“Any time you put on an event of this magnitude, you have your challenges,” Goodell said in a statement. “We apologize to those fans that were impacted. We are going to work with them and we are going to do better in the future. We will certainly do a thorough review and get to the bottom of why it all occurred, but we take full responsibility for that as putting on this game. Read more
Chris Russo: “Let me just ask you this on this whole thing with Desmond Howard. Everybody is paying attention to it. It sounds like he made a big deal about some sort of physical altercation; it was an argument but no chance of a physical altercation. What was going on with this thing on Saturday at this NFL Experience thing?”
Phil Simms: “Well, not really going to say anything about it except, um, you know, I don’t know what to say.”
Russo: “Are you annoyed at Howard making this public?”
Simms: “Well, of course I am. But it is what it is. It’s a great lesson learned and of course I’m not excusing myself. You know, I’ve got to know better. It’s a new Read more
Jones called out Whitlock in his blog on Monday, attacking his creditability as a writer and reporter:
“Sadly, among sportswriters especially, our most famous members are our loudest, not necessarily our best. Nobody knows Gary Smith to look at him. And so kids see a picture of Jason Whitlock with an Asian transvestite hooker on his lap in a club, and they think they have to be like Jason Whitlock to make it.
Well, here’s the stone-cold truth, kids: Jason Whitlock has no soul. Read more
UPDATE: The AFC Championship game between the Steelers and Jets was the most-watched ever, seen by an average of 54.850 million viewers. The previous record was 51.620 million viewers for San Diego vs. Cincinnati in 1982.
Last night’s AFC Championship Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets earned an average overnight household rating of 31.3 and a 46 share, the highest numbers in 24 years.
Ratings were up 10 percent compared to last year’s early-game AFC Championship broadcast, when the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Jets in order to advance to the Super Bowl (28.4/50).
If you were to compare the two time slots, the ratings were up 32 percent when CBS carried Pittsburgh and Baltimore (23.8/37) in 2009.
We’re really not sure this makes any sense, but kudos to the New York Post graphics department regardless. We are so ready for some football.
This will happen because Ryan is a force of nature who cannot be contained by lap-band surgery, foot-fetish video tempests, or a roster of players with more faults than California. But it will also happen because without Michael Vick, the rest of the playoff field can’t even combine to counter the force of his personality. The walking cure for insomnia Bill Belichick? Lovie Smith? John (no, not Jim) Harbaugh? Whoever is coaching Green Bay from under that ski cap? Atlanta’s Mike Smith might get asked for ID at his own stadium. Even the sunny and bombastic Pete Carroll would be blown aside by a Rex Ryan sneeze.
The good news? We may be rid of him by Sunday. Not that he’ll be quiet after his New York Jets vanish into the Patriots’ maw.
Call us crazy, but signing a washed-up former flamethrower isn’t going to stem the river of hate that is the back page of the New York Post.
The Badger Herald, an independent student newspaper at the University of Wisconsin, published the names of the 33 students that were selling their Rose Bowl tickets on Facebook Marketplace, hours after purchasing them.
The Badgers were allotted 5,800 student tickets by the Rose Bowl and they sold out in 20 minutes.
How dare students make extra money during the holidays by selling tickets to a game they clearly have no interest in attending.