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Randy Hits Rock Bottom

November 30, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Randy Moss of the Tennessee Titans seems like a shell of his former self.

Randy Moss drinks a few beers while feeling sorry for himself on the Titans bench.

Randy Moss drinks a few beers while feeling sorry for himself on the Titans bench.

From Bleacher Report

Looking at what Moss has done this season, it would be shocking to see any team trying to sign him next year. There really isn’t any potential left in him. Maybe you could use him as a decoy, but even if he has a shot to make a diving catch, a spectacular grab, or even a key block, he is likely going to disappoint you.

The most recent example of this came last week in the Titans loss to the Houston Texans. The game was overshadowed by the Andre Johnson/Cortland Finnegan incident, but what everyone should be talking about was the effort (or lack there of) that Moss gave towards the end of the game.

Original Photos Yahoo, mercifulcrap

Ugly Niners

November 29, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The San Francisco 49′ers have not looked good all season, and it’s doubtful they’ll look any better on Monday Night Football against the Arizona Cardinals.

Everyone on the San Francisco 49'ers have looked ugly this year,         even the cheerleaders.

Everyone on the San Francisco 49'ers have looked ugly this year, even the cheerleaders.

From mercurynews.com

What happened: Before suffering a shoulder injury, the new Alex Smith looked a lot like the old one. Pairing him again with Raye (fired after Week 3) proved a mistake as his passer rating slipped from 81.5 to 75.0 and his completion percentage dipped from 59.1 to 56.3. Smith had a few terrific flashes — a two-minute drill against New Orleans and a late-game outburst against Philadelphia — but there were scant signs of a breakout.

Smith is healthy again but has been replaced by Troy Smith, the one-time third-stringer who didn’t sign until Sept. 6.

Original Photos Yahoo, grimmemennesker

Steelers Survive

November 28, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Pittsburgh Steelers barely got by the Buffalo Bills.

Mike Tomlin can't believe the ref would make a call against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Mike Tomlin can't believe the ref would make a call against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

From Fanhouse

Buffalo’s Rian Lindell hit a game-tying field goal at the end of regulation, and Buffalo had a chance to upset the Steelers in overtime.

Actually, the Bills had the game won. Steve Johnson got behind the Steelers’ secondary for the apparent game-winning touchdown. But with Bills players already starting to celebrate, he dropped it. The perfect strike went through his hands in the end zone. Maybe it shouldn’t have been too shocking that he dropped it — his fifth dropped pass of the game.

Given a second chance, Pittsburgh ground out a 12-play, 58-yard drive that led to Shaun Suisham’s game-winning 41-yard field goal.

Original Photos Yahoo, kerala-junction-news

Can The Jaguars Shock The Giants?

November 27, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The New York Giants are the walking wounded heading into Sunday’s Game with the Jaguars.

Marcedes Lewis and the rest of the Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to shock the Giants on Sunday.

Marcedes Lewis and the rest of the Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to shock the Giants on Sunday.

From SF Gate

Injuries along the offensive lines will have an impact on the Giants-Jaguars game Sunday in Jacksonville.

New York appears to have lost its second left tackle in Shawn Andrews. Andrews, who had been starting in place of David Diehl (hip, hamstring), spent a second day in the hospital Friday for treatment of a chronic back condition.

With the offensive line depleted by injuries – both starting and backup centers Shaun O’Hara and Adam Koets are out as well – the Giants are left with second-year player Will Beatty for left tackle.

Original Photo Yahoo

Browns Throwing Weight Around

November 26, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Cleveland Browns are trying to let their defense lead them.

Rob Ryan of the Cleveland Browns says that to get the glory you need the guts. Lots of guts.

Rob Ryan of the Cleveland Browns says that to get the glory you need the guts. Lots of guts. And hair.

From Cleveland.com

Last week, Ryan was teaching Rubin a technique he wanted him to use in short-yardage called “Buddy 51,” named after his father and former NFL head coach Buddy Ryan. The technique calls for Rubin to just knock the center back.

“He said to me, ‘Well, Rob, how am I going to get to the guy with the ball?’ ” said Ryan. “I’m like, ‘You know what, Rube, do exactly what you do’ because I’ve had guys that can’t move, that stand there and don’t do anything and it [ticks] you off. This guy’s phenomenal. This guy gives more effort. He’s tough as [heck], and you can’t run on him.”

Rubin’s outstanding season has many of his teammates stumping for him to make the Pro Bowl. His predecessor at the position, Shaun Rogers, Tweeted this week for fans to vote for Rubin.

