January 21, 2014 |
THIS YEAR'S Super Bowl is not just about expanding the NFL's ultimate championship game into cold-weather cities. It's much bigger than that. It is about the length of the NFL season. It's about expanding it by another month, maybe even into March. Before you discount this, please note that the NFL season once contained 12 games and finished before January. Please note, too, that college football once owned New Year's Day and ended pretty much then, too, and that the NBA Finals used to take place in May, not June.
December 15, 1991 |
Most fans who bet on NFL games - and many who don't - have suspected at some point that the fix was in. A few crazy officiating calls, a boneheaded coaching move, a last-minute dropped pass to keep things within the spread, and normally sane fans suddenly become conspiracy theorists. Baseball had its Black Sox scandal. College basketball had point-shaving episodes at Boston College and Tulane. But despite dozens of accusations over the years, no one has ever proved that a single NFL game was crooked.
April 14, 1991 |
Raghib Ismail is a sure-fire No. 1 draft pick, but a lot of NFL people think he's far from a sure thing. That's why they're glad they're not the ones who will have the first chance to pick "The Rocket" when the two-day draft opens next Sunday. Ismail is Notre Dame's game-breaking wide receiver and kick-return specialist. He's a marquee name, an electrifying player, a threat to score any time he touches the ball. And his endorsement opportunities might rival those of Bo Jackson.
January 28, 1999 |
Randall Cunningham was named the NFL player of the year yesterday at a news conference that featured lite beer and heavy philosophy. The longtime Eagle completed his astonishing comeback season by being chosen over five other finalists by a media panel. The award, sponsored by Miller Lite, features donations to the favored charities of all six finalists. Cunningham's choice was CAUSE Ministries, an organization of Christian athletes. Cunningham, who led the Minnesota Vikings to a 15-1 record, was emotional after receiving the award.
January 26, 2015 |
Let's start right at the top and say I had no idea that both teams in an NFL game supplied the footballs for their own offenses. The mystery of how a game ball gets from the Wilson factory to its appointed spot on the field never seemed like an interesting subject. There's a bag of balls, and when they need another, some kid tosses one to the official. What could be complicated about that? What could be more elemental to the game than the mere presence of the football? During one of the previous soccer World Cup preparations, U.S. coach Bruce Arena grew tired of taking questions every day on the ball that had been selected for play, one with a supposedly more aerodynamic cover and super technology that would transform it into an unstoppable scoring spheroid.
June 26, 2012 |
Former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita, a union leader with a record of criticizing the NFL's player-safety record, said he sees elements of a "smear campaign" in a bounty investigation that has sullied his reputation. Some agree, and question whether Fujita's three-game suspension has something to do with retribution. "I'm not saying the NFL is intentionally lying," Fujita said. "I've been willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that they may have just been working with the information they've been given, even though much of that information was inaccurate and lacked credibility.
April 20, 2005 |
The congressional committee that investigated steroid use in baseball will turn its attention to the same problem in football. The panel said yesterday it will ask NFL officials and union representatives to testify at a hearing next week. "A public review of the NFL's strategy for combatting steroid use marks the next step in our investigation," said Rep. Tom Davis, chairman of the House Government Reform Committee. "Examining the effectiveness of the NFL's policy is a key part of understanding why 500,000 high school students today have tried steroids.
April 9, 2013 |
WITH PERHAPS billions of dollars at stake, a hearing Tuesday in Philadelphia over concussion litigation filed against the NFL promises to be a contest between legal lions. About 4,200 former players have sued the league. Some suffer from dementia, depression, Alzheimer's disease and other neurological problems. Others simply want their health monitored. The players' lawyers accuse the NFL of promoting violence in the game and concealing known cognitive risks from concussions and other blows to the head.
August 14, 2012 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Andrew Luck knows life in the NFL can't be this easy for a rookie. The No. 1 overall draft pick threw his first NFL pass for a long touchdown, just like Peyton Manning in 1998, then led Indianapolis to two more. Luck one-upped his predecessor by winning Sunday's preseason opener, 38-3, over St. Louis - Indy's first preseason-opening win since '94. Johnson released. The Miami Dolphins have released wide receiver Chad Johnson a day after the wide receiver was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor domestic battery, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported.
May 29, 2013
Jim Brown has come back to the team he helped lead to its last NFL championship. On Wednesday, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is expected to announce Brown's new position with the team he starred with from 1957 to 1965 before retiring to pursue an acting career. New home for 49ers. Fifty-four years after the $32 million Candlestick Park opened, the San Francisco 49ers are building a $1.2 billion stadium that will be the site of the 2016 Super Bowl. Levi's Stadium will have the largest lower bowl in the league, with 68,500 fans close to the action.