L-R: Harmon, McCourty, Ryan
The media coverage leading up to Super Bowl LI (a.k.a. Super Bowl 51 for the Roman-numerically-challenged) between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons has mirrored the media coverage leading up to last month’s college football national championship game between Alabama and Clemson.
Legacy has been a popular angle.
Going into the NCAA title game, the biggest question surrounding Alabama head coach Nick Saban was not if he could lead the Crimson Tide to the program’s 17th national title. It was more like, when Saban did it, would he then be considered the greatest college coach of all-time? Would he be considered better than ‘Bama legend Paul “Bear” Bryant? Continue reading
Tags: Brian Poole, Cyrus Jones, Dashon Goldson, Desmond Trufant, Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon, Eric Rowe, Jalen Collins, Keanu Neal, Logan Ryan, Malcolm Butler, NFL, Patrick Chung, Ricardo Allen, Robert Alford, Super Bowl LI
If you’re a fan of both pro football and pro wrestling, there’s no better show to watch right now than “Breaking Ground” on the WWE Network. It is basically Vince McMahon’s version of the hit HBO show “Hard Knocks” — but instead of following NFL hopefuls during training camp, it follows WWE hopefuls who are learning the craft in the WWE’s own minor-league promotion called NXT.
In the first episode of “Breaking Ground,” the first wrestler we’re introduced to is Sabby Piscitelli, a.k.a. “Tino Sabbatelli” in the wrestling world, a 32-year-old who played defensive back for five seasons in the NFL with the Buccaneers, Browns and Chiefs. Continue reading
Tags: Aqib Talib, Dashon Goldson, NFL, Oregon State, Ronde Barber, Sabby Piscitelli, T.J. Ward, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tino Sabbatelli, wrestling, WWE
There are plenty of places to spread blame around for the struggles of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense during the team’s 1-4 start to the season.
You could blame the schedule, which has had the Bucs play three straight road games — including a short-week Thursday night disaster at Atlanta — and has had them face each of the elite QBs of the NFC South once already: Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and Drew Brees. You could blame the leadership, as first-year head coach Lovie Smith has implemented a Tampa 2 defensive scheme that, while once dominant in the NFL, has mostly become outdated and ineffective for the teams who try it. Or you could blame the talent, as some of the players relied upon to be difference-makers for the Bucs have yet to make a positive impact. Continue reading