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Archive: October 2009

Snyder Makeover

It's time for Vinny and Danny to go on a Charm Offensive.

By Leonard Shapiro | October 30, 2009; 8:16 PM ET | Comments (4)

About Fear, Not Free Speech

A strong leader would invite criticism, not try to quash it, because a strong leader can withstand criticism.

By Michael Kun | October 30, 2009; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (2)

Snyder Knows Best

Snyder purchased the Redskins for a cool $800 million. For that reason alone, he can ban what he wants to ban at FedEx.

By Jason Maloni | October 30, 2009; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (11)

His House, His Rules

Dan Snyder doesn't want to see your complaints, so either boycott FedEx or shut the hell up!

By Chris Richardson | October 30, 2009; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (9)

Censorship at FedEx

Redskins' management, like the product on the field, has gone from bad to worse.

By Michael Wilbon | October 30, 2009; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (6)

Snyder Has Gone Too Far

Daniel Snyder has become the George Steinbrenner of the NFL

By Doug Farrar | October 30, 2009; 8:38 AM ET | Comments (4)

Violation of Fandom

Banning signs, rips the owner-fan covenant into a million little shreds, then stomps on it with muddy boots, and then feeds it to some ravenous donkey.

By Dan Steinberg | October 30, 2009; 8:35 AM ET | Comments (6)

Snyder Is Wrong

Snyder is in the wrong here. If he doesn't want fans trashing on the team, then he needs to put a better product on the field.

By Anthony Stalter | October 30, 2009; 8:28 AM ET | Comments (8)

Protect for the Future

Without great hits, the NFL game would just be mediocre at best, so we need to equip players with better armor.

By Mackie Shilstone | October 29, 2009; 12:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Players' Choice

If the NFL were to continue to soften the rules I can guarantee you they will lose a part of their audience.

By Robert Littal | October 28, 2009; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (3)

My Fault

Take a survey of how sports is marketed and you will find violence.

By Brian Tarcy | October 28, 2009; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Need Concussions

Rule modifications and equipment modifications won't make football worse -- the heightened interest in head injuries will lead to a better product on the field.

By Dr. A. Brion Gardner | October 28, 2009; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

Let the Hearings Begin

Is the future of the NFL at stake in these hearings? Absolutely. Violence is not incidental but fundamental to the appeal of the game.

By Michael Oriard | October 28, 2009; 7:46 AM ET | Comments (5)

Fans Must Fight Back

Stand up loudly against the mistreatment of old NFL heroes. Only until you protest, will changes be made.

By Brent Boyd | October 28, 2009; 6:55 AM ET | Comments (2)

Football Hurts

The only way to end concussions in the NFL is to shut down the league.

By Dave Goldberg | October 28, 2009; 6:21 AM ET | Comments (8)

Modern Gladiators

It's hard to imagine a Hank Williams Jr's: "Are you ready for some Flag Football? "

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | October 28, 2009; 6:10 AM ET | Comments (5)

Call me an NFL Rubbernecker

So we watch for big hits? Players know what they are getting themselves into when they strap on a helmet.

By Dan Levy | October 28, 2009; 6:07 AM ET | Comments (8)

Leadership Needed From 280 Park Ave

Only by showing leadership can the NFL win this one. In sports, as in business, sometimes that's a tall order.

By Jason Maloni | October 28, 2009; 6:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

CTE is a real risk for football players

The NFL is getting more pressure than in the past from the players' union

By Les Carpenter | October 28, 2009; 12:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

It Looks Pretty Even At This Stage

Top to bottom, the AFC is probably the better conference but it isn't dominant.

By Dan Levy | October 26, 2009; 2:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Blame Andy Reid

Reid and Donovan McNabb destabilized the entire NFL with their inability to beat a bad team.

By Sean McCann | October 26, 2009; 2:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Super Bowl in January, Not October

If we have learned anything over the past few seasons, it is that the beginning of the year means very little.

By Rob Rang | October 26, 2009; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

AFC the Cream

There's no doubt that the AFC is the better conference.

By Shawn Zobel | October 26, 2009; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (2)

NFC Down, Not Out

Don't fret, the NFC is in good hands.

By Sean Moroney | October 26, 2009; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

NFC Still Supreme

AFC Dominance? You can't be serious.

