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Archive: Roger Goodell

That was it?

The classic Super Bowl matchup and all of its trimmings didn't live up to the hype, leaving me unsatisfied with a lockout looming.

By Anthony Stalter | February 8, 2011; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

One to treasure

Super Bowl XLV showcased two teams with quality coaches and great front offices who were rewarded for their patience and vision with a spot in the big game -- in short, the NFL at its finest.

By Jason Maloni | February 8, 2011; 01:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

A deal will get done

The NFL, its owners and players know that football is at its peak and they cannot afford a lockout. Expect a deal to get done no later than June 1.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | February 8, 2011; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rodgers emerges

Super Bowl XLV will be marked by the emergence of MVP QB Aaron Rodgers, and while the NFL braces for a potential lockout, at least fans in Green Bay can cherish that winning feeling once again.

By Brandon Benson | February 8, 2011; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

In the top 5

Super Bowl XLV was an instant classic - and the sometimes sloppy nature of the game only added to its value. But after setting a viewership record, the NFL and its players need to get over themselves and resolve their labor dispute or risk ruining a game at its peak in popularity.

By Dave Goldberg | February 8, 2011; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

Need to re-seed

The 7-9 Seattle Seahawks and their first-round home playoff game are the greatest case yet for Roger Goodell and the NFL re-seeding teams at the start of the postseason.

By Anthony Stalter | January 5, 2011; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

When will they ever learn?

The NFL still does not know how long a player should sit out after a concussion and the league should continue to research concussions and prevent players from returning to the field too soon.

By Leonard Shapiro | December 22, 2010; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Using the evidence

New research on the effects of multiple concussions could help force the NFL to mandate longer rest periods to protect their players from absorbing more punishment.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | December 21, 2010; 07:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Three strikes and you're out

NFL players who suffer three concussions in one season should without a doubt be shut down for the rest of the year to prevent further injury.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | December 21, 2010; 02:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

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)

Who's responsible?

Only when every player on the field realizes that concussions are injuries and plays the game that way will we finally see a reduction in these injuries.

By Dr. Mark Adickes | December 21, 2010; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Can't rush recovery

Bringing players back to NFL action following a concussion must be a careful, deliberate and tempered process. Rushing a player like Austin Collie back too soon could result in permanent brain damage and an early ending to a career.

By Dawn Knight | December 21, 2010; 11:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's the helmets!

The technology that has created more protective helmets for NFL players has simultaneously created more powerful, dangerous weapons to damage the heads and health of other players.

By Michael Kun | December 21, 2010; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Was $25,000 a fitting fine?

Was a $25,000 fine a fitting punishment for Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan's on-field brawl?

By Reader Poll | November 30, 2010; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Subjectivity is a necessity

The NFL must consider each situation -- including the track records of the players involved -- when deciding on appropriate punishments for fights, punches and illegal hits, to avoid heading down a slippery slope.

By Anthony Stalter | November 30, 2010; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Conspiracy theories

Perhaps Houston's next two games -- nationally televised matchups on Thursday and Monday nights -- played a role in the relatively light fine Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan received for their on-field fight.

By Tim McHale | November 30, 2010; 08:47 AM ET | Comments (1)

No fighting in Goodell's NFL

In Roger Goodell's NFL, displays of temper are not tolerated. And it's Cortland Finnegan whose reputation was further tarnished by his fight with Andre Johnson.

By Dave Goldberg | November 30, 2010; 12:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

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)

A dangerous precedent

Failing to suspend players for fighting on the field sets a dangerous precedent in the NFL that could eventually result in injuries to star players.

By Michael Kun | November 30, 2010; 12:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fines do just fine

Fines and a coach's wrath have always been the best deterrents in the NFL, and the fines levied against Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan for their Sunday fracas should do just that.

By Leonard Shapiro | November 30, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Undetectable damage

For every concussion diagnosed, further undetected brain damage is likely done. The NFL must enforce suspensions to discourage head hunting and the use of helmets as weapons by defensive players.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | October 19, 2010; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Use your head?

The NFL must set its policy on helmet-to-helmet hits with consideration to all lower levels of football where players are taught to emulate the physical play of professional stars.

By Dr. Mark Adickes | October 19, 2010; 08:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Changing a defender's mindset

Rodney and James Harrison made it clear that some defenders are looking to hurt players with every hit. The only way to change that mentality is to actually enforce ejections and suspensions.

By Joe Baker | October 19, 2010; 08:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

What should the NFL do to reduce helmet-to-helmet hits?

What should the NFL do to limit the helmet-to-helmet hits that so often cause concussions and other serious injuries?

By Reader Poll | October 19, 2010; 01:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Waiting on technology to catch up

Players are instructed and encouraged to make big hits, and a fine likely won't discourage them from doing so.

By Anthony Stalter | October 19, 2010; 12:56 AM ET | Comments (2)

More to be done

The NFL is paying greater attention to the serious health risks of concussions, but a simple rule change without more medical restrictions on a player's ability to return to the field following a concussion won't cut it.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | October 19, 2010; 12:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Head to head combat

The NFL is taking head injuries seriously and game suspensions should help limit helmet-to-helmet hits, but re-teaching tackling techniques to better protect players may be worth exploring as well.

By Dawn Knight | October 19, 2010; 12:15 AM ET | Comments (1)

A violent, dangerous game

Football is a violent and dangerous game, and at some point there's not much else the NFL can do to prevent head injuries.

