There are only three games left in the 2014 NFL season: the AFC and NFC championships and Super Bowl XLIX. (OK, OK, four if you count the Pro Bowl.) The Patriots host the Colts in the AFC title game, while the Seahawks look to defeat the Packers for a repeat trip to the title game.
Who will punch their tickets to Arizona in Sunday's conference championship games? We think we know!
INDIANAPOLIS -- Vernon Davis is jumping up and down, his baseball-mitt-sized hands waving in the air. It’s 2009, and he’s just months from leading the NFL in receiving touchdowns en route to his first Pro Bowl. But in this moment, none of that matters; his brother Vontae, a cornerback four years his junior, has just been drafted, 25th overall by the Miami Dolphins. Vontae is calm. Vernon is going bananas.
“You’d have probably thought I was getting drafted,” the tight end recalls.
Growing up in Washington, D.C., Vontae was Vernon’s little brother in every sense of the word. As a lanky, 5-foot-11 teen, Vontae reconciled himself to the fact that he’d always be smaller; Vernon, at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, is “a freak of nature,” the younger Davis says. Then Vernon went off to Maryland, then to the 49ers as 2006’s No. 6 pick, and by the time Vontae headed to Illinois for his freshman season, football knew him as Vernon’s brother.
That changed last December, when Vontae’s phone pinged with a message. “Welcome,” it read. Vontae had just made his first Pro Bowl, and Vontae’s brother couldn’t have been prouder.
Weeks before Marcus Mariota led the Oregon Ducks to the national championship game, he won the prestigious Heisman Trophy. Mariota became the first Hawaii native to win the award.
But he wasn’t the first winner of the weekend. Nolan Henry from Washington claimed the 21st Wendy’s High School Heisman award the previous day.
At a ceremony in New York in December, Henry received the 2014 High School Heisman for his impressive accomplishments in the classroom, achievement on the football field, and service in his community.
“Two guys from the northwest won a Heisman in one weekend and it’s a pretty big deal in the region,” Henry says. “It was a great experience to be a part of and such a great honor to be selected from 12 amazing finalists.”
With the NFL playoffs raging on, most fantasy football owners are looking back fondly on the season past, wondering what might have been. Even the owners who won championships are already plotting a repeat in 2015. But as we know, there are many events still left to play out over the next eight months or so, and your fantasy draft plans will swing and sway. But the answers to the seven questions we pose below will shape your fantasy thoughts considerably.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ohio State was done when Braxton Miller got hurt in August.
Ohio State was done when it lost at home to Virginia Tech in September.
Ohio State was done when J.T. Barrett got hurt in November.
A funny thing happened: Every time the Buckeyes looked done, they kept getting better. And in the new era of college football, that was enough to earn a chance to win a championship.
They took advantage of an opportunity they never would have had in the BCS, shrugging off questions about if they belonged among the college football's final four. Cardale Jones, Ezekiel Elliott and the Buckeyes won the first College Football Playoff national championship, upsetting Marcus Mariota and Oregon 42-20 on Monday night.
ESPN will have a new way to watch replays of controversial plays in and around the end zone at tonight’s College Football Playoff championship game.
A new technology uses cameras inside the pylons surrounding the end zone. There are four pylons in each end zone, and two cameras on each pylon. That means there are 16 different new angles.
Oregon and Ohio State meet tonight to decide the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship. Obviously, both teams are filled with great football players. They also have some guys with great personalities, as I discovered at Media Day on Sunday.
I asked the same four questions to about 20 players on each team. Watch players tell me about their favorite — and most embarrassing — on-field moments in the video below, and under the video is a collection of the most interesting answers to a couple other questions.