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January 16, 2009
I WOULD START this with "no disrespect to the Arizona Cardinals," but there is no way to respectfully write this. The Eagles will not lose to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game. Enough with all of the breakdowns based on logic, statistics and current status of the teams; there is a larger metaphysical aspect in play. I know the Arizona Cardinals are a better team than the one the Eagles carved up on Thanksgiving night to begin their wild ride to the NFC Championship Game.
SPORTS
January 31, 2008 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Brian Westbrook provided more than enough evidence during the season that he is among the elite running backs in the NFL, which is why he was in high demand yesterday as he worked his way around radio row at the Super Bowl XLII media center. In a 20-minute span, Westbrook made appearances on sports-talk radio shows in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, while also stopping for a brief conversation with the San Diego Chargers' LaDainian Tomlinson, the one NFL running back who might have a legitimate argument that he's better than the Eagles' star runner.
SPORTS
February 2, 2011 | By LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
DALLAS - The ties between the Steelers and the Packers go way beyond Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy's Pittsburgh youth. Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers got a huge career boost from his 3 years as the Steelers' defensive coordinator, 1992-94, which led directly to Capers getting his first head coaching opportunity, with expansion Carolina in 1995. Current Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau first got his current job when Capers left it - LeBeau had been Capers' secondary coach.
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January 30, 2009 | By PAUL DOMOWITCH, pdomo@aol.com
TAMPA - Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked 46 times this season. Only one other quarterback - the Patriots' Matt Cassel - has been decked more. A few of those sacks have been Roethlisberger's fault for hanging on to the ball too long, and a few others are the fault of running backs or tight ends who missed blocks. But enough of them have the offensive line's paw prints on them, that if Big Ben wanted to chew some people out, nobody would blame him. But that's not going to happen, not even if the Cardinals dance on his 6-5, 250-pound body Sunday in Super Bowl XLIII.
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January 12, 2009 | By LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The best play in football, Donovan McNabb said yesterday, is the kneel-down. Most exciting? Well, no. McNabb is more of a results-oriented guy, though, and it's kinda hard to argue with No. 5 in that context. Especially when the kneel-down sends the Eagles to the NFC Championship Game for the first time in 4 years, out to McNabb's offseason home in Arizona, for a match between the fourth-seeded Cardinals and the sixth-seeded Eagles that will send the winner to Super Bowl XLIII.
NEWS
January 30, 2009 | By Kevin B. O'Neill
Sunday's Super Bowl will be broadcast into an unusually somber set of American living rooms. Remarkably enough, the Super Bowl and the Consumer Confidence Index were born in the same year, 1967. Since then, one has presented ever more excessive celebrations of consumption, while the other has soberly tracked the ebb and flow of America's confidence to consume. The most recent Consumer Confidence Survey recorded the lowest results in its 42-year history. How Super is that? One wonders how the nation's plummeting spirits will mix with the predictably overwrought spectacle of Super Bowl XLIII.
SPORTS
January 26, 2009 | By John Gonzalez, Inquirer Columnist
In less than a week, Super Bowl XLIII will be played in Tampa, Fla. Breaking news: The Eagles won't be there. In 2003, after the Birds fell to the Buccaneers in the NFC championship, I didn't watch the Super Bowl. I couldn't stomach it. But I'm over that now. The best way to numb Sunday's pain is by hitting a party. And gambling. "The total money people will bet come Sunday is about the same as any other NFL weekend, but there's only one game as opposed to 13," said Richard Gardner.
SPORTS
February 2, 2009 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This game mimicked one of those thrill rides that turn you upside down and inside out at 100 m.p.h. It was filled with great throws, greater catches and a flurry of fourth-quarter points. It was so good that arguably the greatest play in Super Bowl history became a mere footnote by the end of the night. When it was over, only the Arizona Cardinals felt sick to their stomachs because their incredible comeback was erased by a brilliant drive by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger that allowed the Pittsburgh Steelers to pull out a 27-23 victory in Super Bowl XLIII last night at Raymond James Stadium.
SPORTS
February 3, 2009
TAMPA - As you might have deduced from the dateline, I am still in Tampa as I write this - cool, blustery, rainy Tampa, just in case the wife is reading - but I have a pretty good guess as to how the aftermath of Super Bowl XLIII is playing out back home. Plus, the boss just sent me Rich Hofmann's column for today, which grapples with the topic at hand. Yeah, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger watched his defense blow the game, then took the ball downfield and re-won the Super Bowl, using eight snaps and 1 minute, 55 seconds of the 2:30 that remained when he took possession at his 22. The first play, Roethlisberger actually lost 10 yards on a hold by his really sketchy offensive line.
SPORTS
February 2, 2009 | By LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
TAMPA - In an electric moment, Santonio Holmes was able to keep himself grounded. Holmes' clutch catch wasn't quite as spectacular as the Giants' David Tyree trapping the ball on his helmet was a year ago, but it was every bit as timely. Holmes swung on an invisible hinge in the corner of the end zone, caught the 6-yard pass cleanly and kept his toes glued to the turf as he fell out of bounds, ignoring the frantic efforts of three Arizona Cardinals defenders, Aaron Francisco the closest.
