October 11, 1999 |
New York Jet Coach Bill Parcells has a knack for diagnostic medical examinations. For example, when Wayne Chrebet had a sprained ankle last year, Parcells went up to the wide receiver and kicked him on the injured joint to gauge his pain threshold. Similarly, he poked former quarterback Glenn Foley in the ribs to judge just how sore they were. "That wasn't a malicious thing," Parcells said. "My college coach used to do that to me to find out if something was hurt. You can tell a lot."
October 20, 2000 |
Cleveland Brown quarterback Tim Couch fractured his right thumb on the final play of practice Thursday and will be out at least six weeks. Couch was following through on a 25-yard fade pass to rookie Dennis Northcutt into the right corner of the end zone when his hand banged into the hand of linebacker Ryan Taylor. "He'll need surgery and he'll miss at least six games," said dejected Brown Coach Chris Palmer.
October 17, 1999 |
Times NFL writer T.J. Simers poses--and answers--the burning questions for this week: Question: Is Houston really all that excited about getting an expansion team? Answer: A day after being awarded an expansion team, a Web site was set up to provide information on the new team. The Web site service expected 100,000 hits for the day, but got more than 200,000 an hour.
September 10, 1999 |
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Thursday the league will still honor a Sept. 15 deadline, and based on what it has learned by that date, vote Oct. 6 to award an expansion franchise to either Houston or Los Angeles. He said no one has the lead in this dragged-out race. He said the league remains very interested in meeting with invited Los Angeles groups, and will do so Monday in New York. He said a delay in making a final determination between Houston and Los Angeles is unlikely.
April 15, 2001 |
Right now, trainer Bob Baffert doesn't care which horse is better. "Congaree's got as much talent as Point Given," he said Saturday. "In three weeks, we'll find out who wants it more." The "it" is the Kentucky Derby, which will be run May 5 at Churchill Downs with Baffert holding most of the trump cards.
May 7, 2004 |
I stopped by Angel Stadium the other night figuring Mike Scioscia and I might catch a cup of coffee and spend some time discussing my fantasy baseball team. I find it's taking a lot of my time, and Scioscia has plenty of that. As loaded as the Angels are this season, Scioscia has nothing to do these days other than sit in the corner of the dugout and pat his players on the back after they return from crossing the plate.
December 14, 2013 |
The origin of pro team nicknames ranges from local tradition to fan contests. Here's a snapshot of how the teams in the NBA, MLB, NFL and the NHL got their names, with help from the website Mentalfloss.com: NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSN. Atlanta Hawks - Initially named the Blackhawks like Chicago's hockey team, after the Sauk Indian Chief Black Hawk. It was shortened to Hawks when the team moved to Milwaukee in 1951; the team moved to St. Louis in 1955 and Atlanta in 1968.
April 11, 1999 |
They could have used shovels for the groundbreaking, but this called for Texas flair. The guests fired Colt .45 pistols into a vacant lot, marking the start of Harris County Domed Stadium, otherwise known as the Astrodome. The man behind the project, Judge Roy Hofheinz, modestly suggested the stadium be dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World. That was 34 years and several facelifts ago. Now the Astrodome is losing its oldest tenant.
September 9, 1998 |
Had they been buying the Rams or Raiders, a 72-hour grace period providing for buyer's remorse might have been appropriate, but the team of Alfred Lerner and Carmen Policy has been given permission by the NFL to write a $530-million check to buy the new Cleveland Browns franchise. Former Browns' owner Art Modell, who moved his team to Baltimore three years ago, paid $4 million for the original Cleveland franchise in 1961.
January 5, 2008 |
The NFL's top X-factors are now ex-factors. Chicago returner Devin Hester will be a spectator this postseason. Same goes for Houston's Andre Davis, Cleveland's Josh Cribbs, Buffalo's Roscoe Parrish and the New York Jets' Leon Washington -- the leaders in what was a record season for returns for touchdowns in the NFL. There were 25 kickoff returns for touchdowns this season and a combined 42 scores on kickoff and punt returns.