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  • 49ers’ Aldon Smith Arrested At LAX For Belligerence, Alleged Bomb Threat

    04/13/2014 8:12:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    AP) ^ | April 13, 2014 6:19 PM
    The 24-year-old player was randomly selected for a secondary screening at Terminal 1 and became uncooperative with the process, airport police Sgt. Karla Ortiz said. She said he told a TSA agent that he had a bomb before walking to the gate. When airport police officers caught up with him, Ortiz said Smith became uncooperative and was taken into custody.
  • Brandon Spikes On His Time With Patriots: "4 Years A Slave"

    04/09/2014 12:46:42 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 17 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 09 April 2014 | Sid Saraf
    Brandon Spikes has emerged from the cone of silence that normally surrounds the New England Patriots. It appears he has some things to say. The linebacker recently signed a free-agent contract with the Buffalo Bills and, on Wednesday, decided to light a match underneath the Bills-Patriots rivalry.
  • Ban the Redskins? Why stop there?

    04/07/2014 2:56:15 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 13 replies
    Dignitas News ^ | April 2, 2014 | Paul Winters
    In reality this entire hoopla was not sprung up by native Americans, but a VERY small group of "progressives" who apparently split from their comrades who busy themselves protesting the pledge of allegiance, nativity displays and the like. Dignitas News was able to infiltrate a high level meeting of the Progressive PC Police team, as they discussed the ongoing dispute over the Washington Redskins team mascot and branding. The following are excerpts from their strategy meeting: NE Patriots-On top of being potentially anti-British, it harkens to our militaristic past. How about the New England Global Villagers? NY Jets-Commercial air transit...
  • DeSean Jackson signing risky at best

    04/02/2014 6:58:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    ESPN.com ^ | April 2, 2014, 5:56 PM ET | Jeffri Chadiha
    Forget for one minute all the recent questions about DeSean Jackson's life off the field, the most scandalous of which have yet to be substantiated. Let's also not spend much time debating the arrogance that led Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly to believe his offense didn't need its best wide receiver anymore. The most interesting aspect of Jackson's new three-year deal with the Washington Redskins has little to do with those things. Instead, it has everything to do with a franchise that has been largely dysfunctional ever since Daniel Snyder purchased it in 1999. Anybody who thinks Jackson's arrival...
  • NFL Teams To Allow Cheerleaders To Visit Fans In Their Seats During Games

    04/01/2014 11:18:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 78 replies
    CBS Atlanta ^ | March 31, 2013 | Staff
    The National Football Leagues has partnered with an app developer that will allow fans to get an in-seat visit from cheerleaders. Sports Business Journal reports the NFL has teamed up with Experience in an effort to help improve the in-game experience for fans. On top of having cheerleaders visit fans in their seats, the app will allow fans the opportunity to upgrade their seats and also allowing them to be on the field before the game.
  • Harry Reid to Redskins’ owner: He’s throwing a few blankets to the Indians

    03/29/2014 3:34:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | March 28, 2014 | Melissa Quinn
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) weighed in on Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s new foundation to help Native Americans on Thursday and slammed the controversial owner for ‘throwing a few blankets at the Indians’ to get a nice tax break.Reid made the comments about Snyder’s decision to create the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation in an interview with The Washington Post.“Dan Snyder, he’s got a great new deal,” the Senate Majority Leader said. “He’s going to throw a few blankets to the Indians and get a tax deduction for it.”In the late 1700s, Europeans fighting in the French and Indian...
  • Jackson cut by Eagles follows ‘gang’ report; Jets still interested

    03/29/2014 11:47:33 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 42 replies
    NY Post ^ | 03/28/2014 | Brian Costello
    It’s your move, Woody Johnson. The Eagles released star wide receiver DeSean Jackson on Friday, making him a free agent the Jets and their owner may want to grab. Jackson was released shortly after a report revealed the Eagles had concerns about his ties to gang activity in Los Angeles, complicating any decision on the receiver. --SNIP-- But the situation got a lot murkier Friday with the NJ.com report that Jackson was contacted by the LAPD about a 2010 gang-related murder. The police said Jackson was never a suspect, but his ties to Theron Shakir, a purported member of the...
  • Stephen Colbert accused of racist joke, spawns #CancelColbert

