December 27, 2011 |
Tom Brady is one of eight Patriots and Patrick Willis one of eight 49ers to make the Pro Bowl, the most on each roster. Defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay (14-1), led by starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers , and Baltimore (11-4), led by veteran linebacker Ray Lewis , have seven apiece for the Jan. 29 game in Honolulu, the NFL announced Tuesday. Brady is one of seven starters from New England (12-3). The others are receiver Wes Welker , tight end Rob Gronkowski , defensive tackle Vince Wilfork , defensive end Andre Carter , and guards Brian Waters and Logan Mankins all are starters for the AFC from the Patriots.
December 10, 2011 |
To Cam Newton, NFL history is a little like ancient history -- not terribly relevant to what he's doing in the league right now. Before setting the single-season mark for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback last Sunday with a total of 13, Newton was asked about Steve Grogan, the guy whose record he would break. "Who's that?" Newton asked. Apprised that Grogan was a New England quarterback in the 1970s and that he rushed for 12 touchdowns in 1976, Newton confessed to drawing a blank.
December 4, 2011 |
Tennessee 23, at Buffalo 17: Bills are looking more like bumbling team that started 2010 season 0-8 than one that started 2011 at 5-2. Kansas City 10, at Chicago 3: Bears fans have to be wondering whether Coach Lovie Smith has Donovan McNabb's phone number. at New England 31, Indianapolis 24: Colts go with experience at QB, starting Dan Orlovsky, who was also a member of 0-16 Lions. at Houston 17, Atlanta 10: T.J. Yates is first North Carolina player to make NFL start at QB. Guess there was no reason before this.
November 12, 2011 |
His eyes tearing up with emotion, Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos embraced his rescuers Saturday and said he had wondered whether he would survive a two-day kidnapping ordeal that ended when commandos swept into his captors' mountain hideout in Venezuela. Ramos said that he was happy and thankful to be alive a day after his rescue, saying that his final moments as a prisoner were hair-raising as police and the kidnappers exchanged heavy gunfire in the remote area where he was being held.
October 29, 2011 |
For those of you who can't get enough Tim Tebow, there's now a play-at-home version. Sort of. The Denver quarterback's habit of dropping to a knee and praying, fist on forehead, while Broncos teammates celebrate around him has sparked a sensation called "Tebowing," a term coined by fan Jared Kleinstein. Kleinstein launched a website, Tebowing.com, that encourages people to submit shots of themselves Tebowing in all sorts of situations. There's a fan on a trampoline doing a midair "floating Tebow," another genuflecting at the rim of the Grand Canyon, still another kneeling next to the "can-I-take-your-order" box at a fast-food drive through.
October 26, 2011 |
Five or six times a season this column could be titled: "Now I've heard everything. " Take this week … please. • A junior college is ranked ahead of the last two Rose Bowl champions in one of the six computer rankings systems used in the Bowl Championship Series formula. Arizona Western College of Yuma checks in at No. 30 this week in Ken Massey's computer ranking, ahead of Ohio State (31), Texas Christian (32), Houston (33) and Florida State (34). To be fair, Arizona Western is only No. 88 in the formula Massey submits for BCS use. Asked how a JC could even receive a BCS rating, Massey emailed a connect-the-dots matrix that started with Arizona Western's win against New Mexico Military this month and ended with Arizona defeating UCLA.
October 20, 2011 |
The Times' NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week's matchups. Lines according to Glantz-Culver (O/U = over/under). Last week's record 8-5 (.615); season 63-27 (.700). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 6-6-1 (.500); season 39-46-5 (.459). Denver (1-4) at Miami (0-5) Sunday, 10 a.m. Broncos 23, Dolphins 20 TV: None. DirecTV: 704. Line: Dolphins by 2. O/U: 42. With a bye to prepare, the Broncos will have figured out an offensive package that plays to Tim Tebow's strengths.
October 15, 2011 |
Rob Ryan, defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys, has tried something new heading into Sunday's game at New England: The silent treatment. Ryan, whose comment that Detroit's Calvin Johnson would be the third-best receiver on the Cowboys came back to haunt him, thought it best to keep his opinions to himself on the Patriots' Wes Welker. "I'm afraid to comment on wideouts," Ryan told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram when asked about Welker. "Apparently, I don't know anything.
October 14, 2011 |
Question: I agree that you should never boo a college athlete but people are sometimes pretty ignorant. I was at the game and heard the boos around me and those close by. I asked if they were booing Prince. The answer was 100% no. They were booing the decision to put Prince in the game. We are starving for success at UCLA and want to see if the freshman kid Hundley just might be the answer. Did you ask the people booing if they were indeed booing Prince? Robert Lorenzi Answer: No more than you asked everyone in attendance — although that might be possible at UCLA home games this year.