Browsing Archives of - 2018 January

Referees have had a rough time during Titans-Chiefs, and Marcus Peters gave one a hug

Marcus Peters has had himself a good afternoon against the Titans. First, he intercepted Marcus Mariota in the first half. Minnesota forward Reggie Lynch was suspended indefinitely in relation to an investigation into an alleged sexual assault that occurred in April 2016. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Lynch has been under investigation since October.... Read More »

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Make the hard decision and stick with it. For those haughty enough to suggest they wouldn’t attend a game out of disdain for Mara, Geno Smith or some combination of the two, send your ticket information to the Giants or some charitable organization. There are plenty of kids close enough to MetLife Stadium who would... Read More »

Steelers’ time off due to regular-season success is good problem to have

Including the regular season and the playoffs, teams coming off bye weeks have won 59.2 percent of their games over the past 10 years. Louis Riddick (ESPN): Rising star at ESPN. Besides being an ex-NFL player, Riddick would bring the perspective of a former NFL scout and director of player personnel. Immediately after the stunning... Read More »

Falcons flip playoff script to defense, positioned to fly higher than Eagles

The final statistics say the Rams were the more efficient running and passing team thanks to Todd Gurley and Jared Goff, respectively. But taking a page out of the Patriots’ book, the Falcons came through where it counted: in the red zone and on third down, and thus, on the scoreboard. Chris Paul and Paul... Read More »

Manning got the loudest ovation of the 85 callers.

In bequeathing Francesa’s time slot to a trio of good-natured relative youngsters—Chris Carlin, a former Francesa producer; Bart Scott, a loudmouth ex-Jets linebacker; and Maggie Gray, who had been a digital anchor here at Sports Illustrated—WFAN has acknowledged that Francesa’s domineering mode departs the station with him. (Francesa, who said on Thursday that he was... Read More »

To cover Clint Dempsey is to understand that his famous game face frequently remains in place for some time after a match has ended.

In the right hands, story-telling that calls on the writer’s perspectives and emotions can be doubly powerful. But there are clearly risks. “I don’t encourage it,” says Moran, “because I’m dealing with young people who are in the starting blocks of their careers. Maybe you can make it work if you’ve put in 20 years... Read More »

Precourt has said that unless a downtown stadium solution can be found in Columbus, he’ll take the crew to Austin ahead of the 2019 season.

A day before this season’s MLS Cup final, the most popular topic at commissioner Don Garber’s annual “State of the League” press conference wasn’t Toronto FC or the Seattle Sounders, but a club that fell in the semifinals. The consternation and controversy surrounding the potential relocation of the Columbus Crew to Austin, Texas, which many... Read More »

The Steelers can clinch homefield advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win.

The Steelers need to win Sunday and have the Jaguars lose to the Texans to seal homefield, but they can clinch a first-round bye just by winning. It won’t come easy, however, against a Patriots team that is dangerous off a loss. The Patriots fell Monday in Miami but since 2001 are 40-11 the game... Read More »

Bennett’s cap figure rises from $8,387,500 in 2018 to $10,237,500 in 2020 — the final year of his current deal.

The four best teams in college football are set to face off to crown a national champion. As we focus on the matchups, gambling predictions and storylines, NFL teams will be watching the immense talent split among the four teams. Fox — 5-11 after Sunday’s 23-10 loss to the Vikings — never won more than... Read More »

Multiple NFL teams have Oklahoma State receiver Marcell Ateman graded higher than teammate James Washington.

Minkah Fitzpatrick was arguably the country’s most impactful defender this season, but after learning NFL teams’ grades, I’ll be surprised if he is drafted inside the top 10. N.C. State lineman Bradley Chubb will be the first defender taken. If Washington runs slower than expected at the Combine, don’t be surprised if Ateman leapfrogs Washington... Read More »