January 23, 2006 |
Before considering the potential ramifications of a Seattle-Pittsburgh Super Bowl -- coffee versus ketchup, microbrews versus many brews, Starbucks versus the Star Bus -- let us consider where some key Super Bowl XL participants were a decade ago. Seahawks: For a few minutes in 1995, this team was bound for Anaheim, with then-owner Ken Behring swooping in to capitalize on a city suffering from Ram withdrawal and hoping to leverage a new Seattle stadium out of the flirtation.
September 8, 2006 |
Seven months after winning one for the thumb, the Pittsburgh Steelers won the NFL opener with one big arm tied behind their back. With recuperating quarterback Ben Roethlisberger cheering him on from the sideline -- and Heinz Field shaking from rafters to pilings -- Pittsburgh backup Charlie Batch threw three touchdown passes to power the defending champions to a 28-17 come-from-behind victory over the Miami Dolphins. But Batch didn't do it alone.
September 29, 2008 |
The Baltimore Ravens are 2-0. That's short for two and Ohio. The Ravens, whose two victories have come against the winless Cincinnati Bengals and 1-3 Cleveland Browns, will face their first big test tonight when they play at Pittsburgh with the AFC North lead at stake. It will be the first road game for Ravens rookie quarterback Joe Flacco, and the pressure will be on Baltimore's defense to prove its first two games were no mirage.
January 30, 2009 |
The Cardinals have had a lot of success in the playoffs running trick plays, or even just misdirections. Two that come to mind were long passes from Kurt Warner to Larry Fitzgerald. The first, at Carolina, was a fake pitch that froze the defense, followed by a bomb to Fitzgerald, who outleaped the two defenders sandwiching him and made the catch. Then, in the NFC championship game against Philadelphia, Warner pitched to J.J. Arrington, who threw it back to him.
February 5, 2006 |
STEELER RUN OFFENSE VS. SEAHAWK RUN DEFENSE * The Steelers do a great job of taking what a defense gives them. Pittsburgh throws when the safeties come up and runs when the safeties drop back. Speedy Willie Parker will get most of the carries, but he's more susceptible to fumbles than Jerome Bettis (his turnover at Indianapolis notwithstanding). Bettis will get the ball around the goal line, and/or if Pittsburgh builds a second-half lead and needs to burn the clock.
January 24, 2006 |
Early Monday morning, about 10 hours after the Seattle Seahawks earned the first Super Bowl trip in their 30-year history, the soaring arches above Qwest Field were bathed in blue and green lights. It was the afterglow of the Seahawks' 34-14 victory over Carolina on Sunday, one that will last until at least the Super Bowl -- and maybe much longer.
January 19, 2006 |
The glamour teams are gone, the big cities are out, the stars who wear the best-selling jerseys are home, a player just accused the league of cheating for its favorites and the head office admitted that an official blew a potential game-changing call. Something tells me the NFL likes it this way. Here is its chance to show it still stands atop the sports pedestal. What other league could absorb such hits to its marketability and credibility?
March 1, 1996 |
The San Diego Chargers have said they'd use any means possible to get Miami Dolphin defensive end Marco Coleman. But nobody outside the organization dreamed that included Natrone Means. Means, a 1994 Pro Bowl player who led the San Diego Chargers in rushing for the past two seasons, was released by the club Thursday in a shocking move that helped clear room under the salary cap to add Coleman, who signed a three-year, $9.6-million offer sheet Thursday.