    03/28/2014 2:20:04 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    EW ^ | March 27, 2014
    Stephen Colbert outraged online followers Thursday with an offensive-sounding and out-of-context tweet made on his Colbert Report account.
  • Budding controversy between Giants, Padres over garden

    03/26/2014 9:44:55 PM PDT · by blueplum · 2 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | March 26, 2014 Updated 5:59 pm PDT | Matthew T. Hall
    Talk about a growing controversy. Wednesday the San Francisco Giants made San Diego Padres fans forget the Los Angeles Dodgers are the division rival they most want to beet. The Giants tweeted they are the first team in Major League Baseball with an "organic, edible garden." But that's only true if it's 2011 because the Padres are about to enter their third season with one... :snip: The best part about Wednesday's spat? It has a name: #GardenGate.
  • Redskins owner makes name-change announcement

    03/26/2014 5:55:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 60 replies
    daily caller ^ | 3/25/2014 | Sarah Hofmann
    Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder released a statement late Monday night announcing that despite widespread calls for the team to change its name, the name and logo would remain the same. But in lieu of a name change, Snyder has created the “Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation,” with hopes to “provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities for tribal communities.”
  • Quotes: Head Coach Bill O'Brien [Texans, NFL]

    03/25/2014 8:41:23 PM PDT · by FlJoePa
    Houston Texans ^ | 3-25-14 | n/a
    Very long interview with O'Brien that Texans fans will certainly want to read - especially w/ regard to the draft. Hard to read him, but I get the feeling that if they draft Johnny Football, it will be an upper management decision, not a Bill O'Brien decision. I obviously liked a few of his remarks about Penn State as well.
  • Buffalo Bills Owner Ralph Wilson Dies At 95

    03/25/2014 12:22:01 PM PDT · by massmike · 42 replies
    http://nesn.com/ ^ | 03/25/2014 | Doug Kyed
    The NFL announced Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson died Tuesday. He was 95 years old. Wilson was the last of the original AFL owners. He founded the Bills in 1959 for the start of the league. The Bills moved to the NFL when the two leagues merged in 1970. Wilson was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009. The Bills were AFL Champions in 1964 and 1965, and they won the AFC Championship four years straight from 1990 to 1993 under Wilson. He was the longest tenured NFL owner.
  • Redskins owner Snyder to create foundation for Native Americans

    03/25/2014 1:26:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | 3/25/2014 | Bob Niedt
    Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has faced  intense criticism that the name of his National Football League team is insensitive to Native Americans. He is now responding. In a letter published on the Washington Redskins' website, Snyder pledged Monday he would create a foundation aimed at helping Native Americans.Since last season, debate has surrounded the Redskins name; Oneida Indian Nation officials call the name offensive and a racial slur. Several publications have stopped using the word "Redskins" and even President Obama has chimed in on what he would do if he were Snyder.In a letter addressed to the Redskins Nation Monday, Snyder said he has traveled...
  • Bucs' WR Vincent Jackson buys 400 tickets to Lightning game for troops

    03/25/2014 8:16:15 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 2 replies
    Sporting News ^ | 3/25/24 | Kami Mattioli
    Bucs' wide receiver Vincent Jackson is a well-known supporter of deployed troops and military families, particularly through his "Jackson in Action 83" Foundation. He extended that charitable reach even further on Monday night by inviting 400 military members and their families to the Tampa Bay Lightning game on his dime. Jackson, who was acting as the Bolts' "Social Captain" of the evening, purchased 400 tickets and donated them all to military members for the second year in a row. Supporting the troops is a mission dear to Jackson's heart as both of his parents served in the Armed Forces.
  • Jim Kelly needs surgery for aggressive, spreading cancer

    03/25/2014 6:18:49 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    NBC Sports ^ | March 25, 2014 | Michael David Smith
    Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is preparing for another surgery related to his oral cancer. ... On her personal website, Kelly’s wife wrote that “the cancer’s back, aggressive, and starting to spread.”
  • Cuban: NFL issues go beyond TV

