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Being a non-fan in the land of Big Football has its challenges. Lucky for me, after this piece ran in my column, a friend sent me a link to Football 101 on TheFootballGirl.com. I’m still confused, but I’m learning a thing or two. Horse collar! Pooch kick! Amiright? Seriously, true fans – on behalf of everyone like me, I thank you for your tolerance. And I ask you experts: What tips do you have for helping the football-challenged get through a game? —- The Loneliness of Football Season I am afraid to say this out loud, so I’m whispering it to…

The Jets, Cardinals and Bucs, among others are all looking for offensive linemen to fill a void left by injury or subpar performance. Within a week, 1184 NFL players will be unemployed when rosters are cut down to fifty-three.  Position battles are being won (and lost) all day every day.  Having gone through this myself one year ago as a member of the Redskins, I can’t help but think about the transition many of these players will soon be going through, as I had to do it myself: from the NFL to the Office. That transition has been a big…

With the MJD holdout situation at a stalemate, Jones-Drew keeps falling, this time from #16 to #27. Rashad Jennings has had a stellar preseason and the Jags are quite comfortable with him (at least publicly, for posturing reasons). Jennings with an almost guaranteed start Week 1 (and possibly beyond was moved up to #85. The more I observe the Bears the more convinced I am that they will emphasize the aerial attack in ways they never have. Therefore, I moved Matt Forte from #7 to #11. While these rankings are for standard leagues, PPR owners should rank Forte higher. Maybe…

As a fan from the Lone Star State, yeah, I occasionally hate on Romo. Sometimes it’s hard to believe he has the stats to back up his sometimes-designated status as one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks. Although Romo has – don’t bother getting your calculators out – just one playoff win since taking over for Drew Bledsoe in 2006, he has pushed through a broken rib and made gutsy, successful read adjustments at the line of scrimmage and managed to dodge defensive players while in the pocket. Last year’s resume? Threw for 4,184 yards Just ten interceptions 66% pass completion…

Four hours before the Virginia Destroyers took the field in last October’s UFL Championship game, owner Bill Mayer had a message for his players. Mayer’s words were not the typical pep talk an owner might give in that situation, something like being the “pride of the community” or “making history.”  He was there to make a simple promise: play in the game and you will get paid by the following Friday.  The Destroyers beat the Las Vegas Locomotives 17-3 that day.  But the paychecks did not come.  Just as they hadn’t come for the 2010 champions. As it stands now,…

Four hours before the Virginia Destroyers took the field in last October’s UFL Championship game, owner Bill Mayer had a message for his players. Mayer’s words were not the typical pep talk an owner might give in that situation, something like being the “pride of the community” or “making history.”  He was there to make a simple promise: play in the game and you will get paid by the following Friday.  The Destroyers beat the Las Vegas Locomotives 17-3 that day.  But the paychecks did not come.  Just as they hadn’t come for the 2010 champions. As it stands now,…

He had hair of dried chili peppers, teeth that were made of garlic and his lips were covered in barbeque sauce.  No, this is not the mirage of a girl trying her best to cut calories before her wedding/prom/spring break.  It was the unveiling of the life-size food statue version of Robert Griffin III.  Made of Smokehouse BBQ Chicken, RG3 aptly pointed out that while the sandwich boasts a low six grams of fat, his statue-self, known as RG3.5, couldn’t say the same. Appetizing. (Photo: Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Subway) Under normal circumstances, no New Yorker would ever endure the…

Big game. Big markets. Big QBs. Big rematch. Super Bowl XLVI could X-ceed all others in ratings. But how will its star players rate with Madison Avenue? Which Giants and Patriots will land seven-figure endorsement deals, go to Disneyland, and show up on talk shows, Wheaties boxes and Dancing With The Stars? Here’s how this expert rates the endorsement talent: TOUCHDOWN: Tom Brady.  With $10M a year in current ad deals and a record-tying fourth Super Bowl ring in his sights, Brady is well-positioned to overtake Peyton Manning as the NFL’s richest endorser—but only if he’s willing to devote the…

Touchdown celebrations of yesteryear were a simple fist pump or a spike of the football. In today’s game, they have become an art form – sometimes, a costly one. Mostly, these celebrations capture all the excitement and passion of football in one silly move. But some are much more entertaining than others. Here are some of the recent best and worst touchdown celebrations: Best 1. In the Detroit Lions vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers fight, Tony Scheffler did his best Captain Jack Sparrow impersonation. Upon scoring, he drew an imaginary sword out of his pocket and began to have an imaginary…

Everything is bigger in Texas, especially expectations for the Dallas Cowboys. Once again, the hype exceeded results and the 8-8 season was a letdown. While there was a lot of blame to go around, here are the six absolute biggest flops from the season. 1. Icing Own Kicker With seven seconds remaining in the tied Dec. 4 game against the Arizona Cardinals and the Cowboys at the Cardinals 31-yard line, head coach Jason Garrett called a time out– effectively icing his own kicker, Dan Bailey. The Cowboys had two timeouts left and instead of trying to run one more play…

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