Football

December 14, 2018

The Great Heist: How Fox Paid for and Changed Football Forever: A long, but excellent oral history from Bryan Curtis at The Ringer on how Fox went big for the NFL and ended up becoming the fourth major broadcast network in the process. Lots of fun nuggets in there, including the facts that (1) at the time John Madden signed with Fox for the 1994 NFL season, he was paid more annually than the highest paid NFL player, and (2) at the time it was introduced, people hated the "Fox Box" (the box containing the running clock and score at the top corner of the screen).

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December 13, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Miracle in Miami Edition: With only three weeks left in the NFL season, the Chargers visit the Chiefs tonight and two more early games are played Saturday. In SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em, Truthhurts climbs to a 44-point lead on a week-winning 64, followed by Tron7 and Ic23b. If you're having trouble believing you can still win this, keep this number in mind: 99.9%. It's the Patriots' win probability before the final play against Miami Sunday. Make your picks.

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December 06, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition: Week 14 of the NFL season begins tonight with a game I will always view as a revenge opportunity for the 1999 AFC Championship Game: Jaguars vs. Titans. There's a new leader in the SportsFilter Pick 'Em for the first time in 10 weeks -- Truthhurts scored 72 to take an 11-point lead over Tron7. Ic23b stays in third. Jagsnumberone wins the week with 74. Make your picks and never get in a yelling match with a man who was born ornery and only got worse from there.

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December 04, 2018

Urban Meyer to Retire: Ohio State coach Urban Meyer plans to step down and will coach his final game in the Rose Bowl, sources told Yahoo Sports. A myriad of factors contributed to Meyer’s decision, but sources say foremost among them was his happiness with the state of the Ohio State program he inherited seven years ago. Meyer, 54, will be replaced by Ryan Day, the 39-year-old offensive coordinator who served as Ohio State’s interim coach earlier this season. Related Fun Big 10 Fact: no Big 10 football team has scored a single point in the college football playoff since Ohio State won the first CFB championship.

posted by NoMich to football at 08:56 AM - 4 comments

November 30, 2018

Chiefs Cut Kareem Hunt After Video of Violence Against Woman: After TMZ released a video of him punching and kicking a woman in an altercation at a hotel, Kareem Hunt has been cut by the Kansas City Chiefs.

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November 29, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: So Dumb He Punched a Helmet Edition: Week 13 of the NFL season begins with the New Orleans Saints taking I-10 to I-49 to I-20 to I-30 to play the Dallas Cowboys. In the NFL Pick 'Em shit just got real yo. Truthhurts chopped 24 points off Tron7's first-place lead by scoring 120. NoMich topped that with 122! Ic23b, anti-climactically, is in third. Make your picks and have a kind thought for the fantasy football owners and Jaguars fans who saw Leonard Fournette brawl his way out of a game he was dominating.

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November 21, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Turkey Bowl Edition: Thanksgiving Day has a trio of NFC divisional showdowns: Chicago/Detroit, Washington/Dallas and Atlanta/New Orleans. In SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em, Tron7's lead has grown by 20 from a week-winning score of 68. Truthhurts stays in second and Ic23b climbs into third. Make your picks and remember that tryptophan is a performance altering drug.

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November 15, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Simultaneous Possession Edition: Week 11 of the NFL begins tonight when Green Bay visits Seattle. Tron7 stays in first at 740, with Truthhurts in second 26 back and Jagsnumberone third. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to football at 02:30 PM - 23 comments

November 13, 2018

NFL Moves Mexico City Game to L.A.: Mexico City was about to get one of the best regular season NFL games in years as the 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs faced the 9-1 Los Angeles Rams in Estadio Azteca. But the league just moved the game to L.A., blaming shoddy field conditions.

