Talking Points: S.I. jinx strikes Seahawks



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What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:


Well, that Sports Illustrated jinx didn’t take long.

On the day the latest edition of the magazine reached mailboxes — with the Seahawks Richard Sherman on the cover — that hip bit of news was trumped by word that Percy Harvin might need hip surgery.

If Harvin is on the Physically Unable to Perform list for long, it takes a big-time playmaker away from Russell Wilson and company. Not the best way to start one of the most hyped seasons in Seahawks history.

Thanks a lot S.I.


The Dallas Cowboys announced a multi-year, multimillion dollar branding deal that will change the name of Cowboys Stadium to AT&T Stadium.

So for those of you not keeping score at home, it means that AT&T Stadium will be the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Park will be the home of the MLB’s San Francisco Giants, AT&T Center will be the home of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs. Heck, even the minor league Chattanooga Lookouts play at AT&T Field.

It’s a good thing, because with all these naming rights, we might never hear of this company called AT&T.


The agent of San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown apparently forgot to show him the money clause.

Brown has voided a $2 million escalator in his contract after he chose not to participate in the team’s voluntary offseason program.Yet Brown said he learned of it via Twitter on Thursday because he didn’t know about that clause in the deal, and he then fired agent Brian Overstreet for the mistake.

“No one wants to leave money on the table,” Brown said. “… that’s what agents get paid to do, to orchestrate the contract and to let you know what you can and can’t do. He didn’t do that.”