Tue, 15 Mar 2011 18:11:06 EDTMunicipalities help fund stadiums for NFL teams, only to see owners threaten to cancel the seasons that would be played there.
Sat, 05 Mar 2011 01:48:00 ESTOwning an NFL franchise is such good business, the only thing to do is make it better.
Wed, 02 Mar 2011 01:16:02 ESTCam Newton is a pretty, shiny thing. But there is no molecular test that can examine his insides and predict whether he will pay off as a first-round NFL draft pick. After all of the cone drills, straight-line sprints, interviews, and intelligence evaluations he underwent at the scouting combine,...
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 10:32:00 ESTCOLUMN: In this latest round of NFL labor negotiations, no matter how well the players' union bargains, most players will end up broke - and broken in body.
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 00:09:00 ESTNo other investment ensures rich returns, so why do otherwise sensible businessmen expect such when they buy NFL franchises?
Tue, 08 Feb 2011 00:06:02 ESTIt's a rough morning-after for the NFL. The Dallas Super Bowl was a bender, but now that the confetti has fallen, it looks like litter. The hangover has hit, a splitting headache and a sour stomach from the $19 margaritas and the $12 wine and the $10 beers and the rest of the fiscal insanity. Is ...
Tue, 01 Feb 2011 00:15:00 ESTThere were 52 players in their 20s on the golf course with Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines last week, and they all had easier swings than he did. The Natural didn't look so natural anymore, compared to all those loose, sweet-swinging kids. He looked awkward. He looked confused. He looked like the gam...
Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:47:00 ESTAll season the Jets had been the most noisome team in the league. But it's pretty hard to talk when you're getting blasted off the ball and knocked tumbling backwards on to your butt.
Mon, 17 Jan 2011 00:53:00 ESTFOXBOROUGH, MASS. Somebody else is going to have to shut these crazy fools up, because the New England Patriots couldn't do it. The New York Jets will continue their uncontrolled lip-flapping and unbridled gloating for at least another week, or until somebody makes them stop. You want to beat them?...
Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:36:00 ESTWhat a dubious honor for Oregon and Auburn to meet in that game that ought to be known as the BS Bowl. The Tigers are champions of what, exactly? Of an illegitimate system in which nearly the half the top-level college football teams in the country were excluded before the first kickoff ever wen...
Sun, 09 Jan 2011 18:06:00 ESTThe NCAA's attitude toward college football is like the scene in "Apollo 13," when astronaut Jim Lovell's wife Marilyn takes in the damage after the moon-shot party. "I can't deal with cleaning up," she says. "Let's sell the house."
Thu, 06 Jan 2011 00:01:00 ESTJets Coach Rex Ryan and Colts quarterback Peyton Manning are the dominant personalities of their teams. One guy is a loudmouth, the other tight-lipped. So far close-mouthed has beaten big-mouthed almost every time heading into this weekend's wild-card matchup.
Fri, 31 Dec 2010 00:08:02 ESTAll the NCAA is good for lately is rationalizing. It's certainly not good for promoting rules, or common sense. Prominent football players at large schools are being let off the hook, and not because they're innocent. So why? Perhaps the truth behind the NCAA's lack of enforcement is that the peo...
Mon, 20 Dec 2010 00:27:00 ESTARLINGTON, TEX. It wasn't a ballgame so much as a referendum on who was right. All week there were undercurrents of resentment and blame among the Washington Redskins over the benching of Donovan McNabb . Was he the problem, or was the problem Coach Mike Shanahan and his junior partner Kyle ? The...
Sun, 19 Dec 2010 00:01:03 ESTCowboys quarterback Jon Kitna is a true professional.
Sat, 18 Dec 2010 00:12:00 ESTIf Coach Mike Shanahan and the Redskins are to make informed decisions about the organization's future, they must determine whether Donovan McNabb has been hurting the offense.
