night, you may have some turnovers some nights, but one thing you can always do is bring effort, Green said. No matter what, no matter how I feel, always bring effort.While streaky shooters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are the stars, Green is the spark for everything else Golden State (31-5) needs.Warriors coach Steve Kerr has called Green the teams heartbeat, vocal leader and just about every other sports cliche that the former TNT broadcaster typically avoids. He has simply run out of ways to describe Green, whom Kerr first became enamoured with while watching a Warriors game on television.It came right through the screen, Kerr said. He was the heart and soul of the team.In his first two years with the Warriors, Green provided key minutes off the bench and became a favourite of former coach Mark Jackson. But it wasnt until two-time All-Star power forward David Lee missed 24 of the first 25 games this season with a strained left hamstring that Green got a chance to win the starting job.Green enters Friday nights game at Oklahoma City averaging 11.8 points, eight rebounds and 3.8 assists.The 6-foot-7, 230-pound forward has played bigger than his size, giving Golden State the defensive force it has been missing alongside centre Andrew Bogut. He has stretched the floor with an improved 3-point shot, and those around him rave about intangibles that dont show up on stat sheets.Greens game is generated by the same method that helped him win two state titles at Saginaw High School (Saginaw, Michigan), reach two Final Fours at Michigan State and take home Big Ten Player of the Year honours as a senior. Its the same blueprint that has made him a contender for the NBAs Most Improved Player award andd All-Defensive team. James Patrick Jersey. reen just outworks people — and lets them know about it.He has jawed with LeBron James, exchanged words with Kevin Garnett and mixed it up with Blake Griffin. His scrappy play and feisty attitude can be so jarring, teammates say, that some opponents dont like to play against him.Thereve been numerous guys that say their strengths are the post game, but they dont want to post him up. They end up floating to the perimeter, or vice versa, because hes just annoying defensively, Bogut said.What most people dont see is Greens pride and passion is not exclusive to NBA games.During a recent team scrimmage, for instance, Green struggled in the first contest. He increased his intensity — and trash-talk — in the second scrimmage, and better results followed.He wants you to engage back with him. Youre getting off your game. Its almost like a fuel for him, Bogut said.Last weekend, Green accompanied Curry and his family to Seattle for an NFL playoff game between Currys hometown Carolina Panthers and the Seahawks. At one point, Curry said a foul-mouthed Seahawks fan below the groups luxury suite lost his mind for a second shouting at Currys wife and mother.Green decided to settle the dispute himself. Armed with the only ammunition he had, Green chucked grapes at the fan — who immediately got quiet.Hes Draymond on and off the court, Curry said, chuckling.But sometimes Greens emotions go too far.He has had heated exchanges with teammates in practice and a few expletive-laced confrontations with Kerr during games, which both attribute to their competitive nature. Each time, Green has apologized to Kerr immediately.Thats why I love Draymond, Kerr said.Green has become such a key piece that the Warriors — the same team that passed on him twice in the 2012 draft, when they selected Harrison Barnes seventh, Festus Ezeli 30th and Green 35th — will likely be heading into the luxury tax next season just to keep him.Green, who is making a little more than $900,000 in the final year of his rookie contract, could be due a raise north of $10 million annually this summer. As a restricted free agent, the Warriors would be able to match any offer he receives.Of course, Greens market value is difficult to measure. The Warriors just know his versatility has been invaluable to them.___Antonio Gonzalez can be reached at: www.twitter.com/agonzalezAP Cheap Canadiens Jerseys Cheap Predators Jerseys Cheap Devils Jerseys Cheap Islanders Jerseys Cheap Rangers Jerseys Cheap Senators Jerseys Cheap Flyers Jerseys Cheap Penguins Jerseys Cheap Sharks Jerseys Cheap Blues Jerseys Cheap Lightning Jerseys Cheap Maple Leafs Jerseys Cheap Canucks Jerseys Cheap Golden Knights Jerseys Cheap Capitals Jerseys Cheap Winnipeg Jets Jerseys ' ' '

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