Archive: Michael Oriard
The NFL's playoff format may not be perfect, but it's a heck of a lot better than what the BCS has done to college football.
By Michael Oriard | January 5, 2011; 7:49 AM ET | Comments (2)
Our best hope is for advances in the research on head trauma that will clarify football's risks -- but in the interim, fans must continue to push concussion awareness and treatment to the forefront of the NFL's consciousness.
By Michael Oriard | December 21, 2010; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (0)
Long-term damage from helmet-to-helmet hits is more dangerous to the NFL than on-field fights and fines and suspensions should be levied accordingly.
By Michael Oriard | November 30, 2010; 12:25 AM ET | Comments (0)
Branded as "America's Team," the Dallas Cowboys have always been plagued by contradictions and unfulfilled expectations.
By Michael Oriard | September 13, 2010; 11:34 PM ET | Comments (1)
NCAA athletes earn millions of dollars for their universities, coaches and administrators but receive very little in return for their performance. That must change.
By Michael Oriard | August 3, 2010; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (3)
At the moment, the purple drank craze is a much less severe threat to the NFL than the impending 2011 lockout.
By Michael Oriard | July 20, 2010; 12:03 AM ET | Comments (1)
Players caught up in the moment may not have the clearest perspective on their long-term futures
By Michael Oriard | February 3, 2010; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)
The NFL should be as vigilant in protecting its own main product as it is in stamping out rogue T-shirts.
By Michael Oriard | January 29, 2010; 8:42 AM ET | Comments (2)
Carroll leaving now makes little sense. He must know something that outsiders don't (is USC about to find itself in big trouble with the NCAA?).
By Michael Oriard | January 11, 2010; 4:07 PM ET | Comments (1)
There is no longer any good reason not to have a college football playoff -- except that the BCS conferences get rich on the current system.
By Michael Oriard | January 6, 2010; 3:17 PM ET | Comments (3)
Diversifying front offices is going to remain a slow, frustrating process, but at least the NFL has a process in place.
By Michael Oriard | December 18, 2009; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)
He has clearance and knows the risks than ultimately it's his choice... let's hope you makes the right one.
By Michael Oriard | December 16, 2009; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (0)
The Bengals are having their most successful season in years, but their leading receiver keeps reminding them that he has other things on his mind
By Michael Oriard | December 11, 2009; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (7)
When I played for the Kansas City Chiefs, we played Detroit on Thanksgiving in 1971, and it felt more like interference with a family Thanksgiving than a privilege.
By Michael Oriard | November 25, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)
"Hate" or "respect" as the basis for a football rivalry is a matter for fans and the media.
By Michael Oriard | November 13, 2009; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (1)
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)
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)
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)
What's strange in this whole affair is the fact that an NFL player's support for gay marriage should be in any way controversial.
By Michael Oriard | September 25, 2009; 6:03 AM ET | Comments (0)
By Michael Oriard | September 18, 2009; 7:28 AM ET | Comments (0)
What kills and maims in football is just the underside of what makes NFL football the country's favorite spectator sport.
By Michael Oriard | September 9, 2009; 8:12 AM ET | Comments (0)
While the feature back is rarer and rarer these days, due to size, the great ones find a way to rise to the top.
By Michael Oriard | August 17, 2009; 7:52 PM ET | Comments (0)