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Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens -- not Randy Moss -- are the top receivers in NFL history, according to... Owens
Terrell Owens was on a set Tuesday with the actor Matthew Perry, filming an episode of the NBC sitcom “Go On,” when he caught the tail end of Randy Moss’ declaration about being the greatest wide receiver in NFL history, but he isn't buying it.Upvote Share Tweet
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Baltimore Ravens starters Dannell Ellerbe and Dennis Pitta practiced Wednesday in heavy winds at Tulane University, looking sharp despite nagging injuries.Upvote Share Tweet
Backup cornerback Chris Culliver makes anti-gay comments, issues half-hearted apology through San Francisco 49ersIf Chris Culliver, a little-known but productive backup cornerback for the 49ers, was looking to use the tremendous exposure of Super Bowl week to make a name for himself, he certainly did that - in a negative way.Upvote Share TweetTwenty-six students from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed 20 children and six staff members on December 14, will sing “America the Beautiful” before the Super Bowl. The NFL confirmed to USA Today that the stuUpvote Share TweetAfter suffering an estimated 20 concussions over his 15-year pro career, Rodney Harrison now says he's "scared to death" about the future of his health in upcoming years. In an emotional interview on the upcoming Costas Tonight Super Bowl spec…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Updated Jan 30, 2013Fans of old-school football should rejoice about the Ravens-49ers matchup. It should be power football at its finest.Upvote Share Tweet
Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson earns big raise in 2013Over the last few days, "Shutdown Corner" has reported on some of the base salary increases for the 2013 season. In the first report last Saturday, which was updated on Monday, the highest increase belong to Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt M…Upvote Share TweetJim Harbaugh and Colin Kaepernick are getting most of the attention when the 49ers meet the media this week, but the 49ers’ coach and quarterback both say the attention should go to the offensive line. Asked about the offensive skill position players toUpvote Share Tweet
Drunk 49ers Fan Crashes Broadcast. Reporter Asks Her, "How Long Have You Had An STD?"Jessica Sanchez, of WKMG in Orlando, is our new local news hero. While doing a stand-up in the French Quarter on New Orleans's preparations for the Super Bowl, Sanchez had an uninvited guest crash the party. Since the woman wanted to talk on camera so b…Upvote Share Tweet
Andrew Luck is not surprised by the success of the Harbaugh-Kaepernick combinationNEW ORLEANS -- It's entirely possible that nobody outside the San Francisco 49ers' organization better understands the dynamic between head coach Jim Harbaugh and quarterback Colin Kaepernick than Indianapolis Colts quarterback and 2012 first-overall dr…Upvote Share Tweet
Jim Harbaugh: Alex Smith’s feelings “absolutely” impact 49ers decision49ers CEO Jed York said on PFT Live Tuesday that the 49ers hope to keep both Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith for next season. That’s a different approach than anyone’s been predicting and it is one that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh seemed to dismiss at thUpvote Share TweetESPN.com Updated Jan 30, 2013The Dallas Cowboys moved closer to finalizing their coaching staff Wednesday by naming Rich Bisaccia special teams coordinator.Upvote Share TweetThe Pittsburgh Steelers have been searching for a new special teams after Amos Jones elected to join Bruce Arians’ staff with the Arizona Cardinals. A day after receiving permission to interview Washington Redskins special teams coach Danny Smith, it apUpvote Share Tweet
This Photo Of Two Male 49ers Fans Making Out Is AwesomeSo, it took me a whole week to stumble upon this pic, which appeared on page 48 of last week's Sports Illustrated. It was taken during the NFC championship game at a San Francisco gay bar named-wait for it-Hi Tops. One dude in a tight T-shirt is pumpiUpvote Share Tweet
Ray Lewis 'agitated' about deer antler spray storyNEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Smiling, even laughing, at questions about a report linking him to a company that purports to make performance-enhancers, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said Wednesday he "never, ever took" the stuff.Upvote Share TweetMarshall Faulk woke up some sleeping dogs this week by saying that he’d never get over feeling like he and the Rams were cheated out of a Super Bowl XXXVI win by the Patriots. Faulk’s argument hinges on adjustments that the Patriots defense made to neUpvote Share TweetThe Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis denied that had ever taken a deer antler extract that contained a growth hormone banned by the N.F.L.Upvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS - After half a season watching Colin Kaepernick take the San Francisco 49ers to places he couldn't, quarterback Alex Smith will get a chance to help another team. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the 49ers will try to trade SmitUpvote Share TweetSan Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith estimated Wednesday that his triceps is at least 50 percent torn.Upvote Share TweetRavens' returner Jones draws 49ers' full attentionUpvote Share Tweet
