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DeAngelo Hall of the Washington Redskins likes to intercept passes.
There was also the time earlier this year when Hall, frustrated over a loss in which the Washington Redskins allowed 30 points, declared “This is my defence” and said he would start ignoring the coaches’ wishes.
Then, last week, Hall and defensive co-ordinator Jim Haslett had a 20-minute discussion-debate about schemes and coverages during a team meeting. Those are two Type A personalities, and the exchange was intense enough that word leaked out.
So what happened? Hall went out and tied an NFL record, intercepting four passes Sunday in the Redskins’ 17-14 win over the Chicago Bears. Included in the haul was a one-handed grab returned 92 yards for a touchdown. The Hall of Fame asked for Hall’s No. 23 jersey, and he was selected Wednesday as the NFC’s defensive player of the week.
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The San Francisco Giants kicked the crap out of the Texas Rangers in Game 2 of the 2010 World Series.
The Giants are dominating a Series that moves to Texas for Games 3, 4 and (if necessary) 5. Now, the players’ challenge is striking the proper balance between the swagger that they’ll carry onto the plane and the overconfidence that could destroy them.
Each of the last seven teams to start a World Series with two wins, and 13 of the last 14, later celebrated a championship. But as they say in those investment ads, past returns do not guarantee future success.
Darren McFadden of the Oakland Raiders has been running like he stole something.
The whispers about his durability and toughness have been silenced, and those who questioned his ability as an every-down back now are resigned to singing McFadden’s praises. His name has surfaced as an early candidate for league MVP.
“I’ve been familiar with Darren for a long time and his style and the great explosive plays he has in him,” Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s just growing.”
McFadden’s teammates are of the mind that he always has been capable of being the dominant player he has been this season. The difference now is that McFadden is healthy, confident and getting a chance to be the featured back.
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The Miami Heat looked sloppy against the Celtics, even with LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade.
Yes, James scored 31 points and impressed a lot of people with his new Nike ad, but Ian Thomsen of SI.com writes that the adjustments he is trying to make to his game do not look so good yet. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.com believes he will have a very hard time adjusting to life outside the cocoon that pampered him in Cleveland. Meshing three superstars’ games (and egos) is not going to be all fun and games, writes Greg Cote in The Miami Herald. But, as Dave Hyde of The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel points out, the bad news for the rest of the league is, as badly as it played Tuesday, Miami still almost won.
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Kyle Orton was hearing some displeasure against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
So why did a sad and frustrated Kyle Orton take the field instead of Tim Tebow or Brady Quinn? What would be the harm in letting Tebow take a few snaps and run the regular offense instead of his “swamp” package (you know…his 3 different running plays)?
After the game head coach Josh McDaniels was asked the same question:
“We were just trying to run our offense and I made a decision not to do that in that kind of a game. That’s not really the time that I’d want him (Tebow) to get work anyways.”
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Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49′ers is sad.
Fearing he has the same injury that cut short his 2007 season — only this time to his non-throwing shoulder — Smith said after Sunday’s 23-20 loss to Carolina that he planned to fly to London with the team and get an MRI there. His playing status for next week’s game against Denver is uncertain.
“It’s definitely the AC, I think. It’s very similar,” Smith said, referring to the acromioclavicular joint that’s sometimes called a separated shoulder. “But I don’t know to what I extent. There’s not really much to say right now.”
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Brett Favre might pay the woman that he allegedly harassed to keep quiet.
A source also said Sterger might reveal previously undisclosed conduct by Favre. “If she was to go in, that (conduct by Favre) would be corroborated, and there would probably be a bit more,” the source said.
A report in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, however, said Sterger would decline to talk to football officials if she reached a financial settlement with Favre.
Favre met Tuesday with NFL security chief Milt Ahlerich. On Wednesday, Ahlerich spoke with the editor of Deadspin.com, the sports-gossip website that originally published the story.
Sterger’s spokesman Phil Reese said “she is strongly considering” speaking with the NFL, whose reps talked as recently as Friday with her new lawyer Joseph Conway.
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The San Francisco Giants say that the Philadelphia Phillies have not seen the last of Tim Lincecum.
