Brady, McCaffrey and Wilson top NFL quotes of the week

9:11 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Russell Wilson compares himself to Weapon X, and more from our NFL quotes of the week. ‘I heal quick … I don’t know if it’s Wolverine blood or what.’ Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson, on how his healing factor compares to that of the … Read more

Panthers dress up for Halloween event with hospital patients

Halloween is less than a week away, and many sports teams are getting into the spirit. The Carolina Panthers are the latest to celebrate, as they hosted their “Halloween Spooktacular” event. Carolina’s 2022 rookies and patients from the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, strutted their stuff while dressed up in costumes featuring various … Read more

Islanders legend Denis Potvin creates ‘Potvin Socks’

Anytime the New York Rangers play, their fans’ derogatory chant toward New York Islanders Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin can be heard. It begins with a fan whistling from the stands, repeating the same five notes three times. Then three staccato whistles. Then the chorus: “POTVIN SUCKS!” The tune has existed for decades, whether … Read more

Patriots Bailey Zappe’s ROY award odds go way up

While chants of “Zappe! Zappe! Zappe!” were ringing at Gillette Stadium, a flurry of big bets on New England Patriots quarterback Bailey Zappe hit Caesars Sportsbook, causing the first-year signal caller’s Rookie of the Year odds to move from 50-1 to 5-1 in approximately 30 minutes during the first half of Monday’s game against the … Read more

1-32 poll, stats to know

Welcome to Week 8 of the NFL regular season. Our power panel — a group of more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities — evaluated how teams are stacking up through seven weeks. The New York Jets and New York Giants continue to win while the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue … Read more

After ALCS win, Astros in pursuit of perfection

10:57 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” NEW YORK — There’s a hardness to this Houston Astros team, one honed by years hearing every insult imaginable, existing as flypaper for vitriol, living a life of perpetual villainy. It’s something … Read more

NBA first-week surprises – The good (the Jazz!), the bad (the 76ers) and the ugly (sorry, Lakers fans)

The first week of the 2022-23 NBA season did not disappoint, delivering big-time performances, upsets and playoff-caliber matchups. Ja Morant and Paolo Banchero got off to strong starts, as the Memphis Grizzlies star scored 49 points against the Houston Rockets on Friday night and the Orlando Magic player on Wednesday became the first rookie since … Read more

Should the 49ers have gone all-in?

The 49ers’ 44-23 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday reinforced both sides of the debate surrounding Thursday’s dramatic trade for Christian McCaffrey. If you loved the deal — which saw San Francisco give up 2023 second-, third- and fourth-round picks plus a fifth-rounder in 2024 — you saw flashes suggesting the running back could be … Read more

2022 World Series – What Astros, Phillies need to do to win

The 2022 World Series matchup is set. Starting Friday, the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies will clash for the Commissioner’s Trophy in a meeting of one league’s favorite and the other league’s biggest underdog. Under MLB’s new playoff format, the Phillies entered as the sixth and final seed in the National League but advanced all … Read more

NFL Week 7 takeaways – Lessons, big questions for every game

5:00 PM ET NFL NationESPN It’s Week 7 of the 2022 NFL season, and here are our weekly game takeaways. On Thursday night, the Arizona Cardinals‘ offense came alive at home against the New Orleans Saints. Sunday came with a few surprises: Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ offense struggled against a Carolina Panthers … Read more