'Zeus' found dead
Former Ravens offensive tackle Orlando "Zeus" Brown was found dead at his home in Baltimore at the age of 40. The cause of his death is unknown. His family had not heard from him for a few days.
"I think everybody knows what he meant to this organization," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said.
Brown played for Baltimore from 1996 to '98 and again from 2003 to '05. He also spent three seasons with the Browns. The 6-foot-7, 360-pounder started 119 games.
His career came with one notable hiccup. In 1999, he was hit in the eye with a penalty flag thrown by official Jeff Triplette. Brown shoved Triplette, and was suspended by the league until it was discovered that the thrown flag caused Brown to suffer temporary blindness in one eye.
Brown filed a $200 million lawsuit against the NFL and eventually came to a settlement based on the contingency that if he ever came back, the league would receive half of his after-tax football income up to $1 million per season.
Brown did come back, signing with the Ravens and starting 34 games before his retirement. The NFL sued him in 2004, claiming that he didn't pay back the money.
"He was the original Raven," said linebacker Ray Lewis. "Tough and physical, backing down from no opponent."
Ditka, Fridge, Obama
On Oct. 7, between games of horse and working on his golf swing, President Obama will carve out some time to visit with the 1985 Chicago Bears. Twenty-six years after they won Super Bowl XX, the only Bears team to win a Lombardi Trophy will visit the White House.
They never made it there in 1986 following their stomping of the Patriots because the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded two days after the Super Bowl.
Ex-Eagle Jim McMahon, the QB of that team, did make it to the White House 10 years later as a backup quarterback for the Packers and wore his No. 9 Bears jersey.
In the midst of a 2009 dismantling of the Raiders, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez got hungry on the sidelines and inhaled a hot dog. Cameras caught him snacking, and he apologized. But the Raiders have not forgotten, and head coach Hue Jackson has incorporated the wiener-munching into his pregame motivational tactics.
"Coach showed that to us," Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said. "It was just a reminder."
Jackson said, "I hope we can make it more interesting for him. Hopefully we can take the mustard and the relish and the onions and all that and put it away and play a little football."
Cover 2 is of the opinion that if the score's 38-0, you get to eat all the dogs you want.
- Staff and wire reports