Tue, 14 Dec 2010 00:46:02 ESTThe Redskins' bumbling is the natural extension of a decade of haplessness in the front office which has led to an organization that is chronically understaffed and overstressed.
Tue, 07 Dec 2010 22:37:01 ESTGet this straight: there is no "managing" Albert Haynesworth. There is no way to make this guy perform. No amount of coaxing, or cute psychological ploys, can make him play hard for the Redskins. No concession can soothe his swollen ego, and no scheme will make him happy. Redskins Coach Mike Shan...
Sat, 04 Dec 2010 00:32:00 ESTAuburn quarterback violated eligibility requirements but will remain eligible; what's unclear about that?
Wed, 01 Dec 2010 00:56:02 ESTThough some continue to slight TCU, Horned Frogs Coach Gary Patterson doesn't mind. It's made him who he is.
Mon, 26 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTNobody is pretending that the Redskins are better than they really are, least of all Mike Shanahan, and that's the most reassuring thing about the new regime as it prepares to open camp.
Sun, 18 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTLouis Oosthuizen may not be a household name, but he has a four-stroke lead entering the final round at St. Andrews and just may have the game to win the British Open.
Sat, 17 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND Royal and Ancient officials had charming expressions for what the wind did to the British Open . When it started to gale they said it was "freshening," from the "westerly" direction. When it threatened to blow balls off the greens, they called it "oscillating." Such courtly...
Fri, 16 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND You get the feeling that what's in John Daly's head looks like his pants: a lot of swirls, a lot of clashing hues. But it's just possible that the most extreme thing about Daly these days is his clothing. His huge gut is gone, and he claims to be sober. Excess means settlin...
Thu, 15 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTMary, Queen of Scots, escaped personal and political tensions by making visits to the Old Course.
Wed, 14 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND There's no better place than St. Andrews -- surrounded by ruined cathedrals and tumbled-down castles and monuments to burnt martyrs, the stony debris of epic pride -- to regain a sense of humility. The Old Course demands awe, and provides historical context. What's clear aga...
Sat, 10 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTIt's no accident that fans feel better after their teams win; it might be chemistry.
Wed, 30 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTAmericans seems satisfied with World Cup performances that would never do in other sports.
Fri, 25 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTWith his selection by Washington as the top overall pick in the NBA draft, John Wall puts behind him a difficult past and heads into an uncertain but promising future.
Thu, 24 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTLooking for the happiest soccer fans in America, bar none? Check out the watering holes where they soaked in the U.S. World Cup triumph over Algeria.
Sun, 20 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe Redskins were crazy to hire Albert Haynesworth at an exorbitant price and wrong to give him the impression that he could dictate the defense he played in. But they did, and now they have to deal with it.
Mon, 14 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTWhat can a swing guru, or lack of one, do for a great player? With all eyes on Tiger Woods as U.S. Open week kicks off, the world may be about to find out.
Sat, 12 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTRemembered since his death last week as a grandfatherly figure, John Wooden was not so charming if you didn't do things his way.
Fri, 04 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTWith participation skyrocketing and live TV audiences steadily growing, why are women's sports virtually absent from highlight shows?
Wed, 26 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTOn and off the mound, Nationals pitching prospect Stephen Strasburg remains in command.
Sat, 22 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTMedical care in the NFL is not a simple issue. Anyone who says otherwise should read up on O.J. McDuffie's case.
Thu, 20 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe Anthony Galea trial will force us to ask ourselves a difficult question: What's the difference between doping and therapy?
Sat, 08 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTGeorge Huguely is said to have been a vicious drunk who menaced Yeardley Love , yet there has been no indication that any of his teammates said anything to police. Ben Roethlisberger seems to be a serial insulter of women , whose behavior is shielded by the off-duty cops he employs. And if the...
Fri, 02 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe public has been sold a new, contrite Tiger Woods who has achieved emotional honesty through personal crisis. But beneath the expressions of penitence, there is the unmistakable whiff of expedience.
