Editor’s note: This article first appeared during Holy Week, 2008.
On Good Friday, millions gather together to read — or if they are lucky, to sing — John the Evangelist’s account of the Passion of Jesus Christ. It is a remarkable ...
Here’s a funny one making the rounds (h/t to my buddy Timmy, who posted it to our fantasy league message board)
The Washington Redskins have been under pressure for some time to change their name, due to all ...
Mr. “You Didn’t Build That” certainly likes to say “I did that” a lot.
On the Replacement Officials
After the all-too-frequently inept performance by the replacement officials during the NFL preseason (alas, yes, I watch preseason games), the fact that the Cowboys and Giants offenses started the night leading the league in ineptitude must have been gratifying for ...
Wait, the Super Bowl MVP gets a Corvette, and not a Volt?
There’s still hope, eh, Henry?
Would Some NFL Team Please Hire Jon Gruden?
So I don’t have to listen to him on Monday nights?
Gruden is notorious for his happy talk: Every player has enviable talent and plenty of upside — which is what happens when you put a “players’ coach” (who wants ...
A Modest Proposal for the NFL
Watching Monday Night Football, and seeing Fordham grad Isa Abdul-Quddus tackle Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks by firing his big, Steve Tasker–inspired, mind-my-melon helmet into Nicks’s earhole, I have a suggestion for Commissioner Goodell that might work better than ...
Ask the Greens-Jobs Answer Man!
My friend Drew Klavan has a little fun with Obama’s alternative-energy investments in a new video that’s worth sharing:
Here’s a picture of their under-construction facility.
It’s bordered below by Atlantic Avenue and diagonally by Flatbush Avenue, a sleepy little Brooklyn intersection.
I kid. It’s a madhouse most of the time, and that’s before the ...
Wednesday Afternoon Quarterback, Week 2
Jim’s gotten the ball rolling on the NFL predictions, so here’s my penny and a half — which is all these things are worth at this point in the season (most of it hinted at in the NFL preview ...
Raiders Draft Terrelle Pryor
Oakland gives up a third-round pick next year to acquire the Ohio State product in the supplemental draft — which seems at first blush a high price to pay.
But considering how the Bills coveted mobile QB Cam Newton, and given ...
Giants Kick Six FGs to Beat Bears
Wait, no, sorry.
That was the Yankees who beat the White Sox 18-7.
The Flying Squirrel Suplex!
Northern Michigan University wrestler Ellis Coleman goes airborne at the junior world championships (and takes the bronze medal).
The NFL's Big Winner This Week?
As the NFL’s FA-signing period draws to a close, who was the big winner?
The Eagles, with Asomugha, Rodgers-Cromartie, Babin, Jenkins, and R. Brown?
The Panthers, with DeAngelo W., Johnson, Olsen, and two starting LBs?
The Patriots, franchising Mankins ...
Chad Gets No. 85 for the Right Price
Pats TE Aaron Hernandez gave up his jersey number for nothing, which had to suit his new teammate Chad Johnson Ochocinco.
Some folks e-mailed to ask why I called him “famously frugal” in this post. They mustn’t have seen ...
More NFL Moves: Vince Young; Greg Olsen; Jonathan Joseph
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was talking about the possibility of Vince Young signing with Philly yesterday afternoon, after the deal sending Kevin Kolb to Arizona was announced, so Young’s becoming the newest Eagle is not a shocker. Neither was ...
Some of them, anyway. ESPN reports that the Saints received S Jonathon Amaya as part of the package. Still no information on the draft pick involved (if there was one).
Bush signed with Miami for two years for $10 million — less ...
Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said he was going to be “very aggressive” in free agency. He wasn’t just whistlin’ Dixie.
After resigning his two most-prized free agents — DE Charles Johnson and RB DeAngelo Williams — Richardson has opened the ...
DeAngelo Remains a Panther
Adam Schefter reports it’s a five-year deal worth $43 million, with $21 million guaranteed.
Barberian at the Gates of Dallas
RB Marion Barber III has been shown the door by the Cowboys, along with trade-bust WR Roy Williams.
