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  • Teammate defends Michael Sam after ESPN's 'shower' report

    08/27/2014 5:44:49 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 14 replies
    ESPN/Yahoo Sports ^ | 8/26/14 | Jay Busbee
    Before Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, ever set foot on an NFL football field, doubters had claimed that he would be a distraction to his team and shunned by his teammates. However, in the first media flare-up regarding Sam's orientation, he has received the definitive support of one of the strongest voices in his locker room. The precipitating incident was an ESPN report on how Sam, no sure thing to make the Rams' roster, was adjusting to life with his new teammates. And after some initial cliches, the report took a sharp turn, focusing for almost a...
  • Richie Incognito Visiting With Buccaneers On Monday

    08/25/2014 11:32:25 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 22 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 25 August 2014 | Jay Glazer
    Former Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito's exile from football could soon be over...This marks the first time Incognito will be in an NFL complex since being suspended by the Dolphins last year, as he was the center of Jonathan Martin bullying scandal.
  • First Openly Gay NFL Draftee Michael Sam May Not Make the Team

    08/25/2014 7:50:02 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 92 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 8/25/14 | Adam Chandler
    Michael Sam, who became the first openly gay football player to be drafted by an NFL team, has made waves in just three preseason games. But on a surprisingly deep St. Louis roster, Sam's spot is hardly guaranteed. "He’s no different than any other late-round pick or college free agent that we have. He’s just trying to make this team,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said in his office the other day. “We have a reality that we can only keep so many players at that position. Is he better than that fourth or fifth defensive end? Right now, I can’t...
  • Michael Sam mocks Johnny Manziel

    08/24/2014 5:12:12 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 54 replies
    ESPN ^ | 8/24/14
    A pair of high-profile NFL rookies crossed paths Saturday night -- a meeting highlighted by Michael Sam mimicking Johnny Manziel. Sam, the first openly gay active player in NFL history, mocked Manziel's "money sign" after sacking the Heisman Trophy winner in the fourth quarter of the St. Louis Rams' preseason victory over the Cleveland Browns.
  • Keith Olbermann Calls on ESPN to Ban 'Redskins'

    08/24/2014 5:21:01 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 60 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | August 24, 2014 | Breitbart News
    On his Friday program, Keith Olbermann called on ESPN to "officially" ban the use of "Redskins." Citing Greg Gumbel, Tom Jackson, Peter King, Phil Simms, Mike Caray, Tony Dungy and others who have expressed concerns about using the team's name, Olbermann said that ESPN is the "conduit of sports" in the country while also being "loathe to be the news." Olbermann said that list of the words he and his colleagues cannot say on the air is "justifiably long" and "way less offensive than the name of the Washington team." He said he personally felt that "it is time for...
  • For Michael Sam, a victory even if cut from St. Louis Rams roster

    08/22/2014 1:58:56 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/21/14 | Mark Maske
    ......Sam is far from a lock to start the season as one of the 53 names on the Rams’ active roster. His attempt to survive cut-down day is further complicated by the Rams’ talent-rich corps of defensive linemen, led by Robert Quinn and Chris Long. But while he may fall short of securing a roster spot when rosters are trimmed for the final time Aug. 30, from a certain perspective, Sam may have already succeeded. By turning a media frenzy into business-as-usual, by fixing the preseason narrative solely on Michael Sam the football player, both Sam and the Rams have...
  • Washington Post editorials will no longer use ‘Redskins’ for the local NFL team

    08/22/2014 1:22:31 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 73 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 22, 2014 | Editorial Board
    THIS PAGE has for many years urged the local football team to change its name. The term “Redskins,” we wrote in 1992, “is really pretty offensive.” The team owner then, Jack Kent Cooke, disagreed, and the owner now, Daniel M. Snyder, disagrees, too. But the matter seems clearer to us now than ever, and while we wait for the National Football League to catch up with thoughtful opinion and common decency, we have decided that, except when it is essential for clarity or effect, we will no longer use the slur ourselves. That’s the standard we apply to all offensive...
  • 'Washington Post' editorial board stops using Redskins name

