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

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FNM illustration: Kevin Wilson With Clovis product Hank Baskett not currently on an NFL roster this season, what team, if any, should eastern New Mexico football fans support? Dallas is an obvious choice. 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 […]

Baskett searching for team

CNJ staff The agent for Clovis native Hank Baskett said times are uncertain, but the wide receiver is ready to go. Baskett, an unrestricted free agent, has 77 catches for 1,098 yards and six touchdowns in five seasons with Philadelphia, Indianapolis and, most recently, Minnesota. The NFL lockout compressed the free agent period, leading to […]

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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File photo Jessie Poku scores against Central Oklahoma. He led the Greyhounds this season with 86 catches for 932 yards and 11 TDs. 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 […]

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 […]

Baskett makes Eagles’ roster

Clovis’ Hank Baskett beat out Kelley Washington for the fifth and final wide receiver spot with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to the team’s website. NFL teams were required to trim their rosters to 53 players Saturday. Besides playing receiver, Baskett is considered a strong special teams player. Baskett, a 2001 Clovis High graduate and former […]

Supreme Court decision deals blow to NFL

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 are not a […]

Fundraiser earns children chat with former NFL player

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Lindsey Middle School students had an interview via Internet with former NFL player George Martin on Friday. They raised $1,400 for A Journey for 9/11, Martin’s charity that contributes money for the medical care of first responders injured while responding to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. By Argen Duncan: […]

Friday morning briefing: NFL favorites, and thanks to veterans

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Baskett busy as NFL player, reality TV star, father-to-be

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Courtesy photo: E! Entertainment In a scene from Sunday’s “Baskett Cases” episode of “Kendra,” Kendra Wilkinson, left, and Hank Baskett drive through Clovis. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Hank Baskett’s busiest offseason as an NFL player isn’t nearly over yet. He had his salary tripled in April with a one-year, $1.545 million tender offer […]