That Football Tony Sparano And The Raiders Buried Is Still There

To motivate his team after an 0-4 start, Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano buried a football to symbolize a fresh start. Oakland went on to lose six more consecutive games before winning its first in Week 11, so it worked, eventually. Sparano might have been replaced by Jack Del Rio after the season, but the… »5/08/15 3:50pm5/08/15 3:50pm


Football Coaches' Motivational Gimmicks Have Never Not Been Lame

Spurred by new Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano burying a football (and ideally the 0-4 start), Drew recalled some of the worst and saddest motivational tactics coaches have turned to to inspire their uninspired charges. Today in the Los Angeles Times, Sam Farmer does the same thing, rounding up some of the weirder… »10/12/14 12:24pm10/12/14 12:24pm

Tony Sparano's Exit Plays Out Like World's Saddest Horse Race

Tony Sparano was a goner as soon as this game ended. He knew it, you knew it—we all knew it. So, rather than talk with reporters about another woeful Jets offensive performance, he just left. No "no comment," "sorry guys, I'm not talking" or "get out of my face, you hyenas"—he just calmly walked out of the room and… »12/30/12 9:00pm12/30/12 9:00pm

Brandon Marshall's Game Plan This Week Calls For Getting Ejected And Maybe Fighting, Just So You Know

Brandon Marshall has given us a reason to talk about the Dolphins for something other than how terrible they are, and it's because of what he intends to do during Monday night's game against the Jets. Apparently Marshall hasn't been himself during the season's first four games, at least according to Marshall. And who… »10/14/11 12:05pm10/14/11 12:05pm