    08/22/2014 12:26:36 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | August 22, 2014 | Will Brinson
    More and more we're hearing about various members of the media ceasing to use the name "Redskins." In perhaps the biggest deal yet, the Washington Post announced Friday the editorial board would cease using the team's nickname. "While we wait for the NFL to catch up with public opinion and common decency we have decided not to use the slur ourselves except when it is essential for clarity or effect," said a statement on the paper's own site. Worth noting: this doesn't affect the actual paper. The news-gathering side of the business can -- and will as we understand it...
  • NFL Redskins show Ferguson support ("Hands up, don't shoot")

    08/20/2014 10:30:16 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 43 replies
    ESPN ^ | Aug. 20, 2014
    LANDOVER, Md. -- The "Hands up, don't shoot" protest has made its way to the NFL. The Washington Redskins secondary emerged from the stadium tunnel during pregame introductions Monday night with hands raised and palms forward. It was a show of solidarity with the people in Ferguson, Missouri, who are protesting the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Eleven players took part as the team was preparing to face the Cleveland Browns. Safety Ryan Clark said Brown "could have been any one of us. That could have been any one of our brothers, our cousins. ... When you get an opportunity...
  • Will ESPN Suspend Mike Ditka?

    08/21/2014 5:35:02 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 21 replies
    ESPN has a nasty habit of suspending people who they hire to share opinions. Stephen A. Smith was recently suspended for daring to suggest a woman shouldn’t antagonize her violent husband. You would think this is common sense. If a woman knows her man is violent and knows what will trigger him, it’s probably not a good idea to antagonize him. That doesn’t let husband off the hook of course and Smith so much as said so. Max Kellerman admitted on the air he hit his girlfriend years ago (it was in context of the NFL’s Ray Rice suspension, which...
  • Ex-NFL referee refused to work Redskins games because of team name

    08/20/2014 10:37:17 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 20, 2014 | Chuck Schilken
    Earlier Wednesday Mike Ditka made the news with his brash comments in favor of the Washington Redskins keeping their controversial nickname.. Now it's time to meet his polar opposite, at least as far as this issue is concerned. Mike Carey, a recently hired rules analyst for CBS Sports, spent 19 seasons as an NFL referee but did not officiate a Redskins game for nearly all of the last eight years of his career. That was by request — because he disapproves of their name.
  • The Liberal Pigskins!

    08/20/2014 6:29:15 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 6 replies
    Self | 8/20/14 | Me
    In the latest chapter of political correctness versus the sporting world of common sense, which is overwhelmingly behind owner Dan Snyder, leftists have now recruited some game announcers to refrain from saying “Redskins” during broadcasts. Why you ask? It’s all about a political agenda, a victimization platform, designed to grossly misrepresent the intent and history behind one the most recognizable teams in NFL history. If you recently fell off the turnip truck and landed in Nancy Pelosi’s garden for the not so gifted, the term ‘Redskins’ was obviously chosen to cheer a professional football team onto victory by conveying the...
  • Two influential TV announcers say they won't use 'Redskins' name on NFL telecasts

    08/19/2014 4:03:14 PM PDT · by mykroar · 80 replies
    WJLA ^ | 8/19/2014 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Two influential NFL voices - including CBS lead analyst Phil Simms, who will handle Washington's Week 4 game - said Monday they likely won't use the term "Redskins" when discussing the franchise. "My very first thought is it will be Washington the whole game," Simms told The Associated Press on Monday. Simms will work the Thursday night package the network acquired this season and will have Giants-Redskins on Sept. 25. He isn't taking sides in the debate over whether Washington's nickname is offensive or racist. But he says he is sensitive to the complaints about the name,...
  • WATCH: Washington Redskins take field with hands up in support of Michael Brown, Ferguson protesters

    08/19/2014 2:26:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | August 19, 2014 | Philip Caulfield
    The Redskins' defensive backs took the field against the Cleveland Browns with their hands raised — a nod to the 'Hands up, don't shoot' pose that has become a symbol of solidarity among protesters in Ferguson, Mo. Washington Redskins players showed support for slain Missouri teen Michael Brown on Monday night by running on to the field with their hands up during the team's introductions. Safety Brandon Meriweather led the team's defensive backs through a tunnel and onto FedEx Field with their hands raised, a nod to the "Hands up, don't shoot" pose that has become a rallying cry for...
  • Johnny Manziel gives middle finger toward Redskins (No WAY!!!)

