December 24, 2015 |
eTHE NEWS that the Eagles had released DeSean Jackson might not have been on the same level as "Dewey Defeats Truman" or "Surrender is Unconditional," but it was still one of those where-were-you moments. At least, in local circles it was. For example, I was walking down Locust Street. A gentleman whom I did not know, and who did not know me, informed me of it as we passed each other. He was studying his phone with a blank stare and seemed to be in need of someone to hug. Anyway, that's my story.
December 17, 2014 |
SIXERS-CELTICS games used to be the hottest ticket in town. Chamberlain-Russell. Erving-Bird. Andrew Toney, aka the "Boston Strangler. " Those days are long gone. Last night, just a few hours before the lowly Sixers hosted the struggling Celtics, you could have had your pick of almost any seat in the Wells Fargo Center. StubHub had lower-level seats in Row 12 for $24.29 each. Club box seats were going for $30.09. If you just wanted to get in the building you could get upper-level tickets for $8.05.
October 4, 2014 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 5. Watch 'em roll Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers at Jaguars. Coming off his best game of the season, Big Ben now gets to toy with the NFL's worst pass defense minus its best cornerback, Dwayne Gratz. The only worry is that Roethlisberger may take his foot off the accelerator early, but he will rack up plenty of yards and scores before that happens. Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants vs. Falcons. No defense is more generous to opposing runners than Atlanta's, which coughed up 241 yards and four TDs to the Vikings' backup running backs last week.
September 27, 2014 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 4. Watch 'em roll Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys vs. Saints. He's not the swashbuckling Romo of old, but his back is holding up (so far) and he'll be facing one of the NFL's most generous pass defenses. Donald Brown, RB, Chargers vs. Jaguars. With San Diego's depleted backfield virtually to himself, Brown couldn't ask for a better foil than the visiting Jags. C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills at Texans. Spiller is getting more carries than backfield mate Fred Jackson, though not as many passes are headed his way. Against Houston's soft rush defense, look for Spiller to take his turn in the spotlight (and the end zone)
October 30, 2013 |
Barry was better than Emmitt. And Calvin is better than Dez. For all his toughness, mind-boggling durability and irrefutable role in the Cowboys' dominance of the early 1990s, nobody but a diehard Dallas fan would honestly select Emmitt Smith over Barry Sanders as their featured running back. I know, I know . . . Barry quit. Emmitt never did (though many wished he had sooner). I get it. But the debate is not about which player had a bigger heart, or was more loyal to his team.
December 11, 2012 |
Bryce Brown giveth, and Bryce Brown taketh away. Just when it appeared that the explosive rookie would carry his ecstatic owners to the promised land, Brown put up a stinker of epic proportions. With just 12 combined yards on 14 touches, the Eagles' tailback couldn't blame an injury, and he didn't even lose a fumble. He simply got bottled up by the Buccaneers defense and, with that, doomed countless fantasy teams to an early exit. Then again, if you teamed him with Marshawn Lynch - who needed just 11 touches to generate 128 yards and a TD hat trick - you probably survived.
November 9, 2012 |
Wondering whether to start Matt Ryan and Doug Martin, or to bench Christian Ponder and Arrelious Benn? Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 10 of the 2012 season. Watch 'em roll Matt Stafford, QB, Lions at Vikings. He has performed well over the last two games, and has a solid track record against Minnesota, which has coughed up three TD passes and had no interceptions in the last two games against Russell Wilson and Josh Freeman. Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots vs. Bills.
July 28, 2012 |
CLEVELAND - Browns owner Randy Lerner has begun talks with truck-stop magnate Jimmy Haslam on giving up controlling interest while committing to keep the team in Cleveland, the club president said Friday. And get this: Haslam is a self-described "1,000 percent" Pittsburgh Steelers fan. "[Lerner] is giving up controlling interest in the team," president Mike Holmgren said at the team's suburban Berea training camp. Holmgren said he and Lerner have discussed the matter throughout the summer.
July 18, 2012 |
Ray Rice and Matt Forte got what they wanted Monday: Long-term contracts that sometimes elude NFL backs. Rice scored big with the Baltimore Ravens, getting $40 million for five years, while Forte took a four-year, $32 million deal with the Chicago Bears. Also getting a longer contract just before the deadline was Jacksonville placekicker Josh Scobee, who will stay with the Jaguars for four years and $13.8 million. Players who are stuck with their one-year tenders are Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril, $10.6 million tender; Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes, $10.2 million; New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker and Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe, $9.5 million; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer, $8.8 million; San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson, $6.2 million; Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis, $5.446 million; Cleveland Browns placekicker Phil Dawson, $3.8 million; and Cincinnati Bengals placekicker Mike Nugent, one year, $2.6 million.
March 6, 2012 |
IT PAYS to play a skill position in the NFL, like New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, or receivers Wes Welker and Dwayne Bowe. It also pays to be a kicker, as five placekickers and one punter were given franchise tags, protecting their current teams from losing them without compensation. The NFL's deadline for applying the tags was yesterday afternoon, and a late flurry saw 10 players added to the list. In all, 21 players were tagged. Only Brees, the 2011 Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year, was made an exclusive franchise player, meaning he is not free to sign with another team.