Before I get to the state of the Texans, and the running back driving fantasy football players crazy, as well as a local boy in Queens having the time of his life and the latest in Bountyville, here's a preamble about the life span of the best prospects in football.
What a strange game Monday night. How does a team win a game against an unbeaten foe when the team scores no touchdowns, fumbles six times and relies on a neophyte kicker who shanked a 21-yard field goal attempt a couple of weeks earlier? That's why they play the games, I guess. Dan Bailey's six field goals beat Washington 18-16.
It's Donovan McNabb-goes-back-to-Philly week, and we do love our reunion games in the NFL, don't we? With as much player and coach movement as the league features these days, every season provides a handful of reunion games of varying degrees of significance and intrigue. But some of them, like this week's, really deserve the screaming headline treatment.
Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice headline the Hall of Fame Class of 2010 this weekend, after similarly awe-inspiring careers of gaudy stats, a trio of title rings and more glittery highlights than a New Jersey hair salon.
What is it like to be around true greatness? A lot of fans over the years have asked me that question, or a variation of it, and fortunately for me and them, I know exactly what it's like. That's because for the third straight year a former teammate of mine will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This year it is former Cowboy teammate Emmitt Smith.
As NFL training camps open this week with Cleveland and Dallas taking the field first, Brett Favre stands alone as the only player in the league who's happy with his contract but who may not show up for workouts.
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NHL general managers met in Chicago a few weeks back to kick around some rules. They had an idea to change the delayed penalty so that when one is called against a team in its defensive zone, that team will have to fully clear the puck to get a play stoppage. As it stands now, the penalized team only needs to gain possession.
The Super Bowl was three months ago, but we're still a long way away from watching another meaningful football game in 2008. That said, with the draft in the books, the personnel acquisition phase of the offseason is nearly complete and teams largely are already what they're going to be this season. Who's on their way up? Who's on their way down? Here's our post-draft assessment of the team in each division poised to make the biggest move this year, in either direction.
PHOENIX -- Eli Manning looks at ease here, totally. If you were dropped in here and were shown the two quarterbacks for this game in the public eye and asked who looks more relaxed and ready to play, I bet you might have trouble picking between Manning and Tom Brady -- and Brady's been in this environment three previous times, of course.