    08/19/2014 9:55:44 AM PDT · by Bender2 · 62 replies
    http://www.nfl.com/ ^ | 18 Aug 14 | Chris Wesseling
    Johnny Manziel gives middle finger toward Redskins By Chris WesselingAround the League Writer Johnny Manziel's most effective throw of the night was the middle finger in the direction of the Washington Redskins sideline. The Cleveland Browns' rookie quarterback took an earful from Redskins players when he was forced out of bounds in the third quarter. As Manziel jogged away, he responded by casually flipping the bird with his right hand.
  • This Black Former NFL Star Has a Plan to Take Down Obama

    08/19/2014 7:30:07 AM PDT · by mgist · 18 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | 8/16/14 | Na
    This Black Former NFL Star Has a Plan to Take Down Obama August 16, 2014 Although President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder like to paint disagreement with this president’s positions and policies as racist, increasing opposition to the president’s agenda from blacks calls those claims into serious question. Talk show host Larry Elder has argued that Obama’s withdrawal of American military forces from Iraq was premature and not well thought out. Reverend Billy Owens called Obama “the most immoral president we’ve ever had.” And Georgia Congressman David Scott, a Democrat, has said that he has been “very disappointed”...
  • Fans unapologetically sing ‘Hail to the Redskins’ during pre-season game

    08/19/2014 2:32:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    twitchy ^ | 8/19/14
    Phil Simms may have self censored himself from saying the name “Redskins” but fans show no signs of abandoning the name.Link to song:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPVfFzbRuc4&feature=youtu.be
  • Off-duty officers may bring guns to Vikings games

    08/14/2014 7:34:35 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    KARE ^ | 8-14-14 | ap
    <p>MINNEAPOLIS - A court has struck down an NFL policy preventing off-duty Minnesota police officers from bringing their guns to Vikings games.</p>
  • Maine Governor to "Boycott NFL" Following Weak Punishment of Ray Rice

    08/09/2014 1:20:21 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 44 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Christine Rousselle
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage is not thrilled with the way the NFL has handled the suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, and said today on a radio show that he intends on boycotting the NFL and will be sending NFL Commissioner Roger Gooddell a letter criticizing the relatively light punishment Rice received for beating his fiancé unconscious. "They care so little about our women and our children that they’re going to hire these barbarians who go and hit their wives and their kids and they’re gonna get a slap on the hand? And some guy got a year...
  • U of Minnesota to Vikings: Don’t let visiting Redskins display their name or logo

    08/09/2014 1:43:14 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 69 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/09/14 | Dan Calabrese
    You know, being a fan of the Minnesota Vikings is difficult enough just based on what happens on the field. We’re 0-4 in Super Bowls. We’ve got to deal with the stomach-curdling memories of the 1999 NFC Championship Game, not to mention 41-doughnut in the same game two years later, and the bounty-hunting Saints putting out a contract on Brett Favre in 2010. But on a cultural level . . . hey, what the heck did we do? We were just sitting here minding our own business. First we got stuck with a petulant, attention-mongering punter who couldn’t and can’t...
  • Pat Sajak is Offended by a Pro Sports Team Name and it’s Not the Redskins

    08/08/2014 7:10:29 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 61 replies
    http://www.tpnn.com/2014 ^ | August 8, 2014 | Matthew Burke
    TV game show host Pat Sajak of Wheel of Fortune fame weighed in on the Democrat Party’s obsession with the Washington “Redskins” team name suddently being racist after decades of not being offensive. Thursday on Twitter, Sajak mocked the left’s faux outrage, perhaps even taking a stab at Democrat Senator Harry Reid, by tweeting that he was offended by the NHL team the Ottawa Senators. Sajak wrote on his Twitter account, “A nation’s capital should not have a team with such an offensive nickname. Please NHL, no more Ottawa Senators.” On July 30, Sajak took a shot at Obama Secretary...
  • Former NFL Pro Explains Why He’s a Republican: Democrats Are Destroying Black Communities

