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Archive: February 2009

The Redskins Think They Have It

The Baltimore Ravens may be one free agent away from the Super Bowl, but that one free agent -- Bart Scott -- has signed with the Jets.

By Doug Farrar | February 28, 2009; 12:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

Economy Could Impact Free Agency

It's the economy, stupid. It's affecting golf (Tiger to the rescue), the NBA (which has borrowed $200 million) and could impact NFL free agency.

By Kornheiser & Wilbon | February 27, 2009; 5:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kurt Warner Can

Any team is three players away from a Super Bowl -- pause, drum roll -- Barry Sanders, Deon Sanders and Troy Aikman.

By Peter Schaffer | February 27, 2009; 4:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

Housh Would Be a Catch

T.J. Houshmandzadeh is the big, physical presence on the outside Philadelphia has lacked since parting ways with Terrell Owens.

By Gene Wang | February 27, 2009; 12:26 PM ET | Comments (2)

Free For A Reason

As unfortunate as it sounds, the guy out there who might be the most valuable player on the market, after he gets cut of course, is Michael Vick.

By Dan Levy | February 27, 2009; 11:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings Are Close

Whether it's opening running lanes for Adrian Peterson or protecting Sage Rosenfels the Vikings are hunting for a right tackle.

By Shawn Zobel | February 27, 2009; 9:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 27th Winner: DaleinAtlanta

Snyder is following Jerry Jones's "team" concept and obtaining the same results.

By TOP COMMENTER | February 27, 2009; 8:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Price is Right?

Haynesworth is a 28-year-old beast that consumes opposing lines and single-handedly changes the dynamics on the field.

By Jim McCormick | February 26, 2009; 3:49 PM ET | Comments (1)

Albert Haynesworth May or May Not Be Worth It

But $100 million is a lot in this economy and under the salary cap.

By Kornheiser & Wilbon | February 26, 2009; 2:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

January 26th Winner: cgaginis

Nobody's worth that, but Snyder and Vinny might actually pay. If they do, the headline will read "Redskins sign Haynesworth for $102 Million - Snyder's Ego Satiated."

By TOP COMMENTER | February 26, 2009; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (1)

'Skins Shouldn't

Locking up so much money in one player seems crazy to me, even by Redskins standards.

By Jason La Canfora | February 25, 2009; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (22)

Stomping Expectations

Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth is only worth $100 million when he's auditioning for $100 million

By Emil Steiner | February 25, 2009; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Risk and Reward

Albert Haynesworth fits what the Titans do defensively to a "T". Whether he can replicate these successes on another team is unknown.

By Peter Schaffer | February 25, 2009; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (4)

What's Haynesworth?

The Redskins just have to accept the $100 million risk and hope for the reward.

By Doug Farrar | February 25, 2009; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (7)

Is Albert Haynesworth Worth $100 Million?

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth put up great numbers in the final year of his contract, but is he worth $100 million?

By Reader Poll | February 25, 2009; 6:45 AM ET | Comments (6)

February 25th Winner: texas_willie

Jerry Jones is a short-sighted egomaniac, an embarrassment, and an enabler of over-the-hill veterans who know a sugar daddy when they see and hear it.

By TOP COMMENTER | February 25, 2009; 1:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

Cowboy Torture Never Stops

The gag order will last until Jones hears another set of questions he can't answer in a way that explains his own modus operandi favorably.

By Doug Farrar | February 24, 2009; 9:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Will Jerry Jones Gag Order Backfire?

Gag or choke? What will happen when Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones gags his coaching staff?

By Reader Poll | February 24, 2009; 9:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Can You Gag Anonymity?

Jones doesn't trust his employees. Rather than take measures to gain their trust...ban their asses from talking.

By Dan Levy | February 23, 2009; 8:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

Father Jones Knows Best

I think this policy is profound. In fact, I have just put a gag order on my family.

By David Aldridge | February 23, 2009; 8:03 AM ET | Comments (2)

Jonesing for a GM

It's not the media's fault Jones is such a control freak that he insists on calling the shots rather than acquiescing to a proven general manager.

By Gene Wang | February 23, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Combine Blurs Reality

The combine itself is not overrated, but it does create overrated players.

