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  • NFL Schedule - 2012 [Bender's Week Two Never Wrong, Copyright & Porn Free Picks]

    09/14/2012 5:38:18 PM PDT · by Bender2 · 40 replies
    ESPN ^ | 9-12-12 | Bender2
    Week 2 THU, SEP 13 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION Chicago at Green Bay 8:20 PM NFL Tickets Lambeau Field SUN, SEP 16 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION Kansas City at Buffalo 1:00 PM CBS Tickets Ralph Wilson Stadium Cleveland at Cincinnati 1:00 PM CBS Tickets Paul Brown Stadium Minnesota at Indianapolis 1:00 PM FOX Tickets Lucas Oil Stadium New Orleans at Carolina 1:00 PM FOX Tickets Bank of America Stadium Houston at Jacksonville 1:00 PM CBS Tickets EverBank Field Oakland at Miami 1:00 PM CBS Tickets Sun Life Stadium Arizona at New England 1:00 PM FOX Tickets Gillette Stadium...
  • Week Two NFL Picks

    09/12/2012 2:11:24 PM PDT · by FL2012 · 3 replies
    BC Magazine ^ | September 12, 2012 | RJ Elliott
    Thursday, September 13 Chicago (1-0) at Green Bay (0-1) 8:20 p.m. [Line: Packers by 7] Last week: Packers lost at home to the 49ers 30-22; Bears won at home against the Colts 41-21. Chicago's offense looked unstoppable in Week 1, both on the ground and through the air. But let's remember that they were playing the Colts. The Packers could not run the ball last week, but keep in mind that they were playing the 49ers. RJ's Pick: Green Bay by 3
  • Gay [North Dakota State College of Sciences] football player says kiss got him booted

    09/11/2012 3:28:46 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 41 replies
    yahoo/ap ^ | 9/11/12 | DAVE KOLPACK and JAMES MacPHERSON
    A concussion kept Jamie Kuntz from suiting up for his first college football game. A kiss from his much-older boyfriend at that game led the freshman linebacker to be kicked off the team, he said. ...Kuntz, 18, and on a partial football scholarship, left the college in southeast North Dakota this month after his dismissal from the team.... Kuntz said he and his 65-year-old boyfriend were in the press box at the game against Snow College in Pueblo, Colo., over Labor Day weekend.
  • Simulated BCS Rankings: Week 2

    09/10/2012 9:19:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    BCS Guru ^ | September 10, 2012 | Staff
    Top 10: 1: 'Bama2: LSU3: Oregon4: USC5: UGA6: OU7: MSU8: The other USC9: KSU10: FSU
  • Packers, Patriots take it easy (Week 1 NFL Preview)

    09/09/2012 7:17:07 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 12 replies
    ESPN ^ | 09/09/2012 | John Clayton
    Last year's No. 1 seeds -- the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots -- benefit from easy schedules this season. Each team has eight games against the NFC West and AFC South, divisions that are in quarterback transition. The only elite quarterback is Houston's Matt Schaub. Those divisions have four rookie or second-year quarterbacks. The Arizona Cardinals have John Skelton, who is inexperienced. Considering the Packers' and Patriots' problems on defense last season, these games offer them the chance to gain some confidence and improve. The Packers have the toughest task Sunday -- they host the San Francisco...
  • Art Modell dies at 87

    09/06/2012 4:45:59 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 41 replies
    BALTIMORE -- Former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell has died. He was 87. The team said Modell died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he had been admitted Wednesday. A cause of death was not given. Modell was among the most important figures in the NFL as owner of the Cleveland Browns, which became the Ravens after he took the team to Baltimore in 1996 in a move that tarnished his reputation as one of the league's most innovative and influential owners
  • Political donations by NFL team for the 2011-2012 election cycle

    09/05/2012 10:04:27 PM PDT · by FL2012 · 13 replies
    Examiner ^ | September 5, 2012 | Robert Elliott
    Now that both election season and the NFL's regular season are underway, it's the perfect time to take a look at the intersection of professional football and politics. Using the handy Fundrace search tool, it is possible to look up political donors by employer. Fundrace only includes donations of $200 or more, so smaller donations do not appear. What follows is a list of all political donations from the employees of each of the NFL's 32 teams for the current election cycle (the only donations excluded are those for Gridiron PAC, the NFL's nonpartisan political action committee)...
  • NDSU Players Charged With Petition Fraud