    08/08/2014 5:10:00 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 8-8-14 | Michael Hausam
    Garry Cobb played football for USC and then for 11 years with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is now running for New Jersey’s 1st District seat as a Republican, and his explanation of why he is no longer a Democrat is very compelling. Explaining that he kind of discovered that he was Republican due to his upbringing, he said that the massively negative effects of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty had the most impact: This was an incentive for the man to leave the home and it’s destroyed African-American families throughout the country. I didn’t realize it but as I started...
  • Michael Sam makes NFL debut

    08/08/2014 7:14:08 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 53 replies
    NBC ^ | 8/8/14 | Mike Florio
    Listed as a third-stringer on the depth chart and expected by many to not make the 53-man team, Michael Sam’s quest to become the first openly-gay player on a regular-season roster moved on Friday night to an actual game.
  • Perdogg’s Perilous Pigskin Predictions-2014

    08/07/2014 7:59:30 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 60 replies
    NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE 2014 NFC EAST W L T PCT Philadelphia Eagles (4) 8 8 0 0.500 NY Giants 8 8 0 0.500 Dallas Cowboys 8 8 0 0.500 Washington Redskins 6 10 0 0.375 NFC NORTH W L T PCT Chicago Bears (2) 11 5 0 0.688 Green Bay Packers (5) 10 6 0 0.625 Detroit Lions 7 9 0 0.438 Minnesota Vikings 6 10 0 0..375 NFC SOUTH W L T PCT New Orleans Saints (3) 10 6 0 0.625 Carolina Panthers 9 7 0 0.563 Atlanta Falcons 8 8 0 0.500 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 10...
  • Watch Cincinnati Bengals

    08/07/2014 5:30:33 PM PDT · by Bender2 · 32 replies
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  • NFL Commissioner Says He Knows Nothing About Cheerleader Pay (Roger Goodell fights subpoena)

    08/06/2014 1:42:20 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 17 replies
    Daily News ^ | August 06, 2014
    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell shouldn’t have to testify about how cheerleaders are paid, his attorneys argued in court filings on Tuesday. “The request for a deposition of Commissioner Goodell is unwarranted and is, at best, a fishing expedition or, at worst, an improper ploy for media coverage,” Goodell’s lawyers wrote (PDF) in response to a subpoena. To justify the subpoena, Ferrari’s attorney cites a 2009 “Radio Broadcast Rights Agreement” (PDF) involving the Bills and Citadel Broadcasting (CMLS) in which Citadel agrees to have cheerleaders on the squad (the “Buffalo Jills”) sign an attached agreement stating that they “will not obtain...
  • Cowboys owner Jerry Jones caught in racy pics

    08/06/2014 11:36:31 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 77 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/6/14 | David K Li
    <p>Racy photographs allegedly of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, in sexually suggestive poses with young women, hit cyberspace Tuesday in an apparent extortion plot.</p> <p>One image of the outspoken football executive showed him cupping the breasts of a blond woman in a restroom.</p>
  • NFL to Use Tracking Chips on Players

    08/02/2014 12:45:22 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 62 replies
    http://news.discovery.com ^ | Aug 1, 2014 | Glenn McDonald
    As a hardcore baseball guy, I often wonder why people needlessly waste their time on all those other, lesser sports. But I suppose everyone has a right to their insane opinions. In any case, football fans may want to keep an eye on this development: The NFL announced this week that it will be using RFID tracking chips on players during select games in the 2014 season. The high-tech chips — RFID stands for radio-frequency identification — will generate precise positioning data on each player on every play. Football Uniforms Throughout History For the initial rollout, the RFID system will...
  • US Senators call on Goodell to give Rice harsher punishment