    03/25/2014 4:55:23 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 32 replies
    ESPN ^ | March 25, 2014 | Tim MacMahon
    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban elaborated on his controversial opinion that the NFL "is 10 years away from an implosion" in a 1,585-word Facebook post published Monday night, upping the ante to include player safety and behavioral issues as additional threats to pro football's future. Cuban's comments about the NFL on Sunday night focused on what he perceives as "greed" by the country's most popular sports league. He contended that the oversaturation of the NFL's expanding television package would eventually turn off fans. That subject was the third of five points in Cuban's Facebook post to explain his prediction for...
  • Hundreds attend Michael Sam's first public autograph signing [NFL All In On Sodomy]

    03/24/2014 2:59:23 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    nfl.com ^ | 3/23/14 | Dan Paar
    After drawing mostly positive reviews for his pro-day performance, Michael Sam capped off the week with his first public autograph signing, which apparently was another success for the former Missouri defensive end. More than 300 people showed up Saturday, according to ESPN.com, for an autograph from Sam, the first openly gay NFL draft prospect. Sam more than doubled the business his draft-eligible former teammates did at the same location -- a mall about 100 miles east of Missouri's campus -- earlier this month, Ryan Houston, president of the St. Louis Card Company shop that hosted the mall signing, told ESPN....
  • Jets sign Vick and release Sanchez

    03/21/2014 4:20:43 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 41 replies
    The New York Jets signed quarterback Michael Vick and released Mark Sanchez on Friday. Related Stories Report: Vick to meet with Jets The SportsXchange Michael Vick visiting the Jets, could shake up their QB situation SB Nation AP sources: Vick, Eagles haven't ruled out return The Associated Press Source: Michael Vick to visit Jets this weekend National Football Post Decision day coming for Jets on Sanchez ProFootball Talk on NBC Sportsa Vick was a free agent after spending the last five seasons with the Phialdelphia Eagles. He will be reunited with Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who helped the quarterback...
  • Will NFL's Super Bowl bullying be too much for our lawmakers?

    03/19/2014 7:03:08 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-18-14 | Joe Soucheray
    The National Football League sent six of its lieutenants to Minneapolis the other day to advertise what essentially is a take-it-or-leave-it offer. Either you people give us the tax breaks we want so that we might not be fettered by the reasonable expectations of doing business or you don't get a Super Bowl. Capiche? "It's an incredibly competitive environment,'' said Frank Supovitz, NFL senior vice president of events. If Supovitz wasn't wearing a tie, he would have said, "Look, we've got other cities that will do what we want, so you either play by our rules or you can stuff...
  • Colts: Jim Irsay voluntarily checks into rehab

    03/18/2014 8:19:43 PM PDT · by digger48 · 37 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | Mar 18, 2014 | Chris Proffitt
    INDIANAPOLIS - Colts owner Jim Irsay voluntarily checked into a health care treatment center after he was arrested in Carmel on DWI charges linked to prescription pills. (snip) When police stopped Irsay late Sunday, they found several prescription drugs in pill bottles in his car and he was preliminarily charged with driving under the influence and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. Police said the drugs found in Irsay's car weren't associated with the prescription bottles found inside.
  • Colts owner Jim Irsay charged with DWI, four felony counts of possession

    03/17/2014 3:58:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 42 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Jay Busbee
    Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay faces a preliminary misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance after being arrested Sunday night. According to Hamilton County (Ind.) police, Irsay was arrested in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel at about 3 a.m. ET. Irsay was observed stopping in the middle of the road and failed to signal when pulling over. "During the course of the investigation, Irsay subsequently failed several roadside field sobriety tests," police said in a statement. Several Schedule IV bottles of prescription medication were found in Irsay's car. "Multiple prescription drugs...
  • 49ers Football Coach Jim Harbaugh in Push-Up Contest With Walrus

