Kim Kardashian: Having Kids Totally Changed Me!

When you think of Kim Kardashian, odds are you don’t think of heartwarming essays on motherhood.

You probably just think of stuff like butts and Ray J and 72-day marriages.

And that’s fair — Kim has been famous for a very, very long time now, and it makes sense that there are certain things about her that stick out more than others.

But just because you may think of Kim as more of a sex symbol and less of a Mother of the Year doesn’t mean that she doesn’t have strong feelings when it comes to her kids.

And, lucky for us and our tender hearts, she’s revealing those feelings in a new post she made to her website!

Yesterday was apparently National Son’s and Daughter’s Day — don’t feel bad if you didn’t know, who can keep up with all the “holidays” anymore?

But Kim did know, and to celebrate the special day, she wrote about her own son and daughter.

“Having kids changes everything — in the best way possible,” she wrote. “Thank you to my babies for choosing me and allowing me to be your mom.”

Sweet, right? But hold on, it just gets better!

“I have such an unconditional love for my kids,” she continued. “No matter what, I will always love them and support them in anything they choose to do in life.”

She also wrote that “My family was so close growing up; now that I’m a mom, I understand the bond my mom and dad felt with us.”

Kim admitted that “There can be ups and downs with kids,” but “no matter what, I always learn so much from them.”

“Being a mom is the most important job I have. Each day, I learn something new from them and I’m so blessed to be able to be present for all of life’s little moments.”

To wrap things up, she explained for her, having kids meant that her “priorities changed.”

“It’s not about me anymore. After North was born, I wanted to be there and make memories together that we would share forever.”

Having children “really makes you realize how precious life is,” she said.

“They both give me a whole new perspective and inspire me to be the best version of myself.”

Aww, Kimmy!

Whether you love her or hate her — though let’s be real, you probably don’t so much hate her as you love to hate her — it’s obvious that she really has changed since becoming a mother.

And although it’s not like she was wild before having kids, it’s definitely been a change for the better.

She seems calmer now, and a little less concerned with what the masses think of her.

She also seems like she’s having a better time with life in general.

And since she’s expecting her third child via surrogate early next year, it’s probably good that motherhood suits her so well!

Proud of you, Kim!

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Swinney: Clemson recruiting has ‘changed a lot’ since title win

Clemson's accomplishments on the field are improving things off of it.

After back-to-back appearances in the national title game and a championship last year, Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney pointed out at ACC Media Days on Thursday that recruiting has become much easier.

"It's changed a lot," he said. "You know, I had to beg Tajh Boyd to let me come see him, try to just get in his house and try to lay out a vision for what we were wanting to build at Clemson, whereas now, as our brand has grown and we've had success, we're going to at least get a conversation. You know, they're going to at least take the call or we're going to get in the school and they're going to come and see us."

The Tigers have excelled in recruiting in the past few years, picking up pillars of their team like Dexter Lawrence and Christian Wilkins. Not to mention the upcoming 2018 class, as Clemson has already secured two of the top three players on the ESPN 300.

"You know, we wouldn't have got a Christian Wilkins seven years ago, but because of our success, you know, we reach out to a guy and he's like, yeah, I'd love to come see Clemson," Swinney said. "And all of a sudden he comes and sees it, and he's like, wow, I like this place, and then he goes to other schools, and he ends up coming to Clemson."

Swinney added that the school's recruiting pitch changed as well. Instead of talking about the process, they're talking about the results.

"I think that's the biggest difference from where we were obviously when we started, because now we can go out and we can – we've got some results that we can share about the vision of our program and the academic success, the athletic success, the development, as opposed to eight years ago it was, this is what we hope to go do and build."

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Zach Orr elaborates on what changed to inspire comeback

As former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Zach Orr visits teams in an attempt to restart the career that was brought to an abrupt end less than six months ago, questions remain about what changed in his life to spark his comeback.

