Joe Banner took a few shots at the already reeling Dallas Cowboys today when he told the Eagles' web site he would would not have traded three draft picks in 2009, including a first- and third-rounder, to the Detroit Lions for wide receiver Roy Williams. "I mean, they paid a lot,'' said Banner, who confirmed the Eagles (3-3) did attempt to trade for Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez prior to the Oct. 14 deadline. "Time will tell. I wouldn't pay that much for a player like that.'' The injury-ravaged Cowboys (4-3) also sent a sixth-round selection and picked up Detroit's seventh rounder next April for Williams, a 2006 Pro Bowler who was thrown to only twice in Sunday's 34-14 loss to the St. Louis Rams and did not register a catch. While addressing the team's approach to improving the roster, the Birds' president took yet another swipe at the Cowboys. "Our goal is to win a Super Bowl, forget win a playoff game, which is something they are still working on,'' Banner said. Dallas, which defeated the Eagles 41-37 Sept. 15, have not won a playoff game since 1996. (Newark Star-Ledger) Comment
NHL governors are talking informally about placing a second hockey team in Toronto alongside the Maple Leafs, The Globe and Mail has learned. "Why shouldn't we put another team in the best and biggest market in the world'" one of several NHL governors who spoke with The Globe anonymously said of the Greater Toronto Area. According to this governor, one idea floated is for prospective owner Jim Balsillie to be rewarded with an expansion team in Toronto after helping to restore financial ballast to the Nashville Predators. "I've heard this exact scenario," a second governor said. Calgary Flames co-owner Harley Hotchkiss, a former chairman of the NHL board of governors, is also aware of the Balsillie movement. "I've heard bits and pieces of this scenario, although not in that kind of detail," he said. "Our priority is to have the existing franchises solid." "[It is] an interesting scenario," Hotchkiss added, " but I can only speak generally." Richard Peddie, president of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, said the organization would not automatically reject the idea of a second team in Toronto. (The Globe and Mail) Comment
General manager Jim Hendry's four-year contract extension could be one of the bigger deals the Cubs make this offseason, given the possible impact that economic concerns and the stalled sale of the team might have on the payroll. The Cubs, who announced the extension for Hendry on Monday, are making a priority of bringing back free-agent pitcher Ryan Dempster, a 17-game winner and Game 1 playoff starter. But even the next in-house priority of keeping All-Star closer Kerry Wood, who has as strong a relationship with Hendry as any player on the team, didn't evoke as strong a response Monday from Hendry. The Cubs could be out of the running for Wood almost before they start, depending on how big a contract and how long a commitment Wood seeks after back-to-back one-year deals. And with built-in contract increases worth more than $22 million for almost a dozen players already under contract, there might be -- for the first time in several years -- little upward payroll flexibility for Hendry to go outside the organization, short of trading a big contract. (Chicago Tribune) Comment
Le Kevin Smith (left) and Tedy Bruschi celebrate a fumble recovery during the Patriots' 41-7 rout of the Broncos. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
The referees don't need help, thanks.
Game To Watch
Bruins at Sabres, 7 p.m. ET -- Buffalo (4-0-1) is one of four teams without a regulation defeat.
1975 -- Carlton Fisk's famous 12th-inning home run lifts the Red Sox past the Reds 7-6 in Game 6 of the World Series. 1988 -- Jet defensive end and AFC sack leader Mark Gastineau abruptly retired at age 31 because of personal reasons.
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