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76ers better than advertised?
It's not cause for alarm in Miami. Or enough reason to start printing playoff tickets in Philly. But the 76ers' 114-110 win over the Heat certainly raised eyebrows, even though the season has barely begun. Sure, Miami had reasons to lay an egg -- they were playing without Dwyane Wade on the second of back-to-back games, the night after getting their championship rings and fending off the Bulls. But they're the two-time defending champs. And these are the 76ers, a team fully expected to contend ... for the NBA's worst record. Perhaps, Michael Carter-Williams' impressive rookie debut -- 22 points, 12 assists and nine steals -- suggests he could help the 76ers win more games than the experts predicted.
The one variable NFL coaches can't control is also the one that can have the biggest impact on a team's season: Losing key players to injury. The Bears, Rams, Eagles and Colts know that all too well, as all four teams lost key performers for weeks or for the season. The Rams will have to replace QB Sam Bradford, while the Colts lost lost Reggie Wayne. The Eagles' QB situation was muddled when Nick Foles' concussion reopened questions about who should start in Philly. And the Bears, already fighting injury losses on defense, will be without quarterback Jay Cutler and linebacker Lance Briggs for weeks. Which of these teams was dealt the lousiest cards?
The hits keep on coming
Josh McCown will step in at QB while Jay Cutler recovers from a groin tear.
Tough break for Indy
With leading WR Reggie Wayne out for the season, the Colts will be counting on T.Y. Hilton and Darius Heyward-Bey.
With Sam Bradford lost for the season, the Rams must decide if they'll turn the team over to backup Kellen Clemens.
Who gets the start?
Nick Foles' concussion could put Michael Vick back in as starter in Philly. Should it?
Whether you think Colts owner Jim Irsay was taking a swipe at Broncos QB Peyton Manning's postseason record with the Colts or just being honest about his frustration at winning only one Super Bowl with Manning, this much is true: It sure got people's attention. Irsay is in a back-and-forth with Broncos coach John Fox over whether it was an "unneccesary shot" at Manning, or whether Fox "misperceived" the comments. Former Colts coach Tony Dungy said Irsay was "getting personal" in an effort to throw off Manning's game. Manning, for his part, chose silence. What's more, all this followed Irsay pumping up the Welcome Back Peyton tribute the Colts are throwing their former QB on Sunday.
Jim Irsay's Colts won a lot of games with Peyton Manning at quarterback, but just one Super Bowl.
What does the Fox say?
John Fox believes Irsay's comments about Manning's postseason record weren't needed.
And you thought you knew everything about LeBron James. In an interview with ESPN's Chris Broussard for an upcoming issue of ESPN The Magazine, LeBron opens up about his appreciation for Michael Jordan (we knew that) and Allen Iverson (we didn't know that). What's interesting is he hails both players for their fearlessness and then discusses how he has worked to overcome his own fear of failure. He also talks about whether he could or should become a "flat-out scorer" and his leadership role on the Heat. Is James on his way to becoming the greatest player in NBA history?
LeBron James says Allen Iverson was second only to Michael Jordan among his favorite players growing up.
LeBron says he had to work to overcome his fear of falling short in big moments.
If LeBron says he's not a "flat-out scorer" and has other skills, like being a team leader.
"The Decision" and its aftermath left many fans with a negative impression of LeBron, but that was four years ago.