Topic: NFL Playoffs

February 2, 2014

In celebration of a couple of momentous milestones, here is what may well prove to be our last spam poem ever. It is, perhaps more fittingly than we know, about the Super Bowl.

February 2, 2014

On the prolific and rather shockingly fascinating YouTube output of the NFC Champions, from Doug Baldwin's Beyonce-ish self-documenting perfectionism to Michael Robinson's ongoing indie version of HBO's "Hard Knocks."

January 31, 2014

And this is how the football season ends. With a really good football game surrounded by some really expensive noise. With a robot made of meat. It's complicated.

January 30, 2014

On becoming pure ego, which is even more thrilling and frightening than it sounds.

January 17, 2014

The exciting experience of being in a city that is suddenly very into football. The less-exciting experience of watching two types of brands be argued about on TV. The good news is that four really good teams are playing in two football games on Sunday. It's pretty good news.

January 17, 2014

In a league overcome and obsessed with its own importance, Marshawn Lynch is more than just one of the most productive running backs. He's a reminder that, under all that synergy and messaging, football is a game to play.

January 10, 2014

On the NFL's puzzling resistance to holding games in well-lit, climate-free underground facilities, and a fairly serious discussion of how the Chargers might beat the Broncos, and the dad-ish corporate inspiration of New England and other playoff things.

January 3, 2014

It's the postseason, which means all the lousy teams are at home, firing their coaches. This means we can really focus on Andy Reid coaching in the playoffs, creepy baked goods being sent to Andy Dalton, meaningless arguments over meaningless awards, and the Chargers. All good things!

January 4, 2013

Aaron Rodgers puts up superhuman stats season after season, and seems magically averse to making mistakes. It's natural to wonder whether there's something supernatural to all this, but his dominance comes from a very human, if freakily refined, place.

February 7, 2012

Tom Coughlin, the crimson-faced middle school principal and easily goofed-upon disciplinarian who coaches the Giants, has now won as many Super Bowl rings as Bill Parcells, Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry. Does this have to mean anything?