Mike Francesa officially back on WFAN | New schedule announced

We have white smoke. Mike Francesa’s return to WFAN became official Friday. The station announced the Sports Pope will be back on the air Tuesday, May 1 to start his stunning comeback following his four-and-a-half month retirement from afternoon drive. Otherwise it would have been in. Gettleman explained further during an interview with ESPN. Basically, once Cleveland …

With catch rule under scrutiny, third-step concept merits consideration

Three years ago, in the aftermath of #DezCaughtIt, a sense emerged that the league would make meaningful changes to the catch rule. The league didn’t. Now, a strong feeling of inevitability has emerged that some sort of substantive change will be made to the catch rule. So what should the change be? The goal is …

The Vikings were unbeaten five games into the 2016 season when they traveled to Philadelphia.

“At times, you have to be able to celebrate an unbelievable play like this,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. “This team is pretty well grounded. They’ll get back to what they do. They know we’re going to have a tough task in Philadelphia. Last time we played there, we didn’t play that great.” They were …

Seoul has redefined wings for me.

He finished his career 57-of-70 on field goals with four missed extra points.He fanned 106 81 innings thanks to a wipeout curveball that limited batters to a .140 average.Make no mistake about it, the Panthers desperately need an upgrade to their offensive line.Fixed Price Sale listings or Buy it auctions have a fixed price set …

I’ve heard people ask why players don’t complain about Thanksgiving games?

Removing games is a nonstarter. As much as the players complain about these games, especially as the season gets longer, there’s too much money involved to let this package go. In 2016, CBS and NBC each agreed to pay roughly $450 million a year for the Thursday package. That works out to $45 million per …

Other colleges had picked up the idea before the end of the 19th century.

The first Thanksgiving rivalry game was Princeton vs. Yale, which was played on the holiday from 1876 to 1881, when the game was changed to become a “national” championship game. Considering the 1879, 1880 and 1881 Princeton-Yale games had all been for the same national championship — and all ended in scoreless ties — there …

Jared Goff has the NFL’s best audibles, even if no one knows what they mean

And Obama? That’s easy. The PBS series Finding Your Roots found that Obama is Bacon’s 12th cousin, three times removed. If Goff throws out a Bacon audible this week, then we’ll know we’ve cracked the code. That former player’s identity, confirmed by his family, is Fred McNeill. He played linebacker for the Vikings and retired …

With 33 sacks in seven games, Jacksonville is on pace to finish with a record 75 sacks in 2017.

Veteran free agent Calais Campbell appears to have tied everything together this season. Campbell had just 8.0 sacks last year but has 10 already this season, and his presence seems to have influenced former first-round pick Dante Fowler, both on and off the field. With 5.5 sacks, Fowler has already topped his sack total from …

Lions’ Eric Ebron, Giants’ Landon Collins beefing on Twitter; internet joins the fun

The beef between Lions tight end Eric Ebron and Giants safety Landon Collins has become better than Monday night’s Lions-Giants game. Ebron got it rolling when he called Collins a “punk” for laying a lick on him. To be fair, Ebron also said Collins played a “good game.” Ebron finished with five catches for 42 …

Week 1 NFL gambling recap: ATS winners from every game

Buffalo running back Mike Tolbert scored on a 1-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, and the Bills’ defense shut down the Jets, forcing two turnovers and holding New York to just 214 total yards. Savvy Jets Cheap Goalie Jerseys bettors mighthave been able to salvage a push or win if they were lucky …