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» Sat Oct 12, 2013 3:38 pm
They said Gronk is out again.

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» Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:01 am
What a week for football injuries. So many franchise players went down.

Arian Foster
Doug Martin
Reggie Wayne
Brian Cushing
Leon Hall
Jermichael Finley (they lost Cobb and Jones last week)
Jay Cutler
Sam Bradford
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» Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:20 pm
Mr. Crackerz wrote:What a week for football injuries. So many franchise players went down.

Arian Foster
Doug Martin
Reggie Wayne
Brian Cushing
Leon Hall
Jermichael Finley (they lost Cobb and Jones last week)
Jay Cutler
Sam Bradford


Doug Martin?

What happened to him.. smfh. had him in a league. under performing.
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» Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:31 pm
Who will Broncos start at QB?
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» Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:32 pm
Manning
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» Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:12 am
Rams, not Raiders, approved for move to Los Angeles

By Aaron Wilson and Rachel Swan Updated 7:22 am, Wednesday, January 13, 2016

HOUSTON — Oakland, the city with no stadium plans and a halfhearted effort to hang on to the Raiders, gets to keep the team anyway — for now.

The Raiders pulled their bid to relocate to the Los Angeles area late Tuesday after it became clear the team didn’t have the support from NFL owners to move.

Instead, after a long day of deliberations, NFL owners meeting at the Westin Memorial City in Houston formally approved the relocation of the St. Louis Rams to Los Angeles, with ultra-wealthy Rams owner Stan Kroenke planning a $1.86 billion stadium project in Inglewood. The San Diego Chargers were given the option to join them in Inglewood after haggling unsuccessfully for years for a new stadium.

But if the Chargers decline to move, the option to join the Rams in Inglewood will be given to the Raiders, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.

The plan was approved by a 30-2 vote.

“This is not a win for the Raiders today, but at the same time I’m really happy for Stan Kroenke and the Rams going to Inglewood,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said at a news conference after the vote. “We’ll see where the Raider Nation ends up. ... We’ll be working really hard to find us a home, and that’s what we’re looking for.

“So for our fans and everything else, don’t feel bad,” Davis said. “We’ll get it right, all right.”

Chargers owner Dean Spanos has one year to decide whether to move his team to Inglewood. If he decides not to move, the Raiders will get a year to decide whether to join the Rams in the Los Angeles market. Asked Tuesday what he was going to do, Spanos appeared to be undecided.

“I’m going to look at all my options,” Spanos said. “We do have options. It’s very difficult to say right now I’m going to do this or I’m going to do that.”

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said that if the Raiders and Chargers remain in their current cities, the NFL will give each team $100 million toward new stadiums.

The owners voted the opposite of a recommendation Tuesday morning by the six-member Committee for Los Angeles Opportunities, which pushed for the league to approve a $1.7 billion open-air stadium in Carson that would have been shared by the Chargers and Raiders.

The committee’s 5-1 vote did little to sway the full NFL ownership.

Kroenke, one of the wealthiest owners in the NFL, had set his sights on being the man to bring professional football back to Los Angeles, which has been out of the NFL since the Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raiders went back to Oakland before the 1995 season.

In a recent 48-page report to the 32 owners, Goodell declared the current stadium situations for the cities of San Diego, St. Louis and Oakland “inadequate and unsatisfactory.” Goodell also characterized those cities’ proposals to keep their teams as insufficient.

The stadium in Inglewood is also expected to be the future site of NFL drafts, Super Bowls, Pro Bowls and the NFL scouting combine.

“I think this is going to be one of the great sports complexes in the world,” Goodell said.

Disney CEO Robert Iger, leader of the Carson project, had lobbied hard to keep that plan alive, but his pitch ultimately fell flat.

The Raiders, Chargers and Rams spent months lobbying for their Los Angeles proposals while using the threat of moving to persuade their home cities to disgorge money for new stadiums. St. Louis and San Diego capitulated, offering taxpayer funding — $400 million and $350 million, respectively — and putting together comprehensive stadium proposals.

But Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf had no such lavish plan for the Raiders and is not likely to offer any in the future. Though she said she would seek up to $90 million in public funding for infrastructure improvements around the current Coliseum, Schaaf has persistently denied a request from Davis for 120 acres of free land at the stadium site.

“We respect that the Raiders have had a really frustrating road with the city of Oakland,” Schaaf said at a news conference, also saying that she’s committed to renewing stadium talks with the Raiders. “We’re committed to move past that.”

Oakland and Alameda County are still in debt from a costly overhaul of the Coliseum’s east end that helped lure the Raiders back from Los Angeles in 1995. The city and county each pay $11 million a year for the renovation that included “Mount Davis,” which includes a top deck that hasn’t been used in years.

P. Scott McKibben, head of the O.co Coliseum Authority in Oakland, said the best course of action is for the city and team to negotiate a lease extension on the 50-year-old Coliseum while continuing talks on a long-term stadium deal. The current lease expires in weeks.
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» Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:35 am
Oh man, I can't wait to watch Cam serve Peyton another SB loss! Been rooting for the Panthers since my 9ers were out of it, and they haven't disappointed.
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» Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:44 pm
Yep...

It would be nice to see Steph Curry win a Super Bowl (as a diehard Panthers fan)
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» Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:40 am
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» Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:37 am
Well, that was a bummer. I just wanted Peyton to lose again and for all the salty, anti-Cam having fun racists to cry. Oh well, not like i really cared either way.
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» Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:46 am
The grass at the Super Bowl is awful, and players on both teams are complaining
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The grass at Levi's Stadium has been terrible all season long, and during the first half of the Super Bowl numerous players on both the Panthers and Broncos were seen slipping and adjusting their cleats because of the stadium's poor conditions.

The Broncos were reportedly complaining about slipping during warm-ups before the start of the game. During the first half, Panthers' tight end Greg Olson switched cleats because of the unruly grass, and later on Peyton Manning slipped on a play that was ultimately ruled an incomplete pass.

According to CBS's sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson, nobody is happy with the conditions:

On January 11, the AP reported that the grounds crew had replaced the field entirely from artificial turf to natural turf, which they do before every Super Bowl.

"We're kind of starting anew here with what we're doing," NFL field director Ed Mangan said at the time. "We do this on each one of the natural fields. We'll strip it completely. The field has done its job all season for them and it's done well, but for the Super Bowl we always put in a new field."

"Very smooth," Mangan added. "The 49ers have been great, the complex has been great and everything so far is on schedule. We're kind of pushing forward. ... You could play on it today once we get it down, that's how strong it is."

Large chunks of stray grass can be seen all over the field:

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