Matthew Stafford: the $53m mistake costing the Detroit Lions dearly: The former No1 overall pick has been in decline for years, and has wasted his access to a strong defense and one of the game’s great receivers. Stafford is destined to replace Scott Mitchell in the hearts of Lions fans everywhere, if he hasn't already.
Tom Brady Calls Coca Cola 'Poison for Kids': New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady called Coke "poison for kids" during a radio interview Monday. While defending his personal exercise and diet guru Alex Guerrero, who has been called a "glorified snake-oil salesman" in the media, Brady said, "You'll probably go out and drink Coca-Cola and think,'Oh yeah, that's no problem.' Why? Because they pay lots of money for advertisements to think that you should drink Coca-Cola for a living? No, I totally disagree with that. And when people do that, I think that's quackery. And the fact that they can sell that to kids? I mean, that's poison for kids. But they keep doing it." (Pepsi is the official soft drink of the NFL.)
The Hot Seat: The college football head coach carousel is starting to claim victims, with Maryland's Randy Edsall getting the boot after a 2-4 start (and losing that fourth one after it was already an open secret that he was gone), North Texas's Dan McCarney getting the boot after the worst FBS loss to an FCS team in history, Rutgers' Kyle Flood's three-game suspension probably going permanent at some point, and USC's Steve Sarkisian very likely gone pending a temporary leave of absence to deal with alcohol issues.
California Bans Use of 'Redskins' as Sports Mascot: California became the first state to ban schools from using the "Redskins" team name or mascot Sunday, a move the National Congress of American Indians said should be a "shining example" for the rest of the country. The law, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed Sunday morning, goes into effect Jan. 1, 2017. "They have set a shining example for other states across the country, and for the next generation, by demonstrating a commitment to the American ideals of inclusion and mutual respect," said the National Congress of American Indians.
Chase Utley Safe at Second Without Touching Second: Second baseman Chase Utley broke shortstop Ruben Tejada's leg with a rough slide into second Saturday night in the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 victory over the New York Mets in the NLDS. Even though Utley never touched second, he was called safe. The New York Post explains why replay made that strange call.
Hawks Player Cleared Of All Charges in Police Nightclub Altercation: Thabo Sefolosha, the Atlanta Hawks player whose leg was broken in an incident involving New York City police outside a nightclub during the playoffs, has been acquitted of all charges. He had rejected a no-jail, no-criminal record deal because he wanted to show in the trial that police roughed him up and broke his leg for no reason. Sefolosha wept after the verdict and said, "This is just an incredible moment -- to be able to clear my name."
Texas Rangers take game one 5-3 against the Toronto Blue Jays: in a game that sees Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, and Adrian Beltre leave with injuries. David Price has lost six straight post-season starts (four of those losses coming against Texas) and Rangers 2B Rougned Odor became the 2nd youngest player* to score three runs in a playoff game, twice after being hit by Price and once via a solo home run in the top of the 7th inning. Game two features a pitching match-up of trade deadline acquired Cole Hamels against late-season-emerging-after-tearing-an-ACL Marcus Stroman.
Fifa Suspends Blatter and Platini: Fifa has provisionally suspended its president Sepp Blatter, secretary general Jerome Valcke and vice-president Michel Platini for 90 days.
NFL Pick 'Em, Week 5: Batted Ball Edition: The fifth week of the NFL season sees Indianapolis in Houston for Thursday night action, four teams on bye and Joe Philbin updating his resume. Make your picks, including up to one stone cold lead pipe lock.
The NHL Season Begins Anew!: It's October, memories of Summer are fading as there is a nip in the air, the leaves are turning color, the weather is perfect for
foot...errr...hockey! The new NHL season is upon us and [your_team] is still mathematically in the playoff hunt. What could be better in life? What's new and different this season? What is going to happen this season? Who is going to win it all? I NEED 30 BOLD PREDICTIONS! Go team!
How Do You Find Live Sports on TV?: SportsFilter is looking into the possibility of adding TV schedules of sporting events that could be customized by users per sport, per team and other criteria. It would be helpful to know this: How do you find out when to watch your favorite sports and teams on the tube? If you use specific sites and apps for this, what are they?
