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Ochocinco To Try Bull Riding

May 11, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Chad Ochocinco plans to ride a bull.

Chad Ochoconco feels he is capable of riding a bull, and the PBR is willing to pay him to do it.

Chad Ochoconco feels he is capable of riding a bull, and the PBR is willing to pay him to do it.

From USA Today

The PBR challenged Ochocinco with:

  • If he gets on a bull at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., the PBR will give him $10,000.
  • If he rides the bull for the required eight seconds, the PBR will give him a new Ford F-150 truck and allow him to permanently rename the bull anything he wants.
  • If he doesn’t show, the PBR will rename the bull “#58 No Show Cinco.” The number is the reverse of Ochocinco”s jersey No. 85.

The event is the PBR Lucas Oil Invitational. The challenge is an outgrowth of some of Ochocinco’s many posting on Twitter

Original Photos zimbio, jasonsavagephotography

Surprises At The 2011 NFL Draft

April 29, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The NFL Draft saw Roger Goodell booed, Mark Ingram slide and Prince Amukamara’s massive family live it up.

Prince Amukamara's normal family upbringing made him a no brainer for the NY Giants late in the 1st round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Prince Amukamara's normal family upbringing made him a no brainer for the NY Giants late in the 1st round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

From Yahoo Sports

Commissioner Roger Goodell did his best to handle the situation, talking through the chorus of boos and jeers he was welcomed with by the crowd at Radio City Music Hall. The fans also chanted “We want football!” several times – as if there were any chance of playing right now, but you get the point – and generally weren’t a happy group because of the labor dispute. What is clear from the various opinion polls out there measuring fan reaction is that nobody is particularly popular right now.

Original Photos Daylife, google

Hillis Gets Madden Cover

April 28, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Peyton Hillis of the Cleveland Browns is surprised that he’ll be on the cover of Madden 12.

Peyton Hillis of the Cleveland Browns will be on the cover of Madden 12. Hillis will also be starring as Thing in the next Fantastic 4 movie.

Peyton Hillis of the Cleveland Browns will be on the cover of Madden 12. Hillis will also be starring as Thing in the next Fantastic 4 movie.

From MyFoxDC

Hillis, who bruised his way to popularity with Cleveland Browns fans in 2010 thanks to his punishing running style, was chosen via fan vote to be on the cover of the newest edition of the popular football video game.

His upset victory comes courtesy of rabid Browns fans, who used various social media platforms to get the word out and stuff the digital ballot box.

Hillis was acquired by the Browns last spring in a trade for quarterback Brady Quinn. In his first season as a starter, he ran for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Original Photos ESPNSuperherotimes

Jets Serious About Moss

April 13, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The NY Jets’  interest in Randy Moss appears to be real.

The New York Jets have a real interest in Randy Moss.

The New York Jets have some interest in Randy Moss.

From ProFootballTalk

It sounds like Ryan’s public statements weren’t just some odd smokescreen.  As pointed out by Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe, two national writers say the Jets’ interest in Moss is genuine.

1. Vic Carucci of NFL.com: “According to multiple league insiders, the interest the Jets have in Moss is twofold. . . . One, it could help them weather the very real possibility of losing at least one of their three free-agent receivers: Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith. Two, it would keep Moss from returning to the Patriots, whom he is known to want to re-join.”

2. Mike Freeman: “Several league sources told CBSSports.com the team is seriously intrigued by Moss.”

Original Photos theepochtimes, cloudfiles

Moon Hurting Cam Newton?

April 08, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Some folks think Warren Moon might be doing more harm than good for Cam Newton.

Did Warren Moon play the race card behind Cam Newton's back?

Did Warren Moon play the race card behind Cam Newton's back?

From Bleacher Report

Former NFL quarterback, Warren Moon, recently commented about Newton’s criticism received by the media, claiming that racial judgments and mental dispositions were driving Cam Newton’s image out of its true self.

Newton is the lone African American quarterback amongst the main draft group (though I, the author, would argue Tyrod Taylor has been vastly overlooked).

But, Warren Moon might have been out of the modern frame of mind when he made his comments. Now, Moon dealt with a hand full of racial barriers as an NFL quarterback, but in the year 2011 it’s difficult to draw up the correlations Moon was trying to bring to our attention.

What NFL scouts want is talent, whether it’s black or white. They also want a smart player, especially for the quarterback position.

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Talib Blames Mama

March 31, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Aqib Talib of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers says it wasn’t him but his mother who fired shots at a man during a confrontation in Texas.

Aqib Talib was accused of firing a gun at a man, until he explained that it was actually his mother that did the shooting.

Aqib Talib was accused of firing a gun at a man, until he explained that it was actually his mother that did the shooting.

From Yahoo Sports

According to the St. Petersburg Times, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback has hired two law firms and a private investigator to help prepare his case. Police say Talib and his mother Okolo both fires shots at Billings on March 21 after he had argued with Talib’s sister Saran. Talib has also been accused of attempting to pistol whip Billings.

Per the report, Talib has retained the counsel of Pittsburgh attorney Jay Reisinger and Dallas criminal attorneys Frank Perez and H. David Lozano.

The attorneys didn’t comment on the matter but Talib reportedly told Clint Bowen, a coach when he was a player at Kansas, that only his mom squeezed off shots at Billings.