PFT on NBC Sports Network: Mike Smith, Hines WardFalcons coach Mike Smith is in New Orleans this week, but not for the reason he’d like. He wanted to be coaching one of the teams in the Super Bowl instead of visiting the Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network crew on the Wednesday before the game. WeUpvote Share TweetHey hey! Remember this guy? Back before Tim Tebow occupied our every thought and waking moment, Brett Favre was the quarterback that was pushed on every football fan whether they liked it or not. He went through a very public divorce with the state of W…Upvote Share Tweet
Separating fact from fiction for SB XLVIISI.com's Peter King separates fact from fiction as he answers a few questions about Super Bowl XLVII.Upvote Share Tweet
For Manningham, a Frustrating End to the Seasonnytimes.com Updated Jan 30, 2013Mario Manningham of the 49ers, who was injured in the second to last game of the regular season, advises younger teammates to appreciate their playing time.Upvote Share Tweet
Caldwell: Some question legitimacy of minority interviewsRavens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell is one of two minority play-callers in the NFL, in a year when none of the available head coaching jobs went to minority candidates. He’s among the many who think the process needs to change, but admitted WednesUpvote Share Tweet
Ichabods rule! Division II Washburn University has two alums playing in Super Bowl XLVIIIn addition to hosting six Super Bowls, with a seventh to be played on Sunday, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome has hosted the Sugar Bowl since 1975 and was the site of four BCS national title games. It would be safe to say that the football program at Washb…Upvote Share TweetKyle Williams said he was "shocked" that the New York Giants were not disciplined for comments made by a couple of their players that the San Francisco 49ers receiver was targeted for his history of concussions in last year's NFC Championship Game.Upvote Share TweetTwo heroes of Super Bowls past will be part of PFT Live on Wednesday afternoon. Former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith and current Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri have seven Super Bowl rings between them, which makes them pretty good judges of what a team…Upvote Share TweetWhen the Panthers replaced offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski with quarterbacks coach Mike Shula, the obvious message was that the team wanted stability on offense. Coach Ron Rivera made it official. Rivera said that the play of quarterback Cam Newton…Upvote Share Tweet
Eagles expected to sign Dennis Dixon after Super BowlFlorio speculated just last week that former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon - currently of the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad - could reunite with college coach Chip Kelly in Philadelphia. There is now substance to support that speculation. Per GUpvote Share Tweet
Hue Jackson to slide over to coach RBs in CincinnatiThe Bengals aren’t going to look long, or far, to replace retired running backs coach Jim Anderson. According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Hue Jackson will replace him in that position. Jackson was labeled “assistant coach” last year, saUpvote Share TweetThe Buccaneers had the league’s worst pass defense in 2012, which is probably why they didn’t put up much of a fight when defensive backs coach Ron Cooper wanted to take a job at the University of South Florida. It did leave them with an opening on thUpvote Share Tweet
Niners' offensive success due to line playNEW ORLEANS -- It was not difficult to find the members of the San Francisco 49ers' offensive line on the turf of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday, even though thousands of people were there, including peppy guys dressed as…Upvote Share Tweet
The Harbaugh sister: Joani Crean, the first lady of Indiana basketball, is a lot like her brothersThe Harbaugh brothers may be at the center of the sporting world this week, but there's a member of their family who will be trying to get through two big games this weekend. We're talking, of course, about Joani Crean. You may know her as the wife of I…Upvote Share Tweet