Original Photos Yahoo, umbc.edu

Happy Thanksgiving

November 25, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Litter Box

Have a safe and happy holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Katchop. Also, Mike D'antoni.

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Katchop. Also, Mike D'antoni.

Original Photos Yahoo, costumecraze

Steelers Like Hits, Hate Fines

November 24, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Pittsburgh Steelers like to play physical.

James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers has decided to save the NFL offices the trouble, and now just pays the fine immediately after hitting opposing Quarterbacks.

James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers has decided to save the NFL offices the trouble, and now just pays the fine immediately after hitting opposing quarterbacks.

From The Wall Street Journal

There was speculation that getting fined a total of $100,000, or one-seventh of his base pay, might cause Harrison to quit playing with the edge that’s always evident in his game. That wasn’t apparent when he had five tackles, two sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and a personal foul penalty against Oakland.

“I’m not one of the guys in the black and white stripe suits, so I’m just playing ball,” Harrison said. “I came back (after getting fined) and started playing the way I’ve been taught to play. I’m not worrying about the calls.”

Original Photos Yahoo, officialpsds.com

Alternate Logo: Minnesota Vikings

November 23, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

It’s been a rough year for the Minnesota Vikings.

The Minnesota Vikings fired Brad Childress, who tried to remake the team in his image.

The Minnesota Vikings fired Brad Childress, who tried to remake the team in his image.

From The Washington Post

I would never have expected to be in this situation,” Favre said last week, after the Minnesota Vikings fell to 3-7. He didn’t expect what? To age? To be exposed as a juvenile narcissist, on and off the field? He didn’t expect his off-season lassitude to result in losses, quarrels, and a league-leading number of interceptions? He didn’t expect to be investigated for seedy stalking, allegedly sending inappropriate messages and images to Jenn Sterger as an attempt at seduction? Mainly, it seems Favre didn’t expect to be denied the abject hero worship and Super Bowl he believes is his perennial due.

Here’s Favre, throwing his 17th interception last Sunday, and yet he has the nerve to argue with and wave off offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell on the sideline. Here’s Favre, dragging a whole franchise into his retirement psychodrama for the past two summers, and helping to cost coach Brad Childress his job. Yet he has the effrontery to suggest it’s a personal sacrifice for him to play out this losing season, as if 20 years in the league should have entitled him to some sort of get-out-of-adversity-free card.

Original Photos sportslogos.net, cbc.ca

Felix Hernandez Wins AL Cy Young

November 22, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Felix Hernandez won the AL Cy Young award last week.

Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners won the 2010 Cy Young award. Sadly, when he read the news of his win, his eyes popped out of his head in disbelief and he may never pitch again.

Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners won the 2010 Cy Young award. Sadly, when he read the news of his win, his eyes popped out of his head in disbelief and he may never pitch again.

From The Day.com

A pitcher with a 13-12 record just won the American League Cy Young Award. Pretty easily, too. Which is another example why my tombstone will read, “here likes poor Mikey D. He just didn’t understand.”

Like how some of these people who vote find their way to their bathrooms in the morning without a GPS.

True enough: Felix Hernandez was the league leader with a 2.27 earned run average and 232 strikeouts. He played for a team that scored fewer runs per game than any team since the American League went to the designated hitter. OK. So no one’s denying that Hernandez should have been a contender.

But strict adherence to numbers, as well as a casual dismissal of context, results in a giant swing and a miss here.

Original Photo Yahoo

Upgrades Complete

November 21, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Litter Box, NFL

We’ve completed our upgrades.

The upgrades to Katchop.com worked a lot better than the lights at Giants Stadium do.

The upgrades to Katchop.com worked a lot better than the lights at the new Meadowlands Stadium did last Sunday.

From ABClocal

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Something turned out the lights on the New York Giants — and it wasn’t just the Dallas Cowboys. Nearly 81,000 people sat in total darkness for a few seconds at the New Meadowlands Stadium during yesterday’s game. The $1.6 billion stadium went completely dark for a brief time early in the third quarter. Backup lights came on almost immediately. But play was held up by two brownouts for a total of 11 minutes. Giants defensive end Justin Tuck says it’s “kind of bizarre.

Original Photo Yahoo

Katchop Upgrades

November 20, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Litter Box

We’re going to be doing some work around here this weekend with some required software updates, so don’t be alarmed if our site looks like it’s been hacked by aliens.

Thanks.

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We're upgrading Katchop this weekend. Pray for us.