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November 08, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Nick Mullens That's Who Edition: The NFL week begins tonight with the Panthers at Steelers. In our NFL Pick 'Em, Tron7 keeps first at 673 but Truthhurts has cut 57 points off that lead with a week-leading 112. Jagsnumberone, whose always-pick-Jacksonville policy is again a detriment, is third at 637. Make your picks and never, ever count out Nicholas Clayton Mullens.

posted by rcade to football at 12:24 PM - 23 comments

November 01, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: Nick Who Edition: The second half of the NFL season begins tonight when Oakland makes the trek to San Francisco to face undrafted quarterback Nick Mullens. In our Pick 'Em, Tron7 leads with 618, followed by Jagsnumberone 48 back and me 74 back. I take the week with 103. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to football at 05:38 PM - 28 comments

October 31, 2018

After Maryland Player's Death, Coach and Athletic Director Keep Their Jobs: At modern American universities, it is not unusual that the head football coach is the most powerful, and the highest-paid, individual.

That has rarely been more clear than it was on Tuesday, when the governing board at the University of Maryland looking into the death of a football player allowed the head coach and athletic director to keep their jobs, while accepting the unexpected retirement of the school's president, Wallace D. Loh.

posted by BornIcon to football at 10:31 AM - 6 comments

October 29, 2018

Cleveland Browns Fire Hue Jackson: A day after the Cleveland Cavaliers fired coach Tyronn Lue, the Cleveland Browns fired Hue Jackson. The Browns are better this season but still just 2-5-1. Jackson departs with a 3-36-1 record at the helm. He was hoping Monday to convince management to let him take over the offense from new coordinator Todd Haley. That didn't go so well.

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October 25, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Blake Bortles Bad Place Edition: The NFL passes the halfway mark tonight as the Miami Dolphins visit the Houston Texans. In the SportsFilter Pick 'Em, Tron7's first place lead shrinks by 14 as Jagsnumberone and Truthhurts climb into second a mere 57 back. Ic23b wins the week with 91. Jacksonville has become football hell again. Make your picks.

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October 18, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Paul Allen Memorial Edition:: The Denver Broncos visit the Arizona Cardinals tonight in a battle of underachievers. In the SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em (accept no substitutes), Tron7 stays in first with 452 followed by me at 401 and Jagsnumberone at 397. Tron7 and Jagsnumberone also win the week, hanging up 94. Make your picks and throw back some authentic Washington hops for the savior of the Seahawks.

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October 11, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Jets Run for 323 Yards Edition: The Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants bring 3 combined victories into their week 6 matchup tonight on Fox. In SportsFilter's pick 'em, Tron7 is running away from the pack with 358, followed by me at 317 and Truthhurts at 315. Tron7 also wins the week with 90. As you make your picks, marvel again at the New York Jets' rushing totals last week against Denver: Isaiah Crowell: 15-218, Bilal Powell 20-99, Sam Darnold 3-5, total 38-323. The Arizona Cardinals have 323 yards for the entire season.

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October 04, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: First Down Browns Edition: Week 5 of the NFL season kicks off tonight when the Colts visit the Patriots. In our contest, Tron7 stays in first at 268, followed by me quite a way back at 245. Truthhurts breaks into the top three at 240. Jagsnumberone wins the week with 94. Make your picks.

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September 30, 2018

Frank Reich Hands OT Win to Houston Texans: Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich just made one of the worst NFL coaching blunders since the Miracle at the Meadowlands. Tied in overtime on fourth-and-four at the Colts' 43 with 27 seconds remaining, Reich went for it instead of punting. An incomplete Andrew Luck pass gave the Houston Texans the ball. Deshaun Watson completed a 24-yard pass to DeAndre Hopkins, they spiked the ball and Ka'imi Fairbairn kicked the game winner.

