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Erin Hamlin Becomes First American To Win Singles Luge Medal At Olympics

No United States luger had ever won a medal in a singles event at the Olympics. That changed on Tuesday. U.S. luger Erin Hamlin took home the bronze medal in the women’s luge for her thrilling performance in Sochi with a time of 3:21.145. Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger (3:19.768) took home the gold while fellow German luger Tatjana Hufner (3:20.907) won the silver. Hamlin...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers Troll Each Other In NFC South Weather War (Photos)

The NFC South has harbored some of the NFL’s best teams over the past few seasons, and apparently the level of competition has brought about some fierce rivalries that even extend beyond the field. The Carolina Panthers, who won the division this season, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons, who were division champions in 2012, all got into a bit of a Twitter war on Tuesday...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Implement Variable Ticket Pricing For 2014 Season

The New England Patriots are following the lead of the Detroit Lions, which, surprisingly, is something fans around New England could get excited about. The Patriots will utilize variable pricing for their ticket packages in the 2014 season, the team announced on Friday. They are among the first teams in the NFL to try the alternative pricing method. The Lions, who announced they...
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Launches Bid To Host 2018 Super Bowl

Hosting the Super Bowl in cold-weather cities is apparently becoming something of a trend, and now Minnesota wants in on the fun. While the New York Jets and Giants enjoy the Super Bowl festivities and influx of visitors to the tri-state area for this year’ Super Bowl, the Minnesota Vikings are angling to do the same in a few years time. The Vikings, in conjunction with Minnesota...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

USA Rugby Mascot Lays Out Cocky Spain Fan During Halftime of Match (Video)

Nobody likes a showboat, especially not USA Rugby mascot “Rookie the Eagle.” During halftime of the USA-Spain match at the USA Seven’s tournament in Las Vegas over the weekend, Rookie got a little too worked up by a Spain fan’s antics and even took him out in the process. The fan was racing USA Seven’s mascot “Mr. Rugbee,” who is basically dressed in a giant bee costume...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Seattle teacher raises $20K to buy jerseys for every kid in school

Seattle fans are crazy about their Seahawks — so crazy that one local teacher even raised enough money to buy jerseys for every kid in his school. Kevin Zelko, a special education teacher at Kimball Elementary, an inner-city school in Seattle, and part-time beer vendor at CenturyLink Field, was so excited about his team making it to the Super Bowl that he chose to help a few of...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Set To Roll Out New Clock Rules At Pro Bowl

The NFL is trying to spice the Pro Bowl up just enough to get more fans interested in watching the game. A player draft was one way to drum up some interest, another appears to be some wholesale changes to the way the clock is run on the field. With the NFL All-Star game taking on the feel of something closer to a pick-up game out in the backyard this year, the league is trying out...
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Steelers, Bears Among Eight Teams Eligible for ‘Hard Knocks’ Next Season

The NFL has insured that Hard Knocks will be around for at least a few more seasons, and we now at least have a short list of candidates for the 2014 edition of the show. The NFL agreed to a contract extension with HBO for the popular training camp series ahead of last season, and the NFL also passed a rule that allowed the league to designate a team for the show if no other team...
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Seahawks Fan Got ‘Super Bowl XLVIII Champs’ Tattoo Before 2013 NFL Season (Photo)

Fans tend to get pretty excitable over their favorite football teams, even seemingly jinxing their teams with some over-the-top actions — like this Houston Texans fan in 2012. But one Seattle Seahawks fan might be right on the money. Tim Connors, a diehard Seahawks fan, did what many nutty NFL fans will do and got a tattoo of the Seattle seahawk on his forearm. However, Connors...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Paint Seahawks’ Logo on Practice Field to Help Prepare for Atmosphere in Seattle (Photo)

The New Orleans Saints had their cups handed to them by the Seahawks earlier this season. So, head coach Sean Payton is pulling out all the stops in anticipation of the Saints’ return trip to Seattle this weekend. The raucous atmosphere inside Century Link Field in Seattle definitely got the best of the Saints in Week 13, with Brees and the offense even wearing specially made ear...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Texas Booster Red McCombs Bashes Longhorns for Hiring Charlie Strong, Says He Would Make ‘Great Position Coach’

Most of the college football world seems to agree that Charlie Strong was the right candidate for Texas’ vacant head coaching position. One Longhorns booster isn’t so sure. Red McCombs, who is a former owner of the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Vikings, is a longtime booster for the University of Texas, donating more than $100 million to the school over the...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

New Jersey Man Suing NFL for Not Making Enough Super Bowl Tickets Available

It’s a lucky few fans who are able to attend the Super Bowl each year. The rising price of tickets and increased interest level in the game have fewer and fewer tickets available to the general public each year. And one New Jersey man has had enough. Josh Finkelman of New Brunswick, N.J., filed a class action lawsuit in federal court, claiming that the NFL violated the New Jersey...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins Fire Offensive Coordinator Mike Sherman After Two Seasons in Miami

