March 14, 2012 |
Calvin Johnson has lived up to his larger-than-life nickname on the field. Now he's being rewarded with the biggest contract in NFL history. The wide receiver known as Megatron has signed a new eight-year contract worth $132 million, including $60 million guaranteed, to remain with the Detroit Lions through the 2019 season. The former No. 2 overall draft pick was entering the final year of the six-year deal he signed with Detroit as a rookie in 2007. Under the former deal, Johnson's contract would have cost the team more than $20 million against their salary cap. "They were happy to get this thing done with, and I was happy as well,” Johnson said.
October 27, 2012 |
Forbes surveyed NFL fans and this week published lists of the league's most and least popular players, mostly just water-cooler fodder. But it was interesting to note that Tim Tebow wasn't on either of them. That's because Tebow has become irrelevant with the New York Jets, despite all that talk and conjecture this summer about how Rex Ryan and Tony Sparano might use him. In the last two games, Tebow has been on the field for 11 offensive snaps. Clearly, the Jets can't figure out what to do with him. And that figures to continue, as starting quarterback Mark Sanchez is playing pretty well.
May 20, 2013 |
Calvin Johnson isn't making any excuses for a 2012 season in which he scored his lowest number of touchdowns in three years or tied for the second-most dropped passes in the NFL. Not that the Detroit Lions star has to anyway -- setting the all-time league record for receiving yards in a season (1,964) kind of makes up for the rest of that stuff. But if he wanted to make an excuse, he'd have a pretty good one, because he apparently played last season with more than one broken finger.
September 15, 2013 |
In her eight decades in show business, June Foray has performed countless voices for film, TV, radio and toys. She's performed such iconic cartoon characters as Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Jokey Smurf and the cackling Witch Hazel for both Disney and Warner Bros., so it's not surprising that the 95-year-old voice actress will be honored with a Governors Award by the Television Academy Arts and Sciences at the Creative Arts Emmys this year. But what is surprising is that Foray won her very first Daytime Emmy just last year for voicing yet another witch on "The Garfield Show," making her not only a legend, but still a very active performer.
December 12, 2008 |
There might not be an NFL team that plays locally, but let's face it, thousands of us have fantasy league rosters that we draft and manage. Each week, Times NFL writer Sam Farmer will offer a few tips to the wise: Play him Bench him *--* Peyton Manning QB, Indianapolis No surprise here: The Lions have a lousy secondary with only four interceptions -- one fewer than the NFL record low for a season.
November 25, 2001 |
Between bands at the downtown nightclub the Smell, eight women in red-and-white shirts and pleated plaid miniskirts stand facing the audience of rock fans. Instead of microphones, they carry pom-poms, and rather than sing, they cheer: "Rule your bodies, C'mon, get riled! If you can't trust us with a choice How can you trust us with a child? It's pro choice Or no choice We must stand and unite And fight, fight, fight!" Angry rejects from Laker Girl tryouts? No, they're L.A.'