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Keep belief off the field

Much like church and State, I'm happy to keep my preaching and my football as far apart as possible.

By Dan Levy | February 1, 2010; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Saints easier to like

How can you not root for the Saints, and New Orleans, to win? But that doesn't have to mean you don't like the Colts.

By Dan Levy | January 27, 2010; 02:39 AM ET | Comments (1)

Two-headed coach?

Why not let Phillips coach the regular season and then, to avoid the inevitable playoff panic, give Garrett the responsibilities in the postseason?

By Dan Levy | January 18, 2010; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Call me a traditionalist

Our sports traditions are what ties generations together, let's keep them sacred.

By Dan Levy | November 25, 2009; 08:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Worst? Hardly

While the teams haven't been playing well as of late, the numbers clearly indicate the NFC East is one of the best.

By Dan Levy | November 23, 2009; 02:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

How hard is keeping quiet?

If he doesn't grow up and put on some big boy pants he's going to find himself out of the league.

By Dan Levy | November 11, 2009; 01:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

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; 06:07 AM ET | Comments (8)

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; 02:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Backing Up Controversy

I said a few weeks ago that there will be a quarterback controversy in Philadelphia this season. I just didn't know it would be the backups.

By Dan Levy | September 15, 2009; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Isn't That Why We Watch?

We root for men from our city to beat men from your city into submission.

By Dan Levy | September 9, 2009; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (2)

Are We Serious Here?

The question was, should the NFL get rid of cheerleaders? And that's just a silly question.

By Dan Levy | September 2, 2009; 11:34 AM ET | Comments (1)

Who Will Blink? U2

Jerry Jones is a lot of things, but he ain't stupid... especially when it comes to money.

By Dan Levy | August 26, 2009; 11:14 AM ET | Comments (1)

It Better Work

I've been the first to say that Vick deserves a chance to play, I just never thought it'd be in my town.

By Dan Levy | August 13, 2009; 11:59 PM ET | Comments (6)

Just Crazy Enough To Work

On paper, the pairing of Tony Dungy and Michael Vick seems less likely than Shaq and Ben Stein starring in a mock buddy comedy to pitch cell phones.

By Dan Levy | August 11, 2009; 07:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

Openess Yes, Fan Votes No

Let's leave important votes to the professionals -- those involved in voting the for Pro Football Hall of Fame are some of the best writers in the country.

By Dan Levy | August 9, 2009; 09:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

Shooting Self Could Be A Life Sentence

His real crime was his choice of wardrobe.

By Dan Levy | August 4, 2009; 09:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Drugs Are Drugs

A high-profile drug bust doesn't have the same PR ramifications on the gridiron as it has on the diamond

By Dan Levy | July 31, 2009; 08:19 AM ET | Comments (3)

Let the Excuses Begin

You have to take everything Banner says with the appropriate grain of blame-deflecting salt.

By Dan Levy | July 27, 2009; 09:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Decides Own Justice

At this point, if Goodell doesn't like your haircut you can probably get two games.

By Dan Levy | July 24, 2009; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (2)

ESPN Arrogance?

Big Ben getting in trouble -- for whatever reason -- is news, report it.

By Dan Levy | July 22, 2009; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (5)

First Rule of Funny. Be Funny.

There wasn't anything remotely offensive in "Black Olympics" other than the complete lack of comedy.

By Dan Levy | July 16, 2009; 09:29 AM ET | Comments (1)

No Such Thing As Bad PR For UFL

No offense to the PETA people (perhaps some offense to the PETA people) but many of them are downright crazy.

By Dan Levy | July 14, 2009; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's All in a Name

It seems most people wish Twitter was called something else.

By Dan Levy | July 10, 2009; 09:22 AM ET | Comments (1)

Not My Hero

This was a tragic situation, but one that Steve McNair seemed to bring upon himself.

By Dan Levy | July 8, 2009; 05:06 AM ET | Comments (7)

Wasted Money Is Funny, But Not When It's Ours

Will the rich get better? It doesn't seem to be the case.

By Dan Levy | July 3, 2009; 04:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

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)

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; 09:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Must Be Tough

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

By Dan Levy | June 19, 2009; 07:20 AM ET | Comments (2)

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; 08:53 AM ET | Comments (1)

Teach Your Children Well

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

By Dan Levy | June 10, 2009; 07:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Who's the NFL Kidding?

Sports gambling, in the casinos in Vegas, online and on the street corner, is a part of the fabric of this country.

By Dan Levy | May 15, 2009; 08:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bring Back the Ickey Shuffle

Let's get creative here NFL. Tie in a sponsorship deal with the TV networks to market the celebration.

By Dan Levy | May 11, 2009; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (3)

A Comeback in Non-Sequential Bills, Please

We've seen this show before. And each time we see it again it gets more predicable and that little part of us rooting for the robber wanes.

By Dan Levy | May 4, 2009; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lower Everything Prices

Fans can't afford the luxury of going to a football game anymore. And frankly, that's what sports is... a luxury.

By Dan Levy | May 1, 2009; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (6)

Not All Usual Suspects

This is the best time of year in the NFL... if your team stinks. Everyone is tied for the lead in their division. First place is yours, Detroit!

