And now Patrick's gone, and with him an era of gentlemanly broadcasting with those deep, lush, Florida tones behind the mike. Pat Summerall was a Giant, both lower case and capital G. To have known him is one of the great privileges of a writer's life.
The day of the photo shoot, I rose early, showered, shaved, brushed my teeth twice and spent the better part of an hour in front of the mirror making sure my hair was perfect.
In the 21st century, we could all use the kind of media training provided for college football stars and NFL Draft hopefuls. Quick -- describe yourself in pithy, media-friendly sound bytes that will translate into lucrative business deals. Yeah, I couldn't do it either.
It's very popular right now to talk about bullying. But it is way past time to start talking about misogynist bullying as a separate category of abuse aimed at young girls, and as something that requires a separate cure.
Being a student-athlete is a full-time job, it's not easy. But in the end team comradery and a scholarship check at the beginning of the quarter or semester makes it all worthwhile.
There has never been any serious question that football is a concussion delivery system. But despite this knowledge, over the years, players have been encouraged to "shake it off." The conduct of the NFL is duplicitous and must be scrutinized under a bright and honest light to reveal the truth.
The African American community desperately needs openly LGBT public role models. We need them to come out and denounce anti-homophobic bullying, vitriol, and discrimination.
The franchise's all-time leader in tackles is out on the street? And then I remembered why one of the greatest Bears middle linebackers in team history won't be returning to Soldier Field in blue and orange in 2013. Brian Urlacher can't play at a high level in the NFL anymore.
When I was a kid, baseball was America's game. My memories linger around visions of classic summertime Americana; hot dogs on the grill, cold beer (or in my case Coca-Cola), sweet apple pie, and Vin Scully on the call from Dodger Stadium.
As a gay sports fan, I have a simple message for any athlete who is ready to come out: We got you. I hope you are listening, because the LGBT sports-loving community has been waiting for this for a long time and we are ready to battle for you.
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With the absence of Goff from the program, the Monarchs need to find another cog to keep the wheels turning for the team. In what will be the fourth season for Coach Jeff Knarr, there needs to be a drastic change for a squad that has been coming up short in recent years.
This cultural rot will continue, and we'll continue to see incidents like Steubenville happen on a regular basis until men become allies, embrace feminism not as a pejorative label but as something to be proud of, and collectively speak out against patriarchy.
If all parents had their own personal NFL prep facility, the world would be a better place. Really.
My son is home for spring break. He arrived with a duffle bag full of dirty laundry, a big smile, and a bear hug for me. Hanging out with him, I some...
There is much to be gained by sharing loss, and much that is lost by shielding ourselves with gains. When our losses are recognized we can face our own wounds in the looking glass, and become empowered to move through to the other side.