Football endangering Roethlisberger’s life

Ben Roethlisberger has rare, dangerous rib injury
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Roethlisberger told reporters on Wednesday that the injury could kill him by pressing against his aorta and puncturing his lung. So that’s not good.

His rib is partially dislocated. Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL.com and NFL Network passes along word from Roethlisberger that his pain level is at a 9 on a scale of 1-10. He’s only sleeping four hours a night. Ed Bouchette of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette doesn’t expect Roethlisberger to play for a while.

This morning I got a paper cut that I would describe as a 6, so one only imagines what would make Roethlisberger dole out a 9.

Some things are more important than football.  A man's aorta (along with his testicles) happens to be one of those.

The Steelers can wait--even if they have to wait until next year.

Tebow strikes while the iron is still hot

NFL quarterback Tim Tebow teams up with TiVo
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TiVo is getting Tebowed. The DVR pioneer, on the comeback trail after losing subscribers in recent years, is turning to the NFL’s Tim Tebow to spread the company gospel. TiVo hired the famous backup quarterback of the New York Jets as its brand ambassador — and not just because of the similar sound to their names…

...What Tebow likes about TiVo: Because he spends a lot of time on airplanes, he relishes catching up on favorite shows Revenge and Castle. “Plus, TiVo learns me.” He says he’ll give the Showtime series Homeland a try based on a TiVo recommendation.

We couldn't be happier for the Ultimate Teammate™. As they say, you've got to strike while the iron is hot, even if behind the "aw shucks" persona, you plan to plant the iron squarely across the face of Mark Sanchez.

I still think Sanchez's days are numbered, but, as we found out this morning, The Ultimate Teammate™ isn't exactly inspiring his fellow players in New Jersey the way he did in Denver. In fact, they seem more than happy to rip him--anonymously, of course. Perhaps they saw what happened when Demaryius Thomas dared to defy the zombie horde.

What the Jets really need is a PR guy like Jim Saccomano--you know, someone who keeps his thumb over the local media (and its access) so only the good stuff gets out.  We're not so sure, though, that even the mighty Sacco--the guy in the arena, don't you forget it--could hold down the New York media.  

UPDATE:  Now that ESPN has weighed in, there's no need to comment.  Jason Whitlock must have missed the memo, however.  He just wrote:

What does that make Tebow? A total media creation. Honestly, I’m glad Tebow is an athletic, white quarterback so we don’t have to hear whining about how racist it is that the Jets don’t like Tebow...Tebow is Vince Young, a great college QB who can’t cut it in the pros.

Even as praise rolls in, subtle front office moves get overlooked Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The credit continues to come in John Elway's direction for his stellar job turning the Denver franchise around.

In an interview with the AP, Elway revisits the decisions to come back to football, hire John Fox, and pursue Peyton Manning. But while the story covers the most discussed of John's Dove Valley moves, especially the recent ones, there are, of course, others worth recalling.

We recently lauded the front office's moves to re-sign Wesley Woodyard and sign Chris Harris as an undrafted rookie, but what about Elway's first big move - re-signing Champ Bailey?

Staying in the backfield, the choice of keeping Tony Carter over Drayton Florence (whom they'd given a $1.5M signing bonus only months earlier) stands as a move that evidences a rare ability to quickly recognize a mistake and move on from it, and obviously, Carter has been paying hefty dividends.

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With three games left against Broncos and Colts, Eric Berry’s equinophobia could be a problem

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A Second Helping of Denver’s fumble woes, Part 1

In the closing minutes of Denver's 36-14 victory over Carolina on Sunday, a remarkable thing happened.

Willis McGahee recovered his own fumble.

Normally this wouldn't be notable, and certainly not worth celebrating. But it was the first time all season that the Broncos had recovered one of their own fumbles.

In Week 10.

McGahee's gaffe - his second of the game - was the team's 14th of the year, and only the second one that didn't cost Denver possession; against New Orleans in Week 8, Ronnie Hillman fumbled shortly after halftime, but the ball took a fortuitous bounce out of bounds.

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LOL Chiefs Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! At some point, do we all have to feel badly for the Chiefs?

After having been predicted by a near consensus of NFL punditry to be this year's AFCW champs, KC has been reaching new levels of futility and despair by the week.

Last night, the Chiefs (1-8) lost to the Steelers (6-3) by an overtime score of 16-13, on a field goal set up by yet another turnover by Matt Cassel - this time an athletic interception by Lawrence Timmons. It was the team's 30th turnover on the season, but their only one of this game; they got to OT after Cassell connected with Dwayne Bowe on a 4th-and-15 conversion late in the fourth quarter.

Lowlight of the night for KC has to be the 15-yard celebration penalty they were hit with on a touchdown that had been called back.

Dumb rule, for sure. Still, quite befitting for the 2012 Chiefs.

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Open Thread: MNF Week 10 - Chiefs @ Steelers

Andy Benoit, Doug FarrarAdam TeicherSam Monson, and Benjamin Hoffman preview the matchup; here are the inactive lists. Enjoy the game!

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Dumervil escapes serious injury; Panthers fire ST coach

A day after having survived brief injury scares to key players Peyton Manning, Von Miller, Demaryius Thomas, and Willis McGahee, the Broncos have dodged another bullet.

An MRI on the injured left shoulder of Elvis Dumervil showed no tear, and there's a possibility the defensive end will play Sunday against San Diego.

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Von is the real Superman Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Yesterday's game was supposed to be a showdown between self-professed superheroes Cam Newton (Superman) and Denver's pass-rushing Dynamic Duo of Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil.

It wasn't much of a battle, as the Broncos (6-3) cruised past the host Panthers (2-7) in an easy 36-14 win (GamebookANS box score).

Either Newton forgot his cape, or Von is the Kryponite to Cam's multiple powers, like he is to most quarterbacks.

Denver's Batman (Dumervil) came up with a strip sack of Newton before leaving with an early shoulder injury, and Robin (Miller) was the unquestioned star of the day, posting four tackles for loss, a sack, another hit on Newton, a forced fumble of his own, and a seemingly countless slew of hurries, including one which led directly to a beautiful 40-yard pick-six by the still-emerging Tony Carter.

Updated 9:33am ET

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Gut Reaction: Week 10 - Broncos @ Panthers

Two wrongs do make a right--at least for John Fox, Von Miller, and Peyton Manning.

Jerry Richardson--the tea-guzzling, pacemaking, and fiery owner of the Carolina Panthers--didn't renew John Fox's contract in 2011.  He also drafted Cam Newton instead of Von Miller.  Finally, he insulted Peyton Manning during the lockout.

That's a lot of bad things in the span of two years.

Today, Richardson got what was coming to him--to the tune of a 36-14 beatdown.

His ego should be sore in the morning.

And John Fox, Von Miller, and Peyton Manning should feel even better about the win.

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