By Jim McCormick | February 20, 2009; 3:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

February 20th Winner: GEORGE43

The below average scores prospects get on the Wonderlic underscores the true lack of education most players receive in college.

By TOP COMMENTER | February 20, 2009; 2:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Combine for Success

For these prospects it's a week of great potential and infinite possibility.

By Zach Leibowitz | February 20, 2009; 8:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Can't Measure Desire

In college, the best athletes can get away with poor work habits. That formula doesn't work in the NFL, just ask Ryan Leaf or Maurice Clarett.

By Gene Wang | February 19, 2009; 6:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Is the NFL Scouting Combine Overrated?

Do teams and coaches give too much credence to players' performances at the NFL Scouting Combine? You decide...

By Reader Poll | February 19, 2009; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Combine Sells

The Combine has become an event that is not only followed by old-school Draftniks, but also all of those looking to make money from or through the NFL.

By David Carter | February 19, 2009; 6:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

What's the Wonderlic Got to do With It?

To me the NFL Scouting Combine seems like an Indiana livestock auction turned reality show.

By Emil Steiner | February 19, 2009; 6:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Piece of the Process

The Combine earns its importance when it becomes the best forum for smaller-school players to perform on a (literal) even playing field.

By Doug Farrar | February 19, 2009; 6:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Mmm... Measurables

I love the combine. But I'll never understand why it matters.

By Dan Levy | February 19, 2009; 5:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

Supportive, Not Overrated

The bottom line is that the "meat market" data is relevant to teams, especially the medical data.

By Peter Schaffer | February 19, 2009; 1:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 17th Winner: PlayByTheRules

It is long past time for player salaries to move back into the realm of reality. Why should a family of four pay more than a month's utility bills to go to a ball game?

By TOP COMMENTER | February 17, 2009; 11:28 PM ET | Comments (2)

Should NFL Players Take a Pay Cut?

Granted their contracts are not guaranteed but, given the current economic crisis, could NFL players appeal to fans by following their commissioner in taking a 10% pay cut? You decide...

By Reader Poll | February 17, 2009; 4:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Let Him Earn His Money

I would rather have Goodell earning his salary, and looking at the big picture, than trying some sort of stimulus gesture that would be the equivalent of a Band-Aid on an amputation.

By Doug Farrar | February 16, 2009; 11:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Cut Above

With all due respect to Goodell, no one pays to watch the commissioner at work.

By Gene Wang | February 16, 2009; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

No to Player Pay Cuts

For the record, the commissioner's "giveback" is more of a PR move than a true magnanimous gesture.

By Peter Schaffer | February 16, 2009; 9:42 AM ET | Comments (3)

Cuts Start at the Top

What if the owners gave their fans a little stimulus package of their own?

By Dan Levy | February 16, 2009; 9:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kornheiser: Brett May Come Back

Tony Kornheiser says don't bet the ranch on Brett Favre staying retired.

By Kornheiser & Wilbon | February 12, 2009; 4:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Very, Very Good But Not The Best

Favre is in the lower part of my all-time top 10 QBs.

By Mark Maske | February 12, 2009; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Favre Vexes Me

I'd certainly put Favre in the top 10, but number one? Nope.

By David Aldridge | February 12, 2009; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (3)

Top 10, Not Top 5

His star is clearly tainted and tarnished by the complete bungling of his exit from Green Bay in 2007.

By Peter Schaffer | February 12, 2009; 9:04 AM ET | Comments (6)

Can We End This Hostage Crisis Already?

Favre's an old man who only cares about himself. There are at least five quarterbacks of his era I'd rather have under center.

By Dan Levy | February 12, 2009; 8:56 AM ET | Comments (5)

A Complicated Legacy

He wasn't a superhero, but he was one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

By Doug Farrar | February 12, 2009; 8:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Favre's Numbers Lie

Forget top 10 Favre may not even be the best quarterback in Packers history.

By Gene Wang | February 12, 2009; 8:16 AM ET | Comments (17)

Lesser of (Four) Evils

In a division like that, with a born-again quarterback and the best receiver in the league, I don't see how they won't be the favorite to win.

