As fans, we love the game of football, and we love our favorite teams. But when billionaire owners and politicians use our hard earned tax dollars to fund stadiums at the expense of the fan experience and other local priorities, it leaves a bitter taste in our mouths.
As a recently suffering Oakland Raiders fan, I greeted the death of Kenny "The Snake" Stabler with a cocktail of fond memories. But it's a cocktail laced with the bitter news that Stabler, like so many of his peers, had suffered for years from the effects of concussions.
While watching the recent NFL relocation charade involving the Rams, Chargers and Raiders play out, I was reminded once again that the fundamental problem in professional sports is that each sport is a self-regulated monopoly.
For the past eighty years Los Angeles has loomed large in the History of the NFL and has shaped the league in significant ways. The centerpiece of course was and is the Rams.
Black Monday has come and gone, and a total of seven NFL head coaches have lost their jobs. Now the Eagles, Buccaneers, Giants, Browns, Dolphins, Titans and 49ers all have begun the search for the person that will bring them to their goal of a SuperBowl championship.
The Raiders have been knocked out of the playoff hunt. The Green Bay Packers leave Oakland unscathed, staying atop the NFC North with a 30-20 win over Oakland.
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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.
It's hard to believe this is the same team that lost ten games before their first win last season. The new and improved Raiders are now in contention in the AFC for the first time in twelve years.
New York-based artist Matthew Barney was featured in a number of events in Los Angeles that I had the privilege to recently cover.
It was an amazing performance by Derek Carr who left last week's game early in the second quarter with a hand injury. In the final minutes of regulation, Carr threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Seth Roberts and led the Raiders to a 37-33 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
Known for his troubles off the field, Smith has garnered a reputation on risk versus reward. The players spoke openly about not focusing on Smith's past. The Raiders only concern is to win games, especially tomorrow's game.
First in a series. Sure, the hit HBO show Ballers on life after football -- starring none other than a super suave Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson -- is dripping with sex, sun and swag. But the real story behind the story is about finances and the show gets it right on the money.
That time finally came for Tim Brown who will join Jerome Bettis, Charles Haley, Bill Polian, Junior Seau, Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff and Ron Wolf as the 2015 Hall of Fame Class. An honor many only dream about once their career is over.
The National Football League and its clubs have been leaders in this process of exacting tribute from the cities where their game is played. It starts when a club makes a demand on a city or county to improve its stadium or else! The "or else" is always the threat to relocate its franchise to another city.