When was the last time someone broke through the gate as a messiah for a title-starved sports town and, through his own words and deeds, became as reviled as he once was beloved?
LeBron James is the first name to come to mind. As young star athletes go, James is a direct lesson for Robert Griffin III only because neither got into legal trouble to exacerbate their popularity freefall, yet both ultimately went from pure gold to absolutely polarizing quickly.Read full article >>
After four seasons as the frequent target of fans’ ire for his unit’s inconsistent play, Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett not only survived the team’s offseason coaching purge last winter, but he began the 2014 campaign with a renewed mandate under first-year Coach Jay Gruden.Read full article >>
The Bills have left snow-ravaged Buffalo and have made it to Detroit, where they’re scheduled to play their rescheduled and relocated home game Monday night against the New York Jets.
The team managed to make it out of Buffalo on Friday. Some snowed-in players reportedly were given rides from their homes on snowmobiles to make it to main roads so they could be picked up in cars and driven to meet the team bus. The bus took players, coaches and other members of the organization to the airport for the flight to Detroit, and the Bills practiced Friday evening at the Lions’ facility.Read full article >>
For an alternate view of Robert Griffin III’s performance Sunday against Tampa Bay, let’s turn to Terry Shea, the longtime quarterback coach who worked with Griffin multiple times during this past offseason, as well as several other times throughout his career.Read full article >>
When Roger Goodell gave Adrian Peterson a season-ending suspension Tuesday, the NFL Commissioner cited the running back’s apparent lack of “meaningful remorse” about the beating the Viking gave his 4-year-old son. In the midst of appealing that suspension Thursday, Peterson offered his first extensive remarks, in an interview with USA Today.Read full article >>
“The New Yorker” doesn’t always weigh in on the Redskins name controversy, but it did in a big way this week, using a Thanksgiving theme to take a jab at #KeepTheName partisans.
“It’s not profound, you know—nothing I do is profound—but I wanted to address the whole kerfuffle over the Redskins’ name,” artist Bruce McCall told The New Yorker. While we take a moment to appreciate the oh-so-New-Yorker choice of the word “kerfuffle,” McCall goes on:Read full article >>
The Senate Commerce Committee announced Friday that it would hold a hearing to explore the issue of domestic violence in professional sports. It is not yet known who will testify at the hearing, scheduled for Dec. 2, but it would make for must-C-SPAN TV if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell were to sit in front of a microphone.Read full article >>
Have you always wanted to see an NFL game in person but never wanted to pay the high price for tickets? You’re in luck! Well, at least you will be in luck if you can arrange to be in Detroit on Sunday and/or Monday.Read full article >>
A week that got off to a tumultuous start at Redskins Park, with Coach Jay Gruden laying bare every shortcoming in quarterback Robert Griffin III’s repertoire, came to an uneventful conclusion Friday.
Griffin has had a good week of practice, according to Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay, tuning out distractions and making progress on the field as Washington (3-7) prepared for a cross-country trip and Sunday’s meeting with San Francisco (6-4).Read full article >>
The NFL did the right thing by postponing and moving Sunday’s game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets to Monday in Detroit, but the Bills did the wrong thing when they accidentally told ticket holders seeking refunds to dial a domestic violence crisis center in Ohio on Friday.Read full article >>
With nose tackle Chris Baker ruled out of Sunday’s game at San Francisco, Washington will lean on the welcome depth it now has along the defensive line with the recent return of veteran Barry Cofield from groin and ankle injuries.Read full article >>
The Robert Griffin III postgame quotes that prompted national headlines and days of local debate this week came from his televised postgame press conference. But another set of quotes he gave on Sunday was possibly just as interesting.Read full article >>
Can a team with the NFL’s best record and the potential to become the first franchise to play a Super Bowl on its home field possibly be considered overlooked?
Perhaps, when that team is the Arizona Cardinals. They are 9-1 entering Sunday’s game at Seattle. But, perhaps because of their longtime reputation as a downtrodden franchise or the loss of quarterback Carson Palmer to a season-ending knee injury, they seem to be receiving comparatively little national acclaim.Read full article >>
The Washington Redskins take on the San Francisco 49ers at 4:25 p.m. Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.
The Redskins will try to snap a two-game losing streak and get the bitter taste of last week’s embarrassment against Tampa Bay out of their mouths.Read full article >>
When the Redskins brought in DeSean Jackson in the offseason, there were questions about how the team would spread the ball around with all the receivers it had stockpiled, considering Jordan Reed and Andre Roberts would be in the mix as well.Read full article >>
The news that Sunday’s scheduled NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets was being moved to Monday night in Detroit was seen as the best possible outcome for everyone. Orchard Park, N.Y., home of Ralph Wilson Stadium, has unofficially received an absurd 70 inches of snow, according to an accumulation map posted on the front page of the Buffalo News’s Web site. The death toll from the storm has now reached 12. And even if all those $10-an-hour snow shovelers could dig out the stadium by Sunday — a long shot, at best — a driving ban remains in place in Orchard Park. The area has other things to worry about than trying to stage a football game.Read full article >>
The Test asks two Post specialists to take unique looks at a Redskins issue leading up to each game. Neil Greenberg of our Fancy Stats blog runs the numbers; Separately, Mark Bullock gives it the eye test.Read full article >>
First of all, congratulations to the Raiders, and to their diehard fans, who deserved better than to have to wait more than a year to see their team win. Oakland showed a lot of heart in getting its first win of the season, 24-20 over the Chiefs, in the process snapping a 16-game losing streak that dated back to November 2013.Read full article >>
The Bills’ game against the New York Jets, scheduled to be played Sunday in Buffalo, has been moved to Detroit and will be played Monday night at Ford Field, the NFL announced Thursday night.
The 7 p.m. game is to be televised in the Buffalo and New York-area markets by CBS, according to the NFL’s announcement.Read full article >>
Lauren Hill, whose struggle against cancer has caught the public’s imagination, has struck up a friendship with Devon Still, the Bengals player whose daughter is also battling a rare form of the disease. And as they both reside in the Cincinnati area, they have had chances to meet up, notably during the recent NFL game when Still’s daughter, Leah, was honored.Read full article >>