Paul Brothers caught up with Ravens backup running back Ricky Williams after Baltimore’s thrilling win over Pittsburgh Sunday night. Williams spent the last eight years of his career in Miami, where he was exposed to poor quarterback play, and far too many games that didn’t come remotely close to matching the intensity on display during a Ravens-Steelers rivalry game.
This season both of those trends have changed, and Williams has been impressed with Joe Flacco.
If there’s a zero in the Bills’ loss column, school teachers and lifeguards in Buffalo are more than ready to empty several cans of face paint, and several cans of beer. This was true even in Week 2, when the Bills were just 1-0 and the frenzy around a team that’s now receiving national attention wasn’t at the fever pitch we’re seeing today.
Three weeks ago Paul Brothers was brave enough to hold a microphone and camera in front of the boisterous Bills faithful prior to Buffalo’s 38-35 win over Oakland. He found a clown who didn’t know what he did for a living, and a man who was never told how to properly open a can.
The end goal is all that matters, even if a few teeth are busted along the way.
While at the Super Bowl in Dallas in February, I joined some media folk at a few establishments and partook in a party or two, or nine. And the only thing I walked away complaining about: a little bit too much ‘Black and Yellow.’ And, for that matter, ‘Green and Yellow.’
I love me some Wiz Khalifa, but both shades of hip hop yellow were so overplayed that I threw up in my mouth a little every time I heard either tune in the three months that followed Super Bowl week.
But I’ve come back around. Because let’s face it, ‘Black and Yellow’ is a catchy-ass song. And any half-decent tune remotely connected to sports is sort of cool for the people who love both music and sports.
In the 118th and latest installment of the greatest music-related series in the history of theScore.com, our very own Derek Snider — whose hair has written several hip hop songs all on its own — talks Steelers with Mr. Cameron Jibril Thomaz…
The Rams and Giants both suck right now. Too many injuries, I suppose. All I know is that neither team performed well at all to close out the second week of the NFL season on Monday Night Football. A lot of stupid penalties, poor third-down numbers, brutal turnovers. Here are eight things I took away from the game…
1. Who’d have thought Cooper Manning would finally have a better year than his brothers? While it’s not exactly an ideal time to be in the stock game, Peyton isn’t in any game and Eli continues to struggle. I realize that the Giants offense still put 21 points on the board, but Eli had an embarrassing effort in the first half before regaining himself to beat a weak Rams secondary in less-than-impressive fashion. New York continues to be terrible on first down and Manning’s early pick came on the kind of throw that top-five quarterbacks simply don’t make. Against 25 other teams at a neutral site, the Giants probably wouldn’t have won on Monday night.
2. Quintin Mikell was one of the best free agent signings of the offseason. That interception was fantastic — the dude is superb in coverage, solid as a run defender and an effective pass rusher. Kudos to Billy Devaney for bringing in Mikell to replace O.J. Atogwe. The Rams are better off with him.
3. The No. 1 reason the Rams won’t run away with the NFC West? The red-zone offense is just awful. They had it inside the New York 10-yard line on three occasions and came away with a grand total of nine points in said scenarios. They finished with one touchdown in four trips inside the Giants’ red zone. This isn’t uncommon for a young team, but it’s clearly the next thing Josh McDaniels has to work on.
4. Sam Bradford had his best game as a pro. It was a tough loss for St. Louis, mainly because they kissed away a very winnable game due to dumb penalties, sloppy turnovers and poor red-zone delivery. But Bradford was a massive bright spot. He made a few throws that were just jaw-dropping. He put a half-dozen missiles into spots where only his receivers could get them, finishing with a career-high 331 yards through the air. His completion percentage (48%) wasn’t pretty, but consider that he was throwing to a group of unremarkable targets and received very little support from a running game sans Steven Jackson. McDaniels is letting Bradford spread his wings in his sophomore season, and it’s going to be fun to watch.
5. Greatest circus catch ever? Did Domenik Hixon outdo Antonio Freeman? I think he may have. Video here if you’re American. And if you’re lucky enough to live in Canada, video here…
6. Neither team is good enough to win in January. And luck isn’t on either team’s side. The Giants lost two more key players to injury Monday night, with Mario Manningham and Hixon going down and not returning.
7. Going out on a fairly sturdy limb, and predicting that this is going to be the highest-scoring season in NFL history. Even a bad game like that: 44 points.
8. And as anyone I’ve ever dated could tell you, this was clearly my favorite moment of the night…
Tired of our constant stream of free agent boringness? Here’s the latest edition of theScore Music Series. This one stars Mark and Eddie from “Taking Back Sunday,” who stop by to talk Jets. Inevitably, that means talking foot fetish.
Separating the heart and mind is difficult during the best of times. But throw the Super Bowl into the mix, and the mush thickens.
The Score’s original content department has been collecting celebrity Super Bowl picks, starting with musician Darius Rucker earlier this week. Canadian WWE star Edge was next, telling Brad James that he’s leaning towards the Steelers, but on Sunday he’ll still be a Cheesehead at heart.