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Posted on: October 20, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Barkley: Those busted for PEDs are idiots (VIDEO)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We’ve discussed recently when, where and how the NFL is going to start testing for human growth hormone -- our colleague Mike Freeman has done an especially nice job with the reporting of this topic -- and in response, Showtime’s Inside the NFL crew welcomed Charles Barkley to a roundtable discussion about HGH and other performance-enhancing drugs.

It’s an interesting talk that you can see in the video below, and the always-outspoken Barkley makes some strong points.

“Any player who gets busted using performance-enhancing drugs is just an idiot,” he said. “No. 1, it’s illegal. It’s wrong. But if you get caught now, you know it’s coming. I mean, it would just make you an idiot.”

And more!

“Let me tell you something: when I saw that last week that they’re going to start testing next week, (I thought) there wasn’t a chance in the world. Some of those guys are cheating, and the union is going to protect them. They’re not going to let them start testing for HGH next week.”

And if you click the video, you get this nugget from Warren Sapp when he says his teammates who used steroids stood out “like a turd in a punch bowl.” So, you should probably click the video.



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Posted on: September 16, 2011 2:58 pm
 

Ward doesn't see how Steelers are old

WardPosted by Josh Katzowitz

While many have wondered how the Steelers will deal with some older players not performing well, especially in the wake of their four-touchdown loss to the Ravens last week, Warren Sapp had no problem giving his honest opinion.

And now that Steelers receiver Hines Ward has had a chance to respond, Ward decided he wouldn’t respond to Sapp in such harsh tones.

On Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” this week, Sapp said, “The Pittsburgh Steelers. I have three things: old, slow and it’s over. It’s just that simple. James Harrison told us that he was 70-to-75 percent. It looked more like 40 percent to me if you are looking at the ballgame I was looking at. And Hines Ward, Mercedes Sapp can cover Hines Ward right now. You have to be kidding me ... Mercedes is my 13-year-old daughter. She will cover Hines Ward in a heartbeat.

"And Troy Polamalu, Ed Dixon runs this crossing route. Troy Polamalu is trying to grab him to have a pass interference and he can’t even get close enough to grab him. [It] looked like he was dragging a wagon behind him. Touchdown Baltimore. Pittsburgh Steelers done."

Mr. Ward, your retort, please?

Ward's Getting Old?
“I don’t have a reaction to that,” Ward told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsbrugh, via sportsradiointerviews.com. "He can bring his 13-year old daughter out there and see if she can cover me if she wants to. I don’t have a reaction to that. People are always going to say something. As far as the team being old? I don’t see how the team is old. I think I am the oldest guy on the offensive side. Ben Roethlisberger is the second oldest guy on the offensive side. Defensively? You got Aaron Smith, James Farrior and Brett Keisel. We just re-signed some of our youngest guys. If you look at our team, we are not as old as people want to portray us. What does that matter anyway?

“I love Warren. He was my ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ guy before me. It’s his opinion. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and it is not going to change. There are guys older than me like Brian Dawkins. Donald Driver is older than me. Age doesn’t matter. Age is something for somebody to put out there just to make an excuse.”

Ward also realizes that he's open to criticism, and at this point in his career, he has to be used to it. Even if a former star player is the one making it.

“That’s your job,” Ward said. “That’s what makes news. Your job is to criticize and make stuff. As players we hear it, but it doesn’t validate anything. The Steelers are not going to keep me around if they do not think I am productive. We don’t just keep guys around to just keep guys around. That’s just an excuse when people start looking at the age and that stuff. If you look at our young guys…look at our wide receivers? I’m out there with second and third year guys all the time. Our whole offensive line…we are really not old up front. Rashard Mendenhall is still young and in his prime. When people say stuff like that I just laugh because when they were old one day, somebody said that about them. But now they are in a position to say that. I don’t get caught up in it.”