Thanks again, and wish us luck.

DJ Williams Zips Lip

November 19, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

DJ Williams of the Denver Broncos is not talking about his arrest for DUI.

Denver Broncos' linebacker DJ Williams guards the refreshments during his pregame routine last Sunday.

Denver Broncos' linebacker DJ Williams guards the refreshments during his pregame routine last Sunday.

From The Denver Post

The background: Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams, then a team captain, was arrested in the early-morning hours last Friday on suspicion of DUI.

He was fined by the team, stripped of his captaincy and sat out six defensive snaps Sunday before entering the game. Williams has not spoken publicly since, other than his note on Twitter.

It was Williams’ second arrest for a DUI — the other came in 2005. At that time, then-Broncos coach Mike Shanahan told Williams to address the issue in a public format, and Williams did so quickly after it had happened.

This time, in what is certainly a limited sampling, most fans seem upset that one of the Broncos’ captains was arrested at 2:40 a.m. during the “work” week in a season that has been such a struggle.

Original Photos The Denver Post, letsbuyit

Lions Continue To Stumble

November 18, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Detroit Lions have not had a good year.

The Buffalo Bills looked like Aliens to the Detroit Lions last week.

The Buffalo Bills looked like Aliens to the Detroit Lions last week.

From ESPN

Mistakes and talent aren’t intertwined in this instance. I won’t profess to know why the Lions are making so many unforced errors, as they’re referred to in tennis. But whether it’s their fault or not, Mayhew and Schwartz have presided over some inexcusably sloppy football this season. It’s a programmatic issue that ultimately falls on their shoulders. If anything, the Lions needed to be ahead of the discipline curve to eke out some victories while they close the talent gap. Instead, they are putting themselves even further behind by adding to their already-noted deficiencies.

Again, I don’t think this combination of numbers means Schwartz isn’t a good coach or that Mayhew has a poor eye for talent. At this point, I’ll just fall back on a favorite saying of many in the NFL: It is what it is. The Lions have been sloppy, it’s contributed to their 2-7 record and it’s something they can’t blame on Matt Millen.

Original Photos Yahoo, thelegends.it

Jason Garrett: Young But Wise

November 17, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

New Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett has impressed a lot of people.

Jason Garrett might be young, but he's brought a new attitude to the Dallas Cowboys.

Jason Garrett might be young, but he's brought a new attitude to the Dallas Cowboys.

From The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Those who know him best are convinced he has what it takes to be a successful coach.

Aikman told Fox viewers Sunday that Garrett could’ve become president of the United States had he chosen politics over football. Cowboys radio analyst Babe Laufenberg, a former quarterback, compares Garrett to Bill Walsh.

“I’m not saying he’s going to win three Super Bowls like Bill Walsh,” Laufenberg said. “But Bill Walsh recruited me to Stanford and I see so many of the same characteristics in Jason — as a person, how they approach football, how they teach it.”

Original Photo Yahoo

Haley Sorry For Handshake Snub

November 16, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Kansas City head coach Todd Haley refused to shake Josh McDaniels’ hand after the Chiefs were beaten by the Denver Broncos.

Todd Haley gives a farewell gesture to Josh McDaniels after the Broncos defeated the Chiefs on Sunday.

Todd Haley gives a farewell gesture to Josh McDaniels after the Broncos defeated the Chiefs on Sunday.

From The Denver Post

Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said Monday that he didn’t know why Chiefs coach Todd Haley wagged his finger and scolded McDaniels rather than go through with the perfunctory postgame handshake.

“I was proud of the way we played, and I have a lot of respect for their entire organization. Obviously, I know a lot of people over there. So, I’m not really sure,” McDaniels said. “It was part of the game, and we all make choices.”

Haley, in his Monday news conference, apologized, saying that he allowed the “emotions of the situation” to take over.” I do believe in doing what’s right, and that was not right,” Haley said.

And with that, Handshakegate was put to bed. Until Dec. 5, that is, when the Broncos travel to Kansas City.

Original Photo Yahoo

Devils Continue Their Implosion

November 15, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The NJ Devils are now 5-11-2.

Martin Brodeur, who always keeps a sandwich hidden in his goalie pads, takes a break during a TV timeout.

Martin Brodeur, who always keeps a sandwich hidden in his goalie pads, offers to share with a teammate during a TV timeout.

From ESPN.com

If it’s not effort, then what is it? Injuries have played a role in the Devils’ woes, but plenty of teams work through injuries. Two seasons ago, the Devils lost goaltender Martin Brodeur for more than half the regular season, and they still won the Atlantic Division.

