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Emmitt Smith sheds light on why Barry Sanders walked away


Most of the time, when we come across Emmitt Smith, we’re expecting to hear something that resembles gibberish more than analysis. But if there’s anything ol’ Emmitt should know, it’s running backs. So, when he responded to the question of why he believed Barry Sanders stepped away from the game, he actually made sense for the first time since becoming a member of the media.

I have had that conversation with Barry and Barry basically shared with me that he had had enough of football, No. 1, and possibly enough of dealing with the situation that he had to deal with up there in Detroit, being the go-to guy the whole time and not having the support, or what is perceived as a complete support staff around him like I had.

Obviously I had a great quarterback with Troy Aikman and I had Michael Irvin and and Jay Novacek and so forth. But when you looked at the Detroit Lions, and as I look at it and evaluate what Barry Sanders meant to that organization, he meant everything in the entire world to that organization. And for him not to have had a championship run is kind of disappointing and I think a person can only go through that for so long before they get enough.

And as you get older, football starts to wear on you. It wears on your mind mentally as well as beating your body up physically. And so if the organization doesn’t look like it is headed in the direction you want it to go in, it can definitely weigh on you heavily.

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[Freep.com]: Emmitt Smith: Why Barry Sanders retired from Lions

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Michael Vick brings The Longest Yard to life


Michael Vick has been in prison for a while now and although most people figure No. 7’s professional football career is as dead as a doornail, some team’s who are desperate for a quarterback are praying that Vick will still be serviceable when he gets out of the penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. And for those people, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has got some good news.

He is staying in shape,” Blank told The News. “Apparently, there was a prison football team and he played quarterback for both sides.”

“He’s written me a couple of times,” Blank said. “I’ve written him back, he’s stayed in touch.”

“I just try to be supportive and as understanding as I can be,” Blank said. “He talks about the process he is going through and what he has learned, the lessons of life, how he’s going to come out a different person. He’s sorry he has affected so many people in a negative way — the league, our club, our fans. He feels awful about that. The letters sound quite sincere to me. From a mental standpoint, he sounds good.

From a mental standpoint, anytime you’re not personally electrocuting dogs, you’re probably going to sound a little better. But that’s just our hunch. It is a good idea to keep that arm loose though because we all know the Bears will still be struggling at QB when Vick is finally reinstated.

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[NYDailyNews.com]: Michael Vick playing prison football

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Emmitt Smith said what?!?


We don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Emmitt Smith doesn’t exactly have a silver tongue. The all-time leading rusher in NFL history might have been smooth on the field, but on the microphone he is about as clumsy as a sorority girl after a Friday night out boozing. He screws up grammar, stumbles over words, makes up whole new words and often times makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. But, hey, if nothing else, he’s still better than Boomer. Here’s a collection of some of Emmitt’s most perplexing statements over the past year.

The Packers don’t has a running game.”

“That offense does… do look good.”

“I’m concerned about a guy who fall down before get hits.”

“Wes Worker is a possession receiver that make things happen.”

(Attempting to quote Jimmy V) “Don’t quit. Don’t ever quit.”

“The leadership definitely have to come from the leaders.”

“And then he come back and throw another pass and he drop it.”

“Not only does he have the NFC East record for touchdowns, but also the team record.”

“Eli Manning has been given the rice of passage.”

“Why doesn’t… don’t the defensive players put their hands on Randy Moss? Don’t back back.”

“Don’t worry about the game you just won or the team that we just blew out… uhhh… blown… blown out… Let’s think about what we need to do going forward, and they had… blown out.”

“This will get you completely blowed out.”

“You cannot change the stripes of a leopard.”

“That can be a swing their way eventually. I just hate to be the team that they winned it against.

Ah, no wonder Sean Salisbury split.

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[WalterFootball.com]: The Emmitt Smith Anthology

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NFL Crunch Time – it’s on every kid’s wish list

Video games are hot right now. In fact, the entire gaming world has never been more popular than it is right now. And if you ask us, we’ve discovered the next big game that is going to sweep the nation, nay, the world. Move over Guitar Hero, step aside Grand Theft Auto; it’s time for NFL Crunch Time to set some sells records!

Sorry, Madden, but until you can offer up the “Racists” or the “Tennis Crotch” then you better get used to playing second fiddle.

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[CollegeHumor.com]: Picnicface: NFL Crunch Time

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Forget a pool; we want Super Bowl XLII in our backyard

This world is full of incredibly creative and talented people, but sometimes their skills get utilized in the wrong ways. For instance, here’s a clip of some dudes who could probably get any jobs they want when it comes to design, art, modeling, etcetera, etcetera. But instead they spent who knows how many hours recreating the Pats/Giants Super Bowl in their backyard. Good thing for time-lapse video.