    03/17/2014 2:52:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Mar 17, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez
    Who could win in a push-up contest: San Francisco 49ers football coach Jim Harbaugh or a walrus? Well, you'll just have to determine the push-up champ yourself by watching a video Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo sent out Sunday showing just that: The coach versus the pinniped. In an impromptu workout session, a 17-second video shows the 215-pound Harbaugh and the 1,750-pound Siku bending elbows – and flippers – while pressing and flexing their pecs. By Monday afternoon, the video had been seen more than 12,000 times, four times as many as in the morning. Harbaugh was wearing not...
  • NFL decides off-duty police a danger at games; on-duty not so much

    03/13/2014 10:57:59 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/13/2014 | Doug Book
    It’s been just over a year since 26, Gun Free Zone-inspired murders were committed in Newtown, Connecticut. And just over a year since gun control zealots demonstrated the consequences of preventing the law-abiding from defending the defenseless. And now the National Football League has decided that the left’s scheme of disarming the good guys worked SO well at Sandy Hook, the League will ban off-duty police carrying arms at NFL games. Only official stadium security personnel and ON-duty police officers will be armed during the games. “We trust these law-enforcement officers when they are on-duty, but somehow we can’t trust...
  • [Bullied NFL Player] Jonathan Martin Traded To 49ers For Conditional Pick

    03/11/2014 10:11:02 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 11 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 11 March 2014 | Ross Jones
    Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin - at the center of one of the NFL's biggest controversies this past season - is heading back to the Bay Area after the Dolphins traded him to the 49ers for a conditional pick Tuesday night.
  • Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford dies at 88

    03/09/2014 9:43:15 AM PDT · by Michigan Bowhunter · 35 replies
    foxnews/ap ^ | March 09, 2014 | Staff
  • Is Devin Hester a NFL Hall Of Famer?

    03/06/2014 4:36:47 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 28 replies
    Devin Hester is the greatest return man in the history of the NFL. Can he be the first return man ever elected into the NFL Hall Of Fame? Here's a YouTube video of all 19 Touchdowns he scored in his eight years with the Chicago Bears. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCA8ckdImeo
  • Redskins Quarterback Says He Would Try to Help Potential Gay Teammate Find Jesus

    03/06/2014 8:13:55 AM PST · by BeadCounter · 55 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | March 6, 2014 | Morgan Lee , Christian Post Reporter
    Washington Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins told NorthPointe High School in Grand Rapids last Friday that if he ever had an openly gay teammate, he would welcome him on the team and try to help him find Christ. ... "Now, there are a lot of teammates in my locker room right now who may not have a homosexual lifestyle, but they have sins, too. They're not perfect. So I don't say they can't help us win. Nobody's perfect," he said. "To that degree, we'd welcome him into our locker room and say come help us win, and hopefully I can...
  • NFL draft: Teams are willing to wait longer to pick running backs

    03/06/2014 6:33:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 4 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | March 5, 2014 | Eric Edholm
    Trent Richardson has become the cautionary tale for NFL teams using first-round picks on running backs. The days of the first-round running back aren't dead, but 2014 could be the second straight year no backs are selected in Round 1 after at least one had been taken in the first round in the previous 50 years. It's not that the running game is dead in the NFL, as some would have you believe. The Seattle Seahawks' offense was fueled by the run, as was that of the San Francisco 49ers. Successful teams such as the Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots,...
  • Missouri's Michael Sam declines White House dinner invite

    03/05/2014 7:24:02 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 44 replies
    nfl.com ^ | 3/4/14 | Chase Goodbread (yeah, right)
    The White House put Michael Sam's decision not to be, at least early in his NFL career, perceived as an activist for gay rights to the test, and the former Missouri defensive end passed it. Sam, the NFL's first openly gay draft prospect, declined an invitation to the 2014 White House Correspondents' Dinner, according to his publicist, Howard Bragman.
  • Richard Sherman Says NFL’s Proposed N-Word Ban ‘Almost Racist’