Other notable salary-cap casualties include: LB Nick Barnett from the Green Bay Packers; C Shaun O’Hara and G Rich Seubert from ...
Are They Ready for Some Football?
Mort and the boys over at ESPN have been saying all weekend that a new agreement between NFL owners and players has been reached. This morning, CNN calls that “breaking news.”
Apparently, Chad Johnson Ochocinco didn’t get the memo:
Alas, More NFL Lockout News
Unfortunately, no news on NFL free-agent signings just yet.
While the owners voted 31-0 (with Al Davis abstaining) to approve a new labor agreement and sent it to the players this afternoon, no word of a final agreement yet.
Joe Sakic Joins the Hole-in-One Parade
Watch former NHL all-star Joe Sakic ace the 17th hole at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe:
A million-dollar shot: Sakic pockets $500,000, with the other half-mil going to Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Foundation.
U.S. Beats Brazil in Women's World Cup Quarterfinals
After going up a goal early thanks to a Brazilian own goal in the match’s second minute, the U.S. ladies lost the lead, then scored in the 120nd minute to send the match to penalty kicks, which they ...
Derek Jeter Reaches 3,000-Hit Milestone
In the first inning of today’s Yankees-Rays game, Derek Jeter bounced one through the hole to pick up his 2,999th career hit.
Two innings later, the singles hitter drove one over the wall in left to become the 28th ...
Gore on Population Stabilization: Two Takes
Or one take, at least. HuffPo has nary a word to say about Gore’s thoughts on population control.
Weekly World News thought they were worth putting in the headline: “Al Gore: Sterilize Women under 25.”
Ref Blows Call, Leading to Athlete's Death
OK, so it happened in a gladiator’s arena some 1,800 years ago in modern-day Turkey.
Seems a gladiator named Diodorus blamed the officiating for his untimely demise and lodged his complaint on his tombstone, according to a translation of the ...
Since Jason posted this, Derek Jeter’s DL stint is no longer a question mark — all the better, since it is now more likely that the Captain’s 3,000th hit will occur in the happy confines of Yankee Stadium.
Let's Be Blunt: Kenny Britt Is Trouble
Yep, the Titans wide receiver was arrested again yesterday, a day after his court date on a previous, traffic-related arrest.
Cornered by plainclothes narcotics officers in Hoboken on Wednesday, former Rutgers standout and current Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt ...
With the No. 51 pick in the MLB draft, the Yankees select . . . Dante Bichette.
Andy Robustelli, Football Giant: 1925–2011
Andy Robustelli — father of nine, grandfather of 29, Navy veteran, and businessman — died Tuesday morning in his hometown of Stamford, Conn, from complications following major surgery.
Robustelli played professional football for 13 seasons with the L.A. Rams and the New York ...
Start Spreading the News . . .
It’s subway-series time, Jason . . .
Over at ESPN, Rick Reilly goes through the 2006-2008 NFL player-selection meetings and redrafts the first round — an interesting (if highly subjective) exercise. So in the 2008 draft, for example, he’s got Giant running back Ahmad Bradshaw (whom the Giants ...
Harmon Killebrew Heading Home
The Twins great will end his decade-long fight against esophageal cancer and begin hospice care.
The Hall of Famer hit 573 homeruns in his 22-year career, good for eleventh on the all-time list.
Our thoughts are with his many friends and ...
Aw, Don't Call Me a Hatriot
C’mon, Nate. You think this post is Patriot hatred? You’re too sensitive. I’m just telling it like it is.
It’s an observation, not a judgment, to say that the way to beat the Pats is to ...
At least someone does.
NAY-tron Means is the Chargers’ guest selector, and the commissioner can’t pronounce his name.
Rightfully, a huge hand for Barry Sanders from everyone in the crowd as he announces the Lions’ selection of Boise State WR Titus Young.
UPDATE: What percentage of those attending the draft play fantasy football, do you think? Might explain ...
Akeem Ayers finally goes to the Titans at No. 39.
And the Cowboys follow up with OLB Bruce Carter at No. 40 — hmm, not Brooks Reed?
