Football

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.

posted by BornIcon to football at 10:37 AM - 13 comments

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.

posted by rcade to football at 02:23 PM - 5 comments

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.

posted by rcade to football at 04:50 PM - 7 comments

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.

posted by rcade to football at 04:57 PM - 2 comments

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.

posted by rumple to football at 02:35 AM - 3 comments

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.

posted by rcade to football at 12:15 AM - 15 comments

February 04, 2018

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

posted by rcade to football at 06:21 PM - 20 comments

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.”

posted by rumple to football at 05:48 PM - 2 comments

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.

posted by rcade to football at 01:37 PM - 4 comments

January 25, 2018

Vince McMahon plans to resurrect XFL: WWE founder and chairman Vince McMahon announced Thursday he plans to bring back the XFL in 2020 ... though it won't be like the wild and crazy 2001 season.

posted by jjzucal to football at 04:01 PM - 3 comments

January 19, 2018

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round: The NFC and AFC decide their champions on Sunday as Jacksonville visits New England and Minnesota goes to Philadelphia. The quarterbacks starting these games are Blake Bortles, Case Keenum, Nick Foles and some guy named Brady. In our NFL Pick 'Em, the top 5 are me, tahoemoj, Goyoucolts, ic23b and tron7. Make your picks on the games, spreads and five props.

posted by rcade to football at 12:18 PM - 21 comments

January 15, 2018

Mike Mularkey Out as Coach of Tennessee Titans: Despite leading the Tennessee Titans to a playoff win for the first time in 14 years, head coach Mike Mularkey is departing. Did he get fired or quit? It's unclear. Owner Amy Adams Strunk says they "saw different paths to achieve greater success."

posted by rcade to football at 10:31 AM - 2 comments

January 12, 2018

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round: There was a lot of pick 'em carnage in the wild card weekend of the NFL playoffs, but Goyoucolts bucked the trend and leads with 35 points. Before games begin tomorrow, make your picks in the divisional round along with five prop bets.

posted by rcade to football at 01:12 PM - 38 comments

January 05, 2018

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest: The NFL Playoff Pick 'Em is back. Pick the four teams that will win this weekend's games along with five prop bets. The first prize this year to the winner is glorious.

posted by rcade to football at 11:37 AM - 43 comments

January 04, 2018

NFL Pick 'Em Champion: Tron7: The SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em has been won by Tron7 with 1308 points. Truthhurts finished in second with 1267 and Howard_T third with 1244. The final week was won by Jjzucal with 138. Tron7, who took the lead in week 14 and kept it, wins an official NFL Game Football. Congratulations!

posted by rcade to football at 07:40 PM - 18 comments

January 01, 2018

Buffalo Bills Make Playoffs: This is a headline that has never appeared on SportsFilter before. The Bills made the playoffs after an improbable last-minute comeback by the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Baltimore Ravens at home Sunday night. Here's how Bills fans and players reacted to the Bengals touchdown pass on fourth and 12 with 53 seconds remaining.

posted by rcade to football at 08:46 AM - 12 comments

December 28, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: All the Marbles Edition: This Sunday all 32 NFL teams play in the final week of the regular season. In the SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, the top 3 are Tron7 (1250), Truthhurts (1203) and Jagsnumberone (1192). Jjzucal wins the week with 138. Who will win the coveted Roger Goodell autographed officlal NFL football? Make your picks.

posted by rcade to football at 09:09 PM - 18 comments

December 22, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Gene Steratore's Index Card Edition: With just two weeks left in the NFL season, the SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em has this top 3: Tron7 at 1133, Jagsnumberone at 1091 and Truthhurts at 1075. MeatSaber wins the week with 154 by locking everything, only blowing two locks, hitting the Dallas game exactly and getting close on four others. Make your picks and keep your paper in your pants.

posted by rcade to football at 03:25 PM - 19 comments

December 21, 2017

Redditor Proves FSU Ineligible to Play Bowl: Six-win Florida State should not be allowed to play in a bowl game this year, a Reddit user discovered. One of its six wins was against FCS school Delaware State, which fails the NCAA's criteria of awarding "at least 90% of the FCS scholarship limit" and thus does not count towards a victorious opponent's bowl eligibility. Three bowl eligible teams failed to report this -- Buffalo, Western Michigan and UTSA -- so the Seminoles will play the Walk-On's Independence Bowl against Southern Miss.

posted by rcade to football at 09:22 PM - 4 comments

December 14, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Concussion Protocol Edition: The NFL returns tonight with the Broncos visiting the Colts. With three weeks left there's a scramble atop the NFL Pick 'Em, with Tron7 taking first at 1013 after a week-best score of 94. Jagsnumberone drops to second at 989 and Jjzucal rises to third at 972. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to football at 10:29 AM - 29 comments

