March 13, 2016
Ex-Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon (who also spent time with the Eagles) calls himself "old school," including his use of marijuana both during and after his career. His self-medicating could be ahead of its time. Johns Hopkins researchers will test whether a compound found in hemp - and its cousin, cannabis - is as good at treating brain injuries as testimonials say. Some ex-players believe cannabidiol, or CBD, could aid millions who suffer brain injuries, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative disease caused by repeated concussions and found in many ex-NFL players whose brains were autopsied.
July 26, 2012 |
THE FIRST NFL quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards was San Diego's Dan Fouts. The year was 1979. Joe Namath had done it for the 1967 New York Jets in the AFL, but this was the first time after the two leagues merged. It was a round, magical, freakish number, but few saw it as the future. In the entire decade of the 1980s, 14 more quarterbacks threw for 4,000 yards. Then, people started to believe. Well, some people. Buddy Ryan was still referring to the wide-open "run-and-shoot" offense back then as the "chuck-and-duck.
April 10, 2012 |
The New Orleans Saints began working on identifying an interim head coach on Monday after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell rejected the appeals of head coach Sean Payton and others, and left them facing suspensions stemming from the club's bounty system. The program offered cash bonuses for big hits that knocked targeted opponents out of games or hurt them enough that they required help getting to the sideline. In addition to upholding Payton's suspension - which begins next Monday and runs through the Super Bowl - Goodell also upheld suspensions of eight games for general manager Mickey Loomis and six games for assistant head coach Joe Vitt, along with a $500,000 fine for the franchise and the loss of second-round draft picks this year and next.
November 4, 2011 |
EAGLES FANS may have finally met their match. Glenn Timmermann, of Round Lake Beach, Ill., has 126 Bears "autograph" tattoos on his body, including Buddy Ryan's. Ryan, who was the Bears defensive coordinator before coaching the Eagles, is expected to be in at the Linc when the Eagles host the Bears Monday night. Timmermann gets players and coaches to sign his body and then hustles over to the tattoo parlor where the artist traces the signature in permanent ink. He's even got a website - thebiggestbearfan.com - that includes photos of his tats.
September 24, 2011
Tony Romo is still sleeping in a recliner, still not practicing, and still not certain whether he'll be able to play against the Redskins on Monday night. While tests show his punctured lung has healed, his broken rib hurts plenty, especially when he moves the wrong way. Romo has been fitted for a protective vest, but Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall already has said that he and his teammates see a bull's-eye on Romo's ribs. "That's part of playing football," Romo said.
July 19, 2011
Former Eagles quarterback Jim McMahon and two others were injured Monday when their limousine crashed through a fence south of Reno, the Nevada Highway Patrol said. The Nevada Highway Patrol said the accident happened around 2 p.m. on U.S. 395. The limo, owned by Bell Limousine of Reno, was heading north when it left the four-lane highway, crashed through a wire fence, over a culvert and into a pasture, Trooper Mike Edgell said. "Right now he's in a lot of pain," Edgell said later Monday.
July 19, 2011 |
RENO, Nev. - Former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon and two others were injured yesterday when a limousine crashed through a fence south of Reno, the Nevada Highway Patrol said. The Nevada Highway Patrol said the accident happened around 2 p.m. on U.S. 395. The limo was heading north when it left the four-lane highway and crashed through a wire fence, Trooper Mike Edgell said. "Right now he's in a lot of pain," Edgell said later yesterday. He described McMahon's injuries as "non-incapacitating.
November 11, 2010
JAMES HARRISON, Quintin Mikell and all the other defensive players in the NFL have legitimate gripes. There is confusion over what is excessive and what is acceptable. Players aren't sure. Refs aren't sure. The call on Kurt Coleman against the Colts was ridiculous. But there is a reason the NFL has stepped up its enforcement of dangerous hits and why guys keep getting letters from the league's disciplinary department that include fines and suspensions. Former Bears and Eagles quarterback Jim McMahon played from 1982-96.
October 28, 2010
PERHAPS THE only good thing about Kenny Albert, Moose Johnston and Tony Siragusa calling last week's Eagles-Titans game was that Siragusa was absent. Siragusa actually isn't horrible as CBS' sideline reporter. He'll just always be the guy whose cheapshot knocked Oakland quarterback (and SJ Prep alum) Rich Gannon out of the 2000 AFC Championship Game. This is a long way of saying that, even with the Eagles on a bye, there are still NFL games on the tube this weekend. Fortunately, Siragusa again will not have to be endured: Jacksonville at Dallas, 1 p.m., CBS3: David Garrard vs. Jon Kitna.
April 6, 2010
IF KEVIN KOLB learns nothing else from the Donovan McNabb era, he should learn that his first task is to gather his team around him. No, not that team. The Eagles have already embraced the new starter. But if he wants to succeed in this town, he'd better gather a team of media-savvy image consultants to start constructing his narrative. He could throw more touchdowns, gain more yards, win more regular-season and postseason games than any quarterback in franchise history and still end up getting bum-rushed out of town.