Football

Dan Dierdorf on the mend after surgery-filled 2014

It was nearly a year ago when Dan Dierdorf had major back surgery, a "12-level fusion" in which three rods and 33 screws were inserted into his spine. It was a rough go for the Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman from the St. Louis Cardinals who later ascended to national football broadcasting prominence, including a 12-season stint as an analyst on "Monday Night Football."

Football

Bob Ford: NFL enabled Patriots' cheating

Let's start right at the top and say I had no idea that both teams in an NFL game supplied the footballs for their own offenses. The mystery of how a game ball gets from the Wilson factory to its appointed spot on the field never seemed like an interesting subject. There's a bag of balls, and when they need another, some kid tosses one to the official. What could be complicated about that? What could be more elemental to the game than the mere presence of the football?

Sports

Could Super Bowl be Lynch's finale in Seattle?

For all the importance placed around finding the right quarterback, the trade that brought Marshawn Lynch to Seattle part way through the 2010 season could be considered the most important transaction Pete Carroll made in the makeover of the Seahawks.

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