Commentary

The NFL Really Needs to Exit the Policing Business

“Based on the evidence presently available, the NFL cannot conclude that Mr. Hill violated the Personal Conduct Policy.  Accordingly, he may attend Kansas City's training camp and participate in all club activities.” – NFL Statement on Tyreek Hill Just like that the world’s most incompetent self-appointed police department strikes (...

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Kareem Hunt’s ‘Second Chance’ Showcases NFL’s Lack of Morality

The Kareem Hunt narrative is a tired one because it’s so cyclical.  NFL player commits violent act, NFL player goes on immediate apology tour vowing to change, NFL player gets second chance too quickly for any legitimate rehab and reformation to set in. And the part that’s extra jarring: NFL team, in this case the Cleveland Browns, signs alleged pe...

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Roger Goodell’s Reactive Nature On Display at Annual Press Conference

This version of the Roger Goodell “state of the NFL” press conference mimicked most Roger Goodell “state of the NFL” press conferences.  The commissioner would finally be forced to answer questions on the latest catastrophe gone unaddressed. His answers would not satisfy. Other years it’s been Deflategate, domestic violence, social equality p...

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Super Bowl 53: Key Storylines to Follow

Some are calling Super Bowl 53 the "haters Super Bowl," with much of the country shunning the big bad Pats but not quite embracing the Rams who abandoned a dedicated fan base in St. Louis to chase dollar signs. Still there is plenty of intrigue. On the surface these are two vastly different franchises. It starts with the age disparity between both st...

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Championship Round: Can the NFL’s Officiating Crisis Be Fixed?

The NFL's Championship Round with marked with thrilling chess matches, star players stepping up and Tony Romo officially establishing himself as the analyst in football. Unfortunately Sunday will be far more remembered for Bill Vinovich's crew derailing the Saints season by missing pass interference on Rams corner Nickell Robey-Coleman so obvious that t...

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Redskins Make Mockery of NFL’s Domestic Violence Issue

On Sunday, former 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was in a jail cell, accused of slapping his ex-girlfriend, his second domestic violence arrest in ten months.  48 hours later he was the newest member of the Washington Redskins. Of course it was the Redskins who eschewed all sense of morality and claimed him. The team with the racial slur of a nickna...

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Alex Smith Will Be Missed in Innumerable Ways After Gruesome Injury

The NFL is the most brutal of sports. An NFL player who proclaims a clean bill of health only means his pain is manageable, his tendons sore not ruptured. As a player or a fan watching said player, you know devastation is always possible. Any snap could be the one that ends a season. Yet that knowledge does little to soften the emotional blow when a ...

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A Lifelong Fan Relishes the New Look Chicago Bears

For the past few weeks I have been tossing and turning pondering an oh-so-tantalizing question: are the Bears actually good…and interesting? Is this real? As a diehard Bears fan for past 30 years, I have been fooled time and time again.  I was barely 7 for the ’85 season, and came of age watching a team that squandered their once-in-generation t...

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Jason Garrett and the Case For Midseason Firings

Jason Garrett is by all accounts a brilliant, philanthropic, interesting human being. But as an NFL head coach, he stinks. In Garrett’s eight seasons (yes, eight seasons) as Jerry Jones’s puppet, he’s lost three Week 17 play-in games in a row, been an abysmal game coach, and concocted an offensive playbook about as dynamic as the color beige, all ...

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