So, Lamoriello must decide in his heart of hearts whether MacLean deserves more time.

To fire MacLean would be an admission of failure for the coach and the GM. But it would be a small price to pay, if finding a coach who can coax something approaching Kovalchuk’s potential out of the big winger meant getting the Devils back to the postseason.

Original Photo Yahoo

LeBron Plays Blame Game

November 14, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Miami Heat may have begun to turn it around, which is good since LeBron James has started to blame his coach for losses.

LeBron James has begun to throw his coach under the bus.

LeBron James has begun to throw his coach under the bus.

From Yahoo Sports

With two horrific losses within three days at American Airlines Arena, the Heat are mortified to find themselves fighting to stay above .500, and Spoelstra is getting to know his superstar, LeBron James(notes). Chris Bosh(notes) came and went, Dwyane Wade(notes) stood in the corners and watched. Most of all, James found himself in postseason shape, closing a loss to the Boston Celtics with a missed layup, two missed free throws and a corner 3-pointer off the side of the backboard.

The world’s bearing down, times are tumultuous, and James is the one Heat star in playoff form.

“For myself, 44 minutes is too much,” James declared. “I think Coach Spo knows that. Forty minutes for D-Wade is too much. We have to have as much energy as we can to finish games out.”

There you go, Coach Spo.

Get to know him well.

Two days earlier, James had done nothing in overtime and ultimately decided the difference was a Hall of Fame coach, Jerry Sloan, who knew exactly what the Heat were going to do. James never takes responsibility, never says, “I’m the MVP and I need to do more.”

Original Photo funtasticus

Could Jeter Leave The Yankees?

November 13, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Derek Jeter will probably remain with the New York Yankees, but Twinkietown had some fun speculating about what it would take for him to join the Minnesota Twins.

Would Derek Jeter enjoy life on the Minnesota Twins?

Would Derek Jeter enjoy life on the Minnesota Twins?

From twinkietown.com

February 11, 2011

In a move that shocks the baseball world, the Minnesota Twins sign Derek Jeter to a one-year contract worth $18 million plus performance incentives.

As Twins bloggers and number crunchers tear their clothes off in bewilderment, the mainstream media is a cross section between praising the organization and questioning how they can commit that kind of money to a single player when those funds could have been used earlier in the season to shore up so many other holes.  Local beat writers defend the decision, saying the unique circumstances and other trades allowed them to jump at this one-time, one-year opportunity.

Original Photos Yahoo, Foxmonster

Alternate Logo: Miami Heat (II)

November 12, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Miami Fail Heat’s Big Three do not seem to be getting it done so far this season.

The Miami Heat may want to alter their logo to better reflect the pairing of Chris Bosh and LeBron James with Dwayne Wade.

The Miami Heat may want to alter their logo to better reflect the pairing of Chris Bosh and LeBron James with Dwayne Wade.

From The NY Times

It’s kind of a shame really, that the Miami Heat has started the season 5-4, having been thumped twice by the Celtics already. The Big Three had such potential to be the N.B.A.’s hated villain. LeBron James’s universally hated free agency reality show was sublime; getting people to scowl at the otherwise likeable Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh was genius. The forever-gelled Pat Riley lurking in the background? Oliver Stone couldn’t have constructed this better.

But now, they’re stumbling along like a band of misfits and it’s impossible to conjure up anything close to mass indignation. It’s more like a mass yawn.

Original Photo sportslogos.net

Phil Jackson Has A Plan

November 11, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Los Angeles Lakers’ coach Phil Jackson’s plans for the team do not involve 70 wins.

Lakers' coach Phil Jackson likes bobble heads.

Lakers' coach Phil Jackson likes bobble heads.

From ESPN

It’s not going to happen [for us],” Jackson said about the 70-win talk surrounding his team after the Lakers’ shootaround Thursday morning in preparation for their game against the Denver Nuggets.

“The schedule’s too tough. The travel is extenuating in the Western Conference, there’s very difficult time zone changes that you go through and all the stuff that happens. And that’s disregarding the idea that you can play with all your players for the rest of the season.”Everything has to just break perfect for that to happen, plus the team has to be very, very resilient and very, very capable of filling in for one another at multiple positions.

Original Photo Yahoo

Chargers Look To Get Healthy

November 10, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The San Diego Chargers are trying to get healthy, while Ryan Mathews tries to avoid being called a disappointment.

Ryan Mathews of the San Diego Chargers has been a bust for his Fantasy Football owners.