Lincecum said the same about his availability, noting that Saturday will be his normal “bullpen day” and he could skip that with an eye toward throwing an inning or two in Game 6. Roy Halladay presumably wouldn’t be available to do the same because of his groin injury.
In four seasons Lincecum has made just one career appearance as a reliever and that came on April 2, 2008 when the Giants avoided starting him because of a likely rain delay.
The NY Jets are trying to stay on course through their bye week.
Perhaps we shouldn’t make too much of this. The NFL is all about parity this season.
Or is it parody?
Nobody is undefeated. The Jets, the Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers are at the top of the heap, which is bunched up with a lots of teams that can beat each other on Any Given Sunday.
But Ryan and the Jets could be on their way to spitting all that humble pie they were supposed to eat right in out face.
Great defense, fantastic running game with the resurgence of LaDainian Tomlinson, and nice game-management skills from QB Mark Sanchez. One stat worth noting: They have almost double the rushing yards of their opponents, 955 to 540.
And on yeah, a pretty good coach.
Peyton Hillis of the Cleveland Browns has been playing well.
What may not have stood out as much was another tough, gutty performance from Browns running back Peyton Hillis.
The Browns were playing from behind for most of the game, so Hillis did not get the number of carries he needed to really stand out, but anyone who saw the game would have to be impressed with the way he played and the way he continues to play on every down.
By now, everyone in Cleveland is well aware of who Peyton Hillis is and what he brings to the running back position for the Browns. Hillis is a throwback bruiser who gives maximum effort on every single play. Now his passionate, brutal style of running is gaining Hillis attention around the league, and not just from the defenders he runs over.
Former NFL great Junior Seau is in a hospital after driving his car off a cliff.
Junior Seau’s friends and family gathered around him at Scripps La Jolla Hospital Monday night, giving the Former NFL star linebacker support as he recovers from injuries sustained when his SUV plunged off a cliff outside San Diego, Calif. early Monday morning – less than seven hours after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.
The NFL plans to punish players for illegal hits to an opponent’s head.
Ray Anderson, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, said players could be suspended without pay for illegal hits to an opponent’s head – even for a first offense – a stronger measure than the fines that apparently have had little effect on the problem. The new sanctions will begin this weekend.
“We need to dispel the notion that you get a free pass for a first offense,” Anderson said. “We’re going to another level of accountability.”
The dispute between News Corporation and Cablevision blacked out the NY Giants game to much of the New York area.
News Corp. and Cablevision Systems Corp. ended negotiations today with an agreement to resume talking tomorrow after the media company cut its Fox broadcast signal to Cablevision’s 3 million customers in New York and Philadelphia in a dispute over program fees.
The blackout affects WNYW Channel 5 and WWOR 9 in New York, WTXF 29 in Philadelphia, Fox Business, Nat Geo Wild and Fox Deportes. Cablevision customers were blocked from watching today’s New York Giants-Detroit Lions football game and tonight’s Philadelphia Phillies-San Francisco Giants baseball playoff game. News Corp. urged Cablevision customers to switch to another pay-TV provider.
“No material progress was made” in talks today and “we continue to remain far apart,” a Fox statement e-mailed by spokesman Scott Grogin said. The two sides agreed to “continue talking tomorrow,” the statement showed.
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Nashville Predators goalie Anders Lindback has been a pleasant surprise. He’s also huge.
Hockey, perhaps more than any game, has a litany of high-quality player nicknames. NHL-wide, there’s “The Great One” (Wayne Gretzky), “The Great 8″ (), and many, many others. Here in Nashville, we’re pretty plain – “Toots” ( ), “Peks” (indeed, its on Rinne’s goalie mask), “Shea Freaking Weber” or “The Beast” for our captain, and many others. At any rate, whether they are hilariously creative or a variation on the player’s name, everybody needs a nickname.
In that spirit, then, we should endeavor to find a suitable nickname for Nashville’s latest backup goaltender,. He’s 6’6 and from Sweden, so there should be plenty of options, right?
Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans looks just as good as he did last season according to Jeff Fisher.
Johnson, the Titans running back who led the NFL with 2,006 yards rushing last season, has been under scrutiny much of the season — and he has been criticized at times — but as the Titans prepared to play the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Fisher said there is little difference between Johnson last season and this season.
“He is the same running back,” Fisher said.
