Category Archives: pro football

‘Time is short, don’t waste it:’ A tribute to Dr. Z

TweetI haven’t been enamored with the rebranding of NFL Films to suit the here-and-now programming needs of the NFL Network.
But “A Football Life” has been a refreshing NFL Films-produced series profiling leading coaches and players, some with a more recent historical perspective.
And just recently, NFL Films has gone back in time with a wonderful short film [...]

Sports History Files: A century of ‘reforming’ football

TweetFollowing the suicide of former NFL All-Pro linebacker Junior Seau last year, and the media frenzy that surrounded his San Diego-area home, Buzz Bissinger blasted the press for trying to perpetuate a narrative he thought foolhardy as he asserted that the culture of violence in football was essentially unreformable.
(A few months later, Bissinger called for [...]

Sports history files: Remembering Deacon Jones

TweetThe iconic figure of the Los Angeles Rams’ magnificent Fearsome Foursome may come to symbolize more than a truly roughneck era of the contemporary National Football League.
It wasn’t long after the death of Deacon Jones this week at the age of 74 that at least one of his peers wondered aloud if the violent game [...]

The eternal lure and brutal eloquence of football

Tweet“Football is a celebration of a not innocent and not rational and not liberal human condition. That is its attraction.” — Michael Novak, “The Joy of Sports”
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There is a young man who grew up in an upscale suburb of Atlanta, located not far from me, and where his [...]

Sports as the antidote to mere entertainment

TweetWere this weekend’s NFL divisional playoff games entertaining, in the most generic sense of the word?
Absolutely, whether or not you had a particular rooting interest. The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay writes that it’s hard to beat the NFL’s entertainment value, despite that many problems plaguing the league and the sport and that will continue [...]

Saturday Sports Reader: Discovering the Atlanta Falcons

TweetAll of this national media attention being foisted on my hometown team, after a regular season of obsessing over the Giants, Jets, Redskins, Cowboys, 49ers, Eagles and Packers — and more or less in that order — is making me very, very nervous.
The Atlanta Falcons have home field advantage in the NFC playoffs, which is [...]

Bissinger on Goodell’s ‘p-whipped’ NFL

TweetOn The Daily Beast today, Buzz writes that the league is trying too hard to compensate for the sport’s innately violent nature, and it’s leading to a crummy brand of football:

Football is violent because it was designed to be violent. Football hurts because it is meant to hurt. Hitting is not for the [...]

Black Monday cometh with a vengeance

TweetNFL head coaches out today before lunchtime, all times local: Andy Reid. Romeo Crennel. Lovie Smith. Pat Shurmer. Norv Turner. Ken Whisenhunt.
Not sure if he got to eat first: Chan Gailey.
Mike Munchak has been told he’ll be back. So has Rex Ryan.
Almost as many GMs are getting the boot: Mike Tannenbaum. Tom Heckert. Gene Smith. [...]

Some immaculate, spooky conspiracy-weaving

TweetI watched the “The Immaculate Reception: A Football Life” doc on the NFL Network last night, and it revealed some interesting nuggets to me that I hadn’t known before.
Such as how the now-famous moniker, coined by a Steelers fan standing on a table in a bar after the game, took a couple years to truly [...]

Sports history files: The first AFC championship game

TweetGiven the paucity of old NFL Films availability on television — this helps to explain why — I consider it a feat when I come across an episode I didn’t know existed.
It’s been nearly 42 years since the NFL split off into the NFC and AFC, with the winners meeting in the Super Bowl. For [...]