James C Black

  • 50 Most Memorable Super Bowl Moments, No. 8: Adam Vinatieri finishes off Rams

    James C Black at Yahoo Sports 7 mths ago

    As the NFL approaches its highly anticipated golden anniversary Super Bowl, Yahoo Sports takes a look back at some of the most memorable moments in the game's history.

    In our rankings, the moments go beyond the great scores and plays. We also take a look at entertainment performances, scandals/controversies and other events associated with corresponding Super Bowls.

    Here's a look at moment No. 8:

    Vinatieri's game-ender

    Well before Vinatieri worked his last-minute magic in Super Bowl XXXVI and two years later on the same stage, New England called on the kicker for a memorable boot following one of the league's most controversial plays.

    When Brady lost the ball after a corner blitz by Charles Woodson with the Patriots trailing 13-10 with a little less than two minutes remaining against the Oakland Raiders in the 2001 divisional playoffs, the Patriots' championship aspirations appeared to have been extinguished.

    The blizzard conditions in New England resulted in Vinatieri attempting a 45-yard field goal in four inches of snow into the wind. Nailed!

  • 50 Most Memorable Super Bowl Moments, No. 11: John Riggins' 4th-and-1 TD

    James C Black at Yahoo Sports 7 mths ago

    As the NFL approaches its highly anticipated golden anniversary Super Bowl, Yahoo Sports takes a look back at some of the most memorable moments in the game's history.

    In our rankings, the moments go beyond the great scores and plays. We also take a look at entertainment performances, scandals/controversies and other events associated with corresponding Super Bowls.

    Here's a look at moment No. 11:

    Riggins' romp

    In order for John Riggins to reach championship glory, the NFL holdout had to first get back to work.

    Riggins, unhappy with his $300,000 annual salary after consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in 1978 and '79, sat out the entire '80 campaign. During a meeting with new Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs at Riggins' home in Kansas, the fullback made a bold offer: "You need to get me back there. I'll make you famous," as chronicled in the Riggins "A Football Life" documentary.

    He then agreed to rejoin the team.

    "I'm bored, I'm broke and I'm back," Riggins said upon his arrival to training camp.

    "Load the wagon. Give me the ball," Riggins told Gibbs, which was featured in the documentary.

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  • 50 Most Memorable Super Bowl Moments, No. 20: John Stallworth's breakthrough

    James C Black at Yahoo Sports 7 mths ago

    As the NFL approaches its highly anticipated golden anniversary Super Bowl, Yahoo Sports takes a look back at some of the most memorable moments in the game's history.

    In our rankings, the moments go beyond the great scores and plays. We also take a look at entertainment performances, scandals/controversies and other events associated with corresponding Super Bowls.

    Here's a look at moment No. 20:

    '60 Prevent'

    "The public's perception of who the receiver was with the Pittsburgh Steelers was always Swann," Stallworth said during "America's Game" on the 1979 Steelers. " 'Oh, you played with Swann?' And I always wanted to respond, 'No, Swann played with me.'

    "I felt that I was always competing with that. That was a motivating factor for me, to make sure that people understood that I was as good or better."

    And he saved his best for the biggest stage.

    With his receiving partner (and even fellow Hall of Famer) sidelined, in stepped Stallworth to cap the Steelers' quest for No. 4.

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  • 50 Most Memorable Super Bowl Moments, No. 21: Doug Williams makes history

    James C Black at Yahoo Sports 7 mths ago

    As the NFL approaches its highly anticipated golden anniversary Super Bowl, Yahoo Sports takes a look back at some of the most memorable moments in the game's history.

    In our rankings, the moments go beyond the great scores and plays. We also take a look at entertainment performances, scandals/controversies and other events associated with corresponding Super Bowls.

    Here's a look at moment No. 21:

    Defying stereotypes

    "Absolutely," Dr. Harry Edwards, a University of California-Berkeley sociologist told ESPN in 2013. "I think we have to understand the history of sports' contribution to the broader culture."

    For all of the pressure and attention that goes with starting at quarterback in the Super Bowl, Williams may have received unprecedented interest short of someone dealing with or having recently overcome a controversy (Tom Brady with deflate-gate; Ray Lewis' association with a double homicide following Super Bowl XXXIV).

    What came next upon Williams' return to action had not been seen before … or since in Super Bowl history.

  • 50 Most Memorable Super Bowl Moments, No. 24: Larry Brown's good fortune

    James C Black at Yahoo Sports 7 mths ago

    As the NFL approaches its highly anticipated golden anniversary Super Bowl, Yahoo Sports takes a look back at some of the most memorable moments in the game's history.

    In our rankings, the moments go beyond the great scores and plays. We also take a look at entertainment performances, scandals/controversies and other events associated with corresponding Super Bowls.

