1. Banned, but Bountiful: Marijuana Coveted by NFL Players as Invaluable Painkiller

    Jamal Anderson was a talented NFL running back with a bruising style who rushed for over 5,000 yards while playing for the Atlanta Falcons...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 4 days ago 386,154 reads 743 comments

  2. Broncos Would Have Been Crazy Not to Talk Peyton Manning Trade

    Before we get into whether it's accurate that the Denver Broncos attempted to trade Peyton Manning to the Houston Texans earlier this year, let me first explain how these types of conversations usually happen...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 8 days ago 229,146 reads 166 comments

  3. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: The Real Test for NFL Players Begins

    1. Check yourself before you wreck yourself Most players are off now and won't be back until sometime in July. There are six or so weeks of total freedom. No practices. No camps...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 10 days ago 184,184 reads 339 comments

  4. The Unlikeliest Tom Brady Sympathizer: Bart Scott Says Plenty of Stars Cheat

    Bart Scott has never been the man you thought he was. During a long and outstanding NFL career, he wasn't just the " can't wait " dude. He was something more. Something substantive...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 12 days ago 86,866 reads 265 comments

  5. Michael Sam's Story May Not Have a Hollywood Ending

    This is Michael Sam 's last fight, and it doesn't look good. I believe I know what happened to Sam—why he suddenly bolted from his last, great chance to be a professional football player...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 17 days ago 158,078 reads 0 comments

  6. Is the NFL Hypocritical on Gambling? Yes, and It Should Be

    When it comes to the NFL 's recent anti-gambling beatdowns, please remember three important things: 1. Yes, the NFL is nakedly hypocritical when it comes to gambling. 2...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 19 days ago 19,692 reads 71 comments

  7. Is Wes Welker Being Blackballed from the NFL Because of Concussions?

    It was 2013. Wes Welker was with the Broncos, and Sports Illustrated came to do a cover shoot for a story on what figured to be a scary Denver offense. The players in the shoot were Peyton Manning , Eric Decker , Demaryius Thomas and Welker...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 22 days ago 251,862 reads 221 comments

  8. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Russell Wilson Will Be Even Better This Year

    1. Contract dispute will motivate Russell Wilson Each time I write something positive about Russell Wilson, a legion of Wilson haters emerge with their torches and their pitchforks and their Jason masks and set the world aflame...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 24 days ago 81,532 reads 417 comments

  9. Johnny Manziel Still Doesn't Get How Being an NFL Player Works

    I feel sorry for Johnny Manziel . These are not words you will see or hear often. I can't blame anyone who doesn't like Manziel or chuckles at the notion of him deserving sympathy...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 26 days ago 169,673 reads 349 comments

  10. Brittany Favre-Mallion, Daughter of a QB Legend, Creates Her Own Greatness

    The name Brittany Favre-Mallion will be familiar to some, particularly hardcore Packers fans. She is one of the daughters of future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 184,204 reads 112 comments

  11. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: What Is Adrian Peterson's End Game?

    1. Peterson skipping OTAs Can anyone explain what exactly Adrian Peterson is doing? I am being told by a league source the same thing that others have been told: that he won't necessarily skip the entirety of the Vikings' volunteer workouts...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 409,798 reads 366 comments

  12. There's Plenty of Blame to Go Around for Ray McDonald's Short Stint in Chicago

    Well, good thing the Chicago Bears checked with the mom of Ray McDonald, now accused three times of violence or assault against women, among other off-field issues . Sure, she was an unbiased source of information...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 88,542 reads 380 comments

  13. CFL Gives Michael Sam the Opportunity That NFL Wouldn't

    Whenever you mention the name Michael Sam , what follows is a thermonuclear explosion on Twitter and in message boards. There is something about an openly gay football player that causes some people to absolutely lose their minds...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 68,708 reads 0 comments

  14. NFL's Ugly, Miserable, Disgraceful Year from Hell May Almost Be Over

    The NFL 's Year from Hell is almost over. I think. I hope. Fingers crossed. One way I know the league's worst 12 or so months in its history is almost complete is because we're focusing on football again...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 49,770 reads 261 comments

  15. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Kraft Protecting His Legacy

    1. Kraft's legacy was at stake, too Patriots owner Robert Kraft's acceptance of the Deflategate punishment was without question his way of looking out for the league first, while also respecting the power of the commissioner...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 74,204 reads 305 comments

  16. Meet Tom Brady's Lawyer: NFL Archenemy Jeffrey Kessler

    Mention the name Jeffrey Kessler—a key figure in the Deflategate scandal after being hired as Tom Brady 's lawyer and one of the most important men in recent league history—to ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 113,003 reads 284 comments

  17. Patriots' Rebuttal to Deflategate Report More Laughable Than Believable

    The Patriots released a 20,000-word tome in response to the Ted Wells report Thursday. It was actually funny. It wasn't meant to be funny. But it was hysterical...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 148,533 reads 941 comments

  18. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Tom Brady Will Probably Win a Super Bowl Anyway

    1. The Pats will still be great You do understand what's going to happen, right? It's predictable. It's the most predictable thing that will happen during this entire Deflategate mess...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 181,636 reads 889 comments

  19. NFL Deflategate Message: No Player Is Above the Rules, Not Even Tom Brady

    There is one thing you need to pay close attention to—those of you cursing Roger Goodell, cursing me, cursing the world over the NFL blasting the Patriots. It's this passage in the letter from the NFL's Troy Vincent to Tom Brady ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 212,189 reads 1360 comments

  20. Sources: Patriots' Reputation as NFL's 'Best Cheaters' Made Them a Target

    In the long history of the NFL , players, coaches and team executives have found the most aggressive, incredible, slick and futuristic ways to cheat. In some cases, it borders on NASA engineer-type stuff...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 174,961 reads 1146 comments

  21. The Psychology of the Patriots: Why Brady and Belichick Would Cheat

    Not long after the Deflategate scandal erupted last season, I asked a defensive player who has gone against Tom Brady many times a simple question: Why would someone so unbelievably, ...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 186,327 reads 1193 comments

  22. Tom Brady's Legacy Forever Scarred by Damning Wells Report

    Tom Brady lied. That's the "more probable than not" conclusion reached by super sleuth Ted Wells, whose comprehensive, legitimate and weighty report was released Wednesday. This is the key segment...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 404,756 reads 2312 comments

  23. Sources: Most NFL Teams Haven't Changed Their Stances on Domestic Violence

    Police arrived at Room 3202 of the Maui Sands Hotel in Sandusky, Ohio, on November 16, and inside was a bloody towel, a broken lamp, a battered woman and another front in the NFL 's domestic violence problem...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 42,780 reads 109 comments

  24. Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Is an NFL Quarterback Drought Coming?

    In the 2015 NFL draft, something remarkable happened, and it went mostly unnoticed. Teams drafted the fewest number of quarterbacks in more than 60 years. Sixty . Seven quarterbacks were drafted...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 1 month ago 347,468 reads 349 comments

  25. La'el Collins Undrafted: How One Team Faced Puzzle of Talent, Fairness, Murder

    CHICAGO — One team's brain trust, probably like that of teams throughout the NFL , sat in its draft room several hours before the start of the draft and wondered how exactly to handle the unprecedented case of La'el Collins...

    Mike Freeman Written by Mike Freeman about 2 months ago 275,160 reads 193 comments