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Archive: December 2009

Snub list best part of Pro Bowl

The Pro Bowl is like your mom buying you a fake Voltron set when you were a kid -- the only fun part is complaining about it.

By Jim McCormick | December 30, 2009; 2:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pro Bowl voting is silly

One glaring omission: London Fletcher, the Redskins' middle linebacker, who's played 12 excellent seasons without making a Pro Bowl

By Dave Goldberg | December 30, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pro Bowl snub vote

Weigh in on who caught the biggest snubbing from NFL Pro Bowl voters

By Reader Poll | December 30, 2009; 8:02 AM ET | Comments (3)

Gonzo, Smith snubbed

Only Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez and New Orleans defensive end Will Smith's have legitimate gripes with Pro Bowl voters.

By Rob Rang | December 29, 2009; 8:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Perfectly debately

If it works, it is a perfect decision, if it doesn't work, it looks perfectly stupid.

By Brian Tarcy | December 28, 2009; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Protecting Peyton matters more

Teams need to be smart and protect their valuable assets; the Colts did that.

By Larry Brown | December 28, 2009; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (2)

Game dumped

This is Colts policy, but it never before killed an unbeaten season.

By Dave Goldberg | December 28, 2009; 9:09 AM ET | Comments (4)

Momentum matters

By shutting Manning down too quickly, the Colts could be doing the same to their postseason dreams.

By Doug Farrar | December 28, 2009; 8:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

I'd rather play to win

Colts fans know the playoffs are coming, but still felt pretty pretty slighted. We wanted to go for it.

By Dawn Knight | December 28, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Disappointing decision

Removing Peyton Manning and essentially all the Colts starters while playing at home with the lead stinks.

By Michael Wilbon | December 28, 2009; 7:46 AM ET | Comments (1)

Smart move, Colts

It only takes one freak play to end a player's season and the Colts have been victimized by freak plays sidelining key players for the playoffs.

By Joe Baker | December 28, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Skidding into the playoffs

Better to go into the playoffs winning than losing.

By Matt Loede | December 28, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Does benching help or hurt Indy

How will Caldwell's decision to bench Manning affect the Colts? Vote now...

By Reader Poll | December 28, 2009; 6:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Profiles in Courage?

I don't begrudge Vick a bit of whatever success he has in future but to single him out as an example? Tough to wrap my head around that one.

By Doug Farrar | December 25, 2009; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Is Vick Worthy?

Should the Eagles have picked Michael Vick for the Ed Block Courage Award? Vote now...

By Reader Poll | December 25, 2009; 1:16 PM ET | Comments (7)

Vick's the winner

In the eyes of a "jury" of Vick's peers, this award was well deserved - unanimous verdict.

By Derede McAlpin | December 25, 2009; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (19)

He deserves it

Maybe we as fans and media disagree, but we don't have a vote here. The players have the vote and therefore they set the criteria.

By Jason Brewer | December 25, 2009; 9:36 AM ET | Comments (8)

PETA: Eagles fumbled

Michael Vick should not be the person anyone points to as a model of sportsmanship.

By Dan Shannon | December 25, 2009; 9:09 AM ET | Comments (8)

Get over it

With all due respect to PETA, it's none of their business.

By Dave Goldberg | December 25, 2009; 9:09 AM ET | Comments (6)

Deserving enough

If you think about Vick's season on a human level there's really no other choice.

By Dan Levy | December 25, 2009; 8:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't believe the hype

In the end, there's really nothing to see here, as much as the media would like you to think there is.

By Chris Gates | December 24, 2009; 5:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings bleeding?

At the moment, Childress and Favre are pooh-poohing any notion that the Vikings are about to implode. But definitely, stay tuned.

By Leonard Shapiro | December 24, 2009; 7:35 AM ET | Comments (2)

Wrangling Favre

As clever as Favre can seem on the field, he is only effective when working in a controlled system. These days there is no control in Minnesota.

By Les Carpenter | December 23, 2009; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (5)

Give it up Chilly

You're not going to win an argument with Brett and he's your best shot at a title.

