Few things bring the country together during the year like football and Thanksgiving is no exception. For millions of families, watching football on Thanksgiving is as much a part of the day as turkey, stuffing, or sweet potato pie.
In games of spin, it's the arenas of politics, business and entertainment that thrive on plays of influence. Less so in sports where laws of physics trump rules of rhetoric.
The NFL could potentially offset how structural bias impacts the treatment of black and white players by perhaps getting their own investigators to these scenes alongside the police to conduct independent inquiries at the ground level. But even if such an effort was possible, there is no guarantee the NFL investigators would be any less biased than the local police departments.
Paid patriotism is at odds with genuine patriotism. Protecting the authenticity of our patriotism is a duty of citizenship. It should be a duty of our government, too. And shame on sports organizations that seek payment to express their patriotism.
Who would have thought that being cast as the voice of Sadness would cause Phyllis Smith such joy?
The 49ers' offseason after the 2014 season was perhaps the most brutal a team has experienced in recent memory. Let's review some of the lows (painful though it may be).
If only young people in this country knew and cared half as much about politics as they do fantasy football, we'd be twice the democracy that we are today. In a true democracy, we'd demand more qualified candidates. We'd demand more substantive debates. We'd demand a political process that works for all of the people
Growing your mo is the best way to do that, and it's even better when star athletes like the NFL players below get involved. But man, these guys really take it to the next level.
Needless violence on and off the field should undermine the popularity of professional football. Sadly, that isn't the case. In fact, violence is accepted, even encouraged, by the National Football League because it sells.
I grew up in Western Pennsylvania -- the cradle of quarterbacks, Steeler Country, the home of those folks accused of "clinging to their guns and rel...
Is it time for Catholic fans to rethink their love of the game?" In a poll of U.S. Catholic readers -- who are not representative of Catholicism at large -- 70% "agree" that "Supporting the NFL is an ethical conflict of interest for Catholics."
Geno Smith was not the sole or even the primary cause for the Jets' loss to the Raiders. But he is also not a franchise QB and certainly not the future for the Jets. There is now serious cause for concern about how the rest of the season will play out.
Football provides an unmistakable opportunity to teach a captive audience of young people about character. It's a rare opening and we feel very strongly that it shouldn't be wasted. So we use the game as a hook to teach kids that strength of character is an essential ethic for a successful life.
And as we left the dazzling lights of the post-victory stadium at night and joined the line of families headed back across the state, exiting the small highway at their various towns, I could only hope that a little of this is in me.
Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys are what is wrong with America. The Greg Hardy situation is unprecedented territory even for Jerry Jones. It is symptomatic of how we collectively as a country have placed a higher value on winning and profit than on decency and morals.
Super Bowl champion Malcolm Jenkins, now playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, is known for his work ethic and competitiveness on the field. He is now using these skills off the field to light a fire under the next generation.