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Special to the TimesAll across this great land of ours, there are three kinds of people today: the winners, the losers and those waiting in line for their label. You can spot the winners in the office. They're the ones walking with that extra swagger. They make direct eye...
Tags: New York Jets, Curtis Martin, Sports, Mike McMahon, Football
Latimes.com columnistTo win his first 13 games again this year, Peyton Manning, the conscientious Indianapolis quarterback, will have to beat better teams than he met last year. But he can win most of the time if he plays as he did opening night, when he came out as an...
Latimes.comThe NFL, a league that has a long history of promptly punishing players who get out of line, disciplined Tennessee tackle Albert Haynesworth this week for willfully stomping on the face of an opposing player in Sunday's Dallas game. But the punishment was...
Tags: Lovie Smith, Gene Upshaw, Sports, Punishment, Football
Latimes.comThe ever-increasing high quality of football is one of the NFL stories of the new century. Asked to explain what's going on, Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb said, "Big-time players are making big plays in big games." In other words, in the...
Tags: Sports, Hugh McElhenny, Football, Bars and Clubs, Education
Latimes.com ColumnistChad Pennington, the New York Jets' new leader, has spent the last three years making himself smoother, smarter, and faster. In consequence, Pennington is now one of the smoothest and smartest quarterbacks in the NFL, if never the fastest. He is also...
Tags: Baseball, Sports, Chad Pennington, Buffalo Bills, Michael Vick
Latimes.comAlmost certainly, the most important football game of the season — the AFC championship game, which some folks are sure to call the real Super Bowl — will be played outdoors on what could well be the coldest day of the winter in Pittsburgh...
Latimes.com ColumnistThe Tennessee Titans, than whom few football teams are more conservative, have always preferred runs to passes. But their famous old runner, Eddie George, who is averaging a bleak 2.9 yards this season, can't move them now. Neither can any other Titan...
Tags: Ricky Proehl, Trung Canidate, Jon Gruden, Sports, Football
Latimes.com ColumnistThe only certain way to win NFL games in this century is to blend a talented passer with a talented running back and a strong defensive force. At San Francisco next Sunday in a Week 9 revival of an old rivalry, the Rams plan to hold first place in the NFC...
Tags: Tom Landry, Jon Gruden, Denver Broncos, Dan Reeves, Sports
Latimes.com ColumnistAstonishing everyone who has been asleep for a month, the NFL's two big games Sunday will involve three of the four teams from the AFL's old Western Division that were not considered preseason Super Bowl favorites. The Game of the Week looks like it...
Latimes.com ColumnistWith a quarterback named Jake Delhomme, the unbeaten Carolina Panthers (5-0) will entertain a preseason Super Bowl favorite next Sunday, the Tennessee Titans (4-2), whose passer, Steve McNair, proved again in NFL Week 6 that he's an all-pro candidate....
Tags: Gus Frerotte, Jeff Blake, Denver Broncos, Michael Vick, Football
Latimes.com ColumnistWith quarterback Brian Griese seemingly in sharp comeback form, the Denver Broncos will face Super Bowl quarterback Tom Brady at New England Sunday in the AFC Game of the Week. But regardless of how well they play, the Broncos won't be able to dislodge...
Tags: Jon Gruden, Denver Broncos, Sports, Baseball, Junior Seau
Latimes.com ColumnistFootball fans comparing the Chicago Bears against other pro clubs this year have been struck by one obvious difference: The Bears have the least sophisticated pass offense in the league. The problem is more than the Bears' simple insistence on running...
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