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Denver Broncos Hire Josh McDaniels

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Jan 11th 2009 10:03PM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
The Denver Broncos reportedly have their next head coach, and it’s New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that the Broncos have decided on McDaniels and will make the announcement official on Monday.

For Denver, the move makes sense: McDaniels is known for his ability to work with young quarterbacks, and the Broncos have one in Jay Cutler. Both Tom Brady and Matt Cassel have spoken highly of McDaniels, and Cutler will no doubt benefit from working with him as well.

The only question about McDaniels is whether his youth and inexperience is an issue. His only NFL experience is with the Patriots, where he’s been an assistant to Bill Belichick since 2001, and he had just one year of experience as a coach at any level (1999 at Michigan State) before Belichick hired him. Broncos owner Pat Bowlen clearly thinks that in the 32-year-old McDaniels, he’s got the latest coaching boy wonder.

At Least Tom Izzo Remembered He Was Miked

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Jan 11th 2009 11:25PM by Chas Rich (author feed)
CBS had a live microphone on Michigan State coach Tom Izzo for the Michigan State-Kansas game on Saturday. You know, to get the insights into what a top coach at a major college basketball program says on the sidelines. Generally, what it means is that a coach is not able to speak complete sentences, because he is acutely aware of the fact that he has a microphone that records or could be live at any time. So the fan gets to witness the bizarre ritual of emotional outbursts to the game existing in constant battle with the need for self-censorship.

CBS went live to the mike on Izzo to find out what the officials were telling him. Someone forgot to tell the officials about the mike (H/T to The World of Isaac).
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Willie Parker Returns Just in Time to Help Carry Steelers Over Chargers

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Jan 11th 2009 11:27PM by JJ Cooper (author feed)
Maybe Willie Parker’s midseason knee injury will prove to be the key to the Steelers’ postseason.

If it hadn’t been for Parker’s injury, the Steelers would have possibly never discovered that Mewelde Moore is a very reliable and very solid backup. They may have not figured out that Gary Russell is the team’s best short-yardage back.

But most importantly, without that midseason five-game break, there’s a good chance that Parker could be gassed at this point of the season. Instead, on Sunday he looked as fresh as he has in a couple of years as he consistently ran around and through the Chargers’ defense. Parker’s 146 yards against San Diego was his best game since he broke the Steelers single-game rushing record with 223 yards against the Browns back in December of 2006.Continue Reading

Al Horford Out Four Weeks, the Bleeding Continues for the Hawks

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Jan 12th 2009 12:32AM by Matt Moore (author feed)
It hasn’t been a great week for Atlanta sports fans. The dreams of the Falcons were ended by the now-NFC-Championship-Game-bound Cardinals, then the Hawks started to slide, culminating in Friday night’s massacre against Orlando. In that game, Al Horford wound up a little banged up, and scheduled an MRI.

Well, it turns out that the MRI revealed a bone bruise on the knee, holding out Horford today against Philadelphia (a game that the Hawks promptly proceeded to lose, their third in a row). Now word has come out that Horford will miss up to four weeks with the injury. That’s quite a significant amount of time for a team in a pretty tough decision, with Orlando streaking off into vapor trails and the Heat hanging tight, not to mention the fact that the Bobcats might actually be getting their stuff together.
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Home Sweet Road: Why Visiting Teams Are Dominating Recent Postseasons

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Jan 12th 2009 2:45AM by Chris Burke (author feed)
Ravens winIt was fitting, really, that the Steelers ended — at least for now — the domination of road teams in the NFL playoffs with Sunday’s win over San Diego. The Steelers were, after all, the ones that started this home-away-from-home madness in the first place.

In the 2005-06 season, Pittsburgh barely inched into the postseason, needing four straight wins to do so. The sixth-seeded Steelers then went on the road and won at Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Denver, setting up a Super Bowl win over NFC No. 1 seed Seattle.

With that run, the Steelers became the first team since the AFL and NFL merged in 1970 to be crowned champion without playing a single postseason home game.