The Texans scoop up Reed at No. 42. (Nate, better hope Belichick has a darkhorse Clay Mathews-type ...
Back-to-back corners to kick off the second. Pats take Ras-I Dowling, a speed corner — who’ll make a nice bookend to McCourty, Nate. And Aaron Williams (who I thought would go at the end of the first) to the D-pleted ...
Belichick in the Cat-Bird Seat Again
The Pats have No. 33, today’s first pick, with two other second rounders and two third rounders to follow.
New England addressed its protection issues in round one (as I suspected), so Nate is still waiting on his Clay Matthews–...
I’m not a fan of agent Drew Rosenhaus. I think he slimes up teams whose big players he represents.
So when top-notch athletes drop him as an agent (as they continue to do), I like it.
Not only has ...
Football Fans Are Patriotic
Men in uniform and Wounded Warrior reps take the stage in Radio City, and the “U! S! A!” chant isn’t far behind.
The Prince Will Wear Blue
. . . for this royal wedding.
Sorry, Mr. Spruiell, Amukamara is a Giant.
I didn’t think he’d even make it to No. 13, so I’m thrilled — having lamented the lack of CB talent available to the Giants.
Skins now at 16.
And Dalton is on the board. They can’t, can they?
As is Ingram. That would make more sense.
Even the Giants Fans in the Crowd Groaned
. . . when the Vikings reached for Christian Ponder.
The red-headed kid Dalton is a shoo-in for big money now.
Will the QB Run Continue?
I think the Vikings can’t draft a QB now. So they have to trade down.
Still, Nick Fairley is available. Their two run-stuffing mainstays will be missing four games (though the Vikes only division game in the first four ...
Niners Go D, Titans Don't
Wise move for San Fran.
And the Titans pick . . .Locker?!? Hmmm . . .
So where does Gabbert go now? Maybe the Vikes do get a QB in round one . . .
We’re shown Sunday Night Football’s super-slo-mo (or whatever they have to call it) on the replay of the Texans’ late-first-half special-teams fumble by their kick returner.
And Collinsworth wants us to look at Indy’s LaVon Brazill’s ...
Long live the anti-capitalist revolution!
Earth Day Birthday, Lenin!
Clarity on Obama's Economy
More than once, President Obama has touted our decreased oil imports as a good thing, and now has pointed out how great it is that illegal immigration is down.
Governor Romney, can you point out that President Obama’s lousy ...
Redskins Trade: A Third Mortgage
Last preseason, we noted that Daniel Snider’s Redskins were in sore need of a quarterback (in a snide afterthought).
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Redskins have once again gutted future drafts, this time to move up to ...
Iowa Politics and Ethanol
A new video from Robert Bryce, “The Corn Caucus”:
Obama's Crony-Capitalist Donors Read NRO
Look what Andrew Stiles found while reading through the Solyndra e-mails:
House Republicans investigating the ill-fated Solyndra loan guarantee released a new batch of e-mails today shedding more light on the evolving scandal. I’ve been looking over the documents ...
MLB Announces Astros’ Move to AL West, Wild Card Changes
Two wild card teams will be added to Major League Baseball’s playoffs beginning in 2013, the same year the Houston Astros will begin play in the American League.
Commissioner Bud Selig announced Thursday that baseball’s owners unanimously ...
Raiders Acquire Carson Palmer
Wow. Cincinnati Bengals’ owner Mike Brown was pretty adamant this offseason that if Carson Palmer didn’t want to play with the Bengals, he could stay retired.
But with Raiders losing starting QB Jason Campbell to a broken collarbone on ...
Scoring the Regular-Season Predictions
So how did we do on our spring-training predictions?
Two of us picked four of the eight playoff teams correctly — which isn’t half bad. Well, actually, it is half bad.
Arbitrarily, I am assigning one point for each team ...
Obamanomics: 230,000 New Bureacrats for the EPA
Via Sen. Inhofe’s office:
EPA: Regulations would require 230,000 new employees, $21 billion
By Matthew Boyle – The Daily Caller
09/26/2011 11:57 AM
Link to Article
The Environmental Protection Agency has said new greenhouse gas regulations, as proposed, may be “absurd” in application and “...
