1. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Baltimore Ravens: Real-Time Reactions and Pontification

    PREGAME Things to keep an eye on for Philadelphians... Michael Vick But not why you'd think. Defined by his barely breathing soft-spokenness, Vick's post-prison tenure has been pretty quiet...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 773 reads 1 comments

  2. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Baltimore Ravens: Live Reaction/Pontification

    Things to keep an eye on for Philadelphians... Michael Vick But not why you'd think. Defined by his barely breathing soft-spokenness, Vick's post-prison tenure has been pretty quiet...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 1,041 reads 0 comments

  3. NFL Preseason Week 1 Preview: What To Watch For (in 70 Characters or Fewer)

    Yes. We're geeked out for the preseason. Why wouldn't we be? The preseason usually proves a yawner, a time defined by poor tackling, worse special teams and dishonorable discharges ...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 132 reads 0 comments

  4. USA vs Mexico: Live Results and Reaction to Men's Soccer Friendly

    It's time, soccer fans. Jurgen Klinsmann's long-awaited debut along the U.S. National Men's Soccer Team, and a thoroughly steeped grudge match with Team Mexico, is upon us...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 1,472 reads 0 comments

  5. Ranking the Top 5 NFL Pregame Shows on Television in 2011

    The 90 minutes preceding Sunday football action can be an exercise in finding the mute button. (1) Many a broadcaster aren't worth their weight in 30-second attention spans -- in large part because they can't hold them...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 2,417 reads 0 comments

  6. 15 Ways How Lockout, Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) Made NFL Better

    As it appeared in my inbox, this assignment read, "15 Ways the Lockout Made the NFL Better." While I respect the infinite wisdom of B/R's powers that be, that title seemed painfully inadequate...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 602 reads 0 comments

  7. Dallas Cowboys: Don't Like It, but Have to Live with Rob Ryan Trash Talk

    I waffled for a while . But I've flipped. Maybe Rob Ryan's edge is a necessary evil. No, I'd prefer he didn't warm to bravado. That he wasn't gruff by default. That he hadn't chose mouth over muscle...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 1,416 reads 4 comments

  8. Does Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees Rivalry Even Matter in October?

    This year was supposed to be different for Bostonians. That the Red Sox jumped to an 8-1 start in the season series felt like a marker. That this coming round's pitching matchups—Jon Lester (11-4, 3...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 2,728 reads 21 comments

  9. The 6 Ugliest, Nastiest Contract Holdouts in NFL History (And Lessons Learned)

    Ah, the contract holdout, soon-to-be as lost an art as the guitar solo and as dead a language as face-to-face conversation (1)...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 3,855 reads 0 comments

  10. Dallas Cowboys: Being $3.7 Million over Salary Cap, Starting Year as 'Dogs Is OK

    We can work with this. Not in the immediate term, while watching the front office wave over the training staff. You cringe at the sight. Of Dallas' hobbled finances, gimping to the ominous tune of $3...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 1,112 reads 15 comments

  11. Philadelphia Eagles: Situation Too Delicate for More After Ronnie Brown Signing

    That's it. No more, Eagles . Throw up your hands. Shut down the office. Do us all a favor: Bury yours and Adam Schefter's Blackberrys in the same anvil-anchored casket for a burial at sea...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 1,040 reads 7 comments

  12. Dallas Cowboys: Rob Ryan's Comments About "All-Hype" Eagles His First Red Flag

    Rob Ryan rolled into town like a tumbleweed of Texan bluster. The Cowboys want that. He brought scheme and savvy and smugness. Dallas can use it. But he's tiptoeing a fine line between pride and pomp, a tightrope he can't fall from...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 2,869 reads 30 comments

  13. NFL Free Agent Signings and Trades of 2011: Hustlers vs. Hustled

    By and large, the action is over. Only a few names remain on the market, and Terrel Owens, Braylon Edwards and Ronnie Brown are all more light than heat—merely the shells of their once All-Pro-caliber...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 3,550 reads 17 comments

