Posted on: February 23, 2012 4:10 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 4:11 pm

Peyton Manning's giant shadow hasn't left Indy

INDIANAPOLIS -- Peyton Manning remains everywhere. The coach of the Colts at a press conference here was asked about him. The Arizona Cardinals wouldn't rule out Manning coming to their team. Jets coach Rex Ryan wouldn't rule out Manning coming to his team. That should be Manning's nickname: Won't Rule Out.

Manning is associated with seemingly every team that needs a quarterback or has a quarterback that stinks. In Florida, fans are putting up billboards in a desperate attempt to lure him there.

So as Manning overshadowed the Super Bowl he does the same at the combine. He remains the biggest topic here. At the Super Bowl, he dwarfed Tom Brady and his brother Eli. Now, he minimizes Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin.

The Colts coach and general manager both said they had no new news on Manning and neither had seen him throw. He remains the hottest topic in football despite there being nothing original to report.

Manning and Irsay are talking but there isn't any clear indication a resolution is near. This could go down to the final day. The question is why? Everyone, including Manning and Jim Irsay, knows this relationship is over.

So everyone waits and while everyone does Manning remains the biggest story in football...still.

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 14, 2011 5:38 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2011 8:37 pm

The Incredible Story of the Feely Family

I want to tell you about a remarkable football family. There's the father, Tom Feely, a kicking coach. There's his son, Jay, a highly respected kicker for the Arizona Cardinals. There's the other son, Tyler, a kicker for Columbia University. And there's another son, Nick, a high school kicker in Florida.

A family of highly achieving kickers. One a professional. One kicking in college. One kicking in high school.

Stunning, right? But here's the best part.

They all play this weekend.

Nick will play on Friday, Tyler on Saturday and Jay on Sunday. Three kicking brothers on one football weekend.

This may have been done before but it remains an extremely rare accomplishment. It says a lot about Tom, the father, that this is happening. How does a proud father watch all three this weekend?

"Thank God for the Internet and DirecTV," he laughed.

"I'm as proud as any dad would be," he said. "They are great kids. They're great people as well as great kickers. That's what you want as a dad."

Tom Feely's coaching background goes back 38 years but his interest in coaching kickers really started when Jay was in ninth grade and began to excel at it. So began one of the more remarkable coaching stories few people know. At one point Tom had a streak of eight consecutive years of a kicker he coached earning a Division I scholarship. Some of his kickers went on to the NFL.

Now he will sit back this weekend and watch the fruition of decades of work and be both a proud coach and father.

"It doesn't get much better than this for a dad," he said.
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Tags: Cardinals
Posted on: August 31, 2011 10:47 am
Edited on: August 31, 2011 1:23 pm

Darnell Dockett just tweeted what?

Maybe Darnell Dockett is playing us all for fools. Read quote below. It's easily the sports tweet of the day.

The tweet from Dockett's verified account read: Damn I almost brung my "ROCKET" into work this morning like gilbert arenas. But mine was by accident it was in my book bag."

Remember, not long ago, NBA player Arenas brought multiple guns into the locker room. It was a dumb move, almost ending his career and humilating the sport.

Dockett could be playing us all for fools but it doesn't sound like it. I spoke to a league official who also saw the tweet and can tell you the NFL didn't find it funny if he was kidding.

Dockett later added this: "Kept sayin to myself why is my book bag so heavy, looked in side it was Big pookey"nickel plated Glock 40" trying to come to work w/me! Smh."

There may be no legal issues here at all and based on his tweets he didn't bring "Big Pookey" into the locker room. He almost did.

Regardless, what a dumbass tweet, even if he is joking. Why joke about almost bringing a gun into the locker room?

If he wasn't joking, why admit it? He has now gotten the attention of the NFL. The league, while respecting players' Constitutional rights, have always discouraged players from carrying around handguns.

Again, Dockett may be completely within his rights and done nothing illegal. But in this era of Plaxico Burress nearly shooting off his johnson haven't players learned that guns deserve much more respect?

At the very least don't they deserve a better name than Pookey?

Category: NFL
Tags: Cardinals
Posted on: August 20, 2011 9:19 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2011 10:28 pm

The Arizona Cardinals are fools

If the reported number by ESPN that Larry Fitzgerald received $50 million is true -- and I am suspect since agents inflate salaries all the time -- then the Arizona Cardinals are fools.

You don't give that kind of guaranteed money to a wide receiver. Quarterbacks, yes. Drew Brees, yes. Peyton Manning, sure. Tom Brady, hell yeah. A wide receiver? That's idiotic.

Maybe a left tackle. Emphasis on maybe. Maybe a pass rusher. Emphasis on maybe. But not a wideout.

Fitzgerald is a future Hall of Famer, a hard worker, and someone who comes from good family. He's a leader. He deserves a huge payday but you don't give a wideout quarterback money in a salary cap league. Fitzgerald alone now occupies some 12 percent of Arizona's salary cap.

A wide receiver. Twelve percent of the cap.

Not even if that wide receiver was named Jerry Rice.

Business reporter Darren Rovell reported that based on Fitzgerald's $15 million annual salary and average of touchdowns per year Fitzgerald will now earn $1.6 million a touchdown.

Good to see the Cardinals opening up their wallet. There was a time when the team was among the most stingy in all of sports.