    03/04/2014 5:04:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Newsone ^ | Mar 4, 2014 | D.L. Chandler
    St. Louis Rams at Seattle SeahawksThe NFL Competition Committee has been engaged in talks since last Friday, discussing a variety of issues important to the league. One such matter is the proposed 15-yard penalty on players using the “N-word” on the field. Seattle Seahawks player Richard Sherman (pictured) is against the ban of the word, calling the potential rule “almost racist” in an interview. According to Sports Illustrated’s MMBQ, there remains a chance that the N-word ban may not go into effect but there could be a higher focus on language during games by officials. As it stands, the committee...
  • Former Oklahoma and Cowboys coach Barry Switzer: ‘I’d never recruit a white quarterback’

    03/02/2014 5:45:00 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 62 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2014 | JOHN HEALY
    Former Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer has been a pretty harsh critic of Texas A&M quarterback and possible No. 1 draft pick Johnny Manziel. On Thursday, Switzer took that criticism to a new level. In an interview with WNSR Sports Radio in Nashville, Switzer was asked if he were an NFL coach, would he draft Manziel? Switzer begins by saying he “loves his ability, Johnny can play,” but out of nowhere Switzer brings race into the equation. "I've always said I'd never recruit a white quarterback,” Switzer said. “The only way I'd ever recruit a white quarterback to...
  • Agitate to collectivize the NFL!

    03/01/2014 8:12:58 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 2-27-14 | Kommissar Brainiac
    Now that the big game is over it is time to rethink professional football. Many young progs are running around claiming “team ownership”, touting that it is “their” team is the best. The ugly truth is that the teams are owned by some bourgeois one percenter and they owe you, the fans, nothing. They are exploiting you and getting rich as a result. Football is a business and you have been tricked into buying branded items to advertise for them with no compensation! Stop being exploited! The last big game also showed disparity in awarding points. Denver worked so hard...
  • Now former coach Barry Switzer says he'd 'never recruit a white quarterback'

    02/28/2014 6:47:07 AM PST · by detective · 51 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 2/27/2014 | Sam Gardner
    Just a day after raising eyebrows by calling Johnny Manziel an "arrogant little prick" on a St. Louis radio station, Barry Switzer is back in the headlines, this time for saying he would never recruit a white quarterback. The former Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys coach made the comment during an interview on WNSR in Nashville on Thursday as part of a response to a question about whether he would want Manziel in his backfield. Specifically, the question was, "If you are a coach in the NFL at this point in time — we know your opinion on Johnny and his...
  • Report: NFL Explored Options to Relocate Super Bowl if AZ Gov. Didn't Veto 'Religious Freedom' Bill

    02/27/2014 9:50:25 PM PST · by This Just In · 70 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | February 27, 2014 | Breitbart Sports
    Hours before Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the controversial "religious freedom" bill on Wednesday that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to individuals, including gays and lesbians, based on religious grounds, the NFL started exploring options to potentially move the 2015 Super Bowl from Arizona if Brewer signed the law.
  • NFL playoff field could expand to 14 teams as early as 2015, per report

    02/27/2014 12:15:25 PM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Fenruary 27, 2014 | Mark Maske
    There is growing support within the league for expanding the NFL playoff field by two teams, likely beginning in the 2015 season, and the chances are increasing that the franchise owners will consider and potentially vote on such a proposal when they meet next month, according to several people familiar with the deliberations on the issue. “I think there’s a lot of momentum for it,” one of those people said. “I don’t know for sure if the votes are there yet [among the owners] or not. But there is momentum. A lot of people seem in favor of it.”
  • Roy Simmons, ex-NY Giant who came out as gay and HIV positive, dies at 57

    02/25/2014 12:26:42 PM PST · by massmike · 55 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 02/25/2014 | Michael O'Keeffe
    Roy Simmons, the fun-loving Giants offensive lineman who later became the second former player in NFL history to come out as gay, died in his New York home last week at 57. Simmons, the only player in NFL history to acknowledge that he was HIV positive, was known as "Sugar Bear" because of his big smile and sweet personality. But the former Giants offensive lineman was also tortured by his sexuality and struggled for years with substance abuse. When his NFL career ended, he was a homeless prostitute in San Francisco for a time, earning $15 a trick. Simmons told...
  • NFL could pull Super Bowl if Arizona religious rights bill passes