Survey: 27 Percent Of Americans Believe God Helps Decide Who Wins Sporting EventsBecause it's Super Bowl time, everyone has to get in on the football. The Public Religion Research Institute conducted a survey earlier this month, and asked its random sample of 1,033 adults a bunch of questions about the NFL. Most of the responses are…Upvote Share TweetJaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is still moving around on a scooter after surgery on his foot in late December, but he said Wednesday that he hopes to start rehab next month. Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports that Jones-Drew wilUpvote Share TweetAn unexpected controversy has arisen regarding the selection of referee Jerome Boger to wear the white hat for Super Bowl XLVII. Some think that he didn’t earn it, the league says he did. Regardless, the NFL Referees Association has congratulated himUpvote Share TweetRavens safety Ed Reed is an impending free agent, and it’s become popular to dot-connect Reed to New England as a match with longtime admirer Bill Belichick. The speculation was fueled when Peter King of SI.com predicted on last Sunday’s Pro Bowl pregUpvote Share TweetSeattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill was arrested after police say he assaulted his girlfriend and kept her in his home against her will.Upvote Share Tweet
Super Bowl live-blog: Chat with Yahoo! during Sunday’s gameIngredients for a superb live-blog? Try Beyonce, beer commercials, and the biggest game of the year. Now all we need is you, rambunctious Yahoo! readers. Join us Sunday during Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens. Tell u…Upvote Share TweetRavens linebackers coach Ted Monachino is aware of the reports that he could be the Eagles’ next defensive coordinator, but he says media reports are all he knows about it. “I haven’t been contacted and neither has the club. I’m doing everything IUpvote Share Tweet
Michael Vick, Kevin Kolb headline list of potential cash and cap casualtiesThis week is all about Super Bowl XLVII. Beginning next week, however, all 32 NFL teams will be focused on 2013 and will be able to begin subtracting players from their 80-man offseason rosters. Some of those changes will be made for disciplinary purpos…Upvote Share TweetRavens safety Ed Reed hasn’t been shy when it comes to expressing his thoughts about the NFL’s attempts to increase player safety. Reed said earlier this season that the only way to stop concussions it to stop playing football and the topic came up agUpvote Share TweetNear the end of the 49ers’ 28-24 NFC Championship Game win against the Falcons, 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks hit Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and left Ryan with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. Brooks can empathize with Ryan’s plight sinceUpvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS -- The Cain and Abel coaching sub-plot in this year's Super Bowl is undeniably the most irresistible in NFL history, but it's still the playing talent that decides championships in football, and that's where the San Francisco 49ers have almo…Upvote Share TweetRavens tight end Ed Dickson is watching tape of the 49ers, and he likes what he sees. Dickson said at Super Bowl Media Day that watching the 49ers’ defense give up 24 first-half points to the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game, the Ravens became confiUpvote Share Tweet
Computer’s pick after 50,000 Super Bowl simulations? San Francisco 28, Baltimore 21Now all that's left is the commercials. No need to watch the Super Bowl for the actual game, at least not with PredictionMachine.com having run 50,000 simulations of Sunday's Super Bowl matchup and determining that the San Francisco 49ers will beat the …Upvote Share TweetFirst of all, mayor bets on football games are stupid. We don't care if Philadelphia's mayor will ship cheese steaks to Green Bay if the Packers win, and Green Bay's mayor will send cheese wheels to Philly if the Eagles win, or whatever lame local cuisi…Upvote Share TweetBehind the NFL's most explosive postseason offense is a coach whose plans surprise his players as much as opponents. Jim Trotter gets into the head of the Niners' Greg Roman.Upvote Share Tweet
Tuiasosopo describes relationship with Te’o as “romantic”Just when the events surrounding the Super Bowl were about to make us forget about the Manti Te’o fake dead girlfriend hoax, the perpetrator of the fake dead girlfriend hoax has taken it to a new level. In an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw, Ronaiah TuiaUpvote Share TweetThe Browns finally got around to firing defensive coordinator Dick Jauron on Monday, which meant that they could officially introduce defensive coordinator Ray Horton at a press conference on Tuesday. Horton’s had the job for a little while now, so we”Upvote Share Tweet
Ray Lewis forgives Wes Welker’s wife: ‘People just make mistakes and say foolish things sometimes’Because we know you were wondering where the Ray Lewis-Wes Welker's wife feud stood, we're happy to report all is forgiven. The Baltimore Ravens linebacker this week said he forgave Anna Burns Welker, the wife of the New England Patriots receiver who ha…Upvote Share Tweet
Jim Harbaugh calls Greg Roman’s offense “revolutionary”San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh says his offensive coordinator, Greg Roman, is changing the way people think about offensive football. At his press conference on Wednesday morning, Harbaugh made a specific point of bringing up Roman when asked abo…Upvote Share TweetWhen Juan Castillo was fired as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator during the season, you could have won some good money betting that he’d be at the Super Bowl as anything other than a spectator. Castillo is there with the Ravens in a consulting role tUpvote Share Tweet
