It’s like we’re all watching an episode of ‘Blackadder’; we always start off with the best of intentions and positivity but it soon goes wrong and gets very silly. Take the first drive of the season; everybody’s talking about a fresh start, then a horrendous mistake on a punt leads to a Steelers touchdown and the pub is already groaning ‘here we go again’ — and the season’s only two minutes old!
On one visit back to Cleveland, he met Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and tried unsuccessfully to persuade him to sign a crazy Norwegian placekicker called Kickalicious [Havard Rugland]. Never mind. There were, laughed Christoffer, still more crazy Norwegians out there who found it kind of cool to support such a team through thin and thin.
Saints coach Sean Payton said he was impressed with a throw on a crossing route Trubisky made in a 27-24 overtime win against Baltimore two weeks ago. Trubisky completed only eight passes in that game.
As ESPN’s David Fleming tells the story, Pottsville’s owners received permission to play a post-championship exhibition game against Notre Dame in Philadelphia. (In those days, amateur football was considered superior to the pro game.) Pottsville won 9-7, a huge victory for the NFL. But afterward, the Frankford Yellow Jackets (who would become the Eagles) accused Pottsville of invading their geographic territory. The NFL agreed, rescinding its permission and stripping Pottsville of the championship.
This move has remained a pock in NFL lore for nearly a century. After the league rejected a reinstatement bid in 2003, former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell wrote an angry letter that called owners cowardly barons and added: I am closing with the wish that every NFL franchise except for the Eagles and the Steelers lose large quantities of money.