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Go out with a bang

Millions of people who can't locate Green Bay on a map or spell Pittsburgh without Google will tune in, Sunday, to watch what may be the last NFL game ever.

By Emil Steiner | February 4, 2011; 3:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Trash is our bread and butter

If fans watch the NHL for the fights and watch NASCAR for the crashes, they increasingly watch the NFL for trash talking, and the backing up of said trash talking with smash-mouth football.

By Emil Steiner | January 18, 2011; 1:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Storyline is MVP

Michael Vick might be a contender by the numbers, but when it comes to narrative he's the prohibitive favorite.

By Emil Steiner | November 18, 2010; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

McNabb = History, Vick = Future

Simply put, number seven's up, number five's barely alive.

By Emil Steiner | October 1, 2010; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

AP mulligan fails

By its actions today, the AP has moved from simple carelessness to gross negligence.

By Emil Steiner | May 12, 2010; 3:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

FedEx-glue factory

It remains to be seen if this will go down as the worst move in Eagles' history or the smartest in Daniel Snyder's.

By Emil Steiner | April 4, 2010; 9:32 PM ET | Comments (4)

Big Ben's ringing endorsements

it would probably take a conviction for teams, especially those starving for a championship caliber quarterback, to turn down Big Ben.

By Emil Steiner | March 12, 2010; 8:52 AM ET | Comments (1)

Fearful symmetry

If the child in us needs heroes, why does the adult in us needs to see them torn down? I'd argue it's the same impulse.

By Emil Steiner | February 19, 2010; 6:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Choke defined

Choking comes in many varieties -- the Giants defined almost all of them.

By Emil Steiner | January 4, 2010; 3:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Decade's best Super Bowl

With more instant classics than any other decade, the aughts have given football fans plenty to cheer about, but which Super Bowl, from the past 10 years, ranks highest?

By Emil Steiner | January 2, 2010; 11:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Decade's top NFL scandal poll

From Spygate to wardrobe malfunctions weigh in on what was the biggest scandal to hit the NFL in the past 10 years?

By Emil Steiner | December 15, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

Destiny's childish

It wasn't Karma or destiny that killed the Patriots' dynasty - it was something far more deadly, a momentum shift.

By Emil Steiner | December 8, 2009; 8:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Remember "Canadian Bacon"

The better question is, why would Toronto ever want the Buffalo Bills?

By Emil Steiner | December 3, 2009; 12:12 AM ET | Comments (9)

Nearly the worst

The NFC East is so bad that if we had a competition for the worst division in football it would come in second.

By Emil Steiner | November 23, 2009; 6:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

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)

Curse of Gisele?

New England fans may want to hit the panic button or, failing that, stay focused on the Red Sox.

By Emil Steiner | September 21, 2009; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (6)



By Emil Steiner | September 9, 2009; 10:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Stay True to the Game

Hold true to your real team when it matters least, and you will cherish it that much more when it matters most.

By Emil Steiner | September 7, 2009; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (3)

Vick Issue Still in Doubt

The issue's still in doubt, but that's a good thing for Vick -- he didn't screw up. In fact he could be great.

By Emil Steiner | August 28, 2009; 6:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

My Head Is Spinning

Great for the offense, offensive for animal lovers... I'm torn.

By Emil Steiner | August 14, 2009; 5:20 AM ET | Comments (17)

I Want a Golden Ticket

Given the amount of money we pump into the NFL, surely Goodell wouldn't want to begrudge true fans a little taste.

By Emil Steiner | August 7, 2009; 6:41 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Four Horsemen of Longevity

Outside of special teams, here's my top four list for the NFL's Tom Watson Award

By Emil Steiner | July 20, 2009; 1:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Integrate the Black Olympics!

The fact that only African Americans were invited to compete in the "Black Olympics" makes me want to puke.

By Emil Steiner | July 16, 2009; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Who Needs a Real Hero?

Do I care if Steve McNair, Muhammad Ali or Babe Ruth has an affair? Of course not. What does monogamy have to do with admiration?

By Emil Steiner | July 8, 2009; 1:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mobile Revolution

McNair's success popularized the scrambling quarterback and opened the door for such players as Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick.

By Emil Steiner | July 6, 2009; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Ban Vick for Life?

I see no reason why Goodell would ever let Michael Vick back under the lucrative NFL Shield.

By Emil Steiner | May 19, 2009; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (38)

Passion of the Chin

His chin, his stare, his passion could motivate a winning season out of the Washington Generals.

By Emil Steiner | May 14, 2009; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dump the Refs

If a $50 GPS can help fans find their way out of Fed Ex Field parking lot, why is the NFL still relying on Ed Hochuli's eyes?

By Emil Steiner | May 11, 2009; 11:56 AM ET | Comments (3)

Let It Go, Brett

After all the hype and fanfare, Favre's comeback would not be poignant or heroic. It would be like "Rocky" ... "Rocky 6."

By Emil Steiner | May 4, 2009; 6:01 AM ET | Comments (5)

No Guts No Glory

The kind of front offices that prefer to draft fourth instead of first are run by pragmatists not champions.

By Emil Steiner | April 20, 2009; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Deacon Sacks Up

The toughest, meanest and greatest defensive draft pick remains David "Deacon" Jones.

By Emil Steiner | April 10, 2009; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (1)

Tourney Tops Draft

Unlike filling out your bracket, the draft gets less exciting as you move to the final round.

