The NFL had to choose between its black players and its conservative white fans. It, very predictably, went with its conservative, white fans.
Some things you can’t let slide.
Year Four of our online game of Dungeons and Dragons for NFL fans.
The NFL moves into the twentieth century.
Kazzy was wrong! A lot! Just like he predicted. Does that mean he was right?
As Tod predicted last week, after a week of ratings-boosting scandal coverage ESPN has decided it’s time to protect its investment with the NFL.
Grantland’s Bryan Curtis argues that today’s sports journalists are becoming “liberal.” He’s wrong.
They’re becoming journalists.
by Tod Kelly
Because people who “don’t care” if you’re gay don’t usually make laws making it illegal for your employer to keep you on.
I’m glad you asked!
Richard Sherman is laughing at us.
Here are my final NFL power rankings of the regular season, focusing just on those teams that are making the playoffs. Because, honestly, does anyone really care where the Tampa Bay Bucs rank?
Kazzy ranks the sports year month-by-month. (Spoiler: His relatively low valuation of Major League Baseball just might make Mike Schilling’s head explode)
With Rob Gronkowski destroying his knee on a perfectly legal low hit, there is some rumbling in NFL circles about whether such hits should be, in fact, legal. Despite some defenders predicting that just this sort of injury would become more common with the new rule outlawing hits to the head and neck area on…
Just four weeks remain in the NFL regular season. How do the powers line up? Here are one man’s thoughts…
Is the NFL’s hazing culture legal? If not, would changing that culture be the end of the NFL, as so many are now claiming? Tod Kelly puts on his risk manager hat and looks at the Richie Incognito debacle.
With 8 weeks behind us, let’s re-assess the contenders and the pretenders in the NFL. The criteria are the same: I rank teams based on how I think they’d fare against one another in a 10 game home-and-home series.
Mark Sanchez might not be so happy when he sees this week’s rankings.
You probably missed it, because only mere mortals were involved, but Peyton Manning threw 7 touchdowns last night. Of course, that is just 41% of what Tim Tebow threw when he was with the Broncos*. And 0% of what the Anointed One accomplished on the ground.
For that matter, what will I?
How will it remain possible to separate enjoyment for the game from its unambiguous potential to harm its players?
Esteemed commenter Kolohe asks: “Will a woman attempt a field goal or an extra point in a regular season game in the NFL sometime within the next 50 years?” So, basically, he’s asking if the plot of the movie “Necessary Roughness” will come true within our lifetimes. The answer? No. For two primary reasons.
I’m starting to wonder if the Mayans were at least in the right ballpark on the date of the whole end of the world thing. Last night my beloved and perennially hapless Seahawks destroyed the the San Francisco 49ers, currently the #1 team in the country, by a score of 42-13. And this comes on the heels of…
Summer’s winding down, and Labor Day’s just around the corner, which means that it’s just about time for football. I was thinking this year we might have a contest to see whose professional gridiron predictive abilities got game. The winner, of course, get’s the ultimate prize: bragging rights for an entire insufferable off-season. Here are…
Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger writes in Newsweek/Beast of the Junior Seau suicide: If you asked reporters why they were there, they would give some mumbo-jumbo reason that as hard as it may be, it was important to get reaction from the family in a case as sad and stunning as this one. Seau had…
I expect that this is going to be a somewhat unpopular post, judging by the feedback I’ve gotten on Twitter for suggesting it in the first place, but I want to hear what other people think. First, the background. During halftime of the Steelers/Chiefs game on Sunday night, Bob Costas took to the air to…
After a decade of success relying on Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, and for awhile Tony Dungy, the Indianapolis Colts are sitting undefeated through 14 games. Manning is still there, but Dungy and Harrison are not. With Manning still having several good years left in him, Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark in the prime of their…
The Week has a good article on the reaction of many pro athletes to new concussion-related concerns. They’ve also put together a helpful summary of other news and opinion pieces on the subject.
No one is above the outrage cycle. We have now, in our culture, synthesized the two worst elements of pre-9/11 and post-9/11 media: the pre-9/11 obsession with meaningless bullshit; and the post-9/11 obsession with filling every story with apocalyptic portent and over the top, tween-girl-at-a-Jonas-brothers-concert hysteria. We still care too much about J-Lo’s dress and…
Contra Bill Simmons, Malcolm Gladwell’s latest article isn’t 2009’s best piece of sports journalism. In fact, it’s not even the best article about football-related concussions. For that, you’ll have to go to GQ’s “Game Brain,” an absolutely frightening look at the long-term consequences of on-field collisions. I’ve always enjoyed football, but I never really considered…