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16: Nail biters and blowouts dominated Week 15 action in the CFL! But Week 16 is a five-game week as Thanksgiving promises Monday afternoon football. Get your drumstick ready and make your picks inside!
Miami Dolphins Fire Coach Joe Philbin: A 1-3 start was enough for the Miami Dolphins to decide they've had enough of head coach Joe Philbin. He was fired Monday after going 24-28 since taking over the team in 2012. The team ranks last in the NFL in rushing defense despite signing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for six years and $114 million in free agency.
Washington Nationals Fire Matt Williams: A year after being named National League Manager of the Year, Matt Williams has been fired as skipper of the Washington Nationals. The team finished 83-79 and did not make the playoffs. A week ago closer Jonathan Papelbon choked star outfielder Bryce Harper in the dugout during a game and Williams didn't notice. He sent Papelbon back out to pitch the ninth. Altered to the altercation by reporters later, Williams watched video and told them, "I'm livid about it."
Liverpool part ways with Brendan Rogers: In a move that was either four months too late or six months early, another lackluster 1-1 result was the end of a 3+ season tenure for Rogers. Jurgen Klopp, rested after a four month break, is rumored to be first choice to take over after receiving a positive report on LFC from the team's German former midfielder Didi Hamann.
If Quebec builds a stadium, will the Nordiques come?: The long-suffering supporters of the Quebec Nordiques...now have a shiny new stadium in which to enjoy their national sport. The only problem? Until the league awards the city a new franchise they still don't have a team to play there.
Coke, Bud, McDonald's and Visa Demand Sepp Blatter Quit Immediately: Four of international soccer's major sponsors -- Coca Cola, Budweiser, McDonald's and Visa -- have demanded that FIFA President Sepp Blatter step down immediately, following the news he's under investigation for corruption in Switzerland. "Every day that passes, the image and reputation of FIFA continues to tarnish," Coca-Cola said in a statement. "FIFA needs comprehensive and urgent reform, and that can only be accomplished through a truly independent approach." Blatter has announced his plan to leave when a successor is named in February and his lawyer says he won't resign.
Fantasy Premier League, Week Seven: The Premier League begins early Saturday with seventh-place Crystal Palace visiting West Brom. FC Gallifrey's back atop the Spofiship with a 75-point week, topped only by an 87-point explosion by new second place team EAV FC that should be remembered in song. This feat was accomplished by having Alexis Sanchez (11.1m) as captain on a week he scored 20 points (3 goals, 90 minutes, 3 bonus) and a front line of Olivier Giroud (8.8m), Graziano Pelle (8.0m) and Jamie Vardy (6.6m) who put up 25. There's a lot of carnage on the injury front, with Vincent Kompany (6.3m), Yaya Toure (8.9m) and Callum Wilson (5.8m) all out and Christian Benteke (8.3m) doubtful -- and that's just my team. Sigh.
NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: First-Place Jacksonville Edition: Week IV of the NFL season begins Thursday night with Baltimore looking for its first win at Pittsburgh against backup QB Michael Vick. Sunday games begin at 9:30 a.m. Eastern as the New York Jets play Miami in London. Make your picks and select one stone cold lead pipe lock to win (or not).
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen: Tight margins and underdog wins mean that points are hard to come by this week, but that doesn't mean we don't see movement in the standings. No, not at the top. Grab your bronzer and make your picks inside.
Fifa scandal: Jack Warner banned for life by FIFA: More than four years after quitting football, the governing body’s ethics committee today announced the outcome of an investigation into Sepp Blatter’s disgraced former vice-president, who is also facing criminal charges in the United States over an alleged £100 million fraud. Warner’s ban begins at the same time as Fifa’s ethics committee examines evidence that could lead to the suspension of Blatter and Michel Platini over a £1.3m suspected criminal payment to the Uefa president.
Toronto Blue Jays Clinch Playoff Spot, But Nobody Notices: The Toronto Blue Jays clinched their first playoff spot in 22 years last night -- ending the longest drought in North American pro sports -- but this went without notice or celebration. The common perception was that they still had a magic number of 1, but it is impossible for the three other teams in contention (Texas, Houston and Los Angeles) to all tie Toronto in wins because they play each other. See the comments for the math that the media overlooked.