Fri, 19 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDTPROVIDENCE, R.I. At their best, the Georgetown Hoyas are the antithesis of madness. When a game is all frenetic action and emotion, they are methodical and precise. But at their worst, that deliberateness becomes a liability, and coolness turns to lethargy. The Hoyas were at their worst against O...
Thu, 11 Mar 2010 00:00:00 ESTGeorgetown is a team of baffling lapses and strange vanishings. If they don't find a way to be more fully present, they're liable to disappear from the Big East tournament in the next round.
Sun, 28 Feb 2010 00:00:00 ESTAs the Vancouver Games come to a close, International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge will call them a success. But it's the IOC that requires real assessment.
Sat, 20 Feb 2010 00:00:00 ESTTiger Woods's apology seemed so well rehearsed it felt insincere. In essence, it was a fake news conference to apologize for being fake.
Tue, 02 Feb 2010 00:00:00 ESTThe groups that want CBS to pull Tim Tebow's Super Bowl ad are the ones that are truly offensive.
Thu, 28 Jan 2010 00:00:00 ESTSaints kicker Garrett Hartley doesn't look like a football hero, but he played one on Sunday.
Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:00:00 ESTNEW ORLEANS It was a contact drunk. You didn't have to swallow a drop for this NFC championship game to make you feel totally inebriated, like you'd been swilling the cheap well whiskey of Bourbon Street all night. When the action finally ceased, after nearly four hours, the wrenching swings and...
Fri, 22 Jan 2010 00:00:00 ESTAthletes as a group, including several NFL playoff participants, seem exceptionally prone to believe in their power to affect chance, judging by their obsession with ritualistic superstition.
Fri, 15 Jan 2010 00:00:00 ESTWith strong foundations on the interior lines, Coach Rex Ryan's New York Jets are growing increasingly confident heading into this weekend's playoff game in San Diego.
Thu, 14 Jan 2010 00:00:00 ESTLane Kiffin's career is a "Child's Play" movie. He's thrown the babysitter out of the window, blown up the house with gas from the stove, and beaten the adults bloody with a baseball bat, yet he's still grinning like a Chucky doll and enticing people to play his deadly games. He's on his tow-headed,...
Sat, 09 Jan 2010 00:00:00 ESTSeemingly unsure of who he wants to be, Arenas has done enough to have the matter decided for him.
Thu, 07 Jan 2010 00:00:00 ESTThe Washington Redskins have made a coaching change. Now there needs to be a culture change.
Thu, 31 Dec 2009 00:00:00 ESTTexas Tech Coach Mike Leach has lost his job and his reputation because he didn't treat the subject of concussions with the appropriate cringing political correctness, or the son of an influential TV star with enough soft deference. You can hear the sound of a railroading in Lubbock, and it's not...
Thu, 24 Dec 2009 00:00:00 ESTTiger Woods's behavior reveals an immaturity that has been fostered by those who have profited off his image.
Fri, 18 Dec 2009 00:00:00 ESTThe failure of Vinny Cerrato's tenure has more to do with in-fighting than it does with draft picks.
Sat, 12 Dec 2009 00:00:00 ESTIn any other business, if six major manufacturers got together and acted in concert with their distributors to ensure that, even if their product is lousy and market demand is low, they are guaranteed a vast majority of profits, what would you call that? Unlawful, that's what. Yet that's exactly how
Tue, 01 Dec 2009 00:00:00 ESTTiger Woods's statement in wake of his auto accident leaves plenty of questions unanswered.
Sat, 28 Nov 2009 00:00:00 ESTRedskins management can learn what matters most by observing the fine play of some of the team's reserves.
Fri, 20 Nov 2009 00:00:00 ESTA good rankings system is supposed to identify the most "deserving" team, and this year, in college football, that team is TCU.
Mon, 09 Nov 2009 00:00:00 ESTATLANTA The Redskins gave us a glimpse of just how ugly this season could get if the coaches and players want to go there. With anarchy just around the corner, it would have been so easy for a quitter's mentality to set in, for the Redskins to retreat into self-pity and personal self-preservation.