By Dave Goldberg | October 26, 2009; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (3)

Too Early to Tell

It's best to wait and see how the season plays out before judging the superiority of this or that conference.

By Doug Farrar | October 26, 2009; 9:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Does the NFC Stand a Chance?

Does the NFC stand a chance in 2009, or is the AFC too stacked with talent? Vote now.

By Reader Poll | October 26, 2009; 9:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pushy Americana Fail

Why do we care if the rest of the world doesn't get the NFL or Kanye West? We don't get cricket or blood pudding.

By Michael Kun | October 24, 2009; 9:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

L.A. Before London

Remember the NHL's Sunbelt expansion? Why not help an American city before a European one?

By Larry Brown | October 24, 2009; 9:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

Three Steps for Spreading the NFL Gospel

Start young, go local, destroy anti-American prejudice

By Peter Schaffer | October 24, 2009; 12:48 AM ET | Comments (4)

NFL Is Too American

the NFL has little hope of wooing European fans.

By Les Carpenter | October 23, 2009; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vamanos, Amigos!

Forget London, the real future of football is in Latin America.

By Jason Maloni | October 23, 2009; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (5)

London Football a Foggy Idea

Instead of trying to force your product on a country that's already happy with their national sport, why not export it to a country that actually wants to see it?

By Chris Richardson | October 23, 2009; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (7)

Good Move, Goodell

London's Wembley Stadium is the perfect Stage One site for Goodell's takeover of the world's hearts and minds

By Josh Zerkle | October 23, 2009; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (1)

Need for Greed

If you think it's a great thing to schlep your team across the pond and suit them up in London, you're barmy, as in daft, as in off your bloody rocker!

By Doug Farrar | October 23, 2009; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (3)

Fantasy and TV Are Key

Failure is likely but the potential payoff is so huge, the gamble might be worth the risk.

By Sean McCann | October 23, 2009; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Step 1: Channel MNF

The NFL cannot prosper abroad if all that exists is a passing curiosity about the game.

By David Carter | October 23, 2009; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Football Fail

On a day to day basis, it has no long-term viability.

By Steve Goff | October 23, 2009; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Can the NFL Catch On Abroad?

Will America's favorite sport ever be able to succeed internationally? Vote now.

By Reader Poll | October 23, 2009; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (2)

Trade Zorn for Phillips?

Here's a radical solution for the problems in Washington, Dallas and Tennessee: don't fire these head coaches, trade them.

By Sean McCann | October 21, 2009; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (4)

Keep Zorn for Now

The best thing Dan Snyder could possibly do would be to let the 2009 season play out with Zorn still the head coach.

By Leonard Shapiro | October 21, 2009; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (5)

Off With His Head!

Sometimes the gods demand a public execution, whether the official comes from a sports team, Fortune 500 corporation or government.

By Jason Maloni | October 21, 2009; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

Dump Jim Zorn

If I were Dan Synder, I would have put Zorn out of his misery three days ago.

By Sean Moroney | October 21, 2009; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (14)

Why Wait, Dan?

If Dan Snyder has an idea of who he wants to coach the team next year, why not bring that person in now?

By David Aldridge | October 21, 2009; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (10)

It Just Don't Work

For the other three majors, changing coaches midseason is like sending back a meal. In the NFL it's like impeaching the President.

By Emil Steiner | October 21, 2009; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Interim in Vogue

Firing a coach in midseason isn't giving up the future.

By Dave Goldberg | October 21, 2009; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dump Zorn, Keep Fisher

Zorn is getting things taken off his plate -- soon he won't have a plate at all.

By Matt Loede | October 21, 2009; 9:39 AM ET | Comments (2)

Interim Can Work

Bring in a temporary coach -- worst case you have to replace him in February

By David Hill | October 21, 2009; 9:29 AM ET | Comments (1)

Pick Peyton

One game for all the marbles? Give me Peyton Manning.

By Chris Gates | October 19, 2009; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bet on Brady

For how successful he has been in his career, this decision is an easy one. I'd take Tom Brady.

By Shawn Zobel | October 19, 2009; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not Drew Brees

Drew Brees is a good quarterback, and has been great so far this season, but his qualifications aren't nearly as good as Brady, Ben or Peyton.

