St. Louis Rams: The club hired Kurt Schottenheimer as
secondary coach Monday.
Schottenheimer replaces Perry Fewell, who left the Rams to work
for the Chicago Bears.
The younger brother of Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer
served as defensive backs coach for Green Bay last season. Before
that, he worked as defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions from
2002-2003, the Washington Redskins in 2001 and the Kansas City
Chiefs from 1999-2000.
He served as the Chiefs' defensive backs coach from 1995-98 and
their special teams coach from 1989-94. His first NFL position was
as special teams coach for the Cleveland Browns.
Minnesota Vikings: Phoenix-area businessman Reggie Fowler said
he is still interested in buying the the club, and he was
reportedly shopping for a home in the Twin Cities area.
Fowler, who was in Minneapolis on Monday, told KMSP-TV that he
spent part of the day shopping for a house. If Fowler purchases the
team he would stay here, but his company, Spiral Inc., would stay
based in Arizona, KMSP reported.
Fowler, who is black, would be the NFL's first minority owner.
"Currently we're still evaluating the opportunity to acquire
the Vikings," Fowler told the television station during an
interview at Target Center, where he attended a Timberwolves game.
"We've met with Mr. (Red) McCombs, we had a very enjoyable
meeting. We're just trying to hope to get through the process soon
so that we can make a decision that works for all parties."
McCombs, the team's current owner, is asking for a reported $600
million. There has been some skepticism about whether Fowler has
Fowler owns Spiral Inc., which supplies grocery stores with
bags, cups, containers, labels and janitorial supplies. He also
owns broadcasting, aviation and construction management and
distribution companies with the Spiral name.
Harris took a lateral from Troy Brown following a blocked punt
and ran 49 yards for a touchdown in New England's 24-17 win over
the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game. In the Super
Bowl, he forced a fumble that led to a touchdown in the Patriots'
20-17 win over the St. Louis Rams.
Harris, 27, was signed this year to the Patriots' active roster,
but was inactive for the team's playoff wins over the Indianapolis
Colts and Sunday over the Steelers.
The 5-foot-9, 194-pound Harris was originally selected by the
Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 draft out of Virginia and
spent four seasons with the team. He played in 52 regular-season
games, made 29 tackles, had one sack and one interception, and also
made 22 special-teams tackles.
Harris became a free agent after the 2003 season.
Championship game ratings: The AFC and NFC championship game broadcasts had
their highest combined overnight TV ratings in eight years.
Fox's broadcast of Philadelphia's 27-10 victory over Atlanta
drew an overnight rating of 28.6 with a 48 share, a 14 percent jump
from last year's NFC title game between the Eagles and Carolina and
the game's highest rating since 1997.
New England's 41-27 win against Pittsburgh drew a 27.0 rating
with a 38 share for CBS, up 2 percent from the AFC title game a
year ago between the Patriots and Indianapolis and the highest for
the game since 1999.
The two broadcasts combined for a 55.6 rating, the highest
overall draw since 1997 when Green Bay defeated Carolina and the
Patriots beat Jacksonville.
The rating is the percentage of all homes with TVs, whether or
not they are in use. Overnight ratings measure the 55 largest TV
markets in the United States, covering nearly 70 percent of the