“I talked to Aqib two days ago,” Bowen said, according to the Times. “I told him, ‘I just read something about you firing a gun.’ He said, ‘Man, I didn’t do a thing. It’ll all come out soon.’ He just kept saying that. … He said, ‘I didn’t do that. That was my mom. It’s all going to come out.’”

Original Photos Life, cygnus

Can Chad Ochocinco Really Play?

March 24, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL, Soccer

Could Chad Ochocinco  of the Cincinnati Bengals actually make it in the MLS?

Chad Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals and Sporting Kansas City is having some trouble adjusting to soccer practices.

Chad Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals and Sporting Kansas City is having some trouble adjusting to soccer practices.

From ESPN

In his four-day trial with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer, enabled by the NFL lockout and instigated by the eccentric player himself, Ochocinco is trying to prove to his buddies and Real Madrid superstars Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo that he could just as well have been a soccer player. In so doing, he might decide a long-standing debate over whether the U.S. would be a better soccer nation if more of its elite athletes played the sport.

The principals involved insist this is no stunt, like when Ochocinco appeared on “Dancing with the Stars,” had his own reality television show or raced a thoroughbred horse.

“We went to dinner when he first got here and he told me straight up that he’s dead serious and really wants this,” said the team’s young U.S. national team striker Teal Bunbury. “He doesn’t want to waste anybody’s time.”

Original Photos Yahoo, imageshack

Goodell Getting Antsy

March 23, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is talking in urgent tones.

Roger Goodell wants to convince the players that the NFL already has made it's best offer.

Roger Goodell is defending the NFL's offer to the players.

From The Boston Herald

For those who enjoyed two days of discussions of on-the-field football news, it ended when Roger Goodell stepped to the podium. In concluding the NFL’s annual meetings yesterday, the commissioner acknowledged the “primary focus was obviously on our labor dispute.”

Goodell reiterated what has been his stance all offseason on the lockout. He wants negotiations with the players’ representatives to continue and said the confidence expressed by the owners for a full 2011 season is “their hope.”

“The faster we get back to mediation,” Goodell said, “the faster we get an agreement and the fairer it will be.”

Original Photos Yahoo, Forbes, motivatemysalesteam

Ryan Mallett’s Stock Keeps Falling

March 18, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Former Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett continues to slide down NFL draft boards due to his alleged past.

Ryan Mallett may have watched too many reruns of The Wire.

Ryan Mallett may have watched too many reruns of The Wire.

From MercuryNews

A potential first-round draft pick, Mallett faced questions at the NFL scouting combine because of an article on www.101espn.com. Tony Softli, a former NFL executive in Carolina and St. Louis, wrote “heavy rumors of drug use and possible addiction kept him from coming out for the 2010 draft. A lot of people are comparing Mallett to Ryan Leaf.”

Mallett tried to deflect the rumors without denying them, saying they were beyond his control, but alleged an ulterior motive in the timing of the story.

“Obviously somebody did it for a reason, right before the combine, right before the draft,” Mallett said. “That’s the last I’m going to talk about it, though. I’ve talked to the teams. It’s all good.”

At 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, Mallett may have the strongest arm of any quarterback in the draft and said he can throw the football “80-plus” yards.

Original Photos wildaboutazcats, kurebeachaikido

Adrian Peterson Opens Mouth, Puts In Foot

March 16, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings said some stupid stuff.

Adrian Peterson has a story to share about the struggle a modern day slave faces trying to get by on only 10 million a year.

Adrian Peterson has a story to share about the struggle a modern day slave faces trying to get by on only 10 million dollars a year.

From Heraldsun.com

Petersen, scheduled to make $10.72 million in base salary in 2011, made the claim in an interview with Yahoo! Sports after the NFL Players Association decertified and the NFL owners subsequently locked out the players.

Talking about how he felt the players were being treated in the talks, Peterson said, “It’s modern-day slavery, you know? People kind of laugh at that, but there are people working at regular jobs who get treated the same way, too.

“With all the money … the owners are trying to get a different percentage, and bring in more money. I understand that — these are business-minded people. Of course, this is what they are going to want to do … but as players, we have to stand our ground and say, ‘Hey, without us, there’s no football.’”

Original Photos dvdtown, newsok

NFL Lockout Begins

March 12, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

NFL owners have officially locked out the players.

The NFL owners sent a message to the players, and it's the same message that they've been sending to the fans for years.

The NFL owners sent a message to the players, and it's the same message that they've been sending to the fans for years.

From The Sporting News

When NFL owners decided to enact their lockout strategy Friday night, coming on the heels of the NFLPA’s decision to decertify, the litigation locomotive was full steam ahead.

The lawsuit Tom Brady vs. the NFL was filed Friday, and the courtroom battle promises to be a bumpy ride that could lead to a shortened preseason and maybe even a reduced season. In the end, two sides couldn’t decide how to divvy up $9 billion.

When players couldn’t get the proof they said they needed to warrant the owners’ desired “giveback” from the old CBA, they announced they were decertifying and bringing an antitrust suit against the NFL.

The NFL responded on Friday night by making good on its threat to lock out the players, creating the NFL’s first work stoppage since 1987. It puts the 2011 season in jeopardy, though most legal experts don’t believe the entire season will be lost.

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The Return Of Tiki Barber

March 09, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Tiki Barber is coming out of retirement, but he won’t be playing for the NY Giants.

Former NY Giants RB Tiki Barber is planning on coming out of retirement.