By Dan Levy | February 11, 2009; 6:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Outlook Not So Good

I think Whisenhunt is the real deal, but I wonder about his judgment if he had to fire two assistants after they made the Super Bowl.

By David Aldridge | February 11, 2009; 6:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

Odds Stacked Against Cards

Departures, dissension and disgust appear rampant in the Cardinals organization. That combination signals nothing but disaster for next season.

By Gene Wang | February 11, 2009; 6:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Can the Cardinals Repeat/Compete

After losing the Super Bowl will the Arizona Cardinals make the playoffs in 2009? You decide.

By Reader Poll | February 11, 2009; 5:33 AM ET | Comments (3)

Drugs Were Baseball's Lifeboat

Drugs had the power to do for baseball what nothing else could: make it exciting again.

By Sean McCann | February 10, 2009; 2:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Drugs were baseball's lifeboat

From almost the beginning, the NFL treated its drug problem with some respect, as a threat to the integrity of its extremely popular and lucrative product. Major League Baseball treated performance-enhancing drugs like a golden goose during a lean winter....

By Sean McCann | February 10, 2009; 2:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 9th Winner: DELOH

Was Bonds a jerk toward the media? Sure, but never underestimate the power of the pen, especially when the pen is used while grinding axes.

By TOP COMMENTER | February 9, 2009; 11:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Baseball Is History and History Is Passé

Baseball, like our current economy, has been run as an institution that thought itself impervious to decay and decline.

By Jim McCormick | February 9, 2009; 2:36 PM ET | Comments (1)


The NFL long ago passed the threshold of plausibility, to where it now requires a healthy suspension of belief to enjoy it.

By Dave Sheinin | February 9, 2009; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (4)

MLB Records Sacred

Two reasons, baseball records are sacred and steroids helps less in football.

By Barry Svrluga | February 9, 2009; 11:56 AM ET | Comments (5)

NFL Made an Effort

The NFL had a testing program and discipline years ago. Baseball didn't. That's the difference.

By Mark Maske | February 9, 2009; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (2)

Baseball or Circus?

At best, Bud Selig's reaction to the issue of performance enhancing drugs was slow and simple, at worst it was fraudulent.

By Emil Steiner | February 9, 2009; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (2)

American Gladiators v American History

Baseball is American history. And history never forgets a cheater.

By Dan Levy | February 9, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Football is Visceral, Baseball is Pastoral

The ground rules are different. They shouldn't be, but they are.

By Doug Farrar | February 9, 2009; 8:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's All About Expectations

Because they risk so much, football players get much more leeway when it comes to testing positive for banned substances.

By Gene Wang | February 9, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Base Bawl

When are forced to admit that baseball is not the idyllic game we've long thought it to be, we lose a piece of our own innocence.

By Zach Leibowitz | February 9, 2009; 7:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

February 8th Winner: OZPUNK

Moving the Pro Bowl to a different place might save the NFL money but it will diminish interest in players. Who wants to go to Detroit in February to play a meaningless football game?

By TOP COMMENTER | February 8, 2009; 10:37 PM ET | Comments (1)

A Better Pro Bowl

Here are some steps that would make the NFL all-star game more watchable

By Peter Schaffer | February 6, 2009; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pro Bowl Fix

Kornheiser: You have to do something.
Wilbon: It's worthless to try.

By Kornheiser & Wilbon | February 6, 2009; 9:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Have A Skills Competition

The Pro Bowl can be saved one way and one way only. Get rid of it and bring back the Skills Competition.

By Dan Levy | February 6, 2009; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pro Bust

The Pro Bowl is well-intentioned, but doomed to fail

By Zach Leibowitz | February 6, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

What's Wrong With Hawaii?

The Pro Bowl is, like any sunset, placed best on the islands.

By Doug Farrar | February 6, 2009; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Faithful How, Pray Tell

Would the sportswriters who give Kurt Warner a pass to say, "I'm trying to represent Jesus" do the same if he said, "I'm trying to represent Reebok."?

By Kathy Orton | February 5, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (10)

February 4th Winner: skinsfan80

At the end of the day, it's hard to have a discussion about restricting one person's rights while not also asking yourself if you should stop talking because you're furthering your own agenda in the same breath.

