The Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin incident -- both on and off the field -- reveals a culture where the "rules of the game" at best tolerated and at worst endorsed a "Wild West" culture of meanness, hazing, bullying and anything-goes.
The debate swirling around Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito has gone well beyond the sports pages and involves far more than the "code" of the NFL locker room.
A tipping point begins to protrude from the oceanic depths of this men's only club -- even if ratings are up -- this league is not bulletproof, nor is it made of Teflon; on the contrary, the NFL is dysfunctional, archaic and borderline inhumane.
In a statement released today, the National Football League has expressed its utter bewilderment and confusion over the fact that some of its players act like complete assholes.
Where are the real tough guys in football? I want to see the "real men" who have heart and courage. I am not talking about heroics on the field. I am talking about the guys willing to stand up and say bullying should not be tolerated anywhere in football.
Some have asked how it is possible for a 300-pound pro football player to be a victim of bullying. It's easy to see if you break down the power dynamics.
Last week's Halloween, the last day in the month of October also happens to be the last day of National Bullying Prevention Month. Coincidentally, last week's nationally-televised NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals served as a fitting stage for this issue which is gaining heightened awareness.
During an NFL era of inflated offensive statistics and elite quarterbacking play, Drew Brees is on a level so dominant and special that it can almost be baffling to watch. The New Orleans Saints are not unlike most of the league in that they give a vast amount of responsibility to the quarterback. What Brees does from there though is beyond words.
Apologist-sounding answers aside, I think the NFL and big-time college football need to address this image issue sooner than later. Reputations and ticket sales are at stake.
We all knew that underwear model / actor Justin Deeley would be back on our screens in no time. Now, Justin plays a hunky guardian angel on the recently revived fifth season of Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva.
During my NFL days, my idea of Sunday Fundays -- suiting up to take on an opponent -- was much different than the current take that many Americans have. But now, the concept of Sunday Funday has taken on a whole new meaning.
There's a reason why the 300 section at Metlife stadium is called the nosebleed area, and it has nothing do with the height of the seats.
With so many of the game's most critical plays now reviewed automatically, it's actually time to eliminate the coaches' challenge from the game outright.
Is there a more polarizing figure in the National Football League than the once-named "Chad Ochocinco"? And were the Dolphins correct in letting him go? Here's our take, from deep in the heart of Dolphins Country.
It will not matter to the Patriots or the Jets what Tom Brady, Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow does if their offensive lines do not improve. Meanwhile, the Dolphins can't figure out whom to start at quarterback -- again.
Early yesterday morning a video of Reggie and his sexy Equinox trainer, Lia Smith, began taking over the Internet. Unfortunately it turns out it's not quite what we thought -- it's even better!