Now that we've reached Week 4 of the 2013 NFL season, game picks start to settle into two categories: 1) clearly the better team but will they win by enough? And 2) who can pull off an upset?
The NFL is a beast. A massive, armored, mythical, all-consuming, white-walker-straight-out-of-game-of-thrones, beast. And it's invincible. Or at least that's what I thought. But like anything that's ever existed, there's usually a weakness to be found.
In the wake of the NFL's settlement of the first class action concussion lawsuit brought by former players over brain trauma, much has been declared and yet little has been clarified for those seeking to determine the concussion risks of playing sports.
It feels dumb saying I didn't realize how unbelievably offensive the name "Redskins" actually is until now, but it's true. Prior to the recent media attention that's arisen the thought had never once crossed my mind.
What the hell is it going to take? I know a lot of you are demanding Todd Haley's and Mike Tomlin's head. But this seems to be a problem with the entire team and organization, fundamental to their core.
We should be building a well-functioning, patient-focused healthcare system that puts families first, lowers costs, promotes high quality, and doesn't encourage employers to "sack" workers or "turn over" their insurance coverage.
As seriously as people take fantasy football, maybe we could end gridlock in Washington by creating "fantasy politics" where Americans form leagues, draft politicians and get points for bills passed and progress made?
Mix and match your way to a winning game-day snack strategy with 10 takes on chips, cheese, and toppings.
Football-loving stars dish on their favorite ways to spend game day.
Football does impart crucial lessons for political campaigning. It implores politicians to stay focused on winning, advises them to discount all pre-election noise, pay attention to all parts of their organization and always think before they act.
Will perennial "winners" start to establish their territories while recent dismal "losers" begin to fall apart? Aside from the absolute top and the absolute bottom of the National Football League, the answer is "no."
There's a worthwhile discussion to be had about the extent to which the name offends Native Americans. But the general principle -- that the sensibilities of the affected group should be paramount in these discussions -- is clearly appropriate.
I now see October as PINK. I envision rows of white cupcakes with pink butter cream icing. After all, I was diagnosed October 4th. For me, October 4th has become my second birthday and I celebrate that day every year.
Hatred and bias against the Jets will not go away anytime soon. The best way to deal with them is for the Jets to finally win another Super Bowl, thus allowing feelings of envy to have a firm basis in reality.
When players are no longer insured by the league and find themselves unable to afford private insurance for their enduring afflictions, taxpayers -- all of us -- will be the ones to pay, through Medicaid and Social Security disability.
I grew up watching football, and my two sons, ages 18 and 12, are no different. In my family, football is more than a sport -- it's a passion. After my sons asked persistently, I decided to let them play the game.