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Broncos kicker Brandon McManus ‘mad’ he missed a shot at NFL history – NFL Nation


DENVER — Brandon McManus was mad. Actually, make that next-level furious, right down to his core.

Because on Sunday, Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio denied the team’s veteran kicker a chance just before halftime to try what would have been either a 64- or 65-yard field goal attempt — a kick that could have tied or set a new record for the longest field goal in NFL history.

McManus initially ran out onto the field because he expected to try the field goal. When coach Vic Fangio opted to keep the offense on the field, McManus walked to the sideline yelling in Fangio’s direction, as well as toward special-teams coach Tom McMahon. McManus then ripped off his helmet and, with both hands, slammed it on the ground in the Broncos bench area.

“I know I can make the kick,” McManus said afterward. “And this is a storied game that I grew up watching, and it was a dream of mine to play in this league — and if I was able to have my name mentioned as the longest field goal in NFL history, [I] would love that. That’s why I would have loved to kick that attempt.”

All’s well that ended well for the Broncos and McManus, who instead kicked a 53-yard field goal as time expired in the second half to give the Broncos a 23-20 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Still, McManus wanted history. He routinely makes kicks of that length or longer in warm-ups each week. It’s also worth noting that three of the five field goals in league history of at least 63 yards have been made in Denver’s 5,280-foot altitude.

That total includes the record 64-yard kick made by then-Broncos kicker Matt Prater against the Tennessee Titans on Dec. 8, 2013. Former Broncos kicker Jason Elam also made a 63-yarder in 1998, and then-Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski made a 63-yarder in 2011.

“He hasn’t been here that long to see, you know, my total range,” McManus said of first-year coach Vic Fangio. “… I knew I could make it; they’ve seen me make it in practice. We were right at the line that I gave him [before the game].”

Fangio over his explanation.

“I didn’t want to try the 65-yarder,” Fangio said. “At that point, I didn’t think it was desperation, and I’ve seen many times where guys go out there and try extra-long kicks and they alter their mechanics and it affects them the rest of the game. So I’m going to say that decision not to let him go out there for the 65-yarder led him to making the 52- and the 53-yarder.”

McManus did make all three of his field goal attempts in the game — a 31-yarder in the second quarter to go with 52- and 53-yarders in the fourth quarter. Asked about Fangio saying kickers alter their mechanics in longer attempts McManus said quickly: “Does a Hail Mary affect the way a quarterback throws the ball?”

In the end, McNanus said he and Fangio are “100 percent” OK with each other, but it didn’t stop McManus from making a statement just before the second half began Sunday. When he came out for his usual warm-up at the end of halftime, McManus put the kicking tee down where the attempt would have been just before halftime and easily pounded a 65-yard kick through the uprights.

Asked if he wanted the coaches to see that, he said simply: “Of course, of course.”

Sunday’s winner was the sixth in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime for McManus. He and Prater are the franchise’s only kickers to make multiple field goals of 50 yards or more in the fourth quarter or overtime in the same game.

But that small slice of team history wasn’t quite enough.

“Kicking is a completely mental game; you battle the struggles, the ebbs and flows of it,” McManus said. “Head coaching, I would say we deal with a lot of the same scrutiny. He has to make decisions, and I have to make pressure kicks. At the end of the day, I’m mad because I didn’t get to kick; and in his mind, he made the right decision for the team. I have no problem with that. But like I said, I would love to have my name mentioned in the history books.”



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The Mad Cool line-up for 2020 has got another 30 acts


Thirty new acts have been added to next year’s huge Mad Cool festival line-up, including Charli XCX, Rex Orange County, Pheobe Bridgers and Tom Misch. You can read the full line-up below.

Other acts announced today included: Angel Olsen, Nina Kraviz, Floating Points, Hobo Johnson, Confidence Man, Sticky Fingers, Beabadoobee and Arlo Parks.

They join the likes of Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Twenty One Pilots, Pixies, Alt-J and Tove-Lo and Foals who were the first wave of acts announced for the festival. 

Other acts who were added later included The Killers, Wolf Alice, Finneas, Nothing But Thieves, Richard Hawley, Jamie Cullum and the Deftones.

The event is due to take place from July 8-11 2020 and you can see the full line-up below.

The Mad Cool 2020 line up – Credit: Press

Tickets for next year’s event will go on sale at midday from Sunday, December 1, and will be available through the festival’s official sales channels: Madcoolfestival.esTicketmaster.es and Festicket.com.

Mad Cool Festival is also reviewing its prices and is starting the ticket sale at 65€ for a day ticket, a 4-day pass for 159€ , and a 3-day pass for 149€*. These prices will be valid for the first 15000 tickets sold.

A VIP day pass meanwhile, costs 150€ and 3/4 day passes are selling for 400€ and 350€ respectively.

Last year, Mad Cool festival saw the likes of The Cure, The National, Iggy Pop, The 1975, Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, Robyn, Sharon Van Etten, Yonaka, The Gossip, Lauryn Hill appearing at the event.

Reviewing The National’s headline set last year, NME’s Andrew Trendell wrote: “The heartfelt moments from ‘I Am Easy To Find’ allow the set to breathe with a little meditation, especially the tender and cinematic ‘Oblivions’ and utterly breathtaking album highlight ‘Where Is Her Head’.

