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From Football to Futbol: Come Join our FIFA World Cup Extravaganza!

A few weeks ago my husband, on a work trip to Washington D.C., waltzed into the eccentric craft beer bar we used to frequent when we were newly dating residents of the nation’s capital. The bar’s longtime owner Commie, a rough on the exterior (patrons have strict rules like NO STANDING), soft on the inside humanitarian (he closes the bar twice a yea...

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Mental Xs & Os: Moving on From The ‘Athletic Identity’

“What’s next?” President Josiah Bartlett, The West Wing I retired from gymnastics at age 18, after 15 years of training (10 competing). My body was tired and I knew that my academic major (athletic training) would preclude me from competing in college - it’s hard to be at one sport’s practice if you have to be at your own practice...

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The Female NFL Draft Analysts You Should Know

Mel Kiper. Todd McShay. Mike Mayock. Their mocks may vary but they and all the other known draftniks have one thing in common: maleness (and with very few exceptions, whiteness). The lack of women not producing mock drafts is hardly the burning issue of our time, and there are plenty of spectacular feature writers. But I have wondered from time to ti...

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What’d I Miss: The Jags Just Can’t Quit Blake Bortles

Catching you up on all the NFL news and nonsense you may have missed over the weekend...   Keep on Bortlin’ The Jaguars gave Blake Bortles an extension worth three-years, $54 million that brought out the BORT license plates, general , and a mountain of shock. Kirk Cousins probably has one less prospect but the deal hardl...

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Mack Hollins’ New Hobby Keeping Him Square During Super Bowl Week

MINNEAPOLIS -- As the hub for the Patriots, Eagles, the media and a plethora of Super Bowl week events, The Mall of America is as tightly secured as a child-resistant bottle of aspirin. Bomb-sniffing dogs and policemen donning weapons can be found throughout the monstrous shopping mecca. The team hotels are even more guarded and no one through without a...

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What Happens to TB12 When Time Finally Defeats Tom?

While vacationing in Lake Tahoe over New Year’s, my son threw a stray football to another kid he had just met. "Wow, you threw that just like TB12!," the boy noted. Tom Brady’s brand building has been so masterful in such a short period of time that ‘TB12’ can literally either mean the performance company or the future Hall of Famer. Alongsid...

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Week 16’s Best Locker Room Celebrations

No Christmas gift is better than a win for a football team, especially those of playoff clinching variety. Ok, maybe a private island or center orchestra Hamilton tickets is a little better but I digress. As always, we are tracking all the locker rooms victory speeches we can find. We will add to this list as others are made available. Rams 27 T...

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2017 Under Review: 10 Controversies That Defined The NFL This Season

In one of my fantasy football leagues there is a small “Police Blotter Award” for the team whose player first gets arrested during the season. It’s hardly a prize to glorify, especially as crimes have escalated from shoplifting to domestic abuse in recent years. If I were commish, it would be immediately banished. 2017, an apocalypse in almost ...

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