Ryan Mathews of the San Diego Chargers has been a bust for his Fantasy Football owners.

From NBC Sports

The San Diego Union-Tribune confirms that Ryan Mathews aggravated the same ankle injury that plagued him throughout October during the Chargers’ Week 9 win over the Texans.

It’s Mathews’ right ankle, and the initial injury was a high ankle sprain. The No. 12 overall pick in April’s draft was off to a hot start before the setback, racking up 42 yards on nine totes to improve his season yards-per-carry average to 4.41. Mathews has played well when healthy this year, but luck and situation haven’t been on his side. He’s got a Week 10 bye to heal up.

Original Photo Yahoo

Cowboys Blame Themselves

November 09, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Dallas Cowboys canned Wade Phillips.

Wearing a bag on his head may have been the last straw for Wade Phillips as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

Wearing a bag on his head may have been the last straw for Wade Phillips as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

From dallasnews.com

They always say the coach is not going to fire the coach, that’s what Jerry said,” DeMarcus Ware said. “The players are going to get the coach fired and that’s what I think happened.”

Said Jason Witten “It’s tough. I think in a lot of ways as a leader you feel disappointed because you feel like you let Wade down and to be in this situation it almost feels surreal to think that we’re 1-7. But the last three and a half years we’ve been able to do a lot of good things. Unfortunately this year it seemed like it snowballed on us and we haven’t been able to shake it. So from that standpoint it’s hard to wrap your arms around why it happened and it’s real.

Original Photo Yahoo

Redskins Back From Bye

November 08, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Washington Redskins return from their bye week rested and ready.

Donovan McNabb was put on the McBench late in week 8 by the Detroit Lions, so Redskins fans are hoping he learned the 2 minute offense during his bye week.

Donovan McNabb was put on the McBench late in week 8 by the Detroit Lions, so Redskins fans are hoping he learned the 2 minute offense during his bye week.

From The Washington Post

After five days off, the Washington Redskins returned to work Monday, only to discover that many of the issues and questions the team faced entering the bye week still linger. Chief among them: the status and role of quarterback Donovan McNabb, who was benched in the team’s last outing. In fact, the uncertainty surrounding McNabb only grew during the team’s bye week.

“Everywhere I was, that’s all I saw was stuff about Donovan,” said cornerback DeAngelo Hall. “I don’t think the bye week gave it a chance to go anywhere except just sit there and fester. It’s still there

Original Photos Yahoo, Washington Post

Ryan Fitzpatrick Chucks It

November 07, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick likes to throw the ball.

Ryan Fitzpatrick likes to throw it deep. Also ZZ Top.

Ryan Fitzpatrick likes to throw it deep. Also ZZ Top.

From wgr550.com

It was a typical Fitzpatrick game, he was 31 of 51 for 299 yards. He threw a great TD to Roscoe Parrish and had some nice balls to Stevie Johnson who had 11 catches for 145 yards, but he missed way too many opportunities to wide open receivers to win. His two interceptions were costly. Fitzpatrick has thrown TD passes in nine consecutive games which obviously is a great accomplishment. He had some big drops by Lee Evans and Jackson.

One thing I loved in this game is trailing 7-0 early with 4th and 2 from the Chicago 38, Gailey went for it. Fitzpatrick hit David Nelson for the first down. That led to Fitzpatrick finding Parrish for a 14 yard TD. The last three coaches here for sure would’ve punted.

Original Photo Yahoo

The Return Of Josh Childress

November 06, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Josh Childress is happy and optimistic being on the Phoenix Suns after playing in Greece.

Josh Childress of the Phoenix Suns like big hair.

Josh Childress of the Phoenix Suns likes big hair.

From probasketballtalk

He’s struggling, really only taking shots right at the rim (2.7 per game) and ignoring jumpers or threes (0.6 per game) unless he has to take them. It’s a far cry from the Childress who was a solid outside shooter in Atlanta before he went to Greece, where he also shot well from the outside.

A broken finger will do that. Childress broke the fingertip on his right (shooting) hand on a dunk in the preseason.

Original Photo Yahoo

Bills Limp Into Toronto

November 05, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Buffalo Bills are falling on hard times, and the folks in Toronto know it.

The Toronto media says that the Buffalo Bills suck more than Wesley Snipes in the Blade movies.

The Toronto media says that the Buffalo Bills suck as much as Wesley Snipes did in the Blade movies.

