| Jan 30, 2015
| 8:26 PM
PHOENIX — On the front page of Friday's Arizona Republic, a photo of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell showed Goodell in a shirt and slacks teaching proper tackling technique at a youth football skills clinic.
Goodell assumed a noticeably less...
| Jan 31, 2015
| 4:05 PM
My heart says Seattle. My heartburn says New England.
My heart says Seattle will win Sunday's Super Bowl, because it's fun and fresh and plays football with an old-fashioned snarl.
My heartburn says New England, because it's bland and repressive and...
| Jan 30, 2015
| 5:21 PM
PHOENIX — Roger Goodell tried to walk the difficult line between humility and authority in his annual pre-Super Bowl press conference on Friday. Given the NFL commissioner's robotic nature, it's not surprising that he tripped over that line a number...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 4:51 PM
CHANDLER, Ariz. — LeGarrette Blount, built like a Mack truck and able to cut like a Ferrari, was talking about his feet the other morning.
"I've always had nice feet," the Patriots' 250-pound running back said Wednesday during the Super Bowl media...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 3:05 PM
As much as the game has changed, one constant in the NFL is the belief that great defense wins championships, and that is the major reason why the Seattle Seahawks will become the first team to win consecutive Super Bowl titles since the New England...
| Jan 28, 2015
| 5:37 PM
CHANDLER, Ariz. — Brandon Browner has a Legion of Boom tattoo on his arm. He calls it a tribute to his brothers. At the same time, the Patriots cornerback has no problem encouraging his teammates to break Richard Sherman's arm and Earl Thomas'...
| Jan 9, 2015
The way Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman sees it, there's no way for visiting teams to simulate the sensory overload of a playoff game at CenturyLink Field, and certainly not the next-to-the-freight-train noise that's almost constant when the...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 5:15 PM
PHOENIX — Channeling his inner Pete Carroll, Bill Belichick showed up relaxed in jeans and flip flops. Channeling his inner One Direction, Tom Brady showed up with hair somewhere between boy band and bed head.
And Marshawn Lynch?
| Jan 26, 2015
| 5:45 PM
PHOENIX — The longer Deflategate dragged on the less it figured to be about the pressure inside a football and the more it figured to be about the pressure on the NFL to prove its own integrity.
And, so it is has come to pass ... or run for that...
| Jan 12, 2015
| 7:20 PM
Oh, the possibilities.
After 19 weeks of games, the NFL has narrowed its field to four teams — Seattle, Green Bay, New England and Indianapolis — with four possible Super Bowl permutations.
This weekend's conference title games are...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 6:41 AM
It doesn't matter if we want Deflategate. It doesn't matter if we don't want Deflategate.
We NEED Deflategate.
Whether the Patriots purposely took some of the air out of their footballs Sunday as they were taking all of the air out of the Indianapolis...