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Archive: February 2010

Much ado about nothing

No matter how well the NFL Network covers the scouting combine, it's impossible to make a bunch of guys running around cones interesting.

By Jason Brewer | February 25, 2010; 11:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Just ask the Falcons

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is proof that the combine has value for NFL franchises, even if it seems over-hyped from a fan's perspective

By Anthony Stalter | February 25, 2010; 1:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fluff, fiction and hot air

Through all the hype produced by the NFL, the scouting combine is just a counterproductive waste of time.

By Brian Tarcy | February 25, 2010; 9:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

I've got grass to grow

Watching young kids running around in shorts and underwear is simply a waste of a weekend.

By Matt Loede | February 25, 2010; 12:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

A 4.6 says it all

Even for the serious draft fan, the problems with the combine can be summed up in all of 4.6 seconds.

By Dave Goldberg | February 25, 2010; 12:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

A piece of the puzzle

The combine is just one of four key events that help NFL franchises evaluate talent before the draft.

By Shawn Zobel | February 25, 2010; 12:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Value beyond numbers

While NFL combine skill tests may have little value, the time team officials are allotted to spend with potential draft picks make it worthwhile.

By Joel Thorman | February 25, 2010; 12:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Is the combine worth watching?

Is the NFL scouting combine worth watching?

By Reader Poll | February 25, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

A waste of time

The NFL scouting combine may have some worth to talent evaluators, but I can think of at least 10 things I'd rather do than watch.

By Michael Kun | February 25, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tomlinson the Eagle?

With his age and skill set both factoring into his dwindling shelf life, L.T. could be best served to replace the banged up Brian Westbrook in Philly.

By Dan Parker | February 23, 2010; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (2)

A question of where, not if

LaDainian Tomlinson should land somewhere in 2010, the only question is where.

By Shawn Zobel | February 23, 2010; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Once a bolt, always a bolt

Like Padre great Tony Gwynn, LaDainian Tomlinson should have ended his career with the Chargers. Now he must make sacrifices if he wishes to join a Super Bowl contender.

By John Gennaro | February 23, 2010; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Time to hang 'em up?

The statistics show LaDainian Tomlinson's best days are behind him.

By Doug Farrar | February 23, 2010; 12:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

It's in LT's hands

This could be LaDainian Tomlinson's best shot at a Super Bowl, but first he must accept a reduced role.

By Matt Loede | February 23, 2010; 12:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pats a good fit

The New England Patriots know how to incorporate past-their-prime players, and if L.T. is willing to be a role player, they could be the perfect place for him to end his illustrious career.

By Sean McCann | February 23, 2010; 12:02 AM ET | Comments (2)

Hurting at 30

Like so many running backs before him, LaDainian Tomlinson has succumbed to the punishment of accumulated hits over time.

By Dave Goldberg | February 23, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Is LT done?

Does LaDainian Tomlinson have enough left in the tank to help a team?

By Reader Poll | February 23, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Time to tee it up

With his rehearsed apology now behind him, Tiger should be judged on the course.

By Leonard Shapiro | February 19, 2010; 3:49 PM ET | Comments (1)

We're talking about cheating?

Athletes shouldn't carry the burden of perfection. We're talking about cheating here!

By Robert Littal | February 19, 2010; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (2)

Humanizing Tiger

The public fallout of Tiger's infidelity fast-forwarded his stages of change and recovery and forever changed our perception of him.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | February 19, 2010; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (2)

Actions speak louder

Rehearsed apologies mean little compared to actions following transgressions.

By Dawn Knight | February 19, 2010; 8:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Apologies mean nothing

Mea culpas by athletes mean nothing to me.

By Dave Goldberg | February 19, 2010; 6:21 AM ET | Comments (6)

Tiger Owes Us Nothing

Tiger and other high profile athletes don't owe the public anything, but that won't stop us from picking apart every word of their apologies.