December 07, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Get Better Ryan Shazier Edition: The NFL weekend begins with an uncharacteristically good Thursday night game as New Orleans plays Atlanta. With four weeks to go in the SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, two new players jump into the first two places: Jagsnumberone at 927 in the lead and Truthhurts at 925 in second. Howard_T holds on to third at 920. Bender wins the week with 117. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to football at 03:43 PM - 31 comments

December 06, 2017

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Russell Wilson's Lateral: "The lateral that @DangeRussWilson threw to @MikeDavisRB in Sunday’s @Seahawks @Eagles game was a legit 'Galilean Transformation.' In their reference frame, the ball went backwards. It’s not their fault they ran forward faster than the ball." Wired has more.

posted by rcade to football at 09:51 AM - 5 comments

November 30, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: With the First Pick the Giants Take Edition: The NFL weekend begins tonight when woeful Washington visits declining Dallas. There's another top three shuffle In the SportsFilter Pick 'Em as Jjzucal takes first at 845, Rumple second at 829 and Howard_T third at 821. I win the week with 137. Make your prognostications and be glad your team doesn't have Geno Smith under center.

posted by rcade to football at 05:35 PM - 29 comments

November 28, 2017

New York Giants bench Eli Manning, start Geno Smith: In a shocking move, Ben McAdoo is benching two-time Super Bowl winner Eli Manning for Geno Smith, likely ending Manning's career in New York. Manning has started 210 consecutive regular-season games for the Giants, a streak that will come to an end after he refused to be the token starter for a series in order to keep the streak going.

posted by Goyoucolts to football at 05:08 PM - 12 comments

November 22, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Turkey Leg Award Edition: A full NFL holiday weekend begins on Thanksgiving Day with three games for your relatives to interrupt. In the SportsFilter Pick 'Em, Howard_T has jumped into first place at 715, passing jjzucal at 714 and rumple at 703. Cixelsyd wins the week with 83. Make your picks and be thankful you're not Sean McDermott.

posted by rcade to football at 09:40 PM - 30 comments

November 19, 2017

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster: Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott's decision to bench Tyrod Taylor explodes in his face in just one half.

posted by jjzucal to football at 07:43 PM - 10 comments

November 17, 2017

ESPN: NFL On Brink of Civil War: How did Jerry Jones take it when Roger Goodell told him about the decision to suspend Ezekiel Elliott for six games? ESPN quotes the phone call: "'I'm gonna come after you with everything I have,' Jones said. Then he mentioned Deflategate. 'If you think Bob Kraft came after you hard, Bob Kraft is a ----- compared to what I'm going to do.'"

posted by rcade to football at 12:27 PM - 6 comments

November 16, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition: The NFL week begins tonight with an uncharacteristically good Thursday night game: The 6-3 Titans visit the 7-2 Steelers in what was once an AFC Central divisional game. In the SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, jjzucal keeps first place at 663 but rumple (646) and Howard_T (639) make up considerable ground. Rumple wins the week with 110. Make your picks, and be sure to factor in the possibility that Jerry Jones will lose his NFL franchise in Dallas.

posted by rcade to football at 04:15 PM - 31 comments

November 08, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Detroit Wins in Lambeau Edition: The NFL begins tomorrow night with Seattle at Arizona. In our NFL Pick 'Em, during a week when Detroit won for the second time at Green Bay in a quarter century of trying, jjzucal keeps the lead at 588, Howard_T climbs into a distant second with 539 on a week-best 74 and rumple drops one spot with 536. I forget to pick the first Sunday games and score 56, so I may keep doing that. Post your prognostications.

posted by rcade to football at 05:54 PM - 25 comments

November 01, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: That Was a Touchdown Edition: Welcome to the midpoint of the NFL season. The Buffalo Bills travel to majestic East Rutherford, New Jersey, tomorrow night to play the New York Jets. In SportsFilter's Pick 'Em, Jjzucal expands the lead with a 128-point week to 467, Rumple stays in second at 422 and Bender jumps into a tie for third with Ufez Jones at 391. Truthhurts gets every game right, including six locks, to score 121. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to football at 01:51 PM - 28 comments

October 31, 2017

Doctors Feared Zach Miller Would Lose His Leg: Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller suffered a dislocated knee in Sunday's game that also tore a torn popliteal artery, an injury that led doctors to fear his leg might need to be amputated. Miller underwent surgery Monday to stabilize the artery. Surgeons praised Bears team doctor Mark Bowen for quickly identifying the vascular problem. Head coach John Fox said Miller was in good spirits and "pretty much wanted his touchdown back."

posted by rcade to football at 10:15 AM - 1 comment

October 30, 2017

Jerry Jones Leads NFL Owner Revolt Against Roger Goodell: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was a prominent voice on a call between 17 NFL owners about halting Commissioner Roger Goodell's contract extension. One owner told ESPN, "You don't get to have this many messes over the years like Roger has had and survive it."

posted by rcade to football at 10:34 AM - 6 comments