Time for my annual complaint about the F-word

  Ordinarily, I don’t post anything on this subject until later in the summer, but I’m prompted to go early this year because of something I heard the other day on ESPN. It was a rambling bit of nonsense by some moron who apparently felt a need to use the word “football” in almost every sentence he uttered. This is a fairly common penchant among people associated with the gridiron culture. They seem to fear that their credentials will be called into question if they don’t use the F-word at least six times a...

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Is death of former Bears player another nail in football’s coffin?

  When I heard the other day that Rashaad Salaam, a Heisman Trophy winner in college and a former running back for the Chicago Bears, had died in an apparent case of suicide at the tender age of 42, the first thought that came to mind was a three-letter abbreviation rather than words. Sounds like CTE, I told myself. Those letters stand for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a term used to describe brain degeneration likely caused by repeated head traumas. Further research on Salaam’s head will determine if CTE was the cause,...

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The curious overuse of the F-word

  It’s that time of year again when I’m obliged to register my annual complaint about a certain pet peeve — namely the odd penchant among people associated with the gridiron culture to use the word “football” seemingly six times in every sentence. I’ve been beefing about this for years now, and a search of the Internet shows that I’m not the only person annoyed by it. But the problem persists. Broadcasters, coaches, players and others involved in the sport have to remind themselves every few seconds that the game is called “football.”...

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Oxymoronically, deflategate scandal is overblown

The biggest problem with the so-called scandal concerning allegations that the New England Patriots blew too little air into the footballs with which they played last Sunday is that the mainstream news media have blown too much air into the matter. Did this issue really deserve to be the lead story on all three major-network newscasts the other night? Was there nothing of far greater importance happening anywhere in the world? Come on. Wait! I know what you’re thinking: Deflategate is a big story because everyone is talking about it. My...

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Millions of people think God will decide who wins the Super Bowl

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said something the other day to the effect that the outcome of a football is not likely of any great concern to the proverbial Man Upstairs. Rodgers was responding to a fan who said she found it “a little off-putting” when an athlete thanks God for helping his team win a big game. Said Rodgers: “I agree with her. I don’t think God cares a whole lot about the outcome. He cares about the people involved, but I don’t think he’s a big football fan.” Perhaps so, but a new survey commissioned...

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