By Jason Brewer | October 19, 2010; 12:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

Teaching "toughness"

Football players are taught from a young age that the game is about punishing and intimidating your opponent. Until that fundamental teaching changes, no amount of punishment will reverse the trend of dangerous hits to the head.

By Dave Goldberg | October 19, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Injuring the game

More regular season games will lead to more injuries and more games with Curtis Painter under center for the Colts.

By Dawn Knight | August 31, 2010; 03:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

A death sentence

Expanding the NFL season to 18 games will dilute the product, increase serious player injuries and threaten football's status as America's most popular sport.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | August 31, 2010; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wrong in so many ways

An expanded NFL regular season is a terrible idea any way you look at it.

By Doug Farrar | August 31, 2010; 01:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Money trumps all

Despite a number of obvious drawbacks, NFL regular season expansion appears to be foregone conclusion

By Dave Goldberg | August 31, 2010; 12:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

NFL remains the real king

The NFL continues to dominate the sports landscape, giving its owners the power and arrogance necessary to prevent its players from enjoying the spoils of an NBA-style free agent auction.

By Anthony Stalter | July 8, 2010; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Will Vick be a starter again?

Will Michael Vick ever be a full-time starting quarterback in the NFL again?

By Reader Poll | June 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Right place at the right time

When one of Michael Vick's co-defendants was shot after Vick's birthday party, the Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback was exactly where he should have been -- long gone.

By Michael Kun | June 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Public party invited trouble

By hosting an overtly public birthday party in his home town, Michael Vick invited the possibility for trouble back into his life.

By Chris Richardson | June 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

He's just not very bright

While he may not be a bad guy, Michael Vick's poor judgment continues to lead him into situations that threaten his career and freedom

By Robert Littal | June 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Bad judgment, little else

The only football worth paying attention to at present is taking place on the pitch in South Africa.

By Dave Goldberg | June 29, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Is the NFL doing enough to curb PED use?

Is the NFL doing enough to curb the use of banned substances through its drug testing and suspension policy?

By Reader Poll | May 28, 2010; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Level the playing field

The NFL could and should do more to enforce its banned substance policy, starting with making first-time offenders sit out a full season without pay.

By Leonard Shapiro | May 28, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Disorganized deterrent

With the NFL's current haphazard drug policy it appears the league will only take action against a player who test positive for a banned substance if it absolutely must. There's got to be a better way.

By Doug Farrar | May 28, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Time to reel in HGH

The NFL's drug testing system, for the most part, is effective in discouraging its players from using performance enhancing drugs, but it may be time for the league to regulate human growth hormone use as well.

By Dr. Mark Adickes | May 28, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

All about perspective

Like the tragic results that often result from legal drug use, the NFL's banned substance testing and suspension policy does enough to curb the use of performance enhancing drugs in the league.

By Dave Goldberg | May 28, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Straightforward and sufficient

The NFL's performance enhancing drug policy is a sufficient enough deterrent and those who seek to beat the system are outliers, not the norm.

By Tim McHale | May 28, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Super Meadowlands

New York is the perfect site to host the Super Bowl and the biggest week-long party in all of American professional sports.

By Edward Valentine | May 25, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (3)

Not your average Super Bowl

Playing a Super Bowl in New York could change the style of play on the field, but it won't make the dream of hosting the NFL's biggest game any closer to reality for the rest of the league's cold-weather teams.

By Brandon Benson | May 25, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (3)

Embrace the elements

Every city, regardless of climate, should have the opportunity to host the Super Bowl and experience the pinnacle of the NFL experience.

By Anthony Stalter | May 25, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Always warm on the couch

Cold weather Super Bowls would enhance the experience of the vast majority of NFL fans -- those who watch the game from the climate-controlled comforts of their own homes.

By Michael Kun | May 25, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

A flip of the coin

If the NFL begins to play Super Bowl games at outdoor stadiums in cold-weather climates, it will lead to the thought that championship games can be played anywhere and forever alter the league's grandest spectacle.

By Dave Goldberg | May 25, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Follow the money

The promise of a Super Bowl helps convince local municipalities to open up their wallets to help pay for new stadiums, regardless of climate.

By Jason Brewer | May 25, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Costs of the cold

Nostalgia aside, while playing multiple Super Bowls in cold weather cities would provide a boost to local economies, it would also test the financial abilities of those markets to host such a massive event.

By Josh Kirkendall | May 25, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Piling on layers

While hosting Super Bowls in cold climates may weed out some of the corporate presence at the NFL championship game and allow more average fans to attend, the product on the field could cost the league casual fans who prefer high-scoring affairs to defensive struggles.

By Adam Tracey | May 25, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Expect It Beyond New York

If New Meadowlands Stadium hosts a Super Bowl, it will be a reward for the New York Giants and Jets spending so much money on a new stadium, but that won't necessarily lead to more cold weather championship games.

By Doug Farrar | May 25, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

NFL players face unhealthy system when it comes to treating injuries

While NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is considering whether to suspend players for seeking cures from the syringe-wielding physician Anthony Galea, he should ask why so many of them distrust their team physicians and seek alternative ways to heal. Medical care in the league is not a simple issue. Anyone who says otherwise should read up on O.J. McDuffie's case.

By Sally Jenkins | May 22, 2010; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dear AP: Don't look back

Associated Press should stick with the votes they made at the end of the season, just as they do when voting for awards across professional sports.

By Brandon Benson | May 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Policy holes lead to undeserving winners

Holes in NFL banned substance testing policy allowed Brian Cushing and others to continue playing long after a positive test.

By Doug Farrar | May 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Suspension is sufficient

Brian Cushing's league-issued four-game suspension is punishment enough for his used of a banned substance. The Associated Press should not feel compelled to pile on by stripping him of his well-deserved Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

By Tim McHale | May 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's in the position

The AP is right to revote on the 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year award, but a trend of banned substance use among elite pass rushers might be a sign that certain position players are more likely to experiment with steroids.

By Joe Baker | May 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Questions complicate larger issues

The public outcry surrounding Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland's inappropriate question to Dez Bryant could forever change the protocol for prospect interviews

By Doug Farrar | April 30, 2010; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

Ratings say it all

For true fans of the NFL draft, the new prime time format was a smashing success.

By Anthony Stalter | April 27, 2010; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Drafting America's idols

For fans of the NFLs best teams and its worst, April is the best time of the year.

By Brian Tarcy | April 27, 2010; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Online is the way to go provided updates, scouting reports and all the information the television broadcasts were lacking.

By Brandon Benson | April 27, 2010; 09:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Driven Away from ESPN

The new NFL draft prime time format worked for ratings but ESPN's coverage was a train wreck.

By Doug Farrar | April 27, 2010; 01:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Best draft coverage ever?

Did you enjoy the 2010 NFL draft broadcast more than broadcasts in previous years?

By Reader Poll | April 27, 2010; 12:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

ESPN ruins the moment

By beating Roger Goodell to the podium time and time again, ESPN stole the thunder of the NFL commissioner and ruined the spirit of the 2010 NFL draft.

By Michael Kun | April 27, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Picks over shtick

All the interviews, on-set arguments and fluff of ESPN's 2010 NFL draft broadcast took away from what viewers actually wanted to see -- the picks.

By Edward Valentine | April 27, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bumblin' and fumblin'

The overblown overkill of ESPN's NFL draft coverage team detracted from the event, leading at least one draftnik to flip to the NFL Network.

By Dave Goldberg | April 27, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell had to do something

It's hard to find a fitting punishment when the full extent of the offense remains unknown, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had to take action against Ben Roethlisberger and the four-to-six game suspension is about the best he could do.

By Dan Parker | April 22, 2010; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

Moral vs. criminal code

Roger Goodell's decision to suspend Ben Roethlisberger for six games protects the integrity of the NFL's moral standards without overstepping his bounds as commissioner.

By Doug Farrar | April 22, 2010; 01:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

Not about the number

It's not the length of the suspension dolled out to Ben Roethlisberger that matters. It's how he uses that time to recoup his image and grow up.

By Anthony Stalter | April 22, 2010; 12:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fortunate son

Ben Roethlisberger should consider himself lucky to walk away with the suspension handed down by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and clean up his act now.

By Robert Littal | April 21, 2010; 11:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Not the Rooney way

Ben Roethlisberger's alleged transgressions have placed him in a group of former Pittsburgh Steelers who the Rooney family saw fit to unload to maintain the team's values. And like those before him, Roethlisberger is likely on his way out of the Steel City.

By Leonard Shapiro | April 21, 2010; 07:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

It helped another QB

The suspension handed down from Roger Goodell may be tough to swallow, but Ben Roethlisberger need only look to another star quarterback to see how league mandated punishment can help a talented player mature.

By Dave Goldberg | April 21, 2010; 04:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Is the six-game suspension fair?

Is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to suspend Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for six games fair?

By Reader Poll | April 21, 2010; 03:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Bad Apple Experience, Steelers Style

A couple bad apples - who happen to be two of the franchise's biggest stars - run the risk of damaging the image of the Pittsburgh Steelers...unless they start winning again in September.

By Chris Richardson | March 30, 2010; 01:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

One final wake up call

The Steelers and their fans need Big Ben, so they can only hope this final wake up call is enough to get him to act like a $100 million franchise quarterback on and off the field.

By Michael Bean | March 12, 2010; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (1)

Illegal contact?

The latest allegations against Ben Roethlisberger once again beg the question, is this a case of sex addiction, and if so, is it a pathological condition or just a new excuse for the same old bad behavior.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | March 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

A (currently innocent) idiot

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger may have acted like an idiot, but the legal system, not Roger Goodell, should decide his fate.

By Robert Littal | March 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

Rooneys will handle it

Through their ownership of the Steelers franchise, the Rooneys have displayed sound judgment in player management. The latest situation with their star quarterback will be no different.

By Dave Goldberg | March 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Wrong kind of excitement

The ongoing Ben Roethlisberger saga underlines what has been true for a very long time in the National Football League: Your quarterback is your most important player, and the fortunes of your team will rise and fall as his does.

By Doug Farrar | March 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Would you want Big Ben on your team?

Would you want Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on your team?

By Reader Poll | March 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Financial security is paramount

Before changing the overtime structure, the NFL should focus on securing its financial future going forward.

By Chris Richardson | March 2, 2010; 02:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

Don't count on change

While the NFL would be wise to change its overtime format, don't expect the status quo to to be tweaked any time soon.

By Dave Goldberg | March 2, 2010; 08:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Officiating consistency before OT reform

Before the NFL competition committee addresses overtime, it should fix the inconsistency in its officiating crews.