By Michael Kun | February 19, 2010; 6:12 AM ET | Comments (12)

The Tiger Woods apology

Well, I guess the thinking behind it is that he's got to start somewhere.

By Liz Kelly | February 19, 2010; 6:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fearful symmetry

If the child in us needs heroes, why does the adult in us needs to see them torn down? I'd argue it's the same impulse.

By Emil Steiner | February 19, 2010; 6:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Do public apologies matter?

Do public apologies from prominent athletes matter? Weigh in.

By Reader Poll | February 19, 2010; 6:01 AM ET | Comments (3)

Wait and see

Donte' Stallworth is more than capable of helping the Ravens, but his impact will be determined by the expectations the organization and fans place upon him.

By Chris Richardson | February 18, 2010; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (0)


The price is right for a receiver who still has the ability to help a Ravens team on the rise.

By Jason Maloni | February 18, 2010; 9:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Right place for new start

Given Ozzie Newsome's track record, I'll give the Ravens the benefit of the doubt and assume that the Stallworth signing will help the Ravens get to the next level.

By Doug Farrar | February 18, 2010; 8:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Baltimore a perfect fit

The city of Baltimore, more so than its team, is the perfect place for Donte' Stallworth.

By Michael Kun | February 18, 2010; 12:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Potentially cursed?

The Ravens will settle for good, not great. In fact, they'll be very happy if he even approaches Mason.

By Dave Goldberg | February 18, 2010; 12:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Does Stallworth help or hurt?

What do you think the Baltimore Ravens' signing of Donte' Stallworth will be? Weigh in.

By Reader Poll | February 18, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

SB III still king

The Jets' victory legitimized the merger of the NFL and AFL and launched the newly merged league into an unprecedented stratosphere of popularity

By Leonard Shapiro | February 10, 2010; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals-Steelers tops

Someone at the CBS Network ought to thank Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, James Harrison, Big Ben and Santonio Holmes for setting the table.

By Jason Maloni | February 10, 2010; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (2)

Katrina not enough

But it's not the most significant Super Bowl. Not even in the top five.

By Les Carpenter | February 10, 2010; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (15)

History matters

Despite ESPN's best efforts to make us forget sports pre-1999, Super Bowl III remains the most significant.

By Dave Goldberg | February 10, 2010; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

Most significant Super Bowl ever?

How does XLIV stack up against other great Super Bowls? Vote now...

By Reader Poll | February 10, 2010; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Irregular legacy

Peyton Manning is perhaps the best regular season quarterback ever. Unfortunately, he's also a mediocre postseason quarterback,

By Chris Richardson | February 8, 2010; 7:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

All about the rings

Whether it's fair or not, the only thing that defines a quarterback's legacy is how many titles he racks up

By Anthony Stalter | February 8, 2010; 11:36 AM ET | Comments (2)

Look at the big picture

No, Manning doesn't deserve a hit to his legacy because of this Super Bowl. He was beaten by a better team.

By Doug Farrar | February 8, 2010; 11:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Legacy secure

Is the problem really Peyton, or is it us? Let's wait for that arc to complete before we pass judgment.

By Jason Maloni | February 8, 2010; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (1)

Legacy intact?

I hate the word "legacy'' in the context of sports, but...

By Dave Goldberg | February 8, 2010; 6:22 AM ET | Comments (4)

Choker Manning

Peyton Manning is one of the best of all time, but will never be considered "THE BEST" until he has that defining moment and wins multiple Super Bowls.

By Robert Littal | February 8, 2010; 6:08 AM ET | Comments (19)

Legacy damaged?

Was Peyton Manning's legacy as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history damaged by his Super Bowl XLIV performance?

By Reader Poll | February 8, 2010; 6:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sorry, New Orleans

I hope we can still be friends. We'll still see each other occasionally next season, and I'll even cheer for you as long as you aren't playing the Colts.

By Dawn Knight | February 5, 2010; 3:06 PM ET | Comments (6)

Colts win by experience

This won't surprise anyone: the difference in this game should be Peyton Manning.

