We have once again begun to watch football together, but with much greater empathy for the players. He no longer cheers for big hits and he is actually concerned for the affected players' well-being. He looks the very next day to see if the perpetrator got fined and shares it with me.
Why do we get so worked up about sports? I think the answer can be found in the human tendency toward building identities around and finding security within group membership, as well as the zeal with which we often engage in othering associated with the identities we construct for ourselves and ascribe to the members of different groups.
The NFL Divisional Round Playoffs are about to get underway. Starting on Saturday, we'll get to see four teams from each conference duke it out to ...
The NFL playoffs kick off this weekend, and this could end up being one of the most competitive in league history. The Packers will be playing the Redskins in what could be a surprising game.
The NFL season has just started, officially. What's that you are thinking... but we've just played 16 games! The truth is that the only games of th...
Several months ago there was a minor flap over the fact that the National Football League was given the right to delete parts of the film "Concussion" before its general release to the public. At the time many, including myself, feared that the NFL would defang the bite of the film. It did not.
ESPN reported this week that the NFL had pulled funding for concussion research because one of the principal researchers was Dr. Robert Stern of Boston University who has been critical of the NFL.
Concussion fumbles when it delves too much into Dr. Omalu's life. This indictment of the NFL becomes a love story which takes the focus off the football players where the real pathos is. Concussion should have revealed more about the tragic lives these esteemed players led and their needless suffering due to sport.
I listen to Tim as he speaks about these experiences during his NFL career and I can't help but feel compassion and a sense of sadness. This is not just Tim's story, it's been repeated over and over in the media.
With former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle's vision of "parity" having become a reality, it's hard to stand on one's hind legs and confidently make bold predictions. With that said, here are five intrepid predictions for the 2015 season.
In a culture overly saturated with "political correctness" -- where the slightest comment challenging social norms is vociferously attacked -- it was refreshing to read a post asserting that any honor or success must be earned and not assumed.
While earning good grades and participating in a sport might be easy and and effortless for some, it is quite an achievement for a young man or woman who battles hunger, an unpredictable home life, and other challenges.
Football chose him until he chose art. Football was a dream realized, art a dream deferred.
The Carolina defense forced three turnovers and held Arizona to 78 total yards of offense, an NFL postseason record, in the franchise's first postseason victory in nine years.
Win and you're in. San Diego controlled its own playoff destiny Sunday but failed to beat Kansas City falling 19-7 on the road. The Bolts will look back on this game as one of missed opportunities.
I don't spend a lot of time with my family in general. I think the main reason is that I'm the crazy-progressive-political relative, but part of it is that I'm a lesbian -- one who doesn't blend and pass quietly as an unmarried lady with a lady roommate who happens to come along to family events. Few people are overtly rude, but the expectation that I not make waves is very strong.