October 30, 2012 |
Back in the spring, when the NFL released the 2012 schedule, not many people would have guessed Miami at Indianapolis would be a meaningful game at this point in the season. Yet here we are, heading into Week 9, with the Dolphins and Colts - both led by rookie quarterbacks - hanging tough at 4-3 and in sole possession of second place in their respective divisions. This very easily could have been a situation in which one or both of these teams were still looking for their first victory.
October 28, 2011 |
A top-five team will play in a packed Coliseum. A Heisman Trophy candidate will be at the controls of a seemingly unstoppable offense. And a shot at a national title is within reach. OK, so it's Stanford, not USC, boasting those lofty credentials and possibilities. USC Coach Lane Kiffin can accept that … for now. After nearly 1½ years of being adrift in a sea of sanctions and inconsistent performances, USC has a chance Saturday against the No. 4 Cardinal to reestablish itself among college football's elite.
October 8, 2012 |
There is no statistic for emotion. No index for inspiration. No chart for heart. And Sunday, there was no stopping the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts, with cancer-stricken Coach Chuck Pagano watching from a local hospital, overcame an 18-point deficit at home to pull off an unforgettable 30-27 upset of Green Bay. "We're just so happy for Chuck," said rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, who completed 31 of 55 passes for 362 yards with two touchdowns...
October 2, 2011 |
Imagine Stanford playing in the Southeastern Conference, in the daytime, on CBS. Picture Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson gushing about Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck. "He's a composite of Archie Manning [Mississippi] and Tim Tebow [Florida]," Lundquist might say. "I actually see an amalgam of Joe Namath [Alabama], Fran Tarkenton [Georgia], George Blanda [Kentucky] and Peyton Manning [Tennessee]," Danielson might counter. Stanford has to be the quietest greatest team out there — and it has to be someone's fault.
November 4, 2012 |
Lots of talk these days about swing states and which way they're leaning. So it's fitting that the most intriguing NFL stories are those teams and players that are in a dramatic state of swing. Take the Indianapolis Colts, for instance. At the end of the Peyton Manning era, they appeared headed for a long rebuilding phase. But rookie quarterback Andrew Luck has been even better than advertised, and Sunday he led the Colts to a 23-20 victory over Miami with a record-setting passing performance.
October 4, 2013 |
SEATTLE - A chrome football helmet, shiny as a polished trailer hitch, sits on a round table in Coach Steve Sarkisian's office. The University of Washington debuted the alternate headgear in a home game against Arizona last Saturday. "I love it," Sarkisian said. "Looks a little bronze in here, but it's silver under the lights. " Considering the state of football in this city, a reflective helmet is appropriate. For Sarkisian, looking across Lake Washington is a little like looking in a mirror.
December 10, 2012 |
Twenty-nine years ago, representatives from each NFL team — there were 28 at the time — gathered for the draft in the ballroom of a Sheraton hotel in New York City. No hoopla. No fans with painted faces. Hardly any media. "It was nothing, a gathering of people," recalled Dave Goldberg, who covered the NFL for the Associated Press for 26 years. "There were all sorts of hangers-on from local television who would show up at dinner time for the free food. Other than that, nothing.
September 13, 2012 |
It wasn't only Andrew Luck. When Josh Nunes was named Stanford's starting quarterback, following in the footsteps of the top pick in the 2012 NFL draft was only one of the potential burdens. "There's inherent pressure being behind Andrew," Nunes acknowledged during a phone interview. "Not only that, but there's the quarterback tradition at Stanford from Jim Plunkett to John Elway and Andrew. " Not that Nunes is anxious about it. "That kind of all went out the window," he said, "as soon as I got that first snap out of the way. " A fourth-year junior from Upland, Nunes has guided the No. 21 Cardinal to victories over San Jose State and Duke.
October 24, 2011 |
Call it Stanford's new deal. It's apparently not much different from the old one. When David Shaw succeeded Jim Harbaugh as Stanford's coach, some thought the Cardinal might lose its edge, and perhaps its winning ways. It was Harbaugh who famously engaged Pete Carroll in their 2009 "What's your deal?" postgame exchange at the Coliseum after Stanford walloped the Trojans, 55-21. And it was Harbaugh, now coach of the San Francisco 49ers, who set off Detroit Lions Coach Jim Schwartz two weeks ago after the 49ers handed the Lions their first defeat.
September 27, 2011 |
More people were watching practice Tuesday than UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel would prefer. Cornerback Sheldon Price … strong safety Dalton Hilliard … F-back Anthony Barr . All sat out with injuries, and add to that a handful of players in red, no-contact jerseys. Price sat with a sprained right knee and Hilliard with a sprained left shoulder. Safety Tony Dye (shoulder injury) and cornerback Andrew Abbott (concussion), both of whom missed the Oregon State game, were given limited clearance to practice.