August 28, 2015 |
The first turnover Walter Thurmond forced in a game with the Eagles came last Saturday, when his one-handed interception in the end zone off a deflection halted the Baltimore Ravens' opening possession. But it was not the first turnover Thurmond recorded in an Eagles uniform. Throughout the summer, Thurmond has made a habit of intercepting quarterbacks and stripping ballcarriers. The coaches rank him atop the team in that area. As a result, there has not been a safety competition during training camp.
November 28, 2014 |
A.J. FRAZIER felt nostalgic yesterday after Roman Catholic laid waste to host Roxborough, 45-6, on Thanksgiving Day. The 6-foot, 180-pound senior receiver and defensive back had just played in his last game as a Cahillite, so maybe that's why days gone by were foremost on his mind. However, when asked to recall his fondest Roman football memory, Frazier couldn't choose his own, although strangely, it did involve him. Frazier said he was a sophomore wideout going against current Notre Dame wide receiver Will Fuller, who was then a two-way Roman receiver and defensive back.
November 15, 2014 |
THEY REMEMBER the year they watched the phenomenon unfold. Bradley Fletcher was a junior at Iowa. He intercepted two passes that season and began to pop on scouts' radar, a big step in his college career that helped him go in the third round 2 years later. Brandon Boykin was a senior at Fayette County in Fayetteville, Ga., a high school star preparing to head to UGA. That was 2007. From different sections of the country, they, with the rest of the football world, turned their eyes to New England and witnessed history.
June 30, 2014 |
THE GREAT PART about being a sports fan is falling in love with a team or a player. The worst part about being a sports fan is getting your heartbroken so often. In the fall of 1997, I accidentally tuned into a Marshall University football game and I watched with amazement the best college wide receiver I had ever seen - Randy Moss. He was big and fast and could corral anything that came near him. It was truly love at first sight, and I dreamed of a 15-year love affair watching him in Eagles green.
January 30, 2014 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Marshawn Lynch spent nearly 54 of the 60 minutes he was scheduled to speak at Super Bowl media day Tuesday standing against a curtain with a hood over his head and sunglasses covering his eyes in an indoor arena. Cameras remained focused on Lynch. Reporters occasionally tried to test his silence with questions. Lynch, the Seahawks' star running back, did not flinch. He was already fined $50,000 this season for avoiding public comments - that fine was put on hold when he later spoke - and he risked another fine if he did not participate Tuesday.
December 27, 2013 |
After his team lost eight of 10 following a 3-1 start, Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak is embattled (sports jargon, meaning "about to be tossed out on his keister"), but he's serene about it. "It's part of this profession," he said of the daily questions he gets about his job security, then went into his best coach-speak. "I can only control what we do this Sunday. . . . After that, what happens as far as that goes, some of that's out of my control to some degree. " Translation: Munchak, who has one year left on his contract, may see an opportunity on the horizon.
December 27, 2012
The San Francisco 49ers will play the rest of the season without receiver Mario Manningham, meaning 35-year-old Randy Moss will start Sunday against the 5-10 Arizona Cardinals. Manningham suffered torn ligaments in his left knee during Sunday night's 42-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reported Tuesday that Manningham is scheduled for season-ending surgery and might not be ready for the start of next year's training camp. Moss has had a positive presence but not too many receptions in his return from a one-season hiatus.
March 12, 2012 |
PEYTON MANNING had another marathon session during the second stop in his search for a new team. The free-agent quarterback spent nearly 6 1/2 hours at the Cardinals' headquarters and training facility in Tempe, Ariz., yesterday in meetings designed to lure the superstar to the desert. The session was even longer than the nearly 6 hours Manning spent at the Broncos' facility in Denver on Friday night. Manning waved and smiled at cheering fans as he walked from the building to coach Ken Whisenhunt's white SUV. Manning was expected to return to his home in Florida.
March 7, 2012
Former Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell has been charged with tax fraud for his role in a scheme to file false federal returns on behalf of professional athletes. The faked returns sought refunds ranging from $170,000 to $1.9 million. That money was to be split among Mitchell, his two coconspirators, and the named tax filer. The indictment, filed by the U.S. attorney in Orlando last April, details how Mitchell, 33, recruited clients for a tax return business run by Jamie Russ-Walls and Richard Walls, both of Bensalem.
February 15, 2012 |
Today's lesson in the business of sports comes to us courtesy of NFL wide receivers - past and present, and (maybe) future. Let's start with the big, fun question that has many Eagles fans talking: Should the team sign Randy Moss, who announced he will attempt to return to the league after a Brett Favre-retirement kept him out of the game in 2011? No. That was easy. The Eagles don't want or need the distractions that come with Moss or Terrell Owens, who also is trying to come back after irritating everyone who has ever had to deal with him. Their post-Super Bowl 2005 season was ruined by Owens, so that should have taught the Eagles all they need to know.