Maybe, now, they're overcompensating.
Category: NFL
Tags: Cardinals
Posted on: January 22, 2009 11:09 am

Extreme Cardinals Fan Stupidity


In the days before the Arizona Cardinals and Philaldelphia Eagles were scheduled to play in the NFC title game, the home of Donovan McNabb, who lives in Chandler, Arizona during parts of the off-season, was vandalized by two of the biggest idiots in the known universe.

CBSSports.com has obtained the police report of the incident and portions of the report follows.

McNabb told police that there was $2,000 worth of damage to his property as a result of the vandalism. Police say they arrested two men for the incident, Ryan B. Hanlon and Rex Perkins.

How did the police find these two dopes? In one of the acts of vandalism, according to the report, Perkins used a cardboard box. But he forgot that printed on the box were his name and address. So police went to the home of Perkins where he answered the door wearing an Arizona Cardinals hat.

You can't make this stuff up.

Isn't there a show called "The World's Dumbest Criminals" or something like that?

One last word: What the criminals did wasn't just stupid and insensitive. Burning things in the front yard of a black man has horrific connotations and shows a lack of historical perspective.

Also, why this incident has received such little attention is amazing to me. If Eagles fans had done this to Kurt Warner, it'd be front page news everywhere.

Anyway, here are portions of the police report. It begins with the officer describing his arrival at McNabb's house:

"On 01-17-09 at approximately 1703 hours, I was dispatched to (address redacted) regarding a criminal damage report. When I arrived, I contacted the reporting person, Donovan McNabb, who is a professional football quarterback employed by the Philadelphia Eagles franchise. McNabb stated unknown suspects had damaged yard.

"The Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals are scheduled to play in the National Football Conference (NFC) Championship Game at 1300 hours on 01-18-09. According to McNabb, someone had hung an Arizona Cardinal flag in a tree in his front yard on Thursday 01-15-09, and he left the flag there until the next morning because he thought it was humorous. On 01-17-09 at approximately 0200 hours, McNabb said his family returned to the residence and noticed a cardboard sign had been staged in his driveway. The sign read "Go Cards" on one side and "Beat Philly" on the reverse.

"The next day McNabb said they noticed the smell of fuel emanating from the lawn and saw that someone had used fuel to scribe messages all over the his lawn. The western most areas of the lawn had a message reading, 'Go Kurt' referencing the Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner. Adjacent to that message was another that read, 'Go Cards.' The patch of grass just south of the driveway also had a message reading, "I [heart] AZ." McNabb estimated the cost of replacing the sod in his front yard at approximately $2,000.00 dollars. McNabb stated his residence is equipped with surveillance video, but he was not sure when he would be able to access that video."

Later the report talks about the officer tracking down one of the perps and the perp immediately admitting to the alleged crime. The funny thing is, according to the report, Perkins immediately sold out his accomplice. The report states they used diesel fuel to burn the grass and that the fuel was put into a canister normally used to contain pesticide.

This is a scary part. According to the report, the two men read in the newspaper that McNabb lived in Chandler. Then cooked up the idea to vandalize his home. How'd they find his address? According to police, they looked up McNabb's personal info on the Internet.

It was that easy finding and vandlizing his property.

The report concludes with Perkins allegedly telling officers that they knew their acts were illegal and that the criminal masterminds "didn't think it through." Hanlon allegedly told police, the report states, that he "understood what he did was against the law, but because the 'grass grows back,' he thought the situation would be looked at as along the lines of 'toilet papering' someone's house."


Category: NFL
Tags: Cardinals
Posted on: January 18, 2009 9:04 pm

Anquan Boldin is a Jackass

He tried to ruin the Super Bowl celebration with his childishness.

In the game, Boldin got into a heated argument with offensive coordinator Todd Haley. After the game, instead of celebrating with his team, Boldin abruptly left the field, then abruptly left the locker room.

It was awful behavior.

Quarterback Kurt Warner also got into an argument with Haley during the game but you didn't see Warner acting like a petulant child afterwards. He celebrated with his teammates and enjoyed the moment.

I have to say in nearly 20 years of doing this, I've never seen a player more concerned about his arguing with a coach over making a Super Bowl.

What Boldin did almost never happens.

Congratulations on making history, Anquan.

Category: NFL
Tags: Cardinals
Posted on: January 18, 2009 4:20 pm

Larry Fitzgerald is the New Jerry Rice

GLENDALE, AZ. -- He's got three touchdowns in the first half.

It's a lot to compare any player to Rice. But it's not unfair to do with Fitzgerald.

He has the same kind of devastating impact on defenses that Rice did. He's also excellent at beating double teams.

Like Rice was.

No wide receiver has been better than Rice. Really. no one's come close.

Until now.

Category: NFL
Tags: Cardinals
Posted on: January 18, 2009 12:15 pm

Of Course Kurt Warner is a Hall of Famer

GLENDALE, Az.. -- No matter what happens in the NFC title game on Sunday, he's already Hall of Fame caliber.

Warner's played in Super Bowls, winning one. He's put up astronomical numbers and has longevity to boot.

I'd put him in this minute.

If he gets to another Super Bowl that only adds to his legacy.

He's also been an outstanding citizen which doesn't hurt.
Category: NFL
Tags: Cardinals
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