From thestar.com

Whether or not the Bills continue to come to Toronto, the fact is that Rogers hooked up with a losing team. Since the team’s glory years in the early 1990s, when they made four consecutive, albeit unsuccessful, trips to the Super Bowl, they’ve had only five winning seasons. Their last one came in 2004 and they haven’t been to the playoffs since 2000.

But not since they started the 1984 season with 11 straight losses have they been this terrible.

The Bills are 26th in total offence and are surrendering a league-worst average of 188 rushing yards per game. That combination of no offence and no defence tends to keep teams from winning.

“I think they’re bottoming out,” says Buffalo News columnist Jerry Sullivan. “They’re paying the price for 10 years of bad decisions and bad drafting.”

Original Photo Yahoo

Are NFL Games In Europe Worth It?

November 04, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Denver Broncos faced the San Francisco 49′ers in London last week, and nobody seemed to care except Roger Goodell.

San Francisco 49'ers punter Andy Lee thinks the NFL has gone to far in trying to attract European fans.

San Francisco 49'ers punter Andy Lee thinks the NFL might have gone a little too far in it's effort to attract European fans.

From Fanhouse

Does America’s version of football play Ringo to the John, Paul, George and Man U’s of the Premier League? Of course, it does. But NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is a visionary. The man sees (and gets) Super Bowls in New York, for goodness sakes, so you better believe he looks across the Atlantic Ocean and sees a wealth of untapped revenue.

Along with a future NFL franchise.

“I think the next step will be multiple games,” Goodell said Friday of the league’s international series during a Global Sports Panel Discussion in London. “And if that’s successful then I think the idea of a franchise here is realistic.”

Call me a traditionalist, but the thought of some team called the London Bridges or United Kingdom Kings playing a big NFC East showdown against the rival Philadelphia Eagles on “Monday Night Football” … well … let’s just say I just can’t.

But Goodell sees thousands of European fans and hundreds of media types traveling across their continent to be a part of the weekend festivities — if not the game — reinforces his global initiative strategy.

Original Photos Yahoo, awkwardpress

John Fox On The Hot Seat

November 03, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Carolina Panthers Head Coach John Fox might be looking for a new job pretty soon.

John Fox of the Carolina Panthers was not in the premiere of The Walking Dead on Sunday night, but he may have been a dead coach walking Sunday afternoon.

John Fox of the Carolina Panthers was not in the premiere of The Walking Dead on Sunday night, but he may have been a dead coach walking Sunday afternoon.

From shelbystar.com

Payton and Fox spent three years together with the New York Giants and went to a Super Bowl.

They remain close friends.

So when Payton was asked on a conference call Wednesday if he would consider adding Fox to his staff next year if he doesn’t land a head coaching job somewhere else, he didn’t hesitate to give Fox plenty of praise.

“I don’t think he’s going to have to worry about being an assistant coach, but I would always look for a spot for a guy like John Fox,” Payton said. “He’s that good.”

Original Photos Yahoo, thewalkingdeadpodcast

Vikings Let Moss Go

November 02, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Randy Moss is no longer a member of the Minnesota Vikings.

The Minnesota Vikings new the end had come for Randy Moss and they acted accordingly.

The Minnesota Vikings knew the end had come for Randy Moss and they acted accordingly.

From Profootballtalk

Per multiple reports, Randy Moss officially has been cut by the Vikings.

Since the trading deadline has come and gone, he is subject to the waivers process.  One G.M. told me within the hour that he expects a “boatload” of teams to submit claims.

Of the teams expected to claim Moss, multiple league insiders believe the Patriots will do so as well.

Since the one-loss Pats currently are last on the list, the gesture would be the next step in the phony (from New England’s perspective) Moss love-fest, aimed at keeping his wings clipped if/when he plays the Patriots again.

Original Photos Yahoo, artaban7

San Francisco Wins World Series

November 01, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The San Francisco Giants have won the 2010 World Series.

San Francisco looks different now that the Giants have won the 2010 World Series.

San Francisco looks different now that the Giants have won the 2010 World Series.

From The NY Times

Their fans have shivered through frigid June evenings and wept over October heartbreak, those soul-crushing years of 1962 and 1989 and 2002, watching as seemingly everyone else has sipped celebratory Champagne. Now it is their turn.

What the Say Hey Kid and Will the Thrill and the Bondses could not do, Edgar Renteria and Tim Lincecum could. They made San Francisco cry with joy, and the city by the Bay may as well turn to rubble now that their beloved Giants are champions of baseball.

Original Photos merlionandthebay, bleacherreport


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