Michael Sam, do you know how many closeted middle- and high-school boys in jerseys now have a trailblazer to look up to who has made their journeys a bit easier? I wish there had been a Michael Sam when I was in one of those jerseys.
Publicly, the NFL is being supportive, putting out a statement saying, "We admire Michael Sam's honesty and courage," but in Sports Illustrated numerous unnamed sources say Sam's going to be a "distraction" and not a problem any team is going to want to take on.
College football fans are a delusional bunch, myself thoroughly included. We don't understand why anyone wouldn't want to play for our school, our coach, our program.
Seattle didn't win the Super Bowl just because Pete Carroll is a fun guy. If you want to know how the Seahawks became the NFL's best, you have to look at how their management went back to school.
In a player-centered attempt to organize, Northwestern football players have done what the college sport system and American higher education have failed to do over the span of more than a hundred years.
Those who discount the players' chances suggest that their attempt to organize a union will require a reversal of precedent and is unlikely. However, a closer look at both the NLRA and in the Board's Brown University decision gives the players at least a coin-flip's chance at success.
There's really no excuse for Cowherd's ignorance about the reality of the labor organization actually supporting the players' petition for representation, since a five-second Google search would have cleared that up.
The alarming rate of dementia and suicides among NFL players hasn't stopped parents from sending off their 7-year-old boys to football camps so that they may someday get into the leagues. When it comes to football, common sense does not apply.
Most of the time, we would rather avoid uncomfortable truths that are right in front of our eyes because they force us to reflect on the things we hold dear.
In many ways, football functions similarly to ancient Greek tragedy. Such a claim may sound fanciful at first, but upon closer reflection, it helps ex...
If you love college football and like rooting for the underdog, your days are numbered. The big kids want to take their football and go home.
Some people have accused college football coaches of being overpaid, youth labor extortionists. But to make an informed assessment, several key factors should be understood about the college football coaching profession.
To fully grasp the significance of Charlie Strong's ascension to the pinnacle of college football, consider the story of how Bubba Smith became one of the most famous Michigan State Spartans -- not Longhorns -- of all-time.
Whereas we as Americans once took pride in our educational preeminence internationally, we have fallen to 16th place in college degree completion. We have not kept pace internationally because in spite of our national wealth, we have neglected our poor children.
The BCS probably couldn't have picked a better year to call it quits, and now college football gets the facelift we've all been waiting for -- or so it appears. As we head toward the College Football Playoff, everyone gets a fair chance, right?
2015 marks the first year of the Final Four format, which means the much anticipated end to the 16-year BCS. That is a good thing for college football. Let me rephrase that: It is a great thing for college football. And the SEC showing a chink in its armor might just be as well.