“…As the night sky darkens over The National’s set, people around me weep, make out, scream and start circle pits. A full journey of emotions was travelled, and every man, woman, child and even the insects felt part of it.”



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Tom Grennan, Marina, Marika Hackman and London Grammar all added to massive Mad Cool line-up


The line-up grows

Mad Cool festival have announced a wave of new acts to next year’s line up, including Tom Grennan, Marina, Marika Hackman, London Grammar and The Rapture.

They join Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Twenty One Pilots, Pixies, Alt-J and Tove-Lo, Foals and Wolf Alice who were the first wave of acts announced for the festival. 

Other acts who were added later include Finneas, Nothing But Thieves, Richard Hawley, Jamie Cullum and the Deftones, who were all announced over the last two weeks. The event is due to take place from July 8-11 2020.

The line up for Mad Cool Festival 2020 now includes Finneas, Richard Hawley and Nothing But Thieves

Tickets for next year’s event will go on sale at midday from Sunday, December 1, and will be available through the festival’s official sales channels: Madcoolfestival.esTicketmaster.es and Festicket.com.

Mad Cool Festival is also reviewing its prices and is starting the ticket sale at 65€ for a day ticket, a 4-day pass for 159€ , and a 3-day pass for 149€*. These prices will be valid for the first 15000 tickets sold.

A VIP day pass meanwhile, costs 150€ and 3/4 day passes are selling for 400€ and 350€ respectively.

Last year, Mad Cool festival saw the likes of The Cure, The National, Iggy Pop, The 1975, Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, Robyn, Sharon Van Etten, Yonaka, The Gossip and Lauryn Hill appearing at the event.

Reviewing The National’s headline set last year, NME’s Andrew Trendell wrote: “The heartfelt moments from ‘I Am Easy To Find’ allow the set to breathe with a little meditation, especially the tender and cinematic ‘Oblivions’ and utterly breathtaking album highlight ‘Where Is Her Head’.

“…As the night sky darkens over The National’s set, people around me weep, make out, scream and start circle pits. A full journey of emotions was travelled, and every man, woman, child and even the insects felt part of it.”





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Political Dirty Tricks on ‘Stumptown,’ a ‘Mad About You’ Revival, a ‘Survivor’ 2-fer – TV Insider



A selective critical checklist of notable Wednesday TV:

Stumptown (10/9c, ABC): Let’s give thanks to the freshest, funkiest private-eye show to hit TV in quite some time. As newly minted PI Dex Parios (effortlessly cool Cobie Smulders) prepares to bring her nearest and dearest together for a Friendsgiving — which could be awkward because Grey (Jake Johnson) is currently attached at the lips to Liz (Monica Barbaro), and romantic tension rises when Detective Hoffman (Michael Ealy) joins the party — she also faces an ethical crisis in her latest assignment. Happy EndingsEliza Coupe guest-stars as a barracuda of a political hack, offering Dex a hefty payday if she can find damaging intel on a seemingly squeaky-clean candidate, who appears to be modeled after Mayor Pete (“gay, married, seems smart”). Dex worries that she may be too good at her job, prompting this challenge from a rival PI: “How much pain are you willing to inflict for a dollar?” Or 45,000.

Mad About You (Spectrum Originals): Has it really been 20 years since Paul and Jamie Buchman (Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt) signed off after seven seasons of sitcom married life? Sure seems so, because this stale revival — six episodes now, six more on Dec. 18 — feels rooted in a bygone era of shticky situations. The stars still have a lively chemistry in their affectionately exasperated banter, but they wear out their welcome almost instantly as they obsess and kvetch over empty-nest syndrome when grown daughter Mabel (Abby Quinn) leaves for college. At NYC, a whole five blocks away. (Are you laughing yet?) As mom and dad keep pestering their daughter, you wonder why they apparently have no actual life. And though Hunt won four Emmys playing this role, even she can’t sell the storyline of Jamie combating menopausal hot flashes as she tries to re-enter the workplace. At which point I found myself mad to be watching just about anything else.

Survivor (8/7c, CBS): After last week’s epic hot mess, in which a #MeToo moment ended up with allegedly victimized women sabotaging each other’s game while the accused transgressor (Dan) remains in the tribe, is it possible for things to get back to normal? At least the show is leaning on some old tricks, switching things up with a double elimination. I know at least four players I’d like to see go at this point.

Inside Wednesday TV: For the final Thanksgiving on ABC’s Modern Family (9/8c), Haley (Sarah Hyland) tries to cook the holiday dinner to thank her parents for helping out with the twins, while Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) are in a pickle because their friends think they’ve broken up and begin to pick sides. And we’re not talking sweet potatoes… PBS’s Nova explores “The Violence Paradox” in a two-hour special report (9/8c, check local listings at pbs.org) that takes a broad look at human history to suggest that, headlines to the contrary, we could be living in one of the more peaceful eras of humanity. Though obviously we have a way to go… Alex Rodriguez faces one of his biggest career-rehab challenges yet on CNBC’s Back in the Game (10/9c) when he takes on the situation of Brian Dunkleman. Who, you ask? He’s the guy who walked away from a high-profile gig as American Idol co-host after a single season and is now supporting his young son as a full-time Uber driver.



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