Former NY Giants' RB Tiki Barber is planning on coming out of retirement.

From Business Insider

NFL teams aren’t chomping at the bit to sign Tiki Barber, but Jim Fassel, the head coach of the UFL’s Las Vegas Locomotives, would be thrilled to add the 35-year-old running back to his roster.

Barber might not be the only NFL (player or ex-NFL as the case may be) to consider suiting up for the United Football League next year.  It’s hard to imagine any of the NFL’s star free agents playing for the fledgling league because of the injury risk and minuscule pay check, but the marginal players could jump ship.

The guys that figure to be hurt the most by the NFL lockout aren’t the players most football fans have heard of, but they could still provide a major bump to the UFL’s product and visibility.  And who knows, the UFL may be able to snatch a few more over the hill stars looking for one more season than usual if there’s no NFL season.

Original Photos criticalmassesmedia beautychatblog

NFL Labor Plot Thickens

March 02, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The NFL and the NFL Players Association may be closer to a potential agreement.

Lets all hold hands pray that the NFL does not padlock the doors on the players in a few days.

Lets all hold hands pray that the NFL does not padlock the doors on the players in a few days.

From Yahoo Sports

The NFL Players Association got a huge victory Tuesday, as U.S. District Court Judge David Doty issued a ruling that will likely prevent owners from accessing the television payments that would have helped fund a potential lockout. Forty-eight hours before the current collective bargaining agreement was due to expire, union officials celebrated the dramatic turn of events at a downtown Washington establishment.

We can only hope that the real winners will be the millions of fans whose devotion funds the exceptionally large pile of loot over which these two factions are fighting.

Original Photos pennsylvaniafiduciarylitigation, nfl

Shockey Out On The Street

February 23, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The New Orleans Saints have released Jeremy Shockey.

Jeremy Shockey has been called a bum before, but now he's unemployed and homeless after getting released by the New Orleans Saints.

Jeremy Shockey has been called a bum before, but now he's unemployed and homeless after getting released by the New Orleans Saints.

From NOLA

I’d like to thank Jeremy for the contributions he made to our team during his time in New Orleans,” Saints GM Mickey Loomis said. “These decisions are never easy to make and we wish him the best in the future.” “Jeremy played an important role in helping our team bring a Super Bowl championship to New Orleans,” said Coach Sean Payton. “He contributed to the success of our offense, both as a pass-catcher and run blocker, and we’re appreciative of his efforts.

Original Photos Life, freerangetalk

Seymour Gets Paid

February 18, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Richard Seymour signed a new deal with the Oakland Raiders.

To celebrate the signing of his new 30 million dollar deal with the Raiders, Richard Seymour bought Flavor Flav's teeth.

To celebrate the signing of his new 30 million dollar deal with the Raiders, Richard Seymour bought Flavor Flav's teeth.

From The Mercury News

The Raiders retained the services of defensive tackle Richard Seymour on Wednesday without having to use the franchise tag, agreeing to terms on a two-year contract worth as much as $30 million with a guarantee of $22.5 million.

Although Seymour was the first NFL player of note scheduled for free agency to re-sign with his team this offseason, the move was not announced by the Raiders but confirmed by a source close to Seymour.

Raiders officials couldn’t be reached for comment.

Seymour, 31, was facing a possible franchise tag for a second consecutive season that would have paid him $14.9 million for the 2011 season, a 20 percent raise from last season.

Having played on three Super Bowl championship teams in New England, Seymour was on record as wanting to stay in Oakland.

Original Photos  Yahoo, Oh Pepper

Packers Win Super Bowl

February 07, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Green Bay Packers are Super Bowl XLV Champions.

AJ Hawk talks to the media after the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl victory.

AJ Hawk talks to the media after the Green Bay Packers' Super Bowl victory.

From Boston.com

The Packers dominated the early going, taking a page out of the Patriots’ playbook by spreading out the Steelers’ vaunted zone blitz and throwing quickly to neutralize the rush of linebackers James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley and safety Troy Polamalu.

Green Bay built a 21-3 lead before the injuries took hold, and needed that cushion to hold off a gritty championship-tested team stocked with 54 Super Bowl rings.

Original Photos Yahoo, fivejokes

Icy Super Bowl Sunday

February 06, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Super Bowl XLV takes place today, but the weather might be a problem for attending fans.

Workers take a break from clearing the snow from the roof of Cowboys Stadium, site of Super Bowl XLV.

Workers take a break from clearing the snow from the roof of Cowboys Stadium, site of Super Bowl XLV.

From Examiner.com

Super Bowl 2011 weather is going to cause hazardous conditions for the Super Bowl fans who are planning to watch the biggest game of the year at Cowboys stadium. This is the forecast from the National Weather Service.

Freezing fog is encompassing the area of the Super Bowl and a cold front is expected to bring in snow and rain for the remainder of the day. Both teams are use to this weather in Pittsburgh and Green Bay, but the fans were hoping for that warm southern Texas sunshine.

Original Photo Yahoo, examiner

Packers Try To Keep Focused

February 02, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers is using his previous experiences to get his team ready for the Super Bowl.

Mike McCarthy likes his Green Bay Packers' chances on Sunday. He also likes them French fried potaters. HMM MM.

Mike McCarthy likes his Green Bay Packers' chances on Sunday. He also likes them French fried potaters. HMM MM.

