| Aug 13, 2013
| 9:41 AM
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Times NFL columnist Sam Farmer and Mark Thompson, one-half of the legendary "Mark and Brian" radio team, are back again this season with "NFL Slam with Mark and Sam".
Each Tuesday, you’ll hear post-game...
| Aug 18, 2013
| 6:10 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Chip Kelly's star receiver at the University of New Hampshire had a standard comeback when a defensive player talked trash.
Recalled record-breaking pass catcher David Ball: "Whenever they would chirp, the only thing I would say...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 4:54 PM
Quarterbacks are the most protected players in the NFL. The league revolves around them.
Running backs are the least protected players. Even helmet-to-helmet hits are legal against them.
In a read-option offense, a scheme rapidly gaining popularity in...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 6:50 PM
In keeping with tradition, the NFL sent questionnaires to its eight new head coaches during the off-season, quizzing them on random topics. Among the questions was, "Who has the hardest job in football?"
Answered Chip Kelly of the Philadelphia Eagles:...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday....
| Jan 25, 2013
| 7:16 PM
SANTA CLARA -- Jim Harbaugh's preparations for Super Bowl XLVII took an unexpected turn Friday morning when he called into a sports-talk radio show. Not just any show, however.
Harbaugh took notes while listening to sage advice from Pro Football Hall of...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 4:00 AM
Each day this week, Baltimore Sun reporter and blogger Matt Vensel will break down a key matchup from Sunday’s Super Bowl. Today, he looks at how Haloti Ngata could blast a big hole in the 49ers offensive line.
In today’s NFL, with...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 7:53 AM
Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon takes losses extremely hard and after another third-period collapse in Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Bruins, he begrudgingly fired coach Kevin Dineen and his assistant coaches following a dismal 3-9-4 start....
| Nov 12, 2013
So the secret is finally out: The National Football League is an anachronism. Not the game, which is as ever. But the league's culture.
The NFL's out-of-touch, out-of-time "context" has been on vivid display during the ongoing contretemps between...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 10:54 AM
This morning, as I’m sitting at my desk, sipping a Starbucks Pumpkin Latte and trying to write the intro to this column, there’s one thing that keeps going through my mind: Hype.
My coffee has a giant cardboard sleeve announcing the 10th...
| Apr 14, 2013
Pleasanton, Calif., is — no surprise here — a pleasant small city east of San Francisco Bay that was off the beaten track for much of the 20th century and avoided the redevelopment that destroyed the cores of many older cities. Its downtown...