GREEN BAY – When it rained, it poured for the Green
Bay Packers. First, quarterback Aaron
Rodgers went down with a fractured collarbone.
Against Philadelphia, Nov. 10, at Lambeau Field, backup QB Seneca
Wallace left the game with a groin injury.
Third-stringer and former Wisconsin
signal-caller Scott Tolzien took over.
The Pack had only one QB available.
If Tolzien went down, who would play the position?
before Wallace went down, most of the Green Bay fans wanted him to just hand the
ball off to the workhorse running back Eddie Lacy.
NEW YORK -- Multiple reports are saying that Miami Dolphin football player Jonathan Martin left the team because of repeated bullying this week at the hands of his teammates.
Many sources confirmed to ESPN.com that Martin walked away from his team because they abusively teased him about being gay.
One source told ESPN.com that “ the on-line made fun of him and he snapped.”
Martin supposedly snapped after one cruel trick too many that took place during lunch.
According to Fox Sports Correspondent Jay Glazer, the team played tricks on him that included when he sat down for lunch, his teammates would all stand up and walk away.
NEW YORK -- The NFL received its fourth consecutive A grade for its racial hiring practices amid concerns over a significant drop in minority head coaches this season.
The league also drew a C+ for gender hiring practices in the annual report by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport released Tuesday.
Overall, the total number of women and people of color at or above the vice president level in the NFL increased by 11 percent. The league received an overall grade of B.
The institute says it issues the grades in relation to the overall patterns in society.
GREEN BAY -- These days, the Green Bay Packers are winning
ugly. They are not concerned about
scoring 30-35 points a game.
Instead, the team is smarting from getting into a
shootout with their opponents and getting by with enough points to survive.
with us, fans,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “It might not be the prettiest game but our
defense has been playing great and they can hold teams to 13 points and however
many they held the last two weeks."
have been playing great.
EDITOR'S NOTE: About a month ago, BASN's Gary Norris Gray wrote a pair of letters to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and President Barack Obama in regards to the controversy surrounding the longtime nickame of Washington's NFL team.
An African-American and First Nation Native American, Gray has written several stories over the years in regards to this controversial subject involving the Washington team the the Cleveland Baseball Team in the American League.
Here are those letters:
GREEN BAY – Two weeks since their last game, which included the
bye week, allowed the Packer players to recover physically. Resting the body
was necessary but reprogramming the mind might take a little longer, especially
when holding a lead at Cincinnati
only to lose it in the fourth quarter.
to work and entering the game against Detroit at
Lambeau Field, Oct. 6, Green Bay was 1-2 overall
and looking up from the bottom at Chicago
and the Lions.
GREEN BAY – If the
Green Bay Packers could erase what happened to them in San Francisco in Week 1, they would.
the NFL, the players and coaches must have a short term memory because the next
opponent is waiting.
Pack thought that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick would leave the pocket and
take off running, but he had a secret weapon in receiver Anquan Boldin.
Kaepernick hurt Green Bay
with his feet in last year’s playoffs and he beat them again, this time with
year, Robert Griffin III did a lot of running when the pass protection broke
down for the Washington Redskins in their read option offense.
GREEN BAY – You can call the Green Bay Packers last
two preseason games meaningless (against Seattle and at Kansas City), but for the
players who are walking a tightrope in hopes of making the final roster of 53,
it means much more.
second home preseason game at Lambeau Field, Aug. 23, was an evaluation by the
coaching staff to determine who should make the active roster and who will be
shipped out on the first plane flying.
players all around the NFL know, there are no guarantees that they will make
their teams this year as last year.
MILWAUKEE -- Any blow to the head, regardless of the force of
impact, could lead to something minor like a headache or something major like
death. When that blow disrupts the
normal cellular activity in the brain, that is what is called a concussion.
happen in contact sports such as boxing, soccer, wrestling and hockey, but in
most cases, it happens in football. And
the subject of concussion awareness and its short and long-term effects was the
topic of discussion in a two-part series that brought some light to a serious
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Former Alcorn State University wide receiver, Donald Driver, was recenlty honored by the Green Bay Packers organization for his dedication and 14 seasons with the team.
The Packers all-time leading receiver, announced his retirement in January and the city of Green Bay saluted Driver by naming a street after him and unveiling a statue in his honor.
The Packers unveiled a statue and a street named after him entitled, “Donald Driver Way” between the intersection of the former Pearl Street and Dousman Street which is just across from Lambeau Field.