From The Sporting News

“Mike would be sitting there and his eyes would be rolling and his head would be bobbing,” recalled NFL Sirius Radio analyst Rich Gannon, a former NFL quarterback whom McCarthy coached in Kansas City. “He’d be just absolutely dying, working on only a few hours sleep. All of a sudden the next day, you’d think the guy had slept for days.”

McCarthy rose from an offensive assistant to quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator, working for the Chiefs, Packers, Saints and 49ers, before landing a head coaching job with the Packers in 2006. Five years later, he has led them to Super Bowl XVL, where they will play the Steelers at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday night.

Original Photo Yahoo

Alternate Logo: Pittsburgh Steelers

February 01, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The media is starting to ask Rashard Mendenhall of the Pittsburgh Steelers about his celebration tendencies.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will not be changing their name to the Queerlers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will not be changing their name to the Queerlers.

From The Huffington Post

Rashard Mendenhall had an incredible performance in the AFC Championship game, rushing for 121 yards and scoring a touchdown in Pittsburgh’s 24-19 victory over the Jets. At the end of the game after Ben Roethlisberger took a knee to seal the deal, the Steelers running back was overjoyed and jumped on his quarterback. Then, he proceeded to hump his teammate on live television

Original Photo sportslogos.net

Fisher Moves On

January 27, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Jeff Fisher is out as head coach of the Tennessee Titans.

Jeff Fisher no longer works for the Tennessee Titans.

Jeff Fisher no longer works for the Tennessee Titans.

From Yahoo Sports

In a surprising move, the Tennessee Titans have parted ways with Jeff Fisher, who just completed his 16th full season as the NFL’s longest-tenured coach.The team said in a release Thursday night that “Fisher will no longer be the head coach of the team.” The Titans announced the move within an hour of a report by SI.com that they were negotiating Fisher’s departure.

Though Fisher had been derided locally as “Coach .500” or “Coacho Ocho,” he seemingly had just survived a battle with quarterback Vince Young. Adams decided to either release Young or trade him on Jan. 5. The owner announced two days later that he would be keeping Fisher.

Original Photos Life, balljunkie

Alternate Logo: NY Jets

January 25, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The New York Jets lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, but Mark Sanchez boozed it up afterward.

The New York Jets' season ended with a thud on Sunday.

The New York Jets' season ended with a thud on Sunday.

From The NY Post

But a spy said, “Mark sat with Braylon for a short while, but soon enough he was back at the bar flirting with the bartender, a gorgeous South American girl, busty with long, dark reddish hair. They were doing shots together and he kept whispering in her ear and holding her hand. He looked pretty enamored, and was at the bar until closing time. He went home alone but phone numbers were exchanged. Edwards’ bill came to around $2,500.”

The players closed down the club at 4:30 a.m. Edwards, who was charged with DUI last September, left in a chauffeur-driven Escalade.

Original Photo Boston Herald

Bears Fans Say Cutler Quit

January 24, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Lots of folks think Chicago Bears’ QB Jay Cutler quit on Sunday, even though tests on Monday revealed a MCL sprain.

Folks are saying that Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears quit on the team and should change his name to Jay Quitler.

People are saying that Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears quit on the team and should change his name to Jay Quitler.

From The Atlanta Journal Constitution

From Maurice Jones-Drew of Jacksonville: “All I’m saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee … I played the whole season on one.”

Also from Jones-Drew: “Hey, I think the Urban Meyer rule is in effect right now. When the going gets tough … QUIT.”

From Derrick Brooks, formerly of Tampa Bay: “HEY there is no medicine for a guy with no guts and heart.”

We pause here to congratulate Jones-Drew on his new career as a diagnostician and Brooks for his post-NFL venture as both gastroenterologist and cardiologist. And now we move on.

From Deion Sanders, serial preener: “I’m telling you in the playoffs you must drag me off the field. All the medicine in pro locker rooms this dude comes out! I apologize, Bear fans! . . . Folks I never question a player’s injury but I do question a player’s heart.”

Also from Deion: “I better see Dr.  [James] Andrews operate live on Cutler and [backup Todd] Collins tonight after the game on NFL network. Truth.”

Original Photo Fansedge

NFL Stars Using Deer Antler Spray

January 20, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens is among a number of NFL players that have been using a mouth spray containing deer antler velvet extract.

Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens has allegedly been using a performance enhancing mouth spray containing deer antler velvet.

Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens has allegedly been using a performance enhancing mouth spray containing deer antler velvet.

From The Post Game

In an interview with ThePostGame.com in his Birmingham, Ala., office in December, Ross produced more than a half-dozen text messages he said were from Lewis over the past two years acknowledging receipt of S.W.A.T.S products and providing Ross with two addresses for shipment. ThePostGame.com has confirmed that both addresses were for properties owned by Lewis and the phone was registered to Lewis. Ross estimates he has sent 25 bottles of spray to Lewis over the last two years. (Each bottle, Ross estimates, contains a two-month supply of spray.)

A text message on Ross’ phone, dated Aug. 30, was sent to a number registered to Lewis, and asked, “You get the … spray?” A message received moments later from the number said, “Yes.”

A text message from Ross to the phone registered to Lewis at 8:05 a.m. on Nov. 2, 2009 asked, “You need more spray?” A reply from Lewis’ phone, received one minute later, read, “Yes my man, always.” Another text from Lewis’ phone read, “Yes, send me all the stuff.”

