So we're off with the 16th season of Monday morning quarterback. Pro football is the sport that never sleeps, and I was fortunate on my vacation to have union czar DeMaurice Smith, Colts rookie tight end Coby Fleener, Washington GM Bruce Allen and inspirational Tampa Bay defensive tackle Eric LeGrand writing, allowing me to sleep peacefully every Sunday night -- boy, I already miss that -- knowing the column was in good hands.
It now seems more likely that Colorado Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez could be traded. The Red Sox are the most aggressive puruser so far, but the Reds, Indians and Blue Jays are interested. The Yankees are on the outside for now but have some interest in acquiring Jimenez.
The business of fight promotion is the business of hyperbole. That's why it's always worlds colliding and the best of the best squaring off in fights that will redefine the nature of prizefighting forever. So we're told about once a month, anyway.
Herschel Walker is a neophyte in the mixed martial arts game, but when he stepped into the cage Saturday night in San Jose, Calif., for his second professional fight, he did so in the knowledge that his trainer wasn't asking him to do something unfamiliar.
Herschel Walker needs no introduction, but I'll give him one anyway, in case you've forgotten about all he's done in sports or aren't old enough to fully grasp his legacy. That second possibility is certainly feasible for some in the youngish fan base of mixed martial arts, considering that the 48-year-old won his Heisman Trophy 29 years ago and had his Pro Bowl seasons way back in 1987 and 1988, which may or may not have been during the NFL's leather-helmet era.
In his autobiography penned with Sherdog.com news editor Loretta Hunt, Randy Couture revealed that he received an offer from the UFC in 2006 to fight two-division champion boxer James Toney. Four years later, Toney has finally signed with the UFC, reigniting the possibility of a bout with Couture.
After a public campaign that featured press conference outbursts, incoherent Internet videos and even a cable TV cameo, former three-division champion boxer James Toney finally got what he wanted this week -- a contract with the UFC.
Throughout the history of organized sports, we have often asked our athletes to cross certain boundaries in an effort to determine the best of the best of the best. Jesse Owens raced a horse. Muhammad Ali fought Lyle Alzado and Antonio Inoki. Walter Payton drove against Scott Sharp and Jim Derhaag on the Trans Am Tour. Herschel Walker has fought as both a boxer and in the MMA.
SUNRISE, Fla. -- In front of a subdued crowd that seemed more suited for Tokyo's cavernous stadiums than America's raucous arenas, Nick Diaz put his stamp on the Strikeforce welterweight division with an impressive first-round stoppage of Dream champion Marius Zaromskis.
His first time? Georgia coach Mark Richt still recalls it in rich detail. Sitting in his spacious office in Athens, Ga., he leans back in his chair, closes his eyes and remembers the rush of sensations he felt on that special day. He travels back in time to the spring of 2007, to the afternoon he first saw Knowshon Moreno soar into the sky.
ATHENS, Ga. -- Every superhero has an origin story. Superman's home planet exploded. Bruce Wayne lost his parents to a violent crime and turned vigilante. Bruce Banner got blasted with gamma radiation, which made him turn green when angry.