    08/01/2014 8:36:33 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | August 1, 2014 | Ryan Wilson
    Now that everybody on Capitol Hill has weighed in on the Redskins name controversy, the men and women elected to represent the people have moved on to a new sports-related target: the NFL and Ravens running back Ray Rice. U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) sent letters to commissioner Roger Goodell calling for Rice to face a harsher punishment beyond the two-game suspension handed down by the league and considered too lenient by many critics.
  • Former Redskin Releases Epic Statement Attacking Hillary For Calling Team's Name 'Insensitive'

    08/01/2014 9:39:34 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 23 replies
    Yahoo/Business Insider ^ | 08/01/2014 | Colin Campbell
    A former Washington Redskins player is fuming mad because Hillary Clinton had the audacity to call the football team's controversial name "insensitive." Clint Didier, a former tight end for the team for seven years who is now running for Congress as a Republican in Washington State, released a six-paragraph statement Wednesday evening demanding Clinton's apology. In it, Didier also criticized remarks made by Clinton unrelated to the football team and closed with a reference to alfalfa. "I'm just flabbergasted that Hillary Clinton now thinks she's the expert on what's insensitive. But if she has suddenly become the Miss Manners of...
  • S.A. may be home of Los Raiders

    07/30/2014 12:34:48 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 52 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | July 29, 2014 (upd: July 30) | Tom Orsborn
    San Antonio - Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis and two top lieutenants met recently with several San Antonio officials to discuss the potential of moving his NFL team from the Bay Area to the Alamo City, local leaders involved in the talks confirmed Tuesday.
  • Bengals lineman hits field, emotions running high as daughter battles cancer

    07/30/2014 10:04:08 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 9 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 7-29-14 | Connor Kiesel
    <p>As Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still reports for training camp, his mind is elsewhere.</p> <p>What the 25-year-old Still found out on June 2 changed his outlook on the game of football and life: His 4-year-old daughter had been diagnosed with Stage IV cancer.</p>
  • First-round Buffalo Bills bids top $1 billion

    07/29/2014 8:26:33 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 33 replies
    new york post ^ | 7-29-14 | Josh Kosman and Lois Weiss
    A Pennsylvania fracking mogul bid more than $1 billion for the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday — making it likely the team will attract a record sales price for an NFL team, The Post has learned. Terrence Pegula, who owns the NHL Buffalo Sabres, is one of only two known bidders for the storied football franchise, which was put on the block last spring following the March 25 death of owner Ralph Wilson Jr.. Donald Trump also made a first-round bid for the Bills — bids were due by 5 p.m. Tuesday. It could not be learned whether other bids were...
  • Ravens fans give Ray Rice standing ovation during practice

    07/29/2014 2:16:44 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 44 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | 29 July 2014 | http://www.si.com/nfl/2014/07/29/baltimore-ravens-fans-ray-rice-standing-ovation?xid=nl_siextra
    Baltimore Ravens fans gave running back Ray Rice a standing ovation as he jogged onto the field during training camp practice on Monday, according to the team's website. Rice acknowledged the cheering fans by pointing to the crowd. Rice was seen on video in February dragging his then-fiancée out of an Atlantic City casino elevator. He was charged with third-degree aggravated assault after Janay Palmer, whom he later married, was left unconscious following the incident. Rice agreed to enter into a diversion program to avoid a jail sentence. More: Lenient penalty for Ray Rice troubling proof of where NFL's priorities...
  • Washington Times strikes content and marketing partnership with Redskins

    07/28/2014 8:59:24 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 27, 2014
    The Washington Times and the Washington Redskins announced a unique partnership that will make the newspaper a content and marketing partner of the team. Under the partnership, the Redskins and the Times will collaborate on unique content offerings throughout the year designed to provide Redskins fans with compelling, timely and unique coverage. The offerings will include a weekly “Redskins Weekend Game Guide,” which will wrap the front page of the Times’ print edition each Friday during the NFL season and a new free digital magazine called “The Redskins Report,” which will showcase exclusive content about the Redskins. Both features are...
  • California state senator facing additional charge (Leland Yee)

