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  • Cowboys Should Have Hired Hank Hill to Design Stadium

    From ESPN:

    Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher was firm in his stance Saturday that the jumbo videoboard at Cowboys Stadium presents “a lot of issues” and the NFL’s competition committee that he co-chairs is expected to have a conference call in the near future to discuss the problem.

    Titans backup punter A.J. Trapasso hit the large video screen that hangs over the field during the third quarter of the $1.2 billion stadium’s inaugural preseason game Friday night. There was confusion because the officiating crew apparently did not see the ball strike the board. Fisher threw his red flag, asking for a replay, even though the play was not reviewable.

    “It wasn’t [reviewable] last night … not sure about the future,” Mike Pereira, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, said via a text message.

    The Cowboys would have been better off letting Hank Hill design the stadium.

    More here: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/


  • Former NFL Quarterback Steve McNair Killed in Nashville Shooting

    CNN has the news:

    Former NFL quarterback Steve McNair and another person were killed in a shooting in Nashville, Tennessee, authorities said Saturday.

    Police said they found McNair and a woman shot to death in a Nashville residence Saturday after receiving a phone call about an injured person. The identity of the woman was not immediately released.

    A law enforcement source close to the investigation said the woman is McNair’s girlfriend and that the residence is her condominium in downtown Nashville.

    Witnesses said he was a frequent visitor there.

    Authorities were questioning people who were near the home, but they said no one was in custody.

    They could not provide details as to the circumstances of the shooting.

    McNair played 13 seasons in the NFL, spending most of his tenure with the Tennessee Titans.  He retired in April 2008.

    He was only 36.


  • Hines Ward and the Pittsburgh Steelers Foreva

    Hines Ward wants to retire a Pittsburgh Steeler, and speaking for Steeler Nation — if I may — we couldn’t be happier.

    From WTAE in Pittsburgh:

    Ward, about to enter the final season of his contract, agreed Saturday to a contract extension that will pay him a lower salary than the $5.8 million he was to make this season but will make up the money in a signing bonus.

    The deal was being finalized Saturday between the Steelers and Ward’s agent, Eugene Parker, but is expected to be worth about $22 million over four seasons, although only a portion of that would be guaranteed.The Steelers were only about $2 million under the salary cap last week, not enough money to sign their draft picks, and they have been working to create cap room since signing All-Pro linebacker James Harrison to a $51.75 million, six-year contract.

    Ward is the leading receiver in franchise history with 800 receptions for 9,780 yards and 72 touchdowns.

    Besides the stats, however, he’s just an incredibly awesome person.

    I’ll make a point of writing more about Hines Ward over the next few days.  Author Jim O’Brien has a number of incredible anecdotes about the man, and I’ll enjoy passing them along to you.

    Hines Ward the the Steelers… Foreva!