What would make a US based American Style Football team want to travel all the way across “The Pond” (Atlantic Ocean) to play some American Style Football on a Soccer field? Perhaps an endorsement from a prominent multinational corporation.
Scores of current and would-be NFL fans were able to breathe a sigh of relief when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced last week that there would be a second NFL game played at Wembley Stadium during the 2013 season, and the United Kingdom wouldn’t just be stuck with one real team, in this case the San Francisco 49ers, playing the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Goodell said the Minnesota Vikings will host the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 29th, next year, nearly a month before the 49ers beat the holy hell out of the Jaguars on October 27th.
Jeff George hasn’t been sitting on his hands all this time. He has been studying the film and doing the research.
Indianapolis, IN—Following last month’s debacle at the end of the Packers-Seahawks Monday Night Football game where a clear interception by Green Bay was overlooked and Seattle was gifted a win by the replacement officials, former NFL quarterback and media darling Jeff George said he was looking into making a comeback, “seeing as how games can be won now by throwing picks.”
Alas, it appears that the new contract agreement between the NFL and the referees has thrown a monkey wrench into George’s plans at a comeback. Now 44, the former overall number one pick by the Colts in the 1990 draft bounced around the NFL, playing quarterback for Indianapolis, Atlanta, Oakland, Minnesota, Washington, Seattle and Chicago before the league finally washed its hand of him in 2006. He hasn’t thrown a pass in the NFL since 2001.
Alex Karras, left, on the set of RECOiL with writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio.
Former NFL player and actor Alex Karras died Wednesday after a long battle with kidney failure and dementia. He was 77.
Karras played football for four years at the University of Iowa before being drafted by the Detroit Lions as the 10th pick overall in 1958. He spent his entire 12 year-career with the Lions, retiring in 1970 at the age of 35.
After leaving the NFL, he tried his hand at acting. He played himself in the film version of George Plimpton’s book, “The Paper Lion,” He also had roles in “Blazing Saddles,” “Against All Odds,” “RECOiL,” and “Victor/Victoria.”
But to millions of people, he will best be remembered as George Papadapolis, the adoptive father to Emmanuel Lewis on ABS’s “Webster,” which was originally supposed to be a vehicle for himself and his wife, Susan Clark.
Lance Armstrong, Roger Clemens, and Bret Favre, members of the League Of Retired Sportsmen, recently held a press conference to ask the media to leave them alone.
So Lance Armstrong has given up his fight against the US Anti-Doping Agency because it’s just not worth the hassle. Fantastic. Great. Can I raise my hand now and ask that we all agree that this is the last we need to talk about him? We all cool with that? Everybody on board with this?
Just when we thought we could stop talking about Roger Clemens once his legal dream team made a complete fool out of the Feds and their attorneys, he’s back in the news with talk of a comeback. Enough already!
And of course, with football season here, there is of course talk about Bret Favre, Lord Favre himself, making a comeback, though I’d really hope nobody in the league is quite that desperate.
Tony Romo shares the same dream as any other NFL Quarterback: To win the U.S. Open golf championship.
With expectations as high as ever for the Dallas Cowboys as they head into the NFL season, star quarterback Tony Romo
said he’s excited to start the season, but thinks all the talk of extending the number of games in the regular season to 18 or 20 is premature and silly.
“I can’t even imagine playing more than 16 games in one season,” Romo said after taking a break about seven minutes into practice yesterday. “I don’t understand guys who talk about wanting to play more games. Sixteen games is plenty. I have a life, you know.”
Romo said he’s “dog tired” come the end of January, when the regular season winds down. He said he really enjoys sitting at home during the NFL playoffs and watching his peers “play world-class football. I’m a fan, too. It’s fun to watch.”
Romo points to the annual Super Bowl party he hosts, and said it’s his favorite part of the entire football season. Plus, he has other interests, including golf, to keep him busy during the offseason.