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Archive: January 2010

Who don't? The NFL

Leave it up to the NFL to try and put a stop to a 25-year Saints tradition just days after the franchise has reached the pinnacle of their success.

By David Cariello | January 30, 2010; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (5)

NFL is the villain

Big time sports has become a corporate playground where only a select few are invited to sit on the swings.

By Les Carpenter | January 29, 2010; 5:29 PM ET | Comments (2)

A cash register run

This isn't a move to preserve or protect the NFL's "image," whatever the hell that means. It's simple cash grab, and it stinks.

By Chris Richardson | January 29, 2010; 3:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wake up Goodell

Taking a piece of local vernacular away from an area is the height of arrogance.

By Doug Farrar | January 29, 2010; 9:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fools in suits

The league that's usually at the top of sports' PR pyramid is making itself look like a bunch of Scrooges.

By Dave Goldberg | January 29, 2010; 8:54 AM ET | Comments (4)

NFL bully

The NFL should be as vigilant in protecting its own main product as it is in stamping out rogue T-shirts.

By Michael Oriard | January 29, 2010; 8:42 AM ET | Comments (2)

Slogan ownership

Who has a claim on the "Who Dat" slogan? Vote now...

By Reader Poll | January 29, 2010; 8:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Competing with history

Fans may harp on how the Colts threw away an opportunity to make history, but the only history that truly matters will be with the team left holding the trophy on Feb. 7.

By Derede McAlpin | January 27, 2010; 2:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

What's wrong with Indy?

There really is nothing to hate about these Colts.

By Dave Goldberg | January 27, 2010; 1:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Blame Peyton

The Colts are like the girl who is the head of the Math Club, we all know she's going places, but the cheerleader grabs our eyes.

By Robert Littal | January 27, 2010; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (4)

Katrina changes everything

Unless you have a real rooting interest in the Colts, it's considered almost un-American to root against the Saints.

By Michael Kun | January 27, 2010; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

What's not to like?

It is easy to admire both the Colts and the Saints. After all, they aren't the Patriots.

By Dawn Knight | January 27, 2010; 12:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Exciting under the radar

Yeah, the Colts are boring in the traditional sense. But if you look under the hood and check out the way that engine really runs.

By Doug Farrar | January 27, 2010; 12:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Saints easier to like

How can you not root for the Saints, and New Orleans, to win? But that doesn't have to mean you don't like the Colts.

By Dan Levy | January 27, 2010; 2:39 AM ET | Comments (1)

Tighten up

Sloppy football games certainly have drama, but unless your mom still drives you to practice there's no excuse for careless play.

By Jason Maloni | January 26, 2010; 1:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bye bye Brett?

Should Brett Favre retire? (Sorry, we had to ask.)

By Reader Poll | January 26, 2010; 6:41 AM ET | Comments (4)

Shock value

These pathways are largely modulated by dopamine, and are also responsible for the pleasurable effects of 'high-reward' stimuli, such as drugs, sex and gambling.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | January 25, 2010; 11:03 PM ET | Comments (2)

Bloopers just as compelling

Forget the triumphant John Facenda narration and Sam Spence music-- yesterday's NFC Championship game was more attuned to Elmer J. Fudd and "Yakety Sax"

By Doug Farrar | January 25, 2010; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (3)

Great games, not mistakes

A classic is decided by which team consistently makes the plays they need, not by where a fumble happens to occur and who happens to fall on it.

By Joe Baker | January 25, 2010; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

Kazoo music football

And while the Colts and Jets put on an efficient display of NFL football, the real fun was the slapstick over in the NFC.

By Brian Tarcy | January 25, 2010; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (1)

Rubberneck theater

It's about unpredictability -- why we've always loved Brett Favre. For his impossible touchdown passes and his interception-defying throws.

By Dave Goldberg | January 25, 2010; 9:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

A contact drunk

Where floodwaters once stood, a tide of emotion rises in New Orleans.

