During the season of replacement players, Coach Parcells faced the daunting task of not only rebounding from a hole the ‘real’ New York Giants dug by starting 0-2, he was also challenged with doing so with players hastily assembled as the league tried to continue football while its labor force walked the picket lines.
“I still had a good team, but it was a team without any hope when they came back. When you’re 0-5 and you’ve got 10 to play, you almost had to win all 10, and we just couldn’t do it.” - Bill Parcells
It is tough enough to win back to back titles when the core stays together. It proved impossible with the ‘talent’ the Giants put on the field for the three week replacement season.
The Vikings got off to a nice start this year as they won their first game and Sam Bradford looked great. Then the inevitable happened, Sam Bradford got hurt again. He’ll miss this week’s game and no one is sure when he will come back.
Bradford, seeking a second opinion, met on Friday with orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews, who performed the ACL repairs in 2013 and 2014 on the same left knee that has troubled Bradford since last week and caused him to miss Friday's practice, team and league sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Bradford reported Friday morning to the team's medical personnel that he was feeling fairly pronounced pain in his knee, a day after there was optimism expressed by Zimmer that the quarterback was feeling better and had a chance of playing Sunday.
Teddy Bridgewater still isn’t close to coming back, so the Vikings playoff hopes could already be in trouble.
Defensive back was an issue for the Washington Redskins when David Amerson came into the league and he was supposed to be part of the solution.
Instead he was part of the problem, but now he finds himself in position for redemption as the Raiders roll into Washington this weekend.
“I made a lot of mistakes. I’m not saying it was all on Washington. I made a lot of mistakes, especially my second year. Not doing things the right way, stuff like that. Like I said, it left a bad taste with the coaches. They just couldn’t get past that; once I really tried to come in and lock in, it was kind of already too late.” - David Amerson
The NFL has never made it a secret that they are pushing hard to cash in on the European market, and the Jaguars gladly played the role of point man. The Jags willingly give up one game a year in Florida to help evangelize the world for American football.
One look at their balance sheet tells you why.
Shad Khan rakes in about twice the revenue from a London game as he does in Jacksonville. Still there is more and the league is starting to see the results from their long term investment.
Jermaine Eulemunor was born and raised in London, but he now works in Baltimore, as a lineman for the Ravens. What sold him on the NFL is what is bringing in fans and revenue across Europe.
“It was everything – the hitting, how shiny the helmets were, seeing people go crazy. Fans were wearing face paint and it made me wonder why they loved it so much it. The more I got into it, the more I realized how much I loved it.”
Funny, that seems to be what sold all of us.