George Blaha has been calling Pistons games since 1976. AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – On Oct. 23, 1976, George Blaha sat courtside at Cobo Arena in downtown Detroit to broadcast an NBA game for the first time. As he prepared to go on the air, he watched the Pistons’ Bob Lanier and Washington’s Wes Unseld take
With 4:47 left in the Super Bowl, Julio Jones leapt high to bring a Matt Ryan pass in with his outstretched hands and then dramatically banged two feet down before falling out of bounds. It should have served as Atlanta’s championship-clinching image. Leading New England 28-20, the Falcons had first-and
“You just looked in his eyes,” receiver Matthew Slater said. Tom Brady threw for 466 yards and two touchdowns and one two-point conversion Sunday. No team had ever won a Super Bowl after trailing by more than 10 points.
HOUSTON – Down 25 points in the third quarter, Tom Brady delivered the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history on Sunday, befitting of his status as greatest quarterback of all time. New England, down and almost out against Atlanta in the third quarter, stormed back to force overtime and then won their
On Saturday night, on the eve of Super Bowl LI, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady took to Instagram. Galynn Brady had made it to just one Patriots game all season due to an illness she has been battling for about a year and a half. “Sandwich kiss for Mom … Go Pats!” Brady wrote.
They came early – in some instances a couple hours early – to line up and wait. One came in a Scooby-Doo costume, a tribute to an epic Halloween photo that helped cement the legend of Johnny Manziel almost as much as that day in Tuscaloosa when he rolled the Tide. Manziel once promised to wreck the
One day during his time as a star receiver at the University of Georgia, Malcolm Mitchell and a friend went to the local Barnes & Noble in Athens. “Can I ask you something,” Mitchell said to Rackley. Rackley was there to purchase Jojo Moyes’ “Me Before You,” a novel about a brief and unexpected love
Sophia Schneider is 13, hails from Kansas and won a contest with the NFL’s Play 60 initiative that deemed her a “Super Kid.” One of the benefits of the job was being able to ask NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a question at his annual “state of the league” news conference. The question was going to be
Once a week during the season, usually on Fridays, Dan Quinn gathers his Atlanta Falcons in the large meeting room, dims the lights and begins the NFL’s most unusual film session by showing them … a boxing match. Miguel Cotto, whose warrior mentality has made him a personal favorite of Quinn’s, makes
Atop the Texas A&M football to-do list Tuesday was to make certain the program’s two fax machines still worked. Kevin Sumlin took a second to consider the absurdity of the fax machine remaining as the recruiting communication machine of choice and broke into a laugh. “You have to make sure they still
The most famous pencil in the NFL – which may also be the only pencil in the NFL – is a wood-cased, Dixon Ticonderoga No. 2. It sits, as always, stuffed behind the right ear of Matt Patricia, the defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots. It’s become a notable, if odd, football image thanks
Robert Kraft was wrapping up the New England Patriots portion of NFL Opening Night on Monday, wearing a sharp three-piece suit and a pair of flashy Nikes. Tom Brady battled the NFL in federal court and eventually served a four-game suspension to start this season, yet he says he’s trying to win for
Whatever small chance Tom Brady had of avoiding getting asked about his friendship with President Donald Trump went out the window this past weekend, as once again thousands flooded American streets to protest Trump’s actions. Trump is overwhelmingly the biggest story in the world. This is not simply
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
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.