By Doug Farrar | March 2, 2010; 12:49 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bring back the 'D'

The NFL should amend its rules to allow defensive players to be more physical, then worry about its overtime format.

By Larry Brown | March 2, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Just plain stupid

If the NFL wants to change the overtime system, this is not the best way to do it.

By Edward Valentine | March 2, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Apologies mean nothing

Mea culpas by athletes mean nothing to me.

By Dave Goldberg | February 19, 2010; 06:21 AM ET | Comments (6)

Tiger Owes Us Nothing

Tiger and other high profile athletes don't owe the public anything, but that won't stop us from picking apart every word of their apologies.

By Michael Kun | February 19, 2010; 06:12 AM ET | Comments (12)

Do public apologies matter?

Do public apologies from prominent athletes matter? Weigh in.

By Reader Poll | February 19, 2010; 06:01 AM ET | Comments (3)

NFL is the villain

Big time sports has become a corporate playground where only a select few are invited to sit on the swings.

By Les Carpenter | January 29, 2010; 05:29 PM ET | Comments (2)

A cash register run

This isn't a move to preserve or protect the NFL's "image," whatever the hell that means. It's simple cash grab, and it stinks.

By Chris Richardson | January 29, 2010; 03:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wake up Goodell

Taking a piece of local vernacular away from an area is the height of arrogance.

By Doug Farrar | January 29, 2010; 09:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Janet Jackson would be proud

Roger Goodell wants to rule the NFL with an iron fist.

By Chris Richardson | December 21, 2009; 03:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rules are rules

Some "tributes" were more about poking Goodell in the eye than in truly honoring Henry's memory.

By Jason Maloni | December 21, 2009; 01:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Let it go, Goodell

Typically, I get tired of the antics of overpaid, spoiled athletes and would encourage Goodell to fine them. Not this time.

By Dawn Knight | December 21, 2009; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Have a heart, NFL

Leave the fines alone for a week.

By Matt Loede | December 21, 2009; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Where's the harm?

Sometimes rules should be set aside for extenuating circumstance, especially when the harm is non-existent.

By Josh Kirkendall | December 21, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Grow up, 85

Thank you, Chad. The kids love it, kids being defined as folks under 25. Many adults have had enough.

By Dave Goldberg | December 11, 2009; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (5)

Toronto Parlay

Ontario has sports gambling, which the NFL frowns upon but knows is an integral part of why the league is successful.

By Johnny Avello | December 2, 2009; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't mess with tradition

The Lions and Cowboys have always hosted T-Day football contests - and they always should.

By Ken Palmer | November 25, 2009; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (1)

Raider Rage

There's more than enough smoke here to suspect a blazing inferno may be raging on the Oakland sidelines.

By Leonard Shapiro | November 2, 2009; 03:58 PM ET | Comments (2)

Anger Mismanagement

Tom Cable's anger and violence have been a problem in his life and have even impacted his job as the head coach of the Raiders.

By Larry Brown | November 2, 2009; 08:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders' Call?

If Roger Goodell won't do anything, maybe the Raiders will.

By Dave Goldberg | November 2, 2009; 06:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

No Place for Wimps

Cable admitted to hitting his former wife more than twenty years ago. That makes him a wimp and a jerk.

By Dawn Knight | November 2, 2009; 06:52 AM ET | Comments (2)

Might Be Too Late

While he may be a scumbag for hitting women, it just seems a little difficult for the league to dole out punishment for transgressions dating that far back.

By David Fucillo | November 2, 2009; 06:49 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; 03:30 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; 09:38 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; 07:46 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; 06:55 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; 06:21 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; 06:10 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; 06:07 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; 06:04 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; 09:23 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; 09:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

NFL Is Too American

the NFL has little hope of wooing European fans.

By Les Carpenter | October 23, 2009; 02:05 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)

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; 01:56 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; 08:51 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; 07:38 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; 07:25 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; 07:01 AM ET | Comments (52)

Oakland Fires Everyone

After firing his players and most of the Raiders organization, Davis said he would hold open tryouts and remake his roster.

By John Morgan | September 28, 2009; 09:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Doesn't Help Books

The League could always do better job but I don't believe the NFL is interested in accommodating sports books or any Fantasy Leagues.

By Johnny Avello | September 18, 2009; 02:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mums the Word

I see no problem with being secretive about the kind of information a team reveals.

By Chris Richardson | September 18, 2009; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

Play It Safe

Maybe it is better to only play those players who can do so without pain or potential for re-injury.

By Mackie Shilstone | September 18, 2009; 07:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hiding Behind HIPAA

The NFL and individual teams manipulate the injury report policy for their own benefit, then hide behind HIPAA.

By Dr. A. Brion Gardner | September 18, 2009; 07:40 AM ET | Comments (8)

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; 07:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Death Would Change Football

If a death were to occur it could result in a dramatic shift in NFL policy.

By Jason Maloni | September 9, 2009; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (3)

Just Say "No" to a Lockout

Nearly half a century of NFL achievement may all fall by the wayside if players get locked out after the 2010 season.

By Peter Schaffer | September 4, 2009; 08:21 AM ET | Comments (5)

Cheer For What?

The NFL game should never need cheerleaders to better sell its product -- just ask the Pitt

By Dan Parker | September 2, 2009; 07:58 AM ET | Comments (15)

Bears Want Them

Coming from a team that doesn't have cheerleaders, let me simply say, we want them.