And while Johnson’s pace through five games is behind the goal of 2,500 for a season he discussed during training camp and preseason, it’s ahead of the pace he set through give games last season.
Minnesota Vikings Diva QB Brett Favre could lose millions in endorsements.
Just as sports figures like Tiger Woods, Rick Pitino, and Ben Roethlisberger have irrevocably damaged their reputations and marketability as corporate endorsers and public speakers with their own sex scandals, so too now does it seem that Brett Favre’s future earnings stream from endorsements, speaking engagements, and work as a TV studio analyst have forever been diminished IF – and this is certainly still a big if – he is suspended by the NFL for sexually harassing a co-worker during his stint with the New York Jets in 2008.
And even if he’s not suspended, the long-term sting and embarrassment associated with this story may cause corporations, speaker series, and TV networks to think twice about employing the services of the old gunslinger.
Favre earned approximately $7 million last year through deals with Wrangler jeans, Snapper’s line of lawnmowers and Remington hunting rifles. He’s appeared in Nike, Starter, Smart Car, Prilosec and MasterCard commercials, playing off his family-man, ‘good ole boy’ persona.
People are starting to think that Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel might not be very good.
That’s a shame because as of now, the Cassel trade stands as a blemish to an otherwise remarkable franchise turnaround. That is a decision Scott Pioli should be accountable for and one that may set this franchise backward several years (more to come later in the week). Without a franchise Quarterback, making a legit Super Bowl push becomes markedly more difficult.
I know there will be a fair share of Matt Cassel apologists, so I first want to make it clear why even they can’t continue to make excuses for Matt Cassel. Later in the week, I will explain how Pioli’s decision to trade for Matt Cassel can potentially set this franchise backward.
Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox retired after the Braves were eliminated.
Cox promised that this season would be his last, and enjoyed a farewell tour around the big leagues, with teams honoring him at every stop.
“It doesn’t feel like the last time I’m putting it on, but it certainly is,” Cox said of his uniform, his voice cracking. “I won’t put it on again.”
“I’m proud of this team,” he continued. “They played their hearts out and I’ll miss them.”
The New York Jets face off against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night.
Mr. Favre is the beet-and-goat-cheese salad of sports: Despite how many fans claim they’re utterly sick of him, they never truly get enough. He sells the jerseys, packs the house, thrills the networks. He’s the bodily manifestation of the Berra-ism, “Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded.” Mr. Favre is hopelessly contradictory (he’s staying, he’s going), objectively fun to watch (would you rather see Jimmy Clausen chuck it around?), and last year he marched Minnesota within an interception of a Super Bowl, which is why the Vikings once again shamed themselves and chartered south to beg his services.
Now, thanks to a trade, Mr. Favre has been joined by the second-most-tormented sure-thing Hall of Famer in football: wide receiver Randy Moss.
The New York Yankees eliminated the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.
Phil Hughes was brilliant in his first career postseason start, shutting Minnesota out over seven innings of four-hit ball. Hughes walked one and struck out six, helping finish off the Bombers’ second consecutive three-game division series sweep of the Twins.
The Yankees will take the next five days off, as the ALCS will start Friday night in either Texas or St. Petersburg. The Rays staved off elimination Saturday night with a win over the Rangers, forcing a Game 4 Sunday in Arlington.
San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum dominated the Braves in game 1.
On Wednesday evening, Roy Halladay became an answer to two trivia questions (“Name the only pitchers to throw postseason no-hitters” and “Name the only pitchers to throw two no-hitters in the same season”), and pictures of his triumph were splashed across front pages nationwide. On Thursday night, Tim Lincecum had a strong outing that got him a nice applause from the fans in San Francisco. Yet Lincecum’s performance was actually both more impressive and more valuable than Halladay’s.
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Donovan McNabb might not have the receivers he did as an Eagle, but he seems happy as a member of the Washington Redskins.
The Redskins have been looking for the ideal No. 2 wideout to complement Moss for years, with little success. David Patten, James Thrash, Brandon Lloyd and Antwaan Randle El couldn’t fit the bill, even though some had hefty contracts. A pair of second-round draft picks were invested in Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly in 2008; Thomas can’t get on the field, and Kelly is on injured reserve.
