9:32 AM, Apr 29, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
As Conor Orr reports in the Star-Ledger:
Ending a grand experiment that began more than a year ago but resulted in little productivity on the field, the Jets have released quarterback Tim Tebow, multiple people with knowledge of the situation confirmed.
The wizards of football who run the Jets organization went out and got Tebow who had taken the Denver Broncos to the playoffs, so there was a body of work available for study. Even so, after Tebow has signed with the Jets, the wizards determined that he couldn't play ... not quarterback, anyway. So he took a few snaps as a running back but mostly rode the pine. Only the fans, it seems, wanted to see him on the field—and what do they know? Compared, that is, to the wizards who put their faith in Mark Sanchez whose highlight reel includes a play where he lost a fumble after running into one of his own linemen.
Before releasing Tebow, the Jets picked up another quarterback in last week's draft. Now the wizards must figure out what to do with Sanchez who has a big contract ... so big that it is unlikely another team will be willing to pick it up. So, the Jets still have a problem at quarterback.
The wizards would be a great fit in Washington. Maybe in the Energy Department, handing out money for solar energy and electric cars.
8:57 PM, Feb 3, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A power outage disrupted play at the Super Bowl in New Orleans tonight. Here's video:
11:30 AM, Feb 3, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Super Bowl is, as everyone knows, the biggest thing in sports. And television. Which are, increasingly, indistinguishable. The game is routinely the highest rated program of the year. Any year. In fact, three of the four most highly rated shows of all time are Super Bowls. And those would be the last three games. The trend, then, is for this year’s game to become the highest rated ever. For a year, anyway.
9:01 AM, Jan 27, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an interview with the New Republic, President Barack Obama is asked, "I'm wondering if you, as a fan, take less pleasure in watching football, knowing the impact that the game takes on its players."
3:45 PM, Jan 7, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Tonight, the 15th BCS National Championship Game will cap yet another extraordinary college football season. College football is the only major American sport that emphasizes the regular season over the postseason, like baseball did in its glory days (when the two league champions went directly to the World Series). Correspondingly, it’s the only sport that sufficiently rewards teams for season-long excellence, rather than for a brief flourish of postseason glory (on the heels of regular-season mediocrity), of the kind now routinely celebrated in Major League Baseball and the NFL.
10:45 AM, Jan 1, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
“The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That's real glory. That’s the essence of it.”—Vince Lombardi
Late Sunday night, the Washington Redskins defeated the Dallas Cowboys (that would be “America’s Team”) 28-18. The victory got them into the playoffs and made possible an appearance in the Super Bowl. The Redskins’ last Super Bowl appearance came a few days after President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration.
10:24 AM, Dec 31, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
I'm as thrilled as every other red-blooded Washington-area resident by the Redskins' victory yesterday. Yes, I did "predict" a Cowboys victory on Fox News Sunday. But that was, as I said on the show, a prediction contrary to my hopes, and of course was really made in order to avert the evil eye (or, as I put it on the panel in a way more suitable for public consumption, because I err on the side of pessimism). So, Go 'Skins! And no more predictions.
7:33 AM, Dec 22, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The end does not appear to be nigh as the Mayans would have it. And what a relief. But Tim Tebow's career (if it could be called that) with the New York Jets is evidently over.
1:56 PM, Nov 19, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Those who doubt the possibility of comebacks (Republicans, for instance) can take heart from the revival of Notre Dame's football fortunes, this morning's number one college team.
Geoffrey Norman finds solace in footballNov 19, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 10 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Whatever the reason for holding elections in November, it works out as a merciful thing. If your party loses, you’ve still got football to remind you of what is truly important in life. There is nothing like college football—not even politics—for passionate, irrational affections and loyalties. A Texas Republican, for instance, would rather vote Democratic than switch over to Oklahoma. He might even rather die. This is true despite the fact
3:08 PM, Nov 1, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Sports fans in some important swing states this weekend will get a last-minute dose of politics with their football. Bankrupting America, a campaign project of the conservative group Public Notice, will be flying two banners over the fields at college and professional football games with messages about the national debt. Check out the banners below:
2:24 PM, Oct 22, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
What to watch tonight? There is the debate, of course, upon which hangs the fate of the nation if not the world. That's important. And, then, there is the seventh game of the National League playoffs, with the winner going to the World Series. And, on Monday Night Football we have the Chicago Bears vs. the Detroit Lions, a tough divisional match-up.