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Better than BCS

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)

Terrible uncertainties

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)

Hits worse than fights

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)

America's team

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)

An unsustainable system

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)

More distraction than crisis

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)

Safety first

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)

NFL bully

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)

Strange move

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)

BCS too greedy

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)

Value in debate

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)

His choice, but...

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)

Hurts the Bengals

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)

Hardly an advantage

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)

Players are pros

"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)

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)

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)

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)

Hardly Dangerous Speech

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)

American Gamesmanship

Eric Mangini's little games with the weekly injury report reflect a common practice in the NFL, and show that a $125,000 fine is simply the cost of doing business.

By Michael Oriard | September 18, 2009; 7:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dying From Football

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)

Not Dead, Just Resting

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)

No Fair League?

Burress will be "entitled" to an opportunity for employment, but not necessarily in the NFL.

By Michael Oriard | August 4, 2009; 6:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

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