The competition was so watered down this year that 38-year-old Galloway earned a starting role, but he’s been virtually invisible other than a 62-yard reception in the Week 2 loss to the Houston Texans.
Spreading the ball around, I take pride in that,” McNabb said. “Again, this is a different type of offence than I’ve run for 11 years. I have to kind of get into a level where I know that you can throw it here. These guys are running different routes and will cause different plays, and Santana has just had more opportunities. We all know that he’s been one of the best receivers here the last couple of years, so there’s a reason he’s getting more opportunities.”
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The Philadelphia Eagles have stated that Mike Vick is their unquestioned starter when he returns from injury.
So with Eagles quarterback Mike Vick out for at least the next game, possibly more, with bruised rib cartilage and a small fracture in his rib cage, quarterback Kevin Kolb has a chance to do to Vick what Vick did to Kolb, right?
Asked whether the starting job is up for grabs, Eagles coach Andy Reid was blunt.
“No,” he said. “[Vick's] the starting quarterback,” Reid said, per Jonathan Tamari of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Actually, that statement is less a reflection of truth than kiss of death, given Reid’s recent history.
Most players in the NFL wore a pink item on Sunday, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Bright-pink cleats, gloves and hats all across the National Football League; kryptonite-green gloves and shoes on Seattle players; it’s finally happened, pink-and-green preppy football!
Amid the ocean of pink — the color was worn across the league this week to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month — in Miami on “Monday Night Football,” New England scored on the final play of the first half and the first play of the second half. The Patriots put up 17 points in barely three minutes, ultimately dominating a game that had been expected to be close.
The San Francisco Giants have won the NL West, and Buster Posey helped.
Since his arrival on May 29, the business-like 23-year-old Posey has rarely even cracked a smile on the field, let alone unleash the excitement he displayed Sunday.
In the top of the ninth when closer Brian Wilson struck out San Diego’s Will Venable, Posey leaped out of his crouch behind home plate, sprinted to the mound and jumped in Wilson’s arms.
Usually, it’s the pitcher who jumps in the catcher’s arms in a postgame celebration. But when you’re Posey, a leading National League Rookie of the Year candidate after hitting .305 with 18 homers and 67 RBIs, you’re allowed to do things a little differently.
In the eighth inning, with the Giants up, 2-0, Posey hit his 18th home run to give the Giants added cushion, breaking an 0-for-12 skid.
“He’s been hitting a lot of balls hard and he finally got a hold of one where they couldn’t catch it,” first baseman Aubrey Huff said.
The Ryder Cup continues on Monday.
Choosing Sun Mountain rain gear for the Ryder Cup 2010 was a poor business decision. Apparently the buyers for PGA failed to notice the suits were inadequate for the potential weather conditions. Sun Mountain rain gear is also in an embarrassing position since their rain gear didn’t do the job. It is sure to have an impact on this Montana-based company’s reputation.
Sun Mountain released a statement, “Sun Mountain has been designing and selling outerwear for more than two decades. We have provided rainwear to 3,000 plus PGA of America Professionals and over 150 tour players, and supplied outerwear to numerous U.S. teams, including the Walker Cup and the 2000 and 2009 Presidents Cup teams. Sun Mountain has staff on the ground at the Ryder Cup working in conjunction with the PGA of America on this issue.”
The US Ryder Cup team had their waterproof rain suits turn out to not be waterproof.
Executives at Sun Mountain Sports, a golf company based in Missoula, Montana, are undoubtedly feeling embarrassed this morning after the rainsuits it designed for the US Ryder Cup team weren’t able to hold off the downpour in Wales.
So the US team publicly ditched the custom outfits for raingear the team purchased in the merchandise tent — with the Europe Ryder Cup logo on it nonetheless.
For Sun Mountain, there’s no retail recalls coming.
The New York Giants will be without several key members of the defense this weekend.
Last year, the former Giants middle linebacker Antonio Pierce had a bulging disk in his neck that put him on injured reserve, ending his season. Pierce, who retired after the season, said he would have needed surgery to play again.
The absence of Kiwanuka, who leads the team with four sacks, is a troubling development for the Giants, who could be without two other starters for Sunday night’s game against the Chicago Bears at New Meadowlands Stadium.
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