"Friends tell me I’ll be remembered as the author of the definitive book on football [The Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football
]. Or as the writer who popularized weekly NFL picks. Or one of the early crossovers into 24-hour sports television. To me, none of that matters. Right now, I’m just a guy whose library went dark on November 22, 2008
."[auto play video] - Paul Zimmerman, known as Dr. Z, collaborates
with Ken Rodgers, the supervising producer for NFL Films, to tell his story. Thank you, Dr. Z. Yours truly, Everybody
posted by nadawi
on Aug 17, 2014 -
The salon visits, the makeup, the eyelashes, the tights were almost exclusively paid out of her own pocket. The finishing touch of the Raiderettes' onboarding process was a contract requiring Lacy to attend thrice-weekly practices, dozens of public appearances, photo shoots, fittings and nine-hour shifts at Raiders home games, all in return for a lump sum of $1,250 at the conclusion of the season.
A Raiderette has filed a class action suit
alleging that the Raiders' practices violate the California Labor Code.
posted by rewil
on Apr 3, 2014 -
Ralph Wilson, owner of the Buffalo Bills since 1959, has passed away at the age of 95
. Wilson was the last of the eight AFL team owners known as the "Foolish Club,
" and is notable for his continued support of other small market teams, including voting against moving the Cleveland Browns in 1995 (one of only two to do so), and subsequently hosting a Browns Day in Buffalo
. He saved the Oakland Raiders from bankruptcy
, and insisted that the AFL postpone their games the day after JFK's assassination
. As positive memories were shared on twitter
from around the league, Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY, has left a light on in his honor
posted by troika
on Mar 25, 2014 -
"This project started with my dad on Thanksgiving. He was reminiscing about Doug Williams, who in 1988 became the first black quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl. All these years later, he was still proud of Williams, whose name to some may be that of a half-remembered player from the past but to millions of others remains a powerful symbol of progress. It stayed with me, and it seemed that it was worth telling the story not just of Williams, but of everyone—of all those generations of players who struggled so that Russell Wilson could be, simply, a good young quarterback." Deadspin's The Big Book of Black Quarterbacks
posted by davidjmcgee
on Feb 6, 2014 -
NFL holds Super Bowl in NYC; NYC unimpressed.
While the stadium is technically in New Jersey, it is considered equally if not primarily a New York stadium, and the NFL turned Times Square and Broadway into Super Bowl Boulevard Engineered By GMC.
Visitors can kick a football, watch television, ride a toboggan,
shop, enjoy a free slice of Papa John's pizza, play XBox, take a photo with the oversized Roman numerals 'XLVIII', use relevant Twitter hashtags,
and more. It is not decadent and depraved,
would tend to disagree. The Times discusses less vehement disapproval and disappointment,
while Business Insider wishes ill upon the city. Ticket sales are faltering relative to recent years,
with the new mayor among those skipping out.
posted by save alive nothing that breatheth
on Jan 31, 2014 -
But I learned to deal with the pain, the instability, the imbalance, just like every other NFL player does. My story is not unique. Every other football-playing man deals with the same cycle of injury and rehab, separated by periods of relative health. Some bodies are better suited to the demands of the game than others. They stay healthy longer, play more, smash more skulls, die younger. I should see my inability to stay healthy as a blessing in the long run, because it spared my brain the extra punishment. The fact is, no one remembers any NFL game I ever played in but me. My Injury File: How I Shot, Smoked, And Screwed My Way Through The NFL
posted by Ghostride The Whip
on Dec 12, 2013 -
The NFL's Modern Man: How Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin — a bike-riding, socially conscious, Animal Collective–loving hipster — is redefining what it means to be a football player.
posted by Drinky Die
on Nov 20, 2013 -
On October 30th, it was reported that NFL offensive tackle Jonathan Martin walked out of the Miami Dolphins' facility
after a cafeteria prank. It was subsequently reported that Martin had been subjected to bullying by his teammate Richie Incognito
, long considered to be one of the NFL's dirtiest players
. Though the incident was initially thought to be a product of rookie hazing
(resulting in, among other things, Dolphins rookies footing thousand dollar bills at strip clubs), the backstory turned out to be far more serious. Incognito allegedly sent Martin threatening and racially charged text messages and voice mails
The revelation kicked off a flurry of discussion
about bullying in the NFL workplace. While many pundits and ex-players supported Martin, others blasted him for violating the "NFL Code
Incognito was then suspended for conduct detrimental to the team
, while claiming that the truth would come out
. Several days later, it was reported that Incognito had been asked by the Dolphins' to "toughen Martin up
" because Martin, a Stanford grad, was considered by some in the NFL to be "soft", a characterization which disappointed some ex-teammates
So what has been the reaction from the Dolphins' locker room? In recent days, a number of teammates have vocalized their support for Incognito
. Some defended his use of the n-word by claiming he was honorary
which prompted a rebuttal from Deadspin
posted by nathancaswell
on Nov 6, 2013 -
In the 2012 superbowl half-time show, rapper M.I.A. flipped off the camera while performing with Madonna. On September 19, the Hollywood Reporter revealed that the NFL has been waging a "secret legal war"
over the incident, demanding $1.5 million and an apology from M.I.A. This week M.I.A. responded with a video statement
(transcript at Pitchfork)
So, now, they’re scapegoating me into figuring out the goalposts on what is offensive in America. Like, is my finger offensive, or is the underage black girl with her legs wide open more offensive to the family audience? That’s basically what it comes down to. It's a massive waste of time, a massive waste of money, it’s a massive display of powerful corporation dick-shaking. They want me on my knees and say sorry so they can slap me on my wrist. Basically, so they can say it’s OK for me to promote being sexually exploited as a female than to display female empowerment through being punk rock. That is what it boils down to, and I’m being sued for it. [more inside]
posted by medusa
on Sep 28, 2013 -
In the fifth round of the NFL Draft, the NY Jets selected a guard/tackle from the University of Virginia. His name is Oday Aboushi
. While not a first round pick, Aboushi has garnered a lot of media attention.
Why? Oday Aboushi is a Muslim Palestinian.
MLB.com's New Media Coordinator Jonathan Mael compared
Aboushi to Aaron Hernandez,the former New England Patriots tight end charged with murder. [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest
on Jul 16, 2013 -