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February 2, 2011 | By LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
DALLAS - The ties between the Steelers and the Packers go way beyond Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy's Pittsburgh youth. Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers got a huge career boost from his 3 years as the Steelers' defensive coordinator, 1992-94, which led directly to Capers getting his first head coaching opportunity, with expansion Carolina in 1995. Current Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau first got his current job when Capers left it - LeBeau had been Capers' secondary coach.
SPORTS
February 3, 2009
TAMPA - As you might have deduced from the dateline, I am still in Tampa as I write this - cool, blustery, rainy Tampa, just in case the wife is reading - but I have a pretty good guess as to how the aftermath of Super Bowl XLIII is playing out back home. Plus, the boss just sent me Rich Hofmann's column for today, which grapples with the topic at hand. Yeah, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger watched his defense blow the game, then took the ball downfield and re-won the Super Bowl, using eight snaps and 1 minute, 55 seconds of the 2:30 that remained when he took possession at his 22. The first play, Roethlisberger actually lost 10 yards on a hold by his really sketchy offensive line.
SPORTS
February 2, 2009 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This game mimicked one of those thrill rides that turn you upside down and inside out at 100 m.p.h. It was filled with great throws, greater catches and a flurry of fourth-quarter points. It was so good that arguably the greatest play in Super Bowl history became a mere footnote by the end of the night. When it was over, only the Arizona Cardinals felt sick to their stomachs because their incredible comeback was erased by a brilliant drive by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger that allowed the Pittsburgh Steelers to pull out a 27-23 victory in Super Bowl XLIII last night at Raymond James Stadium.
SPORTS
February 2, 2009 | By LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
TAMPA - In an electric moment, Santonio Holmes was able to keep himself grounded. Holmes' clutch catch wasn't quite as spectacular as the Giants' David Tyree trapping the ball on his helmet was a year ago, but it was every bit as timely. Holmes swung on an invisible hinge in the corner of the end zone, caught the 6-yard pass cleanly and kept his toes glued to the turf as he fell out of bounds, ignoring the frantic efforts of three Arizona Cardinals defenders, Aaron Francisco the closest.
NEWS
January 30, 2009 | By Kevin B. O'Neill
Sunday's Super Bowl will be broadcast into an unusually somber set of American living rooms. Remarkably enough, the Super Bowl and the Consumer Confidence Index were born in the same year, 1967. Since then, one has presented ever more excessive celebrations of consumption, while the other has soberly tracked the ebb and flow of America's confidence to consume. The most recent Consumer Confidence Survey recorded the lowest results in its 42-year history. How Super is that? One wonders how the nation's plummeting spirits will mix with the predictably overwrought spectacle of Super Bowl XLIII.
SPORTS
January 30, 2009 | By PAUL DOMOWITCH, pdomo@aol.com
TAMPA - Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked 46 times this season. Only one other quarterback - the Patriots' Matt Cassel - has been decked more. A few of those sacks have been Roethlisberger's fault for hanging on to the ball too long, and a few others are the fault of running backs or tight ends who missed blocks. But enough of them have the offensive line's paw prints on them, that if Big Ben wanted to chew some people out, nobody would blame him. But that's not going to happen, not even if the Cardinals dance on his 6-5, 250-pound body Sunday in Super Bowl XLIII.
SPORTS
January 26, 2009 | By John Gonzalez, Inquirer Columnist
In less than a week, Super Bowl XLIII will be played in Tampa, Fla. Breaking news: The Eagles won't be there. In 2003, after the Birds fell to the Buccaneers in the NFC championship, I didn't watch the Super Bowl. I couldn't stomach it. But I'm over that now. The best way to numb Sunday's pain is by hitting a party. And gambling. "The total money people will bet come Sunday is about the same as any other NFL weekend, but there's only one game as opposed to 13," said Richard Gardner.
SPORTS
January 16, 2009
I WOULD START this with "no disrespect to the Arizona Cardinals," but there is no way to respectfully write this. The Eagles will not lose to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game. Enough with all of the breakdowns based on logic, statistics and current status of the teams; there is a larger metaphysical aspect in play. I know the Arizona Cardinals are a better team than the one the Eagles carved up on Thanksgiving night to begin their wild ride to the NFC Championship Game.
SPORTS
January 12, 2009 | By LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The best play in football, Donovan McNabb said yesterday, is the kneel-down. Most exciting? Well, no. McNabb is more of a results-oriented guy, though, and it's kinda hard to argue with No. 5 in that context. Especially when the kneel-down sends the Eagles to the NFC Championship Game for the first time in 4 years, out to McNabb's offseason home in Arizona, for a match between the fourth-seeded Cardinals and the sixth-seeded Eagles that will send the winner to Super Bowl XLIII.
SPORTS
January 31, 2008 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Brian Westbrook provided more than enough evidence during the season that he is among the elite running backs in the NFL, which is why he was in high demand yesterday as he worked his way around radio row at the Super Bowl XLII media center. In a 20-minute span, Westbrook made appearances on sports-talk radio shows in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, while also stopping for a brief conversation with the San Diego Chargers' LaDainian Tomlinson, the one NFL running back who might have a legitimate argument that he's better than the Eagles' star runner.
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