July 22, 2015 |
The more I look at the four-game suspension of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for his part in Deflateapalooza, the more ridiculous it becomes. When the NFL's decision on his appeal is announced this week, the suspension should be overturned by commissioner Roger Goodell. Here's how I know the suspension is wrong: Goodell came up with it in the first place. Go ahead. Name something Goodell has gotten right in the last year when it comes to disciplinary action against players. He can't tell the difference between what matters and what doesn't, what is serious and what isn't, and to what extent the circumstances surrounding an event should affect the league's reaction.
June 2, 2015 |
The prospective third-string quarterback of the Eagles stopped in the center of a NovaCare Complex practice field Thursday to shake owner Jeffrey Lurie's hand and chat a while, and then Tim Tebow turned to his right to face a familiar sight in a familiar setting. There, 105 reporters and writers clustered together in a tight, sweat-stinking group under an oppressive midafternoon sun. It was 90 degrees, the air like moist gauze, and from the weather to the horde of media awaiting Tebow, this could have been Gainesville, Fla., in 2008 or Cortland, N.Y., in 2012.
May 15, 2015 |
Everyone had better be careful now. This is the reality of an NFL leadership group that just suspended the league's most famous and accomplished star for favoring a softer football and failing to come clean about his preference. This is the consequence of Roger Goodell's Inspector Javert act not just against Tom Brady but Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick, and the entire New England Patriots organization: a first-round draft pick, a fourth-round draft pick, a $1 million fine, the loss of Brady for four games next season.
May 14, 2015 |
A STORY MADE the rounds yesterday about Major League Baseball's new rules for handling balls this season. It got a lot of play because of the Patriots' Deflategate debacle that resulted in Tom Brady being suspended four games - pending appeal. But does anyone really care? "Obviously, there's not as much that you can do to baseballs," Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson told the Associated Press. "I mean, you can't change the density of the baseball at any point - unless you dunk them in water.
May 8, 2015 |
Penn State coach James Franklin says his program does its best to provide the information his players need while trying to make the decision on whether to leave college with football eligibility remaining to enter the NFL draft. But he also has a "general rule": "You should never come out early unless you're going to be a first-round draft choice," he said. The Nittany Lions had three players come out early, and two of them - offensive tackle Donovan Smith and tight end Jesse James - were taken, Smith in the second round by Tampa Bay, James in the fifth round by Pittsburgh.
May 6, 2015 |
TOO MANY unknowns remain to make an informed decision about what is happening to former LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins, who had been considered a likely top-20 pick in last week's NFL draft. If you lean toward innocent until proven guilty, then Collins - right now - is just a collateral victim in a tragedy that has already claimed the life of his pregnant former girlfriend. He might not be involved or have any knowledge concerning the April 24 shooting deaths of 29-year-old Brittney Mills and her unborn child.
May 4, 2015 |
Jaelen Strong, who grew up in Mount Airy and went to West Catholic High, was selected Friday in the third round of the NFL draft by the Houston Texans. Strong, the 70th overall pick, started his college career at Pierce College in Los Angeles before starring the last two seasons at Arizona State. Strong is the son of the late John Rankin, a former Drexel basketball standout and Philadelphia police officer. Rankin died when Strong was 9. Strong has a tattoo of an image of the Philadelphia skyline on his right biceps.
May 3, 2015 |
It had been 13 years since the Eagles drafted a cornerback as high as they did when Eric Rowe was chosen in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night. And in the time since they chose Lito Sheppard in the 2002 first round, the league has changed significantly. Sheppard was generously listed at 5-foot-10, 194 pounds. Rowe is 6-1, 205 pounds. Sheppard, a two-time Pro Bowler, was a successful pick for then-coach Andy Reid, but he probably wouldn't be considered a first-round prospect in today's NFL, and certainly not by Chip Kelly.
May 1, 2015 |
WHILE MUCH of the fan focus in Philadelphia has been on the possibility of the Eagles trading up to get Marcus Mariota, many of the phone calls that are being made by NFL teams this week have to do with a desire to trade down. Teams aren't thrilled with the quality of talent in the first round. While Chip Kelly may disagree, neither of the top two quarterbacks – Mariota or Jameis Winston – is considered a can't-miss prospect. "I think both of them are going to be projects that you're going to have to work with," said former NFL executive Bill Polian, who now works as an analyst for ESPN.