By Sean Moroney | October 19, 2009; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (4)

Peyton's in First Place

With one game to win, I'd rather have Manning than any other QB in the league.

By Tim McHale | October 19, 2009; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Brady No More

This whole business of dating starlets, dumping pregnant starlets and marrying supermodels can't help but be a drain on a quarterback's resources.

By Sean McCann | October 19, 2009; 9:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

Manning Still the Man

What has separated Manning from Brees this season is consistency.

By Joe Baker | October 19, 2009; 8:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Brees at the Top

Drew is without question the best quarterback in the league. If it takes a few more wins for the country to realize that, so be it.

By David Cariello | October 19, 2009; 8:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

What About Big Ben?

The reasons I'd take Ben Roethlisberger is his ability to keep plays alive, his fearless attitude and his comeback capabilities.

By Michael Bean | October 19, 2009; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pick Your Top Quarterback

With one game to play who would you want -- Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning or someone else? Vote here.

By Reader Poll | October 19, 2009; 8:38 AM ET | Comments (7)

Leave the Media Out

Exposing internal politics and voicing frustration about your team to the media is counterproductive for team unity.

By Roman Oben | October 16, 2009; 8:37 PM ET | Comments (2)

Keep It Private

I think players should vent their feelings only within their own locker room - that's the only place where something positive might result.

By Dick Vermeil | October 16, 2009; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Twitter Changes Chatter

Winning is still everything, but the speed at which players can now complain makes it harder to appear tight-lipped.

By Dave Goldberg | October 16, 2009; 8:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Learn From Rodgers

In a time of childish blamescaping, kudos to Aaron Rodgers for reminding us that football is the ultimate team sport.

By Doug Farrar | October 16, 2009; 7:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Keep It Positive

A player in a team sport has every right to voice his opinion, but only if those opinions are presented in a constructive manner.

By Peter Schaffer | October 16, 2009; 7:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

MJD Can Talk

Marquee players know that teams will have a hard time sitting superstars if they question their team.

By Matt Loede | October 16, 2009; 7:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Should Players Keep Their Mouths Shut?

Have NFL players become too outspoken when it comes to critiquing their teams?

By Reader Poll | October 16, 2009; 7:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

No Rush to Judgment

The market is telling Rush Limbaugh, rather loudly, it doesn't want what he sells.

By Michael Wilbon | October 14, 2009; 1:56 PM ET | Comments (41)

Rush to Resistance

Limbaugh's move to purchase the Rams provides a perfect platform to advance messages of hate -- and the ideal springboard to fight them.

By Derede McAlpin | October 14, 2009; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (25)

Free to Bid, Free to Criticize

Just as Limbaugh should be allowed to purchase the Rams, Roger Goodell should be free to speak out against him.

By Larry Brown | October 14, 2009; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (5)

Goodell Ends Rush

There is no way that Roger Goodell would have said anything untoward about Rush if he and his group was being seriously considered.

By David Aldridge | October 14, 2009; 11:46 AM ET | Comments (31)

Goodell's Best Move

Any person hellbent on creating diverseness and instilling fear in our country should be banned from the NFL.

By Peter Schaffer | October 14, 2009; 8:51 AM ET | Comments (46)

It's the Economy, Stupid

The owners undoubtedly envisioned the picketing outside stadiums that might cut even more into the reduced ticket sales brought on by recession.

By Dave Goldberg | October 14, 2009; 7:38 AM ET | Comments (5)

Rush Duped Us

Roger Goodell, the NFL, Al Sharpton and the media as whole have been played for a fool by one Rush Limbaugh.

By Robert Littal | October 14, 2009; 7:25 AM ET | Comments (7)

Rush Wins Again

The truth of the matter is, whether or not Rush gets his shot at NFL ownership, he still benefits.

By Chris Richardson | October 14, 2009; 7:01 AM ET | Comments (52)

Blame Snyder

Snyder has made it possible for the Eagles and Giants to dominate the NFC East.

By Dave Goldberg | October 12, 2009; 2:19 PM ET | Comments (19)

Black Hole of Oakland

Al Davis and the Raiders have become the suckers in the room, and will remain so until he dies.

