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Separated at Birth?

April 21st, 2017 · No Comments · Football, NFL

Maybe it’s just me, but I have trouble differentiating between Tom Brady and Matt Damon. No, really. (And the photo, above, in which Damon is wearing Brady’s uniform, makes things worse.) To me, they are pretty much the same guy. If asked, “Who starred in all those Bourne Identity movies, I might well pause and […]

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Aaron Hernandez and a Question Left Unanswered

April 19th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, NFL

If I could ask Aaron Hernandez one question, it would be this: “Why?” But I will never have that chance, and no one else will, either, going forward … And I’m not sure he could answer that question. The “why?” Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end with a $40-million contract, hanged himself in […]

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Raiders and Las Vegas? A Match Made in Hell

March 29th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, NFL

The Oakland/Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders and Las Vegas. They deserve each other. This is the franchise that embraced a reputation as an outlaw NFL team … and a desert town that occasionally is still called Sin City. But then the Raiders missed out on the Great Los Angeles Migration (the Rams and Chargers beat them to […]

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Tom Brady’s Stolen Jersey and Bogus Sports Writers

March 21st, 2017 · 1 Comment · Dodgers, Football, Newspapers, NFL, Sports Journalism

The mystery of Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey has been solved as well as resolved. A Mexican national with a media credential apparently snatched the No. 12 Patriots jersey after New England’s dramatic 28-25 victory in Super Bowl 51, but the jersey is back in the U.S. along with what appears to be the […]

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Forget Tailbacks: O-Linemen Get the Big Bucks

March 12th, 2017 · No Comments · Los Angeles Rams, NFL

Think of it as a sort of cosmic balancing of the scales. The fat kids who played in the line in high school are more highly prized in the NFL than the fast guys who got all the attention. At least, when those fast guys are running backs. The first few days of the NFL’s […]

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NFL’s Fastest Human and Missing Out on an Island

March 4th, 2017 · No Comments · NFL

Or fastest over 40 yards, anyway. In a run that began with a human starting the clock. John Ross, a receiver out of the University of Washington, was timed at 4.22 seconds today over the NFL’s preferred test distance, breaking an NFL Combine record of 4.24, set by running back Chris Johnson in 2008. (Johnson […]

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Rams Wise to Bring Back Oldtime Look

March 2nd, 2017 · No Comments · Los Angeles Rams, NFL

By the time the Rams left Southern California for St. Louis, ahead of the 1995 NFL season, they had shifted from their traditional white-and-blue uniforms to a blue-and-gold look. In St. Louis, it got more so, with the blue trending toward a dark blue, producing a uniform that looked as little as possible like the […]

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The English Premier League and Serious Fans

February 13th, 2017 · No Comments · English Premier League, Football, NFL, soccer

I take a few long looks at the crowd whenever I watch an English Premier League soccer match. I am always impressed at what appears to be a person sitting in every seat. At every match. For every minute of every match. No matter the weather. In the winter, the fans stand out a bit […]

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Super Bowl Flawed by Bad NFL Overtime Rule

February 6th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, NFL

I saw the Super Bowl approximately 19 hours later than did the bulk of NFL fans. On tape, of course. (Kickoff was 12:30 a.m. in Europe; I was in a Barcelona hotel, heavily jet lagged. I woke at 5 a.m., after sleeping right through the game.) Probably not much original left to say about the […]

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Super-Sized Road Trip: Postscript

February 4th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, NFL, Road trip, Sports Journalism

Over the previous seven days I posted a preview and six on-the-road reports from a 2,431-mile drive across the continent on Interstate 10, from Ontario to Jacksonville, site of the 2005 Super Bowl. Some thoughts, after retyping on this blog those newspaper submissions from 12 years ago. –We did another drive on Saturday, the day […]

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