By Adam Tracey | September 2, 2009; 07:31 AM ET | Comments (8)

Rate Michael Vick's Debut

Rate the performance of Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick in his debut against Jacksonville Jaguars.

By Reader Poll | August 28, 2009; 04:03 PM ET | Comments (10)

Expect a QB Controversy

In Philadelphia, the jersey is always greener on the guy holding the clipboard.

By Dan Levy | August 28, 2009; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (2)

A Good First Step

The experiment wasn't a failure right off the bat. And right now, that's all we can ask.

By Doug Farrar | August 28, 2009; 09:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Baffles in Eagles Debut

Vick's presence seemed to slow the Eagles' offense more than confuse the Jacksonville Jaguars' defense.

By H. Gore | August 28, 2009; 09:26 AM ET | Comments (3)

Vick on the Right Track

For a player who hasn't played in two years, and for one that is playing with a new team, Vick had a good night.

By Shawn Zobel | August 28, 2009; 09:14 AM ET | Comments (1)

Vick Takes the Phans

Philadelphia may not have a QB controversy on its sideline, but it has one in the stands.

By Sean McCann | August 28, 2009; 06:37 AM ET | Comments (2)

So Far So Good

Philadelphia Eagles fans are pleased, but we need to see more of Vick to know whether he's really ready for the NFL.

By Jason Brewer | August 28, 2009; 06:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

Few Protest Debut

Sparse demonstrations overshadowed by Michael Vick's competent on field performance.

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2009; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raise the Roof

Jerry wouldn't move the toilet paper dispenser from one side of the handicapped stall to the other without a king-sized Texas tussle.

By Josh Zerkle | August 26, 2009; 11:46 AM ET | Comments (1)

A Modest Proposal

For the man that always wants to hold people accountable, Roger Goodell has seemingly got himself and the NFL into a pickle.

By Neil Jacobs | August 26, 2009; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (5)

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)

God Is Watching, Goodell

He's already mad as hell about DirectTV... you don't like it, you take it up with Him.

By Adam Hoff | August 26, 2009; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (1)

Mr. Jones, Pull Up This Wall

The scoreboard exists to provide a better view of the game, not to affect it.

By Rafael Vela | August 26, 2009; 07:58 AM ET | Comments (6)

In Dallas Size Matters

If I'm a receiver in Dallas, I'm running sideline routes all day just to stay out from under that thing.

By Michael Kun | August 26, 2009; 07:29 AM ET | Comments (4)

Don't Kick Jones

Asking Jones to pay to fix a part of the stadium that conforms to league rules would be tantamount to asking a consumer to pay for faulty brakes approved by auto inspectors.

By Gene Wang | August 26, 2009; 06:44 AM ET | Comments (4)

Get Over It Goodell

Forcing Jones to shell out more cash because, although the scoreboard meets the league rules it isn't to the commish's liking, wouldn't go over well.

By Joe Baker | August 26, 2009; 06:36 AM ET | Comments (2)

Bono to Fix Scoreboard?

The Cowboys have to move the scoreboard higher up anyway to make way for musical rock band U2's performance in October.

By David Hill | August 26, 2009; 06:34 AM ET | Comments (2)

The Chris Cooley Rule

You can do a lot of harm in 140 characters but you can do a lot of good too.

By Jason Maloni | August 25, 2009; 09:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Much Ado About Tweeting

Once again the NFL is trying to stifle players' personalities off the field and on it.

By Matt Loede | August 24, 2009; 03:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Twitter Thought Police

With the rules for communication already established - vis-à-vis what's punishable and what's not -- having a policy addressing Twitter spanks of overkill.

By Chris Richardson | August 24, 2009; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Control Freaks

I see no need for the NFL to bother itself with worrying what guys are "tweeting" so long as they aren't doing it in the huddle.

By Jason Brewer | August 24, 2009; 09:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Better Recognize

A commonsense policy is obviously needed. After all, you don't see other top companies banning their employees from using Twitter.

By Matt Infante | August 24, 2009; 09:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Fear the Tweeter

Just have players register their accounts and then let the new tool work its magic.

By Joe Baker | August 24, 2009; 08:51 AM ET | Comments (1)

Tweet Nazi Cometh?

Let the players police themselves, and if someone steps out of line, poof! "NO TWEETS FOR YOU!!"

By Nick Houllis | August 24, 2009; 07:53 AM ET | Comments (1)

A Time to Tweet

Rather than just fine players, I would establish a policy saying players who tweet during games will have their accounts deactivated. Other times, it's up to the teams.

By Larry Brown | August 24, 2009; 07:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Twitter Not the Enemy

Twitter doesn't need any special rules surrounding its use, just keep doling out the fines like anything else.

By Joel Thorman | August 24, 2009; 07:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not While Working

Beyond that, Twitter policy should be left up to the individual teams and coaches.

By Sean Yuille | August 24, 2009; 06:50 AM ET | Comments (2)

Treat Tweets Like Speech

If tweets carry the same repercussions as a talking to the press, players will think before Twittering something nasty tweet about play-calling.

By John Gennaro | August 24, 2009; 06:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not Goodell's Problem

Tweet away fellas; I've got a CBA to negotiate.

By Ryan Van Bibber | August 24, 2009; 06:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Control the Tweets

By monitoring NFL Tweets, the league could provide its players with a service more of us need: a filter between us and our impulses.

By John Morgan | August 24, 2009; 06:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Information Monitors

The NFL should create new positions called Information Monitors, a collection of league officials monitoring all information from players through social networking media.

