October 8, 2012 |
Here are some observations and ruminations about the Eagles-Steelers game: PITTSBURGH - Tight end Brent Celek caught a clutch, 2-yard touchdown pass to put the Eagles ahead in the fourth quarter. Earlier in the game, however, with their offensive line battered and facing a blitz-happy Steelers defense, the Eagles had to keep Celek in to block. Celek provided a lot of help for left tackle Demetress Bell against linebacker James Harrison. But with Celek staying in, Michael Vick didn't have his second-leading receiver as an option.
December 28, 2011 |
JUST BECAUSE Overbrook and West Philadelphia long ago waved bye-bye to elite basketball status, don't think those archrivals can't produce a major memory-maker. Somewhere above right now, Wilt Chamberlain is calling Marquize Speight his new favorite player. Wednesday in the championship game of the first West Side Holiday Classic, held in the impressive gym in West's new building at 49th and Chestnut, Speight accepted Kevin Wallace's inbound pass from the opposite baseline, used a dribble to advance within a step of halfcourt and, from just in front of the scorers' table, banked home a threeball to lift 'Brook over the Speedboys, 65-64.
July 14, 2011
JAMES HARRISON has lost his mind. In the August issue of Men's Health magazine, the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker used a lot of interesting words to describe NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, including an anti-gay slur, "crook," "devil," "stupid," "puppet" and "dictator. " "If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn't do it," Harrison told the magazine. "I hate him and will never respect him. " Gee James, tell us how you really feel. Harrison better have deep pockets.
December 22, 2011
Can't wait to see Peyton Manning back in action next year. No doubt, the Indianapolis Colts, winners of one game this season, can't wait, either. Colts running back Joseph Addai said the velocity on Manning's short throws last week was game-ready. Addai was one of three players catching passes from Manning after a team workout Dec. 14. Receiver Anthony Gonzalez, center Jeff Saturday , and a receiver from the practice squad also took part. On Tuesday, team vice chairman Bill Polian told reporters that Manning was throwing "better" and responded "that's correct" when asked whether Manning had decent velocity on throws 20 to 25 yards down the field.
October 3, 2011
Ben Roethlisberger can take a hit. But even a 6-foot-5, 241-pound guy has a tough time dealing with the beating he's endured this year. The quarterback left Houston in a walking boot on his left foot after he was sacked five times and hurried eight more behind Pittsburgh's injury-plagued offensive line as the Steelers lost to the Texans, 17-10. Roethlisberger hurt his foot on the second-to-last series when he was tackled from behind, but remained in the game until the end. The Steelers were without two regular starters on the offensive line.
October 4, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - Call it addition by omission. As Steelers coach Mike Tomlin rattled off the status of injured players on Tuesday, three names were noticeably absent: Rashard Mendenhall, James Harrison and Troy Polamalu. It wasn't an oversight by Tomlin. It's just that he doesn't think three of his team's most vital contributors are hurt anymore. Barring a setback, Tomlin expects all three to be in uniform on Sunday when the Steelers (1-2) host the Eagles (3-1). "I think that's a safe assessment," Tomlin said.
December 17, 2011
Kobe Bryant 's wife, Vanessa , filed for divorce on Friday from the Los Angeles Lakers star, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. Vanessa is reportedly asking for joint custody of their daughters, 8-year-old Natalia and 5-year-old Giana . According to the TMZ website, the couple has no prenup, meaning 29-year-old Vanessa is entitled to half of the couple's assets. The site quoted sources who said Vanessa is ending the marriage because she believes Kobe has been unfaithful, again.
July 14, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Heavily fined Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison calls NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a "crook" and a "devil," among other insults, in a magazine article. The 2008 AP defensive player of the year hasn't been shy about ripping the league after he was docked $100,000 for illegal hits last season. In the August issue of Men's Journal, his rants against Goodell reach another level of wrath. "If that man was on fire and I had to [urinate] to put him out, I wouldn't do it," Harrison told the magazine.
December 15, 2011
Browns president Mike Holmgren said quarterback Colt McCoy was not checked for a concussion on the sideline following a hit by Pittsburgh's James Harrison last Thursday because McCoy didn't exhibit signs of having a head injury. McCoy was laid out on a vicious helmet-to-face mask hit. Harrison was been suspended for one game without pay. Holmgren said the Browns' medical and training staff did not see the hit and did not realize the impact because they were treating other injured players at the time.
December 14, 2011
An investigation by the NFL and the Players Association into the Browns' handling of Colt McCoy's concussion could lead to changes in the league's protocol on head injuries. McCoy sustained a concussion when he was flattened via a helmet-to-face mask collision launched by Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison in a game last Thursday night. League and NFLPA representatives met with the Browns on Tuesday to discuss McCoy's injury. The Browns said McCoy did not show symptoms of a concussion until after the game.