They Aren't Booing, They're Chanting E-Loooo
Eli Manning was a little coy when discussing Giant fans’ reaction to the team’s first-half punt-fest last night. PFT has the video.
It must be a gag, Greg. (I mean, it’s got to be, right?)
If not, I hope Krugman starts wearing plastic headgear.
Re: Brett Favre to the Dolphins?
Reggie Bush plus a three-quarter-strength Brett Favre is better than “most NFL Teams”? Hmmm.
Rather than go through all 31 other teams, let’s just look at the ones with sketchy QB situations.
DEN: Orton, who the Fish would prefer to ...
Brendan Ryan Hits Infield Triple -- Wait, What?!
The former Viking, Raider, Patriot, Titan, and Viking (again) has decided to call it a career after 13 seasons, according to his agent.
And what an eye-opening career it was: 954 receptions for 14,858 yards and 153 TDs — 90 TDs in his first seven years ...
Chris Mortensen is reporting that Peyton Manning has re-signed with the Colts for $90 million over five years — $69 million over the first three years, $21 million over the last two. But the $18 million per year puts him on par with Tom Brady’...
The Vikings have been hit hard this offseason: first WR Sidney Rice signed with Seattle (joining castoff QB Tarvaris Jackson there), and now DE Ray Edwards has joined the Atlanta Falcons, who gave the pass-rusher a five-year $30 million deal, $11 million ...
The early indications of a deal in which Philadelphia would ship Kevin Kolb to Arizona for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a draft pick have now come to fruition. FOX’s Adam Caplan tweets that Kolb has signed with the Cards, who ...
When news broke yesterday of DeAngelo Williams staying put in Carolina, I knew we’d be hearing some news soon on a new Dolphins running back — and my colleague and fellow Giants fan, Russ Jenkins, and I were both hoping ...
Kolb for Rodgers-Cromartie?
ESPN reports that earlier today, it was possible to buy an Eagles No. 29 jersey with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s name on it.
Rodgers-Cromartie is still officially a member of the Arizona Cardinals, of course.
But when Patrick Peterson fell to them ...
A former starting quarterback for the Eagles has reached an agreement with a new team. No, not Kevin Kolb — Donovan McNabb, who appears to have a deal in place with the Minnesota Vikings (who spent their first-rounder on Christian Ponder ...
Whither DeAngelo Williams?
If the players do confirm a new labor agreement today, we should see swift action on a number of free-agent signings beginning on Tuesday.
In a significant change, teams won’t have an exclusive window to negotiate with their own ...
Lower rookie salaries, with cap on team spending for rookies
ESPN reports that multiple sources indicate that NFL owners are voting this afternoon on a new global labor agreement — no special favors for the named plaintiffs — which if approved, will go to players this evening.
Players have scheduled an 8 p....
Watch Watson ace the sixth at St. George’s:
The Jeters: Like Father, Like Son
When the YES Network was interviewing Dr. Charles Jeter, Derek’s father, an inning after his son’s 3000th hit — and with the Yankees having fallen behind the Rays on the scoreboard — he was asked to comment on what a ...
Bicycle Kick for the Hat Trick
Cote d’Ivoire’s Souleymane Coulibaly goes rump over teakettle for his third goal of the match versus Brazil in the under-17 World Cup.
ESPN Learning from Fox News?
Meet ESPN’s newest desk jockey, Lindsay Czarniak (daughter of USA Today’s longtime sports editor and current managing editor, Chet Czarniak).
. . . at manager.
After the resignation of Edwin Rodriguez (the team has gone 2-18 in their last 20 games), Florida has named 80-year-old Jack McKeon as their interim manager, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports.
A commenter on this post about MLB No. 2 hitters noted that “For a #1, 3, 4, or 5 hitter a .725 OPS would be pathetic.”
Now, as I’ve said before, I’m no quantbot. But if a number like .725 is pathetic, OPS is not ...
