Unlike what we saw recently in voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame, pro football’s Hall of Fame will be welcoming at least four new members to Canton this year. The rules dictate that somewhere between four and seven candidates enter with each class, including four to five players from the modern era. As with many past lists of finalists, this year offers no shortage of worthy holdovers like Cris Carter, Jerome Bettis, Will Shields and Bill Parcells. What might be the more intriguing storyline this year is that all four first-time nominees seem like eventual locks for induction. The odds may be heavily against all of them being first-ballot selections, but each presents a strong case for inclusion sooner rather than later.
The Lakers have been one of the biggest stories to this point of the NBA season, for all the wrong reasons. They’ve seen a horrible start that still has them under .500 in January, a coaching change, an injury that kept new addition Steve Nash out for 20+ games, and now Kobe Bryant’s headline-grabbing comments about the Lakers’ advanced age. And while it’s easy to write off his comments as the frustrations of a tough competitor not used to losing, there may be more than a little truth in what Kobe said.
Can the Texans turn it around?
Two weeks ago, Houston had the AFC's top spot all but sewn up. I mean, there's no way this team was going to lose at home to Minnesota or finish the regular season with one touchdown in nine quarters, right? Somehow they managed to collapse, and instead of planning for two home games that would lead them to the Super Bowl, they instead have to host a wildcard before possibly going through both New England and Denver to play in February. Not quite what everyone pictured a few weeks ago, when the Texans were sitting at the top of many experts' power rankings.
Can Giants Repeat? Can Niners Win Super Bowl With Alex Smith & How Will Ravens Respond Sans Ray Lewis?
The Broncos’ 24-point second-half comeback capped what proved to be another wild and unpredictable week in the NFL. It was a weekend that saw a previously unbeaten team losing by 18 points, Russell Wilson outgunning Tom Brady in a comeback victory, the Bills winning at 4-1 Arizona, and the Browns finally getting their first victory. Still, it may be possible to look at this past weekend and take away a few things with regard to figuring out how some of the NFL’s so-far elite teams will fare as the year goes on. Here are three questions that were raised by the events of this past weekend, and some possible answers.
1) Can the Ravens win after losing Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb for the season?
With the first kickoff of the NFL's regular season less than a week away, a lot of questions have been answered. Aaron Kromer will serve as interim head coach of the Saints. Vince Young will be replaced by Tarvaris Jackson in the backup spot in Buffalo. Russel Wilson will start under center for the Seahawks. Despite all these answers, however, several questions will remain unanswered until the season is underway. And in no area do we have more questions than the quarterback position. Here, we will take a look at five questions regarding the QB position for the 2012 season:
1) Does the addition of Peyton Manning lift the Broncos from playoff team to serious contender?