Fellow Oakland native Bip Roberts remembers it, too. A 12-year big league veteran, the current A’s studio analyst for NBC Sports California played his final season in 1998 with the A’s alongside Rickey Henderson, his childhood idol.

Henderson, like Lynch an Oakland Tech product, was one of the reasons Roberts was a big leaguer. Having a guy from your neighborhood make it and be right there in front of you was inspirational.

The subscription allows fans to pick a jersey they want to wear and it’s then sent to them one at a time. When the jersey is sent back in a prepaid envelope, the next jersey in their queue gets mailed out, just like the early days of Netflix DVDs.

“And it never happens because that picture comes up the next day.”

The numbers suggested that Carolina was likely to decline last season, but nobody saw them falling from 15-1 to 6-10 after winning the NFC Championship in 2015. The Panthers went from 6-1 in one-score games in 2015 to 2-6 last season, so while they declined significantly, it wasn’t quite as big of a drop-off as their raw win total might indicate. They also lost their two best players for stretches of time when Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly went down with injuries. Ideally, the Panthers won’t need to give Derek Anderson two starts.

Von Miller will still do Von Miller things, but it won’t be quite the same. Meanwhile, the Chargers haven’t had a chance to get everyone injured yet, although don’t fret, it’s coming like it always does.nike_vikings_1973

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