Some changes were in order for the Dolphins this offseason, and the first one came down on Monday. The Dolphins fired offensive coordinator Mike Sherman on Monday, the team announced. Sherman, who took over as the Dolphins offensive coordinator in 2012, spent just two seasons with the team. Sherman, 59, was the head coach at Texas A&M for four seasons before being fired after...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Packers Giving Out 70,000 Handwarmers, Free Coffee to Help Fans Deal With Brutal Weather at Lambeau Field

It was 5 degrees at kickoff in Green Bay on Sunday, and the temperatures were only expected to drop as the game went on. So, the Packers decided to help their faithful fans cope with the frigid temperatures. The Packers gave out 70,000 handwarmers to help keep fans at Lambeau Field warm on Sunday, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. The organization was also offering...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland Browns Players Call Organization ‘Joke,’ Say Firing Rob Chudzinski Was ‘Tremendous Mistake’

The Browns fired their third head coach in four seasons on Sunday night, creating even more instability within an already unstable organization. Rob Chudzinski was let go after just one season with the team, and Cleveland will be putting on yet another coaching search this offseason. While Browns players weren’t happy about their 4-12 record, they were infuriated by Chudzinski’s...
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December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fire Head Coach Greg Schiano, General Manager Mark Dominik

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished yet another disappointing season on Sunday, and they decided to clean house on Monday. The Buccaneers fired head coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik on Monday morning, the team announced. Schiano spent just two seasons at the helm, while Dominik is on his way out after five seasons as the team’s GM. “The results over the past...
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December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

AFC, NFC Playoff Pictures Much Clearer After Dolphins, Ravens Lose, Panthers Clinch NFC South

The AFC playoff picture was a complete mess heading into Week 17, but losses by the Dolphins and Ravens in the 1 p.m. round of games cleared things up quite a bit. Baltimore and Miami were the most likely teams to snag the AFC’s sixth seed entering the weekend, but both teams choked at their opportunities on Sunday. The Dolphins dropped their season finale 20-7 to the division...
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December 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Head Coach Mike Shanahan To Be Fired by Washington Redskins

Things have been a mess in Washington D.C. all year, and it appears change finally is on the way. Mike Shanahan‘s job status has been in question pretty much all season, and the head coach is expected to be fired Monday, according to The Washington Post. Shanahan is finishing his fourth season with the Redskins, leading them to just a 24-39 record during his tenure and making...
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December 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Penn State Expected to Pursue Greg Schiano as Next Head Coach if Bill O’Brien Leaves for NFL

With Bill O’Brien looking more and more likely to bolt for the NFL in the coming weeks, Penn State is already looking at some potential candidates to replace him. Penn State is interested in talking with former Rutgers and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano if the job becomes available, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Schiano was an assistant at...
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December 29, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL Admits Another Officiating Error, Says It Will Consider Changes to Replay System After Botched Steelers-Packers Call

NFL officiating has been under a very careful microscope this season, as it seems that there have been more errors than usual in 2013. And the league has been forthright in admitting at least some of its errors. NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino went on NFL Newtork’s Total Access on Tuesday, as he does every week, and admitted the officials in the Packers-Steelers...
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December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots’ 2014 Opponents Finalized, Will Include Visits From Broncos, Bengals, Trip to Indianapolis

With a 42-7 blowout win over the Ravens on Sunday, the Patriots clinched the top spot in the AFC East for the fifth straight season. The win also helped to finalize their list of opponents for the 2014 season. Aside from their usual home-and-away series with the rest of the AFC East, the Patriots were already scheduled to play both the AFC West and NFC North next season. However...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Bill O’Brien Lowered Buyout in Penn State Contract, Making Potential Switch to NFL Much Easier

Bill O’Brien has done wonders at Penn State since taking over the Nittany Lions’ football program last year, but his long-term future may not be in Happy Valley. O’Brien adjusted his contract with Penn State last summer, lowering the buyout in his deal if he decides to leave the program for the NFL, according to ESPN. His original contract contained an NFL buyout of $19.33...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Stevie Johnson played Sunday just after learning of mom's death

Stevie Johnson didn’t do much on the field for the Bills on Sunday, but being out there at all was a feat on its own. Johnson managed just one catch for four yards against the Jaguars — his worst single-game output since managing just one grab for six yards against the Ravens in Week 4 — but he did so courageously under some tragic circumstances. Shortly after the Bills landed...
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December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Mack Brown to Step Down as Head Coach at University of Texas After 16 Seasons

Mack Brown has spent the part of his coaching career at the University of Texas, but his 16-year reign as the program’s head man has come to an end. Brown will be stepping down as the Longhorns’ head coach this week, according to OrangeBloods.com, ending the tenure of one of the school’s greatest coaches. Brown, 62, spent time as the head coach at Appalachian State (1983),...
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December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots-Ravens Game Time Changed, Bumped Out of Sunday Night Football in Favor of Eagles-Bears

Apparently a rematch of the last two AFC Championship Games isn’t all that appealing this season. NBC has decided to bump the Patriots and Ravens Week 16 showdown out of its original Sunday Night Football spot, instead deciding to go with the Eagles and Bears in the primetime spot, the NFL announced on Tuesday. The Patriots’ visit to Baltimore will instead be moved to a 4:25...
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December 10, 2013  |  Discuss
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