  14. Philadelphia Phillies: 7 Players Who Must Maintain or Elevate Play Down Stretch

    In case you haven't noticed, I've taken a pretty hard line on how acquiring Hunter Pence changes expectations: It pushed the Phillies out of the nest. It's fly or die time now...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 3,069 reads 16 comments

  15. Philadelphia Phillies: Hunter Pence Trade Brings "World Series or Bust" Stakes

    Last night was as good a time as any for fun. To bask in the glow of a 7-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates . To let adding Hunter Pence marinate in sweet, zesty triumph...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 1,176 reads 0 comments

  16. Dallas Cowboys: Free Agency Game Goes On, Even in Nnamdi Asomugha Aftermath

    It's not over. The offseason spree. The revitalization. The bellows of Super Bowl bluster. There's still a chance, still moves to be made. Dallas can recover. Listen: Losing Nnamdi Asomugha stung...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 2,786 reads 7 comments

  17. Nnamdi Asomugha to Philadelphia Eagles: Dallas Cowboys Missed out on Discount

    It happened. Nnamdi Asomugha came. And he went: to the Philadelphia Eagles . For $60 million. Over five years. Only $25 million guaranteed. You've got to be kidding me. You gush at first glance...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 2,819 reads 19 comments

  18. Dallas Cowboys Free Agency: Cap Penalties and Nnamdi Asomugha Sweepstakes

    I was afraid of this... I wrote a few days ago that the moment Dallas knew it could unload its batch of bad contracts -- marquee names like Roy Williams, Marion Barber, Marc Colombo ...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 2,349 reads 5 comments

  19. NFL Free Agency and Trades: Kevin Kolb and Best Offensive Acquisitions

    Don't you love this? I'm not sure if it's because I live in a bubble or a vacuum or a college house chock-full of unemployed 22-year-olds, but this young, NFL free-agent period gets me geeked out...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 6,575 reads 32 comments

  20. Nnamdi Asomugha Rumors: Dallas Cowboys Possess Cap Space but Must Say No

    Sometime today, the Cowboys will be $15.7 million richer. That's the savings from dropping Roy Williams, Marion Barber, Marc Colombo, Leonard Davis, Kyle Kosier and Kris Brown...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 5,609 reads 17 comments

  21. MLB Trade Deadline 2011: Philadelphia Phillies Need to Brace for Disappointment

    Now what? You'd think that's the provocation in a post-July 31 Philadelphia, if the Phillies can't pull a trade worth selling, a deal confiding in the fan base that their prohibitive pennant favorites improved to untouchability...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 1,802 reads 36 comments

  22. Philadelphia Phillies Trade Rumors: No Deal on Table Is Worth Vance Worley (Yet)

    Put the Vance Worley conundrum on ice. It's over, frozen into irrelevance with the kind of festive vigor you could throw back in a bar. He's got to stay. We're not overreacting to his 7-1 record or 2...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 397 reads 0 comments

  23. Philadelphia Eagles: Likely DeSean Jackson Holdout Comes at Worst Possible Time

    So far, nothing's happened. DeSean Jackson hasn't dipped out on training camp. He hasn't stomped and pouted and aggravated his way to a new deal. He hasn't compromised a potential Super Bowl run, for a problem he's known would head for three years...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 990 reads 8 comments

  24. Dallas Cowboys: Just-Released 'Boys Williams, Barber, Colombo Had to Be Cut

    The second it could happen, it had to. You doubted CBA legalese would let Dallas shed Roy Williams, Marion Barber, Leonard Davis and Marc Colombo from their 2011 payroll...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 4,794 reads 2 comments

  25. NFL MVP Speculation 2011: Preseason Picks for Top 11 Candidates

    You knew this was coming. The second players announced their approval of the collective bargaining agreement, triggering the end to the lockout, we were back to business. We're on the precipice of football, people...

    Matt Hammond Written by Matt Hammond about over 3 years ago 909 reads 10 comments