By Josh Kirkendall | August 24, 2009; 06:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Teams Should Regulate

Put teams in charge of approving each post a player wants to put on Twitter.

By Jimmy Morris | August 24, 2009; 06:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Look to NFL Films

My policy would look much in the same way that the league handles NFL Films.

By Joe Reedy | August 24, 2009; 06:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Have Goodell's Policies Helped Clean Up the NFL?

A swing and a miss for the Ginger Hammer?

By Reader Poll | August 21, 2009; 05:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Addressing the Problem, Not the Solution

Assuming that Roger Goodell's increased discipline changes the way players act is like saying that the rooster crowing changes the way the sun comes up.

By Doug Farrar | August 21, 2009; 01:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hammer Time!

With off field drama and unpredictable legal consequences forcing Goodell's hand, he's playing his cards right.

By Jason Maloni | August 21, 2009; 01:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

Not Strict Enough

Until a standard list of punishments for crimes exists, players won't see the policy as a detriment.

By Les Carpenter | August 21, 2009; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (2)

Give Goodell a Raise

Or take him to see "The Hangover." I'll bet that would get him to smile and forget about the upcoming lockout.

By Michael Kun | August 21, 2009; 12:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Goodell Overbearing

What the cases of Vick, Stallworth, Burress, Jones and others show is that Roger Goodell is currently a man without constraints -- but that might soon come to an end.

By Neil Jacobs | August 16, 2009; 10:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Cap Analysis

The contract structure agreed to by Vick and the Eagles seems to be mutually beneficial.

By J. I. Halsell | August 15, 2009; 02:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

My Head Is Spinning

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

By Emil Steiner | August 14, 2009; 05:20 AM ET | Comments (17)

Eagles Fit Vick

The Birds got what Vick needs, and they play in Philly, a town with a history of embracing the hardscrabble black athlete.

By David Aldridge | August 14, 2009; 03:29 AM ET | Comments (15)

Tough Landing Spot

If Vick's looking for that hard edge and an environment that will neither bend nor break, Philly's just the place he's looking for.

By Michael Wilbon | August 14, 2009; 12:24 AM ET | Comments (4)

Vick Got Lucky

When the worlds of sports and animal-rights activism collide at the team's headquarters in South Philadelphia on Friday, it's clear the Eagles will be prepared.

By Sean McCann | August 14, 2009; 12:18 AM ET | Comments (9)

PETA Clips Birds

Eagles fans can do is cross their fingers and hope that they won't ever have to explain to their sons and daughters what a "rape rack" is.

By Dan Shannon | August 14, 2009; 12:04 AM ET | Comments (8)

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)

He's a Player, Not a QB

Vick is an option-read quarterback - no more, no less.

By Doug Farrar | August 13, 2009; 11:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

From Jail Bird to Eagle

The distractions will far outweigh any production he provides the team.

By Zach Leibowitz | August 13, 2009; 11:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

He's Not a Murderer

Donte Stallworth drove with a buzz on, which makes him a criminal, of which the NFL has plenty already.

By Sean McCann | August 13, 2009; 03:33 PM ET | Comments (2)

Not Fit for the NFL

How as a fan am I supposed to root for a guy like Donte Stallworth again?

By Jason Brewer | August 13, 2009; 03:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Enough Punishment

He has been punished by the justice system, he has been punished by the NFL and more importantly his conscious will be punishing him for the rest of his life.

By Robert Littal | August 13, 2009; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (5)

Who Vouches for This Man?

Tony Dungy is a good friend to have but that's not the same thing as an owner, standing in front of a bank of snapping cameras, with his hand out saying "I trust you."

By Jason Maloni | August 11, 2009; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (9)

Vick Owes Dungy and All of Us

it's safe to say that when (not if) an NFL team takes a chance on Vick, he'll owe it entirely to the Dungy name behind him.

By Doug Farrar | August 11, 2009; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (3)

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)

The NFL's Odd Couple

Strangest pair since Martin Luther King, Jr. and Civil War General Robert E. Lee or Saul Bellow and Josef Mengele.

By Michael Kun | August 11, 2009; 07:38 AM ET | Comments (6)

Is Dungy Too Loyal?

That Dungy agreed to mentor Vick doesn't say much about how far Vick had progressed, only that Dungy saw him as in need of help.

By Joe Baker | August 11, 2009; 07:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's Up to Vick

Tony Dungy can help Michael Vick, if Vick will let him.

By Nathan Whitaker | August 11, 2009; 07:04 AM ET | Comments (3)

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)

Fans Don't Deserve Vote

Fans are, by their very nature, biased and ill-informed, sometimes even face painted.

By Josh Zerkle | August 8, 2009; 11:14 AM ET | Comments (2)

Experts Know Best

When it comes to Canton and the HOF selection process, an aristocracy works just fine, if you ask me.

By Jamie De Giorgio | August 8, 2009; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (1)

No Room in Canton for Sanjaya

The HoF is an important part of an athlete's legacy and that decision is best left to 44 sports writers rather than the same millions of voters who let Sanjaya Malakar finish 7th in the 2006 edition of American Idol.

By Jason Maloni | August 7, 2009; 07:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

More Transparency, Please

As a longtime Pro Football Hall of Fame voter, I've also been a longtime advocate for more transparency in the voting process.

