Florio and the Profootballtalk.com team penned this gem that’s sure to give Head Coach Mike Nolan some good material for his team. It seems that the Cards think the Niners are the perfect patsy’s for the opening of their new stadium! CARDS HAND PICKED THE 49ERS FOR OPENING WEEKEND A league source tells us that the NFL threw the Arizona Cardinals a bone by asking the team to identify the opponent against which they’d most like to christen the Cards’ new digs. And the Cardinals specifically selected the San Francisco...

This is a video of CNN’s coverage of the passing of nature celebrity Steve Irwin ...

Crocodile hunter and expert Steve Irwin passed away after being fatally stabbed by a Stingray yesterday. What is shocking about this development — to me — is that at 44 years old, you expect him to just be around. Part of the Zeitgeist. But his passing just reminds me of how precious life is and how much we should thank God for every moment we’re here. Here’s Steve in action: ...

I personally found it hard to believe that stadium managment company SMG thought suing the 14 companies responsible for the construction of the Louisiana Superdome’s roof would actually bear fruit. SMG claims that “”The roof was supposed to insure that the Superdome could serve as a haven of evacuation of last resort for hurricanes which threaten New Orleans; an ark in any storm where residents who could not otherwise evacuate would be safely housed.” I smirked until I learned that “Horizon Group”...

My favorite composer, John Williams — who developed the now legendary Star Wars theme — conceived of the military-march that is the theme for “NBC’s Sunday Night Football.” It doesn’t matter what the music, John Williams always makes something you want to hum! If you’ve not heard the music, just visit the show website at NFL Sunday Night Football. ...

Hmm… Atlanta. Carolina. New Orleans. Tampa Bay. Mike Silver of SI says the NFC East is the toughest division in the NFL. But I’d take the teams of the NFC South any day. They have the best defenses and now the best running back in the league in Reggie Bush. What? He’s not taken a snap? …Just wait! ...

The practice squad move was just announced. The Steelers should place him on the 53-man roster for the game vs. the Dolphins. Steelers Finish Cuts, Release Morgan, Frazier Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – The Pittsburgh Steelers reached their 53- player roster limit on Saturday, adding wide receiver Quincy Morgan and linebacker Andre Frazier to an initial list of 20 cuts. Morgan played in all 16 regular season games for the Steelers last season, catching nine passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns and also appearing as a kickoff...

From Seahawks blog Hawks pick up Eagles FB Posted by Jose Romero at 01:50 PMThe Seahawks have made a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for fullback Josh Parry. Parry, 28, did not start the Eagles’ exhibition finale against the New York Jets Friday, though he was listed as a substitute in the final game statistics. Parry, 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds, is in his third NFL season. He has also been a special teams contributor for the Eagles. Parry apparently lost the starting fullback job to Thomas Tapeh, making him expendable. The Seahawks...

Darrell Jackson was Seattle’s most effective receiver in Super Bowl XL this year. Inaction Jackson: Hawks’ top WR still sidelinedBy Danny O’NeilSeattle Times staff reporter ROD MAR / THE SEATTLE TIMESSeahawks wide receiver Darrell Jackson, recovering from knee surgery, hasn’t practiced with the team since February.He’s an NFL wide receiver, a position played by some of the NFL’s loudest personalities. But Darrell Jackson has been the silent type the past year, declining most interview requests, and...

Here’s more on the 49ers pass rush problems as described by the SF Chronicle’s Kevin Lynch. 49ERS NOTEBOOK Job openings: Pass rushers neededKevin Lynch, Chronicle Staff WriterMonday, September 4, 2006 Mike Nolan looked haggard, and his rapid-fire style of speech was slowed during his daily briefing with the media after Sunday’s practice. The 49ers’ head coach appeared to be a man who had personally scoured the nation in search of a pass rusher. And he sort of was. The team did leave the 53rd spot on the roster...

