| Oct 16, 2013
| 4:43 PM
Rankman's pipe dream of Stanford and Northwestern meeting in the BCS title game at the Rose Bowl is over. Gone is the utopian idea two schools with integrity and academic standards might also compete on football's grandest stage. We're left now with a No....
| Dec 2, 2013
PHILADELPHIA — Old habits die hard, at least when it comes to the Philadelphia press corps.
The first question asked of Eagles coach Chip Kelly on Sunday after his team beat Arizona 24-21 at Lincoln Financial Field wondered why the offense wasn't...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 4:57 PM
USC needs to answer two fundamental questions as it searches for a new football coach.
Question 1: Should it fall for the sentimental "That old gang of mine" yarn that only a former Trojan like Jack Del Rio or Jeff Fisher can come in and fix this mess?...
| Oct 6, 2013
| 9:51 PM
The Denver Broncos can actually make a defensive play every so often.
And Tony Romo is still Tony Romo.
Those two truths kept the Broncos undefeated Sunday, as Denver held on to win at Dallas, 51-48, thanks in large part to a crucial error down the...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 6:33 PM
Never mind that old notion about the backup quarterback being the most popular guy in town.
In the NFL, backup quarterbacks are suddenly the busiest guys in town.
A rash of injuries around the league has teams scrambling to get their reserve signal-...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 5:34 PM
The NCAA has made it clear it isn't giving football scholarships back to USC, or presenting Matt Barkley with an honorary Rose Bowl participation plaque.
Being the NCAA means never having to say you're sorry. The governing body of college athletics...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 6:10 PM
— One thing rookie Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly might want to consider in trying to open things up for running back LeSean McCoy and his offense in general heading toward their stretch run is an extra deep threat.
They already have that...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 6:32 PM
— One of the first major free-agent acquisitions of the Chip Kelly era was tight end James Casey. Stanford's Zach Ertz came soon after, in the second round of the NFL Draft.
By then, even before his Philadelphia Eagles hit the field for their...
| Nov 24, 2013
| 7:59 PM
— A relatively easy schedule, the surreal play of Nick Foles and ability of their defense to pull together and cover up its limitations has helped the Philadelphia Eagles make it to where they are today: at the top of a weak NFC East and in...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 11:13 AM
As Jakob Johnson watched his idol Bjoern Werner making tackles for FSU last season, he could see visions of his future.
Johnson would watch American football games from his home in Stuttgart, Germany, thinking one day he might follow in his countryman...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 4:18 PM
Unbuckling the mailbag:
Question: (In last week's Washington-Stanford game) What did you think of all the injuries on defense? And how Stanford's medical staff healed them so quickly?
Answer: We've already been through this. Stanford...