January 20, 2014 |
For more than three hours Sunday, millions of Americans joyfully cheered a football game whose players are paid to be angry and callous. But then, moments afterward, America was offended when one of those players spewed anger and callousness? The national vilifying of the Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman for his taunting televised postgame remarks Sunday after the Seahawks' 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game cuts to the heart of sports hypocrisy.
January 13, 2014 |
DENVER--Denver's 24-17 divisional playoff victory over San Diego came with a hefty price. The Broncos lost starting left cornerback Chris Harris to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, according to multiple reports. Harris underwent an MRI on Monday and will not play Sunday in the AFC championship against New England, or in the Super Bowl, if the Broncos get that far. On Monday morning, Harris tweeted: "Thanks for the prayers , Gonna work extremely hard and come back a Monster next year . God is on my side.
January 10, 2014 |
Two NFL players violated league protocol on dealing with concussions in last weekend's wild-card playoff games, according to a document obtained by the Associated Press. The document was a letter sent by the chairmen of the NFL's head, neck and spine committee to all team doctors and trainers. In the letter, Drs. Hunt Batjer and Richard Ellenbogen say one player re-entered a game after suffering a possible concussion and another refused to leave the sideline. Although the letter doesn't identify the players, the AP said they were Green Bay tackle David Bakhtiari and New Orleans cornerback Keenan Lewis.
January 6, 2014 |
In a season that featured several miraculous finishes, no Auburn player played a bigger role than Chris Davis. On Nov. 30, the senior cornerback kept a dream season alive by returning an Alabama field-goal attempt 109 yards for a touchdown, a play that will go down as one of the greatest in college football history. Davis was prominent again Monday night in the Bowl Championship Series title game at the Rose Bowl, but there were no miracle finishes for the Tigers. Florida State defeated Auburn, 34-31, the Seminoles taking advantage of a pass interference call against Davis before receiver Kelvin Benjamin caught a game-winning touchdown with Davis draped on him in coverage.
December 30, 2013 |
You won't find senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard's greatness in any analytic study of NCAA statistics. Thirty players have more interceptions than Dennard's four, and he's not listed among the leaders in pass breakups. Three of his Michigan State teammates have more tackles. Yet, Dennard could be the most valuable player of Wednesday's Rose Bowl game against Stanford without having his name called by the public-address announcer. You often measure a cornerback's greatness by the number of cricket chirps you hear on his side of the field.
November 28, 2013 |
Ishmael Adams, the short guy with the don't-try-to-tread-on-me glare at cornerback for the UCLA defense, waits for the inevitable. Against Arizona State last Saturday he didn't wait long. On Arizona State's second possession, quarterback Taylor Kelly lofted a third-down pass to 6-foot-4 Jaelen Strong, who easily outjumped the 5-8 Adams. Only Adams wasn't done. As Strong descended, Adams raked the ball from his arms - and probably took a skin sample as well. "We just sit back there sharpening our swords," Adams said.