Wenger's Arsenal : Jonathan Wilson goes totally postmodern, referencing Said, Shakespeare, Sophocles, Monet, Liszt, Rembrandt, Bach, Matisse, Foster Wallace, Becker and Freud. Actually, that wouldn't be a bad starting XI.
The Wow Factor: Few could have guessed that the league's return would become so bloody, bitter and, most of all, emblematic of how power in the NFL truly works. From Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr. at ESPN.
Texans Owner Robert McNair: Cherokees Can't Hold Their Whiskey: An NFL owner who defended Washington's use of the offensive mascot "Redskins" then told an interviewer that he grew up among Cherokee Indians and they had drinking problems. "Everybody respected their courage," said Houston Texans owner Robert McNair. "They might not have respected the way they held their whiskey, but ..." McNair laughed and added, "We respected their courage. They’re very brave people."
NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Tron7: The four-week contest to pick NFL playoff games on SportsFilter has been won by Tron7, vaulting from sixth place to first by predicting Denver by 10 and hitting six out of 10 bonus-point opportunities. Tron7 wins a copy of Gregg Easterbrook's new book The Game's Not Over: In Defense of Football. Congratulations!
Peyton Manning Turns Super Bowl Moment into Beer Promotion: As Super Bowl 50 ended and Peyton Manning had his storybook ending to the season (and perhaps career), he sounded oddly robotic in his on-field interviews, touting Budweiser beer with all the spontaneity of a Nascar driver. "I'm going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight, Tracy," he first told the on-field reporter, then told Jim Nantz on the trophy podium, "I'm going to drink a lot of beer tonight, Jim, Budweiser. Von Miller's buying. Manning's first celebratory kiss after the game was with Papa John founder John Schnatter.
NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition: For the Super Bowl, pick the game's winner a tiebreaker and 10 bonus categories. Make any game a stone-cold lead-pipe lock. Goyoucolts has a nine-point lead. Six players are within 20.
Roger Goodell's unstoppable football machine: or, "Why haven't concussions hurt the NFL?" Like anyone who has spent time around the league, Nate Jackson, the former Bronco, has heard a great deal about the Shield. ‘‘The thing is, isn’t a shield supposed to protect you?’’ Jackson asked me. ‘‘They want players to put their bodies in front of the shield, to sacrifice for this shield.’’
With NFL Rams gone, St. Louis still stuck with stadium debt: In St. Louis, the $280 million agreement to build the Edward Jones Dome for the Rams raised eyebrows since its opening in 1995. Unlike other stadium deals, the St. Louis contract included a clause requiring the 67,000-seat dome be maintained to a first-tier standard, meaning the facility must be considered among the top quarter of all NFL football facilities. ... "This was a contract designed to be broken" by the team, said Matheson, who studies stadium finances. "They had a terrible, terrible contract with the Rams."
Mike Martz on Terrell Owens as Hall of Fame Finalist: 'Ridiculous': Former St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz called it "ridiculous" that Terrell Owens is an NFL Hall of Fame finalist when Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt aren't getting similar consideration. Martz told the St. Louis Post Dispatch, "You can't print how I felt when T.O. leapfrogged those two. That's just plain out-and-out ridiculous." Post Dispatch sportswriter Jim Thomas notes: Holt had more yards in his first 11 seasons (11,864) than anyone in NFL history. Bruce retired second in all-time receiving yards (15,208) and fifth in receptions (1,024). Both caught touchdown passes in the Rams' victory in Super Bowl 0x22. Owens compares well on all three counts: He had 15,934 receiving yards, 1,078 receptions and 11,715 yards his first 11 seasons.
Ranking the Super Bowl MVPs: Kind of a strange list to me as it favors players who won in blowouts.
Carolina Demolishes Arizona to Roll Into Super Bowl 50: The Carolina Panthers got 7 turnovers off the Arizona Cardinals, including four interceptions and two fumbles by quarterback Carson Palmer, in a 49-14 romp to win the NFC Conference Championship and reach Super Bowl 50. Cam Newton threw for 235 yards and one touchdown and ran for two more.
Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50: The Denver Broncos defense bottled up quarterback Tom Brady for three quarters, then had a crucial two-point conversion stop with 12 seconds left to win the AFC Championship Game 20-18 over the New England Patriots. Brady threw for 310 yards but had three interceptions, including one on the conversion attempt with 12 seconds left. Peyton Manning, a backup a month ago, will play in his fourth Super Bowl.
NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round: The NFL conference championship games pit Arizona against Carolina and New England against Denver. Tommytrump holds the lead in our contest by six points, but there are more bonus-point opportunities this time around. Pick the winners, choose bonus players and teams and make any game a stone-cold lead-pipe lock.
Super Bowl hero wishes he never played pro football.:
Randle El, who retired in 2010 and is now 36 years old, has trouble walking down stairs and experiences memory lapses, the Post-Gazette reported.