By TOP COMMENTER | February 4, 2009; 11:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Does it Matter?

Regardless of how people feel about religion entering certain non-secular spaces, they will continue to love chicken sandwiches, and of course, football.

By Jim McCormick | February 4, 2009; 2:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Separating Church and Stadium

Even if God is what got you there, does He really need to be plugged?

By Emil Steiner | February 4, 2009; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

Strength in Faith

How could there be too much of something that improves the chemistry and attitude of a team?

By Dick Vermeil | February 4, 2009; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (7)

There is No God In Team

It seems that most athletes thank God when they actually want to thank themselves.

By Dan Levy | February 4, 2009; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (5)

Faith Enhancement?

Governing bodies across the globe are attempting to combat illegal drug use. But what if faith is a natural performance - enhancer?

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | February 4, 2009; 9:31 AM ET | Comments (2)

On the 7th Day God?

If two men, equally devout, are on opposite teams, how does God decide who wins? And what does He say to the loser? Pray harder next time?

By David Aldridge | February 4, 2009; 9:27 AM ET | Comments (4)

Top Commenter February 3rd: FISCHY

The Steelers are the gold standard for long-term success in the post-merger era. On the other hand, they were the worst franchise in the pre-merger era, with the same Rooney family in charge -- so, maybe it balances out.

By TOP COMMENTER | February 4, 2009; 12:15 AM ET | Comments (2)

Steelers Are Closest

A dynasty is perhaps unattainable but arguably the Steelers are as close to attaining that designation as any team in the NFL

By Peter Schaffer | February 3, 2009; 4:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Rooney Blueprint Wins

In a league rife with copycats the Steelers have always followed their own blueprint. And it's built quite a trophy room.

By Jim McCormick | February 3, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (3)

Great Now, Not Always

The Steelers stunk for 40 years before Chuck Noll came on the scene.

By David Aldridge | February 3, 2009; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (8)

Consistency Proves It

Given their ability to span the decades with greatness with so few real rough spots, I would have to give the Steelers the nod at this point.

By Doug Farrar | February 3, 2009; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

Dynastic Steel

Wilbon and Kornheiser rate Super Bowl XLIII and the Steelers' dynasty historically.

By Kornheiser & Wilbon | February 3, 2009; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sixth Sense

The Pittsburgh Steelers are the greatest franchise in NFL history.

By Gene Wang | February 3, 2009; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Are the Steelers the NFL's Greatest Dynasty?

Readers vote on the Pittsburgh Steelers place in NFL history

By Reader Poll | February 3, 2009; 8:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers in the Lead

The Steelers claimed their sixth Super Bowl title and officially stepped one inch ahead of the rest.

By Zach Leibowitz | February 3, 2009; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

January 2nd Winner: BOBFBELL

There was so much Steelers holding whenever Big Ben evaded the Cardinal rush, the offensive line should have been arrested for mugging.

By TOP COMMENTER | February 2, 2009; 11:29 PM ET | Comments (2)

Great Ending Only

My personal favorite was Super 13. I watched the game on a big screen at the Gateway Tour Center in SW, with other fans, at a party hosted by WMAL's Ken Beatrice. One of his small "thank-yous" to all the people who listened and called into his show. I was 13. Life was good.

By David Aldridge | February 2, 2009; 9:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Best of the Rest?

Super Bowl XLIII has to be up there in the thrill-a-minute department, though there have been a few entrants in the last decade.

By Doug Farrar | February 2, 2009; 9:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Greatest of Its Era

Everything switched in seconds in Super Bowl XLIII, destinies rewrote themselves, careers were redefined.

By Les Carpenter | February 2, 2009; 9:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Best Ever? Five Seconds Short.

The end of the game was fantastic. But if we're talking about putting this game as the best Super Bowl ever, we deserved a better ending. We deserved a Hail Mary.

By Dan Levy | February 2, 2009; 9:17 AM ET | Comments (1)

Greatest Super Bowl Ever?

Was Super Bowl XLIII the greatest NFL championship of all time?

By Reader Poll | February 2, 2009; 8:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

On Balance, a Classic

6th Title Rests On Holmes's Steel Toes

By Mark Maske | February 2, 2009; 8:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

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