Coach Mike Nolan’s Notebook: Sept. 3 Q&A RE: Injury update: “Delanie Walker has a shoulder and he is out. Vickiel Vaughn was out here today watching practice but he is on injured reserve. Shawntae Spencer practiced today. He is under control but we just wanted to get him out here. He should be ready for the game. Parys Haralson just went through some individual and group, but he is still questionable. Really Spencer is actually questionable as well.” RE: Roster moves: “We claimed Roderick Green off the waiver wire from...

Colts Obtain Defensive End LaCasse from Ravens – from Colts.com INDIANAPOLIS – Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy believes a team can never have too many quality defensive linemen.On Saturday, the Colts made a move to add another. Ryan LaCasse, a defensive end from the University of Syracuse, was obtained by the Colts on Saturday from the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for an undisclosed future draft selection. LaCasse (6-feet-2, 257 pounds), a seventh-round selection in this past April’s NFL Draft, started 15 of 46 games at Syracuse,...

I know this was a hard decision for head coach Tony Dungy, and they gave Shaun every chance to make the team. But it came down to a numbers game. Colts release Shaun King, three former draft picks NFL.com wire reports INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 3, 2006) — Veteran quarterback Shaun King and three former draft picks — defensive tackle Vincent “Sweet Pea” Burns, defensive end Jonathan Welsh and defensive back Von Hutchins — were among 25 players released by the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts were required to trim...

This proves that there must be a way to measure “maturity” in evaulating a college athlete for the NFL. Perhaps the worst is over and he will be a better person and player. Lions cut WR Rogers, No. 2 pick in 2003 NFL.com wire reports DETROIT (Sept. 2, 2006) — This is not what the Detroit Lions or Charles Rogers had in mind when the wide receiver was drafted second overall three years ago. After being cut, his career in Detroit ended with just 36 receptions for 440 yards and four touchdowns along with two broken collarbones...

Why was an off duty cop looking to make an arrest? Something here does not pass the logic test. Was the cop himself intoxicated? Also was the officer driving an unmarked car? If so, it may have been hard for Foley to tell if he was a cop. Chargers’ Foley shot by off-duty cop By Sandra DibbleUNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITERSeptember 4, 2006 Chargers linebacker Steve Foley underwent surgery for gunshot wounds yesterday after being shot by an off-duty police officer outside his Poway home. Steve FoleyThe 3:41 a.m. shooting occurred...

This development could be a blessing for backup quarterback Charlie Batch. The question is how will the Steelers offense cope with the Dolphins pass rush? It’s going to be a long evening; look for the Steelers to run early and often, then go with play action. Roethlisberger has emergency appendectomy NFL.com wire reports PITTSBURGH (Sept. 3, 2006) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had an emergency appendectomy after becoming ill before practice and will miss Pittsburgh’s season opener at home...

It’s that Smell…..that smell of food slowly roasting over a BBQ grill. The last gasp of summer (although you’d never know it in NY where we had fall like temps this week and flooding due to Ernesto) is on us, and that means Football season has begun. Weather yours is of the college variety, which has just begun this weekend, or the NFL variety which begins next weekend, you can now rejoice,..Your time has come, your games are here. Usually this is the weekend where everyone takes a short trip, visits family, or has a...

CNN’s Kyra Phillips makes the “Top 10” list on David Letterman’s “The Late Show” after her appearance — or mic mistake — during President Bush’s speech commemorating Hurricane Katrina on Monday. Here’s the video: ...

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE280 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017(212) 450-2000 * FAX (212) 681-7573 WWW.NFLMedia.comJoe Browne, Executive Vice President-CommunicationsGreg Aiello, Vice President-Public Relations FOR USE AS DESIREDNFL-52 8/31/06 RON HILL APPOINTED NFL VP OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS RON HILL, a 26-year NFL scout and player personnel executive, has been named NFL vice president of football operations, the league announced today. Hill will work under the NFL’s new Senior Vice President of Football Operations RAY ANDERSON in multiple...

The New England Patriots have treated their star wide receiver Deion Branch like crap. First they fail to offer a competitive contract to him, then fine him something like $14,000 for each day of his training camp holdout, and now they’ve rejected trade offers from the Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets. Now, Deion’s running — right to the NFL Players Association to file a grevance. I hope he wins in arbitration. ...