    09/04/2012 8:12:32 PM PDT · by SeminoleCounty · 2 replies (Associated Press) ^ | September 4, 2012 | Dale Wetzel & Dave Kolpack
    FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Eight North Dakota State University football players, including four starters, face fraud charges for allegedly forging signatures on two potential ballot measures. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced the charges Tuesday. The players were paid $9 an hour to gather signatures to get two citizen initiatives dealing with a state conservation fund and medical marijuana.....
  • Rape charges against high school players divide football town of Steubenville, Ohio

    09/04/2012 2:08:23 PM PDT · by trailhkr1 · 74 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 9-2-12 | Rachel Dissell
    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- It’s Monday, and ominous-looking clouds are pushing over Harding Stadium as dozens of football players in practice jerseys prepare to take on Cleveland’s Benedictine Bengals. But this day two key players are missing from the field.
  • Panthers treat trip like 'bowl game'

    09/03/2012 5:59:22 PM PDT · by God luvs America · 1 replies
    ESPN ^ | 9/3/2012 | AP
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina coach Ron Rivera said his players are approaching their six-day trip to Florida this week like it was a college bowl game. The Panthers wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Democratic National Convention that is being held in Charlotte so they decided to practice in Florida and prepare for their regular season opener at Tampa Bay. President Barack Obama will give his acceptance speech at Carolina's home stadium Thursday night and security around the facility is extremely tight. The team leaves for the IMG Football Academy in Bradenton, Fla., on Tuesday.
  • RJ's NFL Picks: Week One

    09/03/2012 3:49:27 PM PDT · by FL2012 · 5 replies
    BC Magazine ^ | September 3, 2012 | RJ Elliott
    Dallas at New York Giants 8:30 p.m. [Line: Giants by 3.5] Dallas last season: 8-8, no playoffs. New York Giants last season: 9-7, won NFC East, won Super Bowl. The Cowboys upgraded their offensive line with Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings at guard. At cornerback, they brought in Brandon Carr and drafted Morris Claiborne. QB Tony Romo should have a big year. ESPN's NFL experts pick them to finish 3rd in the NFC East this season. The Giants released Brandon Jacobs in the offseason, so Ahmad Bradshaw is now their top RB. They have three of the best defensive ends...
  • NFL Schedule - 2012 [Bender's Never Wrong Picks]

    09/03/2012 10:53:55 AM PDT · by Bender2 · 110 replies
    ESPN ^ | 9-3-12 | Bender2
    Week 1 NFL 2012 Season WED, SEP 5 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION Dallas at NY Giants 8:30 PM NBC Tickets MetLife Stadium SUN, SEP 9 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION Indianapolis at Chicago 1:00 PM CBS Tickets Soldier Field Philadelphia at Cleveland 1:00 PM FOX Tickets Cleveland Browns Stadium New England at Tennessee 1:00 PM CBS Tickets LP Field Atlanta at Kansas City 1:00 PM FOX Tickets Arrowhead Stadium Jacksonville at Minnesota 1:00 PM CBS Tickets Mall of America Field Washington at New Orleans 1:00 PM FOX Tickets Mercedes-Benz Superdome Buffalo at NY Jets 1:00 PM CBS Tickets MetLife...
  • Can a Good Christian Girl Be a Cheerleader?

    09/01/2012 11:43:01 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 142 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | September 1, 2012 | JP
    The start of football season prompted me to visit several sports websites to get an idea of how the putative “experts”expect my favorite college and NFL teams to fare this year. (Not particularly well). What struck me is that almost every one of the sites I visited has some sort of photo gallery of cheerleaders, often ranking them not on how well the squads perform their sideline routines, but how “hot” they are. If that is what cheerleading has come to for many, if not most, male football fans – ogling the young women between plays on the gridiron field...
  • Video: Kent State player recovers fumbled return and runs the wrong way

    08/30/2012 9:02:12 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | August 30, 2012
    Exhibit A that college football teams do need exhibition games? In Kent State’s season opener against Towson, both teams committed stupendously boneheaded acts on the same play. Late in the first half, the Golden Flashes were forced to punt. The ball became live after it grazed the Tigers return man, whereupon Kent State sophomore Andre Parker eagerly scooped up the pigskin inside the Towson 10-yard line … and proceeded to run toward his own end of the field.
  • Texas high school to open $60M football stadium

    08/30/2012 1:56:51 PM PDT · by C19fan · 154 replies
    AP ^ | August 30, 2012 | Staff
    Call it the palace of high school football: A gleaming $60 million facility with seats for 18,000 roaring fans, a 38-foot-wide high-definition video screen, corporate sponsors and a towering upper deck. Welcome to the new home of Eagles Football. As school districts across the country struggle to retain teachers, replace outdated textbooks and keep class sizes from ballooning, the wealthy, burgeoning Dallas suburb of Allen is preparing to christen its new stadium with a sold-out Friday night matchup against defending state champions Southlake Carroll.
  • 2012-13 UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw

    08/30/2012 10:51:19 AM PDT · by Peter Vollmer · 23 replies
    Draw for the 2012-13 Champions League group stage, held in Monaco on Thursday: Group A Porto Dynamo Kiev Paris St Germain Dinamo Zagreb Group B Arsenal Schalke 04 Olympiakos Piraeus Montpellier HSC Group C AC Milan Zenit St Petersburg Anderlecht Malaga Group D Real Madrid Manchester City Ajax Amsterdam Borussia Dortmund Group E Chelsea Shakhtar Donetsk Juventus Nordsjaelland Group F Bayern Munich Valencia Lille BATE Borisov Group G Barcelona Benfica Spartak Moscow Celtic Group H Manchester United Braga Galatasaray CFR Cluj
  • College Football Pickoff: Week 1 (Hurrah!)

    08/30/2012 9:51:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    SI ^ | August 30, 2012 | Stewart Mandel
    Thursday, Aug. 30 7 p.m. ET (ESPN) No. 9 South Carolina at Vanderbilt Steve Spurrier recently paid the Commodores a compliment in a way only the Ball Coach could. "They are trying to play football at Vanderbilt," he said. "They really are." Vandy should be improved on offense after a 6-7 season, but its defense can't withstand four quarters of Gamecocks star Marcus Lattimore if he's recovered from last year's knee injury.
  • NFL Preseason Schedule - 2012 [Week 3 Picks]

    08/22/2012 6:58:22 AM PDT · by Bender2 · 30 replies
    ESPN ^ | 8-22-12 | Bender2
    NFL Preseason Schedule - 2012 [Week 3 Picks] Week 3 THU, AUG 23 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION Green Bay at Cincinnati 7:00 PM Tickets Paul Brown Stadium Jacksonville at Baltimore 7:30 PM Tickets M&T Bank Stadium Arizona at Tennessee 8:00 PM Tickets LP Field FRI, AUG 24 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION Philadelphia at Cleveland 7:30 PM Tickets Cleveland Browns Stadium Atlanta at Miami 7:30 PM Tickets Sun Life Stadium New England at Tampa Bay 7:30 PM Tickets Raymond James Stadium San Diego at Minnesota 8:00 PM Tickets Mall of America Field Chicago at NY Giants 8:00 PM CBS...
  • Freeper Fantasy Football - 2nd season - 2 openings

    08/18/2012 9:35:15 AM PDT · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 1 replies
    Me | 8/18/12 | GeorgiaDawg32
    I have a second fantasy football league that has 2 openings. The scoring is set to reflect actual nfl scores. There is no qb, 2 wr's 2 rb's, 1 te and a kicker. Last year scores ranged from 48-48 to 7-6. This is a live online draft set for Sept. 2. We're looking for players who will compete, win or lose. If you're interested, pls Freepmail me.
  • Shooting outside University of Phoenix stadium

    08/17/2012 10:16:41 PM PDT · by Tarantulas · 17 replies
    Phoenix TV station KSAZ ^ | August 17, 2012 | Fox 10 Phoenix
    GLENDALE, Ariz. - Glendale Police responded to reports of a shooting in the parking lot of University of Phoenix stadium Friday night, while the Cardinals were playing the Raiders in their first preseason game. We're hearing a man in his 30s was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. He's currently in stable condition. A suspect has apparently been taken into custody. No other information was made available. Stay with for updates on this developing story.
  • Raiders practice delayed due to suspicious substance on field

    08/16/2012 9:10:49 PM PDT · by Robwin · 16 replies
    Yahoo answers ^ | 2009 | Wish I Knew
    OAKLAND (CA)--Oakland Raiders football practice was delayed nearly two hours today after a player reported finding an unknown white powdery substance on the practice field. Head coach Art Shell immediately suspended practice and called the police and federal investigators. After a complete analysis, FBI forensic experts determined that the white substance unknown to players was the GOAL LINE. Practice resumed after special agents decided the team was unlikely to encounter the substance again this season.
  • Demoting Notre Dame

    08/16/2012 5:23:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    ESPN ^ | August 15, 2012 | Rick Reilly
    I once loved Notre Dame football. My dad went to Notre Dame and flunked out and I still loved Notre Dame football. I loved Lindsey Nelson telling me "neither team advanced the ball so we move to further action in the fourth quarter" while my mom was yelling, "Get ready for mass!" But I grew up. I don't love Notre Dame football anymore. Notre Dame football has been living a lie, as Lou Holtz likes to say. Outlined against a blue-gray October sky, nothing happened. The echoes are in REM sleep. It has failed to advance the ball.
  • Arsenal agree to sell Van Persie to Man United

    08/15/2012 1:35:50 PM PDT · by Peter Vollmer · 23 replies
    Arsenal have agreed terms to sell their captain Robin van Persie to Manchester United, the two Premier League rivals said on their websites on Wednesday. The Dutch striker, voted the league's player of the year last season, will travel to Manchester on Thursday to discuss personal terms and complete a medical ahead of the proposed move to Old Trafford. No financial details were immediately available from the clubs. Media reports said United would pay 24 million pounds ($37.67 million) for Van Persie who is poised to sign a four-year contract with them.
  • NFL Preseason Schedule - 2012 [Week 2 Picks]

    08/15/2012 10:09:17 AM PDT · by Bender2 · 36 replies
    ESPN ^ | 8-15-12 | Bender2
    Week 2 THU, AUG 16 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION Cincinnati at Atlanta 8:00 PM FOX Tickets Georgia Dome Cleveland at Green Bay 8:00 PM Tickets Lambeau Field FRI, AUG 17 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION Tennessee at Tampa Bay 7:30 PM Tickets Raymond James Stadium Miami at Carolina 8:00 PM Tickets Bank of America Stadium Detroit at Baltimore 8:00 PM FOX Tickets M&T Bank Stadium Buffalo at Minnesota 8:00 PM Tickets Mall of America Field Jacksonville at New Orleans 8:00 PM Tickets Mercedes-Benz Superdome Oakland at Arizona 10:00 PM Tickets U of Phoenix Stadium SAT, AUG 18 TIME (ET)...
  • Chad Johnson arrested on domestic violence charge

    08/12/2012 5:46:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Dolphins receiver Chad Johnson was arrested Saturday on a domestic violence charge, accused of head-butting his newlywed wife during an argument in front of their home outside Miami. Johnson and his wife, Evelyn Lozada, were at dinner and she confronted him about a receipt she had found for a box of condoms, said Davie police Capt. Dale Engle. The argument got heated and continued on the drive home, he said. When they arrived in their driveway in Davie, the 34-year-old Johnson head-butted Lozada, she told police. Lozada, who is on the reality show, "Basketball Wives," was treated at a hospital...
  • Freeper Fantasy Football - Year 6 - 2 openings

    08/10/2012 3:25:40 PM PDT · by GeorgiaDawg32
    Me | 8/10/12 | GeorgiaDawg32
    Freeper Fantasy football - Year 6 We need 2 more players to fill out 10. This is a competitive league. It is a live draft on Yahoo the weekend before the season starts. Please be competitive, win or lose. Freepmail me for info.
  • LSU kicks Tyrann Mathieu off team

    08/10/2012 11:14:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    ESPN ^ | August 10, 2012 | Staff
    LSU has dismissed Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu from its football program for violating school and team rules. "We extended ourselves personally and professionally to him," LSU coach Les Miles said at a news conference Friday. "He has really improved and has a chance to take some steps as a person.
  • Shannon Eastin to Become First Female NFL Referee [+ NFL Picks]

    08/09/2012 11:03:34 AM PDT · by Bender2 · 32 replies
    ABC Snooze ^ | Wed, Aug 8, 2012 6:43 AM EDT | Eliza Murphy
    Shannon Eastin to Become First Female NFL Referee By Eliza Murphy | ABC News Blogs – Wed, Aug 8, 2012 6:43 AM EDT Shannon Eastin is making history this week as the first woman to referee a National Football League game and she acknowledges that she is a bit of a pioneer. "I would say probably most of the way, to some degree, yes. Even in my previous experience in judo, I did a lot of things that were first there," Eastin said in a news conference Tuesday. Eastin, 42, will serve as the line judge in Thursday's pre-season game...
  • Is the War on Football Because Women Can't or Don't Play the Sport? (Vanity)

    08/09/2012 8:50:57 AM PDT · by murron · 56 replies
    8-9-2012 | Myself
    Women play all other competitive sports, golf, basketball, soccer, softball, but have not been able to break into the football world. It is, by all measures, a man's sport, and this may be driving the left crazy. This cannot be allowed by their reasoning. Could this be the drive behind trying to ban the sport or to sissy-fy it? I think so, IMHO.
  • George Will's False Argument Against Football

    08/08/2012 4:58:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | August 8, 2012 | Terry Jeffrey
    Those who have convinced themselves that American football is incurably violent and shortens the life expectancy of those who play it -- I am thinking of George Will -- ought to read the study the American Journal of Cardiology published in March on the mortality of former NFL players. Men who played in the NFL for at least five years over a period of three decades, the study demonstrated, had a lower mortality rate than the general population of American males. However, in The Washington Post on Sunday, George Will wrote: "Various unsurprising studies indicate high early mortality rates among...
  • Penn State adds names, ribbon to football jerseys (support for victims of child abuse)

    08/07/2012 2:59:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/07/12
    Penn State adds names, ribbon to football jerseysThe Associated Press – 1 hour 28 minutes ago STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Players' names are being added to Penn State's football jerseys for the coming season, the university announced Tuesday, along with blue ribbons to show support for victims of child abuse. The team's generic look - blue-and-white, no names on jerseys - has long been a trademark and was associated with the buttoned-down style of former coach Joe Paterno, who was fired last year after his former assistant Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child molestation charges. School officials said adding...
  • NFL Gets Its 1st Female Referee At Chargers-Packers Preseason Game

    08/06/2012 2:44:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    AP) — ^ | August 6, 2012 11:26 AM
    Shannon Eastin will become the first female to officiate an NFL game when she works the Green Bay at San Diego preseason match Thursday night. The regular NFL officials have been locked out by the league. Eastin is a college referee who has worked in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (FCS division).
  • Join, or Die 2012 NFL Pick'em's Finally Here

    08/04/2012 11:49:34 AM PDT · by STD · 9 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | August 4 2012 | STD
    If you don't have time for Fantasy Football, if your ability to concentrate longer than ten minutes has expired, because BHO's busy ruining America; I have the hobby that's right for you! Boy, oh boy do I have the entertainment that's perfect for you. Join the Pick'em weekly league made up of like minded FReepers who think just like you. Don't let that POS steal your joy!
  • Browns Bought by Republican Gasoline Magnate

    08/02/2012 10:13:44 AM PDT · by RealTeen · 35 replies ^ | 8/2/2012 | Justin Higgins
    Now my favorite football team will be owned by the brother of a Republican Governor who also runs an incredibly successful business and donates to Republican candidates. Can it get any better? Pilot Flying J CEO James "Jimmy" Haslam is set to own the team, per ESPN: NFL ownership is expected to approve Haslam's purchase at its October meeting. Commissioner Roger Goodell could expedite the process by calling a special meeting, although that is considered unlikely. The NFL helped bring Haslam to Lerner so that a sale could be completed smoothly, efficiently and with a high probability of success. Haslam...
  • Combat vet Rodriguez cleared to play for Clemson

    08/02/2012 7:57:17 AM PDT · by sean327 · 6 replies
    CNNSI ^ | August 1, 2012 6:17PM
    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Daniel Rodriguez is as proud of fulfilling a promise to a friend as he's been of his decorated military career. Rodriguez has been cleared by the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference to join Clemson's football team. He spent four years in the U.S. Army, earning a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star Medal of Valor for his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rodriguez took part in the Battle of Kamdesh in October 2009 that saw a force of 300 Taliban overwhelm the American outpost of fewer than 40 soldiers. Rodriguez saw friend Kevin Thompson die...
  • Purple Heart recipient makes good on promise after getting cleared to join Clemson (football)

    08/02/2012 1:08:17 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | August 1, 2012
    Daniel Rodriguez is about to fulfill a dream, and more importantly to him, keep a promise to a brother-in-arms. Rodriguez found out this week he had been cleared by the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference to join Clemson's football team as a walk-on receiver. Once Rodriguez trots onto the practice field Friday in his orange No. 83 for Clemson's first practice, he'll complete a transformation from a struggling teenager to a young man who's achieved his goal after witnessing some of the most horrific fighting in Afghanistan. "It's been kind of long journey," he said Wednesday. Rodriguez played football...
  • Wisconsin running back Montee Ball attacked

    08/01/2012 4:33:00 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    AP ^ | August 1, 2012 | TODD RICHMOND
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Five men roughed up star Wisconsin running back Montee Ball near campus early Wednesday, inflicting head injuries serious enough to send him to the hospital, authorities said.
  • The Sins of The Father (Paterno)

    07/24/2012 2:38:22 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 32 replies ^ | July 13, 2012 | Rick Reilly
    What a fool I was. In 1986, I spent a week in State College, Pa., researching a 10-page Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year piece on Joe Paterno. It was supposed to be a secret, but one night the phone in my hotel room rang. It was a Penn State professor, calling out of the blue. "Are you here to take part in hagiography?" he said. "What's hagiography?" I asked. "The study of saints," he said. "You're going to be just like the rest, aren't you? You're going to make Paterno out to be a saint. You don't know him....
  • Football is a U.S. Religion!

    07/23/2012 11:08:31 AM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 28 replies
    Email Subscription From Dr. Boys | July 21, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    In 1982. famous sports announcer Howard Cosell breathlessly said in his own inimitable way, "The Cowboys are more than a football team in Dallas; they are a religion." He went on to say, "Look at the loyalty of those people! Look at the signs they have made. Truly, the Cowboys are a religion in Dallas." Cosell was only confirming what Dr. Alan Goldberg of the University of Connecticut said: "Sports [is] like a religion." This is obvious to anyone when even enthusiastic, evangelistic and evangelical religious leaders change their church schedules for athletic purposes! Houston's First Baptist Church announced in...
  • Penn State Sanction

    07/23/2012 8:06:58 AM PDT · by aft_lizard · 105 replies
    ESPN ^ | 07/23/12 | Me
    Don't think there is a story yet, but here is the sanctions: 60 Million Fine Loss of ten schollies per year with current schollies able to transfer immediately 4 year post season ban
  • Yahoo Freeper Fantasy Football

    07/21/2012 3:11:34 PM PDT · by STD · 10 replies
    Yahoo fantasy Football | 07/21/12 | STD
    Join up for our fifth successive season. Join at Yahoo Fantasy Football. Free Republic Football League 2 (ID# 211856) Password cowboys
  • Mark Dayton: Minnesota Vikings' arrests linked to excess of 'idle time'

    07/18/2012 6:55:14 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | July 18, 2012 | Brian Murphy
    "Idle time is the devil's play," said Dayton, describing the NFL's six-month offseason. "It means that young males who are heavily armored and heavily psyched as necessary to carry out their job are probably more susceptible to being in bars at 2 o'clock (in the morning) and having problems. It doesn't excuse it. It just says this probably comes with it."
  • ‘Death Penalty’ Would Be an Act of Mercy for Penn State Football

