Around noon on Sunday, Scott Zolak was sitting at home with his children and decided to make a sign to bring to the AFC championship game. Zolak spent seven seasons during the 1990s as a fan-favorite quarterback for the New England Patriots. As the Patriots’ 36-17 blowout of Pittsburgh wound down Sunday
To the surprise of no one, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will attend the NFC championship game this weekend in Atlanta. The AFC title game is in Foxborough, Mass., after all, home to the New England Patriots. Goodell hasn’t been there since deflate-gate broke two years ago, a time that turned the
The NFL ratings were predictably massive, particularly the 48.5 million who tuned into Sunday’s Green Bay-Dallas game. The Packers and Cowboys game was not a Super Bowl. The National Football League is a television dynamo unto itself.
Once the Super Bowl dream season washed out in Dallas, down came the Texas rain. Jerry Jones was talking in a corner of the Cowboys’ locker room, sweat on his brow and disappointment in his eyes. Green Bay 34, Dallas 31, the legend of Aaron Rodgers continued, the one concerning Dak Prescott born.
A Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor boxing match has been bandied about for a while now. UFC president Dana White went on Colin Cowherd’s radio show and made Mayweather an offer – $25 million each for Mayweather and McGregor, plus a split of the pay-per-view numbers “at a certain point.” No details were
The San Diego Chargers never really could do anything right, so it’s not a surprise they got their own demise all wrong, too, courtesy of poor late-game strategy. The Chargers always found creative ways to lose.
Mike Shanahan coached college or pro football for 37 seasons, including head stints in Oakland, Washington and Denver, where he won two Super Bowls. Ed McCaffrey played 13 seasons in the NFL, winning three Super Bowls, before becoming a prominent football father – one son, Christian, is turning pro
Standing in an Alabama locker room that was equal parts shock and sadness, cornerback Marlon Humphrey attempted to explain what it was like trying to stop Clemson and the great Deshaun Watson time and time again. Clemson ran 99 total plays in the national championship game, chance after chance for talent
After the three drops (at least) and after the mere 28 receiving yards and after the 25-point loss, Odell Beckham Jr. first banged his head against a locker room door and then sat, lowered his head and wept, according to his New York Giants teammates. “Odell’s an emotional guy,” quarterback Eli Manning
P.J. Fleck is leaving Western Michigan for Minnesota. A little over four years and one month ago Bret Bielema left Wisconsin to become the head coach at Arkansas. This was just days after the Badgers had won the Big Ten championship game.
It took just 109 games for Matthew Stafford to reach 30,000 career passing yards, 5 fewer than Dan Marino, Kurt Warner or any other NFL quarterback. First off, it came Sunday in a Detroit loss to Green Bay, the Lions’ third consecutive defeat as they backed their way into the playoffs.
Cam Robinson, Alabama’s massive and massively talented offensive lineman, was sitting in the victorious Crimson Tide locker room on New Year’s Eve trying to walk a verbal tight rope. The discussion was about Bo Scarbrough, the sophomore running back who just rumbled for 180 yards and two touchdowns
Aaron Rodgers had just sent 66,000 or so once-hopeful, now-hoarse Detroiters home to their forever frustration. A small cadre of Green Bay fans, many wearing foam cheese blocks on their heads, gathered behind the Packers’ bench to celebrate and delivered a chant that echoed throughout cavernous Ford
Bo Scarbrough stands 6-foot-2, weighs about 230 pounds and can usually be found in the Alabama backfield with dreadlocks hanging over massive shoulder pads. Somehow the Tide kept missing him, or not calling his number as the slow churn of a defense-first national semifinal against Washington played
The lazy thing to do is call Ronda Rousey nothing but a fraud, nothing but a marketing creation, nothing but a Dana White illusion to sell pay-per-views. Rousey’s career may indeed be over after Amanda Nunes bludgeoned her Friday night in a 48-second stoppage to defend the bantamweight belt that Rousey
Upon becoming the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, Rex Ryan told a real estate agent to find him local housing, “wherever [the] snow dumps the most.” Then he got a big Ford pickup with oversized tires and a customized Bills paint job to prove the point. Here’s guessing if/when that happens, social media
Tom Jurich, left, and Bobby Petrino deny any wrongdoing in the Wake Forest game-plan breach. You would have thought that the most baffling thing to happen this week in college athletics would be the curious case of a Wake Forest football radio broadcaster getting fired for sharing “confidential and
On Dec. 4, the New York Giants got ahold of a couple of Pittsburgh Steeler footballs and decided to see if they were below the NFL pregame inflation minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch. “The PSIs were a little low,” Giants coach Ben McAdoo said. The Giants told the league, although not via a “formal
Supporters of Cardell Hayes leave the courthouse Sunday night after a jury found him guilty of manslaughter. NEW ORLEANS — In one corner of Courtroom 8, a mother wept. Cardell Hayes was found guilty of manslaughter in the killing of ex-New Orleans Saints star Will Smith after a series of minor traffic
Will Smith was shot and killed in April. The man who pulled the trigger, Cardell Hayes, was found guilty of manslaughter on Sunday night. NEW ORLEANS – Cardell Hayes was found guilty Sunday of manslaughter in the April shooting death of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith.