Tag: NFL

Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. DOJ Was Right to End the Battle Against the Redskins

 

Great news for football fans, free speech warriors, and 90 percent of Native Americans: Due to a recent Supreme Court ruling, the Trump administration has ended Obama’s silly attack on the Washington Redskins.

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Are you ready for some football? Are you ready to party? If so, get ready, because Hank Williams, Jr. is returning to Monday Night Football! From Breitbart News: After firing him six years ago because his politics leaned too far to the right, cable sports network ESPN is rehiring Hank Williams, Jr., as its face […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Say Hello to the Las Vegas Raiders … Eventually

 

The NFL owners have voted (by a vote of 31-1) to allow the Oakland Raiders to move to Las Vegas. What’s not clear is exactly when the move will take place. A new $1.9 billion dollar stadium (which would make it the most expensive stadium to date) is planned to be built in Las Vegas but is not scheduled to be open until 2020.

The Raiders will play in Oakland in 2017 and have an option in Oakland for 2018. Whether Oakland will still want them in 2018 is probably an open question and, in any case, with the new stadium not ready until 2020, arrangements will need to be made for a stadium and a city to play in for the 2019 season.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Flynn’s Latest Flop, Our Self-Inflicted Death of Privacy, Huntsman to Russia

 

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss the latest revelations surrounding former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and breathe a sigh of relief that he’s already gone. They also lament FBI Director James Comey’s admission that there is no longer any such thing as “absolute privacy” anymore. And they discuss Pres. Trump’s decision to nominate former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman to be U.S. Ambassador to Russia.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Sudden Disparate Impact

 

I showed up fifteen minutes early this morning at the office of Thomas “Red” Perez, Secretary of Labor. I was nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs because D.O.L. had seized my onshore bank accounts and my wife’s flex fuel Vespa. D.O.L. also had placed liens on my house. In fact, when I left home at 7:00 a.m., I had to dodge big SEIU scholars in purple shirts liening on my stately front porch columns.

So, I did what my late father told me after he passed away recently, I went to the very top.

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In 2001, Jon Gruden was coach of the Oakland Raiders in the NFL; in 2002, he left Oakland to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and led them to their first, and so far only, championship against the [ wait for it ] Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. More

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In The New Thinking Man’s Guide to Pro Football, Paul Zimmerman quotes Mike Pagel’s five reasons he had trouble going from college to pro as a quarterback. Those reasons are (in my paraphrase): 1. Simply learning a new system. More

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Update Again: Because putting this together has been last-minute and very messy, we didn’t get draft off before the first game of the season. For that, I apologize. However, this also means we can extend the entry deadline and draft a few more days! I’ll schedule draft for noon (Eastern Time) Saturday and anybody can join […]

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While you spend your July 4th weekend relaxing and spending time with your family, don’t miss the chance to check out the best new show on Television. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Junior High Quarterback Offered Scholarship to FSU

 

FSU tweetHere’s a little story from the local paper that raises some questions.

An incoming freshman at New Canaan High School is already drawing attention from one of the top programs in college football.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. NYT: Is It Wrong to Watch Football?

 

19524079-mmmainIn the hype leading up to Super Bowl 50, many journalists are asking whether football should be watched at all. The Cleveland Plain Dealer offered the headline “Football and its unavoidable violence is becoming a moral dilemma,” while USA Today and the CBC ran two different stories sharing the title “Is it immoral to watch the Super Bowl?”

The New York Times held a colloquy on the issue, inviting two former NFL players and two laypeople to answer the question, “how can fans enjoy watching a game that helps ruin players’ lives?” I’m quick to dismiss elitist sniffery at the simple joys of blue-collar entertainment, be it the proliferation of chain restaurants or the love of shoot-’em-up movies, but the Gray Lady’s coverage was more balanced that I had expected. Below are brief excerpts of each argument.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. How to Improve the NFL’s Goofy Point-After-Touchdown

 

The 25-yard point-after-touchdown kick is a bad rule change. It introduces uncertainty, but at the cost of reduced heroics, which is the lifeblood of any spectator sport, and greater disappointment and heartbreak, which only sells tickets in certain unusual markets.

danmowrey_display_imageOne of the most exciting, dramatic, and satisfying aspects of football is the fourth-quarter comeback. The trailing team gets the ball deep in their own territory with the clock breathing down their necks. But they hit a couple of key passes, step out of bounds at the right times, and make efficient use of their timeouts. As the seconds wind down, they put the ball in the end zone for the game-tying touchdown!

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I was incensed watching the Broncos-Colts football game Sunday. I love the Broncos (along with a few other teams), but this attempt by a Bronco player to gouge the right eye out of an opposing player made me jump up and scream “Throw this S.O.B. out of the league!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41GOEVwk37w More

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This week I’m basking in my victories in both of my Fantasy Football leagues, Ricochet’s and the in-laws league I inadvertently started a week ago. So far though, I think I’ve just lucked out with lineup changes due to suspensions and injuries. It’s been fun to have Alex Smith as quarterback (week 2 notwithstanding), I’ve never cared […]

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We’ll be okay. Sure, Romo and Bryant will both be out for a couple of months, but Sean Lee is back and playing like a man possessed, and Greg Hardy will be back in two weeks to beat up left tackles instead of his girlfriend. It could be worse: we could be the Eagles. More

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We’ve had some time to digest, contemplate, and move forward. I’m talking of course about the 2015 NFL Draft. What does anyone think about this year’s draft? Did you watch or monitor through other means? Open football thread here! More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Tom Brady and “Deflate-gate” — The Penalty Phase

 

brady_CBS Sports imageThe NFL is now weighing sanctions against Tom Brady, following the completion of its “Deflate-gate” investigation and the issuance of a long report. It’s a perfect, lighter-than-air cheating scandal for fans to ponder during the long off-season.

Per the rules, a proper NFL game football “shall be made up of an inflated (12.5 to 13.5 pounds per square inch) urethane bladder enclosed in a pebble grained, leather case (natural tan color) without corrugations of any kind.” Brady’s New England Patriots were caught using balls which later tested out as low as a relatively Charmin-soft 10.5 psi. That is one soft urethane bladder!

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. The Death of Football

 

Chris Borland, promising young linebacker and nominee for the 2014 Defensive Rookie of the Year Award shocked the world of professional football by announcing his retirement yesterday after just one year in the pros. He cites concerns over his health related specifically to several concussions, including one in his first preseason with the 49ers (he played through the pain for fear of losing his shot at the big leagues.) For a team that has already seen several prominent players retire early since the Super Bowl last month, Chris’ decision is a particularly devastating development.

Borland is not the first young player to announce he is retiring due to safety concerns; oft-injured Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker retired last week stating he no longer had the burning desire necessary to compete in such a physically demanding sport. Jason Worilds, too, has hung up his cleats, although his decision is based on a desire to pursue religious interests.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Stop Making Everything Political, Please (cc: Starbucks)

 

On Tuesday, Starbucks unveiled their new #RaceTogether campaign. From the press release:

“Each story, each voice, offered insight into the divisive role unconscious bias plays in our society and the role empathy can play to bridge those divides,” said Starbucks chairman and ceo Howard Schultz, in a free USA TODAY newspaper section that will be distributed in Starbucks stores beginning Friday and through the weekend.

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I’m a relatively recent football fan and I want to learn the game – I mean, really learn it, study it. Games are fun to watch but I know there’s a lot more happening down there and I want to know what it is. And so I turn to Ricochet’s own football fans, fanatics, experts, […]

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