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.
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.'
December 22, 2012 |
Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson needed 181 receiving yards in the team's final two games to break Jerry Rice's single-season record of 1,848 yards set in 1995. Johnson didn't feel like waiting until next week. The sixth-year player out of Georgia Tech racked up 117 yards receiving on six catches in the first half of Saturday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, and surpassed the record in the fourth quarter with his 10th catch of the game for 204 yards, 21 more than he needed to break the record.
March 28, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Monday. Amy Adams will play Lois Lane in Zack Snyder's "Superman" movie. ( Los Angeles Times ) In other Zack Snyder news: Fanboys flocked to "Sucker Punch" this weekend. Everyone else stayed far, far away. ( Los Angeles Times ) Hip-hop radio host DJ Megatron was shot dead near his home Sunday morning, according to police. ( Huffington Post ) Simon Cowell's "X Factor" auditions swing through L.A. -- finally, a creative outlet for Angelenos!