July 14, 2011
MORE AND MORE, modern sports fans are sending one unified message loud and clear: We really don't care what you do or have done or might do off the field. In most, if not all, cases, we really don't care what you do before a play, after a play or in the case of those ugly wads-of-whatever rolling around in some baseball players' mouths, what you do while playing. "Just get him to the field on Sunday," former Eagle Hugh Douglas said yesterday amid belly laughs. "I'll hire somebody to hold his hand all week if I have to. " Two local items from this week underline this.
May 29, 2011 |
Sunday is Day 75 of the NFL lockout. If you don't care or you forgot about it because you're having fun Down the Shore or you're busy living life, that apparently makes you a terrible person. It might even mean you're anti-American or a terrorist or a thug looking to rob an unsuspecting rube. You might think that's madness. I think it's madness, too. There are people, however, who evidently believe it, and some of them have even managed to say it on camera with a straight face or write it down without adding, Nah, just kidding, that's madness.
May 23, 2011
HEY, I LOVE the NFL as much as anyone else. And I'm really going to miss it if the lockout causes a loss of games. But Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis sounds like a man who has made one too many hard-hitting tackles. In an interview that aired yesterday, Lewis told ESPN reporter Sal Paolantonio: "Do this research if we don't have a season . . . watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up if you take away our game. " What? Talk about having an overinflated sense of the value of a game.
September 30, 2010 |
The odd couple Baltimore's scary linebacker Ray Lewis told Pittsburgh reporters on a conference call Wednesday that he's texting buddies with a somewhat surprising friend - Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. A QB and a QB killer? Who knew? "It's a respect thing we have playing against each other," Lewis said. "It's a rivalry, but it goes back to the level of respect we have. " While the Ravens and Steelers have one of the NFL's strongest rivalries, Lewis said he sent Roethlisberger text messages of encouragement while the league was weighing discipline against the quarterback.
September 12, 2010 |
Listen to this: "It was obvious that he was going to be our priority no matter if it was this year or whether it was when we had a new CBA. We just felt like now was the time. " That's not Joe Banner talking about DeSean Jackson. No, that's Dallas director of player personnel Stephen Jones talking about Miles Austin last week on the day the Cowboys gave Austin a six-year contract extension worth a reported $54 million, $17 million of which will go into Austin's pocket this uncapped season.
September 8, 2010 |
Think football. Think defense. Think linebacker. Think Chuck Bednarik and Dick Butkus. Think Ray Nitschke and Jack Lambert. Think Lawrence Taylor and Mike Singletary, and Ray Lewis. Those guys embody the game. They roam the posters on the walls of the mind. They race sideline to sideline in the imagination. But football has changed. The sport is well into an era of specialization, of situational substitution. Ask an NFL executive or coach about his top priorities on defense, and he'll likely mention pass-rushing ends, disruptive tackles, or coverage cornerbacks.
January 24, 2010 |
Today's AFC title game will be a clash of the top-seeded Indianapolis Colts and the fifth-seeded New York Jets. It will be a clash of playing styles. And it could turn on a clash of former South Jersey stars. The upstart Jets are likely to try to control the tempo with a powerful running game led by rookie Shonn Greene, a Winslow Township High School graduate. Indianapolis' defensive counter will be led by captain and middle linebacker Gary Brackett, a Glassboro High School graduate.
October 17, 2009 |
The NFL fined Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis $25,000 yesterday for two separate plays, including a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco. The Ravens said Lewis will appeal the fine. Both plays occurred in the fourth quarter of Baltimore's 17-14 loss on Sunday. The league deemed that Lewis "unnecessarily kicked the opponent" and later "unnecessarily struck a defenseless receiver. " During the latter play, Lewis hit Ochocinco after a pass from Carson Palmer sailed incomplete, and the 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness helped set up the winning touchdown with 22 seconds remaining.
August 17, 2009 |
Welcome to the NFL, Mark Sanchez. Now, let's see what you can do against one of the league's toughest defenses. The New York Jets rookie quarterback will get his first career start against Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens - coach Rex Ryan's former team - in a preseason Monday Night Football game on Aug. 24. "I have my work cut out for me," Sanchez said yesterday with a laugh. "That's why it wouldn't be right of me or anyone else to make this a make-or-break game. " After all, it's still just the preseason and the Jets' quarterback competition between Sanchez and Kellen Clemens is far from being decided.
March 2, 2009
Daily News football writer Paul Domowitch provides a quick look at the early winners and losers after the first weekend of free agency. To read more of this analysis, visit www.eagletarian.com . Winners Chiefs: The weekend acquisitions of quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel for the paltry sum of a second-round pick will only make them better. Lito Sheppard: The Eagles cornerback finally got the trade he wanted, to the Jets. Giants: The Giants signed Falcons linebacker Michael Boley, Seahawks defensive tackle Rocky Bernard and Cowboys defensive lineman Chris Canty.