September 25, 2012 |
PATRIOTS linebacker Brandon Spikes isn't hiding his disdain for the NFL's replacement refs. After Sunday night's 31-30 loss to the Ravens - which featured 24 accepted penalties, including a league-record 13 that resulted in first downs - Spikes took to Twitter to blast the men in the striped shirts, writing: "Can someone please tell these [bleeping] zebras Footlocker called and they're needed Back at work!!!!" No word on whether the NFL will take action against Spikes, but the league is reviewing tape that shows his coach, Bill Belichick, physically grabbing a referee after the game to try to ask if the game-winning field goal by Justin Tucker - which narrowly went through the uprights as time expired - had been reviewed.
February 3, 2015 |
LAST YEAR, Twitter reported that a record 24.9 million tweets were sent during the Super Bowl. That number was expected to be topped last night as the whole world was seemingly atwitter during and after the Patriots' win over the Seahawks. Here are some of the more interesting tweets we came across: * Former running back and NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22): "That was the worst play call I've seen in the history of football. " * Former NFL receiver Terrell Owens (@terrellowens)
November 9, 1993 |
Bernie Kosar lost a three-year power struggle with coach Bill Belichick, and was cut yesterday by the Cleveland Browns. Kosar, who agreed to a non-guaranteed, seven-year, $26 million extension of his contract earlier in the year, had been benched by Belichick in favor of backup Vinny Testaverde, who was signed as a free agent during the summer. The most popular Cleveland player since Jim Brown retired nearly three decades ago, Kosar never fit into Belichick's offense and finally lost his starting job last month.
January 31, 2014 |
HOLLIS THOMAS played defensive tackle for the Eagles at 300 pounds, so sticks and stones wouldn't put a dent in him. Words? Spitballs off a battleship! So, go ahead and call him a sore loser. Tell him he's up to his eyeballs in sour grapes when he yelps about Super Bowl XXXIX, Patriots 24, Eagles 21. "Sore loser?" Thomas barks angrily. "We got cheated! It's not sour grapes. We got cheated!" Ten years later, time wounds all heels, and Thomas can't hide his disdain for Bill Belichick, the grumpy coach of the Patriots.
March 7, 2015 |
Trying to figure out Chip Kelly's plan for the Eagles is like trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle whose 1,000 pieces have been strewn and hidden about the house. You have to know where to search just to find the pieces themselves, and it will take a while before you have any idea what the picture is supposed to look like. What follows, then, comes with all the requisite caveats. Given that Kelly hasn't publicly discussed his strategy and likely won't until the NFL owners' meetings later this month, all anyone can do is offer a theory about what's ahead.
January 22, 2015
A YEAR AGO at this time, Richard Sherman was the most recognized evil villain in all of football, his wild-eyed postgame rant scaring men, women and children alike and identifying for them at least the Evil and the Good in the upcoming Super Bowl. But as any good comic fan can tell you, evil and good are fleeting designations when it comes to morality plays. When Batman's Robin was killed, he came back as a vengeful hooded character named Red Hood. When a hero-worshiping acquaintance of Spider-Man had a little mishap with electric eels, the switch flipped on him, too, and he turned into a living electric generator named Electro.
January 26, 2015 |
Let's start right at the top and say I had no idea that both teams in an NFL game supplied the footballs for their own offenses. The mystery of how a game ball gets from the Wilson factory to its appointed spot on the field never seemed like an interesting subject. There's a bag of balls, and when they need another, some kid tosses one to the official. What could be complicated about that? What could be more elemental to the game than the mere presence of the football? During one of the previous soccer World Cup preparations, U.S. coach Bruce Arena grew tired of taking questions every day on the ball that had been selected for play, one with a supposedly more aerodynamic cover and super technology that would transform it into an unstoppable scoring spheroid.
February 4, 2015 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - The interception that changed Malcolm Butler's life and entered Super Bowl history happened on a play that resulted in a reception during practice. Butler, a rookie cornerback for the New England Patriots, had prepared for the Seattle Seahawks' much-debated pass from the 1-yard line during the two weeks leading up the Patriots' 28-24 Super Bowl victory. He studied it and the Patriots practiced it. But in practice, reserve receiver Josh Boyce made the catch against Butler.
March 18, 2008 |
Dan Klecko admitted it's an experiment. If it works, he'll be Brian Westbrook's primary lead blocker in 2008 and a full-time NFL fullback for the first time in his NFL career. "It's going to be a lot of hard work in changing my mentality to the offensive side of the ball, but we'll see how it goes," Klecko said yesterday after signing a two-year contract to join the Eagles. "It's going to be an experiment for me too. " In addition to changing his mind-set from defensive tackle to offensive wrecking ball, the 5-foot-11 Klecko must also make some body alterations.
July 18, 1991 |
Three days into training camp, the New York Giants already lead the NFL in suspenseful drama. Among the more noteworthy subjects: Twelve holdouts have yet to join the team, including Dave Meggett, Super Bowl MVP O.J. Anderson and Pepper Johnson, the agentless linebacker working as his own contract negotiator. Ray Handley, 46, the running backs coach a year ago, has succeeded Bill Parcells as head coach. Tight end Zeke Mowatt is back on the roster, issuing the same programmed answer to every question about his role in the Lisa Olson incident at New England last year.