| Oct 1, 2013
| 6:35 PM
Tom Bradley made it clear ahead of time that he didn't want to talk about Penn State, where he spent 37 years as a player and coach — serving as the Nittany Lions interim head coach for four games in 2011 after the Jerry Sandusky scandal...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
It's hard to believe that the "Madden NFL" franchise has been going for 25 years now. We've seen a lot of killer editions of this game over the years, as well as some flounders that we'd just as soon forget about (we're looking at you,...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 10:54 AM
This morning, as I’m sitting at my desk, sipping a Starbucks Pumpkin Latte and trying to write the intro to this column, there’s one thing that keeps going through my mind: Hype.
My coffee has a giant cardboard sleeve announcing the 10th...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 6:50 PM
In keeping with tradition, the NFL sent questionnaires to its eight new head coaches during the off-season, quizzing them on random topics. Among the questions was, "Who has the hardest job in football?"
Answered Chip Kelly of the Philadelphia Eagles:...
| Aug 18, 2013
| 6:10 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Chip Kelly's star receiver at the University of New Hampshire had a standard comeback when a defensive player talked trash.
Recalled record-breaking pass catcher David Ball: "Whenever they would chirp, the only thing I would say...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 4:54 PM
Quarterbacks are the most protected players in the NFL. The league revolves around them.
Running backs are the least protected players. Even helmet-to-helmet hits are legal against them.
In a read-option offense, a scheme rapidly gaining popularity in...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 9:41 AM
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Times NFL columnist Sam Farmer and Mark Thompson, one-half of the legendary "Mark and Brian" radio team, are back again this season with "NFL Slam with Mark and Sam".
Each Tuesday, you’ll hear post-game...
| Aug 3, 2013
| 8:54 PM
Bill Parcells mastered the franchise turnaround so well that he has become the latest coach to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
A Super Bowl winner in the 1986 and 1990 seasons with the Giants, Parcells also took the Patriots from the bottom of...
| Apr 14, 2013
Pleasanton, Calif., is — no surprise here — a pleasant small city east of San Francisco Bay that was off the beaten track for much of the 20th century and avoided the redevelopment that destroyed the cores of many older cities. Its downtown...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 4:24 AM
Let it never be said that the smirky, prickly and sometimes arrogant personality comedian/commentator Dennis Miller has put on public display for more than 25 years is just an act. At least not if his demeanor in a recent telephone......
| Jun 4, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Lombardi's Legacy on ESPN celebrates legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi in a one-hour special hosted by Chris Berman on Thursday, June 6. Joining Berman in studio is Mike Ditka and former Green Bay Packer Jerry Kramer. Packers legend Bart Starr is also...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 2:10 PM
Think of me as your friendly neighborhood bartender with an apron around my expansive waist, a slightly dirty cloth in my hand to wipe the bar and a "I've heard it all" look of gently sardonic wisdom on my face.
Me (while giving the bar a perfunctory...