Are Football Helmets as Protective as They Look?

By: Wednesday October 8, 2014 6:08 pm

During one week at the beginning of the 2014 football season, three high school players, Tom Cutinella, age 16 (NY), Demario Harris, age 17 (AL), and Isaiah Langston, age 17 (NC), died of head injuries sustained while playing football. In an article titled, The Underpublicized High School Football Deaths, Forbes writes, “The game is bigger in our collective conscience than the death of 3 kids in a week playing that very game. Why is that?”


Miami Dolphins: Team Controversy Brings Bullying and Intolerance in the NFL to Light

By: Friday November 22, 2013 6:00 pm

You might have caught wind of the recent Miami Dolphins’ controversy.  While it’s easy to dismiss the dispute as a war between the two players most directly involved -Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito- in truth the story and the resulting back and forth provide a telling look into the bullying, bravado and intolerance permitted and encouraged by NFL culture.

Is Football on a Glide Path to Obscurity?

By: Saturday September 21, 2013 7:52 am

The decline in interest will be among casual fans, not hard core ones. Those who played in high school, go to fan sites throughout the day, listen to sports talk radio, obsess over their fantasy teams, etc. will continue to be big fans. My argument concerns not those people, but the ones on the margins.

The Forsaken

By: Sunday February 3, 2013 1:00 pm

You may kibitz and such and such about the Super Bowl here…

Will Vouchers, Charters and Virtual Schools Turn Out the Friday Night Lights?

By: Sunday October 14, 2012 9:30 am

With a disgraceful and relentless disregard for America’s social fabric, Republicans around the country are doing what they can to destroy public education.

Late Night: Finally Football Is Fun. Or At Least Entertaining.

By: Tuesday September 25, 2012 8:00 pm

Last night’s Lingerie-League-rejects refereed game between the winning Seattle Sea Hawks and the favored Green Bay Packers threw the legal betting industry into a tizzy.

The Other Big Labor Dispute: The NFL Referees Lockout

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 2:23 pm

As we wait for the outcome of the most high-profile labor dispute currently happening in America, the Chicago Teachers Union strike, I want to call attention to the other big labor action out there. National Football League referees have been locked out of the job since the beginning of the year. Four weeks of preseason and two weeks of the regular season have been officiated by scabs, replacement referees from college and even high school. The NFL had to remove one referee from a New Orleans Saints game after he was outed as a fan of the team; another scab was recruited from the Lingerie Football League.

Labor Day Labor Lessons, NFL Edition

By: Saturday September 1, 2012 9:13 am

Since the collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Referees Association expired on May 31, the regular NFL officials have been locked out. Taking the place of these officials with a combined tenure of roughly1500 years of NFL experience are people whose last refereeing jobs were in the lingerie football league.

Welcome to Labor Day, NFL style.

Penn State President Graham Spanier in His Own Words

By: Monday July 16, 2012 3:30 pm

Since last November, when the Jerry Sandusky saga propelled Penn State into the headlines, I’ve wondered about Penn State’s former president, Graham Spanier. After reading the Freeh Report in its nauseating detail, I did more than wonder — I started digging for Spanier’s own words on what it means to be a university president.

What I found does not make for a pretty picture.

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