Over on the new Grantland site, Andy Greenwald ponders HBO’s actor-recycling program.
I was talking about this with the missus just a couple of weeks ago: I flipped passed Treme and noticed Joanie Stubbs (i.e., Kim Dickens) from ...
Gregory Jaczko was appointed chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission precisely to kill Yucca Mountain, and he’s gone about it in ways that would make a Chicago pol proud. Kim Strassel has an excellent piece in the Journal today ...
Steve Spurrier: Pay SEC Footballers $300 a Game
From Chicago Breaking Sports:
The former Gators coach suggested players receive $300 per game to pay for expenses, a cost that would come out of the coaches’ pocket. Or at least some.
Seven coaches, including Florida’s Will Muschamp, signed Spurrier’...
Buffalo Bills Remember Bob Kalsu
Their eighth-round draft pick in 1968 started nine games at right guard and was named Buffalo’s rookie of the year before being called up for active duty to serve in Vietnam in late March of 1969. From the Bills’ team website:
Timberwolves' GM Howls about the NBA Lottery
Minnesota’s David Kahn insinuates that the fix is in:
For years — no, decades — basketball observers have had suspicions about the NBA Draft Lottery. The process is hidden, ping pong balls involved, and there are a bunch of hurt feelings ...
Re: The Awful No. 2 Hitter
Um, I guess I don’t watch as many NL Least games as Jason does, because the AL Beast has some nifty little No. 2 hitters.
Curtis Granderson, who has taken over half of his at-bats in the No. 2 hole for ...
For offering this honest assessment of his teammate Rashard Mendenhall’s tweeted 9/11 trutherism (via PFT):
Everybody’s entitled to their opinion, but that wasn’t a good opinion.
Yes, everyone’s entitled to their opinion, even moh-rons.
I was not ...
The Patriots drafted Cal running back Shane Vereen with the 24th pick in the second round — a guy who most projected to be a borderline third- to fourth-round pick, though he was ranked that low because he’s a third-down-type ...
With the No. 45 pick they secured from San Fran by trading out of No. 36 (along with fourth and fifth rounders, which Denver previously lacked), the Broncos draft defense again, with UCLA safety Rahim Moore. The Hall-of-Fame QB goes defense, defense. ...
If they pick Da’Quan Bowers (and how can’t they?) it may spell the end of Ray Edwards’s time in Minnesota.
UPDATE: TE Kyle Rudolph! Maybe the Vikings plan on paying Ray E. after all. He certainly deserves ...
Tim Hightower, Call Your Agent
Fantasy football dynasty leaguers with Beanie Wells on their rosters are also dismayed at the Cards selection of Virginia Tech RB Ryan Williams.
Renewed boos for Goodell as round two begins.
The Patriots are on the clock!
Chris Kennedy called da Bayrse pick, Gabe Carimi.
I thought he was dreaming. “There’s no way Carimi lasts that long,” I sez to him.
Three more cheers for QB runs, I guess.
Where Will the Heisman Trophy Winner Go?
Certainly the Saints could have taken him.
Seattle is looking to trade back — Marshawn Lynch is more elusive than you think.
I doubt Ray Rice’s job is in jeopardy in Baltimore.
Could Ingram fall to the Pats?
UPDATE: Well, ...
Peyton Hillis Makes the Browns' Pick
And promptly falls off the stage, having been earlier elected to appear on the cover of Madden.
Uh, just kidding.
And Prince Amukamara, Mark Ingram, and Anthony Castonzo are all on the board.
Life is good.
Three cheers for QB runs . . .
The ESPN guys are talking up Ingram, and he’s on my TV, but I don’t see a phone in his hand . . .
Ah, Pouncey is on the phone . . .
For those scoring draft-pick trades at home, here’s the famous Dallas draft-pick value chart.
Jacksonville trades up.
So what do the Vikings do now? This’ll be interesting . . .
Folks who follow football may recall that the Vikings need a quarterback.
With Cam Newton unlikely to make it past Carolina (or Buffalo), that presents the men of purple with a problem. No. 12 is too early to take any of ...