Monday, December 23
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Are field goal kickers simply becoming too good? Last week, the Sunday Blitz noted the idea that the NFL's competition committee could consider narrowing the goal posts for the first time in league history, from the 18-feet, 6-inch width they have always been, and the idea was raised again after the Monday night performance of Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker, whose 61-yard game-winner at Detroit was one of his sixth field goal conversions. But two members of the competition committee told NFP last week that, while the idea has been casually proposed by some, and might actually get an airing when the influential group huddles in Florida in advance of the NFL's annual meeting in March, it isn't likely to fly. "It's not to the critical point yet, I don't think," one member said. (National Football Post)Comment
None other than Paul Pierce himself, after his acquisition, declared the Nets as "Brook Lopez's team." Only with Lopez, it went this way: ".. if he ever stays healthy." That always has been the trick with Lopez. ... This is the third injury to the same foot, and one thing we've discovered through the years in the NBA: That kind of stuff doesn't just disappear thanks to good wishes and good intentions. Lopez's attitude always has been exceptional. Even after the moment when he apparently hurt himself Friday night in Philadelphia, he not only stayed in the game, he played through overtime, too. On a broken foot. Whatever marks you've checked off against him in the past, "soft" no longer should apply. Although "brittle" is still certainly still in play. (New York Post)Comment
Coming out of the weekend, Boise State senior quarterback Joe Southwick had his say. [Southwick] told KTVB on Sunday night that he was wrongfully accused of urinating off the balcony of the team hotel Thursday, which led to him being sent home from the Hawaii Bowl on Friday. Southwick and his dad, Jeff Southwick, told the Idaho Statesman on Sunday that the family would be making a comment but they have not spoken to us yet. "The night it happened, I was out with the O-line, and then went in the ocean, signed in, and on the way up to my room, I stopped by someone's room, and that's when that whole thing went down," Southwick told KTVB. "I witnessed the person who did it." He said he went to bed and was confronted by quarterbacks coach Jonathan Smith the next morning. He was told he'd been accused. (Idaho Statesman)Comment
Ben Roethlisberger leads his Steelers on a drive against the Packers at Green Bay's snowy Lambeau Field on Sunday. The Steelers won, 38-31. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
A collection of memorable moments at San Francisco's Candlestick Park, which will host its final NFL regular season game tonight after 43 years as the home of the 49ers.
Game To Watch
Falcons at 49ers, 8:40 p.m. ET, ESPN
- Atlanta Falcons
- San Francisco 49ers
SI Vault: More Terry Bradshaw
This Day in Sports
- 1972 -- Terry Bradshaw and Franco Harris pull off "the Immaculate Reception" play vs. the Raiders in 13-7 AFC playoff win.
- 1982 -- Chaminade of Hawaii upsets Ralph Sampson's top ranked, unbeaten Virginia, 77-72.
- 1997 -- Michael Jordan leads Bulls to 94-89 win over L.A. Clippers, giving coach Phil Jackson his 500th career victory.
- 1999 -- Paul Coffey of the Carolina Hurricanes becomes the first NHL defenseman to reach 1,500 career points.
- 2004 -- Yankees sign Johnny Damon away from Red Sox with four-year deal worth $52 million.