By Sally Jenkins | January 25, 2010; 6:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

People love drama

Productivity in offices will be way down tomorrow and it won't because of Peyton Manning's rocket arm.

By Robert Littal | January 25, 2010; 6:40 AM ET | Comments (2)

AFC precision vs. NFC drama

Which game provide more excitement on Championship Sunday? Weigh in...

By Reader Poll | January 25, 2010; 6:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Manning shows precision

Peyton figured out Ryan's team and found his range and rhythm for one of his most satisfying days as a pro.

By Mike Wise | January 25, 2010; 6:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

America loves an underdog

Colts-Saints will be one to see and remember, both for the story that unfolds on the field, and the stories that will persist far past February 7.

By Jason Maloni | January 22, 2010; 5:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Indy vs. New Orleans

Colts-Saints would be a matchup of two powerhouse teams similar in results, but with contrasting processes.

By Joe Baker | January 22, 2010; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts vs. Vikings

I'd really like to see two of the best quarterbacks ever, hook up in what might be a farewell game for Favre.

By Dave Goldberg | January 22, 2010; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

We want action

Does action mean good football? No, just look at the Packers-Cardinals Wildcard game but just once a year, I'd rather be a spectator than a student of the game.

By Anthony Stalter | January 22, 2010; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Can't lose

This year, the NFL is lucky enough to be in a win-win scenario in terms of Super Bowl matchup.

By Sean Moroney | January 22, 2010; 12:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Best Super Bowl matchup poll

What's the game you want to see? Weigh in now...

By Reader Poll | January 22, 2010; 12:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Anyone but New York

I don't want the Jets to make it to the Super Bowl, only to get slaughtered by the Saints or the Vikings, and you shouldn't either.

By Michael Kun | January 22, 2010; 12:14 AM ET | Comments (3)


New Orleans against Indianapolis would be a fantastic way for this decade to end and for the next decade to begin.

By Shawn Zobel | January 22, 2010; 12:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

NFC Championship preview

It's all about the two quarterback Favre has been terrific but Brees has been even better and he brings Favre's successful comeback season to an end.

By Mark Maske | January 20, 2010; 11:46 PM ET | Comments (2)

Can't beat the Colts

Everyone knows the statistics are in Indy's favor, but NFL fans also know what can happen any given Sunday.

By Dawn Knight | January 20, 2010; 2:53 PM ET | Comments (4)

Jets can't keep up

Sure Peyton has more pressure on him than Mark. But good quarterbacks thrive on pressure.

By Dave Goldberg | January 20, 2010; 2:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

Peyton's safer

There's something to be said for youthful exuberance and not knowing any better. There's more to be said for having one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time.

By H. Gore | January 20, 2010; 2:13 PM ET | Comments (1)

AFC Championship Preview

The Jets have been a great story with their postseason run but Manning is to play a full game this time.

By Mark Maske | January 20, 2010; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (2)

Why didn't Jones fire Phillips?

Or did Wade deserve to keep his job as Dallas Cowboys head coach?

By Reader Poll | January 18, 2010; 1:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Two-headed coach?

Why not let Phillips coach the regular season and then, to avoid the inevitable playoff panic, give Garrett the responsibilities in the postseason?

By Dan Levy | January 18, 2010; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Not coach's fault

Wade Phillips is a symptom. The disease and the cure both reside in the owner's box.

By Doug Farrar | January 18, 2010; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fire someone else

If anyone needs to be fired it is the General Manager. Wait... The General Manager is Jerry Jones.

By Robert Littal | January 18, 2010; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Phillips not a head coach

Until Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones realizes that Phillips is a coordinator only, the Cowboys will continue to fail to reach their potential.

By David Hill | January 18, 2010; 12:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Leave it alone, Jerry

The Cowboys dumped the right guy last offseason -- Terrell Owens. Don't dump the wrong one now

By Dave Goldberg | January 18, 2010; 12:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Time for Garrett

The Cowboys need to stop whining and address the real problem, that Phillips isn't the kind of coach that can win a Super Bowl.

