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Archive: June 2009

Goodell Protects the Brand

There reason football keeps getting richer is that the NFL protects their product more aggressively than any other sports league.

By Jim McCormick | June 29, 2009; 5:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nothing's Fair in Fantasy Land

There is nothing fair about the NFL's personal conduct policy until you take into account that there is nothing realistic about the NFL.

By Emil Steiner | June 29, 2009; 3:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Probe Helps Burress

Goodell is not only acting within his rights as commissioner, he's actually HELPING Burress by initiating the probe.

By Jason Maloni | June 29, 2009; 3:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Consistency Wanted

It seems to me that Goodell bases the expediency with which he deals with a player's disciplinary issues on the interest teams have in that player.

By Doug Farrar | June 29, 2009; 3:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

The No Fair League

The NFL's disciplinary system is about as fair and objective as a tribunal in the Soviet Union.

By Peter Schaffer | June 29, 2009; 3:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

On the Right Path

Soccer has made nice strides in this country; the question is whether it can fulfill its massive potential, on and off the field.

By Steve Goff | June 26, 2009; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (12)

Structure v Fluidity. Grit v Pretense.

If the US Soccer team starts consistently winning on the world stage, people will come around.

By Dan Levy | June 26, 2009; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (25)

Familiarity Breeds a Disconnect?

People find more spectator sport value in the activities they can't do.

By Doug Farrar | June 26, 2009; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (22)

Soccer is UnAmerican

Soccer will never rise to the level of American Football in the eyes, hearts and minds of the vast majority of the American sporting public.

By Peter Schaffer | June 26, 2009; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (133)

Heed the Tailgation!

For the die hard fan - the lifeblood of any pro football organization - it's about community.

By Jason Maloni | June 24, 2009; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tailgating Hurts Owners Bottom Line, That's the Bottom Line.

Sports owners want us to drive to the stadium, spend a ridiculous amount of money on parking and get out of our cars and right into the building.

By Dan Levy | June 24, 2009; 9:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

For Better or Worse

I don't know if this new system will make it all that better, but it sure won't make it worse, because only a massive layer of three-foot deep flaming Super Glue would make things worse.

By Dan Steinberg | June 24, 2009; 7:33 AM ET | Comments (1)

No Big Deal

Having been a part of many tailgates at many stadiums, I certainly would trade a little longer walk to my seat for being able to get out of the parking lot quicker.

By Gene Wang | June 24, 2009; 7:02 AM ET | Comments (0)


The reality is that tailgating restrictions imposed by the Redskins and other NFL teams are much ado about nothing.

By Peter Schaffer | June 24, 2009; 6:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Control Your Drinking

Better controlling the tailgating experience could have a huge impact on the overall experience of attending an NFL game.

By David Cariello | June 24, 2009; 6:22 AM ET | Comments (3)

Once Benign Now Malignant

Give me 2007 Chad Johnson any day. You can keep 2009 Ochocinco

By Jason Maloni | June 22, 2009; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Joke's on Ocho

The bad news for Mr. Ochocinco is that, in the end, he'll be remembered more for his antics than anything he did on the field.

By Doug Farrar | June 22, 2009; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

He's a Team Killer

Anytime you have an individual who spends so much time working on their showmanship it negatively affects the football team.

By Dick Vermeil | June 22, 2009; 9:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Too Much Ego

Chad Ocho Cinco needs to remember, that it is a privilege and not a right to play in the NFL.

By Peter Schaffer | June 22, 2009; 9:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Team Distraction

His flaw, if one can call it a flaw, is that he has an obsessive nature to bring attention to himself.

By Josh Kirkendall | June 22, 2009; 9:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

But He's Fun to Watch

If you think the NFL is as much entertainment as it is sport, then it's hard to fault SeƱor Eightfive.

By Emil Steiner | June 22, 2009; 9:27 AM ET | Comments (2)

Not Michael Vick

Let's stop comparing this incident to the Michael Vick case, and please let's stop putting this situation in the same window of everything else that goes wrong in the "failed moral behavior of athletes" category.

By Roman Oben | June 20, 2009; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (3)

Consistent Punishment

If Roger Goodell is going to drop a hammer on Stallworth then he has to act equally as strong against every other NFL player who is arrested for a DUI.

By Les Carpenter | June 19, 2009; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (8)

Rosenhaus Responsible?

"Suspended indefinitely" certainly does not mean "banned for life" and Stallworth can expect to have a chance to return to football at some point.

By Jason Maloni | June 19, 2009; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Should Channel Judge Landis

If the Ginger Hammer wants to prove there's a new sheriff in town, he must punish more adequately than the justice system has.

By Doug Farrar | June 19, 2009; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Went Too Far

The NFL commissioner has pushed the punitive bar too high, to the point of inappropriate excessive.

