Monthly Archives: January 2018

Julio Jones is having a great game against the Eagles … as a defensive back

Julio Jones hasn’t made much of an impact on offense early for the Atlanta Falcons against the Phildelphia Eagles with just four receptions for 43 yards. But his biggest contribution so far are the plays that he didn’t let happen. The whole point of distressed jeans is, of course, that they are distressed. Minkah Fitzpatrick […]

And I have not forgotten about his epic performance against Oklahoma just a few weeks ago.

Moments such as the shovel pass the tried on second-and-goal, two plays earlier. Nothing about it made sense at the time or afterward. The Eagles never let it develop. It failed spectacularly. The missed-chances and the almosts,” is how head coach Dan Quinn described them all. It was a long list, extending back to early […]

Senior Bowl, NFLPA Bowl, East-West Shrine: When are the 2018 college football all-star games?

January brings college football all-star games, which provide draft-eligible college football players an opportunity to impress NFL scouts. The Senior Bowl, played every year in Mobile, Ala., since 1951 is the showcase game, but not the only game to draw top NFL talent. The benefit for prospects is they get to be coached by an […]

Saints’ monster offensive line poised to plow through the postseason

Disrespectful Blocks of the Week continues with Wild Card Weekend! And it was a wild weekend. The Titans overcame an 18-point deficit on the road to beat the Chiefs. The Falcons headed to L.A. and smoked the Rams. The Jaguars and Bills played a game that set offensive football back years, and it finished with […]

Check out all those consecutive Ws of late on the Philadelphia schedule, and the Flyers should seem like a team headed to the playoffs.

With a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, the Flyers’ six-game winning streak came to an end. Not since the 1966-67 Toronto Maple Leafs has a team followed a 10-game winless skid with seven straight victories but the Flyers were close. ”You can’t win every single game right now,” Flyers forward Jake […]

The change has come as writers have used their attachment to a college team or professional franchise as a tool to better connect with an audience.

ESPN personalities Scott Van Pelt and Mike Greenberg have made narrative devices of their affection for Maryland basketball and the New York Jets, respectively, with scant blowback. There’s little doubt that hometown writers in small markets have been doing this for decades (at least), but credit for taking the practice into the mainstream probably goes […]

Taking the microphone in front of a standing and chanting crowd, Bryant first paid tribute to the Lakers greats in attendance.

He thanked his wife, Vanessa, for collecting numerous messages of support from basketball legends like Michael Jordan, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, adding that she gifted them to him before the final game of his career. Bryant then concluded his brief speech with a message to his daughters. “Those times you get up early and […]

Thursday night’s game in Indianapolis will air nationally on NBC and NFL Network.

It’s the last of five Thursday night games that were scheduled to be televised on NBC throughout the season (not including the NFL season-opener) as part of the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football” expansion package for 2016 and ’17. NBC also televised the Thanksgiving night game between the Giants and Redskins on Thursday, Nov. 23. CBS […]

Nielsen skated down the left wing and faked a slap shot.

“We created plenty of chances, but nothing would go in,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. “That’s the way things have been for us lately, and it is disappointing because we’re working hard and doing the right stuff, but we’re not getting anything in return.” Detroit went up 3-1 at 15:18 of the second. When Murray […]

Luck is unquestionably one of the best signal-callers in the NFL but did not play in 2017 after shoulder surgery.

Harden was the MVP runner-up last season for the second time in his career and has established himself as one of the front-runners for the award this season. His scoring average has jumped more than three points per game after he also led the league last season, and he is having his most efficient shooting […]