By Sean McCann | October 12, 2009; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (3)

Cable Aces It

Al Davis, the owner of the Oakland Raiders is that uncle of yours who dresses funny and makes oddball decisions about your inheritance.

By Brian Tarcy | October 12, 2009; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Blues in St. Louis

With or without Rush Limbaugh, the Rams are historically awful at this point.

By Doug Farrar | October 12, 2009; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (6)

No Hope in DC

No coach alone can fix the Redskins' mess, so what good would it do for Snyder to fire Zorn?

By Mike Wise | October 12, 2009; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jokeland Raiders

Until Al Davis steps down, Oakland will be the NFL's laughingstock.

By Shawn Zobel | October 12, 2009; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

What's the Worst Front Office?

Which is the most dysfunctional NFL franchise? Vote here.

By Reader Poll | October 12, 2009; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (6)

Strange Happenings This Season

More than one-third of the league is unbeaten or winless a quarter of the way into the season. That's not normal for the NFL.

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2009; 6:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Middle Class Still Rules

Just give it some time, and the class system will sort itself out.

By Jamie De Giorgio | October 9, 2009; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Parity Still Alive

There have always been bad quarterbacks, idiotic coaches and poor front offices, and there will always be.

By Sean McCann | October 9, 2009; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (1)

Look Under Center

How can an NFL team be expected to be competitive when teams have revolving doors at the QB position?

By David Hill | October 9, 2009; 8:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

All About Quarterbacks

The reason for the wide disparity in winning teams and losing ones comes down to one thing: quarterback play.

By Shawn Zobel | October 9, 2009; 7:49 AM ET | Comments (1)

Not So Shocking

If there are still a few undefeated teams at week 12, or a few winless teams then, we can talk then.

By Michael Kun | October 9, 2009; 7:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

NFL Cap and Switch

Young, impotent coaches and a non-meritocratic salary cap are pushing NFL parity towards oblivion.

By Doug Farrar | October 9, 2009; 7:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Why Such Disparity?

What is behind the largest number of winless and undefeated NFL teams in over a decade? Vote now.

By Reader Poll | October 9, 2009; 7:21 AM ET | Comments (1)

He's Only Polarizing If You Disagree

Deciding whether Rush Limbaugh should own an NFL team is a lot like answering the question of pro-choice or pro-life.

By Dan Levy | October 7, 2009; 5:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Storm Coming

Can Limbaugh assume such a prominent role but still be an ambassador for football?

By Jason Maloni | October 7, 2009; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (4)

From Bad to Worse

I'm not sure what's lower: Rush Limbaugh's approval rating in the African American community or JaMarcus Russel's passer rating.

By Roman Oben | October 7, 2009; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (23)

Green Is the Only Color That Matters

It's the St. Louis Rams. How much more alienated can those fans possibly be?

By Josh Zerkle | October 7, 2009; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Rush to Judgement

I like to forget about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on game day, but for Rams fans politics might be a welcome distraction.

By Dawn Knight | October 7, 2009; 9:36 AM ET | Comments (1)

NFL's Greatest Nightmare

Limbaugh as an owner would be as comfortable as a colonoscopy with a periscope.

By Mike Freeman | October 7, 2009; 9:08 AM ET | Comments (31)

Daniel Snyder 2.0?

Limbaugh, obviously, speaks his mind, or at least does a great job pretending to. How does that translate to NFL ownership?

By Ryan Van Bibber | October 7, 2009; 4:14 AM ET | Comments (4)

A Bad Fit

Limbaugh is a divisive rather than uniting figure; the NFL is all about coming together behind the teams and the league.

By Michael Oriard | October 7, 2009; 3:46 AM ET | Comments (9)

Propaganda Rush

Rush Limbaugh is an egomaniac who can't help himself when it comes to making conversational statements.

By Robert Littal | October 7, 2009; 2:55 AM ET | Comments (8)

Money Trumps Politics

Left or right -- only the size of his bank account will count when the owners vote, except in Philly.

By Leonard Shapiro | October 7, 2009; 12:44 AM ET | Comments (5)

Rush the Savior?

Having Rush Limbaugh as an owner can only help the St. Louis Rams.

By Les Carpenter | October 7, 2009; 12:09 AM ET | Comments (13)

Rush the Racist?

I can only judge what he says on the radio - but the way he talks makes me think he's a racist.

