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  1. Will Boldin break the 49ers curse of No. 81?

    Doug Williams

    Jersey No. 81 wasn't bad for Art Monk, Carl Eller, Tim Brown, Dick "Night Train" Lane, Jackie Smith, Roy Green, Andy Robustelli or Terrell Owens. Each was an NFL star, and several are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. So, No. 81 isn't hexed. Un...

    Blog | May 21, 2013
  2. Irrelevant Week is pretty, well, relevant

    Doug Williams

    Each goes by the name Mr. Irrelevant, but no two are alike. So when Irrelevant Week is held annually in Newport Beach, Calif., to honor the last player taken in the NFL draft, many of the activities are tailored to fit the guest of honor. Whil...

    Blog | May 01, 2013
  3. A brief history: Goodell's NFL draft hugfest

    Doug Williams

    Each year, during the first round of the NFL draft, Roger Goodell welcomes every player in attendance with a bear hug, slaps on the back and a personal message delivered lips-to-ear from close range. It's the one day the league's commissioner beco...

    Blog | April 21, 2013
  4. Whittier College once had Allen, Coryell

    Doug Williams

    Whittier College is just a faint blip on the radar of big-time college football. The little private school east of Los Angeles, founded in 1887 and named after Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier, has 1,500 students, offers no athletic scholarship...

    Blog | March 26, 2013
  5. When Up With People dominated halftime

    Doug Williams

    Long before superstars took over the Super Bowl halftime show, there was Up With People. Between the marching bands of the earliest games and Michael Jackson's appearance in January 1993, four halftimes were filled with hundreds of energetic, clea...

    Blog | January 31, 2013
  6. Super Bowl a bleak week for suffering fans

    Doug Williams

    Roderic Collins has Detroit Lions golf clubs, a Lions bumper sticker and license plate frame, a closet full of Lions clothes and sends out Lions-themed cards at Christmas. He's had Lions season tickets for 24 years, and has traveled to see his bel...

    Blog | January 28, 2013
  7. The 10 best NFL playoff games since 2000!

    Doug Williams

    What makes a great playoff game? Sometimes, it's a flurry of points. Or it could be a great comeback, a big mistake, a clutch performance, strange weather (or a stranger call) or a play no one has ever seen before. And, in the most remarkable gam...

    Blog | January 02, 2013
  8. 12-12-12 is ultimate day for A&M, 12th Man

    Doug Williams

    Until recently, the hottest-selling football jersey at Texas A&M was No. 12. Year after year, No. 12 has been No. 1. "Hands down," says Jason Cook, the school's vice president of marketing and communications. No. 12 is a magic number at A&M,...

    Blog | December 11, 2012
  9. Remembering Elway's summer of baseball

    Doug Williams

    Long before "The Drive" and those two Super Bowl victories, there were the throws from right field. Thirty years after John Elway played his one and only season of minor league baseball for the Oneonta Yankees in 1982, his manager still recalls th...

    Blog | September 06, 2012
  10. Fans keep NFL's Portsmouth Spartans alive

    Doug Williams

    Today, the NFL is about giant stadiums, bigger revenue streams and larger-than-life multimedia stars. But Jim Kennedy and Billy McClurg want people to know it wasn't always that way. Once, their little hometown of Portsmouth, Ohio, on the banks...

    Blog | August 08, 2012
  11. Athletes trademarking the phrase that pays

    Doug Williams

    If you're a "man on a mission" who "can't wait" for the next "Linsanity" or "Tebowing" craze to make another athlete "Invinceable" as a businessman, you're probably just an "unbelievably believable" fan. Or, if you read that first sentence and rec...

    Blog | July 13, 2012
  12. Los Angeles Rams fans want franchise back

    Doug Williams

    Andrew Hogan doesn't have a single memory of watching the Rams play in Los Angeles or Anaheim. And he never had the chance to watch Jack Snow catch a bomb from Roman Gabriel or feel the disappointment of a string of playoff losses in the 1960s and '7...

    Blog | April 26, 2012
  13. It's Friday morning ... time for Jeopardy!

    Doug Williams

    Welcome back to another edition of Jeopardy!, the quiz that tests your knowledge of sports, pop culture and assorted trivia. Please remember to phrase your responses in the form of a question. (Correct questions at the end of the quiz.) 1. Ans...

    Blog | April 20, 2012