NFL At 100: Jets-Browns squared off in MNF’s debut in 1970
It was the prime-time football game that kicked off decades of must-see TV.
Broadway Joe and the New York Jets traveled to Cleveland to take on Leroy Kelly and the Browns in the 1970 season...
End of an era: Raiders prepare for likely final dirt game
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — It will be the end of an era of sorts this weekend in Oakland.
Not that anyone figures to be mourning what should be the final NFL game ever played on a field with...
NFL At 100: AP Was There, First Monday Night Football Game
As part of its celebration of its 100th season, the NFL is designating a Game of the Week, each chosen to highlight a classic matchup. For Week 2, it is the Monday night game between the Browns...
Broadway Joe a fan of Jets’ “respectfully humble” Darnold
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Broadway Joe remains the standard for every quarterback that takes a snap for the New York Jets.
Joe Namath is the face of the franchise, a larger-than-life figure...
Just over 50 years ago, halfway through the history of the NFL, the New York Jets completed one of the most unexpected championship seasons in the history of the sport.
Fashion capital New York considers banning sale of fur
NEW YORK (AP) — A burgeoning movement to outlaw fur is seeking to make its biggest statement yet in the fashion mecca of New York City.
Lawmakers are pushing a measure that would ban the...
Heaven Can Wait: Back in LA, Rams go for a Hollywood sequel
ATLANTA (AP) — Before there was Jared Goff, there was Warren Beatty.
Years before Goff or any of today's Rams were born, Beatty had been carried off on his teammates' shoulders to celebrate a Rams title that only Hollywood could dream up.
He played quarterback Joe Pendleton in the 1978 Academy Award nominated movie "Heaven Can Wait." At the end, he leads LA to an otherworldly Super Bowl victory over the Steelers.
UMBC’s win over Virginia was biggest surprise of 2018
The University of Maryland-Baltimore County had no chance. Not against mighty Virginia, certainly not against history.
No 16th seed had ever beaten a No. 1 in NCAA Tournament history, the lopsided ledger climbing to 135-0 through the opening weekend of 2018.
The Retrievers also had the daunting task of facing the bracket's No. 1 overall seed, the Final Four-favorite Cavaliers who romped through the nation's toughest conference with just one loss.
Man imprisoned for selling counterfeit sports trading cards
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man has been imprisoned for selling counterfeit Mickey Mantles and other trading cards online.
Federal prosecutors say 45-year-old Thomas Beatty Jr. was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Omaha to 30 months and ordered to pay restitution of $142,000. He also must serve three years of supervised release after leaving prison.
Beatty had pleaded guilty to mail fraud and money laundering.
Myers kicks Jets-record 7 FGs in 42-34 win over Colts
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets pulled off the type of victory that even Broadway Joe could appreciate.
With Joe Namath and the 1968 Super Bowl-winning squad watching , Jason Myers kicked a franchise-record seven field goals, Sam Darnold threw two touchdown passes, and the Jets held on to beat the Indianapolis Colts 42-34 on Sunday to win consecutive games for the first time in more than a year.
Namath ‘optimistic’ about future for Jets, Darnold
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Joe Namath was surrounded by a few dozen of his former New York Jets teammates and was again — as always — the center of attention.
Broadway Joe held court at MetLife Stadium on Sunday as part of the team's 50th anniversary celebration of the franchise's only squad to win the Super Bowl. And, the former Jets quarterback thinks the fans won't have to wait another 50 years to see another title.
Jets look to win back to back, while Colts try to end skid
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Broadway Joe will be in the building. So will the rest of the 1968 New York Jets, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the squad that won the franchise's only Super Bowl.
Nostalgia will be all around MetLife Stadium on Sunday, with rookie Sam Darnold and this year's Jets team trying to set a much more modest goal against the Indianapolis Colts — not coincidentally, the franchise New York beat for that 1969 title while it was in Baltimore.
Hall of Fame members threaten boycott of inductions
A group of Pro Football Hall of Famers led by Eric Dickerson is demanding health insurance coverage and a share of NFL revenues or else those former players will boycott the induction ceremonies.
NFL 2018: With Sam Darnold, future could be now for Jets
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Even Broadway Joe thinks the New York Jets might finally have their next franchise quarterback.
Joe Namath met Sam Darnold on the field at MetLife Stadium before the team's third preseason game and it provided quite the snapshot.
Past meets future — and, maybe, the present.
"I've seen Sam perform tonight," Namath said during the TV broadcast, "better than I've seen any rookies I can remember."
Will they start? If not, when will the rookie QBs play?
Will they start? If not, when will they play?
While there are many scenarios that can dominate the spotlight as the NFL season kicks off, with five teams there is only one.
The first-round rookie quarterback.
Eventually, they all will get the chances to be the franchise guy. For such teams as the Browns and Jets, it's been a long and futile search to find their man.
Starter Sam? Darnold solid again, Jets lose to Giants 22-16
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold spent a few minutes chatting with Joe Namath and only wished he had more time.
At this rate, though, the youngster will have plenty more opportunities down the line.
Darnold led the Jets on two touchdown drives, moving closer to securing the starting quarterback job in a 22-16 loss to the New York Giants on Friday night.
Jets draft USC quarterback Sam Darnold with No. 3 pick
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The cool, calm and confident kid from Southern California is going from Hollywood to the Big Apple.
The New York Jets selected USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night — and they didn't have to endure a horrific season to get him, after all.
Since the glory days of Joe Namath nearly 50 years ago, the Jets have been searching for a homegrown QB to deliver a similar type of sustained success as the face of the franchise.
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The Jets called an aggressive audible by trading up to the No. 3 pick last month to assure themselves of getting one of the top quarterbacks available in the NFL draft.