NFL Divisional Round Produces Predictable Results: The #1 and #2 seeds in both the NFC and AFC have advanced to the conference championships for the first time since the 2004-05 season. The NFC title game pits the Arizona Cardinals (the oldest team in the NFL) against the Carolina Panthers (the most recent expansion team that wasn't a replacement franchise) in each team's quest for its first Super Bowl victory after being in one apiece. On the AFC side, the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos will meet to see which first-ballot-HOF quarterback will go to Santa Clara.
NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Week 2: Divisional Round: After a crazy weekend in which Seattle and Pittsburgh saved their seasons with dramatic last-minute wins, Tommytrump leads the contest on SportsFilter to win a copy of Gregg Easterbrook's The Game's Not Over: In Defense of Football. Pick the winners and spreads of the divisional round playoff games and four bonus categories. Make any game a stone cold lead pipe lock to double your points.
NFL Network Airs 'Lost' Super Bowl on Friday: On Friday night at 8 p.m. Eastern, NFL Network will air the first ever rebroadcast of Super Bowl I between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs. The game is pieced together from multiple sources and includes all 145 plays. Play-by-play comes from a radio broadcast by George Ratterman and Jim Simpson (who died Wednesday)."Given that no full version of the game exists anywhere and that it is the first Super Bowl ever played, I think it's great that we finally have a full record of the game, even though it wasn't competitive by the end of the third quarter," said NFL Films senior producer David Plaut. (How 'bout a spoiler warning, dude?)
49ers Hire Chip Kelly as Head Coach: Sixteen days after he was fired by the Philadelphia Eagles, Chip Kelly has been hired to coach the San Francisco 49ers. Kelly had a 26-21 overall record and a playoff appearance in his three seasons with the Eagles. I also hear he did some coaching in college.
NFL Approves Rams Move to Los Angeles, Chargers Invited to Join: In a deal brokered by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, NFL owners voted 30-2 to approve the move of the St. Louis Rams back to Los Angeles, where they will play in the $2 billion Inglewood stadium planned by Rams owner Stan Kroenke. The San Diego Chargers have a year to work out a deal with Kroenke to join him in L.A., after which the Oakland Raiders get a shot. The St. Louis Post Dispatch quotes several owners after the vote, including a giddy Jones, who is a business partner of Kroenke in non-NFL ventures.
Alabama Wins College Football Championship: The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Clemson Tigers 45-40 in the College Football Playoff National Championship, giving head coach Nick Saban his fourth title in only seven years. A 95-yard kickoff return by Kenyan Drake in the fourth quarter broke the game open for the Crimson Tide, giving them an 11-point lead with just 7:47 to go. Earlier in the quarter Alabama tied the game at 24, recovered a masterfully executed onside kick and got a 51-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Jake Coker to receiver O.J. Howard. The Tigers rallied late with a touchdown but the onside kick attempt failed.
Steelers Coach Should've Been Flagged for Being on Field: The officials should have thrown a 15-yard penalty on Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebackers coach Joey Porter for being on the field at the end of last night's wild card game with the Cincinnati Bengals. Only trainers are allowed on the field to treat an injury. Coaches have to seek permission. Porter verbally engaged Bengals players and Adam Jones was flagged for confronting him, setting up a 35-yard field goal by the Steelers with 18 seconds left.
Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest: SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em has returned and is awarding a prize this year -- a copy of Gregg Easterbrook's new book The Game's Not Over: In Defense of Football. To play, predict the winner and spread of each playoff game. Make any game a stone cold lead pipe lock to increase your score at risk of dropping points.
NFL Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Grum@work: After 17 weeks, SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em contest has been won by a margin of just one point. Grum@work is victorious over Ic23b in second place and 22 other players. Grum wins The Duke, an official NFL game ball. Congratulations! A playoff pick 'em will begin later this week.
TCU Keeps College Football Belt with 31-Point Comeback : Down 31-0 at halftime to the Oregon Ducks in the Alamo Bowl, the TCU Horned Frogs tied the game 31-31 late in regulation and won 47-41 in the third overtime to keep the College Football Belt. The sport's only championship that has always been settled on the field, the Belt now has been in the Big 12 for four straight years. The next challenge will be against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits on Sept. 3, 2016.
NFL Pick 'Em, Week 17: Last Chance Saloon Edition: The final week of the NFL season will crown a winner in SportsFilter's season-long Pick 'Em Contest. Grum@work leads by 2 points in the race to win The Duke, an official NFL football. The games all will be played Sunday. Make your picks, lock your locks and (with one exception) experience the agony of defeat.
TCU's Trevone Boykin Accused of Hitting Cop During Bar Fight: TCU quarterback Trevon Boykin, a top-10 Heisman candidate this year, was arrested early Thursday after a bar fight in San Antonio in which he's accused of indiscriminately swinging his fists and hitting a bar employee and then a cop. In town to play the Alamo Bowl on Saturday, Boykin was at the sports bar Pat O’Brien’s near the team's hotel when recognized by patrons, and somebody started somethin. Boykin was charged with assault of a public official, resisting arrest and public intoxication.
