The 2011 targeting of footballers and other athletes in Bahrain following the pro-democracy protests there is threatening Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa's bid for the FIFA presidency.
Imagine now if Jerry Jones had turned in the slip of paper for the 16th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft with Johnny Manziel instead of Zack Martin. The Cowboys have depth on their offensive line, something they obviously don't have at quarterback.
Tackling: in so many ways, it's what football is all about. Now, of course running, passing and scoring (and strategy) are important parts of football too. But it's tackling that stops the opponent. Without tackling, you can't play football. Or can you?
The New York Jets were once again defeated by the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. This defeat really stings. But it is precisely at this low point that we should count our blessings and realize that after four long years, a playoff berth is eminently achievable, even likely.
Not all college football teams are treated equally. Some clearly get a pass when it comes to ranking, scheduling, who makes it to bowl games, and even the national championship. There's a clear demarcation between the "old money" and the "nouveau riche."
With set rules and codes, high levels of fan enthusiasm, betting markets and tips, football's transfer season is almost a sport in itself. Its law of value, however, is pure and simple economics.
I don't get nervous for my speeches, and I shouldn't as since the start of August, I've had nearly 70 audiences to address. Still, I need a little encouragement these last few minutes, and I am finding it by reflecting on a football team and a butterfly.
I wish I could follow it all more casually, that I could watch a game, talk trash with my friends and cheer when my team scores. And when it's over, it's over. That's the dream: reaping the good without suffering the bad. But being a fan doesn't work that way.
The camaraderie, the devotion to team work and touchdowns, the knee they take when a man is down. My perspective in regards to this sport has shifted radically in the past few years. Football helmets clanking still sends a chill down my spine, though.
While you can always go for a beer, like a light macro lager or a crisp pilsner, sometimes you want wine with your wings. Thankfully for you, we put together this handy pairing guide for wine and ten popular wing sauces, from 'nuclear' to garlic parm!
If only we could create our own fantasy teams in politics then perhaps the current Congressional leadership debacle would seem less like a game-ending fumble. The idea that we need to engage in our political leadership in the same way we do with our sports is an idea whose time has come.
Our volatile, post-Manning era is still in rebuild mode, despite universal love for our young Luck. Mixed messages emanating from the team as regards internal structure and leadership don't help.
Typically, when a woman is abused, her abuser tells her it's her fault that this is happening to her. He might tell her that she has been disrespectful, or that the abuse is deserved. Male privilege gives him permission to shift responsibility to his female victim for the acts he has committed.
Green Bay and New England. Those are the only names we need to know right now for Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Califronia next January.
Peel back the covers at USC and you will find that underneath it all, it's just like everywhere else, which means you will also find the flipside of a never-ending party, substance abuse, and addiction.
Think about it. Wouldn't it be nice to finally have a mechanism to allow complaints of misconduct to be investigated by a truly independent panel beholden to neither the NFL nor the NFL Players Association.