Kluwe has drawn a great deal of attention to a subject far too neglected by this country. His book, "Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies" sure has candor, and was great fun to read. However, I take issue with his latest Deadspin piece.
Of course there are the stories that revealed the brutal and often ugly nature of the games and their athletes. These are the stories that can stay in 2013 and hopefully never come back. But let's start with The Good.
For those like Joe Flacco, Rafael Nadal, Auburn, Sporting Kansas City, Team Oracle and many others, 2013 turned out to be one hell of a lucky year.
Entrepreneurs hold the keys to spark innovation that corporations lack. In 2013, we saw more corporations interacting with the startup community and doing things they have never done before. Why are they doing this?
Whatever happened in Week 17, it was still pretty incredible that, after starting the season at 0-4 (the first time since 1968), the Steelers STILL had a shot at the playoffs -- of course with a lot of help.
The die is cast. Rex Ryan will remain the coach of the New York Jets. Owner Woody Johnson made the right call. After all, this was a team that traded ...
Candlestick Park itself is an abysmal structure, full of decadence and resembling more a relic of a stadium that belonged 50 years ago. But given its history, there's undoubtedly a strong amount of sentimentality and nostalgia that comes with it.
After everything that went down, with one regular season game left, the Steelers are 7-8 and still in playoff contention. What a game. What a win.
Baseball is the mythic ideal. Football is the brutal reality. Both represent the two symbolic sides of the coin that is America.
Can the resurgent Miami Dolphins edge out the reigning Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens? Can the Cincinnati Bengals hang on to a season that should have seen them as undisputed divisional champions?
The following is an open letter to the two most powerful people in football to explain why and to provide policy suggestions they should consider when drafting the new NFL Policy and Program for Substance Abuse.
Almost every stat was, at some point, new. Stats are now a part of the mainstream conversation, not relegated to the deep corners of the Internet. That data gives us a better idea -- and more groups are racing to collect it.
After the Bengals botched some huge special teams plays, the Steelers were able to build up a lead that their AFC North rivals were never able to catch.
If introducing a helmet that's not as protective as it seems caused the game's head injury epidemic, then maybe eliminating helmets might have the opposite effect.
I would argue that removing helmets from football players would reduce the incidence of concussion but would replace it with an epidemic of skull fractures and subdural hematoma deaths.