Let's be honest. When you're in the middle of a marathon video game session it's tough to focus on anything else. If your team has advanced all the way to the World Cup in FIFA, you don't want to put down the controller to eat, sleep, or bathe. Well, one company has you covered on that last one. More »
We’re still about two years away from the kickoff of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but we already have a mascot, as FIFA unveiled a soccer-playing armadillo today as the cuddly face of the tournament. The three-banded armadillo, which is indigenous to Brazil, doesn’t have a name yet, because Brazilians will select it by public and FIFA will reveal the winning moniker in the middle of this November.
University of Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun will announce his retirement today. For me, it's a personal story.
I grew up very close to UConn, where my father is a professor. My brothers and I grew up going to UConn games in the 1980s, when the team wasn't particularly good. Until Calhoun arrived, that is. In 1988, they won the NIT title, and it seemed like an amazing accomplishment at the time.More »
That's Kaleb Chalmers of Greenwood High School in South Carolina not biting on the trick play. That's Kaleb Chalmers of Greenwood High School getting himself in perfect position when the pass goes up. And that's that's Kaleb Chalmers of Greenwood High School coming down with an INSANE one-handed interception.More »
If you had Darren McFadden in your lineup Week 1, you were probably bummed out when you looked at his rushing total from Monday night: a measly 32 yards. But in the end, McFadden had a decent (but not great) Week 1. How? More »
1. San Francisco 49ers
2011 RECORD: 13–3
The 49ers' patience finally paid off last season as the team made the playoffs for the first time in nine years. Under the guidance of coach Jim Harbaugh, former Number 1 overall pick QB Alex Smith (3,144 passing yards, 17 TDs) had the best season of his seven-year career. He limited his mistakes (five INTs) and made clutch plays to help the 49ers reach the NFC Championship Game. But as reliable as Smith has become, the 49ers' heart and soul is their stellar defense. LB Aldon Smith (14 sacks) pressured opposing quarterbacks, and the unit had three All-Pro players: LBs NaVorro Bowman (143 tackles) and Patrick Willis (97 tackles), and DE Justin Smith. San Francisco has all its key defenders back and will be tough to move the ball against.
BOTTOM LINE: If the Niners' defense can stay healthy again in 2011, look for San Francisco to win back-to-back division titles for the first time since 1995.
Grade: A– More »