Eagles fire Chip Kelly: Three days after the Philadelphia Eagles were eliminated from playoff contention, owner Jeffrey Lurie fired third-year head coach Chip Kelly.
NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Airing of Grievances Edition: With only two weeks left in SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em contest, we have a new leader: Grum@work has passed Tommytrump and Goyoucolts to lead by 3 with two weeks to play. NFL games begin Thursday night with San Diego at Oakland. Make your picks, lock your lock and don't forget to demonstrate feats of strength.
NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: I Miss the Big Sombrero Edition: Thursday night takes Tampa Bay to St. Louis in a rematch of the 1979 NFC Championship Game, which the Rams won 9-0 on the road in the Big Sombrero. On Saturday night, the N.Y. Jets visit Dallas. The Duke almost in his grasp, Tommytrump leads our contest by two points with just three weeks to go. Make your picks, lock your lock and remember the great John McKay.
NFL Pick 'Em, Week 14: Not So Hotlanta Edition: The NFL returns Thursday night with Minnesota at Arizona. On Sunday, the 12-0 Carolina Panthers host the 6-6 Atlanta Falcons, whose losing streak now stands at 5 games. Tommytrump leads our contest by two points with just four weeks to go. Make your picks, lock your lock and practice your Dab.
North Texas Hires North Carolina OC Seth Littrell as Head Coach: The North Texas Mean Green have hired North Carolina offensive coordinator Seth Littrell as head football coach, ESPN reports. Littrell, 37, has produced top offenses at Indiana and UNC and played at Oklahoma. There are reports he'll earn $1 million, $280,000 more than his predecessor Dan McCarney. This Stassen report of FBS wins shows the tough job ahead of Littrell. UNT has been a bottom 10 team for a decade and has a Sagarin ranking of 182, lower than 55 FCS teams.
Coldplay Chosen for Super Bowl 0x32 Halftime: The British rock band Coldplay has been selected to perform at halftime of Super Bowl 0x32 this February, according to press reports. The announcement will be made at halftime of Thursday night's game between Green Bay and Detroit. Some Twitter users gave the news a chilly reception. "Like Coldplay is ever going to give us anything as good as left shark," wrote Ben Kercheval.
NFL Pick 'Em, Week 13: Brock and Roll Edition: The NFL returns tonight with Thursday returnees Green Bay and Detroit at Ford Field. Tommytrump keeps his grip on the official NFL Game Ball that goes to the winner. Make your picks, lock your lock and always bet on Brock.
NFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: Inadvertent Whistle Edition: The NFL week begins on Thanksgiving with three games in one day -- something our forefathers only could dream about. Philadelphia visits Detroit, Carolina visits Dallas and Chicago visits Green Bay. In our competition, Tommytrump continues to lead the rest of us turkeys. Make your picks, lock your lock and don't bogart the gravy bowl.
College Football Belt Backlog: The definitive (I believe) trail from Rutgers-Princeton 1869 to Nebraska-Alabama 1972, this proves that the College Football Belt site starts with the right team. This is how bored I was at work today. Starting at the first recognized college football game (Rutgers vs. Princeton, November 6th, 1869) and using the nearly complete records on SportsReference.com, I traced the lineal College Football Belt through the 1972 Orange Bowl, after which point the good people at College Football Belt start up.
Baylor Takes College Football Belt from Oklahoma State: Oklahoma State didn't hold on long to the College Football Belt, the sport's always-on-the-field championship game. In their second defense, the Cowboys lost 45-35 to the Baylor Bears, who hadn't won in Stillwater since 1939. Third-string quarterback Chris Johnson came off the bench and contributed two long TD passes and a TD run with under 3 minutes left. This is the fifth time the Bears have hoisted the Belt. They play at TCU and home against Texas to finish the regular season.
Jacksonville: The Happiest 4-6 Fans in the NFL: The Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Tennessee Titans 19-13 Thursday night, the third win in four games for the woebegone franchise. Blake Bortles and the offense went nowhere until 4:13 remained in the fourth, when fresh-off-the-IR rookie Rashad Greene ran a punt 63 yards to the 5 and set up the first Jaguars touchdown. A sack of Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota as time expired secured the win.
Bill Belichick Refuses to Be NFL's Fashion Model: NFL coaches in recent weeks have been wearing military-drab versions of team gear, complete with camouflage and muted logos that are for sale in the NFL Shop in a Salute to Service (But Mostly Commerce!). One NFL coach isn't playing along. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick hasn't even worn a military version of his Hoodie.
NFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Nobody Knows Anything Edition: The NFL week begins Thursday night as the Tennessee Titans visit the Jacksonville Jaguars for another Nike Color Rush uni-palooza. Tommytrump continues to lead our contest after a week in which three of us scored 0 points! Make your picks, lock your lock and do the opposite of what you did last week.