Thu, 29 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDTForget their NFL rivals, the Redskins apparently have enough opponents inside their own building, where it seems everyone is choosing up sides.
Wed, 21 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDTWith erratic decision-making coming from the top, the Redskins need a change, starting with he top.
Sun, 18 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDTUnless you're a protozoa, you've felt pain. If you're anything like me, your way of dealing with it is a cheerful skipping and dodging avoidance. Athletes, however, meet it head on and play through it at peril of being judged worthless or overpaid. What is our stake as an audience in watching them...
Sat, 10 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDTMany of the Redskins' internal problems appear to be the result of toxic management.
Thu, 01 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDTFor a troubled organization such as the Redskins, accountability needs to start at the top -- with the owner.
Sat, 26 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDTRedskins Coach Jim Zorn remains determined amid the internal and external challenges facing his team.
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDTIt was just a first impression, but Flip Saunders gave a good one, reassuring enough that the potentially explosive question of can-he-control-his-hothead-
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDTIf Serena Williams is genuinely contrite, she won't fight further disciplinary action from tennis authorities, even a six-figure fine or a suspension. The integrity of the sport demands a heavier penalty, and her acceptance of that fact would show that the code of conduct means something to her.
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDTEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. If Albert Haynesworth were just another guy, you'd say he did fine in his debut in a Washington uniform, even had a couple of big moments. But Haynesworth is not another guy -- he is a hundred million dollars and 350 pounds of bulk, and he had a lot of other moments when yo...
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDTIf Albert Haynesworth were just another guy, you'd say he did fine in his debut as Washington Redskin, even had a couple of big moments. But Haynesworth is not another guy, he's a hundred million dollars and 350 pounds of bulk, and he had a lot of other moments when you hardly noticed him.
Fri, 04 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDTESPN's Erin Andrews appears less preoccupied about her return to work than everyone else does.
Tue, 25 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe Little League World Series shines a spotlight on young players and sometimes it gets a little bright.
Mon, 17 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDTCHASKA, Minn. It had to happen some time -- and it only took 12 years. That's how long Woods beat the math, stomped all over the law of averages in golf. Now that he's finally lost a trophy despite leading in the final round of a major championship, his competitors will have a little more hope, b...
Sun, 16 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDTCHASKA, Minn. Ordinarily, when Tiger Woods has the lead in a major championship, he doesn't let it get cut in half. Four strokes reduced to two, that small bit of slippage was what passed for hope at the PGA Championship. It said a lot about what Woods has done to golf that his pursuers were...
Sat, 15 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDTAlvaro Quiros is one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour. He also is one of the most playful.
Fri, 14 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDTCHASKA, Minn. The way it usually goes, when Tiger Woods shoots a low number in a major, everyone turns to mush. But at least one guy is prepared to go after Woods in this PGA Championship, and it's the same guy who took him on just last week. Somehow, Padraig Harrington has gotten the idea he and...
Thu, 13 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDTIt takes more than shot-making ability to win a major championship in golf. Often times it's about the attitude players bring when they're on the course.
Thu, 06 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDTDoes Michael Vick still possess what it was that made him special? That's what NFL teams are trying to figure out.
Mon, 03 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDTBased on the early reports from training camp, Redskins Coach Jim Zorn has this much going for him: The players listen to him.
Mon, 13 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDTBy staying in contention, Lance Armstrong has added a juicy psychological edge to this year's Tour de France, much to the chagrin of teammate and 2007 Tour winner Alberto Contador.
Fri, 10 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDTLooking at his history, the next thing Lance Armstrong is likely to do is take the lead in the Tour de France.
Sun, 05 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDTOne of the sincere pleasures of having Tiger Woods host the National at Congressional is that we get to watch a titan grapple with a classic course. Woods and Congressional are a meeting of equals; observing him fight his way around this masterpiece of a layout is like watching a couple of...