    02/25/2014 4:49:47 PM PST · by yoe · 65 replies
    The Examiner ^ | February 25, 2014 | Ashe Schow
    Call it what you want -- anti-gay or religious rights -- but if Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs a controversial bill, you might not be calling Arizona the home of the 2015 Super Bowl. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, S.B. 1062, is the current controversy du jour out of Arizona, and the National Football League is with the opposition. “Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other improper standard,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told USA Today. “We are following the issue in Arizona and will continue to do...
  • NFL could pull Super Bowl if Arizona religious rights bill passes

    02/25/2014 12:06:32 PM PST · by C19fan · 69 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 25, 2014 | Ashe Schow
    Call it what you want -- anti-gay or religious rights -- but if Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs a controversial bill, you might not be calling Arizona the home of the 2015 Super Bowl. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, S.B. 1062, is the current controversy du jour out of Arizona, and the National Football League is with the opposition. “Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other improper standard,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told USA Today. “We are following the issue in Arizona and will continue to do...
  • Muema Leaves Combine, Cites Religion

    02/25/2014 11:20:41 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    San Diego Union-Telegraph ^ | FEB. 23, 2014 | Michael Gehlken
    Former San Diego State running back Adam Muema left the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday without working out, citing religious reasons. Running backs competed in afternoon drills at Lucas Oil Stadium. Muema, the fourth leading rusher in Aztecs history, did not participate. He said he was "following God," who told him if he missed workouts, he'd play for the Seattle Seahawks. Playing for Seattle is his "dream," Muema said. NFL teams are aware of the decision. "Can't go wrong with God," Muema said. Muema spoke Sunday in a phone interview from the Indianapolis International Airport. He was set to return...
  • Michael Sam unimpressive at NFL Scouting Combine, struggles in 40-yard dash and weight room

    02/25/2014 5:34:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 72 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | February 25, 2014 | Ebenezer Samuel
    Michael Sam — who is hoping to become the first openly gay player in NFL history — made a good impression during his media press conference on Saturday. But on on the field Monday he couldn't do the same thing. Sam needed to show he has more athleticism, but the suddenly scrutinized Missouri defensive end struggled to do that.
  • Michael Sam: Combine Results and Instant Reaction

    02/25/2014 3:49:32 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 32 replies
    bleacherreport.com ^ | 2/25/14 | Tyler Conway
    NFL teams have met Michael Sam, the person. They unsurprisingly came away with glowing reviews. But when it comes to Michael Sam, the football player, workouts at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine proved why some teams have concerns about his acclimation to playing on Sundays. Sam's drill performances and athletic times were a mixed bag, as the former Missouri standout finished about average among defensive ends. While that's to be expected for a mid-round prospect like Sam—especially given the immense spotlight he's been under since announcing that he is gay—the reaction from NFL teams will be interesting to watch.
  • Washington Lobbyist Jack Burkman Wants To Ban Gay NFL Players

    02/24/2014 6:40:07 PM PST · by massmike · 51 replies
    http://nesn.com/ ^ | 02/24/2014 | Trevor Cullen
    Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman said that he is drafting legislation that would ban gay athletes from playing in the NFL if approved. “We are losing our decency as a nation,” Burkman said in a statement, according to Rebecca Shabad of thehill.com. “Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man. That’s a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country. What in the world has this nation come to?” His legislation was spurred by the coming out of Michael Sam, who, if drafted, will become the first openly gay man in the NFL. While he claimed to have...
  • NFL Proposes N-Word Penalty

    02/24/2014 1:21:26 PM PST · by servo1969 · 37 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 2-24-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Have you heard about this? The NFL wants to penalize the use of the N-word -- 15 yards -- when used by the players on the field during the game. It'll be a 15-yard penalty for use of the N-word in a league populated by 75% African-Americans. Seventy-five percent of the players are African-American. Therefore, 75% statistically of the use of the word would be by black players. Fifteen-yard penalty. Now, there's a bunch of ways of looking at that. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Anyway, the N-word. The NFL wants to now police the speech that occurs by players on...
  • In the end, Michael Sam's legacy will be decided on the field [Yes, that is a real headline]