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September 28, 2018

Jared Goff goes off as L.A. rolls in game of the season: The Rams and Vikes played the best game of the 2018 season so far, with the two teams trading scores seemingly every few plays. They combined for 1,002 yards and 69 points, with Jared Goff and Kirk Cousins slicing holes through two of the NFL's best defenses and all of the various skill-position plays on each team doing their best to make fantastic plays all over the field.

posted by BornIcon to football at 07:07 AM - 4 comments

September 27, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: Buffalo Did What Edition: Week 4 begins with a doozy of a Thursday night game in Vikings/Rams. In our pick 'em contest Tron7 takes the lead with 182, Bender drops to second with 176 and I hold onto third at 175. Truthhurt wins the week with 52. Make your picks and have a good thought for Old Man Gruden.

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September 20, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: FitzMagic Stay Humble Edition: Week 3 of the NFL season kicks off tonight with the New York Jets visiting the feisty but winless Cleveland Browns. In the SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, bender leads with 149 (after a week-high score of 87) followed by tron7 at 140 and rcade and cixelsyd at 135. Make your picks.

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September 12, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Undefeated Browns Edition: Week 2 of the NFL season begins Thursday night when the Ravens visit the Bengals. In our NFL Pick 'Em, ic23b leads with 87 points, followed by tron7 at 77 and cixelsyd at 76. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to football at 09:23 PM - 25 comments

September 04, 2018

Play SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest: The NFL season starts Thursday when the Falcons visit the Eagles. The SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em returns with the same rules: Choose the winners of each game and the margin of victory. Make any game a stone cold lead pipe lock to score double points in victory or negative points in defeat. The winner will receive an official NFL game ball (details inside).

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May 25, 2018

John Harbaugh's Idea to Save the Kickoff: Baltimore Ravens head coach has a strange proposal to make kickoffs less dangerous: Give the kicking team one point if it kicks the ball through the uprights, but let a defender try a late leap to block it. Missed attempts could be returned, fly out of bounds or hit the ground in the end zone (which is an automatic touchback under a 2018 rule change).

posted by rcade to football at 04:32 PM - 4 comments

May 23, 2018

NFL to Punish Players Who Don't Stand During Anthem: Beginning in 2009, the NFL required players to be on the field during the national anthem (part of a rah-rah support the troops effort for which the league was secretly getting paid $5.4 million by the Department of Defense). Now the NFL is going a step further and forcing players to stand during the anthem unless they stay in the locker room until it is over. Does any of this feel like patriotism to you?

posted by rcade to football at 04:04 PM - 24 comments

May 15, 2018

Steelers Minority Owner Set to Buy Carolina Panthers: The Carolina Panthers are going to have a new owner in the coming days/weeks, as CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported on Friday. David Tepper, a billionaire hedge-fund manager and a Steelers minority owner, is set to purchase the team. The price is set at $2.2 billion, which is less than the $3 billion price tag that present owner Jerry Richardson wanted on the NFL franchise. It is, however, significantly more than the last NFL franchise purchase of $1.1 billion, which was the sale of the Buffalo Bills back in 2014. The sale is pending a vote among the present NFL franchise owners, which is probably a mere formality. (Warning: autoplaying videos in the provided links)

posted by NoMich to football at 11:12 AM - 2 comments

April 26, 2018

Wembley: Football Association offered £800m to sell national football stadium: Are Jaguars moving to London? Even if the Jags don't come, the English national team would no longer call Wembley home, so Woy isn't in favor.

posted by billsaysthis to football at 03:59 PM - 2 comments

April 15, 2018

College Football Modifies Kickoffs for Player Safety: The NCAA has modified kickoffs in college football: Any player can make a fair catch inside the 25 yard line for the ball to be ruled a touchback, just like when a player takes a knee in the end zone. Former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, who has for years crusaded to eliminate kickoffs, would like to replace them with the scoring team getting the ball on its 30 yard line in a fourth-and-15 situation. They could go for it or punt.

posted by rcade to football at 11:12 AM - 4 comments

March 21, 2018

Greg Schiano's Kickoff Idea Takes Spotlight Again As The NCAA Mulls Over New Proposal: Schiano's Plan: Replace all kickoffs with a punting situation, including after the opening coin toss and to start the second half. So, as an example, when Team A scores a touchdown, it immediately gets the ball back on a fourth and 15 from its own 30-yard line. It can punt it back to Team B — the most likely outcome and a safer play since the bigger collisions usually happen on kickoffs. Or it can line up and go for the first down, essentially replacing an onside kick with an offensive play that would require more skill than luck.

posted by bender to football at 01:23 PM - 5 comments

Former Bills GM Bill Polian is the co-founder of a new football league: On Tuesday morning, entertainment producer Charlie Ebersol announced the creation of the Alliance of American Football, an outdoor football league that is scheduled to kick off on February 9, 2019.

