Archive for January, 2009

Staubach still smarting over end of Cowboys’ season

Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach is still stinging from the disastrous end of the Cowboys’ 2008 season.

Jagodzinski hire good news for Graham, Dunn

The Buccaneers have hired former Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski as their new offensive coordinator. The move should be a positive one for the fantasy value of Earnest Graham in 2009.

Highlights from a big day on radio row

Radio row didn’t disappoint on Thursday. Not in the least. After a subdued day on Wednesday, The Row was spinning fast from the get-go.

How to feed your family at halftime for a quarter

There are a lot of ifs involved in Super Bowl XLIII. But here’s one of the biggest ifs of all.

Brandt: Spanos indicates LT will stay a Charger

LaDainian Tomlinson‘s future with the Chargers might be the most discussed non-Super Bowl story of the week. And it took another interesting turn Thursday. In his chat on, analyst Gil Brandt reported that Tomlinson likely will remain with San Diego in 2009.

Ex-Browns GM Savage keeping his mind in the game

Former Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage reminds me of myself when I first left the NFL. He has handled the frustration of being out of the league by attending the East-West Shrine Game, the Senior Bowl, the Super Bowl and loading up his house with college tapes to stay on top of personnel issues.

Rice’s comments on Gruden were out of bounds

Simeon Rice, a former Buccaneer, took the low road when my radio partner, Tim Ryan, and I talked with him. It was disappointing to hear how bitter Rice was about the final days of his Tampa Bay career.

Ex-Bucs Gruden, Allen deserve another shot

A round of golf with my radio partner, Tim Ryan, against former Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen and head coach Jon Gruden made for a competitive time. Both of those men need to be back in football as soon as possible, but for one morning, beating me and Tim took center stage.

Like father, like son

With a little down time on the NFL Network set, Deion Sanders had a chance to stop by the desk for a little visit. We thought maybe he wanted to get in on our marathon chat session from Radio Row. Not so much. Instead, he wanted one of our laptops to show off some video clips off his kids playing high school football. It may just have been the highlight of our day…and this in a day in which we got to see Faith Hill up close.

Big Ben looks and sounds different this time

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger gave me and my radio partner, Tim Ryan, 20 minutes to just talk football. My impression of Roethlisberger in this Super Bowl, as opposed to his first three years ago, is of a much more mature, relaxed young man who’s better prepared for the second experience.

Leftwich imitating Warner now — and maybe later?

Having played mostly well in brief appearances at quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Byron Leftwich believes he has at least put himself on the radar prominently enough to perhaps join another team as a starter next season.

NFL Network forced to shuffle after rain

Tampa? Well, not so gorgeous right now. In keeping up with our theme this week … well, it ended. The blue Tampa skies disappeared today, abruptly, with dark clouds and lots of rain in stretches.

Ward back at practice for Steelers

Steelers WR Hines Ward returned to practice Thursday and fully participated in his team’s Super Bowl workout after resting his sprained right knee for over a week.

Keeping up with Berger’s career is tough

Punter Mitch Berger traveled a long and winding road to his first Super Bowl. The Pittsburgh Steelers are Berger’s ninth team during 15 seasons in the NFL.

Faith Hill drawing a crowd

All it took was Faith Hill for our NFL set on Radio Row to be completely engulfed. The country-music singer and hubby Tim McGraw have been making the rounds around the room, drawing more interest than any of the former or current players. No joke. Everyone wants a photo of Faith Hill.

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