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 -
"Las Vegas bookmakers make their money by balancing their risk, but sometimes they simply come out on the wrong side of too many bets." With the regular 2012 NFL season now over and the playoffs about to begin, please take a moment and shed a tear -- or more likely, raise your beer -- as you consider the terrible beating Las Vegas sports books absorbed in 2012.
(LAT link, so potentially behind a paywall depending on your number of previous visits in last 30 days.) [more inside]
posted by mosk
on Jan 2, 2013 -
Alex Karras, N.F.L. Lineman and Actor, Dies at 77 [NYTimes]
"Alex Karras was one of the National Football League‘s most feared defensive tackles throughout the 1960s, a player who hounded quarterbacks and bulled past opposing linemen. And yet, to many people he will always be known as an actor — the lovable father from the 1980s sitcom “Webster” or the big cowboy named Mongo who famously punched out a horse in “Blazing Saddles.”
posted by Fizz
on Oct 10, 2012 -
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo
, one of the NFL's few vocal advocates for legalization of gay marriage, donates two tickets to his team's season opener to a Marylanders for Marriage Equality fundraiser. Maryland state delegate Emmet C. Burns
asking Ravens management to silence Ayanbadejo. Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe responds
with epic smackdown.
posted by googly
on Sep 7, 2012 -
"Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, was found dead Sunday morning in his room at training camp at Lehigh University."
Garrett's legal troubles
and struggle with addiction
were widely publicized over the years due to his high profile father. After leaving prison he fought hard to change this legacy and was employed as a trainer with the team at the time of his death.
"Garrett’s road through life was not always an easy one. He faced tremendous personal challenges with bravery and spirit. As a family, we stood by him and were inspired as he worked to overcome those challenges. Even though he lost the battle that has been ongoing for the last eight years, we will always remember him as a fighter who had a huge, loving heart."
posted by furiousxgeorge
on Aug 7, 2012 -
Terrell Owens's Darkest Days
'Since signing with the Allen Wranglers, Terrell Owens hasn't exactly been excited to talk to reporters. Back in his Philadelphia days, in the prime of his career, he used to hold press conferences all the time, sometimes in his own driveway. He couldn't wait to be on camera. He would tell reporters what questions to ask. He never shied away from a microphone: not in a locker room, not in a studio, and certainly not on his own reality show. But now that he's been relegated to the lowest rung of professional football, with no team in the NFL even interested in watching him work out, Owens hasn't been so loquacious. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jun 24, 2012 -