What we know is that Orr was diagnosed with a congenital spine deformity and retired in late January at age 24 after leading the Ravens in tackles in 2016. It was a shocking retirement at the time, but one that made sense considering how Orr’s health.

At the time, Orr said he had received the advice of multiple doctors and was informed that he risked a serious and potentially life-altering or fatal injury if he continued to play.

Now, he’s changing his story a little.

“It was probably a premature decision for me to retire so early just because I listened to one doctor,” Orr told hosts Alex Marvez and Mark Dominik this week on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “After people found out I only went to one doctor, they were telling me, ‘You’ve got to go get a second opinion. It was kind of eating at me. Obviously, I wanted to play ball. I love ball. I went ahead and did that.

“Every opinion after that I found out that I’m not as at great a risk. Really, there was only one doctor that looked me in the eye and told me I was at greater risk. The rest of the doctors told me I wasn’t.”

Orr's unique path away from football and then back to it could drastically alter the fortunes of two franchises. The Ravens had no reason to believe Orr would attempt a comeback, so they didn't tender an offer to Orr as a restricted free agent. That means he's now an unrestricted free agent, and every team has the chance to sign a 25-year-old player on the rise.

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Kawhi’s ankle injury drastically changed complexion of Game 1

As impressive as the Golden State Warriors' comeback in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals was, the main takeaway from Sunday afternoon was Kawhi Leonard's importance to the San Antonio Spurs, as his departure with a left ankle injury hugely impacted the end result.

Related: Warriors overcome 25-point deficit, take Game 1 vs. Spurs

Leonard's ankle kept him on the sidelines late in Game 5 of the Spurs' second-round matchup with the Houston Rockets, and out of action completely for the series-clinching Game 6. The joint might as well have had a giant bull's eye on it, especially after he rolled it again Sunday when he stepped on a teammate's foot following a 3-pointer in the third quarter.

Zaza Pachulia's extra step inward while Leonard was in the air not much later was more than the back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year's ankle could handle, and forced Leonard to the locker room.

From that moment onward, the Spurs were a ship without a captain, falling apart at the seams while the Warriors made an 18-0 run to cut into the lead, and eventually took the 113-111 win.

Before injury

Team Points FG% 3PM-A 3P% Rebounds Turnovers OffRtg DefRtg
Spurs 78 55.1 7-of-15 46.7 24 9 132.4 95.9
Warriors 55 40 5-of-13 38.5 19 12 95.9 132.4

After injury (7:54 of third quarter onward)

Team Points FG% 3PM-A 3P% Rebounds Turnovers OffRtg DefRtg
Spurs 33 37.1 0-of-7 0 13 8 77.8 144.4
Warriors 58 58.3 6-of-17 35.3 24 7 144.4 77.8

Leonard had 26 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and a steal before his injury, all in just 23 minutes. You can't simply replace his offense, let alone the stellar defense he provides against multiple positions.

With Gregg Popovich as coach, the Spurs had gone a perfect 316-0 when leading by as many as 25 points during both the playoffs and regular season. Sunday's heartbreaking defeat is now the lone blemish, although it may deserve an asterisk considering what happened to Leonard.

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5 ways the NFL has changed since Josh Gordon last played

Josh Gordon’s NFL career could be over after the Cleveland Browns wideout was denied reinstatement by the league Thursday.

Gordon’s pro career is best remembered for his NFL-leading 1,646 receiving yards in 2013, but he played an additional five games (after serving a 10-game suspension) the next season.

We haven’t seen Gordon since, and if he ever returns to the field he might find the NFL today is a very different league than the one he left in 2014.

Tom Brady's legacy was totally different

At the conclusion of the 2014 season, we still thought Brady might never win another ring. A number of playoff losses, including two in the Super Bowl to Eli Manning's Giants, had some pundits predicting Brady would never get over the hump and earn an elusive fourth title.

How silly that seems now. Only months after Gordon’s last NFL game, Brady’s Patriots beat the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. He’s since added a fifth ring and there is no longer any sensible argument for why he shouldn’t be considered the greatest quarterback of all time.

Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers were a top contender

Two seasons removed from a Super Bowl appearance and one year from an NFC title game loss, the 49ers entered 2014 as a consensus top contender to win it all. It didn't shake out that way, as the team finished 8-8.

Then things really fell apart with the firing of their head coach, Harbaugh. Only now are the 49ers showing signs of being on the upswing.

Chip Kelly was a genius

The hottest name to move from the college ranks to the NFL in a long time, Kelly led the Eagles to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth in 2013, running about a million plays and scoring almost as many points along the way (remember Nick Foles throwing seven touchdowns in a game?).

Kelly’s Eagles went 10-6 again in 2014, but the writing was on the wall: the NFL had figured out his offense wasn’t quite as innovative as advertised.

Since then, Kelly has been fired by two teams. He’s currently unemployed.

3 cities lost their team

Technically, only two teams have relocated since 2014 (the Rams are already in Los Angeles and the Chargers will begin play there this fall), but three teams (including the Raiders, who will eventually move to Las Vegas) are on the move.

Just three years ago, that would have seemed absolutely impossible.

Browns were draft winners

The Browns emerged from the 2014 draft with two first-round picks who many pundits predicted would be the centerpieces of a new era: Johnny Manziel and Justin Gilbert.

It didn’t end well, clearly.

Wait, but didn’t we all just praise the Browns for turning their franchise around by adding multiple difference-makers in the first round of the 2017 draft?

Perhaps some things never change.

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Williamson: How the Bradford trade changed the Vikings’ past, present, future

Matt Williamson is a former scout for the Cleveland Browns, and spent the last 10 years at ESPN as a scout and co-host of “The Football Today Podcast.”

Through the offseason, the Minnesota Vikings looked like they had a stacked defense, a premier running back, while improving their offensive line and wide receivers after addressing both positions heavily in the draft and free agency. Teddy Bridgewater was a work in progress, but improving, and was quite impressive during the preseason.

Then, in late August, the 24-year-old signal caller suffered a catastrophic knee injury. Minnesota acted quickly and sent their 2017 first-round pick, which they surely saw as a late pick in the round, and a conditional mid-round selection to the Philadelphia Eagles for former first overall pick Sam Bradford. It's been about three months since that blockbuster, so let’s examine where the Vikings and Bradford are.

Past

This Vikings' bold trade paid immediate and very surprising dividends. Bradford, a quick study that has unfortunately had to change systems a ton over his career, led Minnesota to a 5-0 record to start the season without Adrian Peterson and with offensive linemen dropping left and right around him. Bradford was very impressive during this stretch. In fact, it may have been the best stretch of games during his seven NFL seasons, all things considered.

But the Vikings, as they've been all year, were also overly dependent on touchdowns coming from their defense and special teams, which is a formula that simply isn’t sustainable. Minnesota went on to drop the next four games with offensive coordinator Norv Turner resigning in early November. Stefon Diggs emerged as a star during that time, but there simply wasn’t enough around Bradford as the Vikings had zero running game and their pass protection was just hideous.

Present

The present with Bradford and the Vikings has been a little more bearable with Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator. Unlike Turner’s heavy vertical passing game with deep drops for Bradford, Shurmur – who worked with Bradford in Philadelphia – has designed a much more quick-hitting offense. As many of the Thanksgiving viewing audience witnessed against the Detroit Lions, this passing game is now almost unbearably conservative. But the fact is that Minnesota’s pass protection really gives Shurmur no choice, and at least the Vikings are now moving the ball.

As mentioned previously, Bradford has played in many different systems. He's shown to be highly adaptable despite having little experience in any one scheme. While Bradford will never be fleet of foot, he's an exceptional thrower (as you'd expect for a first overall pick) and can thrive in a quick-hitting passing game or throwing more downfield, as Turner preferred. Bradford also played quite well in Chip Kelly’s system during the second half of the 2015 season.

