The NFL is a huge business, but with its success comes great responsibility. Yet the owners and commissioner of the NFL have been more committed to protecting their business than in getting out ahead on several key social issues that have faced the league. Where is the leadership?
A friend from the 50-something "group" and I discussed the challenges facing the population of long-term HIV/AIDS survivors. I find that this generation of people living with HIV is a big issue, what with housing and living expenses on top of insurance and medical maintenance.
Enjoying sporting events is fun, but, like Wall Street, the subsidies and salaries have gone too far. These privileges are at the expense of taxpayers and society as a whole as the Rice fiasco illustrates.
We can't tell much only two weeks in, but what we can say with some confidence is there are certain teams that so far statistically meet the profile of a champion, at least in analytic comparison to past champions.
This sends a very clear message to children in this country, boys in particular, who aspire to be athletes, or those who simply see these athletes as role models. The time has come to flip that message and make it one of zero tolerance.
It is never acceptable to beat a little kid bloody with a weapon, because that is always child abuse. I can't believe it's 2014 and I have to spell that out for people.
In different areas of the world, there may be better players, better games, and better pure basketball. But New York City is still the Mecca. When you tell someone, "I played streetball in New York City," they'll immediately know it toughened you up.
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Training camp is among us and with that comes all kinds of excitement, speculation and a whole whack of skeptics. The Leafs welcomed 64 players to this year's camp.
This week's episode features an exclusive interview with the amazingly beautiful and incredibly talented Coco Ho who talked about being featured in the ESPN The Magazine Body Issue and being a member of surfing royalty.
It is fair to say with Xavi's decline Modric is now ahead of him in the pecking order, and he, Kroos, Cesc Fàbregas and Andrea Pirlo are now arguably the best technical central midfielders on the planet at present, and some might even say that Modric is, or could soon be, leading the pack.
Bruce Arena had said at one point that Beckham trained hard every day. He had never been a favorite of mine -- I thought he was another good-looking, overrated British brat -- but the older he got, the more he earned my respect.
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The 4-0 victory this past weekend highlights United's attacking possibilities, and provides a great deal of optimism for the team with its new signings and formation, invigorating United supporters after a slow start to Van Gaal's reign as manager.
DeMarco Murray leads the NFL in rushing yards through two games and is projected to top 1,750 yards rushing if he makes 16 starts this year. For perspective, no other player is projected to exceed 1,500 yards rushing.
It's not often that a team 30 games under .500 will be among the best offensive clubs in baseball, but the 2014 Colorado Rockies have been.
This is possibly the first ever parallax series together in a short film showcasing water sports photography. Please watch in Full HD!All the clips have been taken in the UK and made by only using one still photo of kite surfing, wake boarding, surfing, or on the cable park in Bournemouth, Poole and the New Forest.More of Jake's photography can be found at his website Special thanks to S2AS and the New Forest Water ParkRights free music supplied by Monk Turner - "Bearded Bryan"Enjoy! The parallax was made up of the following still photos: More of his water sports photography can be found on his website
The goal of the NFL policy should be to stop violence against women -- not to punish perpetrators to turn down the heat when a high-profile case causes a public relations nightmare.
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Some of the effects of this on the NFL will be obvious: players can improve their performance, coaches will change game plans, owners will sell new products and services, and fanatical fans will be more engaged. But these just scratch the surface.
Taking a switch to a 4-year-old in today's world, or in the world of the recent or distant past, is simply a form of abusive, fear-based punishment meant to inflict pain. It in no way teaches or guides.
Professional sports have been given a zone of immunity from the normal social, political and economic constraints that apply to the rest of us. Players and owners live in a sanctuary of a kind that the Hunchback of Notre Dame would understand. Enter these premises and the law doesn't apply. No more.
Word came to Florida State University fans that Jameis Winston did something else to embarrass the school. So therefore, I applaud FSU for suspending Winston for half of one of the most critical games of the season, even if it costs us the game against Clemson.