Now comes the toughest play call of all.
Sam Darnold? Baker Mayfield? Josh Rosen? Josh Allen?
"You just want to get it right," general manager Mike Maccagnan said.
Capitals tie series with Game 4 win, fulfilling Ovechkin’s prediction
COLUMBUS, Ohio Alex "Nostradamus" Ovechkin nailed his prediction. The Washington Capitals will bring their first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series back to Capital One Arena tied 2-2.
His statement earlier this week "We're going to come home for Game 5, and for Game 5 it's going to be tied" doesn't have the same ring to it as Joe Namath's historic "We're going to win Sunday, I guarantee it." But right is right.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jairus Lyles couldn't suppress a smile, knowing that a school known more for chess than hoops had finally made it happen — a 16 ousting a 1 in March Madness.
The University of Maryland-Baltimore County stunned the sports world by pulling off the most surprising upset in college basketball history, trouncing Virginia 74-54 on Friday night to become the first No. 16 seed ever to beat a No. 1 seed in the men's NCAA Tournament.
Minneapolis — My finest Super Bowl moment did not occur when Tom Brady created a miracle on a victory drive. It did not occur on John Riggins' sterling victory run or Lynn Swann's flying catch or Marcus Allen spinning and breaking 74 yards to a touchdown.
It was not created by Vince Lombardi or Joe Namath or Bill Walsh or Tom Landry or Chuck Noll or Doug Williams or Joe Montana or John Elway.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. —
Twin Cities people, including movers and shakers, a few Vikings and thousands of volunteers, are opening their arms to welcome an expected 125,000 visitors to Super Bowl week, which ends with some kind of game or something on Sunday.
OK, it’s the NFL Championship, known as the Super Bowl since Joe Namath and the Jets beat the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in the third such extravaganza in January 1969.
The Patriots seven Super Bowls this millennium were decided by three, three, three, three, four, four and six points. So, real quick, before Bill Tom create their next unbelievable, where-were-you-when moment, here are my top 10 Super Bowl moments heading into Sunday nights game at U.S. Bank Stadium:
Alabama notebook: Tied with six titles, Saban has healthy respect for Bryant; ESPN releases TV ratings
Who’s No. 1, Nick Saban or Bear Bryant?
They’re tied with the most major college football national championships with six. Bryant won all six of his at Alabama during 1961-79. Saban won one at LSU in 2003 with the remaining five coming at Alabama in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015 and Monday night when the Tide beat Georgia 26-23 in the national title game.
On Tuesday morning at a news conference in Atlanta, Saban wasn’t afraid to wade into the discussion.
SkyLift dreamed for Cleveland waterfront could connect Pro Football Hall of Fame and Canton
SkyLift dreamed for Cleveland waterfront could connect Pro Football Hall of Fame and Canton
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Jon Stahl's dreams of gondolas equipped with cutting-edge mixed reality technology flying across Cleveland's waterfront are closer to reality -- but in Canton.
Jim Hudson's wife came home one day and found him sitting on a couch, clutching a golf ball, with tears streaming down his face.
The former New York Jets defensive back, a star of the team's only Super Bowl championship, had played a lot of golf; he was a single-digit handicap at the time. But he was watching the Golf Channel because he had forgotten what the ball in his hand was for, or how to play.
"You watch the life go out of someone's eyes," Lise Hudson said.
Underdog Texans face big challenge on road against Patriots
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Houston Texans face an enormous challenge against the New England Patriots on Saturday night.
The Texans are 1-7 against the Patriots. They are winless in New England all time, including a shutout loss earlier this season when Tom Brady was out because of a suspension.
The Patriots enter the game as 15 1/2-point favorites over the visiting Texans — just the sixth time since 1966 that a team has been favored by at least 15 points in a playoff game.
Broadway Brock? Can Osweiler lead Texans to historic upset
Before this weekend, just five NFL playoff games since 1966 have featured a team favored by at least 15 points. Just one of those underdogs won the game (Google "Joe Namath" if you need more information on that).
Oddsmakers don't think Brock Osweiler should guarantee the 16-point underdog Houston Texans can beat Tom Brady and the Patriots in New England. In fact, even if Brady were not playing, the Patriots would be favored by nearly two touchdowns.
Has Saban already surpassed the man in the houndstooth hat?
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nick Saban is one away from the Bear.
At least that's what the record book shows.
Actually, an argument can be made that Saban already surpassed the man in the houndstooth hat.
Saban has five national titles — four as Alabama's coach, plus a BCS crown at LSU — going into Monday night's championship game against Clemson.
Paul "Bear" Bryant is the only coach to win six championships during the poll era, but his mark comes with a very big asterisk.
CLEVELAND — Joe Namath might want to reconsider tweeting during Jets games.
For the second straight week, the Jets legend called out a quarterback on Twitter midgame, only to have to eat his words.
This time it was Ryan Fitzpatrick.
With the Jets trailing the Browns, 20-7, at halftime, and Fitzpatrick completing only 3 of 14 passes for 30 yards, Namath blasted the Jets starter and said it was time to move on.
Broadway Joe to Jets’ Geno on injury criticism: ‘My bad’
NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway Joe delivered a headline-making apology.
Joe Namath backpedaled Tuesday on his criticism of New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith for not returning to the game Sunday after injuring his right knee and standing on the sideline for the second half of a 24-16 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
The Baltimore Ravens weren’t the only ones taking shots at Jets quarterback Geno Smith on Sunday.
Smith was knocked out of the game on a second-quarter sack. And then he was slammed by Jets legend Joe Namath, who took to Twitter to question the severity of Smith’s knee injury after the quarterback watched the entire second half on the Jets’ sideline in street clothes.