Reached by phone Wednesday, Bengals safety Roy Williams said, “I use the spray all the time. Two to three times a day. My body felt good after using it. I did feel a difference.”

Original Photos nepatriotsdraft, ironcladmetaleffects

Rex Keeping Quiet

January 19, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

New York Jets’ coach Rex Ryan has been quiet this week.

New York Jets' coach Rex Ryan has found a way to keep his mouth shut this week.

New York Jets' coach Rex Ryan has found a way to keep his mouth shut.

From The Pittsburgh Post Gazette

The bile in the buildup, the loathing for the lead in, the raw enmity, the unprintable blood oaths coach Rex Ryan has been converting into Jet fuel since training camp. Rex please, where is the love/hate psychobabble we love to hate?

“I have a huge amount of respect for Mike Tomlin,” Ryan said in his opening statement for the AFC championship game. “He’s one of my favorite coaches.”

That was Monday.

On the Tuesday before the AFC championship game, Tomlin lowered the temperature.

“I love Rex,” said the Steelers boss. “He has a lot of fun with you guys, but, when you see past all that, you see a great football coach. With Rex, the glass is always half full.”

Seriously, this is how this week is going to go?

Original Photos Life, dailymail

Fake Punt Dooms Pats

January 17, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The New England Patriots were defeated by the New York Jets on Sunday.

Patrick Chung might be taking the blame for the fake punt, but New England Patriots' coach Bill Belichick blames himself.

Patrick Chung might be taking the blame for the fake punt, but New England Patriots' coach Bill Belichick blames himself.

From USA Today

The coaches trust him to run it and that’s why they give him the green light if he has it.”

Mesko said Chung saw an advantage based on the number of defenders the Jets had up front. The Patriots faced a fourth-and-4 from their own 38 with 1:14 left in the second quarter on the play.

But Chung fumbled the snap and the Jets took over at the 37. Four plays later, they scored a TD that gave them a 14-3 halftime advantage.

Coach Bill Belichick didn’t explain much about the play after the game. “We just made a bad mistake on the play,” he said. “Just a bad mistake.”

But Mesko stood by the move.

“(If it works out) you’re called smart,” he said. “You never know, you could go into the half with great momentum with the lead. We could have marched down the field if we had converted it.”

Original Photos mantoos, simononsports

Alternate Logo: Atlanta Falcons

January 16, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Atlanta Falcons were brutally raped by Aaron Rodgers on Saturday.

Despite the crushing loss to the Packers, the Atlanta Falcons will not be changing their name to the Failcons.

Despite the crushing loss to the Packers, the Atlanta Falcons will not be changing their name to the Failcons.

From The Falcoholic

It was a brutal game, this 48-21 loss to the Packers. The Falcons got off to a hot start with a turnover and Eric Weems’ brilliant kick return for a touchdown, and then everything went to hell. The Packers and Aaron Rodgers were simply too good tonight, and the Falcons had no answers for them. No one on the team—with the possible exception of Weems—gets a pass for the performance. It took an entire team to lose in such gut-wrenching fashion.

It’s over now. There will be no more talk of disrespect from pundits, fretting over whether Harry Douglas will emerge in the third receiver role and agonizing over the decisions of Brian Van Gorder and Mike Mularkey.

Original Photo sportslogos.net

Panthers Go With Rivera

January 13, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Carolina Panthers have hired Ron Rivera as their new head coach.

Fantasy Football bust Jonathan Stewart of the Carolina Panthers is greeted by a fan during a mid December game.

New Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera hopes to turn around players like Fantasy Football bust Jonathan Stewart, shown here as he is greeted by a fan during a mid December game.

From Boston.com

The Carolina Panthers have entrusted Ron Rivera with turning around the NFL’s worst team, making the Chargers defensive coordinator the second Latino head coach in NFL history.

Rivera was introduced yesterday. He replaces John Fox, who was let go earlier this month after Carolina went 2-14 in his ninth season.

It’s the first head coaching job for the 49-year-old Rivera, who is of Puerto Rican and Mexican heritage. He joins ex-Raiders and Seahawks boss Tom Flores as the only Latino head coaches.

Original Photos Yahoo, Yahoo

Photoshop originally seen on Footballguys.com

Eagles: What Went Wrong?

January 11, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Philadelphia Eagles know that they need to fix their defense in the off-season.

Young players like DeSean Jackson are lucky that the Philadelphia Eagles have Mike Vick around to show them how to cope with a tough loss.

Young players like DeSean Jackson are lucky that the Philadelphia Eagles have Mike Vick around to show them how to cope after a devastating loss.

From gcobb.com

The problems in the red zone have the Eagles front office concerned about defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.  During the season, opposing teams got into the end zone at a 77% rate, which is the worst an NFL defense has done in that category in nearly three decades.  I learned that the Eagles feel McDermott has made the team’s defensive system too complicated and gimmicky.

There’s concern that too many times during the season, he has had the team’s defensive ends playing pass defense. Earlier in the week, defensive end Trent Cole pointed a finger at the coaches and the scheme.  Someone asked him if he was wearing down during the season because he hadn’t come down any sacks in a good while.  Cole said he was fine, but added he was just doing what the coaches wanted him to do.