By Leonard Shapiro | August 7, 2009; 07:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

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; 06:41 PM ET | Comments (2)

Canton is Fair

Of all the selection processes, the Pro Football Hall of Fame's is one of the most fair.

By Joe Reedy | August 7, 2009; 06:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Why So Secret?

It's only equitable for Hall of Fame voters to be held just as accountable as the athletes about whom they wrote.

By Gene Wang | August 7, 2009; 06:13 PM ET | Comments (1)

Get a Clue, Plax

But the greatest obstacle to Burress' return is not Morgenthau or Commissioner Roger Goodell, but Burress himself.

By Jason Maloni | August 4, 2009; 01:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

His Age May Cost Him More Than His Stupidity

An aging receiver with years away from the field, emotional issues and an attitude problem is not an easy sell.

By Sarah Schorno | August 4, 2009; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Punish Stupidity

Plax let his gun license lapse along with his judgment that night.

By Cindy Kagan | August 4, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (11)

Party Over for Plax

Burress's judicial Hail Mary not only failed, but likely sealed his fate for more prison time.

By Neil Jacobs | August 4, 2009; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

Truth Should've Set Plax Free

Compared to Donte Stallworth who killed a man, how long can you keep Plax out?

By Ken Palmer | August 4, 2009; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (9)

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)

Stupidity's Not Criminal

Burress is being punished by our backward legal system for being stupid, arrogant and naïve; not for being a criminal.

By Robert Littal | August 4, 2009; 07:25 AM ET | Comments (15)

Talent Always Gets Another Chance

Even if he does play again, it will never be the same for Plax.

By Edward Valentine | August 4, 2009; 06:42 AM 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; 06:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Let Him Play, But...

Send Burress to talk to someone like George Taliaferro.

By Dawn Knight | August 4, 2009; 06:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

PEDs Don't Taint NFL

Baseball is a game of numbers, football is a game of dominance, sacrifice and dedication to the team.

By Les Carpenter | July 31, 2009; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

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)

Should a Positive PED Test Preclude Hall of Fame Entry?

Readers decide whether failing drug tests should affect an NFL players eligibility for Canton induction.

By Reader Poll | July 31, 2009; 08:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Let 'em in!

In the NFL, there's none of the stigma attached to steroids.

By Dave Sheinin | July 31, 2009; 08:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

The StarCaps Problem

To hold players accountable to standards that are not clear and require judicial interpretation seems unfair.

By Mackie Shilstone | July 31, 2009; 07:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Capping Vick

The structuring of a Vick contract is an intriguing dilemma.

By J. I. Halsell | July 28, 2009; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (4)

Michael Vick a Dolphin? All Bark, No Bite

Miami already has their Wild Cat QB, and this one doesn't have character issues.

By Matt Infante | July 28, 2009; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vick's Short Leash

At least 30 GMs will want him. The question is, how many are bold enough or charismatic enough to sell having him?

By Michael Wilbon | July 27, 2009; 09:54 PM ET | Comments (14)

A Vick-T.O. Hookup?

I'll say the Bills. He and T.O. already seem to have that bond for some reason

By Matt Loede | July 27, 2009; 08:22 PM ET | Comments (2)

Makeover Time

Vick should recognize that he needs structure more than he needs starts.

By Jason Maloni | July 27, 2009; 06:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick the Jag?

Quick answer: Jacksonville.

By Joe Reedy | July 27, 2009; 05:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

T.O. Made Goodell Cave

Roger caved in because TO taunted him, called him "ridiculous" and said that "roger should sit in jail."

By Cindy Kagan | July 27, 2009; 05:02 PM ET | Comments (22)

Goodell, Sic Him!

None of the League felons, should ever be allowed to play again, for any reason.

By Cindy Kagan | July 24, 2009; 03:54 PM ET | Comments (26)

Vick Must Show Humility

Goodell should ask Vick if knows what the current unemployment rate is in Hampton Roads.

By Sally Jenkins | July 24, 2009; 03:03 PM ET | Comments (12)

He's Been Punished Enough

Despite the enormous pressure that exists from both sides, I say let the man play.

By Dave Choate | July 24, 2009; 01:38 PM ET | Comments (5)

Goodell Is All Business

Yes, Vick has certainly paid for his actions. Unfortunately for Goodell, not everyone sees it that way

By Sarah Schorno | July 24, 2009; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (3)

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)

GoodNewz for Vick

Having served his time and jail, Vick has earned the right to petition the NFL for reinstatement.

By Jason Maloni | July 24, 2009; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (2)

Goodell, Don't Play Daddy

No suspension. No punishment. No banishment. Nothing should happen to Michael Vick now that he has finished his 23 month sentence for financing a dog fighting ring.

By Robert Littal | July 24, 2009; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (12)

Time to Forgive

To all the Michael Vick haters, it's time to move on, to forgive and to come to grips with the fact he's going to play in the NFL again.

By Gene Wang | July 24, 2009; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (4)

Vick + UFL = Perfect Pair

Whether by design or mere coincidence it appears that the marriage of Michael Vick and the UFL was one made in pigskin heaven.

By Peter Schaffer | July 14, 2009; 01:49 PM ET | Comments (6)

Beckham Meets COPS

The thought of Michael Vick suiting up for the UFL sounds far more like a carnival sideshow attraction than a smart acquisition for a legitimate league.

By Jason Maloni | July 14, 2009; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (5)

A Match Made in Heaven

It's rare to find two puzzle pieces that fit together as well as Michael Vick and the upstart United Football League.

