Commentary

The NFL Will Hire a Female Head Coach Sooner Than You Think

When I first read the news that Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon was asked to interview for the Milwaukee Bucks head coaching vacancy, my eyes welled up.  There are few things more powerful in this era typically steeped in inequality than the sweet smell of authentic, best person for the job, progress. The Bucks hired Mike Budenholzer th...

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Who Should Become the Next Monday Night Football Analyst?

NFL Hall of Famer, nose hair clipper spokesman, and noted sexual harasser Brett Favre recently had a chance to audition for the open Monday Night Football analyst chair, according to the . Favre and his understated persona didn’t exactly wow ESPN executives who reportedly gave the 48-year-old the don’t call us, we’ll call you treatment. In less...

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My Struggle to Love Football When It Doesn’t Love Women Back

I didn’t grow up watching football. My high school was too small to field a team, so I didn’t spend any Friday nights under stadium lights. My dad hates sports, and he never wanted to be that guy who ignores his family to watch a sporting event. He was a cheerleader at the University of Arkansas and always jokes he did it so he’d have an excuse to...

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NFL’s Women’s Summit Misses The Mark

I started this site way back in 2009 in large part to compensate for the NFL’s inability to intellectually market to women. Women were high spending consumers - female apparel was the league’s fastest growing ancillary business – yet they were not treated as engaged fans. In the years since we have experienced a lot of female firsts. The first ...

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How to Fix the NFL’s Nonsensical, Unfair, Utterly Stupid Catch Rule

“I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description and perhaps I could never succeed intelligibly in doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that.” Justice Stewart, concurring opinion in Jacobellis v. Ohio...

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NFL’s Inconsistent Disciplining Reaches New Heights

Any day now Roger Goodell is going to receive a contract extension worth nearly $50 million a year.  Plus a Dostoyevsky novel-sized list of perks. Meanwhile his league is running amok and being run amok. Monday Night Football’s Steelers-Bengals slugfest illustrated that no matter how many safety rules are implemented the NFL at its core is a basti...

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I Introduced My Son to Fantasy Football and Created a Monster

At 4:30 AM on Monday morning my 6-year old son opened my bedroom room with the vigor of a superhero about the save the world and energetically declared: “Mommy, I just had a dream that Matthew Stafford threw 3 touchdown screens to Ameer Abdullah and we won the money this week. Do you think that will happen?” “No,” I grumpily uttered. He didn...

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