Original Photos Yahoo, doomsday

Falcons Wait For Packers

January 10, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Roddy White and the Atlanta Falcons are waiting for the Green Bay Packers.

Roddy White stretches for a pass earlier this season.

Roddy White stretches for a pass earlier this season.

From thefalcoholic

With rookie James Stark providing a ground game for the first time all season and the Packers’ defense making life a little difficult for Michael Vick, the Packers edged out the Eagles. That cupcake matchup with the Seattle Seahawks isn’t forthcoming, but the Falcons have beaten the Pack once at home and they can certainly do so again.

For the Falcons, it means stopping a suddenly balanced attack that’s still heavy on the brilliance of Aaron Rodgers. It means navigating a tough Packers secondary and a defense that’s capable of blitzing all day. They’ve made it this far surviving challenges from good football teams who can do all of these things, so it’s not a matter of panicking. Atlanta just has to be ready.

Original Photo zimbio

Photoshop originally seen on Footballguys.com

No Luck For Panthers

January 07, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Andrew Luck will stay at Stanford for another year, leaving the Carolina Panthers with questions about what to do with the No.1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Jimmy Clausen looked pretty green while starting at QB for the Carolina Panthers.

Jimmy Clausen looked pretty green while starting at QB for the Carolina Panthers.

From The NY Times

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck announced on Thursday that he would return to Stanford to complete his degree in architectural design. He was all but guaranteed to be the No. 1 pick in the draft. And no team needs a quarterback more than the Carolina Panthers, who happen to have the No. 1 selection.

The Panthers got nowhere with Matt Moore and Jimmy Clausen this season, and when those two were hurt, Carolina startled Brian St. Pierre by calling him out of the blue; he was out of football, helping take care of his infant son in suburban Boston.

Original Photo Bleacherreport

Photoshop originally seen on Footballguys.com

Alternate Logo: Tennessee Titans

January 05, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Tennessee Titans have decided to cut ties with Vince Young.

The Tennessee Titans will cut Vince Young, but will not alter their logo to reflect the F they should give themselves for drafting him.

The Tennessee Titans will cut Vince Young, but will not alter their logo to reflect the F they should give themselves for drafting him.

From Yahoo Sports

The Titans released a statement Wednesday night in which Adams said Young won’t be on the team’s roster next season, but he’s still evaluating the coaching staff.

“We have two critical decisions to make, the direction of the coaching staff and the future at the quarterback position. They are separate issues to me and will be dealt with separately,” Adams said.

Adams is the owner who wanted Young drafted No. 3 overall out of Texas in 2006 and said on draft day that “VY is my guy.” But with his general manager and senior executive vice president traveling to Houston to meet with Adams on Monday, the 88-year-old owner decided Young no longer is the quarterback for his franchise.

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Favre Sued For Sexual Harassment

January 04, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Two women have come forward claiming Brett Favre sexually harassed them while he was with the New York Jets.

Brett Favre had some trouble behaving properly while he was a memeber of the NY Jets.

Brett Favre had some trouble behaving properly while he was a memeber of the NY Jets.

From The LA Times

Brett Favre was hit with a sexual harassment lawsuit Monday from massage therapists Christina Scavo and Shannon O’Toole, just days after the conclusion of an NFL investigation into lewd text messages and explicit pictures allegedly sent to sideline reporter Jenn Sterger when she and Favre were both on the New York Jets payroll.

The Minnesota Vikings quarterback on Sunday announced his retirement (again) from professional football, after not playing in the Vikings’ game against the Detroit Lions.

Scavo and O’Toole allege that while they were working for the Jets during training camp in 2008, Favre sent text messages to a fellow massage therapist, hinting at a threesome with Scavo and saying he was “lonely” and had “bad intentions.” They also allege that a Jets coordinator told one of the women in October she and the others should keep their mouths shut, and that they would never work for the Jets again.

Original Photos nymag, kacike, webundies

Jets Take It Easy

January 02, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The New York Jets are headed to the playoffs, and Rex Ryan is happy.

Rex Ryan was subdued in front of the media, but you know he's licking some feet tonight.

Rex Ryan was subdued in front of the media, but you know he's licking some feet tonight.

From The NY Times

With that, the Jets headed back into the playoffs, back to Indianapolis, where their season ended in the A.F.C. title game a year ago. The Jets’ success with Coach Rex Ryan and quarterback Mark Sanchez — 20 regular-season victories and 2 playoff berths in two years — is often lost amid the chaos and controversy that have defined their tenure. That rarely happens. But it happened here.

Ryan stepped into his postgame fishbowl filled with the swagger that had diminished over the past month. He mentioned the Super Bowl at least five times, each time in the context of winning it despite the Jets’ status as the A.F.C.’s sixth seed. His words were echoed in the locker room by defensive lineman Trevor Pryce, who said: “We feel like this is the just the beginning of what we can accomplish. Right now. This season.”

Original Photo boston.com

Peyton Hillis Pro Bowl Snub

December 31, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Lots of folks think that Cleveland Browns RB Peyton Hillis deserved to be in the Pro Bowl.

Peyton Hillis played football this season like he was Thing in The Fantastic Four. (Footballguys.com)

Peyton Hillis played football this season like he was Thing in The Fantastic Four. (Footballguys.com)

From Fanhouse

The talent pool in the NFL increases each season, causing the voting for the league’s best to participate in the Pro Bowl to be more difficult. Voters base the majority of their decisions on stats and even with the fans, coaches and players participation in the voting process, outstanding athletes get overlooked because of their teams’ poor records and because they are not household names. This was probably why Browns running back Peyton Hillis was over looked.

