Rivers makes first playoff start in shadow of Brady’s success

From Yahoo!

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Philip Rivers would love to be just like Tom Brady.

Seriously, who wouldn’t want to win a Super Bowl in his first season as a starting quarterback, then add on a couple more? That’s what Brady did in compiling his gaudy 11-1 postseason record.

For Rivers to follow that path, he and his San Diego Chargers will have to beat the playoff-seasoned New England Patriots on Sunday in a divisional-round game at Qualcomm Stadium.

“Obviously I understand it, as all quarterbacks do, that you have a won-loss record attached to your name,” Rivers said Wednesday. “I don’t want to do it for me. I want to do it for us.”

Hodge traded to the Bucks.

From ESPN:

The Denver Nuggets need some breathing space from luxury-tax territory. The Milwaukee Bucks need backcourt scoring to counter their injury crisis.

That’s why the teams, according to NBA front-office sources, are combining on a trade featuring Earl Boykins that will be announced later Thursday.

Now 10 games into the Allen Iverson Era, Denver has agreed to send Boykins and little-used guard Julius Hodge to the Bucks for guard Steve Blake.

Football Jesus to Pro Bowl!

As his first year as the starting QB for the Chargers Philip Rivers was selected as one of the three AFC QB’s.

From the NFL.com…

(Dec. 19, 2006) — The San Diego Chargers will power the American Football Conference’s 2007 Pro Bowl squad with a conference-high nine players — the most in franchise history — when the AFC faces the National Football Conference All-Stars, the NFL announced today. The game will be played on Saturday, February 10, in Honolulu, Hawaii (CBS, 6 p..m. ET).

Nine members of the AFC roster are first-time All-Stars, including Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, in his first year as a starter, and three of his San Diego teammates. The Chargers own the conference’s best record at 12-2.