Topic: Football

December 29, 2013

It seems like a million years ago that ESPN blithely celebrated the NFL's killshot tackles by giving them their own loud, hooting highlight show. It wasn't. In fact, it wasn't very long ago at all.

December 17, 2013

The trials and tribulations of the girl who would be quarterback, and who is also Helen Hunt, in a well-meaning and very Reagan-era film that's actually better than it sounds. Somewhat.

December 5, 2013

This week, Monsters rule the Midway with a mix of old-school brutality and new-school CTE symptoms, Mike Glennon throws a ball through a hole in the time-space continuum and the "drama" of ball-control offense.

October 18, 2013

 A national team is still just a team. It can’t get by on the trappings of nationality alone. Sharing a nationality with the players is no substitute for sharing a sense of purpose with them. You need to know that when you look at them, they will sometimes look back at you. Otherwise, why does a team exist at all?

October 14, 2013

From the normal run of things, where each player is trying to create space for his teammates, everyone turns and looks to the winger to create something ex nihilo. At Arsenal, Gervinho was often asked to do this moment-forcing, and he struggled. Unshackled at Roma, he's thriving.

September 30, 2013

Help us answer an age-old debate (we're not embracing it, we promise) -- Which do we need more to survive as a culture: Football or Beer?

September 12, 2013

In which our prognosticator gets very nervous about the Seahawks and willingly enters a blacked-out Jets bar. Also the Jaguars play the Raiders this week, and there's the pageantry of the Jeff Fisher versus Mike Smith Stepdad Bowl.

September 6, 2013

With the start of another NFL season, fans have another opportunity to remember and forget what we need to remember and forget to enjoy Roger Goodell's game. We'll do it while we watch, of course.

September 5, 2013

As of Thursday night, the NFL is back, for better and worse and the Jaguars-ianly meh. So we might as well take a stab at predicting the week's outcomes, then?

July 9, 2013

Whatever club, whatever sport, the close season (or for those unfamiliar with the Queen’s English, “off season”) provides an extraordinary gift of hope: our past mistakes are excused, we start again. How often in life might we wish for that?