NEW YORK -- Chuck Muncie, a three-time Pro Bowl
running back who once held the National Football League record for rushing touchdowns in a season before his career was cut short by cocaine use, has died.
He was 60.
He died Monday of a heart attack, according to the NFL’s website
, citing the San Diego Chargers
, his final team in the league. No further details were provided.
INDIANAPOLIS – Court suits continue
between the NFL and more than 4,000 former players who allege that for
decades the league hid the dangers of concussions.
But some players in
those suits also have joined an NFL-backed initiative to make the game
safer for kids.
USA Football, a national youth
organization supported by the NFL, brought more than 50 ex-players here
Wednesday to train them as “ambassadors” for its expanding Heads Up
Many are former players who are plaintiffs in the suits
that also allege the NFL failed to warn them about potential long-term
effects of concussions such as depression and dementia.
SANTA CLARA -- A coalition of civil rights groups is threatening to sue over what it calls a lack of minority-owned businesses working on the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium, though project officials deny those claims and say they gave contractors of all races an equal opportunity to participate.
The budding hot-button issue centers on the racial breakdown of the owners of companies that won dozens of lucrative contracts to build the $1.2 billion Santa Clara stadium, a tricky proposition in a state that has banned affirmative action.
NEW YORK (BP) -- They were all-league standouts for their teams in their respective conferences.
Subsequently they were invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in February to show their talents.
Now less than two months after that weekend in Indianapolis, Florida A&M linebacker Brandon Hepburn and Arkansas-Pine Bluff offensive tackle Terron Armstead got the call that every college football player waits for.
These pair of HBCU athletes are now headed to the National Football League.
It began last Friday when the three-time All-SWAC selection and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff lineman was selected the No.
GREEN BAY – Failing to get back to the Super Bowl after
winning it in 2011 forced the Green Bay Packers to go back to the drawing board
and ask themselves what happened in the last two postseasons.
Nation had more questions than answers about the lack of the team showing up
and matching the toughness of the New York Giants, who beat the Pack at Lambeau
Field in the 2012 Divisional Playoffs.
Colin Kaepernick, the speedy San Francisco quarterback, ran by the Green
Bay defense so many times in the second round of the 2013 playoffs in San
Francisco that head coach Mike McCarthy sent his defensive assistants to Texas
A&M recently to get advice on how to stop a running, throwing signal
NEW YORK -- The NFL has announced its 17-week, 256-game regular-season schedule for 2013, which kicks off on Thursday night, September 5 and concludes on Sunday, December 29 with 16 division games.
The season begins with the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game. The opener on September 5 on NBC (8:30 PM ET) will feature the defending-champion Baltimore Ravens visiting the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in a rematch of last year’s double-overtime AFC Divisional Playoff Game.
The NFL has agreed to pay $42 million as part of a settlement with a group of retired players who challenged the league over using their names and images without their consent.
The league will use the money to fund a ''common good'' trust over the next eight years that will help retired players with an array of issues including medical expenses, housing and career transition.
The settlement also establishes a licensing agency for retired players to ensure they are compensated for the use of their identities in promotional materials
NEW YORK -- Since 1982, Joe Flacco and all other NFL players have known exactly what other players in the league are earning, and as a result, it has made it a lot easier for them and their agents to determine their own value when negotiating contracts with the owners.
Flacco and his agent should send a little thank you card to the players that went on strike that year.
In 1982, our NFL Players Association demanded, among other things, that its members receive 55% of the league's gross revenues.
NEW HAVEN, Ct. (BP) -- Just over two weeks after the Baltimore Ravens won their second Super Bowl, the NFL returns to the spotlight with their yearly Scouting Combine.
Dubbed by some wags as the "Underwear Olympics", some 300 or so former college players will be given another opportunity to show their talents.
Each February, some of the best college football players are invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., where executives, coaches, scouts and doctors from all 32 NFL teams conduct an intense, four-day job interview in advance of the NFL Draft.
NEW YORK -- At one point during the NFL Network’s supersized pregame show for the Super Bowl on Sunday, Deion Sanders addressed the issue of concussions in the NFL and said he thought that he thought people were exaggerating their problems to get involved in lawsuits against the league.
“The game is a safe game, the equipment is better, I don’t buy all these guys coming back with these concussions. I’m not buying all that,” Sanders said.
“Half these guys are trying to make money off the deal.