It’s been a long, nervous off-season for fans of the Tennessee Titans. And why shouldn’t they be nervous? Their best player has been holding out for a new contract and without that best player, there is no way that this team even thinks about getting into the playoffs. However, Titans’ fans can breath a little easier, as today that the organization has reached an agreement with all-world running back Chris Johnson that will give him the new deal that he’s been looking for. More »
We all remember back last year when Braylon Edwards was a member of the Cleveland Browns, and was dropping pretty much every pass that came his way. Then he decided to go out and get into a little nightclub dispute…..with a man who happened to be a friend of LeBron James. So of course, Edwards was traded a few days later, and is now a member of the New York Jets. He’s catching some passes too. More »
Raise your hand if you’re getting tired of this whole mess involving Redskins’ defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. I’m hoping that a lot of you threw your hands in the air like you just don’t care. Because I know that there’s nothing I hate more than a professional athlete who signs a big ol’ fat check and then does nothing but complain about his current situation. More »
Football is a physical sport. It might be the most physical sport out there, with all the constant hits taking place on the field. Luckily, there are various alternatives to the game that we know and love, both on the professional and collegiate levels. One of those alternatives is flag football, which of course, only requires pulling a flag off your opponent instead of leveling them to the ground. However, it looks like we may now have to put flag football is the “physical sport” list. More »
It’s always interesting to check out the Forbes poll every year that discusses who the most hated figure in sports is at the time. Last year, the winner was Michael Vick. Which made sense after the whole dog-fighting mess, as it was clear that people did not like the details of all the wrong-doing there. This year, the winner is…..none other than Michael Vick. More »
It’s been quite the interesting day for the Tennessee Titans. For starters, Vince Young decided to act like a fool, and go after a guy over misrepresenting the “Hook ‘em Horns” symbol. And then linebacker Gerald McGrath was suspended four games by the league for violating the performance-enhancing substances policy. Luckily, the Titans had Rhodes scholar Myron Rolle to try and salvage the day for this organization. More »
There’s been a lot of speculation lately about the quarterback situation for the Denver Broncos. After all, that’s what happens when you draft arguably the greatest college player we’ve ever seen in Tim Tebow, as that is sure to get fans talking. But today, head coach Josh McDaniels made it very clear that the Broncos’ starting quarterback heading into the upcoming season would be Kyle Orton.
This really isn’t surprising at all, since I don’t think many people really expected Tebow to make that big a stride in such a short amount of time. Since the consensus is that Tebow is going to be a 2-3 year project, I’m not sure that anyone with basic common sense thought that Tebow would be taking the field with the first team on opening day.
But when the Broncos acquired Brady Quinn from the Cleveland Browns, some wondered whether Quinn could potentially win the job away from Orton, but we all see that’s not the case. While I don’t consider Orton or Quinn elite quarterbacks in this league, I’d probably take Orton over Quinn in this situation. Orton has been in Denver for a year now, and has gotten use to the system that McDaniels has implemented, so he should be able to make some strides this upcoming season.
However, when the Broncos decided to trade Brandon Marshall and Tony Scheffler, it sort of made their passing game irrelevant. Sure, they’ve still got Eddie Royal, but I just cannot see this passing attack being anywhere close to the level that it was last year. They don’t have the same type of weapons, which means that Orton may actually take a step back this season.
So maybe Quinn and Tebow are lucky that they don’t have the job right now. While Orton has been named the starter, this Bronco offense still has a long way to go before they become a serious threat to opposing defenses.
Well the NCAA finally dropped the hammer today on the USC football program, which included a loss of 30 scholarships and a two-year ban from the postseason. That can’t set too well with newly-hired coach Lane Kiffin, who will certainly face some pretty big challenges in the next few years. But while most people are focusing on the the future of the program and how it will fare, perhaps the biggest part of this equation has to do with current Seahawks’ head coach Pete Carroll.
Carroll left USC this past off-season to take the job in Seattle, and most were a little surprised when he did this. After all, he had clearly moved away from his love for the professional game, and had turned the USC program into one of the most consistent in the entire country in terms of winning. You could pretty much expect USC to win 10 games every year, and after they did that, they would send a handful of players into the NFL Draft.
But now that the NCAA has released their findings on Reggie Bush’s ineligibility, some are wondering whether or not Carroll new what was coming. There’s no definitive answer here, and only something that we can speculate on. You can make the argument that Seattle wasn’t exactly one of the high profile jobs that Carroll could have had in the NFL, but it’s west coast location certainly had something to do with his decision. It was familiar territory, so in that sense, it seemed like a pretty good idea.
However, there’s no doubt that USC fans and college football fans are going to look at Carroll a little differently now. Most will see it as him leaving before the storm, and dropping the mess off to someone else (though I’m not particularly upset that Kiffin is the one that has to deal with it). You can say all you want about how it’s not fair, but that’s just how it works. If the NCAA couldn’t find sufficient evidence in that specific year, then they could do nothing about it then. It took five years for them to figure it all out, and there’s not a whole lot they can do now.
While most of these findings focused on Bush, it’s hard to believe that the NCAA hadn’t found some other questionable things during the Carroll tenure at USC. A two-year postseason ban is something that will affect this program more than anything, as new recruits certainly won’t be wanting to go play for a team that can’t play in a bowl game, or for a national championship. And that’s what the USC program has prided itself on in the last decade or so. National championships.
The NCAA clearly sent a message to the college football world, as the penalty was harsher than most expected it to be. With USC being the high-profile program that it is, it’s clear that the NCAA is pulling no punches when it comes to things like this. The speculation has been there for a while now, but now we finally know. Bush was ineligible, and now USC will have to pay for it.
But I’m interested to know this: what is your opinion of Carroll now? Do you view it as him knowing what was going to happen before-hand, which led to him jetting to the Seahawks? Or was it simply a step forward in his career?
In a sport like American football, injuries are just a part of the game. Players have played through injuries ever since the game existed, and for the average fan, it’s hard to imagine playing through some of these particular injuries. Which is why I am fairly confident that no one will ever question Dallas Cowboys‘ running back Marion Barber’s toughness again. Word came out today that Barber tore his quad all the way back in Week 2 of the season, but just kept on playing throughout the rest of the season. More »
There’s always a team every season that catches us a little off guard, and perhaps makes a nice run in the playoffs before eventually being eliminated before we reach the Super Bowl. This season, a lot of people think that team could be the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins had a nice off-season by picking up Brandon Marshall, which should give quarterback Chad Henne the main target that he’s been looking for. But are the Dolphins a Super Bowl team? Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross thinks so. More »
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