    Here's a look at moment No. 24:

    Right place, right time

    With Deion Sanders commanding so much notoriety for the lack of attention quarterbacks were paying him, the No. 2 cornerback may have found it less than flattering to be frequently targeted. However, shying away from Sanders to pick on Brown in Super Bowl XXX didn't pay off for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Neil O'Donnell.

    O'Donnell's first miscalculation occurred with the Steelers trailing 13-7 near midfield in the third quarter. With receivers running from right to left toward the middle of the field, O'Donnell floated a pass straight to Brown, who returned the interception for 44 yards down to Pittsburgh's 18-yard line. Two plays later, Emmitt Smith was in the end zone on a 1-yard run for a 20-7 Dallas lead.

  • 50 Most Memorable Super Bowl Moments, No. 25: Jack Squirek's INT vs. Redskins

    James C Black at Yahoo Sports 7 mths ago

    As the NFL approaches its highly anticipated golden anniversary Super Bowl, Yahoo Sports takes a look back at some of the most memorable moments in the game's history.

    In our rankings, the moments go beyond the great scores and plays. We also take a look at entertainment performances, scandals/controversies and other events associated with corresponding Super Bowls.

    Here's a look at moment No. 25:

    'Rocket right' goes wrong

    "I was surprised when they threw it," the Los Angeles Raiders linebacker said. "I was even more surprised when I caught it."

    While Marcus Allen was the star of stars with the more memorable moment of Los Angeles' victory over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII, it was the lesser-known Squirek who really put the game out of reach.

    “It’s kind of nice to be remembered,” Squirek told the San Francisco Chronicle recently. “If I didn’t make a play in the Super Bowl, nobody would remember me.”

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  • Will Cowboys' offseason haul be worthy of gold club or fraud section?

    James C Black at Yahoo Sports 1 yr ago

    When the Dallas Cowboys signed undrafted offensive lineman La'el Similar Collins last week, they in essence added their third first-round talent from the 2015 NFL draft. In addition to their selection of cornerback Byron Jones at No. 27 overall, they nabbed linebacker Randy Gregory late in the second. Gregory, of course, would have been a first-rounder if not for a failed drug test prior to the NFL scouting combine and subsequent concerns about his maturity and reliability.

    Take these three rookies, add in veteran free-agent signee end Greg Hardy and the Cowboys have had one of the best offseason hauls during the NFL's free-agency era – on paper.

    Of course, that paper will be balled up in disgust if a couple of the aforementioned newcomers flame out and Dallas falls far short of winning a Super Bowl in the next 3-4 seasons.

    Gold club

    1994 San Francisco 49ers (Free agency: CB Deion Sanders, LB Rickey Jackson, LB Ken Norton; NFL draft: DT Bryant Young)

    Counterfeit collection

  • 2013 Memorial Cup: Saskatoon Blades ride robotic approach, rabid crowd to surprise win over Halifax Mooseheads

    James C Black at Yahoo Sports 3 yrs ago

    SASKATOON — In a game full of emotion the Saskatoon Blades took a different approach in their game against the Halifax Mooseheads at the MasterCard Memorial Cup.

    “One of our mottos in this tournament is to play like robots whistle to whistle,” said Blades forward Josh Nicholls.

    The idea is to keep an even keel – regardless of the opponent -- and disregard the many momentum swings faced during a game.

    The game plan worked as the Blades skated to a stunning 5-2 victory over the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champions. For the first 50 minutes of the game, the Blades kept Halifax’s high-powered offense – lead by the top line of Jonathan Drouin, Nathan MacKinnon, and Martin Frk -- in check. They were physical and made life in the crease difficult for Mooseheads goalie Zach Fucale.

    “We were wearing them down,” said Nicholls, a New York Rangers prospect. “You could see their frustration. They were starting to come at us after the whistles and stuff like that. They have a highly skilled team and we knew we’d have our hands full, and we knew what it would take and we were able to do that.”

    “You see the love and the passion for the game in this city with a crowd like that,” said Sutter.

  • Chiefs take OT Eric Fisher No. 1 in NFL draft

    James C Black at Yahoo Sports 3 yrs ago

    As had been widely projected in the final hours leading up to the NFL draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected offensive tackle Eric Fisher with the No. 1 overall pick Thursday.

    Fisher, from Central Michigan, was taken over higher-profile and fellow left tackle Luke Joeckel. Fisher will be expected to help upgrade an offense that now has quarterback Alex Smith at the helm and finished 31st in passing last year (183.6 yards per game).

    Fisher becomes the third offensive tackle selected with the No. 1 overall pick since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. The first two were Orlando Pace with the St. Louis Rams in 1997 and Jake Long with the Miami Dolphins in 2008.

    [Related: Eric Fisher an unlikely No. 1]

    The 6-foot-7, 306-pound Fisher really began to generate buzz at the Senior Bowl, where he was one of the week's stars. He then backed it up by performing well at the NFL scouting combine a month later.