By Peter Schaffer | June 19, 2009; 9:34 AM ET | Comments (9)

Goodell Will Be Fair

Once Goodell has reviewed all the facts we fully anticipate a just resolution

By David Cornwell | June 19, 2009; 7:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell On Right Track

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did exactly what he should have by issuing an indefinite suspension to Donte' Stallworth.

By Gene Wang | June 19, 2009; 7:39 AM ET | Comments (2)

Goodell Must Be Tough

let's hope Goodell is tougher than Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy.

By Dan Levy | June 19, 2009; 7:20 AM ET | Comments (2)

Black Homophobia

Barack Obama achieving the presidency was easier than a gay NFL player coming out.

By Mike Freeman | June 18, 2009; 5:17 AM ET | Comments (4)

Not in the Locker Room

You can't compare an NFL locker room -- the ultimate macho, homophobic environment -- to a traditional work environment.

By Roman Oben | June 17, 2009; 3:46 PM ET | Comments (10)

Slight Movement

The needle has moved slightly, I think, on the issue of homosexuality in the league.

By Liz Clarke | June 17, 2009; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

Someone Has to Break the Barrier

Gay rights in sports will happen as they happen in life -- gradually, and not without considerable struggle, or the courage of the people who dare to be first.

By Doug Farrar | June 17, 2009; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (1)

No, Until Yes.

The NFL isn't ready for an openly gay player. And you know what the only thing that can change that is? An openly gay player.

By Dan Levy | June 17, 2009; 8:53 AM ET | Comments (1)

Time Will Tell

Is the NFL ready for an openly gay player? Yes, no and maybe.

By Emil Steiner | June 17, 2009; 8:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Come Out of the Dark Ages

It's been 30+ years since I came out, but if the NFL is not ready by now, it should be.

By David Kopay | June 17, 2009; 8:14 AM ET | Comments (4)

Bated Breath

The NFL might be moving at a glacial pace when it comes to accepting gays, but even glaciers eventually melt.

By Jim Buzinski | June 17, 2009; 7:26 AM ET | Comments (1)

We Need a Hero

Don't hold the NFL accountable when its players remain silent.

By Jason Maloni | June 17, 2009; 6:52 AM ET | Comments (2)

No "Gay" in "Team"

It's like having a woman on the team or having a woman in the shower. How can you keep your mind on the game?

By Kenneth Hutcherson | June 17, 2009; 6:36 AM ET | Comments (122)

Flooding the Zone

The biggest problem with football movies is that there are too many of them.

By C.J. Holley | June 15, 2009; 3:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Match Made in Hell

Because of their unique natures, football and film are about as compatible as Gloria Steinem and Al Bundy.

By Emil Steiner | June 15, 2009; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

Most Sports Films Are Bad

Why are football movies so bad? Maybe it's because sports movies in general ain't so great.

By Desmond Bieler | June 15, 2009; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Nuance in Football

Do filmmakers assume football fans can't appreciate a movie that involves nuance, suspense or actual acting?

By Liz Kelly | June 15, 2009; 8:34 AM ET | Comments (9)

The Truth Helps

So the rule of thumb for football films is to avoid fictional accounts of the sport. It's those movies that give the entire genre a bad name.

By Gene Wang | June 15, 2009; 8:12 AM ET | Comments (3)

The Dynamics Don't Fit

The primary problem with adapting fictional football stories to the big screen is that the real thing is simply better.

By Doug Farrar | June 15, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Spoiled for Choice

For me this question should read: Which falling star should you hitch your wagon to?

By Emil Steiner | June 12, 2009; 4:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Image Is Everything

Matt Leinart and Vince Young are doing and saying enough of the right things to give coaches and fans a glimmer of hope

By Jason Maloni | June 12, 2009; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (1)

Leinart Has Less Baggage

Leinart is preferable to Young now, and only because of what's happened off the field.

By Jeff Nelson | June 12, 2009; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Thanks, But No Thanks!

Given the choice between Leinart and Young, I'll choose Option C -- whatever that may be.

By Doug Farrar | June 12, 2009; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Is There a Third Choice?

By all accounts, Leinart just needs to grow up. Young may really need help.

By Dan Levy | June 12, 2009; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Young Trumps Leinart

What's happened off the field is a push but Young beats him on numbers and talent.

By Shawn Zobel | June 12, 2009; 9:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wilted Roses

To be perfectly blunt, is there is anyone drafted from the two powerhouses in 2006 that can consistently enjoy success in the NFL?

