Earlier today, the National Football League announced that it had suspended four current and former members of the New Orleans Saints for their part in establishing a bounty program in conjunction with former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams during the 2009 season --- actions the NFL described as "conduct detrimental" to the NFL. The four players who were suspended are:
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Eric McErlain blogs at Off Wing Opinion, a Forbes “Best of the Web” winner. In 2006 he wrote a "bloggers bill of rights" to help integrate bloggers into the Washington Capitals' press box. Eric has also written for Deadspin, NBC Sports and the Sporting News, and covers sports television for The TV News.
When Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose was felled by a season-ending ACL tear on Saturday night, most fans of the NBA probably couldn't help but feel disappointed. The reigning league MVP is an incredibly dynamic player, and losing him to injury just one game into the NBA playoffs had to be seen as a crushing blow.
Back when baseball managers ruled with an iron fist, ballplayers were subject to curfews and bed-checks to keep them out of trouble while traveling on the road. But while we might live in more enlightened times today, Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young is probably wishing he had subjected himself to just that sort of discipline --- discipline that might have helped him avoid an altercation that could land him in jail.
As the clock ticks down to zero hour on the 2012 NFL Draft, there are plenty of folks wondering who the Minnesota Vikings will pick with the third overall selection. After all, with Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III locked in at #1 and #2 respectively, it's really the only open question left for draftnicks to consider.
As the New Jersey Nets fold up shop in the Garden State after 35 years and head back to New York, I think it's worth the effort to take a look at how and why the franchise wound up playing in New Jersey in the first place.
In 2011, the "Arab Spring" didn't just roil the political world, it also put a stop to the Bahrain Grand Prix, which was supposed to be the inaugural race of the 2011 Formula One (F1) season.
Time has revealed its choices for this year's Time 100, the magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and two American athletes made the list: New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin and New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow.
Staying in the public eye is a tough job for fading celebrities like Jose Canseco. With nothing new to say about steroids in baseball, Canseco has to put in extra work in order to attract headlines, and he hit something of a metaphorical home run over the weekend when he spouted off about how global warming could have saved the R.M.S. Titanic from sinking 100 years ago.
It seems like the quickest way to make headlines these days in the sports world is to say something provocative about New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow. The latest person to step up to the challenge is Tebow's former Denver Broncos teammate Demaryius Thomas. It was yesterday on a sports radio station in Atlanta that the wide receiver let fly with a number of comments about Tebow that cast more than a little doubt on his playing ability.
After setting off a firestorm of local criticism by praising Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in an interview with Time, Miami Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen returned to Miami yesterday to face the press and offer his apologies. Looking to head off protests from the Cuban emigre community, the team announced that Guillen would be suspended for five games.
When the Miami Marlins lured manager Ozzie Guillen from the Chicago White Sox last Fall, they knew they were importing a colorful personality to run their ball club. But Marlins management probably wasn't counting on Guillen being so colorful that he would alienate a substantial fraction of their fan base. Unfortunately, that's exactly what Guillen has done, placing himself and his employer in the crossfire after praising Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in an interview with Time.
In the history of press conferences, today's media scrum starring head coach Stan Van Gundy and temperamental superstar Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic may rank as one of the most surreal experiences of all time.
When Notre Dame faces Baylor tonight in Denver to decide the national championship in Division I women's basketball, you can be sure that ESPN will have more than hoops on the menu. If past results are any indicator of future performances, tonight's telecast will probably come with a heaping helping of Title IX advocacy --- just the sort of advocacy that won't deign to acknowledge the profound damage the use of gender quotas to enforce the law has done to men's sports.
It can't be considered much of a shock when football players and cheerleaders get together off the field. But what happens when the cheerleader works for an NFL team, but the football player is still a high school student?
Whoever coined the term "March Madness" probably never envisioned it would spark a fist fight in a dialysis clinic.
It was Satchel Paige, the Negro leagues all-star and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, who once said, "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you."
The Denver Broncos received some static from an unexpected source as a result of their decision to trade quarterback Tim Tebow to the New York Jets: Reverend Pat Robertson.
Earlier this week I wrote that Tebow-Mania was over. Boy, was I ever wrong.
Tim Tebow must be wondering exactly what he has to do to keep a job as a starting quarterback in the N.F.L.