January 27, 2015 |
PHOENIX - The Seattle Seahawks are trying to win consecutive Super Bowls, a feat accomplished only eight times, and yet they spent a great deal of a news conference Sunday answering questions about the Patriots and "Deflategate. " Seattle coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson did their best to downplay the hoopla that has built since the NFL announced that it was investigating the Patriots after 11 of 12 balls used in the first half of the AFC championship were found to be below the minimum compression.
January 21, 2015 |
I USED TO THINK that all the talk about the New England Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick being cheaters was just sour grapes. When you lose playoff games and Super Bowls to a team that is as close to an NFL dynasty as there has been in the last 2 decades, there is bound to be talk of improprieties. Of course, the fact that Belichick was fined $500,000 by the NFL for his role in the Patriots spying on, and videotaping of, the New York Jets in 2007 tends to lend credence to charges of underhanded shenanigans.
January 30, 2015
CHANDLER, Ariz. - And so there they stood, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, the NFL's iconic duo, the symbol of success in the free-agency era, models of consistency and innovation and unquestioned football brilliance. There they stood on a stage at a dais and waxed eloquent on their 15 years of shared success with New England, how they have grown as fathers and tacticians, how they better appreciate now what they often assumed in the past. There they stood, benefactors of the two most remarkable cheating scandals in American professional sports history.
December 1, 2001 |
New England Patriots receiver Terry Glenn said he will appeal his latest suspension after missing practice in a dispute with coach Bill Belichick over a hamstring injury. Glenn told the Boston Globe he was willing to drop all his grievances against the Patriots if he can go to another team. "I don't need a big contract," said Glenn, whose five grievances include one to regain the signing bonus the team withheld. "I'd rather be happy than make a lot of money. I'm not happy here.
February 4, 1997 |
He doesn't wear a tough-guy attitude on his sleeve, own a toothy grin or fill a room with his personality. But Pete Carroll, like Bill Parcells before him, knows the rules with New England's football team right now: win. Carroll, 45, was introduced as Parcells's successor by team owner Robert Kraft yesterday at Foxboro Stadium. He comes to the Pats from the San Francisco 49ers, the NFL franchise Kraft envies most. "We've got to win and we've got to win right now," said Carroll, who was the 49ers' defensive coordinator.
June 7, 1996 |
It was a stretch to say Steffi Graf and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario won their semifinal matches at the French Open in Paris. It was more a case of Jana Novotna and Conchita Martinez losing them. Novotna performed an act of self-destruction, and Martinez faded out in a pair of error-filled matches yesterday. Graf and Sanchez will meet for the third time in the French Open final. Graf, the defending champion and four-time winner, needed just 67 minutes to complete a 6-3, 6-1 victory over No. 3 Martinez.
October 22, 2009 |
Picture a phlegmatic football brain like Bill Belichick, then picture him combined with the verve and showmanship of, say, Buddy or Rex Ryan. You'd end up with a pretty good coach, and possibly an arrogant loudmouth who irritates nearly everybody because he hardly ever loses. Fly him across the pond, and you might have somebody like Brian Clough, regarded in England as perhaps the greatest football (soccer, if you prefer) coach in the country's history. "The Damn United" is a lively biopic based on Clough's controversial professional life.
August 17, 2000 |
Bill Parcells, who coached three Super Bowl teams, takes some harsh shots at longtime assistant Bill Belichick, former New York Jets players, and Keyshawn Johnson's agent in a new book that has not been released yet. The New York Daily News reported yesterday that Parcells, who stepped down as coach of the Jets after last season but remains the team's director of football operations, doesn't understand why Belichick left to coach the New England...
January 25, 2012 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Season opener or Super Bowl, every game is a big game to Bill Belichick. His consistent approach to preparation for the next opponent, whether a powerhouse or a pushover, is the cornerstone of the coaching that has brought the New England Patriots to their fifth Super Bowl in 11 years. The more intense the practices, the more prepared his players are for the game. "You know what to expect week-in and week-out with him," wide receiver Matthew Slater said.
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.