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October 13, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
From start to finish, they were the two best teams in the NFL last season, and there was no room for debate. The Denver Broncos had the most prolific offense in league history, putting up a record 606 points behind a record 55 touchdown passes from the ageless Peyton Manning. Four Broncos had 10 touchdowns or more. The Seattle Seahawks had a defense that could enter the discussion among the best of all time. The Legion of Boom allowed 14.4 points per game during a year in which the league average was 23.4.
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October 7, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
AT A TIME when the NFL is dealing with concussions, domestic abuse and new HGH testing procedures, here comes news that there is a zero-tolerance policy on . . . stereo headphones. From now on, players can only appear on camera using the products of the league's new sponsor, Bose - leaving practice, warming up before games, and during postgame interviews. The new policy effectively sacks Beats By Dre, the popular line co-founded by rapper and hip-hop producer Dr. Dre. Yesterday, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement that "the NFL has longstanding policies that prohibit branded exposure on-field or during interviews unless authorized by the league.
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October 1, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Samantha Davis was still in high school at Bishop McDevitt when her father would bring home tapes of football games he had officiated and review them. Sometimes during these film sessions, she would walk by and say, "Wasn't that a penalty?" And her father would tell her, "You should do this. " Davis is a 2014 La Salle University graduate who, in addition to taking her father's advice, is now taking graduate school classes in history at La Salle. She spends her weekends looking for pass interference and works a side job on the sideline at Eagles games.
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September 28, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jason Peters was fined $10,000 for his involvement in the fight that followed Redskins nose tackle Chris Baker's blocking Eagles quarterback Nick Foles to the ground in Sunday's game. Peters' fine was for unnecessarily striking an opponent in the head area after the play was over, according to the NFL office. While the league ruled that Baker's hit was legal and that he would receive no further discipline, he was fined $8,268 for grabbing an opponent by the face mask. Both Peters and Baker were ejected from the game.
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September 28, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
JUSTIN SMITH, all 6-4 and 285 pounds of him, has wreaked havoc on NFL offensive lines since 2001. Back in 2006, 2 years before the San Francisco 49ers signed him to a 6-year, $45 million contract, came one of his better statistical seasons - a career-high 81 tackles and 7 1/2 sacks for the Cincinnati Bengals. That same fall, at a small Catholic school in a rural community in Iowa, a high school junior stood about 6-foot, weighed 180 and played only on kickoffs. Matt Tobin wasn't much of a factor in games that year.
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September 26, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IT COMES DOWN to this: To embrace the NFL's ruling that Washington's Chris Baker "did nothing wrong" in his blindside flattening of Nick Foles on Sunday, you have to embrace the idea that Foles was trying to tackle Bashaud Breeland when Baker hit him. That was the stance taken by NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent, in one of a trio of tweets aimed at explaining his rationale yesterday afternoon. On Tuesday, Vincent told the Washington Post that Baker should not have been penalized for the hit that started a brawl and led to the ejections of Baker and Eagles tackle Jason Peters.
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September 24, 2014 | By Stan Hochman, Daily News Staff Writer
'LET'S COMPARE the actions," Jerry Izenberg says, the words hurtling out of his mouth like discarded pumpkin-seed shells. "First crisis for Pete Rozelle is maybe 3 weeks after he gets the job. Rookie commissioner, compromise candidate. Does not yet have a chief of security. "Certain people call certain people, which is another way of saying Las Vegas bookmakers are involved. The Packers are off the [betting-line] board some Sundays. Why? "The answer comes back that Paul Hornung has a bum knee and that Vince Lombardi doesn't run up the score on anybody, so it's sometimes hard to establish a [betting]
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September 24, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
MY QUESTION to Chip Kelly had a few people chuckling yesterday. I wanted to know if Sunday's victory over Washington was Nick Foles' best NFL game thus far. Kelly was quick to reference the seven-touchdown-pass afternoon in Oakland, last Nov. 3. That drew the chuckles. Sure, statistically, that day will probably always be Foles' career performance. Not what I meant, though, and Kelly understood. Oakland was a pitch-and-catch blowout. It required a good arm and clear-eyed decision-making, but really, Foles barely broke a sweat.
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September 24, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
NBA COMMISSIONER Adam Silver has read the writing on the wall. In reaction to NFL counterpart Roger Goodell's months of fumbling the issue of domestic violence and the extremely negative response the NFL has received, Silver is making plans for the NBA to come up with concrete policies to confront possible situations. In a conversation yesterday with ESPN writer Ian Begley, Silver said The Association is going to take a fresh look at its domestic-violence policies. Begley tweeted that Silver said the NBA takes lessons "from other leagues' experiences.
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September 22, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
How do you stop Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice? That's not a new NFL question, but it has taken on a significantly different meaning in the last couple of weeks. It is one embattled commissioner Roger Goodell believes he is in the process of addressing, but time will tell if that's the case. To be fair, it's not just them. That disgraced duo has grabbed the majority of the unwanted headlines, but a growing list of other NFL players - Carolina's Greg Hardy, Arizona's Jonathan Dwyer, and San Francisco's Ray McDonald - also have been charged with behaving badly.
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