By Dave Goldberg | December 23, 2009; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

Same old Favre

The Vikings mortgaged a lot to bring in Favre and it's looking more and more like the gambit will not pay off.

By Doug Farrar | December 23, 2009; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (15)

Favre breakdown

If the Vikings look uninspired during the playoffs, the team's lack of trust in it's leaders might be the cause.

By Brandon Benson | December 23, 2009; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Favre's relationship chilly

Will Brett Favre's power struggle with head coach Brad Childress doom the Vikings playoffs hopes? Vote now.

By Reader Poll | December 23, 2009; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (1)

Janet Jackson would be proud

Roger Goodell wants to rule the NFL with an iron fist.

By Chris Richardson | December 21, 2009; 3:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Accepting exception

I get why the league never wants to bend the rules, but this is one of those unique instances that merits it.

By Anthony Stalter | December 21, 2009; 2:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rules are rules

Some "tributes" were more about poking Goodell in the eye than in truly honoring Henry's memory.

By Jason Maloni | December 21, 2009; 1:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Won't happen

Roger Goodell fines players a lot for a lot of things, but he knows public relations.

By Dave Goldberg | December 21, 2009; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Let it go, Goodell

Typically, I get tired of the antics of overpaid, spoiled athletes and would encourage Goodell to fine them. Not this time.

By Dawn Knight | December 21, 2009; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Have a heart, NFL

Leave the fines alone for a week.

By Matt Loede | December 21, 2009; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Where's the harm?

Sometimes rules should be set aside for extenuating circumstance, especially when the harm is non-existent.

By Josh Kirkendall | December 21, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not a perfect world

The Rooney Rule is good for the same reason we have the seat belt law: It's habit-forming.

By Roman Oben | December 20, 2009; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

Why pick second best?

Diversity isn't celebrated in the NFL. Wins are, and each team should pursue that opportunity to win as it sees fit.

By Josh Zerkle | December 18, 2009; 1:32 PM ET | Comments (7)

Diversity, a progress at work

For diversity initiatives to really succeed in the NFL and NCAA, a system must be in place to make sure underrepresented groups are not disproportionately excluded.

By Derede McAlpin | December 18, 2009; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (6)

Synder cop-out?

Sadly, far too often team owners pick their man, add a token interview of a minority candidate to comply and never deviate from their first choice.

By Leonard Shapiro | December 18, 2009; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (26)

Trickle down equality

There is no doubt, in my mind, that many NFL teams treat the Rooney Rule as a formality but it still has value.

By Adam Hoff | December 18, 2009; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (2)

Think of Tomlin

Did the Redskins make a mockery of the Rooney Rule? Absolutely. Does that mean it should be abolished? Absolutely not.

By Robert Littal | December 18, 2009; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (3)

Worth keeping

Until some ideal time, the NFL needs it. As it trickles down to the NCAA, so much the better.

By Dave Goldberg | December 18, 2009; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

You can't force equality

The Rooney Rule represents a great idea in terms of creating equality, but it does little in actuality.

By H. Gore | December 18, 2009; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (5)

Value in debate

Diversifying front offices is going to remain a slow, frustrating process, but at least the NFL has a process in place.

By Michael Oriard | December 18, 2009; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Take it slow, Brian

Let's hope for his sake, his future doesn't pay for his present.

By Anthony Stalter | December 16, 2009; 1:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

He will play

If every test shows he's putting himself at no greater risk, he ought to be allowed to write his own ending.

By Sean McCann | December 16, 2009; 1:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Be deliberate, Brian

Part of properly communicating a decision is about communicating the process that brought you to that decision.

By Jason Maloni | December 16, 2009; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brian's choice

It's his career and his future, whatever he wants to make of it.

By Josh Zerkle | December 16, 2009; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

He's cleared, let him play

If the best neurologists in the world say he can play again, then I'm fine with him being out there.

By Jason Brewer | December 16, 2009; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (1)

His choice, but...

