Friday December 6, 2013
I swear I think the NFL would broadcast a game every night of the week if it could, to heck with the health of the players.
The league mouths concern about player health, but that's usually after it's either threatened with a lawsuit or is actively involved in one.
For years, league officials swore those weren't concussions, just normal headaches. Take some aspirin.
Detroit Lions scatback Reggie Bush is the latest to publicly criticize Thursday night games. He told CBS Sports playing football in the NFL is like being in a car wreck.
NFL football is probably the most violent sport on the planet - even boxers don't go through the meat grinder as much as these guys.
They need time to recover. Three days of rest is a joke.
Will the NFL do away with it? Not unless they get sued. They're making millions off it.
In the meantime, here are my picks for best games of the week. It's getting down to go-time!
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Wednesday December 4, 2013
This year's Super Bowl will surpass all others when it comes to ticket prices, according to Fox, which is televising the NFL's penultimate game.
The costliest tickets are expected to be around $2,600. That's for the 9,000 seats reserved for the rich swells, who can go inside and keep warm at the game, expected to be played in icy conditions outside at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Joe Fan? He'll have to freeze, assuming he can even afford general admission.
Those prices are about two times what they were at last year's Super Bowl held in New Orleans.
NFL mouthpieces came up with the usual babble in explaining away the league's continuing trend of pricing out the average fan.
"We are looking to close the gap between the face value of the ticket and its true value as reflected on the secondary market," Brian McCarthy told Fox. "The uniqueness of the Super Bowl in the New York/New Jersey market is also driving unprecedented demand and buzz."
I guess buzz is getting more and more expensive.
In the meantime, let's get back to real football. I've been thinking about Andrew Luck, the Colts quarterback. I thought the guy might be heading for a season worthy of challenging Peyton Manning for MVP, but his offensive line has apparently fallen apart and it's hard to complete passes when you're flat on your back.
What are your thoughts? Is the NFL becoming too elite? Can Luck bounce back and stay upright?
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Monday November 25, 2013
Who's your choice for the worst team in the NFL?
Andre Johnson says it's the Houston Texans. His words carry weight because he is a, well, a Houston Texan.
"We suck," Johnson told the media.
That's a pretty strong recommendation, when one votes for his own team as being the worst.
Still, there are other entries: Atlanta and Jacksonville, the other dogs with the worst records, which right now stands at 2-9.
Here's my pick:
The Jaguars have won two of their last three, so they're eliminated from consideration. The Falcons have lost five straight, the Texans nine.
Both the Falcons and Texans have offenses that can gain the occasional yard and first down, but they couldn't find an end zone with a GPS and a Sherpa guide.
The Falcons and their fans whimper and whine about all their injuries. Big, hairy deal. Every team in the NFL must deal with injuries. Grow up, Falcons fans.
The Texans, oddly enough, have a defense that leads the NFL in giving up the fewest yards. Now, when it comes to giving up points, that's another story. They invite opponents into their end zone like you ask your neighbors over for a beer. Politely and with real compassion.
The difference between these two teams is that the Texans must actively seek ways to lose, and that's what I look for in a really bad team. The Texans are very creative and aggressive when it comes to finding ways to come up short.
So there you have it: I agree with Andre Johnson. Congratulations, Houston fans: You're No. 32!
There are some other teams that are stuck in neutral or reverse these days, just as there are some teams and players on fire right now.
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Thursday November 21, 2013
Don't laugh, this was actually an idea that was seriously considered at one time. Quarterbacks would wear red jerseys and therefore, could not be touched.
There's no doubt that injuries to NFL quarterbacks hurt the game. QBs are the stars, and they are dropping like flies this year.
Injured: Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, Sam Bradford, just to name three. In all, nine quarterbacks are on the injured reserve list this season.
Quarterbacks get hurt a lot for various reasons, one of which is they are frequently in the most vulnerable of positions when they're letting it fly. That's when they get smacked a lot. They don't know it's coming and can't prepare themselves for the hit.
They also get hurt when they opt to run, which is happening more with the read-option offense. Most quarterbacks aren't built to run. They can't absorb the hits from linebackers and safeties like running backs can.
Quarterbacks are better protected today than they have ever been, especially when they're in the pocket and not scrambling, but they are still dropping at an alarming rate.
The NFL's competition committee will look into it this offseason, as it does every year. Frankly, I'm not sure how much more they can do.
I hope they don't go overboard and I definitely hope they don't make them wear red jerseys.
What's your opinion? Do you think the NFL should do more to protect quarterbacks?
Speaking of QBs, two of the best in NFL history are facing off this week. That's the best game in a full slate of good ones. Here's my pick and analyses of the best ones.
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