By Dave Goldberg | February 5, 2010; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fans are the real winners

This unofficial national holiday is better than all the other official ones because you spend the game with people you want to be with rather than people you have to be with.

By Brian Tarcy | February 5, 2010; 1:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Stats favor Saints's super-computers simulated Super Bowl XLIV 10,001 times and predicted the New Orleans Saints will pull the upset 62% of the time.

By Ryan Fowler | February 5, 2010; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Manning makes it

The best reason to pick the Indianapolis Colts resides under center.

By Leonard Shapiro | February 5, 2010; 12:48 PM ET | Comments (2)

Pick the Super Bowl winner

Who will win Super Bowl XLIV: Indianapolis Colts or New Orleans Saints? Vote now...

By Reader Poll | February 5, 2010; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Blue stampede

The Saints are an elite team, but they are running up against a team built to stop the style their offense thrives on,

By Joe Baker | February 5, 2010; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Decisions Decisions

While most will never face Freeney's specific choice, we make similar decisions every day.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | February 4, 2010; 6:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

If he can play, play

Some would think that this game is worth playing in at all costs. Hoisting that Lombardi trophy seems to work miracles as a pain reliever.

By Dr. A. Brion Gardner | February 3, 2010; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Safety first

Players caught up in the moment may not have the clearest perspective on their long-term futures

By Michael Oriard | February 3, 2010; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Talk to the ankle

Playing for the moment -- a Super Bowl moment -- may be well worth it in the eyes of the players and fans but, in the long run, it's more about quality of life later.

By Mackie Shilstone | February 3, 2010; 6:54 AM ET | Comments (1)

No guts no glory

Just ask Dan Marino or that other Manning (Archie that is) if they would give up individual accolades (such as a long and prosperous career) for a ring.

By Peter Schaffer | February 3, 2010; 6:47 AM ET | Comments (1)

To play or not to play?

Some players never get to play in a Super Bowl, but is it worth risking your future over? Weigh in...

By Reader Poll | February 3, 2010; 6:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Play Freeley

If this was a regular season game, maybe Freeney would sit out. It's the Super Bowl. He won't.

By Dave Goldberg | February 3, 2010; 6:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Choose free speech

While I admire Tebow's strength and support his freedom of speech, I would still prefer to watch football without controversial ads.

By Dawn Knight | February 2, 2010; 8:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Opinion matters

Jocks who use their high profile to push a particular religious or social cause should accept any heat that comes with that.

By Jim Buzinski | February 2, 2010; 12:42 AM ET | Comments (2)

Choice = Priority

Wouldn't that $2.6 million be far better spent going to a Haitian relief fund to feed, clothe and care for all those millions of suffering victims?

By Leonard Shapiro | February 2, 2010; 12:22 AM ET | Comments (7)

Don't hate on Tebow

Before the armies of feminism try to gag me and strap electrodes to my forehead: Tim Tebow is one of the better things to happen to young women in some time.

By Sally Jenkins | February 1, 2010; 2:11 PM ET | Comments (13)

Keep belief off the field

Much like church and State, I'm happy to keep my preaching and my football as far apart as possible.

By Dan Levy | February 1, 2010; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

It's Tebow's choice

What Tim Tebow does or does not sponsor or associate himself with off the field, makes no difference to me.

By Doug Farrar | February 1, 2010; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (5)

Change the channel

What he does off the field is his business, there's plenty he needs to worry about on it.

By Robert Littal | February 1, 2010; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (4)

On the field vs. off the field

Should his Super Bowl ad change your opinion of him?

By Reader Poll | February 1, 2010; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

Tebow's pro-life Super Bowl ad

Should CBS pull the Focus on the Family/Tim Tebow pro-life ad from its Super Bowl lineup?

By David Waters | February 1, 2010; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free speech first

Nonetheless, the idea of a 22-year-old college senior stating his view on the most watched television show of the year bothers me.

By Dave Goldberg | February 1, 2010; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (5)

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