He has clearance and knows the risks than ultimately it's his choice... let's hope you makes the right one.

By Michael Oriard | December 16, 2009; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Brian, STOP!

Fame is fleeting, brain injuries are forever. I implore you, keep out of the game.

By Brent Boyd | December 16, 2009; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

Know when to walk away, know when to run

I think the wise professional and medical recommendation would be for Brian Westbrook to call it quits this season.

By Dr. A. Brion Gardner | December 16, 2009; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

A train wreck

Hopefully, Brian will decide when enough is enough, before he meets that ultimate wreck

By Mackie Shilstone | December 16, 2009; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Decade's top NFL scandal poll

From Spygate to wardrobe malfunctions weigh in on what was the biggest scandal to hit the NFL in the past 10 years?

By Emil Steiner | December 15, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

Moss fails to lead

Randy Moss needs to remind himself nothing is to be taken for granted in the NFL.

By Roman Oben | December 15, 2009; 8:08 AM ET | Comments (1)

Give Moss a break

Great players, like Randy, need to dog it sometimes. That's price of all that talent.

By Keenan McCardell | December 14, 2009; 6:25 PM ET | Comments (8)

Superstar attitude

If he did quit, this is the first I've seen him regress to his me-first behavior since joining the Patriots.

By Dick Vermeil | December 14, 2009; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

Fair-weather Moss

Whether Moss likes it or not, whether it's true or not, fans believe that he only tries when things are going well.

By Doug Farrar | December 14, 2009; 9:49 AM ET | Comments (2)

It's Moss's M.O.

Did Moss dog it? Yes. Is it his fault the Patriots won't win the Super Bowl? No.

By Dave Goldberg | December 14, 2009; 9:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

Moss slowing Patriots?

Is receiver Randy Moss holding back the New England patriots?

By Reader Poll | December 14, 2009; 9:31 AM ET | Comments (3)

The enigma of Chad Ochocinco

As long as he's acting like a good teammate, I don't care about his choice of hats, last names, or whatever social media tool he's taking full advantage of.

By Chris Richardson | December 12, 2009; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (1)

Ochocinco-san, get funnier!

Throwing on a poncho and sombrero after a TD catch makes me yawn. That's all you got, Amigo?

By Jason Maloni | December 11, 2009; 2:12 PM ET | Comments (2)

Assessing Ochocinco's antics

Weigh in on Chad Ochcocinco's endzone celebrations and Roger Goodell's fines.

By Reader Poll | December 11, 2009; 1:36 PM ET | Comments (10)

Hurts the Bengals

The Bengals are having their most successful season in years, but their leading receiver keeps reminding them that he has other things on his mind

By Michael Oriard | December 11, 2009; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (7)

Grow up, 85

Thank you, Chad. The kids love it, kids being defined as folks under 25. Many adults have had enough.

By Dave Goldberg | December 11, 2009; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (5)

Team Killer

Anytime you have an individual who spends so much time working on their showmanship it negatively affects the football team.

By Dick Vermeil | December 11, 2009; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (4)

Happily Extreme

In the world of Planet Chad there is no happy medium.

By Joe Reedy | December 11, 2009; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

There's only one madness

Sure, the scramble for final NFL playoff positions can be intense, but it's not March Madness (copyright NCAA, CBS, CocaCola and 384 other corporations). Why, you ask? It's a simple game of numbers and the underdog.

By Cameron Smith | December 10, 2009; 9:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

NFL dominates

I love March Madness, but it doesn't hold a candle to the NFL games that have playoff implications.

By Anthony Stalter | December 9, 2009; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

March by a nose

After lots of stewing, I come down on the side of college basketball

By Liz Clarke | December 9, 2009; 9:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Madness excites

The NFL is my wife and the other sports are like my Tiger mistresses.

By Robert Littal | December 9, 2009; 9:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

You must be Mad

The NCAA basketball tournament flat out dominates for a full month.

By Leonard Shapiro | December 9, 2009; 9:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

March Madness vs. NFL December

Which is better, NCAA March Madness or the NFL in December? Vote now.

