Category Football

The Backlash Against Jeff Pearlman

Why do we throw reason to the wind when it comes to our sports icons? I ask because Jeff Pearlman has come under fire for his comprehensive biography of Walter Payton, Sweetness: the Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton, in which the Sports Illustrated writer chronicles the complexity of the Chicago Bears’ great running back. The […]

The ‘Boys Primetime Embarrassment

The Eagles torched the ‘Boys last night on national television. Dallas didn’t bother to show up for this rivalry game as their arch-nemesis scored at will. Mike Vick tore apart the ‘Boys secondary. LeSean McCoy ran in, around and through the Dallas front seven. It looked like Pro Bowlers versus Pee Wee pups. The Philly defense played […]

Mike Ditka’s Football Life

            This week, NFL Network aired its latest installment of “A Football Life,” which chronicled the career of Mike Ditka. Most people under 30 know Ditka as an opinionated ESPN football analyst. Young Midwesterners know him as “Da Coach” who led the 1985 Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl. This […]

Remembering Al Davis

Rick Reilly writes about the paradox that was Al Davis. Reilly highlights Davis’s shortcomings throughout the piece-e.g.: Yes, Al Davis, 82, was a color-blind genius who changed the game. He was an original with guts and vision who “belongs on the pro football version ofMount Rushmore” (Adam Schefter, ESPN). But somebody needs to come along […]

NFL’s Brain Drain

  John Mackey was one of pro football’s premier talents in the 1960s. NFL Films recently named Mackey the greatest tight end in NFL history. He teamed up with Johnny Unitas to form one of the most lethal pass and throw combinations of his era, a period defined by the running game of Jim Brown […]

Dallas’ Home Opener Thrown Away

  It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, […]

Romo Leads Cowboys’ Comeback

My how a few days change one’s perspective. Tony Romo rescued the Dallas Cowboys today in San Francisco, a week after blowing a 4th quarter lead in the Meadowlands. He went from the goat of Week 1 to the hero of Week 2. Romo led a furious 4th quarter rally to help the Cowboys escape […]