1. The Chiefs Should Not Have Played: Assessing the NFL's Place in American Life

    Imagine for a moment that a man named Jovan Belcher was a colleague at your office. Imagine that he was the driver for your child’s bus route. Perhaps he might have been a doctor or a cashier or a lawyer or anything besides a football player...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Michal Goldstein about over 1 year ago 528 reads 30 comments

  2. What Juan Castillo's Firing Tells Us About Andy Reid's Job Security

    In watching the Philadelphia Eagles 2012 season unfold, I sometimes get the feeling that I’ ve seen this narrative play out before...

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  3. Don't Blame Tony Romo: How Our Love of Football Statistics Ruins Our Perception

    The rise of statistical analytics as a means of appreciating sports in modern America is a puzzling conundrum...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Michal Goldstein about almost 2 years ago 1,319 reads 2 comments

  4. Defending Roger Goodell, the NFL's Great Autocrat and Savior of the Status Quo

    It is impossible to defend Roger Goodell without feeling or sounding like some sort of corporate homer or boot-licking schmuck...

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  5. Deconstructing Skip Bayless

    I sometimes wonder what makes Skip Bayless get up in the morning. On air, he seems like an unhappy man. He exhausts his lungs every time he appears on his now co-hosted ESPN program, First Take , formerly First and 10 , formerly Cold Pizza ...

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  6. Debating Greatness: Michael Phelps and the Olympic Absurdity of ESPN

    We were in the midst of the first week of the Olympics when it started, a disconnected dialogue between totally separated groups...

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  7. Discipline and Punish: The Purpose of the NCAA's Sanctions Against Penn State

    On the morning of July 23rd, I remember listening to Mike Greenberg (of Mike and Mike on ESPN Radio) loosely review the NCAA’s recommended—and now established—punishments ...

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  8. Halfway...Where? The Indelible Irrationale of the 4-4 Washington Redskins

    Oh the heady days of springtime for the Washington Redskins. The restructuring of the entire coaching staff. A big-time quarterback acquisition from within the division. A revamped defensive scheme...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Michal Goldstein about over 3 years ago 82 reads 0 comments

  9. Michael Vick and the Unease Of Redemption: The Eagles' Unknowable Future

    In the last four NFL seasons, no single player has meandered along a more turbulent and surprising career arc than Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Michal Goldstein about almost 4 years ago 2,322 reads 4 comments

  10. Washington Redskins: Mr. McNabb Goes To Washington or...A Tale of Two Cities

    April 4th, 2010 marked Major League Baseball’s annual opening day, on which the Boston Red Sox battled it out until the last innings of an evening game with their New York nemeses, the Yankees...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Michal Goldstein about almost 4 years ago 291 reads 0 comments

  11. LeBron James and the Decision of a Lifetime

    Like almost every sports fan in America, I was tuned and interested in “The Decision” that basketball phenom LeBron James would make regarding his basketball future. Last Thursday evening at 9 P...

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  12. How the Media Misunderstood the Donovan McNabb Trade

    Well, that does it then. The Philadelphia Eagles have officially declared 2010 to be a year of unknowns. We don’t have to call it a rebuilding year. We can’t now call it a year of foreseeable disappointment...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Michal Goldstein about over 4 years ago 100 reads 0 comments