    07/17/2012 6:32:19 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 38 replies
    Time ^ | Tuesday 17 July 2012 | Sean Gregory
    In a PBS interview broadcast Monday night, NCAA president Mark Emmert refused to take “anything off the table” regarding its possible punishment of Penn State University in the wake of the damning Freeh Report. The results of former FBI director Louis Freeh’s investigation, released last week, concluded that top Penn State officials — including former President Graham Spanier and former head coach Joe Paterno — “repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse from the authorities” in order to “avoid the consequences of bad publicity.” So the so-called “death penalty” for Penn State football is possible. And though that...
  • Artist paints over Paterno's halo on Pa. mural

    07/15/2012 2:41:27 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 20 replies
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — An artist has removed a halo from a mural of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno amid the school's child sex-abuse scandal. Michael Pilato had put a halo over Paterno's image after the beloved coach's death in January, but said he felt he had to remove it Saturday after a report that Paterno, former university president Graham Spanier and others buried allegations of child sex-abuse against ex-assistant Jerry Sandusky. Paterno's family denies the claim.
  • Paterno Won Sweeter Deal Even as Scandal Played Out

    In January 2011, Joe Paterno learned prosecutors were investigating his longtime assistant coach Jerry Sandusky for sexually assaulting young boys. Soon, Mr. Paterno had testified before a grand jury, and the rough outlines of what would become a giant scandal had been published in a local newspaper. That same month, Mr. Paterno, the football coach at Penn State, began negotiating with his superiors to amend his contract, with the timing something of a surprise because the contract was not set to expire until the end of 2012, according to university documents and people with knowledge of the discussions. By August,...
  • Penn State football needs to be suspended at least two years (calls for the death penalty)

    07/12/2012 9:06:25 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 80 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | July 12, 2012 | Rick Morrissey
    I want to hear the silence on Saturdays in State College, Pa. I want to experience the hush of an empty stadium. I want to feel the emptiness as an institution serves its penance for putting a football program above the safety of young boys. Silence in exchange for silence — that’s the price Penn State needs to pay for looking away as a sexual predator ruined lives. The school needs to shut down its football program for at least two years. Or, if university officials can’t quite locate their humanity, let the NCAA do it for them. The Freeh...
  • Ben Davidson, towering Raiders lineman, dies at 72

    07/04/2012 11:11:41 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 3, 2012 | Tom FitzGerald
    Ben Davidson, a towering pass rusher who wore a handlebar mustache and terrorized Raiders opponents in the 1960s and early '70s, died Monday night of prostate cancer. He was 72.
  • Uncovered e-mails close book on (Penn State football coach Joe) Paterno's legacy

    07/01/2012 4:27:42 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 57 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 30, 2012 | Scott Ostler
    The Penn State horror story has taken a twist for the sicker. And Joe Paterno's legacy is now more clearly defined. E-mails have been uncovered by NBC. Three scared sheep - Penn State's president, vice president and athletic director - were going to alert the real authorities to the possible misdeeds of Jerry Sandusky, until the athletic director spoke with Paterno and persuaded the other two Sheep not to be so rash. Subsequently, at least four more young boys were molested by Sandusky. Paterno apparently persuaded the group to go easy on old Jerry. The athletic director, Tim Curley, e-mailed...
  • College football playoff approved

    06/26/2012 5:12:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | June 26, 2012
    College football will finally have a playoff. Come 2014, the BCS is dead. A committee of university presidents on Tuesday approved a plan for a four-team playoff put forward by commissioners of the major football conferences. ''It goes just the right amount,'' he said. The move completes a six-month process for the commissioners, who have been working on a new way to determine a major college football champion after years of griping from fans. ''There were differences of views,'' Steger said. ''I think it would be a serious mistake to assume it was a rubber stamp.'' Instead of simply matching...
  • Business, civic leaders hope Vikings stadium will be boon to jobless

    06/18/2012 8:50:18 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 12, 2012
    The Minnesota Vikings' new $975 million stadium is expected to bring construction jobs to parts of Minneapolis hit hardest by poverty and unemployment. Elected officials, business owners and civic leaders who backed the stadium are hoping it will be a boon to the jobless, including the 22 percent of black workers who were counted as unemployed as recently as last year, Minnesota Public Radio reported Tuesday, June 12. That was nearly triple Minnesota's overall jobless rate.