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The Best Articles of the Year: Football
Calvin: We have houses, electricity, plumbing, heat ... maybe we're so sheltered and comfortable that we've lost touch with the natural world and forgotten our place in it. Maybe we've lost our awe of nature.
The League That Never Sleeps
You probably know the 2014 NFL season kicks off in Seattle tonight, with Russell Wilson, Russell Wilson’s unairbrushable loins and the defending champs laying six points to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. I’m excited to have Brady, Gronk, Belichick and every other Patriot back in my life.
With characteristic restraint and understatement, the N.F.L. season began last night, in Seattle, where the Seahawks started their Super Bowl title defense by beating the Green Bay Packers.
Are Manning and Brady Cheating? How Rule Changes Have Helped Extend a Rivalry
Did you enjoy the misleading headline we came up with to generate traffic and rig Google results, only it’s a complete misrepresentation from what I wrote this week? What a farce, right? We’ll never do that again, right?
How One Lawyer’s Crusade Could Change Football Forever
There are 1.27 million lawyers in the United States, one for about every 300 Americans — about 400,000 more of them than there are doctors. Their work is rarely glamorous, and especially for those just starting out in the profession, it can be grinding and repetitive.
How Ryan Perrilloux disappeared completely
The former No. 1 high school dual-threat quarterback recruit in the nation is sitting with his mom on the front porch of a little yellow house on Bluebird Street in LaPlace, La. When a nearby train passes its way south toward New Orleans, it sends the living room décor into a 15-second convulsion.
Skeptical Football: The Aaron Rodgers Enigma
In 1994, I had only been watching the NFL for a couple of years. I lived in Hawaii, where the closest thing to a home team we had was the Pro Bowl — which pretty much made me a Dallas Cowboys fan. I griped when it seemed like the Miami Dolphins were on TV every week. But that changed on Nov.
The case for going for it on 4th down
SB Nation goes inside the numbers to figure out when football teams should go for it on 4th down. Short answer: a lot more often! Press Z to read next comment. R to reply.
An Outsider’s Guide to Loving College Football
I did not grow up with this sport. In Washington, D.C., the only college football we have is Maryland and UVa, and watching those games growing up was kind of like planting someone in front of an MLS game and telling them to go crazy for soccer.
Bad British NFL Commentary
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"MORE NFL" — A Bad Lip Reading of The NFL
Another Super Bowl, another Bad Lip Reading. No more kung fu!Like on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/badlipreading Follow on Twitter! http://twitter.com/badlipreading
Imagining Football in a Non-NFL World
One question I get asked once in a while as a football writer — especially by friends who don’t really follow or enjoy football — is whether I think there will still be a sport for me to cover in 20 or 30 years.
The NFL Draft and Michael Sam
Why he slipped and how he’ll do in St. Louis. Plus, the worst trades of the draft! As the seventh and final round of the NFL draft rolled to a close on Saturday evening, two very important men were anxious for very different reasons.
Why I Retired At 26
I decided not to hold a press conference because I didn't want to have to say things that were cliché. I've done enough of that since I've been playing football. I actually didn't really plan on saying anything about my retirement at all. I just kind of wanted to disappear.
Proud To Be
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Five Years Later, the 2009 NFL Draft May Be the Worst Ever
Twenty years later, we can reasonably call 1994 the birth of modern NFL drafting. That’s when the NFL went to a seven-round format, down from eight the previous season. Over that time period, and with five years of perspective, it’s safe to say that the 2009 draft is the worst of that era.
Randy Moss May Well Have Been The Greatest Receiver Of All Time
When Randy Moss proclaimed that he was the greatest receiver ever, he was wearing the same-color uniform as Jerry Rice. Rice, the consensus Greatest Receiver Of All Time™, did not have Moss’s up-and-down career.
What Is the NFL’s ‘Corner 3’?
It all started in a bar. A friend and I were watching Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Pacers and Heat at Old Town Pour House in Chicago. Miami was up just two with 8:37 left in the fourth quarter when Ray Allen started to go off.
N.C.A.A. Fan Map: How the Country Roots for College Football
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The Ballad of Reggie Bush
T he following is an excerpt from Season of Saturdays: A History of College Football in 14 Games by Michael Weinreb. Copyright © 2014 by Michael Weinreb. Reprinted with permission of Scribner, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Preorder your copy here.
Josh Gordon and the NFL’s Drug Problem
Back in May, news leaked that Pro Bowl Browns receiver Josh Gordon had tested positive for marijuana. He had done so before, as a rookie, and then tested positive for codeine a year ago. With this, his third offense, he’s facing a yearlong ban from the NFL.
How Much College Quarterbacks Are Worth
This February, amid the ongoing debate about whether college athletes should be paid, the University of Iowa’s Athletic Director Gary Barta went on TV and said he wasn’t in favor of paying athletes because doing so would be too complicated.
Bill Walsh’s Coaching Tapes: An Enduring Genius
Editor’s note: This is the third in The MMQB’s 10-part series NFL 95: A History of Pro Football in 95 Objects, commemorating the 95th season of the NFL in 2014.
Revisiting the Y2K-Compliant Quarterbacks
Nearly 15 years later, I remember three things about Y2K.