Sure, leaf-peeping in New England, apple picking in Michigan and laughing at the rest of the country from California are all fine fall traditions that you should go ahead and try, but don't discount Chicago.
Football isn't the only culprit in this category. The same dynamic takes place in crime shows, action movies, and other media. Most of us have seen the statistics around this.
In an era when cities are giving huge amounts of money to already wealthy owners (Cobb County is spending $368 million on a new stadium for the Braves), it's extremely refreshing to see a city like L.A. realize they are the ones with leverage.
Being notable for your presence is one thing but being truly notable is when the absence of your presence is in and of itself notable. That is what has happened over the past three weeks with Bill Simmons' suspension.
I was not moved, or touched, or for a moment feeling forgiving of the recent disgraces and double standards brought to light. Every spot of pink seemed to be an empty apology, but I wasn't buying. This survivor says no thanks, NFL.
TCU knocked off Oklahoma last week at home to vault into the Top 15 of our College Football Power Rankings. The upsets should stop there, however, as the Horned Frogs head to Waco, Texas without enough firepower to hang with one of the best all-around teams in all of college football.
Presumably, the idea of an elevator speech is that 30 seconds is the time it takes to hold someone "captivated" as they wait for their destination. Elevator speeches came before Twitter, and as such, are a form of an in-person tweet.
We need to be true to our sisters, even when they don't stand up for themselves. We have to be the voice that says we demand dignity and refuse to support a sport that does not take women -- all women -- seriously.
"You'd be amazed how much the two subjects have in common," I gushed enthusiastically to my guy last night, as his eyes riveted to the screen during Monday Night Football.
Interpersonal violence is not the only misconduct plaguing the NFL. To the contrary, NFL players have also repeatedly been accused of animal cruelty and dogfighting.
If you live in New York State, you can actually help change things and codify equal rights for women by voting for the Women's Equality Party on Election Day.
While the NFL isn't in any danger of vanishing into a cloud of righteous indignation from its detractors, it's definitely gotten its fair share of lousy press lately, some of it understandable.
It was the waning moments of a damp September fourth quarter, and football, as it often does, had brought out the ugly side of one of its fans. In this case, the red-faced rooter was a 30-something dad.
The true primal identification is with the history, place and the fan's passion. Loving our team no longer means defending the Redskin name; now it means loving our team enough to say that I'm in for the future. I'm in for changing for the better.
With a food spread like this, we all go home champions.
It's not that the phrase is abusive, it's that the phrase is limiting -- and frankly, confusing for a small child. Be a man? What does that even mean? I'm 35 and sometimes I'm not even sure what it means.