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Steelers sign WR Antonio Brown to five-year, $42.5 Million Contract Extension

Antonio Brown after scoring a TD vs. Falcons

According to Albert Breer of, The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed wide receiver Antonio Brown to a five-year, $42.5 million contract extension that goes through the 2017 season.

“We are excited to announce that Antonio Brown will be with the team through at least the 2017 season,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement.“He has played a major role in our success over the past two years and we are thrilled he will be a Steeler for many years to come.”

The Steeler MVP known for this tremendous work ethic was the team’s second-leading receiver last season with 69 receptions for 1,108 yards and two touchdowns. He is poised for a break out season and we look forward to seeing him in the end zone many times so he can delight us with his insane end zone dance.



Marvin Lewis Place Training Camp Twitter Ban on Bengals



Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis wants his team’s full focus on football during training camp. And to his mind, that means banning the use of Twitter for players currently on his roster.

Lewis admits that he’s not the most tech savvy guy, but feels that he has already seen an adverse impact from the medium on his team. “I think people have to have the maturity and the wherewithal to be able to handle it. Thus far, what I have experienced since April is we don’t have the maturity to handle it. I don’t see how tweeting is going to help us win a football game.”

The Twitter ban comes after Bengals rookie corner Dre Kirkpatrick took to Twitter to confirm a knee injury.

The decision was made by the coach consultation with team leaders who, like Lewis, saw no value in permitting players to tweet during camp.

Lewis says that a decision has not yet been reached for the regular season.

 – Brandy Campbell


Jeremy Shockey rips NFL, Goodell on Twitter

Jeremy Shockey

Jeremy Shockey has taken to Social Media to voice his displeasures for the ‘Lying, know it all’ Roger Goodell and his takes on the Concussion issue that is taking the NFL by storm.

There are several lawsuits with more than 3,000 former players lined up to sue the league claiming that the NFL knew that concussions had long term health effects, and the league apparently told said players that there were no health effects and long term issues.

Jeremy Shockey sounds as if he’s thinking of eventually joining in on these lawsuits after a series of tweets that touched on concussions, the NFL lying about it, and saying he’ll be dead by 54 years old.


It would be great to give the health study on NFL players on a commercial during the games!! just want the fans and congress to know! FACT


The no it all Rog goodell lied to every player and told us concussions will not effect us in life that a LIE!…


NFL stands for NOT for Long!! in the league and Life

Science tells me I’ll be dead time in 54yrs old!! What would u do?

Snoop Dogg Calls out Steelers for not paying Mike Wallace

Snoop Dogg 

Snoop Dogg is known primarily for his music and extra curricular activities, but he’s also known for being a die-hard NFL fan, particularly the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Like many Black and Yellow faithful, Snoop is a little upset at the Steelers for not getting the job done in regards to paying Mike Wallace. I don’t blame the team here as word leaked that no team handed him a serious offer sheet in Free Agency because he was after Larry Fitzgerald money, something he isn’t deserving of quite yet.

Wallace is without a doubt the best Wide Receiver on the team, but he’s still not regarded as one of the best in the league. Some refer to him as a one-trick-pony that can only run the go route, but that’s nonsense. Wallace is one hell of a receiver that can do it all – he’s just not categorized as elite. With his recent no-show to Steelers camp, it appears that he is serious about getting a new deal, and fans are calling for it as he is.

Snoop Dogg joined the Total Access crew on NFL Network on Thursday and voiced his displeasure at the team for not getting a deal done with Wallace yet, “Hey, Rooney, man,” he said, “get y’all thing together. Pay the man. Look, I know he ain’t proven, you know, three, four years in the game, but we need him, man. I mean, you tell me somebody else that’s gonna do what he do. We need him, man. Get it together. Y’all go ‘head and have that conversation, you know, get the apples and oranges together so we can move on.”

Two things here. 1) Snoop, I love ya man, but the Rooney’s don’t do up the contracts. That job belongs to General Manager Kevin Colbert, and he says that he wants to keep Wallace a Steeler. 2) What do appples and oranges have to do with a contract negotiation?!

Earlier in the week it was reported that the Steelers and Wallace have put a halt to negotiations. I hope they get it done, so Wallace will be able to join his teammates in camp to learn the new Todd Haley offense that’s being put in place. The longer he sits out, the less and less he learns, and he’s not showing up until he gets a deal as he’s refused to sign the restricted tender that was placed on him.

He’s set to make $2.7 million this season under the tender, and if the team didn’t tender him, he’d make around 500k for the season. So they’ve taken small steps to make him happy – but apparently it’s not enough, and the history of the team suggests that they won’t pay him ‘Fitz money‘. We’ll see if talks resume, but for the sake of Snoop, Pay the man!

 – Justin Arbogast @NFLGuy_SK

Jets may use Antonio Cromartie at WR




The New York Jets are always trying something new. Whether it’s using a guy like Tim Tebow in special packages, or using the Former Jet Brad Smith in a variety of ways, they have a trick to doing things.

A big topic of Jets football thus far has been lack of depth at RB and WR. They haven’t focused too much on bringing in players at either position, but today Jets coach Rex Ryan said that they may be using cornerback Antonio Cromartie at Wide Receiver.

“You have 53 guys on your roster and 45 are active and you’re sitting back some games there has to be some crossover,” Ryan said. “Don’t be surprised if Cromartie plays some receiver, that’s something we talked about. You have to be ready for those type of things.”

Using a player on both sides of the ball isn’t new in the NFL, but when it happens it’s talked about quite a bit. If Cro comes to play WR, he knows the tendencies that secondaries use and it might be a plus for him. He might also be a horrible receiver. He does have fairly good hands as a DB though, so it could work out.

Rex also updated the status of Rookie Stephen Hill and said “I definitely take credit for that second round pick. So far so good, but he’s really been impressive.” 

The Jets want to get back to the Ground & Pound offense, but they haven’t reached out to any RB’s to add depth. Maybe they’ll bring someone over from the defense? | Hang Time Blog

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HANG TIME,  New Jersey — With The Finals, the Draft and most of free agency in the rearview mirror, it’s really time to start getting ready for the 2012-13 NBA season, a return to the standard 82-game schedule.

That schedule, all 1230 games, was revealed Thursday on NBA TV.  And, of course, it gets started with a ceremony on Biscayne Bay.

LeBron James will get his ring and the Miami Heat will raise their second championship banner on Tuesday, Oct. 30, on TNT. Then, they’ll open the 2012-13 season by hosting the Boston Celtics, the team that had them down 3-2 in the conference semifinals this past June. This was already a fierce rivalry, and it will only get more interesting with Ray Allen‘s defection to South Beach.

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2012-2013 NBA Schedule Comes out Tonight!

2012-2013 NBA Schedule Comes out Tonight!.

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Go behind the scenes for an all-access look at Team USA during practice.

Im a true believer that TEAM USA will win Gold this year. I know we have a huge size disadvantage. But we also have guys named Kobe, Kevin, & Lebron that can and will make up for the size we don’t have. These may be the three best players in the world. (Yes Kobe at the age of 33 is still better than half of the world). The only team that can even maybe give them a run for their money is Spain, and thats because of the Gasol brothers.

Lakers Talk with Ice Cube

Laker fan Ice Cube Joins the First Take team to discuss the teams offseason moves.

Penn State Players Committed

Penn State Players Michael Zordich and Micael Mauti announce their commitment to the School.

The players are sort of the victims here also. Not as much as the children that were touched. But these players are being punished for things they had no control over. This really wasn’t a football issue. Even though the leaders of the football program are all at Fact including Coach Joe. -TLHT | Hang Time Blog

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