As it turns out, fans of the country's most popular sport like quarterbacks, seemingly humble receivers and members of the Green Bay Packers. Who they don't like: quarterbacks, cocky pass catchers and Dallas Cowboys. ... The most-liked player in the NFL is Troy Polumalu, the crazy-haired, high-energy defensive back from the Pittsburgh Steelers, whose appeal rating registers at 63%. Not much surprise there -- talent, all-out effort and a roster spot on a nationally popular team go a long way with fans. The league's least-liked player: Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, the second overall pick in 2010 whose early popularity slipped into reverse as he developed a reputation for dirty play. (Forbes.com) Comment
Big Papi may be getting his last big deal. The Boston Red Sox are closing in on a two-year deal with free-agent designated hitter David Ortiz that they hope to finalize before the end of the week, according to a baseball source. The two-year term -- something that was of utmost importance to the 36-year-old Ortiz -- already has been agreed upon, the source said Tuesday, but the sides are still haggling on compensation. Ortiz is believed to be seeking a total of $25 million. The Red Sox are in that neighborhood but hope to sign him for a few million less, according to the source, who noted the monetary negotiations are not expected to get in the way of the deal's completion. (ESPN Boston) Comment
Victor Cruz wants to spend his entire career with the New York Giants, a matter he hopes to have wrapped up soon. [Cruz] again expressed hope on Tuesday that he and the Giants will agree on a long-term contract long before he hits the open market in March, 2014. In fact, in his weekly WFAN appearance, he said he hopes it happens much sooner than that. Like maybe sometime in the next few weeks. "We would like to get it done before the season's (over)," Cruz said. "We don't want to drag it along and (have it) become something that blocks the team in the offseason, and something that's in the media every day. We don't want it to get like that. We want to just knock it out halfway through the season, or during the season at the very least." (New York Daily News) Comment
Rip Hamilton goes up for a layup during the Bulls' 94-89 victory over the Thunder on Oct. 23. (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
How did Justin Verlander prepare for his start in Game 1 of the World Series? By eating Taco Bell, of course.