January 25, 2014 |
Wile E. Coyote and Richard Sherman have a lot in common, starting with the fact that they are both super geniuses. For those of you unfamiliar with Wile E., the cartoon coyote created in 1948 was originally voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc and has spent his entire film life chasing the Road Runner. Sherman, of course, is an NFL cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks. If you didn't know that Sunday morning, you did by Sunday night, which is why he qualifies for the title of super genius.
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.
January 20, 2014
Just two Sundays before a federal judge in Philadelphia concluded that the National Football League is likely getting off too easily in a proposed $765 million brain-injury settlement, the Eagles-Saints playoff game offered compelling evidence that pro football has a long way to go. Gridiron action is still seriously injuring players, with potentially devastating, lifelong effects. While New Orleans was eking out a win, a national television audience saw a concussed Saints defenseman angrily pleading to get back into the action after team doctors had pulled him from the game.
January 18, 2014 |
RENTON, Wash. - Chip Kelly's introduction to life as a head coach came in the Pac-10 in 2009, when Southern California's Pete Carroll stood among the game's hottest coaches and Jim Harbaugh was building Stanford into a power. Kelly's team won the Pac-10 that year. That was the last time the three coached in the same conference until this season. Either Carroll's or Harbaugh's team will win the NFC this year. Carroll left for the Seattle Seahawks in 2010 and Harbaugh took over the San Francisco 49ers a year later.
January 16, 2014 |
A federal judge is refusing for now to accept a proposed settlement between the NFL and retired football players who sued over concussion-related injuries, saying $765 million might not be enough. In a ruling filed Tuesday in Philadelphia, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody said she feared that the league's payout offer might be inadequate to cover claims by the roughly 20,000 people eligible. She ordered lawyers to provide her with more information on how they arrived at that figure. "I am primarily concerned that not all retired NFL football players who ultimately receive a qualifying diagnosis or their [families]
January 9, 2014 |
AS WE ALL begin to reflect on the last 12 months in the life of the Philadelphia Eagles Football Club, it becomes more and more clear that there is a book in there, somewhere. And if someone feels like writing it, about the arrival of a new coach with a revolutionary reputation, about the instant turnaround that he wrought, this would be the best title: Chip Kelly, Narrative Assassin. It isn't just the way he stands behind a lectern at his news conferences and systematically refuses to play along with any question containing a preconceived notion - which he does with a withering consistency.
January 8, 2014 |
The NFL and lawyers representing thousands of former players in a $760 million settlement of concussion-related claims on Monday filed an extensive outline on how victims of head trauma would be compensated under the terms of their agreement. The 85-page road map, which still must be approved by U.S. District Judge Anita Brody, would offer as much as $5 million to each player who qualifies for top-level awards under a formula that would consider age, the number of seasons played, and whether injuries after retirement might have contributed to their cognitive disorders.
January 6, 2014 |
Saturday night, two men who earn a combined $14.5 million annually and are charged with the fate of billion-dollar enterprises, two familiar figures at the heart of a nationwide TV broadcast, were dressed like Mark Cuban. In the Lincoln Financial Field cold, Eagles coach Chip Kelly and New Orleans' Sean Payton were virtually indistinguishable from the bundled-up fans, most of whom were virtually indistinguishable from your average Forman Mills shopper. How the NFL, a button-down league otherwise obsessed with meaningless minutia like wrist bands, end-zone dances, and fantasy football can countenance such sideline slovenliness is a mystery.
January 5, 2014 |
Hey, presto, the NFL has avoided the embarrassment of having three playoff games blacked out on TV. No, there was not a sudden rush of fans in Green Bay, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati, recovering from their holiday daze and mobbing the ticket windows on Friday. It was the suits. For the Packers, a group led by the local Associated Bank snapped up the leftover tickets for Sunday's NFC wild-card playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers. Green Bay began the week with 40,000 tickets available and needed a league extension to make it. In Indy, the hypermarket chain Meijer bought the final 1,200 tickets to the Colts' home game against the Kansas City Chiefs and donated them to local military families.
January 5, 2014 |
Chip Kelly likes it very much - he visibly brightens - when someone brings him a morsel of arcane statistical evidence that supposedly proves a theory about his football philosophy and whether, ultimately, it will work or not in the NFL. Kelly treats these offerings the way large bears treat salmon as they attempt to swim past. He swipes them with a sharp paw and then consumes them whole. During his first season with the Eagles, Kelly has shown a particular appetite for questions about his regard for the time-of-possession statistic, of which he has none.