1. Russell Okung Will Not Be Seattle Seahawks' Greg Oden

    I kind of hate the term "injury-prone." Primarily because it's one of the most empty phrases in sports: Any man whose job involves running full speed within the confines of a 120x53-yard ...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 1,110 reads 3 comments

  2. 11 QB-to-WR Connections We Can't Wait to See in 2011

    Although no group of teammates is more important to an NFL quarterback than his offensive linemen, it's his receivers with which the QB absolutely has to establish a healthy relationship...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 5,317 reads 32 comments

  3. Seahawks vs. Chargers: 7 Things to Watch in Preseason Week 1 Matchup

    You know the sound. One of your buddies calls you up offering to sell his ticket to the game for cheap. Or you found out that you won the office drawing for a free pair of those good corporate seats...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 1,312 reads 2 comments

  4. 2011 NFL Schedule: The Scariest Game for All 32 Teams

    Don't believe any athlete who says they don't circle dates on the schedule. Whether it's a matchup with the team that ended last season's playoff run, a one-on-one showdown with a ...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 9,278 reads 43 comments

  5. NFL's Most Talented Player at Every Position

    Talent is a lot like pornography. Even if you can't clearly define it, you at least know it when you see it. Last week, talent was a trending topic in NFL circles...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 6,651 reads 88 comments

  6. NFL Free Agency: 1 Team Each of Top 30 Free Agents Should Have Picked but Didn't

    When it comes to sports, second-guessing may be America's No. 1 pastime. Too many of us fans and media members think we're smarter than the coaches, more savvy than the GMs and cooler under pressure than the players...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 4,691 reads 29 comments

  7. Seattle Seahawks: 30 NFL Stars Who Could Have Come to the Emerald City

    There will come a time or two this upcoming NFL season—maybe on Sept. 25, maybe on Jan. 1, maybe both—when Kevin Kolb will do something to make Seattle Seahawks fans imagine he was wearing their team's uniform...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 1,796 reads 7 comments

  8. NFL Trade Rumors: Grading the Outcomes of the Top 6 Rumored Trades

    Although NFL fans were promised a hectic period of free agency and trades once the NFL lockout was lifted, nobody said it was going to be a lengthy experience...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 2,615 reads 0 comments

  9. Randy Moss: Hall of Fame Wide Receiver Was the Shaquille O'Neal of the NFL

    As annoying as it can be, I suppose the greatest compliment given to any retired athlete is when the media and fans won't let him stay retired. Michael Jordan got that treatment in 1993, again in '98 and again in 2003...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 1,806 reads 10 comments

  10. Re-Assessing the NFC West After a Wild Week of NFL Movement

    The post-lockout NFL offseason has been like a six-year-old's birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. Going in, you knew it was going to be wild and crazy and impossible to slow down...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 804 reads 7 comments

  11. Brickyard 400: Winners and Losers from NASCAR's Weekend at Indianapolis

    As sporting venues go, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is up there with Madison Square Garden, Fenway Park and the new Cowboys Stadium...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 1,216 reads 3 comments

  12. Nnamdi Asomugha to Eagles: How Jerry Jones and the Cowboys Blew It

    We've seen this movie before. At least the beginning and the middle parts. It was the summer blockbuster of 1995, and back then, the good guys—or the bad guys, depending on your allegiances—managed to prevail in the end...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 6,464 reads 9 comments

  13. Tarvaris Jackson: 5 Reasons Why QB Will Lead Seahawks to NFC West Title

    My guess is that nobody who cashes a paycheck from the Seattle Seahawks has told Tarvaris Jackson that he's only warming a seat for Andrew Luck. Or maybe they have told him and the behind-closed-doors business of pro football is colder than I thought...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 5,207 reads 21 comments

  14. NFL Free Agency: 5 Reasons Why Bruce Gradkowski Will Be Bengals' Starting QB

    When it became apparent that Carson Palmer really was done as the Cincinnati Bengals ' starting quarterback—not just traded or released, but done , as in retired from pro ...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 1,267 reads 2 comments

  15. 25 NFL Pass-Rushers Who Will Give QBs Nightmares in 2011

    The horror movie industry has evolved. Once upon a time, the most terrifying thing you could put on film was either a 300-foot tall mutant lizard, or an army of suburbanized "aliens" wearing shiny onesies and hair like news anchors...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 169 reads 0 comments

  16. NFL Trade Rumors: 8 Most Likely Destinations for Osi Umenyiora

    Making real-life NFL trades is a whole different ballgame compared to the NBA or MLB, and it damn sure doesn't resemble fantasy football...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 1,709 reads 1 comments

  17. Seattle Seahawks: 5 Players Who Benefit from the End of the NFL Lockout

    About a month ago, when it seemed entirely plausible that the NFL lockout would stretch into the autumn months, I put together a list of Seattle Seahawks who stood to benefit from an extended work stoppage...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 761 reads 1 comments

  18. NFL Trade Rumors: 7 Teams Looking to Add Draft Picks

    To an NFL team, future draft picks are more difficult to pass up than free barbecue. It makes sense. If everybody in your fantasy league thinks they're a genius, imagine the egos ...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 2,787 reads 7 comments

  19. 2011 NBA Preview: 25 Players You're Going to Miss During the Lockout

    I always laugh a little when people talk about the NBA lockout and say things like, "It's going to suck not having basketball this year," or, "What are we gonna do without basketball?" ...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 859 reads 4 comments

  20. 2011 NFL Schedule: 16 Games To Circle on the Calendar

    In an era of professional sports where real rivalries are dying or in decline all over the place—and many remaining rivalries are more invention than organic—the NFL ...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 6,443 reads 42 comments

  21. NFL Trade Speculation: 5 Reasons Kevin Kolb Would Set the Cardinals Back

    One of my best friends is a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles fan. He lives and dies with the Birds. He had the same love/hate relationship with Donovan McNabb that every other Philly ...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 1,694 reads 4 comments

  22. Track & Field's 7 Forgotten World Record-Breakers

    In no sport is owning a record more prestigious—and at the same time, more fleeting—than track and field. Football and basketball players don't need records to establish greatness...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 3,105 reads 4 comments

  23. NFL Trade Speculation: 8 Teams That Should Take a Chance on Aqib Talib

    It's always the talented ones that create the toughest decisions. Pretend for a second that Aqib Talib was some sixth-round draft pick barely hanging onto a roster spot...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 2,106 reads 52 comments

  24. NFL Trade Speculation: 10 Best Tacklers Available

    Whoever coined the phrase "Defense wins championships"—depending on who you ask, it was either Bear Bryant or the dude from Radio —was actually making an understatement...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 2,227 reads 11 comments

  25. Seattle Seahawks: 7 Position Battles to Watch Besides Quarterback

    Every summer, in training camps across the landscape of pro, college, high school and even Pee Wee football, there comes a point when players get tired of smacking their teammates around and restlessly anticipate popping pads with somebody else...

    Austin L. Burton Written by Austin L. Burton about 3 years ago 2,474 reads 3 comments