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Ray Lewis says it’s time for refs to return

After a call in which the ruling on the field was overturned from a fumble to an incomplete pass, Ray Lewis spoke out saying it is time for the regular refs to return (Credit: AP Photo) Stop me if you have heard this one before sometime this season. A team loses. A player blames the replacement officials, then calls for the regular officials to be returned. With two weeks of the...
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September 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Josh Cribbs says the Browns suck

Well, that didn’t take long. (Marc Duncan, AP Photo) Just two weeks into the season, we already have a player saying that their team sucks. Josh Cribbs tweeted today that the Browns suck, and apologized to fans for the showings that they’ve had in both losses.   “We as players really appreciate the continued support of our fans while we’re losing & sucking out there...
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September 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Joe Flacco Not Happy With Loss, Rips Replacement Refs

Joe Flacco is clearly not thrilled by the loss that his Baltimore Ravens endured today, letting the Eagles slip past them by one point in a 24-23 loss. The Ravens had a chance to win, and a touchdown taken away when a questionable flag was thrown for offensive pass interference on what would have been a 25 yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones. Flacco is fed up with replacement officials...
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September 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: Browns Eric Wright Has Impressive Pick-6 Against Eli Manning

With his team trailing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was leading his team down the field. On a 3rd and two play, Manning hoped to pick up the first down. Unfortunately for him, Browns Eric Wright was reading the play the entire way. After an impressive catch, Wright turns a good play, into a great play as he dodges defenders...
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September 16, 2012  |  Discuss
JUST LIKE OLD TIMES

Bush breaks five tackles on way to end zone

Mid-way through the third quarter, on a third down and one rush, Reggie Bush breaks five tackles before running into the end zone. This run looks like something I would only see on Madden, or in the old Bush years when he was with USC. How he stayed on his feet is beyond me. Check out the video below: Follow us on Twitter @DownandDistance Down and Distance Columnist - Brett...
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September 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: Jacoby Jones Sure Knows How To Dance

With the game tied 7-7 in the second quarter, Joe Flacco throws a beautiful (and I mean beau-ti-ful) twenty-two touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones. Excited about finding the endzone, Jones decided to give the fans in Philadelphia a show. The Ravens currently lead 17-7 at half-time. Check out the pass and the touchdown dance below. Follow us on Twitter @DownandDistance Down and Distance...
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September 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Replacement referee Brian Stropolo removed from NFL game

Everyone, take note that your Facebook page really can impact your professional life. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports this morning that replacement referee Brian Stropolo has been removed from the crew of referees for Sunday’s game between New Orleans and Carolina. Brian Stropolo has been removed from today’s Saints-Panthers game after the NFL found out Stropolo was a Saints...
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September 16, 2012  |  Discuss
LOVIN' IT AT LAMBEAU

Packers score TD on fake field goal

The first touchdown of this seasons installment of Thursday Night Football was scored by the Green Bay Packers against the Chicago Bears, and it was pretty epic. The Packers scored the only touchdown of the first half off of a beautifully designed fake field goal attempt in which Tim Masthay popped the ball to Tom Crabtree who made all the right moves to scamper 27 yards into the...
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September 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Bill Belichick: Larry Fitzgerald “might end up being the best ever”

  Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Bill Belichick said Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will end up as one of the best ever (Credit: AP Photo) Bill Belichick is a pretty good assessor of talent. It seems as though each April analysts clamor over the New England Patriots draft. Oh and of course there is that guy named Tom Brady that Belichick helped to draft. So when Belichick...
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September 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Audio: Former Hurricane Dan Sileo Goes On Insane Rant On The Radio

After a rather embarrassing 52-13 loss at Manhattan, Kansas this past Saturday the Miami Hurricanes look like a shell of their former selves. While they ‘Canes have not been the national championship contenders they were in the 90′s, they are still not too used to getting blown out 52-13. While discussing the ‘Canes performance on his radio show, former Miami Hurricane Dan...
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September 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Miami RB Lamar Miller might make NFL debut Sunday

After Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas sat out of practice for the second day in a row because of concussion symptoms it looks like rookie Lamar Miller will make his NFL debut on Sunday (Credit: AP Photo) After Daniel Thomas sat out for the second day in a row today because of a concussion he suffered on Sunday, it looks as though rookie Lamar Miller will make his NFL debut on...
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September 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Chris Johnson calls his sluggish start “frustrating”

After a game in which he had four yards on eleven carries, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson called his day “frustrating” (Credit: AP Photo) After a let down of a season in 2011, the Titans and Chris Johnson himself were hoping he would turn back into his old self in 2012. After rushing for just four yards on eleven carries against the New England Patriots on Sunday...
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September 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Trent Richardson responds to Rey Maualuga’s critique

