The ESPNs of the world have made "character" an attribute of athletic worthiness every bit as important as how fast someone runs the 40, or how far one can hit a baseball. In the process, the sports media complex has appropriated for itself the mantle of moral arbiter.
There's a reason Deadspin's Manti Te'o scoop has more than 3 million views in less than 24 hours. Updates included, it is 4,166 words in all, and i...
There's a clear causality between our excusing idolization of athletes and our idolized athletes excusing their immoral behavior to protect that hyperinflated status.
Columnist George Will, who has written a number of excellent books on baseball, once stated that, "Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence." These days, it seems just the opposite.
The story of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's dead girlfriend is a hoax.
Deadspin bombshell raises questions for sports journalists who helped perpetuate hoax by not checking facts.
Deadspin's exhaustively reported story Wednesday on Manti Te'o's fake, dead girlfriend reveals how the media helped spread falsehoods that, if checked out, would have disrupted a feel good story. Te'o's story was the type sportswriters -- or really, journalists in general -- flock toward.
So here we are. Notre Dame vs. Alabama for the whole damn thing. Once again, the Irish are an underdog according to both public opinion and Vegas oddsmakers -- and that's exactly how this particular team likes it.
For college football fans, it doesn't get much better than a tilt like this. Alabama is trying to win its third national title in four years -- and become the first program to do so since Nebraska in the mid '90s -- while Notre Dame has proved that painting gold on your helmets before every game isn't sacrilegious.
I believe in this team. I believe that Notre Dame will still be undefeated and ranked Number One on January 8th. I believe.
At best, Notre Dame is the fifth best team in the nation and, according to our projections, on a neutral field, would be an underdog to at least four teams in the SEC.
Voters: This is a call to throw conventional wisdom out the window. The Heisman winner need not be another quarterback. If the award stays true to its description, it will go to a defensive player this season.
The Heisman Trophy is given to the most outstanding player in college football. All three finalists are excellent athletes. But there is only one player who you can't help but watch when he's on the field: Johnny Manziel.
When looking at the definition of the Heisman Trophy, and what John Heisman wanted the award to truly symbolize, the player that represents it on-and-off the field is without a doubt, Collin Klein.
If records are truly meant to be broken, as the old sports adage goes, then Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o should become the first purely defensive player ever to win the Heisman Trophy.
It's a horse race. Washington beat the Giants last night 17-16, so the Giants now lead Washington and Dallas by just one game with four to go.