Arian Foster is completely deserving of his honor because he leads the league in rushing with 1,436 yards and all running backs in receiving yards with 594. Jamaal Charles and Maurice Jones-Drew had great seasons, but did Hillis get a fair shake during the voting?

Original Photos Yahoo, toutlecine

Patriots New Image

December 30, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The New England Patriots started to roll after trading Randy Moss.

Randy Moss started to fade long before the Patriots traded him. (Footballguys.com)

Randy Moss started to fade long before the Patriots traded him. (Footballguys.com)

From The Boston Herald

In one of the most stunning early season trades ever witnessed in the league, the Pats dealt future Hall of Fame receiver Randy Moss to the Vikings for a third-round draft choice. It sure looked like Belichick was cashing in his chips. How could the Pats be better without Moss? In time, the answer came.

Soon after Moss was dealt, the Pats re-acquired an old friend, Deion Branch, who was part of two of the three Super Bowl championships. The wide receiver shared a special chemistry and bond with quarterback Tom Brady, and it didn’t take long before that connection was rekindled.

Original Photo Zimbio

(Note:  Over the next week or two, we’ll be sharing some of the photoshops that appeared this season on Footballguys.com)

Chargers Crash And Burn

December 27, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The San Diego Chargers were eliminated from playoff contention after losing to the Cincinnati Bengals, but they won’t be making any changes.

Norv Turner hoped that the San Diego Chargers wouldn't choke against the Bengals, but they did.

Norv Turner hoped that the San Diego Chargers wouldn't choke against the Bengals, but they did.

From The San Diego Union-Tribune

The easiest thing in the world is to start over. Who the hell do I go hire? Blow the whole thing up? We’re a pretty good team but we have to make the right moves. We’ve fallen. It could have been our draft picks or our free-agent moves. But we have a good core, and I don’t care what anybody says. I’m not afraid to make changes. If I thought it was warranted, I would do it. We have a good foundation here.

Original Photos Yahoo, daymarksafety

Merry Rexmas!

December 25, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Happy Holidays!

Katchop.com wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, and so does Rex Ryan.

Katchop.com wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, and so does Rex Ryan.

Patriots Won’t Slow Down

December 24, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

An off day for the New England Patriots? Bah Humbug!

Bill Belichick is no Scrooge, but the New England Patriots don't slow down for holidays.

Bill Belichick is no Scrooge, but the New England Patriots don't slow down for holidays.

From The Boston Herald

I don’t think you really ever shake that,” Welker said earlier in the season. “You always remember getting cut. You see the side of the business that you never thought you’d have to see.”

A few weeks into his tenure, Woodhead, the former Jet, was asked if he’d grown comfortable in New England: “You never want to get comfortable.”

Original Photo Yahoo, agentgenius

Grossman Surprises

December 22, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Washington Redskins seem to like Rex Grossman.

People are getting surprised by Rex Grossman passes.

People are getting surprised by Rex Grossman passes.

From The Washington Post

After Grossman’s four-touchdown, three-turnover show in a 33-30 loss to Dallas on Sunday, the Washington Redskins coach said, “I understand this game, and I understand how it works.” That got noticed.

This didn’t: “When I had Jake Plummer, he had a winning percentage of 36 percent” in six years in Arizona, Shanahan said. “Everybody said we were crazy. He had 90 touchdown passes and 114 interceptions. ‘How can you bring a guy to the Denver Broncos that had won 36 percent of his games?’

“And four years later, he’d won 72 percent of his games, which was the best in [the NFL in those] four years.”

Original Photo Yahoo

Suh Is A Monster

December 21, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Ndamukong Suh is making the Detroit Lions very happy.

Ndamukong Suh likes being a Detroit Lion.

Ndamukong Suh likes being a Detroit Lion.

From The Sacramento Bee

Lions coach Jim Schwartz was a defensive assistant in Tennessee when Jevon Kearse set a rookie record with 14.5 sacks in 1999. Schwartz rates Suh as the better rookie.

“I’ve never seen a guy like Ndamukong that’s come in and not only physically not had an issue, but he’s gotten better every week,” Schwartz said in a conference call. “You see offenses treat him the way that they do perennial Pro Bowl players. You see the respect already on film from offenses, so you know they think he’s a good player.

Original Photos Yahoo, rvthereyet

Patriots Win Ugly

December 20, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The New England Patriots are heading to the playoffs.

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots celebrates a TD.

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots celebrates a TD.

From FoxNews

They were outgained Sunday night by 120 yards, held the ball for fewer than 20 minutes and watched the key to their success, Tom Brady, absorb his third straight three-sack game.

The Patriots still held off the Green Bay Packers 31-27 for their sixth straight victory. But for a coach who says the statistic that overrides all those negative numbers is a higher point total than the opponent, Bill Belichick was very concerned about his team’s performance.

He said it was disappointing that the Patriots couldn’t handle a lot of the basic things that the Packers did.

Original Photo Yahoo

Bears To Fight Vikings, Elements

December 19, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings are getting set to play outdoors on Monday night.

Fans of the Chicago Bears, like the guys from The League, are headed to Minnesota to watch an outdoor game.

