Browsing: After Further Review

“Are you ready for some football?” Dear God, y es. Yes, I am very ready for some football. It’s finally week one of the regular season. I have studied all the games and looked into my cloudy crystal ball to make some predictions for exactly how things are going to go down. Mark my words, people, all or none of this will happen. Steelers at Patriots Tom Brady runs out of the tunnel screaming, “Let’s gooooooo!” and flips everyone the double bird. Jimmy Garoppolo is behind him, crying salty, handsome tears of regret. Many members of the Steelers offense, including…

Preseason football is known for two things: first, terrible football; and second, the time when the twos and threes play terrible football. For backup quarterbacks, however, preseason is the time of year when they get to hit the field without someone having to get horribly injured, first. They must look forward to these few weeks all year long. It’s their Spring Break. With that in mind, I decided to cast an afterschool special about the dangers of Spring Break (Peer pressure! Small clothing! Marshmallow ­flavored vodka!) with some of the NFL’s backup (or backup quality) quarterbacks. TITLE:​ The Hottest P​re-​Weeks of…

Tim Tebow returned to the NFL last Sunday, playing most of the second half of the Eagles’ preseason game against the Colts. Never ones to miss a story we have no choice but to cover, we at The Football Girl watched the game and pulled some reactions off Twitter to give you a sense of what Tebowmania circa 2015 is like. 1:00 Game on! Sanchez to start.  Sanchez touchdown! There’s a shot of the QBs on the sideline. Barkley should be going in for the next series. Barkley in for Sanchez. Barkley is having a good half. Impressing a lot of…

“The WAG lifestyle is extremely glamorous. You know, it’s private jets, vacations, parties, photo shoots, black cards. You name it, you got it.” — a WAG. NFL players today suffer from somewhat of an image problem. As a wife to a retired NFL player and mother of an NFL hopeful, I have been vocal in cautioning people about making generalities regarding all players based on the actions of a few. My hope is that somehow those who live right and do right will grab the attention and change the overall impression. Unfortunately, we have something new on the horizon to…

Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith announced Monday that the 2015 season will be his last.  Smith’s fourteen seasons have been characterized by grittiness, intensity and a lot of trash talking. Here are the top lines uttered by Smith over his career. Assuredly there will be more before Smith officially retires. November 2014. Smith, after pummeling Titans linebacker Avery Williamson and drawing a holding penalty. “I body-slammed him, so I think that’s really a testament to their lack of strength-and-conditioning coach down in Tennessee. 5-9, 194-pound guy body-slams their linebacker, man, he needs to get his weight up.” November 2013.  Smith…

Welcome to ‘NFL Shenanigans,’ where every week I’ll be making fun of the sport we lurve. For my first column, I decided to explore my musical side by putting together something I think we can all agree the NFL has needed for some time: a preseason theme song. Here is “Preseason Football,” sung (well, not exactly) to the tune of the great Barry Manilow hit, Copacabana. **** They call it football, some kind of football, It’s disorganized and slow but there’s eleven players so, We’ll have a hot dog, and get excited, And while the players go and stretch, We’ll…

This is a weird post to write so I’ll just cut to the chase. I’ve accepted a new role as NFL editor for SI.com. I could ramble on about all the reasons this is a ridiculously awesome opportunity, but they should be rather apparent. If you’re here, you may be wondering what this means for TFG. I’m thrilled to say, not much. I started TheFootballGirl.com almost six years ago to provide a space for the burgeoning female fan base. By burgeoning, I don’t mean the sheer numbers – females have made up between 42%-46% of the fan base for almost…

Last week, the incredibly helpful Pat Fitzmaurice pointed out ten players who, based on their current ADP, are undervalued. To complement Pat’s analysis, I’ve waded through the hyperbole of hype season (that’s right now, you know) and listed ten players who, if drafted based on their current ADP, could damage your fantasy hopes. Disclaimer: There are several sources for ADP with a variety of results in this still early drafting season. Like Pat, I am using the ADP from our friends at Fantasy Pros. Matt Forte, Bears, RB6, 7th overall In PPR leagues last season, Forte was the third-best at…

Let’s be real. If the Ray Rice who punched his then fiancé while elevator security tapes were rolling was the 25-year-old Rice who averaged 4.7 yards per carry on his way to 1,364 yards, we wouldn’t be talking about a comeback tour. He’d be signed somewhere and we’d be contemplating which slot in the top ten he should occupy during our fantasy drafts. But 28-year-old Rice who last stumbled to an embarrassing 3.1 yards per carry is sitting by himself in the cafeteria, and no one is even looking at him. That’s unfortunate because, as evidenced during an emotional interview…

Many moons ago, Deflategate was about whether or not Tom Brady, abetted by a Patriots employee, intentionally altered footballs to a psi level that was below the NFL’s allowed minimum. Today we have no freakin’ idea what this is about. I could sit here and run through the five million ever-changing possibilities or simply relay what John Dowd, the attorney who authorized the report which led to the banning of Pete Rose from baseball, told Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post in a blistering column last week: “Like ‘Seinfeld,’ this is about nothing.” Yes, there are feuds, smokescreens, general shadiness,…

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