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Friday Night Lights (Dimming)?

The fall football landscape has been filled with noise this fall.  Everyone is talking about the Chargers and their stadium filled with fans of their opponents; and the Twittersphere has been filled with pictures of empty seats across the League.

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Ben Hewitt: The Town That Food Saved

Ben Hewitt’s The Town That Food Saved chronicles the rise of the local foods community in Hardwick, Vermont.  Hewitt makes the compelling case that a collection of agri-preneurs helped “save” this small Northeastern town.             The

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The QB

The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks Football seems like the last thing that I should write about as the thermometer moves about 90 F.  At the same time, we are just 45 days removed from the end of the

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Lamar Hunt’s Super Bowl

Lamar Hunt is arguably the greatest sports entrepreneur of all-time. The late Hunt is the only person to be inducted as a member of the hall of fame in three different professional sports: football, soccer and tennis.  He was, as

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NFL Playoffs: Let’s Play Some Cards

[The great Adam “Shem” Shemesh gives us the definitive guide to NFL Wildcard Weekend. There are some solid games on paper including what could be a couple of epic match ups between the Lions and Seahawks and then also the Packers and

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2016: An Epic Year in Sports

[2016 was an incredible year –for better and for worse.  We cheered for the Cubs as they broke their 108-year Curse.  We bemoaned Kevin Durant as he said a fair weather goodbye to OKC.   It was, like every year, what

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Best Books on Sports: The Blindside

The Blindside: The Evolution of the Game You probably have seen the movie. Everyone seems to have watched it. And while movies almost never are better than the book, I don’t subscribe to the notion that you can’t enjoy them both.

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Gobble, Gobble: A Postmortem on Thanksgiving Football

[As you watched the games on Thanksgiving in Detroit, Dallas and Indianapolis, did you wonder how those three games stacked up against the NFL contests that have been played on holiday’s past?  Washington, D.C.-based Ezra Troy did. His rumination led to this

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NFL Jersey Rules: Here is the 101

The NFL has not been without controversy this year.  National Anthem Boycotts.  Concussion Protocol.  Declining TV Ratings.  Amid the journalist and social media noise, let me add another topic: fan jerseys. In my family, there are a set of longstanding rules surrounding

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A Puzzling Pat: The Curious Trades of Bill Belichick

[I have had the chance to read a couple of great books on the enigmatic Bill Belichick, including The War Room and also the awesome The Education of a Coach by David Halberstam.  ESPN once called him the greatest enigma in sports.  Some

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Big Controversy in the Big D: Tony Romo or Dak Prescott?

[Here is another solid piece from Adam Shemesh, looking at the drama playing out in Jerry Land. Jones has a big stadium in a big state with a big appetite for football.  He also has a big QB controversy.   Adam gives us a fresh, timely set

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NFL: “So, You Are Saying There’s a Chance.”

[Donald Trump isn’t the only one worried about a free fall.   As Washington, DC-based Roey Herzfeld shares in his latest piece, fan in several NFL cities are also struggling to map a path to the postseason.   As someone that was at a

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NFL Look Back: Top Games of Week Two

[It was a tough week to be a Chiefs fan.  Len Dawson, the legendary Chiefs quarterback turned announcer, likes to say that two things kill football teams: turnovers and penalties.  The Chiefs had a bunch of both in an ugly loss

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NFL: Top Week One Performers

[Here is the second in a series of pieces from the great Ezra Troy.  If you are playing Fantasy, you need to be reading his stuff. You also can be glad that he isn’t playing with you –and winning your

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Are You Ready for Some Football? A Smart Look at Week One

[It was an amazing week of NFL games.  Ezra Troy gives us his take on the week that was, including five great games.  You will note that my beloved Chiefs made the list with a thrilling OT victory over division

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Troy Talks Fantasy Football

[Washington, DC-based Ezra Troy delivers again with a fantastic tour of the fantasy football landscape.  If you are busy with the start of school, Troy gives you the “cheat sheet” for Draft Day success.  NFL Films calls it the golden game and we

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