January 27, 2015 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Whew. That was close. The Seahawks are back at the Super Bowl. Things could not have worked out better for the NFL. The Seahawks are a fun, young team from the crunchy, techie Northwest already validated by last year's Super win. The Patriots are blue blood, original tea partiers, a dynastic compilation of talents forever sullied by accusations of cheating, again. It's REI vs. L.L. Bean; new-school owner Paul Allen vs. old-school monolith Robert Kraft; Microsoft vs. Mayonnaise.
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.
January 20, 2015 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - There were the requisite hugs and handshakes in the New England Patriots' locker room Sunday night, but the celebration of their sixth AFC championship with the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady coach-quarterback combination seemed to occur with almost a restrained excitement. The tone might have been set during the trophy presentation, when Belichick played off one of his phrases from earlier this season: "We're on to Seattle. " The Patriots have become the gold standard of the NFL, and their consistency has made events like the 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium seem like a television rerun.
January 20, 2015 |
FOXBORO, Mass. - They've played nine Super Bowls since the New England Patriots edged the Eagles on a humid night in Jacksonville. The Pats, despite being the NFL's showcase franchise of the 21st century so far, haven't won any of them, which is something you will hear quite a bit about over the next XIII days. The Pats earned their eighth all-time Super Bowl trip last night by thoroughly trampling the overmatched Indianapolis Colts, 45-7. New England set a franchise record for points in a postseason game, en route to tying the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers for most Super Bowl berths.
January 9, 2015 |
TOM BRADY isn't worried about the predicted sub-freezing temperatures he will face when the Patriots host the Ravens in Foxborough, Mass., tomorrow. Game-time temperature for the AFC divisional playoff is expected to be 16 degrees. When asked by Comcast New England how he'll prepare for the cold, the Patriots quarterback - wearing a ski mask that covered all but his eyes and nose - replied: "I know exactly what to wear. I know how many layers to wear every degree. I'm a [bleeping]
December 11, 2014 |
WITHOUT two starters yesterday, La Salle High stunned Germantown Academy at the Team Taggart Classic, a special basketball event at Cabrini College with far greater meaning than a non-league matchup between two top area schools. Missing seniors Najee Walls and David Krmpotich, the Explorers led nearly the entire game, trailing only after the Patriots nabbed the game's first basket. By rule, Walls and Krmpotich had to sit one game after each was disqualified during an in-game kerfuffle against Coatesville last week.
November 30, 2014 |
PLAYER OF THE YEAR / MIDFIELDER Evan Vare CENTRAL BUCKS EAST Not many players were more consistently dangerous or clutch than the Patriots junior was all season, as Vare ratcheted up his game to become one of the most dynamic offensive presences in all of District 1. He scored 28 goals and added six assists in 24 games for C.B. East, as the Patriots claimed the Suburban One League Continental Conference and District 1 Class AAA titles...
November 26, 2014 |
Perhaps this season will go down as an anomaly, rather than the beginning of a trend; but there is no doubt that this rookie wide-receiver class is special. No less than seven first-year players are ranked among the top 30 WRs in Fantasyland, with Tampa Bay's Mike Evans leading the pack. By comparison, since 2000, only twice have as many as four freshman wideouts finished among the top 30, with Percy Harvin setting the pace at No. 25 in 2009 and Michael Clayton at No. 13 in 2004.
November 16, 2014 |
HERSHEY, Pa. - Dave Moffett went down the line of his Great Valley boys' soccer players. He shook hands, put his hands on their shoulders, and said words when words needed to be said. His Patriots were devastated, having just fallen, 2-1, to Peters Township in the PIAA Class AAA state final Saturday night at Hersheypark Stadium. "It's two really good teams going toe to toe," Moffett said. "We knew they were very good defensively and aggressive, but every team has weaknesses, and we were looking to exploit that.