Losses to the Bengals and (sheesh!) the Chiefs have loosened Pittsburgh's wild-card grip. Safety Troy Polamalu's out with a knee injury, and QB Ben Roethlisberger came out of last week's game after a hit to the head, but receiver Hines Ward's mouth still works: "The coaches have to put us in a better position," he said.
You know your stock has fallen when even the Knicks can't use you. The ex-Sixer, ex-Nugget, ex-Piston, ex-Grizzly has been there for anyone's taking since Memphis waived him on Nov. 16. But teams fear the potential kvetching more than they covet the potential points.
You think Bill Belichick's fourth-and-two gamble was risky? How about going for it on fourth-and-22—with a fake punt, against your archrival? That's what Yale, under the direction of coach Tom Williams, tried to pull off last Saturday. Sorry, guys. Harvard Beats Yale 14--10.
He's a loser, and he's sore. "I thought I won," the fighter said again and again after getting beat in a split decision by Forrest Griffin at UFC 106. Strange judging is becoming another blight on the sport. Said UFC boss Dana White of the officiating controversies: "It's terrible."