Tag Archives: nfl

In defense of the culture of football

TweetIt’s getting harder, if not impossible, to defend the culture of football, and the raw expression of masculinity that comes with it.
Concussions, brain trauma and other crippling injuries suffered on the gridiron are blamed for the suicides of players, some famous, some not.
The names of football players, some famous, some not, are attached to too [...]

The challenging art of stylish football writing

TweetOn Tuesday I write about developments in sports media, and occasionally step back in time to a different era in sports journalism. This week I am devoting posts to the upcoming American football season, college and pro, with a focus on new books and writings on the subject.
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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 [...]

Farewell to the ‘King of the World’

TweetGeorge Blanda played in the NFL to the age of 48, and on Monday passed away at the age of 83, giving hope to those in middle age that one’s best days — and memories — don’t necessarily occur while young.

When sports is all there is, until it isn’t

TweetGreg Couch reflects on the apparent suicide of Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley and ponders the illusion of sports dreams shattered by painful reality:
“Football is the American Dream. At one point, football — and sports in general — was supposed to be about building character and learning about teamwork, personal responsibility and sportsmanship.
“Oh yeah, [...]

Are you ready for a lockout?

TweetThe NFL season starts tonight with the usual bouquet of roses arranged and delivered by the usual suspects. Yahoo’s Michael Silver sorts through the issues should the thrill be gone and we’ve got a full-blown labor dispute dominating the headlines in just a few short months.