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March 09, 2018

Seahawks Release Richard Sherman: The Seattle Seahawks would rather have $11 million in salary cap space than another season of Richard Sherman. The four-time Pro Bowler missed the last seven games of the season with a ruptured Achilles and is about to turn 30. His release and the trade of defensive lineman Michael Bennett push the Legion of Boom further into history. Sherman has more interceptions and passes defended than anyone else since he entered the NFL as a fifth-rounder in 2011.

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February 26, 2018

Jerry Jones is Not as Powerful as He Thought: In another sign of how badly Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones lost his war with Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner is about to drop a multi-million fine on Jones. Goodell has the power to do this for conduct he considers detrimental to the league, such as threatening to sue the compensation committee of owners deciding Goodell's contract renewal.

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February 08, 2018

Jason Kelce, Ladies and Gentlemen: No one has ever seen a Super Bowl parade speech like the one Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Jason Kelce gave today.

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February 07, 2018

The Film the NFL doesn't want you to see: In addition to the torn ACLs and MCLs, in addition to all of the horrible broken bones, the NFL diagnosed at least 281 traumatic brain injuries this season. And no document has ever quite displayed the horror of it all like “Concussion Protocol,” [an experimental, reverse motion] film by Josh Begley and Field of Vision. First link also includes audio discussion with Begley, Sean King, and Donte Stallworth, and a trailer for the film itself.

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February 05, 2018

SportsFilter 2016-17 NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: tron7: This just in: The champion of last year's SportsFilter Playoff Pick 'Em was tron7 with 129 points, one point more than rumple. Third place was claimed by beaverboard. NFL Gift Shop cards for $25 are headed to tron7 and rumple.

posted by rcade to football at 09:03 PM - 6 comments

SportsFilter 2017-2018 Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: tahoemoj: The SportsFilter Playoff Pick 'Em Champion is tahoemoj, who scored 105 points. I finished second and ic23b finished third. The best score in the Super Bowl was achieved by bender with 41. The coveted Costanza was claimed by grum@work. The magnificent camo print casual active pants are headed to tahoemoj.

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February 04, 2018

Super Bowl 0x34: The New England Patriots play the Philadelphia Eagles tonight in Super Bowl 0x34. You might have heard.

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The search for Jackie Wallace: I climbed the pier with my camera and made a few frames of the scene, then climbed down and woke him. He wasn’t startled in the least. I guess when you sleep under bridges, you learn to expect the unexpected. ... We talked for a minute or two, about my editor’s idea and journalism in general. After a brief pause, he said, “You ought to do a story about me.” I’ve heard this line many times before, and many more since. “And why would I want to do that?” I said. “Because,” he said, “I’ve played in three Super Bowls.”

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February 01, 2018

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x34: The New England Patriots face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night in Super Bowl 0x34. Tahoemoj leads the SportsFilter Playoff Pick 'Em with 69 points and another 5 players are within 20. Predict the winner and spread along with 10 props.

posted by rcade to football at 09:08 AM - 26 comments

January 30, 2018

Boston Sports Host Insults Brady's 5-Year-Old Kid: For years, Tom Brady has called in once a week to the sports radio station WEEI for a segment. He may not be doing that any more after a 24-year-old show host named Alex Reimer said on the air that Brady's 5-year-old daughter acted like an "annoying little pissant" in a documentary about her dad. Reimer has been suspended, though Brady says he hopes he won't be fired.

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