Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:31 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 1:47 pm

Tiger Woods and Tim Tebow paired at AT&T Pro-Am?

Tiger Woods and Tim Tebow playing golf together?(US Presswire)
By Will Brinson

Tim Tebow's done his best to break the bastion of evil known as the Internet, via incredible comebacks and whatnot, but Al Gore's invention has stood the test of Tebow thus far. However if the rumor about Tiger Woods and Tim Tebow being paired together at the AT&T Pro-Am in Pebble Beach comes to fruition, you better lock down your servers.

Global Golf Post reports that the pairing is a possibility, citing a "highly placed source" within the tournament who says the tourney "is strongly considering issuing an invitation" to Tebow.

As CBSSports.com's Steve Elling wrote recently, Woods will make his 2012 American debut at Pebble on February 9.

"It's always been one of my favorite spots," Woods said. "It might be the prettiest place on earth."

It's one of our favorite spots too, and not just because the tournament's shown on CBS. (What? We like synergy.) But it might not look quite as pretty if Woods is paired with Tebow, because the galleries, which are typically reduced for an event like a Pro-Am, will be absolutely ridiculous.

A few things have to go down for this to happen, of course. The tournament has to invite Tebow, Tebow has to accept and Woods, per Global Golf Post, would need to "approve the pairing."

But Tiger probably would, because, well it would be good for everyone involved. Oh, and also because Tebow's a pretty good golfer: he played with Jack Nicklaus and Kenny G at the 2011 Honda Classic Pro-Am and, as you can see below, has a Phll Mickelson-like swing:

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Posted on: August 23, 2011 4:34 pm

CBS Sports announces 2011 NFL announcer pairings

Posted by Will Brinson

It's almost NFL time, kids. Which means it's also time for the 52nd season of the NFL being broadcast on the CBS Television Network.

And that also means another wonderful season of The NFL Today (the best pregame show on Sundays, and, yes, I'd tell you that even if I didn't work here), anchored as always by the excellent James Brown and featuring Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher and Shannon Sharpe.

We'll have more from the announcement/media thing in New York City later, but for now, the important stuff: the mothership's announced the 2011 announcer pairings.

Jim Nantz and Phil Simms take the spot as The NFL on CBS lead announcing team, as usual, followed immediately by Greg Gumbel, who teams again with Dan Dierdorf.

Ian Eagle will be paired with Chargers great Dan Fouts in 2011, and new legend on the block Marv Albert will team up with Rich Gannon to call games.

Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots are paired again this season, while Bill Macatee will team up with Steve Tasker.

Spero Dedes, in his second year, will call games with Steve Beuerlein, while Don Criqui and Randy Cross will pair up as well.

In bonus news, The NFL on CBS will kick off this Friday, August 26 by broadcasting the Colts-Packers preseason game and then air the Patriots-Lions game on Saturday, August 27.

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Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:43 pm

DeMaurice Smith also willing to take a salary cut

Posted by Will Brinson

Earlier Wednesday, Roger Goodell sent a letter to NFL owners indicating that he (and a number of other NFL employees) would take a serious salary cut if there was a work stoppage.

DeMaurice Smith, the Executive Director of the NFL Players Association, has one-upped him.

"NFL executives reducing salaries in the event of a lockout? If we have a deal by Super Bowl, I'll go down to 68 cents," Smith tweeted Wednesday.

Of course, it's much, much more likely that there's no "work stoppage" (ah, vague rhetoric) than it is that there's a labor deal in place within the next 10 days.

So Smith's salary is pretty safe. But that probably wasn't his point -- what he likely was implying is that, in the big scheme of things, "salary cuts" are pointless PR manipulations designed to curry favor with the fans.

None of that will matter, of course, if there's no football for fans to watch in 2011.

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Posted on: September 24, 2010 1:08 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2010 3:13 pm

Jets vote for decertification, Bears to vote soon

Posted by Will Brinson

Eight teams in the NFL have now voted to decertify from the union with the news that the Jets unanimously agreed Thursday and according to a report, the Bears will be voting soon as well.

The Jets, according to Jane McManus of ESPN , joined the Bills, Saints, Cowboys, Colts, Eagles, Redskins, and Giants as the list of teams to  unanimously vote to decertify

And Brad Biggs of Chicago Breaking Sports reports that the Bears will vote soon as well, with a similar result likely to occur.

"It's necessary because the legal process of decertifying is not an overnight deal. We need to have the wheels in motion," said Hunter Hillenmeyer, the Bears' representative to the NFLPA.

Decertification, for those wondering, is a good thing. At least for fans anyway -- a union can't sue the NFL, but a huge group of wage-earning individual players can (this is the result of the American Needle case that the NFL lost at the Supreme Court level).

If every single team (as in, all of the individual players) votes to decertify, it means that if the NFL owners decide to lock out their employees, they can quickly strike to actually decertify and then sue the NFL for antitrust violations.

Theoretically, then, lining up all the teams now, in preparation for actually decertifying, gives the NFLPA greater leverage in working to negotiate a new labor agreement.

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