After just one game in the NFL, Cincinnati Bengals Rey Maualuga is not impressed with Browns running back Trent Richardson (Credit: AP Photo) If you needed some excitement for this Sunday’s Cincinnati Bengals vs Cleveland Browns game, and trust us you do, look no further. It seems as though Rey Maualuga and Trent Richardson are trying to turn the Bengals-Browns rivalry into one...
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September 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Osi changes his mind: Bob is now RG3

After a week in which he threw for 320 yards, Robert Griffin III has gained the respect of New York Giants Osi Umenyiora (Credit: AP Photo) This summer, Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora said he wasn’t referring to Robert Griffin III by his initials and number until he earned it. “Who is this RG3 guy you guys keep talking about?’’ Umenyiora said on WFAN. “You talking...
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September 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: 49ers Owner Jed York Cautions Against Hard Handshakes

Less than a year after a post-game incident between Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz and San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh sent the media into a frenzy, the two teams are set to face each other again this time in San Francisco. With the incident fresh in the media’s mind, it is hard to not talk about hand shakes. At a downtown rally on Wednesday, 49ers owner Jed...
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September 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Marcell Dareus back at practice, four days after brother’s murder

Only four days after the murder of his 19-year-old brother, Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus returned to the practice field today (Credit: AP Photo) Only four days after his 19-year-old brother was murdered, Marcell Dareus is back on the practice field with the Buffalo Bills. Dareus was on the field at the start of practice today. Dareus traveled to Alabama to be with...
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September 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Michael Oher to remain Ravens left tackle

Michael Oher returns to the blind side as the Ravens’ official starting left tackle (Credit: Baltimore Sun/Kenneth E. Lam) Many football fans have heard over the last few years about Michael Oher’s remarkable journey and development as a football player. It was a story so touching that it merited a movie, which was up for Best Picture at the 2009 Academy Awards. That dream of...
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September 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Top 5 Fantasy Tight Ends For Week 2

Well, the new “week” starts tomorrow around the NFL and to give fantasy owners a good idea of what to do at the Tight End position, here are the top 5 Tight Ends that can make a difference for your fantasy team this week. 5. Aaron Hernandez – Patriots (Kim-Klement-US-PRESSWIRE) Hernandez started the season strong for his Fantasy Owners. He brought in 6 receptions for 59 yards...
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September 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Maurice Jones-Drew says he was ready for 80 carries Sunday

Maurice Jones-Drew held out of all off-season activities with the Jacksonville Jaguars and for that he was docked a spot on the Jags depth chart. When he did finally show up, he said he as ready to go for football action, but Head Coach Mike Mularkey decided against that and didn’t use Pocket Hercules (AP PHOTO) as much as he probably would have liked. MJD ran for 77 yards on just...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: Teen Becomes First Female Quarterback to Play in Florida

While high school football does not get a lot of coverage on DownAndDistance, this piece had to be posted as it is historic for Florida. Earlier this month, Erin DiMeglio became the first female to play quarterback in Florida (Credit: ABC News) Erin DiMeglio has now become the first female in Florida high school football history to play as quarterback. “I have always wanted to...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

John Madden: Robert Griffin III is “a Tim Tebow that can pass”

After watching the Redskins’ week one win over New Orleans, former coach John Madden told SiriusXM NFL Radio that Robert Griffin III looks like “a Tim Tebow that can pass” (Credit: AP Photo) Former coach and broadcaster, John Madden, watch rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins take on the New Orleans Saints this past weekend. Afterwards, Madden was...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Top 5 quarterback performances of Week One

With the first round of games completed in this 2012 NFL season, we’ve seen plenty of story lines pop up. Quarterbacks who had the weight of the world’s expectations on their shoulders stepped up and performed admirably. Some quarterbacks who were hyped up in the offseason by coaches, fans, and reporters didn’t show up prepared to play. And even one quarterback, a year removed...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Bills, local government agree to one-year extension of lease

Only hours after reporting that talks between the Bills and the local officials, in an attempt to extend their lease, had stalled, reports are coming out that they have now agreed to a one-year extension (Credit: AP Photo) Only a few hours after reporting that the Buffalo Bills discussion with local officials over the lease of Ralph Wilson stadium had failed, news is now breaking...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Darrelle Revis cleared for physical activity, not contact

After suffering a concussion in Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, Jets corner back Darrelle Revis has yet to be cleared for contact (Credit: AP Photo) With a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers looming this Sunday, the New York Jets and Rex Ryan cannot afford to lose their top defender Darrelle Revis. While it is only Wednesday, there looks like there is a chance that Revis...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Steve Smith on Saints targeting him: “This isn’t powder puff”

When asked today if he thought Saints defenders would target him this week, Carolina’s Steve Smith told reporters “this isn’t powderpuff” (Credit: AP Photo) Shortly following the breaking of the Saints Bounty-gate scandal, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith came forward and said he knew the Saints were dirty because a Saints player had once taken a cheap shot at...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss
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