Future

Bradford’s system flexibility is enticing for the future. At 6-5, Minnesota is fighting for their playoff lives in a less-than-stellar NFC North. With the exception of their upcoming Thursday night game at home against the Dallas Cowboys – when they'll be without their best remaining offensive lineman, Joe Berger – Minnesota’s remaining schedule isn’t overly daunting. Nine wins could propel the Vikings into the postseason. Ten wins almost assures Minnesota a playoff birth, and if they do reach the postseason, they'll host the first round game, possibly with Peterson back in the fold. So, despite some awful play at times this year, Minnesota still has life, though it's unlikely this team is actually a true contender.

What will be interesting is how the Vikings handle the quarterback position going forward. Unfortunately, Bridgewater’s injury might make that a moot point, but let’s hope that isn’t the case. Bradford has played well enough to remain the starter, and is more gifted and proven than Bridgewater. They are very different players, but Bradford deserves to keep the starting job – at least for the 2017 season. The real question is how much can the Vikings improve at offensive tackle in the offseason without a first-round pick. Still, in the end, what Minnesota gave up for Bradford is a very good deal for the club in the past, present, and future.

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Fisher unsure what changed with Dickerson after phone call

After previously confirming with the media that he had an issue with Eric Dickerson's comments about the team's poor performance, Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher says he doesn't know what the Hall of Fame running back is talking about.

Dickerson said on the radio Monday that he had been banned from the sidelines by Fisher during a phone call the two shared on Nov. 17. When speaking with media Tuesday, Fisher confirmed that he and Dickerson spoke, but claimed that he believed they resolved their issues.

Related: Fisher confirms issue with Dickerson’s criticism of Rams

“I stand behind what I talked about yesterday. He’s welcome here,” said Fisher on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez. “The last conversation we had was real positive. That was on Nov. 17.

“I got a text from him, moments after, saying, ‘Thanks for the conversation. Best of luck. Have a good night. Go Rams.’ So, I don’t know what took place between then and now.”

While Dickerson said he told Fisher that as long as he was head coaching, the Rams' legendary running back wouldn't be coming to any games, the coach claimed all issues were resolved. Fisher went on to again confirm he had issue with Dickerson's comments, but maintained that there is no conflict.

"He's totally entitled to his opinion. And he has every right to be critical," said Fisher, according to Gonzalez. "But as I told him in the conversation, you can't have it both ways. You can't be critical, and then come back and ask for this and ask for that. That's just common sense.

“And we got it resolved. Again, based on that last conversation I had with him and the text, it got resolved.”

Fisher and Dickerson clearly have different views of how the conversation transpired.

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Thangs Done Changed: Dept. Of Defense Announces That Transgender Folks Can Openly Serve In Armed Forces

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Transgenders Will Now Be Allowed To Serve Openly In The U.S. Armed Forces

Looks like the U.S. Armed Forces is falling in line with the state of societal norms in 2016 according to a statement released today by the Department Of Defense

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter today announced that transgender individuals will now be able to openly serve in the U.S. armed forces.

The DoD policy announced today also establishes a construct by which service members may transition gender while serving, sets standards for medical care and outlines responsibilities for military services and commanders to develop and implement guidance, training and specific policies in the near and long-term.

“This is the right thing to do for our people and for the force,” Carter said. “We’re talking about talented Americans who are serving with distinction or who want the opportunity to serve. We can’t allow barriers unrelated to a person’s qualifications prevent us from recruiting and retaining those who can best accomplish the mission.”

The policy will be phased in during a one-year period. Effective immediately, service members may no longer be involuntarily separated, discharged or denied reenlistment solely on the basis of gender identity. Service members currently on duty will be able to serve openly.

It’s one thing to allow transgenders to serve openly, its another thing entirely to get the soldiers to accept them and not haze, abuse, or discriminate against them.

Guess only time will tell…

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