By Gene Wang | January 18, 2010; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vikings, Cards must win

The real pressure question isn't "How much of a disappointment would a loss be?", it's "Will there really be a next year?"

By Joe Baker | January 15, 2010; 1:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Divisional Pressure Picks

This weekend's games can't possibly be as lopsided as three of the four last week.

By Michael Wilbon | January 15, 2010; 12:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Top 4 stressed teams

Chargers, Cowboys, Vikings and Colts among the teams feeling even more pressure during the divisional playoff round.

By Sean Moroney | January 15, 2010; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nevermore pressure

Indy might be under the most pressure to win Saturday, but other teams are feeling it, too.

By Dawn Knight | January 15, 2010; 11:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

One-seeds need to bring it

The New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts are each one loss away from a non-stop off-season referendum on the subjects of resting their starters.

By Doug Farrar | January 15, 2010; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (0)


Minnesota has to win now to justify Favre, Dallas has to win now to lose the "choker" label.

By Dave Goldberg | January 15, 2010; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pressure's on Indy

the one franchise that must produce, or else, above all others over the next three weeks has to be the Colts.

By Leonard Shapiro | January 15, 2010; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Why not the Jets?

If a few bounces went their way, people would see the Jets in a totally different light.

By Sean Moroney | January 13, 2010; 6:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rookie ruckus

Okay the answer is really "no" all around. It's never been done.

By Brian Tarcy | January 13, 2010; 2:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Not this year

It's not the lack of experience that will hurt New York in San Diego on Sunday, rather it's the fact they will be playing a significantly better team,

By Les Carpenter | January 13, 2010; 2:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jets have a future

Short-term success is nice. Long-term success if more lucrative.

By Dave Goldberg | January 13, 2010; 2:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sanchez the weak link

The Chargers are much better offensively so the Jets young quarterback will be forced to make more plays to keep up.

By Larry Brown | January 13, 2010; 1:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strange move

Carroll leaving now makes little sense. He must know something that outsiders don't (is USC about to find itself in big trouble with the NCAA?).

By Michael Oriard | January 11, 2010; 4:07 PM ET | Comments (1)

No Trojan Horse

There should be more questions about whether USC can succeed without him than whether he can succeed in the pros.

By Michael Kun | January 11, 2010; 1:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Feckless in Seattle

It boggles the mind that any organization with a lick of football sense would pay over $30 million over five years to put him in charge.

By Doug Farrar | January 11, 2010; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Seattle's not his scene

Carroll good enough, smart enough... but a poor fit for the Seahawks

By Rob Rang | January 11, 2010; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Carroll Qualified

Given the state of the Seahawks, six wins might do just fine.

By Dave Goldberg | January 11, 2010; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't bet the nest

Pete Carroll has a better chance of succeeding the third time around, if for no other reason than having learned from the pitfalls of his first two NFL stops... but there are no guarantees.

By Gene Wang | January 11, 2010; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

How will Carroll do as the Seahawks' coach?

Will the former USC Trojan coach see as much success in the NFL as he did in the NCAA? Weigh in...

By Reader Poll | January 11, 2010; 12:41 AM ET | Comments (1)

Birds will soar

Here's a stat: Donovan McNabb and Kurt Warner have a combined 17 playoff victories; Tony Romo and Aaron Rodgers? Zero.

By Sean McCann | January 8, 2010; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (6)

How 'bout them Cowboys?

From points allowed to turnovers, Dallas has the best shot of winning the Super Bowl out of any of the teams that are playing on this wild card weekend.

By Brandon Benson | January 8, 2010; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

D the difference for Big D

As I look at the way the Cowboys have played over the last month I put aside my biases and think "Super Bowl winner.''

By Dave Goldberg | January 8, 2010; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Pack is Back

Green Bay is the best team in the NFL down the stretch, and I got the stats to prove it!