By Emil Steiner | March 16, 2009; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Stomping Expectations

Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth is only worth $100 million when he's auditioning for $100 million

By Emil Steiner | February 25, 2009; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

What's the Wonderlic Got to do With It?

To me the NFL Scouting Combine seems like an Indiana livestock auction turned reality show.

By Emil Steiner | February 19, 2009; 6:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Baseball or Circus?

At best, Bud Selig's reaction to the issue of performance enhancing drugs was slow and simple, at worst it was fraudulent.

By Emil Steiner | February 9, 2009; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (2)

Separating Church and Stadium

Even if God is what got you there, does He really need to be plugged?

By Emil Steiner | February 4, 2009; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

Red Herring

Let's keep this simple: Steelers 28, Cardinals 10.

By Emil Steiner | January 30, 2009; 9:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Winning Can Be Dirty

What's wrong with a team being dirty?

By Emil Steiner | January 29, 2009; 7:27 AM ET | Comments (10)

Home-Field Would be Advantageous

The NFL is so successful now it can afford to do the right thing.

By Emil Steiner | January 26, 2009; 1:19 PM ET | Comments (5)

The Year of Surprise

Perhaps, the biggest surprise now would be no surprise at all.

By Emil Steiner | January 16, 2009; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cards Can't Deal

Why is it that when I hear the words Arizona Cardinals and Super Bowl I think of the words of John McEnroe, as in: "You cannot be serious!"

By Emil Steiner | January 13, 2009; 9:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos-Chargers Rivalry?

The fundamentals of this rivalry are in place, a shared hatred, a blown call and match-up this weekend with the playoffs at stake.

By Emil Steiner | December 25, 2008; 3:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Was Wes Welker's Snow Angel Fine Fair?

But was the league punishment fair?

By Emil Steiner | December 24, 2008; 7:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Peyton Manning: MVP?

After leading the Colts through a seven-game winning streak and back into the playoffs, has Peyton Manning locked up the MVP?

By Emil Steiner | December 19, 2008; 11:14 AM ET | Comments (1)

Big Blue Nightmare

The Giants are playing up to the level we'd expect in December -- mediocre.

By Emil Steiner | December 16, 2008; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

Are the Dallas Cowboys Done?

Or can Romo and TO patch things up and get "America's Team" into the playoffs? Readers Decide.

By Emil Steiner | December 12, 2008; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Music City Miracle II

Without the Vince Young crisis, the Titans wouldn't have an opportunity to win the Super Bowl.

By Emil Steiner | December 9, 2008; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (1)

Looking to Lay Blame? Try Mornhinweg

The real blame lies with the play calling of offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.

By Emil Steiner | November 24, 2008; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (4)

XLIII Beats 44

What's so exciting about catching pneumonia to watch a limo drive by?

By Emil Steiner | November 20, 2008; 1:04 PM ET | Comments (2)

A Win-Win Fix

Wouldn't the NFL be even more exciting if there was a college-type overtime format?

By Emil Steiner | November 17, 2008; 3:19 PM ET | Comments (1)

Don't Believe the Hype

Hottest, no. Most over hyped, perhaps.

By Emil Steiner | November 13, 2008; 4:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

NFC East: Still King

Even the worst team in the division can hang with the best teams in football.

By Emil Steiner | November 10, 2008; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (1)

A Measured Approach

Professional football cannot be allowed to degenerate into professional wrestling anymore than it can afford to become ballet.

By Emil Steiner | October 24, 2008; 2:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tank Away

While it's true that drafting high is no guarantee of success, it is the best shot a team can get at the top college football players.

By Emil Steiner | October 23, 2008; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Romo Chokes the 'Boys

The Cowboys are better off without Tony Romo. They have a better chance of winning the Super Bowl with Brad Johnson at the helm, and here's why.

By Emil Steiner | October 14, 2008; 1:26 AM ET | Comments (4)

Let the Players Speak

If the goal of the NFL is to create fair competition they owe it to themselves, and their millions of fans to end this draconian policy.

By Emil Steiner | October 8, 2008; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (4)

Character Matters, Publicly

Ideally a team would have a roster of humanitarians who date celebrities, record platinum selling albums and win the Super Bowl every year, but it ain't gonna happen.

By Emil Steiner | October 2, 2008; 1:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

NFL: Competition Perfected

People watch sports for numerous reasons, distraction, camaraderie, escapism. But intrinsic to all that is the competition.

By Emil Steiner | October 1, 2008; 9:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

None of the Above

When it comes to which has game, think Monty Brewster's campaign slogan: "None of the above!"

By Emil Steiner | September 22, 2008; 2:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fear the Man in the Hoody

Belichick is so respected and feared that Congress investigated him for cheating.

By Emil Steiner | September 9, 2008; 3:35 AM ET | Comments (2)

What's the Difference?

Super Tuesday, Super Sunday; conventions and draft day -- they all seem to blur into one giant media circus.

By Emil Steiner | September 4, 2008; 9:39 AM ET | Comments (1)

Six Letters: E-A-G-L-E-S!

The Eagles are a lock to be exciting, and a threat to any opponent.

By Emil Steiner | September 1, 2008; 11:34 PM ET | Comments (2)


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By Emil Steiner | August 28, 2008; 4:37 PM ET | Comments (2)

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By Emil Steiner | August 28, 2008; 4:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

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