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Jared Goff’s Mile-High Weather and Altitude Test

October 14th, 2018 · No Comments · Football, Los Angeles Rams, NFL

I was as badly wrong about Jared Goff as … well, just about anyone or anything over a long stretch of time. Back in 2016, his rookie season, I was suggesting the Los Angeles Rams quarterback was in big trouble even before the season began, and then declared him a top-of-the-draft disaster. Or nearly did. […]

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Long Beach State’s ‘Prospector Pete’ Bushwhacked

September 21st, 2018 · No Comments · Journalism, Long Beach, NFL

And another mascot bites the dust. The Forty-Niner mascot sometimes known as Prospector Pete was 86’d yesterday by the president of the California university most commonly known as Long Beach State. Activists from the school’s faculty and student body had agitated for the ousting of the Forty-Niner mascot on the grounds of genocide perpetrated on […]

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Rams Revolution: Sparing Starters Preseason Punishment

September 10th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Football, NFL, Rams

The Rams offense this summer did something that has never happened in National Football League history: Ten of their 11 starters on offense did not play a single minute of preseason football, according to The Orange County Register. Players have been complaining for years about the four-game exhibition season, and so have some coaches. And […]

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Sports Injury Epidemic: Is Gain Worth the Pain?

May 5th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Baseball, Football, NBA, NFL, Rugby, soccer

Sports injuries have become a “thing”. Seemingly not a day goes by without some fairly prominent athlete going down with a prominent injury. I remember when none of us were quite sure what an oblique was, but straining/tearing it would put a guy on the shelf for weeks. Those were the good old days. Now […]

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Super Bowl 52: Very Happy to Be Very Wrong

February 4th, 2018 · No Comments · Football, NFL

I missed it. I have no trouble saying it. I was sure the New England Patriots would defeat the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 52. And I first wrote that nearly three weeks ago, ahead of the conference championship games. Not so sure, however, that I did not watch Super Bowl 52. Not so sure […]

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Still Depressed by Excessive Patriot-ism

February 1st, 2018 · No Comments · NFL

I have been in the slough of despond for most of a month now. Once the NFL’s “divisional” round of playoffs was complete, it became obvious to anyone who has been keeping track of the most basic of the league’s trends … that the New England Patriots would win yet another Super Bowl. And that […]

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An Escapee from Hell: The XFL Returns

January 25th, 2018 · No Comments · Los Angeles Rams, NFL, Rams

We thought we had buried the XFL after one limp and forgettable season, in 2001. But now it is back, a ragged zombie out of the grave, with wrestling impresario Vince McMahon planning to take another whack at the 11-on-11 game two years from now. McMahon promises a “re-imagined” game … and I imagine it […]

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PST: The Perfect Time for Watching Sports

January 20th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Baseball, Basketball, College football, Football, France, NBA, NFL, The Sun, UAE

Here are the kickoffs for the NFL’s conference championship games tomorrow. That is, if you live under the umbrella of Pacific Standard Time. New England at Jacksonville, 12:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Minnesota, 3:40 p.m. Convenient, as a viewer, no? Well, yes, and you should know it is not like that everywhere. If you have lived […]

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NFL Conference Title Games: Who Ya Got?

January 18th, 2018 · No Comments · Football, NFL

I am, at turns, amused and exasperated by sports gamblers. How can they participate in a system in which the “house” never loses? How do they convince themselves that they are smarter than most other gamblers? How can they witness how totally random NFL games (well, just about any game ever played) can be? Take, […]

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A Fanciful View of Football, Starring Andres Iniesta

January 15th, 2018 · No Comments · Barcelona, College football, Football, monkey, NFL, soccer

I was made aware today of this video, which is based on the Barcelona midfield standout Andres Iniesta showing “There is a first time for everything” by trying something new — American football. It is an advertisement for an online foreign-exchange trader known as UFX, and the notion of the elfin Iniesta (5-foot-7, maybe 130 […]

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