    07/25/2014 8:18:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 25, 2014 11:15 PM EDT
    A federal grand jury on Friday charged a California state senator with more felonies in addition to the eight counts he already faced in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown. […] Yee pleaded not guilty to the original eight charges. He will have to enter a plea Wednesday to the charges in the new indictment. The new accusations allege that San Francisco Democrat offered to help pass legislation making it harder for professional football players to obtain workers compensation in California, in exchange for campaign contributions from an unidentified NFL owner. The new...
  • The Dungy Dogpile: Revered NFL coach causes media gay hysteria in a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    07/24/2014 2:41:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/24/2014 | Andrew Johnson
    Tony Dungy is being proven right, and his critics in the media are helping him do it. Dungy, a well-respected coach and revered figure in the NFL community, currently finds himself at the bottom of a media dogpile because he said he would not draft St. Louis Rams rookie linebacker Michael Sam, who became the first openly gay NFL player earlier this year. “I wouldn’t have taken him,” Dungy told the Tampa Tribune in an article published this week. (Reporter Ira Kaufman later revealed that the quotation is from a separate interview he conducted with Dungy in February.) “Not because...
  • (POLL) Did You Think Tony Dungy’s Comments on Michael Sam Were Out of Line???

    07/23/2014 3:37:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 64 replies
    CBS Tampa ^ | July 21, 2014
    Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Tony Dungy told the Tampa Tribune that he would NOT have drafted Michael Sam if he were still coaching. “I wouldn’t have taken him,’’ said former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy, now an analyst for NBC. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. “It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.’ What are your thoughts on Coach Dungy’s statements???
  • ESPN’s Wilbon: Influence..‘Religious Right’ in Footb' Preventing Players from Accepting Michael Sam

    07/23/2014 9:59:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 60 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 23, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    The NFL hasn’t been sufficiently accepting of Michael Sam, who came out as the first openly gay professional football player earlier this year, due to the religious Right’s influence in NFL locker rooms, says one ESPN commentator. On Tuesday, Pardon the Interruption’s Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon were discussing former NFL coach Tony Dungy’s recent comments that media attention would have pushed him away from drafting Sam. Kornheiser said he was optimistic that NFL players would be personally tolerant of Sam, though. “I’m more skeptical,” Wilbon countered. “I think there is a component, a subculture of the religious Right, that...
  • Pat Bowlen resigns control of Denver Broncos, acknowledges he is dealing with Alzheimer's disease

    07/23/2014 6:24:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    ch 7 ^ | Jul 23, 2014 | Deb Stanley
    Denver Broncos team owner Pat Bowlen is steeping down from day-to-day operations because he is battling Alzheimer's Disease ... The Broncos said Bowlen had already been reducing his role in recent years while he was, "courageously and privately battling Alzheimer’s disease." "The Broncos are very saddened that Mr. Bowlen is no longer able to be part of the team’s daily operations due to his condition," the team said on its website. "We continue to offer our full support, compassion and respect to ‘Mr. B,’ who has faced Alzheimer’s disease with such dignity and strength." Team president Joe Ellis will assume...
  • Why Tony Dungy’s comments about Michael Sam aren’t really a surprise

    07/22/2014 10:19:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/22/14 | Cindy Boren
    Michael Sam may not be a distraction this week at the St. Louis Rams training camp, but the same cannot be said about Tony Dungy. The former coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts found himself drawing criticism for telling the Tampa Tribune that, if he were still coaching today, he wouldn’t have drafted Sam “(n)ot because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.
  • Why Tony Dungy wouldn't have drafted Michael Sam

    07/21/2014 2:27:34 PM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    SI ^ | July 21, 2014 | Doug Farrar
    "I wouldn’t have taken him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. “It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.’’ That's what former NFL defensive back and head coach Tony Dungy told Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune when asked about the prospects for rookie defensive end Michael Sam. Of course, Sam is the league's first openly gay player, and though many league executives and players may feel exactly that way, Dungy may feel the courage to speak to his own...
  • Gene Simmons: Reporters Harass Tim Tebow, Give Troubled Athletes a Pass