By Reader Poll | December 9, 2009; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Destiny's childish

It wasn't Karma or destiny that killed the Patriots' dynasty - it was something far more deadly, a momentum shift.

By Emil Steiner | December 8, 2009; 8:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not done, rebuilding

I wouldn't be surprised if the Pats had more success in 2010.

By Doug Farrar | December 7, 2009; 12:48 PM ET | Comments (1)

Age of dynasty dead

In this day and age, it's just impossible to sustain a dynasty for nearly a decade.

By Matt Infante | December 7, 2009; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants killed it

Perhaps Belichick, Brady and the Pats overreached in going for 19-0, but the spell undoubtedly was broken that February night in Arizona.

By Sean McCann | December 7, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Middling Pats

New England will make the postseason. But at the end of the day, their dynasty is over, and they are just another team in the middle of the pack.

By Matt Loede | December 7, 2009; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Still tough

The Patriots will remain among the better teams in the NFL, as long as Tom Brady remains efficient and the Kraft family owns the team.

By Dave Goldberg | December 7, 2009; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

Patriots: Death of dynasty?

Vote now on the state of New England's age of domination

By Reader Poll | December 7, 2009; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Heartbreaker poll

From Henry's handballs to Suisham's blown field goal which blown win was the hardest on fans? Vote now.

By Reader Poll | December 6, 2009; 8:14 PM ET | Comments (3)

No prayer for the Saints

It might be a N'awlins thing, but the Colts seem to have the gris gris this year.

By Dawn Knight | December 6, 2009; 1:42 AM ET | Comments (1)

Saints vs. Colts

Who would win if Indianapolis were to play New Orleans this Sunday, on a neutral turf? Vote now...

By Reader Poll | December 4, 2009; 2:15 PM ET | Comments (3)

Saints have the slight edge

In the case of movable force versus resistible object, the Saints win, because their pass defense could give even Peyton Manning fits.

By Doug Farrar | December 4, 2009; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints, for now

Now, if these teams meet in February? Completely different ball game, I imagine. In a game this Sunday, however, I'd favor the Saints.

By Tim McHale | December 4, 2009; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vegas line

Director of race and sports operations at Wynn resort lays down the odds for this hypothetical matchup.

By Johnny Avello | December 4, 2009; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Feeling Minnesota

If the Saints and Colts were to meet on a neutral field... the Minnesota Vikings would win.

By Dave Goldberg | December 4, 2009; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (6)

Colts by a nose

The Saints could be the leagues best team, but the Colts are very well suited to beat their style of play.

By Joe Baker | December 4, 2009; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Remember "Canadian Bacon"

The better question is, why would Toronto ever want the Buffalo Bills?

By Emil Steiner | December 3, 2009; 12:12 AM ET | Comments (9)

Toronto football?

Can America's most popular sport succeed north of the border? Vote here...

By Reader Poll | December 2, 2009; 2:32 PM ET | Comments (2)

Touchdown, eh!

While moving the team would hurt Buffalo, New York's loss is Canada's gain, and the NFL's.

By Jason Maloni | December 2, 2009; 1:49 PM ET | Comments (11)

NFL Gold in Canada?

As the NFL's efforts to build itself in Europe and Asia slowly chug along, Canada remains the best place for the league's initial growth.

By Les Carpenter | December 2, 2009; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (10)

NHL beats NFL

Canadians care way more about hockey than they do football.

By David Hill | December 2, 2009; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (4)

Toronto Parlay

Ontario has sports gambling, which the NFL frowns upon but knows is an integral part of why the league is successful.

By Johnny Avello | December 2, 2009; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't forget L.A.

If the NFL is going to allow one of its franchises to relocate, there is one and only one destination that it should consider: Los Angeles.

By Michael Kun | December 2, 2009; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (14)

Bengals, maybe

The Bengals may play the Jets again next Sunday in the playoffs, so going all out to win might not be their best option.

By Dan Parker | December 1, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

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