1. Colin Kaepernick Did the Right Thing in Protesting Anthem Despite the Cost

    This was Muhammad Ali in the 1970s, the man most of America recently celebrated as an angelic truth-teller, a necessary and historic part of the American story. He was speaking about professional athletes...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 3 days ago 287,257 reads 998 comments

  2. NFL General Managers Laughing at Chargers for Ruining Joey Bosa's Rookie Season

    There is a resounding feeling across all of football that the rookie season of Joey Bosa isn't heading toward trouble. It isn't close to over. Actually, what three general managers said in interviews was that it is over...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 4 days ago 386,961 reads 599 comments

  3. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: NFL's Inexperienced Refs in for Rough Season

    The best rules analyst on television will be with Fox for a long time. Also, CTE and Hillary Clinton. No, that's not a phrase you read every day. 1...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 6 days ago 39,503 reads 53 comments

  4. Power-Hungry NFL All Wrong to Demand Players Talk About Recanted PED Accusations

    What you're about to read isn't science fiction. It's not an alternate universe, football's equivalent of The Man in the High Castle . It's something that could now actually happen...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 13 days ago 102,542 reads 375 comments

  5. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Has NFL Culture Really Changed Since Bountygate?

    Remember that Gregg Williams is in the NFL ? Because I forgot, and Adele apparently forgot how big a deal the Super Bowl halftime show is. This is the last time Williams and Adele will be in a sentence together...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 13 days ago 20,508 reads 102 comments

  6. Chargers Needlessly Poisoning Relationship with Joey Bosa in Contract Standoff

    Fifteen weeks have passed since the San Diego Chargers drafted Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa. Still, he is not in camp as the two sides squabble over how his signing ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 18 days ago 84,683 reads 202 comments

  7. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: GM and Others Say RG3 Will Sink Browns Coach

    Some team execs think RG3 will be a disaster, and more on Trent Richardson 's leaching friends... 1. Across parts of the league, belief is that RG3 will be a disaster I don't believe this to be true...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 20 days ago 124,722 reads 163 comments

  8. Hall of Fame Game Failure Reveals Depth of NFL's Incompetence and Greed

    It's a question everyone in sports has been asking: How did a multibillion -dollar league allow this to happen? How does the NFL allow its Hall of Fame field to resemble ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 22 days ago 52,290 reads 102 comments

  9. Brett Favre and Ken Stabler Linked by Toughness That Led Them to Canton

    Toughness is etched in Ken Stabler's genetic code. He comes from a long line of soldiers and explorers stretching back centuries. If you want to understand his greatness, and why on Saturday he will enter the Hall of Fame, look at his past...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 25 days ago 18,924 reads 50 comments

  10. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Hopkins Learns the High Cost of Early Stardom

    The NFL 's powerless rookies, a player responds to Michael Bennett and, oh, about that Donald Trump debate story... 1...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 27 days ago 108,802 reads 137 comments

  11. Excuses, Excuses: Le'Veon Bell, Others Need to Take NFL Drug Testing Seriously

    Though Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for missing a handful of drug tests, he has been adamant that he will win his appeal. Now we may know why...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 66,837 reads 200 comments

  12. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Josh Norman Will Prove Haters Wrong

    Training camps are starting to open, and change is running rampant through the league. 1. Josh Norman Is Ready to Prove People Wrong The most motivated man in the NFL is on the phone...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 72,242 reads 168 comments

  13. Josh Gordon's Return Could Be a Great Story, but History Says a Letdown Awaits

    I am sorry. I don't want to say this. Please let me be wrong. Please, please, please let me be wrong. It's just that I think it's only a matter of time before Josh Gordon fails yet again...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 257,857 reads 163 comments

  14. Le'Veon Bell Suspension Begs Question: What's Happening in Pittsburgh?

    On April 20—that date will resonate with some—Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell tweeted something prescient. Actually, it wasn't prescient. It was basically the same as stamping "idiot" on his forehead...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 102,327 reads 319 comments

  15. Death of Washington's Chief Zee Offers Chance for NFL to Correct Long-Held Wrong

    The first time I met the African-American man who played the part of a racist Native American character, he called me a fool. I called him an embarrassment. It went downhill from there...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 101,910 reads 49 comments

  16. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Success a Complicated Concept for Jerry Jones

    Money, power and texting standoffs. Just another week in the NFL offseason. 1. 20 Years without a Title, and Still the Cowboys Are No. 1 Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will go into the Hall of Fame...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 107,945 reads 130 comments

  17. Von Miller Contract Will Prove a Bargain for Broncos Despite Eye-Opening Numbers

    During their Super Bowl run last season, the Broncos faced three of the best quarterbacks in football: Ben Roethlisberger , Tom Brady and Cam Newton . Roethlisberger will go into the Hall of Fame...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 53,364 reads 145 comments

  18. Excited by Absence of Tom Brady, Pats' Rivals Likely to Be Disappointed Again

    Deflategate is now over. It's dead. Gone. Finally. Goodbye and good riddance. Tom Brady has given up his fight and will serve his suspension...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 54,703 reads 266 comments

  19. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Finally, Someone in the NFL Speaks Out

    Ricky Jean-Francois is speaking out, and all NFL players should do the same. 1. Ricky Jean-Francois Has Something to Say, and We Should Listen First, let's get this out of the way...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 157,058 reads 43 comments

  20. Calvin Johnson's Retirement Reveals Pain Impossible to Ignore for NFL Players

    On the phone is a former teammate of future Hall of Fame receiver Calvin Johnson . The player remembers a conversation he once had with a small group of Lions teammates, including Johnson...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 1,403,829 reads 239 comments

  21. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Like It or Not, NFL Has Best Athletes in Sports

    I tweeted NFL players are the best athletes. All hell broke loose after that.   1. Sticking Your Head Into the Teeth of Twitter Can Be Dangerous It was a simple tweet and it went like this:  Such a simple, non-offensive tweet...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 56,669 reads 309 comments

  22. Battle Between NFL and Players over Al Jazeera Report Is About Power, Not PEDs

    This week, the NFL Players Association sent a letter to the league's top lawyer over the Al Jazeera report about PEDs in the NFL that aired last December. You remember that report, don't you? It's OK if you don't...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 2 months ago 58,161 reads 101 comments

  23. Megadeal Makes Luck the Ultimate NFL QB: Overpaid, Overprotected and Worth It

    The late Buddy Ryan had what is now an infamous quote tucked away in one of his playbooks. It reflects on a different time, vastly different from now, when players like Andrew Luck rule all of American sports...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 2 months ago 420,665 reads 333 comments

  24. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: NFL Teams Still Tone-Deaf to Domestic Abuse

    The NFL has struggled when it comes to its players and violence against women. Well, here we go again... 1. The NFL Still Doesn't Get It The NFL said it learned...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 2 months ago 76,819 reads 18 comments

  25. As Irascible as He Was Brilliant, Buddy Ryan Left Mark on NFL None Should Forget

    The first time I met Buddy Ryan, it was in Philadelphia, where he was the head coach. Ryan started off by saying he "didn't have time for this s--t." Or something like that...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 2 months ago 18,479 reads 35 comments