May 13, 2015 |
ROGER GOODELL'S initial four-game suspension of Tom Brady yesterday is twice as long as his initial suspension of Ray Rice was. He can still argue that's because he didn't know as much initially about the Rice affair as he did in this. But the real truth is that 10 months ago Goodell believed that altering the appearance of your fiancee was half as bad as altering the appearance of a football. And back in July, it's pretty much how he was paid to think. Spygate, Bountygate, and now, Deflategate - when it came to messing with rules and outcomes, Goodell ruled then with an iron fist, and does again now. The other stuff?
April 11, 2015 |
After spending 10 years with the Eagles and signing with the Indianapolis Colts last month, Trent Cole and Todd Herremans will not need to wait long to return to Philadelphia. The Colts will visit the Eagles for the preseason opener in August, the first of the team's four-game slate announced Thursday. The other opponents are the Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, and New York Jets. The dates and times will be announced later. The Eagles will not play the New England Patriots, which means they will not have joint practices with the defending Super Bowl champions after the two teams worked together during the last two preseasons.
April 10, 2015
WE DON'T know the exact dates, but the NFL announced its preseason games yesterday. The Eagles will open with two games at home, the first against the Indianapolis Colts somewhere between Aug. 13 and Aug. 17. Andrew Luck quarterbacks the Colts, of course, but they also feature longtime Eagles stalwarts Trent Cole and Todd Herremans, recently released by the Birds after 10 seasons here. They also have running back Frank Gore, who changed his mind about signing with the Eagles to go to Indy, a decision that might have led to the Birds' signing of DeMarco Murray.
April 1, 2015 |
#BOYCOTTIndiana. It's all the rage. Indiana's 20th-century way of thinking has garnered the forces of social media to push back quickly and punitively. Say hello to the 21st century, Indiana. It's a time and place that frowns upon discriminatory, bigoted and homophobic legislation. Miley Cyrus is saying potty-mouth words about Gov. Mike Pence on Instagram. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is threatening to pull its biennial convention, scheduled for 2017, out of the state.
January 20, 2015 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - There were the requisite hugs and handshakes in the New England Patriots' locker room Sunday night, but the celebration of their sixth AFC championship with the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady coach-quarterback combination seemed to occur with almost a restrained excitement. The tone might have been set during the trophy presentation, when Belichick played off one of his phrases from earlier this season: "We're on to Seattle. " The Patriots have become the gold standard of the NFL, and their consistency has made events like the 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium seem like a television rerun.
January 20, 2015 |
FOXBORO, Mass. - They've played nine Super Bowls since the New England Patriots edged the Eagles on a humid night in Jacksonville. The Pats, despite being the NFL's showcase franchise of the 21st century so far, haven't won any of them, which is something you will hear quite a bit about over the next XIII days. The Pats earned their eighth all-time Super Bowl trip last night by thoroughly trampling the overmatched Indianapolis Colts, 45-7. New England set a franchise record for points in a postseason game, en route to tying the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers for most Super Bowl berths.
January 19, 2015 |
Andrew Luck was 12 years old on Jan. 27, 2002, the day Tom Brady first played in an AFC championship game. Brady helped lead the New England Patriots to a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on the way to the Patriots' first Super Bowl title. Two years later, Brady played the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game. Brady won that one, too. That was the first of Brady's four playoff games against Peyton Manning, three of which came with a Super Bowl trip on the line. The two top quarterbacks of this generation could have had another AFC championship meeting, except Manning's Denver Broncos lost to his old team - and the quarterback who replaced him - last week.
January 13, 2015 |
DENVER - The people with the cameras and the reflective green vests formed a buffer on all sides, moving as Peyton Manning moved, a dozen or so shuffling steps from midfield toward the Indianapolis Colts' sideline. From above, Manning looked like the nucleus of some colorful amoeba. Usually the winning quarterback gets the bigger throng, but the crowd around Andrew Luck looked decidedly smaller yesterday, until both groups briefly joined into a huge mass, as Manning shook hands with his successor.
December 22, 2014 |
LANDOVER, Md. - It is the suddenness of what has happened to the Eagles that is the hardest to believe. Three games ago, they were looking ahead to the postseason, to perhaps playing their way into a first-round playoff bye, to perhaps finishing off one of those seasons that opens at the end like a beautiful flower unfolding. Doesn't look so much like that now. Not only aren't the Eagles in control of their own playoff destiny any longer, they face the depressing possibility of ending the season with a meaningless game against the Giants.
September 19, 2014 |
WATCHING Mychal Kendricks on Monday night, Emmanuel Acho could see exactly why Kendricks is considered a rising star in the Eagles' defense. Acho was on the sideline when the Indianapolis Colts snapped the ball for their second play from scrimmage. The Colts ran Trent Richardson to the right side. Trent Cole forced him wider. Kendricks knifed through and dropped Richardson for a 4-yard loss, then danced a herky-jerky jig. "Shoots through the line of scrimmage, gets a tackle for a loss, then shows his emotion, as Kendricks always does," Acho said yesterday.