By Dan Levy | April 29, 2009; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tell You in Five

If we have to pick a winner of this weekend's draft TODAY, I'll take the Jets. At least from a PR perspective.

By Dan Levy | April 27, 2009; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (2)

Rookie Salary Cap Needed

Rookies should indeed be capped at a certain level like the NBA does, but how?

By Dan Levy | April 24, 2009; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (3)

Madden Spans Generations, Platforms

John Madden is one of the most important men in the history of the game of football.

By Dan Levy | April 17, 2009; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

We Miss You Harry

A part of my family died Monday. A part of all of our families.

By Dan Levy | April 14, 2009; 08:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Eyes Have It

Singletary was the leader of the best defense in the history of the sport. His intensity beamed out of those piercing eyes right into the opponent's backfield, and our living rooms.

By Dan Levy | April 10, 2009; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Draft Picks' Green Jackets

From an event anticipation and excitement standpoint, the Lions War Room may as well be at Amen Corner.

By Dan Levy | April 8, 2009; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Plax Under the Big Top

Look for him to sign with a team that needs to win...now. Or watch him sign in Dallas. Or Oakland.

By Dan Levy | April 6, 2009; 08:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Helps More Than Hurts

This is one of those trades that will take five years to know who got the better end of the deal.

By Dan Levy | April 2, 2009; 07:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Can it be Elway?

Elway went on to be one of the five greatest quarterbacks (perhaps players) in the history of the sport. The Colts? Be them in Baltimore or Indianapolis, they never won more than nine games in a season during Elway's career (1983-1998).

By Dan Levy | March 30, 2009; 02:26 PM ET | Comments (31)

First to Six Wins

Why not keep what the NFL has, but make the winning team need to score six points in overtime instead of three?

By Dan Levy | March 19, 2009; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (1)

Who Gets 6 Months Off?

Do the PR people and the equipment people take six months off? Does the GM take six months off? (okay, that's debatable for many teams.)

By Dan Levy | March 18, 2009; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (1)

Madness over Fantasy

Just cutting to those team rooms and student-filled arenas cheering as they make the Big Dance is almost as exciting as watching the games themselves.

By Dan Levy | March 16, 2009; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cutler: Win First, Then Talk

Well, one thing is for sure, no matter which team I pick, the quarterback is a giant crybaby.

By Dan Levy | March 12, 2009; 09:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

Big Names, Not Game

There is a reason TO found a job in two days when 30 other wide receivers are available. He's productive. They aren't.

By Dan Levy | March 10, 2009; 09:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Dumb Enough to Work

For Buffalo it makes perfect sense. As for T.O., the move makes very little sense.

By Dan Levy | March 8, 2009; 08:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

NFC East Redux

DC...get your popcorn ready. But be mindful -- it'll get stale pretty quick.

By Dan Levy | March 5, 2009; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (6)

Vick's a Tougher Sell

NFL fans want to win. But I'm not sure how many NFL fans want their team to be the one that pays Vick a king's ransom to lineup under center.

By Dan Levy | March 4, 2009; 09:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free For A Reason

As unfortunate as it sounds, the guy out there who might be the most valuable player on the market, after he gets cut of course, is Michael Vick.

By Dan Levy | February 27, 2009; 11:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Can You Gag Anonymity?

Jones doesn't trust his employees. Rather than take measures to gain their trust...ban their asses from talking.

By Dan Levy | February 23, 2009; 08:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

Mmm... Measurables

I love the combine. But I'll never understand why it matters.

By Dan Levy | February 19, 2009; 05:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

Cuts Start at the Top

What if the owners gave their fans a little stimulus package of their own?

By Dan Levy | February 16, 2009; 09:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Can We End This Hostage Crisis Already?

Favre's an old man who only cares about himself. There are at least five quarterbacks of his era I'd rather have under center.

By Dan Levy | February 12, 2009; 08:56 AM ET | Comments (5)

Lesser of (Four) Evils

In a division like that, with a born-again quarterback and the best receiver in the league, I don't see how they won't be the favorite to win.

By Dan Levy | February 11, 2009; 06:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

American Gladiators v American History

Baseball is American history. And history never forgets a cheater.

By Dan Levy | February 9, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Have A Skills Competition

The Pro Bowl can be saved one way and one way only. Get rid of it and bring back the Skills Competition.

By Dan Levy | February 6, 2009; 09:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Does it Matter?

Regardless of how people feel about religion entering certain non-secular spaces, they will continue to love chicken sandwiches, and of course, football.

By Jim McCormick | February 4, 2009; 02:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

There is No God In Team

It seems that most athletes thank God when they actually want to thank themselves.

By Dan Levy | February 4, 2009; 09:46 AM ET | Comments (5)

Best Ever? Five Seconds Short.

The end of the game was fantastic. But if we're talking about putting this game as the best Super Bowl ever, we deserved a better ending. We deserved a Hail Mary.

By Dan Levy | February 2, 2009; 09:17 AM ET | Comments (1)

Cards Win in the Cards

My gut is with Maya Angelou and Phyllis Diller There's something about Arizona that seems impressive.

By Dan Levy | January 30, 2009; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Take Old Over Big

Ben's only job since coming into the league as been to not make mistakes. And frankly, he hasn't even been so great at that.

By Dan Levy | January 28, 2009; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

 
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