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Archive: July 2010

Who's in your 2011 Super Bowl?

Which two teams will reach Super Bowl XLV in Dallas this winter?

By Reader Poll | July 28, 2010; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bring on the Bird Bowl

The Falcons and Ravens have made all the right offseason moves to fly higher in 2010-11.

By Anthony Stalter | July 28, 2010; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Something old and new

The Indianapolis Colts will return to the Super Bowl in 2011 and line up against the up-and-coming Atlanta Falcons in Big D.

By Michael Kun | July 28, 2010; 6:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ravens rise to the top

With a combination of defense and improving offenses, the Baltimore Ravens and Green Bay Packers would make a tantalizing Super Bowl XLV matchup in Big D.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | July 28, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Ravens to rule

The suddenly offensively charged Baltimore Ravens have a great shot at keep the New Orleans Saints from repeating as Super Bowl champions in 2011.

By Jason Maloni | July 28, 2010; 12:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Super Bowl renaissance

It's way too early for 2011 Super Bowl predictions, so here's one for you: The Packers and Dolphins will make it to Big D this winter.

By Dave Goldberg | July 28, 2010; 12:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

How many picks will be unsigned by start of camps?

How many first-round NFL draft picks will still be unsigned when training camps begin next week?

By Reader Poll | July 23, 2010; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Procrastination will give way

While owners, rookies and their agents have different financial concerns with the uncertainty of the next collective bargaining agreement ahead, their procrastination and excuses will eventually give way and the current crop of first-round picks will be in camp before long.

By Rob Rang | July 23, 2010; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dominio effect

A looming NFL lockout and the uncertainty of the next collective bargaining agreement has player agents looking to cash in now.

By Brandon Benson | July 23, 2010; 9:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Something's fishy

If there's collusion going on between NFL owners, it's the restricted free agents who are getting the raw deal, not unsigned first-round draft picks.

By Doug Farrar | July 23, 2010; 7:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Need for guaranteed money

Guaranteed contracts, like those that exist in other major professional sports, would benefit NFL players and owners and eliminate rookie contract holdouts.

By Michael Kun | July 23, 2010; 12:36 AM ET | Comments (2)

Uncharted waters ahead

NFL's uncertain financial future has players, agents and owners waiting for someone else to take the plunge before signing a rookie contract. Even if it takes longer than usual, the deals will get done by the start of the season.

By Dave Goldberg | July 23, 2010; 12:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strike while the iron's hot

First-round draft picks and their agents are looking to land big paydays before a rookie wage scale is put in place, but with uncertainty on the horizon, teams are thinking twice about shelling massive rookie contracts.

By Joel Thorman | July 23, 2010; 12:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Codeine concoction a serious issue

Purple drank abuse has run rampant through hip-hop and athlete culture for years, and despite the fact that it's only now garnering mainstream media attention, the NFL needs to act now to curb prescription drug addiction and abuse.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | July 22, 2010; 3:33 PM ET | Comments (1)

Abuse beyond NFL

Prescription drug abuse and addiction is on the rise across the United States and codeine -- the key ingredient in "purple drank" -- is one of a number of recreational prescription drugs that needs to be more closely controlled.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | July 20, 2010; 1:32 PM ET | Comments (2)

Southern 'sizzurp' gaining in popularity

Purple drank is more prevalent in hip-hop culture than athlete culture, and while it's use is something sports leagues should be aware of, at this point it's not nearly as big of a concern as performance enhancing drugs.

By Robert Littal | July 20, 2010; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sippin' Siz-erp

The year-long suspension levied against Packers' lineman Johnny Jolly should serve as a deterrent for NFL athletes looking to get a quick fix with the purple drank.

By Dawn Knight | July 20, 2010; 11:06 AM ET | Comments (2)

Downtime leads to drug use

Purple drank is simply the latest recreational drug of choice for athletes looking for something to do during down time. Hopefully recent suspensions levied by the league will limit its use going forward.

By Anthony Stalter | July 20, 2010; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Is codeine abuse a problem for NFL?

Are the recent arrests of JaMarcus Russell and Johnny Jolly for codeine possession a sign that "purple drank" has become a serious substance abuse problem in the NFL?

By Reader Poll | July 20, 2010; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

More needs to be done

The abuse of codeine in the infamous purple drank is becoming a trend in mainstream society and the NFL, where something should be done to curb its use.

By Doug Farrar | July 20, 2010; 2:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Is hip-hop to thank?

The increasing presence of purple drank in hip-hop culture and rap music coupled with its rapid excretion from the body which masks detection in drug testing has led to a growing problem of codeine abuse in the NFL.

By Dr. Mark Adickes | July 20, 2010; 12:40 AM ET | Comments (3)

The latest fix

Substance abuse is a constant in professional sports and purple drank is just the newest quick fix.

By Dave Goldberg | July 20, 2010; 12:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not a league-wide issue, yet

At least for now, the purple drank appears to be an isolated problem affecting JaMarcus Russell and Johnny Jolly and not an NFL-wide epidemic.

By Michael Kun | July 20, 2010; 12:05 AM ET | Comments (1)

More distraction than crisis

At the moment, the purple drank craze is a much less severe threat to the NFL than the impending 2011 lockout.

By Michael Oriard | July 20, 2010; 12:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

Where will T.O. end up?