Fans of the Chicago Bears, like the guys from The League, are headed to Minnesota to watch an outdoor game.

From NFL.com

All respect to the people that cleared the field and got it ready, you did an amazing job. That being said, it’s unplayable,” Kluwe tweeted after the Vikings practiced on the field for the first time Sunday. Added Kluwe: “The field is as hard as concrete an hour and a half after they took the tarp off, and anyone that hits their head is getting a concussion.”

Kluwe went on to call the NFL’s stance on player safety “hypocritical” and predicted that Monday’s game would be a “trainwreck.”

Original Photos Yahoo, accesshollywood

Big Ben Ready For Jets

December 18, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets face each other on Sunday.

Steelers' QB Ben Roethlisberger is wearing some interesting protection for his broken nose.

Steelers' QB Ben Roethlisberger is wearing some interesting protection for his broken nose.

From Behindthesteelcurtain

The Jets, with their power running scheme, and quarterback who’s as green as his jersey, match up very poorly with the Steelers defense.

Until you remove SS Troy Polamalu from the equation. A weakened Steelers defense could give the Jets a reason for hope, but when you factor in a key injury to RT Damien Woody, as well as the circus-like atmosphere surrounding the Jets this week, it’s difficult to predict how this will pan out.

Defense on defense in this week’s PZB, some stats that show great defense, bush-league tactics and the return of our former XLIII Hero.

Original Photos Yahoo, oldbluesocks

Titans Bracing For Change

December 16, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Tennessee Titans will look different next season, as either Jeff Fisher or Vince Young will likely be gone.

If Jeff Fisher survives, could he look to replace Vince Young with Cam Newton as the Titans QB?

If Jeff Fisher survives, could he look to replace Vince Young with Cam Newton as the Titans QB?

From Fanhouse

Jeff Fisher fancies himself a player’s coach, but he’s lost the feud with Vince Young. Indeed, if he’s such a player’s coach, Fisher would have taken note of the fact that he’s lost this locker room. That the Titans are en route to nine consecutive losses to finish off the 2010 season. If Fisher had kept his mouth shut in the locker room, VY would be rehabbing and the team’s subsequent collapse wouldn’t be placed at his feet. Titan fans would wait another season to see if Young will finally become a franchise quarterback. But instead Fisher picked a fight and lost his team. Now it’s time for him to go.

Original Photos zimbio, yahoo, sportdecals1

Cardinals Like Skelton

December 15, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

For now, John Skelton is the starting QB of the Arizona Cardinals.

The Arizona Cardinals are not afraid to start John Skelton.

The Arizona Cardinals are not afraid to start John Skelton.

From National Football Post

He did a lot of things rookie quarterbacks do,” Whisenhunt said, “as far as mistakes, play calls in the huddle that were incorrect and had to be changed. All those things are what you expect.
“We had a plan that was scaled down for him, but what I really liked was his demeanor and how he handled himself. They brought a lot of pressure and he was able to handle that and make some throws. There’s potential there to grow into that position. That’s an exciting part of it.”

Original Photos Yahoo, caro

Special Teams A Flop For Redskins

December 14, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Washington Redskins are making changes.

Graham Gano of the Washington Redskins may be changing his last name to Ganogood after missing several field goals on Sunday.

Graham Gano of the Washington Redskins may be changing his last name to Ganogood after missing several field goals on Sunday.

From The Washington Post

Smith figured someone would lose his job for the botched extra-point attempt that cost the Redskins a shot at overtime against Tampa Bay. And not surprisingly, Smith, who failed to catch the snap while holding on the play, was informed Tuesday that the Redskins had released him and signed Sam Paulescu to replace him as their punter and holder.

“Honestly, nothing surprises me after 12 years playing NFL football,” Smith, who was in his second season with Washington, said in a phone interview.

“Obviously, if I catch the snap and we kick the extra point and go to overtime, I’m probably not cut today. So that’s definitely disappointing. Obviously, this is not the way I wanted to finish the season.”

Original Photo Yahoo

Bears Lick Their Wounds

December 13, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Chicago Bears are regrouping.

Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears uses his challenge flag to keep his snowman's head warm.

Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears passed the time in the 4th quarter on Sunday by making a sad snowman.

From The Chicago Tribune

The Bears had a handful of losses last season like the one they suffered against the Patriots on Sunday, so it’s not as if it has been so long since they have had to sift through the wreckage.

Making the recovery easier Monday at Halas Hall was the reality that as wide as the gap between the teams is, the Bears remain atop the NFC North and if the season ended today they would be the No. 2 playoff seed in the conference.

Original Photos Yahoo, thefuntimesguide

Romo Return Looming?

December 10, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Dallas Cowboys want Tony Romo back before the end of the season.

Jon Kitna has done a decent job of impersonating Tony Romo, but Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones want his star QB back.

Jon Kitna has done a decent job of impersonating Tony Romo, but Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones want his star QB back.

From chron.com

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants Tony Romo to play again this season, even if the playoffs are a long shot at best. He just wants his star quarterback to get back on the field.

Romo has been sidelined since Oct. 25 when he broke his collarbone in a loss to the Giants, and would only be able to return for the team’s final two games, at Arizona on Dec. 25 and at Philadelphia on Jan. 2.

Asked if Romo would be ready for the Cardinals, Jones said: “In my opinion, he will be.”

Original Photos Yahoo, footballnewsnow


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