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Does football create some monsters?

espn.go.com — Football has gotten too big and too strong and too violent, and maybe the collateral damage can't be controlled or governed, not even by the most punitive commissioner in the history of sports, who this week was reduced to a public piñata by his league.
Sep 21, 2014

RT @TimSullivan714: Does football have a problem or IS football the problem? Sobering stuff from Dan Le Betard. goo.gl/NxNko4

Sep 21, 2014

Does football have a problem or IS football the problem? Sobering stuff from Dan Le Betard. goo.gl/NxNko4

Sep 21, 2014

this @DanLeBatard story raises great points about #nfl players and violence on and off the field m.espn.go.com/nfl/story?stor…

Hit on Drew Brees awakens sleeping-giant Saints

espn.go.com — NEW ORLEANS -- The moral of the story is either "Don't make Drew Brees angry" or "Don't hand Drew Brees a free opportunity to put you away." The Minnesota Vikings did both on Sunday when Captain Munnerlyn's unnecessary roughness penalty gave New Orleans' sagging offense new life late in the third quarter of the Saints' 20-9 victory in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

St. Louis Rams TE Jared Cook shoves Austin Davis on sideline, apologizes

espn.go.com — By Nick Wagoner | ESPN.com ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook's frustration with himself boiled over on the sidelines when he shoved quarterback Austin Davis after a fourth-quarter drop in the end zone.
Sep 21, 2014

RT @nwagoner: Quick story on what happened on sideline with Davis, Cook, Hayes. ... espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id…

Sep 21, 2014

RT @nwagoner: Quick story on what happened on sideline with Davis, Cook, Hayes. ... espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id…

Steelers' defensive line gets physical in win

espn.go.com — CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After a maligned defense helped steady the Pittsburgh Steelers following a shaky start Sunday night, veteran defensive end Brett Keisel delivered a simple message to his teammates. "Let's go have some fun and close this thing out," Keisel recalled saying during halftime, when the Steelers led by six points.

NCAA College Football BCS Bowl Projections Week 5

espn.go.com — Check out ESPN.com's Week 5 predictions for BCS bowl matchups

Steelers' Bell gets better of Kuechly

espn.go.com — CHARLOTTE -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Pittsburgh Steelers' 37-19 win over the Carolina Panthers. Bell gets better of Kuechly: Le'Veon Bell's career-long 81-yard run in the third quarter helped the Steelers put away the Panthers, and he fooled All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly on the play.

Griffith making most of opportunity

espn.go.com — PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- While forward Reilly Smith remains unsigned, the Boston Bruins have a "Help Wanted" sign for the right-wing position on the team's second line. At some point, Smith will sign but after the team's Black and Gold scrimmage Sunday night at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli had no update on negotiations with Smith or fellow entry-level free agent defenseman Torey Krug.

Cary Williams says Chip Kelly overworking Eagles in practice

espn.go.com — By Phil Sheridan | ESPN.com PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams spent all week nursing a hamstring injury. That's not the ideal way to prepare for covering former teammate DeSean Jackson. Williams raised some doubts about coach Chip Kelly's sports science-based practice methods.

NFL Nation Week 3 game balls

espn.go.com — Game balls awarded by NFL Nation reporters: LIONS 19, PACKERS 7 CHARGERS 22, BILLS 10 COWBOYS 34, RAMS 31 Tony Romo . Yes, he had an interception returned for a touchdown in the first half, but the Cowboys' quarterback looked far different from the way he played in the first two games.

Pittsburgh Steelers defense loses key trio vs. Carolina Panthers

espn.go.com — CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Pittsburgh Steelers defense that is playing its best game of the season is running short on linebackers at Bank of America Stadium. Rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier left the Sunday night game against the Carolina Panthers early in the third quarter with a knee injury and he will not return.

Rapid Reaction: Pittsburgh Steelers

espn.go.com — CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A few thoughts on the Pittsburgh Steelers' 37-19 win Sunday night over the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. What it means: Frustrated fans can stop writing off the Steelers after they dominated the Panthers on both sides of the ball -- and have a schedule that sets up nicely for them to go on a run.

Strange but true: The '-skis' have it

espn.go.com — As pointed out by our friends at SportsCenter (via SBNation), every point in the Patriots-Raiders game was scored by someone whose name ends in "-kowski." Check it out: Strange But True: Every pt scored in Patriots-Raiders was by player w/ last name ending in "-kowski."
Sep 22, 2014

Awesome. "Kowski"s scored every point in Patriots - Raiders game. (Jani / Gron / Gost) ow.ly/BKM48

Poll: Pac-12 play of the week

espn.go.com — Each Sunday the Pac-12 blog is going to pick what we think are the best plays from the weekend. And because we know you crave polls, we're letting you pick which play you think is the best and we'll crown it Pac-12 blog Play of the Week.
Sep 22, 2014

Is that really a question this week? RT @ChantelJennings: Vote in the Pac-12 Blog's Play of the Week: es.pn/1uuZV4F

Baltimore Ravens

espn.go.com — CLEVELAND -- The Baltimore Ravens' players said they couldn't dwell on Dennis Pitta's apparent hip injury during the game. But soon after the Ravens' 23-21 win, the Ravens made it clear that the tight end was in their thoughts. Left guard Kelechi Osemele tweeted: "This one's for you brother.