Rooting problem: Without in-state team, NFL allegiances vary in eastern New Mexico

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Kevin Wilson You look at your fuel gauge, and you notice that you’ve dropped to seven-eighths of a gallon. You don’t rush to fill up, but you start to evaluate your driving. How could it go that quickly? Couldn’t I have just walked that four blocks? We’re at a similar place with the National Football […]

NFL agreement not victory for free markets

Freedom New Mexico As football fans, we’re pleased to see the National Football League’s players and owners reach a new labor agreement that saves the 2011 season. But, as defenders of free-market principles, we admit that the NFL labor agreement has us puzzled. That’s because this labor dispute doesn’t fit neatly into the traditional battle […]

Poku hoping to catch on as NFL free agent

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Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Jessie Poku finished his career at Eastern New Mexico University holding nearly every pass receiving record. Now he’s looking to catch on with an NFL team as a free agent. A four-year starter from Murphy, Texas, Poku worked out for NFL scouts last week on the ENMU campus. “The fact […]

Press release: Poku works out for NFL scouts

PORTALES, N.M. — Jessie Poku (Murphy, Richardson HS), a standout wide receiver for the Eastern New Mexico University football team received an opportunity to work out on his former home field last week, in front of national scouts, prior to the National Football League entry draft. The pro day afforded to Poku is a clear […]

Supreme Court decision deals blow to NFL

Freedom New Mexico Should the National Football League be able to act as one entity and contract with only one company for all sports logowear for all 32 NFL teams? Does acting as one entity unfairly constrain competition in the logowear business? Last month, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court found that the league’s 32 teams […]

Fundraiser earns children chat with former NFL player

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer For students at Lindsey Middle School in Portales, a talk Friday with a former NFL player topped off a month-long fundraiser that netted $1,400 for a charity. The sixth-graders raised the money for A Journey for 9/11, the organization former New York Giants defensive end George Martin started to […]

Friday morning briefing: NFL favorites, and thanks to veterans

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Every breath is precious for Eagles’ Hank Baskett

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By Marcus Hayes, Philadelphia Daily News Hank Baskett would always push it. He would feel his breath laboring, and know his lips were turning blue, and he would fight through, and he would collapse. These days, he better appreciates every breath he takes. Baskett, a 2001 Clovis High graduate, easily recalls the last time he […]

Eagle quarterback McNabb among NFL celebrities

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico f the NFL didn’t work out, Donovan McNabb could have had a solid career with the Harlem Globetrotters. The former Syracuse point guard showed he was a more than capable on the court Saturday, throwing fast break lobs to Eagles teammate and Clovis native Hank Baskett throughout the charity […]

NFL player stops at PHS on charity walk journey

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer George Martin was a Giant on the field, and he’s also a Giant off the field. When most retired NFL players are in the broadcast booth or on a beach in the Bahamas, Martin is walking across the country, over 3,500 miles in total, to benefit the rescue and […]

Local Briefs March 19, 2008

Former NFL player at PHS A retired New York Giant will walk through Portales to help raise money for seriously ill Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers. On “a Journey for 9/11” George Martin, a defensive star and co-captain in Super Bowl XXI (1986), is on a 3,500-plus mile trek to raise money for the […]

House helping power Super Bowl

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By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Among all the excitement and hype of Sunday’s Super Bowl XLII, the little community of House in Quay County has become a player. Its wind turbines are helping the National Football League produce a “green” Super Bowl event in Phoenix. The NFL calls it the “greening of the Super […]

Former Hound coaching Charger running backs

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer With the AFC’s top two teams duking it out today, one of the NFL’s best running backs is being coached by a Greyhound. Eastern New Mexico alum Matt Simon, running backs coach for the San Diego Chargers, played linebacker for the Greyhounds before becoming a graduate assistant under then […]

NFL doing viewers grave disservice

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico “Turn to page 38,” Shawn told me. I was holding Shawn’s copy of the NFL Shop catalog, and was considering a new 49ers jacket until he alerted me to the collectible Super Bowl book on page 38. It was quite a book, leatherbound with a case and handling gloves, […]

NFL imposed time limits unfair

Editorial The National Football League has picked another fight this year with the news media, which have helped make it the world’s most profitable sports franchise. There has been an uproar about vests that all news photojournalists are supposed to wear while on the sidelines of every football game. The vests carry two versions of […]

Philly plays Baskett-ball

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By Rick White Hank Baskett describes his rookie season in the NFL as a blur. Even his first touchdown — an 87-yard catch and run that helped Philadelphia beat the Dallas Cowboys — is hard to recall, he said. “I’ve been describing it for people. I tell them I can remember 10 percent of it. […]

Baskett headed for playoffs

By Rick White: Freedom Newspapers IRVING, Texas — Hank Baskett had 32 text messages waiting for him when he reached the locker room. Earlier in the night, it was Baskett and the Philadelphia Eagles who sent a message, dominating the Dallas Cowboys 23-7 Monday at Texas Stadium to earn a share of the NFC East […]

Baskett’s friends excited about pal’s NFL success

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent J.C. Pacheco can easily remember one of the first times that Hank Baskett was tried out at wide receiver. He recalls the pure athleticism, the jumping ability, the good hands, the overall potential. Of course, it’s a fonder memory for Pacheco than most defensive backs because the two were teammates […]

Baskett gets set for Eagles training camp

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Hank Baskett III knows his work is cut out trying to make it as a free agent rookie wide receiver in the NFL. The former Clovis High and University of New Mexico football standout is preparing for the start of training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles this month. “Nothing’s guaranteed,” […]

Baskett only days from NFL draft

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Hank Baskett has found something to keep his mind off this weekend’s NFL draft — softball. “I’m just keeping myself busy,” said Baskett, an all-conference wide receiver at New Mexico whose combination of size and athleticism make him a likely NFL pick. “Baseball was my first love, and (Clovis softball […]