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Archive: September 14, 2008 - September 20, 2008

Violence Equals Success

The league's competitive balance and the inherent violent nature of the game are part of what makes the sport so compelling to viewers.

By Mark Maske | September 19, 2008; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (7)

Gambling, Violence, Beer

No business in American history has so successfully camoflagued its true, pulsating core as well as the National Football League

By David Aldridge | September 19, 2008; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (37)

An Indelicate Balance

Violence is as much a part of the game as cleats, but that doesn't mean the league shouldn't try to contain it.

By Cindy Boren | September 19, 2008; 8:48 AM ET | Comments (2)

Feel the Appeal

The appeal of bone-crushing hits and the release of some Sunday testosterone to finish off a hard work week is why football is the most popular sport in this country

By Zach Leibowitz | September 19, 2008; 7:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

Hit 'Em Hard, Hit 'Em Fair

The NFL knows plenty about making money, and it's clear it doesn't make as much with its marquee names on the sideline.

By Gene Wang | September 19, 2008; 1:35 AM ET | Comments (2)

Build It, They Will Come

Ironically, the best way to insure the most seamless transition between starter and backup at the quarterback position is to make sure you spread the wealth to other positions.

By Doug Farrar | September 18, 2008; 9:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

More Like a Leaky Raft

Since backup quarterbacks had little or no market value to begin with they are usually pretty easy to keep around

By Les Carpenter | September 18, 2008; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Scrimp on Lifeboats

The Back Up quarterback position in professional football is the lifeboat on the Titanic

By Peter Schaffer | September 18, 2008; 2:16 AM ET | Comments (4)

Get 'Em Young 'N Cheap

Getting the right backup QB in the salary cap world means finding a Cassel or a Frerotte.

By Mark Maske | September 17, 2008; 10:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Fret About the NFL

It's feeling the pinch, like everyone, but this league knows how to make money

By Mark Maske | September 16, 2008; 6:49 PM ET | Comments (1)

Recession Resistant... Maybe

As the amount of money flowing into Big Time sports, especially the NFL, from corporations has soared over the last ten or fifteen years, so too has the sports industry's reliance and focus on it.

By David Carter | September 16, 2008; 5:43 PM ET | Comments (2)

Booth Guidance Needed

It's like a doctor going into surgery with a nurse, an anesthesiologist, and the patient, and they all see he's operating on the wrong leg, but no one does anything about it because it's against the rules.

By Charles Mann | September 16, 2008; 1:53 PM ET | Comments (7)

Overhaul Instant Replay

The NFL needs to re-examine how it handles and implements instant replay.

By Gene Wang | September 16, 2008; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (3)

Don't Overhaul Instant Replay

All that's needed is to tweak the replay rules like the league already did for botched down-by-contact calls

By Mark Maske | September 16, 2008; 9:44 AM ET | Comments (2)

Get it Half-Right, After the Fact

The solution in this case would be to allow officials to retroactively award possession correctly no matter when the whistle is blown.

By Doug Farrar | September 16, 2008; 8:35 AM ET | Comments (12)

Let Them Play ...

The refs should let the play continue until the ball is recovered and go to instant replay.

By Zach Leibowitz | September 16, 2008; 1:25 AM ET | Comments (4)

Law and Sports Don't Mix

More often than not, the intersection of the two sets bad precedents

By Don Yee | September 16, 2008; 1:23 AM ET | Comments (11)

Not a Gamble

Having been there and done it myself, you just have a hunch that it's going to work. But it's not a gamble.

By Dick Vermeil | September 15, 2008; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not Every Coach Can-Do...

It really depends where you are on the Success Curve, and how iron-clad your contract is.

By Doug Farrar | September 15, 2008; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

It Depends -- on the Refs

If the host Broncos kicked the extra point in that situation and headed into the extra session, they're at the mercy of an already shaky Ed Hochuli

By Zach Leibowitz | September 15, 2008; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

Better Safe Than Fired

Expecting them to go for two and the win every weekend is like expecting Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers to collapse.

By David Aldridge | September 15, 2008; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

Guts, Ego, Job Security

Why don't coaches do things like that more? Some have the guts. Many have the ego. But having the job security of two consecutive Super Bowls helps.

By Mark Maske | September 15, 2008; 9:16 AM ET | Comments (2)

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