Mon, 22 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDTFARMINGDALE, N.Y. The sound of low rumblings drifted across Bethpage. Spectators checked the sky and then the leader board, wondering whether they heard thunderstorms, or the crowd roars for Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. This time, it was the humans making the noise.
Sun, 21 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDTFARMINGDALE, N.Y. When I picked up the silver fox known as my father at the airport, he had very little luggage, which was odd. A celebrated golf writer, he was en route to the U.S. Open for his landmark 200th major championship, yet he didn't appear to have any writing implements with him, steam...
Sat, 20 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDTFARMINGDALE, N.Y. Look, nobody likes the mud at Bethpage. It encrusts the cuffs of players' pants, and makes their shoes smell like dog. But Tiger Woods seems to have more of a problem with mud than the rest of them, a fixation you might even say. It's not just on his pants. It's in his head.
Thu, 18 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDTPhil Mickelson's deep affinity with New York fans will give him one of the great home-field advantages when he tees off in the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.
Sun, 07 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDTELMONT, N.Y. Belmont Park is a huge, vacant lot of a racecourse and it just doesn't pay to make predictions about what will happen over its empty mile-and-a-half length, when you can't even see who's leading on the far side of the track. Big dreams get buried in the sand and the distance, and so do...
Tue, 02 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDTMany of college sports' myriad problems could be solved with one simple rule change: Make freshmen ineligible.
Wed, 27 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTIt's odd to call someone elegant when they're so dirty, but that's what Rafael Nadal is at the French Open. He's dirty-elegant. And he might just be the best athlete in the world.
Tue, 19 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTRachel Alexandra's performance was worth rooting for, and a run in the Belmont could be one for the ages.
Mon, 11 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe last thing the great sportswriter and author Bud Shrake ever said to me was, "Remember to look left." It's not often you get memorable parting words from someone you loved, even if he was only talking about stepping off a curb.
Fri, 08 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTIt's possible Manny Ramirez is an unwitting victim of circumstance, but time and again, ballplayers have falsely protested their innocence, until they've got no credibility left.
Mon, 27 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTAfter failing to finish off the Washington Capitals with their play on the ice, the New York Rangers are attempting to whine their way into the second round of the NHL playoffs.
Wed, 15 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTOn the ice, Sean Avery is best at getting players out of their comfort zone. Off the ice, his pretentious persona accomplishes about the same thing. The best thing Capitals' star Alex Ovechkin can do is ignore him.
Wed, 08 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTWhile the Huskies' title was a relatively drama-less affair, it hardly ruined the enjoyment of watching them as Connecticut did not allow malaise to set in through a 39 game season.
Mon, 06 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTOklahoma's Courtney Paris wagered something extra, more than most athletes ever do, she placed a stack of responsibility on herself.
Sun, 05 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTOklahoma Coach Sherri Coale is a former high school English teacher and makes her Sooners write essays following each game.
Thu, 26 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDTLying in a ditch in Spain, Lance Armstrong tried to decide whether to touch his crumpled shoulder, or not. "I knew it hurt like hell, and whenever you have a big pain like that, your mind says you better go feel it and make sure nothing is sticking out," he said. "And at same time I was afraid to...
Thu, 19 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDTTo follow women's basketball at this time of year feels like driving against one-way traffic. But it's worth it.
Mon, 16 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDTTiger Woods is 33, coming off knee surgery and re-adjusting to the PGA Tour after an eight-month layoff. Woods has reached the age when Jack Nicklaus won less frequently, but no less dramatically, and watching Woods do the same would be quite intriguing.
Wed, 04 Mar 2009 00:00:00 ESTAs long as the Washington Redskins go by the motto "why pay less?" it will be difficult to defend them. Spreadsheets to them apparently mean table linens. Obviously, my own bookkeeping is not to be trusted, because just a few weeks ago, I assumed the team was distressed. Otherwise, why would it have...