By Doug Farrar | January 8, 2010; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Pack worthy

Green Bay Packers is the wild card of all wild cards and can take out anyone

By David Hill | January 8, 2010; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Who can it be now?

Which wild card weekend team has the best shot of winning the Super Bowl? Weigh in now...

By Reader Poll | January 8, 2010; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Embrace transparency

It is in the best interest of the BCS to create a system that the average citizen believes is as open, fair and balanced as it possibly can be.

By Jason Maloni | January 7, 2010; 12:33 AM ET | Comments (4)

Ivory tower idiocy

The BCS could be remedied so easily it makes you wonder how some of these genius college presidents ever made it through freshman English.

By Leonard Shapiro | January 6, 2010; 3:24 PM ET | Comments (4)

Reward the champion, not a media darling

Until the NCAA is willing to devise a playoff system, however, college football will continue to be wracked with controversy.

By Rob Rang | January 6, 2010; 3:17 PM ET | Comments (6)

BCS too greedy

There is no longer any good reason not to have a college football playoff -- except that the BCS conferences get rich on the current system.

By Michael Oriard | January 6, 2010; 3:17 PM ET | Comments (3)

Tournament Bowling

In all sports, the playoffs are all about excitement. People would watch the games leading up to the Championship Game if they actually meant something.

By Shawn Zobel | January 6, 2010; 3:02 PM ET | Comments (1)

Shanahan right choice for Redskins?

Is Mike Shanahan the right choice as coach and vice president of football operations for the Washington Redskins?

By Reader Poll | January 6, 2010; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (4)

Is Shanahan right for the job?

Will Redskins coach and vice president of football operations Bill Shanahan be able to turn the team around.

By Reader Poll | January 6, 2010; 9:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers gag

It should be a crime for the Super Bowl champions to miss the playoffs because of loses to Browns, Chiefs and Raiders.

By Chris Richardson | January 4, 2010; 4:47 PM ET | Comments (3)

Choke defined

Choking comes in many varieties -- the Giants defined almost all of them.

By Emil Steiner | January 4, 2010; 3:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos blew it in end

Discipline is key to any winning organization, but there's a big difference between a well-conceived standard and a coach making strange decisions led by his whims.

By Doug Farrar | January 4, 2010; 3:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants will rally

"Choke?'' They should be back... Good franchises are like that.

By Dave Goldberg | January 4, 2010; 3:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Who choked the hardest?

Giants, Broncos, Steelers, who blew it most this year?

By Reader Poll | January 4, 2010; 2:41 PM ET | Comments (1)

Decade's best Super Bowl

With more instant classics than any other decade, the aughts have given football fans plenty to cheer about, but which Super Bowl, from the past 10 years, ranks highest?

By Emil Steiner | January 2, 2010; 11:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Tanking the line

Making a line on these games, it becomes a difficult chore because I don't have a complete handle on who is going to play and for how long.

By Johnny Avello | January 2, 2010; 3:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Who should take it easy week 17

Between draft picks, injury prevention and playoff gamesmanship plenty of teams have a reason to phone it in this week, but who has the most to gain?

By Reader Poll | January 2, 2010; 2:24 PM ET | Comments (1)

Winners draft first

The Rams have had the second pick in the draft for two years in a row. Maybe the number one pick is just the stroke of luck they need.

By Ryan Van Bibber | January 2, 2010; 1:07 PM ET | Comments (1)

A Ram named Suh?

Teams with playoff berths wrapped up decide how hard to play, the St. Louis Rams play for Ndamukong Suh.

By Dave Goldberg | January 1, 2010; 4:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Roll over, Cincy

Bengals shouldn't tip their hard to the Jets.

By Dan Parker | January 1, 2010; 3:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Losers lose

Winning is a habit -- you don't develop it from worrying about draft position.

By Joel Thorman | January 1, 2010; 3:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rams ready to Suh

If there's one team that would benefit from a Week 17 loss above any other, it's the St. Louis Rams to the Lions away from Suh.

By Doug Farrar | January 1, 2010; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

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