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Solving the NFL’s Anthem Angst

September 24th, 2017 · No Comments · NFL

The National Football league prefers to focus all attention on what happens between the lines, even when brains are being battered. So we can be confident that league executives took no pleasure in the confusing mess that was the players’ protest during the national anthems at 14 stadiums today. The protests were not unexpected. They […]

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San Diego State Can Own the Nation’s 8th-Biggest City

September 23rd, 2017 · 1 Comment · Baseball, Basketball, Chargers, Dodgers, Football, Lakers, Los Angeles Rams, NBA, NFL, soccer

By population, the city of San Diego ranks No. 8 in the country, with approximately 1.4 million residents. By professional sports teams, however, San Diego now ranks perhaps No. 40 in the U.S. It has baseball’s San Diego Padres … and we are done talking about Big Four U.S. sports teams based in one of […]

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One Fine Day/Night: Dodgers, Rams Win

September 21st, 2017 · No Comments · Dodgers, Los Angeles Rams, NFL

Young sports fan me, ages 9 to maybe 15, would have been very happy with how this day turned out. My two favorite pro teams won! Dodgers 5, Philadelphia 4, leaving them one victory shy of clinching the National League West. The Rams 41-39 over the San Francisco 49ers, their greatest rivals, on the Thursday […]

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The NFL and Angeleno Disinterest

September 6th, 2017 · No Comments · Chargers, NFL, Rams

So, the NFL. The pain begins anew, tomorrow, with the New England Patriots and the not annually concussed Tom Brady playing the Kansas City Chiefs. The initial round of maiming for the 2017 iteration of a dead-end sport will be in prime time. Which prompts me to think about the two teams in greater Los […]

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Euro Soccer’s Crazed Spending Spree

August 30th, 2017 · No Comments · Barcelona, Baseball, NBA, NFL

Oh, for the comparatively sane salaries of American sports! The NFL gives out big contracts but rarely means it — most of the money is not guaranteed and often is not paid out. The NBA spends enormous sums on players but 1) the league has a salary cap, which taxes big-spending clubs and 2) its […]

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Curse You, Patriots! First in NFL with Own Planes

August 9th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Dodgers, NFL, Travel

This would not be as annoying if it were not about the New England Patriots. Generally, the rest of the National Football League — and their fans – hate the Patriots. Why? For the usual reasons. “They’re better than us” would be the overarching explanation. Most Super Bowl victories (five); most Super Bowl appearances (nine); […]

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How Much Time Does the NFL Have Left?

July 25th, 2017 · 1 Comment · NFL

Another story, another alarming connection between NFL players and brain damage. How long can the league semi-ignore this and hope it goes away? That $765 million settlement the NFL made in 2013, concerning former players with brain damage … now seems so 20th century. It is going to cost the league more money than that. […]

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And Stay Off My Lawn!

July 17th, 2017 · No Comments · NFL

I love it when onetime brash young athletes emerge as critics of “kids these days”. Whether it is Charles Barkley going on and on how he and other players back in the day (the 1990s, I suppose) would handle LeBron James … to Jeff Kent being driven to distraction by the antics of a young […]

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Legalized Sports Gambling: A Sucker’s Bet

June 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, NBA, NFL, soccer

This depresses me — the notion of legal betting on sports in most, if not all, U.S. states. It could happen, perhaps as soon as next year. The Supreme Court this week decided to hear the state of New Jersey’s appeal on legalized sports gambling — which Jersey, always a leader in taste and good […]

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Ranking North America’s Sports Drafts

June 21st, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Lists, NBA, NFL, soccer

The draft. Whichever you want to talk about … is very much an American thing. The rest of the world, you collect players in a youth system and watch them develop. You keep a few, loan some others, release the rest. Especially the case in world soccer. In the U.S. however, talent is typically distributed […]

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