Don’t get us wrong, we’d love to have something like that complimenting our backyard landscape, but with the spare bedroom looking like The Shoe, we’re kind of afraid it might be just a wee bit overboard.

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For some strange reason Chris Berman wants to cover the CFL

Apparently ESPN is yanking all the instant classic clips of Chris Berman off YouTube. But don’t think for a second they can kill our fun. If you ask us, the Chris Berman off-air rant has become a cult classic and there will always be a gem rising to the surface. Here’s the latest leak we could find, enjoy it while it lasts.

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The Pats are bummed, but Nevada sports books: You are the biggest losers!


Besides Eli Manning going down in history as a Super Bowl MVP – we’re still shaking our heads in disbelief – a whole lot of other people found themselves in unexpected position following Sunday’s shocker. Mainly bookies that lost a ton o’ greenbacks when the Patriots didn’t pull through with perfection.

Nevada sports books lost a record $2.6 million on Super Bowl bets when the Giants defeated the Patriots 17-14.

Nevada Gaming Control Board analyst Frank Streshley said large amounts were bet on the money line that the Giants would win outright. Payouts on those bets were as much as 4-to-1 because the Patriots were such heavy favorites.

Sports books handled just over $92 million on the game. That was the third-highest amount ever, but down for the second straight year.

Of course, the easiest money made all weekend was our little wager that New Yorkers couldn’t celebrate without committing random acts of vandalism. Yup, somebody’s finally getting Rock Band!

Dozens of young New York Giants fans jumped on the hoods, trunks and tops of cars and buses along the parade route through lower Manhattan yesterday, partly marring an otherwise joyous event designed to celebrate the football team’s Super Bowl victory.

At least four different incidents were caught on videotape around the intersection of Reade Street and Broadway.

During one of them, youngsters ganged up on a yellow taxi and smashed its windshield with their elbows despite a woman’s efforts to pull them off the car.

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[KTVU.com]: Super Bowl Upset Costs Bookies
[NewsDay.com]: Arrests for vandalism made during Giants parade

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Terry Bradshaw sets the stage for a good ol’ "That’s what she said"

When we first heard that Terry Bradshaw dropped an F-bomb during the Super Bowl pregame show, we were like “Whoa! Dude! How’d we miss that?” Then we realized that FOX‘s coverage started at like 3:30 a.m., so then we were like “Whoa! Dude! How’d we miss that?” *Sigh* We really have no lives.

Hey, it could have been a whole lot worse.

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Isn’t sexy NFL coach an oxymoron?


There is no doubt about who the sexiest man in the NFL is. It’s Tom Brady with his twinkling eyes, tanned skin, flowing locks and rugged good looks. Uh, at least that’s what the ladies tell us. But have you ever wondered who the sexiest coach in the NFL is? Bill Belichick? Nope. Wade Phillips? Negative. Mike Holmgren? Tony Sparano? Andy Reid? Tom Coughlin? No, no, no and hell no.

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is the sexiest coach prowling the NFL sidelines, according to Victoria’s Secret.

The company has an annual “What Is Sexy List” in various categories. This year, because Victoria’s Secret has its first Super Bowl commercial since 1999, it decided to do an NFL sexy list.

A Victoria’s Secret panel looked at factors including general attractiveness and charisma, and when it came to coaches, Tomlin came out on top.

In case you’re wondering, rumor has it Stan Van Gundy and George Karl are neck and neck in the NBA’s equivalent. The winner joins Frank Layden, Dennis Rodman, Kurt Rambis and Popeye Jones in the NBA’s Sexy Hall of Fame.

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[Post-Gazette.com]: Tomlin `sexiest coach’ in NFL

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What ever happened to just watching the Super Bowl?


Are you addicted to gambling? Does the inability to wager on Super Bowl Sunday have you down? Are you pulling your hair out as you will yourself away from calling your bookie and placing a `sure fire’ bet on New England calling tails and choosing to kick? Well, if so, then we just might have a perfectly bland alternative for you to slightly get your fix. And no, we’re not talking about that stupid squares game.

Three words: Super Bowl Bingo.

We’ve [SunTimes.com] assembled 50 words, phrases, people or terms that probably will be mentioned during the Super Bowl telecast.

We’ve tried to eliminate any term that was too obvious. For example, you won’t find ”Tom Brady” listed on any of the cards. ”High ankle sprain” will be because the controversy surrounding Brady’s injury probably will be discussed. So Eli Manning, no; Archie Manning, yes.

Go to www.suntimes.com/sports and download the PDF of our bingo cards. We’ve shown a couple of card examples, but there are 12 unique cards for your participants.

Ugh. So, please tell me somebody’s bringing the beer pong table, right?

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[SunTimes.com]: Super Bowl bingo