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Last updated: Tue. Jan. 21, 2014 - 03:08 am EDT


Cheap Shots: Super Bowl leaves Roger Goodell out in the cold

The NFL commish might put the freeze on kickers, though

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell plans to sit outside at the Super Bowl, no matter how cold or inclement the weather. In other words, he'll be just like the regular folks who pay $4,000 for a ticket.

I guess I was most surprised by his plans to go shirtless with the Super Bowl XLVIII logo painted on his chest.

Kickers headed to endangered species list?

The NFL might eliminate the extra-point kick after touchdowns since they've become nearly automatic, Goodell told While NFL purists might balk, I think another idea would be met with even more resistance: To tone down violence, teams will have only one designated hitter.

Belichick revokes Welker fan club membership

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker deliberately tried to hurt Patriots defensive back Aqib Talib on a collision that knocked Talib out of the AFC Championship game. “It's one of the worst plays I've seen,” Belichick said. “That's all I'll say about that."

Who else was caught off guard by Belichick's decision to quote “Forrest Gump"?

Review of the game film was conclusive: Tom Brady's throws were all over the place after he found out Welker was still on the other team.

He loves LA!

Did you see where Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw signed a seven-year, $215 million contract? That sounds like a lot until you break it down and it comes out to only about $230,000 per inning. Keep in mind that some innings last nearly 15 minutes, and there's a lot of standing.

A columnist's best friend

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's behavior at the end of the Seahawks' win over the 49ers continues to generate reaction across the country. TV analysts, radio hosts, and print and Internet columnists were all in agreement: Sherman makes everyone's job a little easier. Thanks, Sherm!

Cuban currency

The NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $100,000 for confronting officials, fulfilling his desire to be fined one last time before David Stern retires as commissioner Feb.1. Cuban has been fined $1.9 million over the years and has matched those fines with donations to charity. Financially, Cuban is doing just fine.

This column is the commentary of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel. Email Reggie Hayes at

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