Last season, the Giants became the second. Baltimore or Philadelphia could become the third on Feb. 1 in Tampa.Continue Reading

Giants Open to Return of Plaxico Burress

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Jan 12th 2009 6:30AM by Michael David Smith (author feed)

The New York Giants’ season is over, and when they look back on this year, Plaxico Burress shooting himself in the leg will stand alone as the moment that transformed them from defending champs and No. 1 team in the league to just another postseason also ran.

But that doesn’t mean the Giants are done with Burress. In fact, Giants general manager Jerry Reese said it’s “absolutely” possible that Burress could be a Giant in 2009, and he told the New York Daily News that he thinks Burress is a huge part of the offense:
“Obviously it’s hard to replace that,” the GM said. “The guy has a presence out there and when you lose that, teams play you differently. Your margin of error is way less when you don’t have a guy with that kind of presence out there. Your margin for errors goes way down so you have to capitalize on every opportunity you have.”
The problem, of course, is that Burress is facing felony gun charges, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has personally gotten involved in the case and made clear that he wants Burress to spend time in prison. That means there’s a very good chance that Burress won’t be playing anywhere in 2009. But if Burress does play, it sounds like it’s going to be with the Giants.

The Ice Sheet: Talking With Nikita Filatov

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Jan 12th 2009 8:00AM by Eric McErlain (author feed)
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It’s been an eventful couple of weeks for Blue Jackets forward Nikita Filatov. Fresh off helping Russia to a bronze medal in the 2009 World Junior Champions — Filatov was tied with Canadian wunderkind John Tavares in goals scored with eight — Columbus recalled Filatov to its roster immediately after the tournament.

In just his second game back with the big club — one depleted by some key injuries — after his recall, Filatov notched the first hat trick of his career against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night — a feat he completed while logging just a shade under 10 minutes in ice time. While it’s still early in his career, one thing ought to be clear — Filatov is that sort of natural goal scorer who has the sort of touch that can’t be taught, you just have to be born with it.

On Friday night in Washington after the Blue Jackets surprised the Capitals 3-0, only the second defeat in regulation on home ice for Washington this season, Dmitry Shumin of Sovetsky Sport caught up with Filatov in the visitors locker room to talk to him about his performance at the World Juniors and how it seems as if the rivalry between Russia and Canada has been re-ignited. The translated interview is after the jump.

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From the Windup: If Jim Rice Is a Hall of Famer, So Is Andre Dawson

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Jan 12th 2009 8:00AM by Matt Snyder (author feed)

The results of the baseball Hall of Fame voting will be revealed Monday (2:00 PM EST), and there’s a good chance Jim Rice will finally make it. Andre Dawson almost certainly will not. While I believe Rice has a good case to be in the Hall of Fame, I am left wondering how he’s become so much more qualified than Dawson — at least by the electorate. Really, if you factor in all aspects of play, they are equally deserving of entry into Cooperstown.

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Sorting the Playoff Pile, Divisional Round: Are You There God? It’s Me, Donovan

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Jan 12th 2009 8:30AM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Six weeks ago, the Eagles headed into a Thanksgiving night game against the Cardinals without much to be thankful for. They had tied the sad-sack Bengals and been obliterated by the Ravens in back-to-back contests, and at 5-5-1, there was a better chance of Freddie Mitchell making his triumphant NFL return than Philly qualifying for the postseason.

There’s still a lot of football to be played, as they say, but from the vantage point of a fifth NFC Championship game appearance this decade, the Eagles might look back to their 48-20 Turkey Day whuppin’ of the Cardinals as the turning point in a topsy-turvy ‘08.Continue Reading

Doing Lines: (Super)man of Muscle

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Jan 12th 2009 8:43AM by Tom Ziller (author feed)
Few NBA big men have really pounded Tim Duncan over the years. Add Dwight Howard to the club: Superman had 24 points on 12 FGAs, 14 rebounds including five monsters on the offensive glass, three assists, two blocks and a steal in San Antonio. Duncan ended up with a good line (18/10/5/3), but Howard’s ability to get Orlando some second shots made a big difference.
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