Topic: Football

September 27, 2012

When is a goal more than a goal? When does it become one of those sporting moments possessed of such imagination and daring that it seemed to require outside confirmation of its actually having happened: from your viewing companions, from random internet people, from oh your God ... did you see that?

September 26, 2012

The Classical is a special place for the airing of irregular, unpopular opinions about sports, so I figure this is a fine time and place to promote the following irregular, half-baked, unpopular sports opinion: The NFL is shitty and I should stop watching it.

September 25, 2012

The NFL's hilariously (or depressingly) overmatched scab refs have, after three weeks, belatedly handed a game from one team to another. This is worth shouting about, but the problem at the eye of the shitstorm—and the reason we keep having this conversation—hasn't changed, and isn't changing.

September 24, 2012

Among NFL goofballs, New York Giants TE Martellus Bennett stands out not just for his extreme goofery and progressively less-untapped on-field capacities. There's that, of course, but the player who nicknamed himself "The Black Unicorn" is also probably the only NFL player both willing and able to put his love for specific types of breakfast cereal into rap form. It's a compliment, mostly.

September 24, 2012

It takes a certain amount of confidence and an awful lot of living to publish an autobiography at the age of 32, but Michael Vick's Finally Free, the story of his supremely fraught and unrelentingly public life to this point, doesn't lack for incident. What it does lack, though, is the sense that its central character is a reliable narrator.

September 14, 2012

The Lions and 49ers play in San Francisco this weekend, where Lions coach Jim Schwartz and Niners coach Jim Harbaugh will revisit their botched, aggro handshake from last season. They probably will not go to Arby's together, but it's nice to think about.

September 12, 2012

With his triumphs as a member of the Gunners behind him, incandescently brilliant striker Robin van Persie has begun a new life with a new team at Old Trafford. But that doesn't mean that the Gooners have forgotten about him or his silhouette. And that's not as weird as it sounds.

September 7, 2012

For most NFL fans, the start of the season is a good and exciting thing. But for fans of lousy teams, who know the misery that awaits by heart and know themselves well enough to know that they won't be able to avoid it, Sunday's kickoff will just be the end of the happiest time of the year: the offseason.

September 6, 2012

A short film about the amazing ongoing recovery of former LSU star and New York Giants draft pick Chad Jones is a reminder of how human even the most superhuman-seeming NFL athletes are. This is probably something to keep in mind as the NFL season starts up.

August 29, 2012

Joe Posnanski signed on to write a book that may or may not have been a good idea, but which definitely turned into one of the stranger sports-book boondoggles in recent memory. But, quite aside from whether Paterno is any good or not, the author is not the only one at fault, here.