ESPN’s Chris Mortensen will be temporarily stepping away from his duties as an NFL analyst while undergoing treatment for Stage IV throat cancer. Mortensen announced the news via a statement on ESPN.com:
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell held a press conference in Chicago today to announce the 2016 NFL Draft’s return to the city, and while he was taking questions, the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin took the chance to ask why the league didn’t correct Chris Mortensen’s “11 of 12 footballs” report when Ted Wells’s investigation…
The first report that something fishy had occurred with the footballs during the AFC Championship game came from Bob Kravitz, a reporter for Indianapolis’s WTHR. But it was Chris Mortensen’s report the next day that 11 of the 12 footballs were under inflated by two pounds that turned what had been a “huh, this is…
Remember this tweet?
There is every reason to believe that the NFL is lying, that league executives had seen the video of Ray Rice punching out his fiancée—not least of which is the fact that at least one NFL reporter described the contents of the tape, accurately and in detail, months before it was released by TMZ.
On this afternoon's NFL Insiders, Mort received a phone call he just had to take. I'm so disappointed that it was time for a commercial break, because his mic was still on. We were this close to TV viewers getting breaking news before Twitter users for the first time this decade.
Those Manning boys sure are having a good time in Durham, aren't they? Eli's over here causing all kinds of mischief with Chris Mortensen's hair, and now we have big brother Peyton pulling a prank on one of his best wide receivers.
Peyton Manning is working out with Wes Welker at Duke University, which is the second-whitest sentence ever written. (The first is "The Masters starts today.")
When the season is actually delayed, we'll hate the NFL lockout for that. But for now we're just pissed at Goodell and/or De Smith that there's no football news out there. Summers suck for sports, and NFL draft/free agency/holdouts/training camp talk are an entire second season that we're lacking. Which is why we're…
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The most important facet of any relationship is communication, and ESPN's crack football writer and the NFL's angriest franchise are apparently lacking in that department.