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Posted on: September 14, 2011 7:27 pm
 

Sapp says Steelers are 'old, slow and itís over'

Posted by Will Brinson

Tonight at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime -- one of the many wonderful properties owned by the mothership -- "Inside the NFL" will, as usual, go inside the world of professional football.

And Warren Sapp, as usual, will have a spin on things that's going to offend a few folks. In this instance, I'll go out on a limb and say the Steelers won't be loving what he has to say, as he basically leaves the Pittsburgh football dynasty for dead.

"The Pittsburgh Steelers. I have three things: old, slow and it’s over," Sapp says. "It’s just that simple. James Harrison told us that he was 70-to-75 percent. It looked more like 40 percent to me if you are looking at the ballgame I was looking at. And Hines Ward, Mercedes Sapp can cover Hines Ward right now. You have to be kidding me ... Mercedes is my 13-year-old daughter. She will cover Hines Ward in a heartbeat.

"And Troy Polamalu, Ed Dixon runs this crossing route. Troy Polamalu is trying to grab him to have a pass interference and he can’t even get close enough to grab him. [It] looked like he was dragging a wagon behind him. Touchdown Baltimore. Pittsburgh Steelers done."

Them, as we say in the South, is fightin' words. And while Sapp has a point about the problems that plauged the Steelers in Week 1 against Baltimore, I'd probably lean more towards Phil Simms' take on things.

"That’s a tremendous over-reaction to Week One," Simms says.

Look, the Steelers looked downright dreadful as Baltimore was beating them up and down the field in every aspect of the game. But lots of teams have looked bad in the first week of the season and then circulated right back around to have good seasons.

This is especially true of teams that turn the ball over seven times in the first week of the season. That's not on Harrison, that's not on Polamalu, and I'm not even sure it's really on Ward.

Most importantly, though, is the fact that just last year, this was an AFC Championship-winning team. They are most certainly older, but they are not dead just yet. In fact, if anything they're a motivated giant that might not be sleeping anymore.

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Posted on: June 28, 2011 5:30 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 5:38 pm
 

Sapp unimpressed with Huff's preparation



Posted by Ryan Wilson

We still may be without football, but former NFL player and NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp has been a one-man news-generating machine in recent days. Last week, he hopped on the "Anybody but Tiki" bandwagon, telling Rich Eisen “I didn’t think much of [Tiki Barber] when he did play. …He was a fumbler all the way through his life, and then all of a sudden, somebody taught him how to hold the ball up high and then he (left the Giants) and said, Eli (Manning) can’t lead them and they’ll never win a championship."

On Tuesday, Sapp, who played 13 NFL seasons in Tampa Bay and Oakland, appeared on the Ben and Skin Show on KESN-FM in Dallas. He had this to say about former Raiders teammate safety Michael Huff, who will be a free agent when the lockout ends.

“Michael Huff leaves something to be desired,” Sapp said. “I watched Huff for two years, not pick a pass off in practice. I seen him make a couple plays, lately. I’d really be interested to see his tape and watch his last couple of years because his first two make you want to throw up watching him practice.”

Huff was the Raiders' 2006 first-round pick (seventh overall), and his professional career can kindly be described as inconsistent. In five seasons he started 66 of 80 games, had seven picks and 38 passes defended. If Huff's numbers are a reflection of his practice habits, it's another reason for teams to be wary of him in free agency. In fact, Huff's midweek preparations used to make Sapp nauseous (figuratively ... we think).

“I went so far with Michael Huff, and you can ask him this, that my last day in Oakland, I waited in the parking lot for Michael Huff," said Sapp. "I waited in the parking lot because I wanted to talk to the young man because he made me want to throw up watching him practice. I mean, the scout team would complete ball, after ball, after ball. I’m like, ‘You’re not going to make one play? I mean, you’re not even going to put your hand on it and knock it down?’”