By Rob Rang | June 12, 2009; 9:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Depressing Conclusions

While it is accepted that cognitive and mood changes can result from head trauma, there is still great uncertainty within the medical field about how to define brain injury and even greater about how to treat it.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | June 10, 2009; 12:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

The NFL Ignored Us

Just as the tobacco companies fought like hell to deny links to cancer; the NFL is desperately, and corruptly, trying to deny liability for the carnage left behind by decades of head injuries.

By Brent Boyd | June 10, 2009; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (2)

We Didn't Know Any Better

In the 70's and 80's coaches didn't know any better -- players would get knocked out in the first quarter and be playing in the second.

By Dick Vermeil | June 10, 2009; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

Study Film, Damage Brain?

The league makes concussed players leave the field, but could studying tape the next day be just as dangerous?

By Mackie Shilstone | June 10, 2009; 9:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Never Safe Enough

The NFL is doing what they need to do, but need to keep doing it, even after players retire.

By Keenan McCardell | June 10, 2009; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Teams Keep Quiet When Players Have Their Bell Rung

The NFL has done a dismal job of identifying and treating one of the major post concussive symptoms, depression.

By Dr. A. Brion Gardner | June 10, 2009; 9:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

More Needs to Be Done

It is time for the football, from Pop Warner to the NFL, to make significant and drastic advances in the handling of concussions.

By Peter Schaffer | June 10, 2009; 8:33 AM ET | Comments (1)

Very Little Has Changed

Concussions need to be handled by an independent physician in as objective a manner as possible rather than a conflicted team staff.

By Doug Farrar | June 10, 2009; 8:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Teach Your Children Well

A parent coaching football is no different than a parent coaching swimming.

By Dan Levy | June 10, 2009; 7:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Doomed Court

Modern athletes shouldn't be like Babe Ruth, they should try to be like country musicians.

By Gene Grabowski | June 8, 2009; 6:57 PM ET | Comments (5)

They're Doing The Time

I don't think they're treated differently at all. If they were, folks wouldn't be going to jail.

By Charles Mann | June 8, 2009; 8:56 AM ET | Comments (10)

Are NFL Players Treated Differently by Our Legal System?

You decide if our legal system treats NFL players differently than everyone else

By Reader Poll | June 8, 2009; 8:27 AM ET | Comments (3)

Players Get Gamed

Justice should be equal for all but we've now overcompensated to the point where celebs get a less fair shake.

By Peter Schaffer | June 8, 2009; 7:10 AM ET | Comments (8)

A Walk and a Wink

Whether we like to admit it or not, there is a separate and unequal class of people who get away with things that the rest of us can't

By Doug Farrar | June 8, 2009; 7:06 AM ET | Comments (5)

June 8th Winner: OZPUNK

NFL players are certainly not above the law, but they are subject to a more lenient justice system because we the fans don't want to be disillusioned and are awfully quick to forgive.

By TOP COMMENTER | June 8, 2009; 5:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Injuries Can't Close OTAs

Every year a prominent player is injured in the supposedly non-contact Organized Team Activities that occur throughout the "off-season," leading to a groundswell of support to eliminate the workouts entirely, or to at least redefine the "voluntary" nature of the workouts.

By Rob Rang | June 4, 2009; 3:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

OTAs Command Control

If teams stopped all OTAs, minicamps and conditioning programs the quality of the league would not drop. But the coaches would feel like they have less control. Because of that, they will continue.

By Les Carpenter | June 4, 2009; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

A Necessary Evil

In the end, OTAs are a necessary evil for players and teams due to the inherent risk of injuries. The best way to proceed would be capping the number of veterans involved, and encouraging teams to use the practices to develop their younger talent.

By Peter Schaffer | June 4, 2009; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

What's the Difference?

Tell any player on the bubble that a team activity isn't required, whether it's implied or not, and he's likely to laugh in your face. As the NFL moves toward creating a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (we hope), the difference should either be delineated or eliminated.

By Doug Farrar | June 4, 2009; 7:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Caldwell the Hot Name

Jim Caldwell has both the luck of inheriting a solid and experienced roster and working under and for the great Tony Dungy for years. Caldwell has total familiarity with the team's entire roster, and that should help him keep the Colts in their historic and perennial perch atop the AFC South.

By Peter Schaffer | June 2, 2009; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

Anyone But McDaniels

There are too many factors that go into which team might win to make a concise and accurate choice. It's easier to peg a team whose new coach has set the entire franchise up for failure, and that's precisely what Denver's Josh McDaniels has done.

By Doug Farrar | June 2, 2009; 7:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Caldwell in Catbird Seat

Not every first-year coach has the luxury of inheriting a team with a starting quarterback who is a three-time MVP and a lock for the Hall of Fame. Fortunately for Indianapolis's Jim Caldwell, he has that and plenty more.

By Gene Wang | June 2, 2009; 6:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

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