    07/14/2014 7:49:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    bretibart.com ^ | 7/13/2014 | Kate O'Hare
    KISS star Gene Simmons says sports reporters hold morally upright athletes like Tim Tebow to a different standard that those who find trouble wherever they go. "It's interesting to me that media often picks on the good guys and lets the bad guys get a pass," says Simmons, the entrepreneurial rocker who recently expanded his empire to include a professional sports team.
  • Eric Holder: Redskins name 'offensive,' should be changed

    07/14/2014 12:15:26 PM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    SI ^ | July 14, 2014 | Staff
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says that the Washington Redskins' name 'ought to be changed' and that it's 'an offensive name,' reports TMZ. Holder made the comments in an appearance on ABC News.
  • Erin Andrews replaces Pam Oliver on Fox's No. 1 NFL team

    07/14/2014 9:46:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    SI ^ | July 14, 2014 | Richard Deitsch
    Pam Oliver is no longer Fox's top NFL sideline reporter. And after this coming football season, she will no longer be a sideline reporter at all. Oliver confirmed the news to Sports Illustrated on Sunday night that she will move to the network’s No. 2 team for her 20th NFL broadcasting season. Erin Andrews has been elevated to the No. 1 sideline spot, joining the team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. Oliver’s last season working as a reporter on the NFL will be spent with the No. 2 Fox team of Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch.
  • NFL Pro Bowl centers Pouncy twin brothers face assault claims

    07/14/2014 5:43:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Herald Net ^ | 7/12/14 | Omar Kelly
    Police are investigating battery claims made from a South Florida man who alleges twin brothers and NFL Pro Bowl centers, Mike and Maurkice Pouncey, assaulted him during their annual birthday party. No police report is available yet for the alleged incident, which took place at Cameo Night club around 4:20 a.m. on Saturday. But according to Miami Beach Police Sgt. Bobby Hernandez, the department's detectives have taken a statement from the alleged victim, Ricky Vasquez, and are gathering all the facts involving the battery claims centering around the pair.
  • Shutdown Countdown: How bad might it get for the Dallas Cowboys?

    07/11/2014 9:10:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 10, 2014 | Frank Schwab
    If you're upset with the Cowboys' placement at No. 24, just know that placing them even lower was considered. Ultimately, it's tough to rank a team coming off an 8-8 season lower than this, but there are a lot of warning signs that this is going to be a very ugly year in Dallas. The defense was bad last season, and arguably the three best players are gone. Defensive end DeMarcus Ware was cut. Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher signed with Washington. Linebacker Sean Lee is already out for the year with a torn ACL suffered in an offseason practice. You...
  • Emailer: Johnny Manziel Rolling Money In A Restroom

    07/07/2014 11:27:18 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 36 replies
    Busted Coverage ^ | 7-6-14 | Joe Kinsey
  • Hundt: 'Redskins' Use May Make Snyder Unfit Licensee

    07/03/2014 4:41:16 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 59 replies
    Multichannel ^ | 6/30/14 | John Eggerton
    Former FCC chairman Reed Hundt is suggesting the FCC may want to strip Redskins owner Dan Snyder of his radio station licenses if he does not change the name of the team. According to an interview on Indian Country Today Media Network, Hundt said that the FCC should "reevaluate" whether Snyder is fit to be a licensee, by which Hundt meant "a person of appropriate character," he said. “The FCC should consider whether Mr. Snyder is fit to own radio station licenses given that he uses radio stations to broadcast an ethnic slur,” he said. “These licenses are owned by...
  • Arbitrator rules Saints' Graham is a tight end

    07/02/2014 7:42:40 PM PDT · by detective · 10 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 07/02/2014 | BRETT MARTEL
    The Saints' Jimmy Graham and the NFL Players Association were dealt a setback Wednesday when an arbitrator ruled that he can only be considered a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag designation. NFLPA had filed a grievance arguing that Graham was used as a wide receiver often enough to qualify for the more lucrative receiver tag. But arbitrator Stephen Burbank disagreed and now the NFLPA is reviewing his ruling, and will advise Graham on his options, which could include an appeal.