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Six New England Patriots, led by Martellus Bennett, decline to visit the jock sniffer in the White House.
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Something Americans can agree on: Hating the Patsies! (This week the Falcons are my favorite team.)

Thanx to Metafilter

Sportsball

Oct. 24th, 2016 06:07 am
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There are two philosophies of football: air warfare and trench warfare. I am of the former party: For me the ideal game is 80 passes, 80 points, last team with the ball wins. Last night I had the good fortune to be asleep whilst the Cardinals & Seahawks played the other kind: a 6-6 overtime tie. Of course, a Sports Illustrated writer was enraptured by it, calling it “hard-fought actual football.” I think it’s the sort of thing Donald Trump should be sentenced to watch.
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I don’t hate Tom Brady. I hate his team, I hate his coach, and I certainly don’t think of him as one of the good guys unfairly trapped in that milieu, like Martellus Bennett, but I don’t hate Tom Brady. I am a moderate.

Thanx to Metafilter

Testing

May. 2nd, 2016 06:21 am
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Back in the 60s, education radicals said that the school system was merely a matter of teachers telling the kids Revealed Truths and then grading them on how correctly they regurgitated those doctrines on an exam. Oversimplified, of course, but yesterday’s satire is today’s news, and we now have a perfect example.

The NFL draft has just concluded. Alleged experts told us who should draft whom, and now they are grading the teams. But of course, no one knows anything about how well the teams drafted until actual games are played. After the season, a preliminary evaluation can be made, but it’s probably best to wait several years. So the experts are grading the teams on how correctly they regurgitated what the experts told them.

Size

Mar. 5th, 2016 07:48 am
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At the National Football League combine tryouts, quarterback prospect Jared Goff was found to have small enough hands to call into question his ability to throw the ball accurately. Because the NFL is a mature, civilized culture, no sexual innuendos have been hurled at Goff, and he has not replied with irrelevant brags.

Correction

Feb. 9th, 2016 07:15 am
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Fantasy Football Is Not Dungeons & Dragons for Jocks. It’s wargaming for jocks. And it’s for jock sniffers, rather than jocks, although there are actual NFL players who also play fantasy.

Thanx to [livejournal.com profile] andrewducker

Less worse

Apr. 30th, 2015 06:05 am
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Today is the NFL Draft. I'm glad the wait is almost over, but I'm also wondering how long I will be able to continue putting up with the obvious moral squalor of my favorite sport and what it does to those who participate. I am also a Trekkie, and when I face criticism for that, I can always comfort myself with the knowledge that my favorite franchise is not Star Wars.*

So it is cheering today to be reminded that there is a worse alleged sport, one in which inflicting brain damage is directly the way to win, rather than a byproduct. (Even hockey has aims other than blunt trauma.) In news that should surprise no one, the best boxer of our time has discovered that the skills transfer.

While I'm at it, The NY Times did a follow-up story on the first round picks of the 1990 draft (the first one I watched), and John Scalzi relates it to his rookie class.

*But now the same guy is directing both, and I feel as if my team has signed a treaty with Von Ribbentrop.

Thanx to Metafilter, and Whatever.
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The deflated-balls scandal, besides embarrassing Bill Belichick and letting headline writers unleash their inner 12-year-old, has helped us deal with the annual problem of two weeks with a lot less than two weeks' worth of interesting stuff to say before the Super Bowl. Let the game begin already.
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The St. Louis Police Officers Association is displeased that members of the Rams football team ran out on the field before the game with their hands up. The Rams went on to win 52-0, and none of them were shot.

Thanx to [livejournal.com profile] james_nicoll
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Deep thinks about the two most interesting NFL rookies. My clouded crystal ball says that Michael Sam will do OK and Johnny Manziel will turn out to be Tim Tebow with lifestyle issues.

Thanx to Charles P. Pierce.

NFL draft

May. 8th, 2014 08:53 am
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After a longer wait than usual, we find out tonight if the first pick is Blake Bortles or Jadeveon Clowney. Cue Robert Anton Wilson saying, "I give my characters funny names?"
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Our long national nightmare of waiting for the Super Bowl is almost over. Once again, we have overwhelming evidence that two weeks before the big game runs almost everybody out of interesting things to say about it. One sign is when they bring out an animal who allegedly can pick the winner. This year it's an ape who has picked six straight, thus impressing the living shit out of innumerates who think it’s one in a million, rather than one in 64.

Yeah, I know, it's me. Childish impatience. I also think they should go back to having the game at 1PM, so there's less wait, and I don't have to stay up past my bedtime.
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I was an NFL player until I was fired by two cowards and a bigot–Chris Kluwe
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Quarterbacks are auteurs; assuming they do it all themselves enables football to be described linearly (like baseball). Mark Sanchez starts a game with two of his three best receivers out, loses the third midway through the game, and finishes with mediocre numbers. The sportswriters wonder what Sanchez is doing wrong.
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The last NFL player to be as openly Christian as Tim Tebow was Bob Timberlake, drafted by the Giants in 1965, the same year the Jets picked Joe Namath. He was a bad quarterback but an even worse placekicker, missing 14 consecutive field goals. He was bad enough to be historically important. He was so bad that the next year the Giants violated the "gentleman's agreement" not to sign players from the AFL, picking up placekicker Pete Gogolak, which eventually led to the AFL-NFL agreement.

Having failed as a football player, Rev. Timberlake appears to be a much better human being. According to the Wikipedia entry I have linked to, he has devoted himself to community service, particularly affordable housing, on which he leads programs and teaches courses.

However Tim Tebow does on the football field, I would not be surprised to see him wind up similarly, as he definitely seems to be the sort of Christian who reads parts of the Bible other than the ones about keeping women in their place and smiting men who lie with men.

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