Sapp's last season in Oakland was 2007. That year Huff had just one pick but did register 11 passes defended. Last season, Huff had three interceptions, two forced fumbles, seven passes defended, and the Associated Press named him to its 2010 All-Pro second team.

We're guessing Sapp remains unimpressed.

(Turns out, it's not just Sapp who questions Huff's ability. Before the 2010 season Scouts, Inc. wrote that "Huff needs a lot of work on route recognition and reading the quarterback's eyes when in off coverage" and that "he has struggled to establish himself in the secondary." Scouts, Inc. didn't list Huff as one of the top-10 players on his own team, and he tied for 69th among all NFL safeties. Yikes.)

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Posted on: June 24, 2011 10:03 pm
 

Sapp, Strahan latest to call out Tiki Barber



Posted by Ryan Wilson

We mentioned it in Hot Routes this afternoon, but we might as well delve into the gory details since there's not much else going on. Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan, former players who now make their living as television analysts, are the latest to say that Tiki Barber should stay retired.

Sapp, who played 13 NFL seasons for the Buccaneers and Raiders, was blunt: “I didn’t think much of him when he did play,” he told Rich Eisen on the aptly named Rich Eisen Podcast. ”I mean that’s the whole point. He was a fumbler all the way through his life, and then all of a sudden, somebody taught him how to hold the ball up high and then he (left the Giants) and said, Eli (Manning) can’t lead them and they’ll never win a championship.

“That kind of lends to who I’m talking about. This is the same guy. This is all encompassed into the same thing. There’s no way you turn your back on your teammates that block for you, that gave you the ball on short fields and did whatever they did. … There’s still no reason for you to attack your teammates.”

Strahan, who played with Barber in New York, was in no hurry to defend his former teammate. “Sapp is 100 percent right,” he said. “Only thing is, if it comes to playing football, he can play.”

And that's the thing, Barber was a tough downhill runner. His biggest issue now, apart from the fact that he's 36 and last played in the NFL in 2006, is that he's not known as a locker room guy.

“I think it plays into the minds of some of the teams that will probably go, ‘Well, he can come in, he can be productive. We think he can. But how does that play into the chemistry of our team?’” Strahan said. “So I think that’s important if you’re a GM. That’s what you’re going to look at if you’re a head coach. Now, if you want guys that are going to give you production, that’s going to work hard, is going to bust his butt, you’re going to get all of that … But the other part, I’m not sure myself.”

Tiki's Return?
Which is basically what everyone has been saying since Barber un-retired in March.

Two related questions: has anyone defended Barber? We can't recall a single person stepping forward and saying, "Tiki would be a great addition to any NFL team!" Also: anybody else find it peculiar that Ronde, Tiki's identical twin who still plays with the Bucs, hasn't spoken up on behalf of his brother?

Maybe Ronde doesn't want to get involved (which is completely understandable). Or perhaps he doesn't think Tiki should return to football, either. We've mentioned it before (as have the commenters), but it's a strange juxtaposition, Tiki and Ronde. One player disliked by his former teammates, and another who appears to be well respected by players, coaches and fans, quietly plodding along, often playing at a Pro Bowl level during his 14-year career.

When the lockout ends and training camps begin, Tiki very well could get his opportunity to make an NFL team. It's just that history, age, and a lot of former players (some of them teammates) are against him. 

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Posted on: June 24, 2011 3:37 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.24.11: Negotiations go on and on