By Dave Choate | July 14, 2009; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (3)

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)

Vick Buzz Worth Bite?

For brands looking for an edge, Vick just might be that Wow Factor.

By David Carter | July 14, 2009; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (5)

PETA Protest Possible

PETA certainly wouldn't take anything off of the table in terms of protesting the UFL were it to sign Vick.

By Dan Shannon | July 14, 2009; 09:31 AM ET | Comments (15)

Avoid the XFL's Fate

The UFL has to reconcile is just what kind of league it wants to be, and what it wants to accomplish.

By Doug Farrar | July 14, 2009; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (1)

Keep Talking 85

Nothing can stop him from tweeting from the locker room, but a talkative 85 is good for Marvin Lewis and the Bengals.

By Joe Reedy | July 10, 2009; 02:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

Ochocinco Bigger than Bengals

If the league decides to change course and allow handheld devices on the bench during regular season games, it would be disastrous.

By Josh Kirkendall | July 10, 2009; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Be a Twit

High profile figures can't use such tools frivolously.

By Jason Maloni | July 10, 2009; 09:29 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)

Catch Before You Tweet

With Houshmandzadeh gone, Chad needs to buckle down, lose the attention deficit, and become the defender's nightmare he used to be.

By Doug Farrar | July 10, 2009; 08:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Language Barrier

Do we envision supportive tweets from the league's most loquacious 140-character author?

By Jim McCormick | July 10, 2009; 08:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Trick or Tweet

I would hate to see Twitter turn the NFL into the XFL.

By Peter Schaffer | July 10, 2009; 08:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Protects the Brand

There reason football keeps getting richer is that the NFL protects their product more aggressively than any other sports league.

By Jim McCormick | June 29, 2009; 05:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 03:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Probe Helps Burress

Goodell is not only acting within his rights as commissioner, he's actually HELPING Burress by initiating the probe.

By Jason Maloni | June 29, 2009; 03:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Consistency Wanted

It seems to me that Goodell bases the expediency with which he deals with a player's disciplinary issues on the interest teams have in that player.

By Doug Farrar | June 29, 2009; 03:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

The No Fair League

The NFL's disciplinary system is about as fair and objective as a tribunal in the Soviet Union.

By Peter Schaffer | June 29, 2009; 03:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Heed the Tailgation!

For the die hard fan - the lifeblood of any pro football organization - it's about community.

By Jason Maloni | June 24, 2009; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

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)

For Better or Worse

I don't know if this new system will make it all that better, but it sure won't make it worse, because only a massive layer of three-foot deep flaming Super Glue would make things worse.

By Dan Steinberg | June 24, 2009; 07:33 AM ET | Comments (1)

No Big Deal

Having been a part of many tailgates at many stadiums, I certainly would trade a little longer walk to my seat for being able to get out of the parking lot quicker.

By Gene Wang | June 24, 2009; 07:02 AM ET | Comments (0)


The reality is that tailgating restrictions imposed by the Redskins and other NFL teams are much ado about nothing.

By Peter Schaffer | June 24, 2009; 06:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Control Your Drinking

Better controlling the tailgating experience could have a huge impact on the overall experience of attending an NFL game.

By David Cariello | June 24, 2009; 06:22 AM ET | Comments (3)

Not Michael Vick

Let's stop comparing this incident to the Michael Vick case, and please let's stop putting this situation in the same window of everything else that goes wrong in the "failed moral behavior of athletes" category.

By Roman Oben | June 20, 2009; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (3)

Consistent Punishment

If Roger Goodell is going to drop a hammer on Stallworth then he has to act equally as strong against every other NFL player who is arrested for a DUI.

By Les Carpenter | June 19, 2009; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (8)

Rosenhaus Responsible?

"Suspended indefinitely" certainly does not mean "banned for life" and Stallworth can expect to have a chance to return to football at some point.

By Jason Maloni | June 19, 2009; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Should Channel Judge Landis

If the Ginger Hammer wants to prove there's a new sheriff in town, he must punish more adequately than the justice system has.

By Doug Farrar | June 19, 2009; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Went Too Far

The NFL commissioner has pushed the punitive bar too high, to the point of inappropriate excessive.

By Peter Schaffer | June 19, 2009; 09:34 AM ET | Comments (9)

Goodell Will Be Fair

Once Goodell has reviewed all the facts we fully anticipate a just resolution

By David Cornwell | June 19, 2009; 07:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell On Right Track

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did exactly what he should have by issuing an indefinite suspension to Donte' Stallworth.

By Gene Wang | June 19, 2009; 07:39 AM ET | Comments (2)

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)

Crime, Penalties Stupid

I guess the reason why tampering is such a problem is because it starts a slippery slope. If it's ok the day before, then what stops it from being ok a week before, or a month before, or during the third Sunday of October. I don't get it.

By Dan Steinberg | May 26, 2009; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vick Deserves Opportunity

What would it say about the priorities of the league if Vick is treated worse for killing dogs than another human being -- as in the case of Leonard Little or Donte Stallworth.

By Rob Rang | May 21, 2009; 04:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

The NFL Will Bend

The current Commissioner has proven that the need to fill the coffers trumps most everything else in his mind.

By Doug Farrar | May 19, 2009; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (3)

Not the NFL's Problem

We're seeking a solution for a problem that doesn't exist.

By David Aldridge | September 3, 2008; 07:27 AM ET | Comments (9)

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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