Sideline Chatter: Explains why he praised the Dodgers' pass rush recently
Joe Buck? Just call him Iron Mic.The jet-lagged Fox broadcaster worked a Gehrig-esque seven nationally televised games in seven days — Games 1-4 of the World Series and three NFL contests — in four different cities last week.———Political footballQ: How could you tell whether you were watching the NFL game or the presidential debate on TV Thursday night?A: The Giants and Eagles stopped at the two-minute warning.———Just call him SlashAs if Green Bay losing 38-10 to the Bucs last Sunday wasn’t bad enough, Jamaal Williams’ pants tore open during the game, exposing his right buttock.So how do they ...
The Seattle Times
How a group of Seahawks donated — perhaps unwittingly — to politicians who oppose their views
SEATTLE — Republican Sen. Thom Tillis and Congressman Anthony Gonzalez aren’t exactly known for supporting the actions or wishes of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.Tillis, of North Carolina, has openly scolded players for “commandeering” football games in support of racial equality and against police brutality, while former NFL wideout Gonzalez, of Ohio, maintains he always stood at attention out of “gratitude” for the nation’s troops and “how lucky” he was to be an American. When a House bill was put forth in June to curb police powers after George Floyd, an unarmed Black man,...
The Seattle Times
Are Bears the worst 5-1 team in the NFL? They don't think so, and they're out to prove it Monday night.
CHICAGO — If the Chicago Bears pull off an upset against the Los Angeles Rams on “Monday Night Football,” Tashaun Gipson wants to hear more respect for his team on sports-talk shows Tuesday morning.“I know we hear things about being the worst 5-1 team and this and that, but it’s just an opportunity for us to go out and show we belong where we are,” the Bears safety said. “And it’s a reason we’ve won five games, and it’s not just by luck.“I mean, it’s all over (the place). I watch ‘Get Up,’ you know, ‘Good Morning Football’ and stuff like that. We are the most talked about 5-1 team. I don’t thi...
Joe Milton, Michigan look good in crushing Minnesota, 49-24
MINNEAPOLIS — When Michigan’s first drive was killed by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and the ensuing punt was blocked by Minnesota, it felt like a familiar story.The Wolverines have started flat on the road in plenty of big games during Jim Harbaugh’s tenure. Most of the time, it has cost them, too. It looked like Michigan was making the same types of mistakes to begin Saturday’s season opener against the Golden Gophers.And then Michigan flipped the script.On the back of an offensive line and run game that took 30 carries for 258 yards and five touchdowns, the No. 17 Wolverines blew out ...
Detroit Free Press
Texas scores big win over Baylor after hectic week
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas enjoyed a boring 27-16 win over Baylor on Saturday. A big, beautiful, boring blowout — or at least what passes for a blowout these days with this team.To be clear, it wasn’t dull. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger had some big throws. Receivers Tarik Black, Joshua Moore and Jared Wiley made impressive catches. The defense held tight, smothering the Bears whenever they got close and when it counted late.Baylor converted a fourth-quarter interception into points and got back within 11 with seven minutes left. Then, UT cornerback Chris Brown was again flexing his muscles, this time a...
Jeff McLane: Why can't fourth-quarter Carson Wentz play that way for an entire Eagles game?
PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz likes to play with his red hair seemingly on fire.He likes scrambling, making off-balance throws, taking hits, and — over the last dozen games or so, dating back to last season — doing so from behind.This season, the Eagles quarterback has performed better in the fourth quarter than in the first three quarters. Any viewer can discern the difference. But the numbers back it up, as well.In seven games, Wentz has an 85.3 passer rating in the final stanza — plus one overtime — and a 67.8 rating in quarters 1-3. In the last two games alone the dichotomy was even greater:...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mark Craig: Vikings primed to join crowded race for No. 1 pick
MINNEAPOLIS — There have been 18 NFL drafts since the Texans joined the league and picked first in 2002. In those 18 years, teams picking first averaged 1.7 wins the year before.What that means is the Vikings, sitting on one win, probably need at least a franchise-record 14 losses to have any shot at wresting slam-dunk No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence away from 12 peers that currently have fewer than three victories.Suddenly, the Vikings seem more than OK with belly-flopping down that slippery slope. Fifteen bye weeks after the Love Boat scandal rocked the Vikings off the field, general manager Rick...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
49ers and Patriots: Coaches share mutual respect and a history with Jimmy Garoppolo
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The 49ers and Patriots don’t have a whole lot in common when it comes to the way the two football teams operate, their fan bases or even their climates.“We’d be here for a while if I told you all the differences,” 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said this week.Garoppolo, of course, is a protagonist in New England’s longstanding melodrama, even while he plays his home games more than 3,000 miles away. The prodigal son once destined to replace Tom Brady is now with San Francisco, and Sunday is heading back to play against the team that drafted him — that might secretly wi...
The Sacramento Bee
UCF QB Dillon Gabriel stays hot, leads Knights to win over Tulane
ORLANDO, Fla. — UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel followed up a career-best performance against Memphis last week with another outstanding showing, passing for 422 yards and five touchdowns as the Knights used a 27-0 surge in the first half to earn a 51-34 win over Tulane on Saturday.The homecoming victory snapped a two-game losing streak, the program’s first such streak since the 2016 season. The Knights also remain undefeated in their UCF in Space uniforms.“I’m proud of our guys,” UCF coach Josh Heupel said. “What they did out on the field today shows how they handled the adversity. They’ve stu...
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney unhappy with 'negative questions' after win against Syracuse
CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was unhappy with what he felt were too many “negative questions” from reporters after Clemson’s 47-21 win Saturday over Syracuse.The Tigers won the game by nearly four touchdowns but led only 27-21 late in the third quarter.Clemson (6-0) made several mistakes that allowed Syracuse (1-5) to hang around, including a blocked punt, missed field goal and a Tigers pass that was returned for an Orange touchdown.Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who threw the pick-six, was asked after the game how he thought he played and how the team played as a whole. La...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)