By Keenan McCardell | October 7, 2009; 12:07 AM ET | Comments (52)

Only Fools Rush In

Limbaugh's ability to produce results is what will matter the most.

By Andrew Roth | October 7, 2009; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (3)

All About AP

Favre won one game, Adrian Peterson won the rest.

By Shawn Zobel | October 5, 2009; 7:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Even More Than Past Statistics

With so much around him, it's easy to overlook the impact Favre has had on this team.

By Rob Rang | October 5, 2009; 3:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

So Far, So Good

The key for the Vikings offense, and for head coach Brad Childress in particular, is to make sure Favre holsters his heroics.

By Sean McCann | October 5, 2009; 12:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Still Magic

Brett Favre has given them something they didn't have before; a chance at a comeback in every game they'll play in.

By Brandon Benson | October 5, 2009; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

So Far, So Average

Through his first three games with the Vikings, Brett Favre ranks 15th in DYAR among quarterbacks

By Doug Farrar | October 5, 2009; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bigger Than Brett

If one were to look at the main reasons for the Minnesota Vikings' 3-0 start to the 2009 season, Brett Favre would actually be a significant way down the list.

By Chris Gates | October 5, 2009; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

What the Vikes Needed

Brett Favre has been a good quarterback on what might be a great team. As a Packers fan, that makes me sick.

By Jeff Nelson | October 5, 2009; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

One-Third Responsible

Brett Favre isn't the only reason why the Vikings are 3-0, but he deserves considerable credit for at least one of their victories this season

By Gene Wang | October 5, 2009; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

How Much Has Brett Helped the Vikings?

How much is Brett Favre actually done for the Minnesota Vikings' 3-0 start this season?

By Reader Poll | October 5, 2009; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not All Humane Societies

I anticipate that most companies, like Nike, will wait for time to pass and for Vick to continue to prove himself.

By Nathan Whitaker | October 2, 2009; 1:06 PM ET | Comments (3)

Earn Endorsements on the Field

What kind of message does it send if you are using a player more known for his name than his play?

By Chris Richardson | October 2, 2009; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

Let's Forget Vick

Let him rot in Philly as a backup quarterback, Wildcat formation specialist or Andy Reid's personal dry cleaning assistant.

By Anthony Stalter | October 2, 2009; 6:59 AM ET | Comments (4)

Give Vick a Chance

If I was an advertiser I would sign Michael Vick right this very moment.

By Robert Littal | October 2, 2009; 5:42 AM ET | Comments (7)

Be Like Mike

Don't believe the hype, dog killers buy sneakers too.

By Sarah Schorno | October 2, 2009; 5:17 AM ET | Comments (2)

Vick's Corporate Exile

Barring a documentary following several off-seasons in Calcutta, Vick's banishment from corporate endorsements would seem to be permanent.

By Michael Oriard | October 2, 2009; 4:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

Weak Vick Experience

I look forward to seeing PETA's use of the "Just Do It" slogan on their protest signs when Vick does come back.

By Dawn Knight | October 2, 2009; 4:33 AM ET | Comments (1)

PETA Says No One

If Nike and other companies know what's best for the bottom line, they won't touch Michael Vick with a 10-foot pole.

By Dan Shannon | October 2, 2009; 4:19 AM ET | Comments (5)

Learn From Ray Lewis

Michael Vick will get another endorsement deal exactly when corporations decide that he can help them sell sneakers, or soda, or cars or candy.

By Sean McCann | October 2, 2009; 1:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

Vick Can't Just Do It

Nike's statement demonstrates that the shoe giant is a bit queasy about embracing Vick.

By Jason Maloni | October 2, 2009; 12:27 AM ET | Comments (2)

Vick Is Still Radioactive

It is going to take more than three football games and two public appearances for Vick to regain any value as a product spokesperson.

By Peter Schaffer | October 2, 2009; 12:03 AM ET | Comments (2)

Vick May Kill Dog Fighting

We as a society are constantly evolving -- Vick will be remembered as the impetus for such change.

By Michael Kun | October 2, 2009; 12:03 AM ET | Comments (3)

Time Will Heal

Corporate fits exist for many star athletes -- regardless of how they are viewed by most mainstream consumers.

By David Carter | October 2, 2009; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

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