    02/24/2014 9:35:26 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 47 replies
    Q City Metro ^ | 2/24/14 | Dante Oliver
    ....While Sam is a really good player -- not a great one -- the NFL is promoting him as one of the biggest spectacles at the combine.... The NFL is promoting it that way because a lot of people are interested in seeing Sam’s workout.
  • Michael Sam tweets his support for Jason Collins, who signs with Nets

    02/24/2014 5:00:14 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    nj.com ^ | 2/23/14
    The Brooklyn Nets' signing of free-agent center Jason Collins -- the first openly gay NBA player -- on Sunday came two weeks after University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam announced he is gay. While Sam won't make his official NFL debut until the fall, Collins, 35, will be in uniform for the Nets immediately. On Sunday, as Collins was on the verge of signing, Sam tweeted his support....
  • The NFL Might Ban the Use of the N-Word on the Field

    02/23/2014 11:39:07 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 2/23 | Delia Paunescu
    The NFL's competition committee is expected to enact a rule at their March owners meeting that would penalize players fifteen yards if they use the n-word on the field. John Wooten, the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors diversity in the league, told ESPN that he thinks the automatic fifteen-yard penalty should apply to first-time offenders, while second infractions should be punished with ejection. "I will be totally shocked if the competition committee does not uphold us on what we're trying to do," Wooten said. "We want this word to be policed from the parking lot to the...
  • NFL to penalize use of racial slur

    02/22/2014 1:38:57 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 63 replies
    espn ^ | 2/22/14
    The head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors diversity in the NFL, expects the league to institute a rule where players would be penalized 15 yards for using the N-word on the field. John Wooten, the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, anticipates that the NFL's competition committee will enact the rule at the owners' meeting next month. "We did talk about it, I'm sure that you saw near the end of the year that Fritz Pollard (Alliance) came out very strong with the message that the league needs to do something about the language on the field," said...
  • NFL could introduce 15-yard penalty for racial slur: Report

    02/22/2014 6:46:11 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 157 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Feb. 21, 2014 | QMI AGENCY
    The NFL could be set for a radical rule change. The new penalty, which will be automatic 15-yards if a player uses the N-word, is set to be introduced during the league’s owner’s meetings in March, according to a CBS Sports report. John Wooten, who heads up the Fritz Pollard Alliance which pays attention to diversity in the NFL, says he expects the NFL’s competition committee to suggest creating a rule penalizing players who use the N-word. The rule would also include the potential for players to get ejected from the game, if they use the word a second time....
  • Joe Greene feted by Fritz Pollard Alliance

    02/22/2014 7:05:34 AM PST · by mac_truck · 10 replies
    Steelers Digest ^ | 2/22/2014 | Bob Labriola
    Joe Greene has received a lot of honors during his professional career, but being honored by the Fritz Pollard Alliance was special to him because of who Fritz Pollard was. Frederick Douglas “Fritz” Pollard was the first African-American to play in the Rose Bowl (1916) and the second to be named All-America in college football. In 1920, Pollard signed with the Akron Pros and led the team to the American Professional Football Association championship. In 1921, he was named Akron’s coach, and so when the APFA was re-named the National Football League in 1922, Pollard became the NFL’s first African-American...
  • Minn. Police Tackle NFL's Gun Policy

    02/20/2014 11:23:55 AM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 19, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    Officers Dispute League's Rule that Off-Duty Cops Can't Bring Conceal Weapons to StadiumAs the Minnesota Vikings get ready to leave the Metrodome for a yet-to-be-built stadium, local police are suing the National Football League over a policy that prevents off-duty cops from carrying their weapons into stadiums. On Tuesday, the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association (MPPOA) and Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis (POFM) filed a suit challenging the NFL’s recently enacted policy against concealed weapons in league stadiums and facilities. Only security staffers specifically designated to provide security for league events are authorized to bear arms on NFL-affiliate property....