Fan who got scammed out of $5,900 for Super Bowl tickets ends up getting more tickets freeSo here's a tale of mixed messages and unclear lessons. Sharon Osgood, a hardcore 49ers fan who desperately wanted to follow her team to New Orleans, wired $5,900 to a seller on Craigslist offering two Super Bowl tickets. She and her boyfriend had poole…Upvote Share Tweet
Jim Zorn may replace Marc Trestman in MontrealMarc Trestman has left his job as head coach of the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes to become the head coach of the Chicago Bears, and now a former NFL head coach may replace him. Jim Zorn has interviewed for the Alouettes job, NFL NetworkUpvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS -- The best linebackers resemble jungle cats on the field. Fast, strong, and predatory, they assess their prey with incredible instincts and hunt without mercy. Super Bowl XLVII features two such linebackers. One, an old lion whose career is…Upvote Share Tweet
Super Bowl XLVII: Wednesday morning linksWith Tuesday's "Media Day" over and done with, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers can get down to business and focus on preparing for Super Bowl XLVII. Both teams will practice on Wednesday, with the 49ers using the New Orleans Saint…Upvote Share Tweet
Smith never considered lying about his concussion symptomsThere’s a reasonable chance that if Alex Smith had simply lied, he’d still be the starting quarterback of the 49ers. But he said Tuesday he had no regrets about revealing his concussion symptoms, which opened the door for Colin Kaepernick, and the dooUpvote Share TweetThe Bengals play their home games in Paul Brown Stadium, but they’ll no longer have a coach on the staff who was actually interviewed by Paul Brown when he initially got his job in Cincinnati. Running backs coach Jim Anderson announced his retirement onUpvote Share TweetLinebacker Brian Urlacher hasn’t spoken to the Bears yet this offseason, but he doesn’t need to have direct contact with them to know what it is going to take to have any shot at remaining in Chicago in 2013. He’s going to have to take a serious cutUpvote Share Tweet
Ticket requests a hassle for Super Bowl playersPlayers on the 49ers and Ravens are finding out one of the down sides of playing in the Super Bowl this week: Your friends and relatives assume you have free tickets to give them. In reality, players in the Super Bowl get two free tickets and the opport…Upvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS -- Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher is a foundation of an offense that led the way in the franchise's first trip to the Super Bowl since the end of the 2000 season, but that's not his claim to fame, of course. Oher is the subje…Upvote Share Tweet
Absence of failed drug tests doesn’t exonerate Ray Lewis from IGF-1 useThe obvious response to the allegation that Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis used a deer-antler extract containing the banned substance IGF-1 is that Ray Lewis has never failed a drug test. “Every test I’ve ever took in the NFL? There’s never been a quUpvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Alex Smith's Future Still BrightJan 30Episode 259: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss Alex Smith's future. Eric Mangini breaks down how the Ravens can defend against Colin Kaepernick. The NFL32 crew discuss who they would like on their team; Aldon Smith or J.J. Watt.
Halftime Show For Eli ManningJan 30Freestyle Love Supreme performs for Eli Manning on SportsNation.
Reiss' P.A.T.Jan 30In this week's edition of P.A.T., Mike Reiss is joined by Field Yates and Mike Rodak as they look ahead to the futures of Aqib Talib and Wes Welker with the Patriots.
Down Hill At Super Week: Episode 3Jan 30Mike Hill challenges Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew to a race.
Super Bowl XLVII -- Ravens, 49ers power their way to the Super BowlJan 30Fans of old-school football should rejoice about the Ravens-49ers matchup. It should be power football at its finest.
Don Banks: Homegrown or imported, 49ers are loaded with blue-chip talentJan 30NEW ORLEANS -- The Cain and Abel coaching subplot in this year's Super Bowl is undeniably the most irresistible in NFL history, but it's still the playing talent that decides championships in football, and that's where the San Francisco 49ers have almos…
Super Bowl XLVII - Ray Lewis, NFL too popular to be tarnished by performan…Jan 30Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis is far too big of a brand to be damaged by performance-enhancing drug accusations.
Jim Trotter: Behind 49ers' offense, a creative genius who's always thinkin…Jan 30NEW ORLEANS -- When 49ers players and coaches are asked about the ingenuity of offensive coordinator Greg Roman's game plans, the response is always the same. There is a smile, a chuckle or a roll of the eyes, then a virtual shrug of the shoulders that …