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • As CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman reports, the owners and players are negotiating again today. They’re just not doing it in person.
  • Jets WR Brad Smith, who’s been working out with Mark Sanchez at player-led workouts, thinks it’s a bit awkward for him to be with potential former teammates. That’s because Smith is a free agent and doesn’t know if he’ll be back in New York next season.
  • CBSSports.com’s own Andy Benoit, writing for the NY Times, ranks his top-10 safeties in the NFL. Unlike Pete Prisco, Benoit doesn’t think Troy Polamalu is overrated at all.
  • Looks like we have another locked-out football player who’s taking up boxing to stay in shape. That would be Chargers RB Mike Tolbert, who says boxing is the roughest workout he’s ever had.
  • The Jets will not be traveling to Cortland, N.Y., this season for their regularly-scheduled training camp. Instead, because the lockout hasn’t been lifted, they’ll prepare themselves at their regular home in Florham Park, N.J. The Jets plan to return to Cortland in 2012.
  • In a heartwarming tale, 136 members of the Chiefs organization traveled to Joplin, Mo., to help clean up the town that was decimated by tornados.
  • Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan don’t think former Giants RB Tiki Barber should attempt a comeback. In the case of Strahan, there are clearly still some hurt feelings for the way Barber criticized the Giants after he retired and became a network analyst.

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Posted on: February 9, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Hot Routes 2.9.11 football world carries on

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit


Former Jets quarterback Ray Lucas is in rehab for an addiction to painkillers. He’s sharing his experience via Facebook.


America’s most prominent liars (White House party crashers) managed to get into Jerry Jones’ suite during the Super Bowl, only to be promptly escorted out.


Jim Harbaugh and Alex Smith have been spending lots of time together at the Niners’ Santa Clara facility. Their relationship is strictly platonic. Or business-related.


A Bill Parcells Hall of Fame debate is understandable. But Drew Bledsoe?


The Ravens will likely be looking for a new backup for Joe Flacco this offseason.  


The Buffalo Bills are getting new uniforms in 2011 (perhaps the old ones weren’t busy enough?). On Wednesday morning, the team devoted its entire homepage to the announcement. (Which is actually an announcement about an announcement, given that the unis won’t be revealed for another few weeks.)
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Cornerback Renaldo Hill is reportedly getting a tryout with the Ravens. (What veteran corner HASN’T tried out with the Ravens in the past 12 months?)


Never too early to look ahead to next year – Super Bowl champions included.


Pro Football Weekly doesn’t think the Broncos will bring Kyle Orton back.
http://www.profootballweekly.com/st
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The Bucs recently hired two co-defensive coordinators (head coach Raheem Morris calls the shots on defense). One of them, Kevin Millard, received an endorsement from Warren Sapp. The legendary defensive tackle got on the horn with GM Mark Dominik.


Former Raiders linebacker Greg Biekert is now current Raiders linebacker coach Greg Biekert.


The Patriots are losing a few assistants. The guess here is they’ll still be fine.

Posted on: December 17, 2010 8:16 pm
 

Sapp rips Gruden over Miami job

Jon Gruden might have expressed interested in the University of Miami job (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Former NFL star and current NFL analyst (not to mention, former University of Miami standout) Warren Sapp seems to have some inside information on how the Jon-Gruden-to-the-Hurricanes situation went down (or, more accurately, didn’t go down).

Sapp was interviewed by 790 The Ticket in Miami (via SPORTSbyBROOKS ) today, and Sapp compared Gruden, his former Buccaneers coach, to “a pretty girl” who wanted to be “courted and kissed.”

According to Sapp, though he was sort of vague but sort of revealing at the same, Gruden called Hurricanes athletic director Kirby Hocutt before Miami fired Randy Shannon and expressed interest in the job that wasn’t even open yet.

The university then fired Shannon, only for Gruden to not be so interested in the job.

A few samples of Sapp’s comments:

- “Gruden told me, ‘Hell no’ the day he went and got an interview.”

-  “You don’t call someone and say ‘I want the job’ and have them fire their own coach and then don’t take the job. You just don’t do that.”

- “I don’t mind you being a pretty girl and being courted and kissed, but court and kiss on your own time. There’s a certain fraternity that you don’t break.”

- “When someone has a job, you let them (Miami) go through the process of firing that person and then you drop your name in the hat. …“You don’t call and get Kirby all excited that he’s about to get you … and then Kirby can’t deliver.”

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