Where will Terrell Owens end up in 2010?

By Reader Poll | July 15, 2010; 9:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

There's still something left

Despite his age and declining skillset, Terrell Owens still has the ability to help a team in need of a veteran playmaking wide receiver.

By Doug Farrar | July 15, 2010; 8:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

T.O.; yes or no

With his diminishing talent overshadowed by his baggage, Terrell Owens is having a hard time finding a home for 2010. But expect the Bears and Panthers to come calling before long.

By Dr. Mark Adickes | July 15, 2010; 8:41 AM ET | Comments (1)

Age, baggage keeping T.O. unemployed

No longer an elite wide receiver, Terrell Owens' best option could be joining a team looking for depth and leadership without all his baggage.

By Brandon Benson | July 15, 2010; 8:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

LeBron's Drano Beer finds T.O. a home

The Pittsburgh Steelers are the perfect fit for Terrell Owens, at least in the opinion of this Cleveland fan.

By Brian Tarcy | July 15, 2010; 8:17 AM ET | Comments (1)

Reward gone, risk remains

Age, drops, drama and a high price tag will keep NFL teams from pursuing Terrell Owens.

By Joe Baker | July 15, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Playmaker no more

No longer the playmaker he once was, Terrell Owens may have trouble finding a team willing to take him on for 2010.

By Anthony Stalter | July 15, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Windy City beckons

The Bears are loaded for a run at the playoffs and Terrell Owens could give them the offensive boost they're missing.

By Jason Brewer | July 15, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The end is nigh

T.O.'s time in the NFL is winding down, and unless he and agent Drew Rosenhaus drop their asking price, we may have seen the last of Terrell Owens on the football field.

By Dave Goldberg | July 15, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The well has run dry

With his talent quickly diminishing and few teams willing to put up with his antics, Terrell Owens may have run out of options to continue playing in the NFL.

By Robert Littal | July 15, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. reunion a possibility

Terrell Owens can campaign all he wants, but it will take a desperate team short on wide receiver talent to agree to sign the 36-year-old malcontent.

By Matt Loede | July 15, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Not done yet

Even at 36, Terrell Owens can still play in the NFL, and the Washington Redskins are a likely suitors.

By Michael Kun | July 15, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Atlanta ready to bounce back

Third-year quarterback Matt Ryan and a rejuvenated running game led by Michael Turner should land the Atlanta Falcons back in the playoffs this winter.

By David Fucillo | July 14, 2010; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

Which teams will turn it around in 2010?

Which non-playoff team from last season has the best chance to make a deep postseason run in 2010-11?

By Reader Poll | July 13, 2010; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

NFC West wide open for 49ers

The NFC West is wide open for the San Francisco 49ers to usurp the throne from the Arizona Cardinals and reach the 2010 NFL playoffs.

By Jason Brewer | July 13, 2010; 11:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Houston in the hunt

With a top-notch offense, the Houston Texans might only need an average defense to make their first trip to the playoffs in 2010.

By Tim McHale | July 13, 2010; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't sleep on Raiders

A slew of offseason moves have the Oakland Raiders in position to turn the tables in the very winnable AFC West.

By Josh Kirkendall | July 13, 2010; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons will fly higher

With a young quarterback coming into his own and more than enough talent around him, the Atlanta Falcons will not only make the playoffs in 2010, they're going all the way to the NFC title game.

By Michael Kun | July 13, 2010; 8:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

This could be Texans' year

If the right breaks fall their way, the Houston Texans could crack the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

By Doug Farrar | July 13, 2010; 1:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giants' defense the key

A defensive makeover will propel the 2007 Super Bowl champion New York Giants back into the postseason, where they have a great shot to make another deep run.

By Dave Goldberg | July 13, 2010; 12:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

How will NBA impact new NFL CBA?

How will LeBron James and the current NBA free agency process impact a new NFL collective bargaining agreement?

By Reader Poll | July 8, 2010; 12:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

NFL remains the real king

The NFL continues to dominate the sports landscape, giving its owners the power and arrogance necessary to prevent its players from enjoying the spoils of an NBA-style free agent auction.

By Anthony Stalter | July 8, 2010; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

City-sized ego

While the LeBron James free agency circus might factor into a new NFL collective bargaining agreement, there simply is not an NFL star with LeBron's $100 million ego.

By Dawn Knight | July 8, 2010; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (2)

The almighty franchise tag

While Cleveland Cavaliers fans would love to keep LeBron James in town with the power of the NFL's franchise tag, it's that singular factor that most greatly differentiates the NBA's wide open free agent market and the far more restrictive NFL.

By Tim McHale | July 8, 2010; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

The power of publicity

Fewer free agency restrictions in the NFL would allow the league to capitalize on the type of publicity storm currently swirling around LeBron James and the NBA's free agent class.

By Brandon Benson | July 8, 2010; 11:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Liberate the players

Just like NBA stars, top NFL free agents should have the ability to choose their destinations and create drama in the offseason.

By Adam Tracey | July 8, 2010; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Apples and oranges

There's simply no way to compare the financial systems of the NBA and the NFL as their respective collective bargaining agreements are miles apart.

By Jason Maloni | July 8, 2010; 9:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

There's no "$" in "team"

In a team sport like football, blockbuster NBA-style free agent deals will never be the norm.

By Dave Goldberg | July 8, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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