Football Articles

We'll Always Have Football … We Hope

8:12 AM, Sep 30, 2013

Seems the government is on the verge of shutting down.  And just as it was about to provide affordable health care for all.  How is that for bad timing?

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Football vs. Facebook

Students skip football games to text and tweet.
2:03 PM, Sep 26, 2013

There is much to lament about the rise of social media and the damage it has done to ordinary human activities and interactions.  And now we learn that it is leeching away the loyalty of American college students for their football teams.  Attendance in the student section is down in, of all places, the Southeastern Conference where they play the best football, produce the most champions, and fans organize their fall schedules, if not their entire lives, around the games.

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NCAA Pardon

1:34 PM, Aug 20, 2013

ESPN reports that the NCAA has backed off and granted an indulgence to a recently discharged Marine and given him permission to play college football.  

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Obama to Make Up for Nixon Mistake By Hosting '72 Dolphins

8:35 AM, Aug 20, 2013

For some reason, the president will be honoring a football team at the White House today.  It is not quite football season, yet.  The team in question has not been a team for a long time, and there is no particular anniversary occasion.  This is not the fiftieth year since it achieved glory or anything of that sort.  Just another August day.

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NCAA Goes Overboard

9:55 AM, Aug 19, 2013

The NCAA might just as well become another department of the government and build a lavish headquarters building in Washington.  Its bureaucratic culture would make it a perfect fit.  The complexity of its rules would make for a seamless merger. And the high-handed, arrogant management style would make the transition almost frictionless.

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Is the NFL Pro-Obamacare?

7:01 AM, Jun 25, 2013

College football fans may soon have another thing to lord over the NFL.  The Hill writes, “Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday she is in talks with the NFL to help promote new insurance options under ObamaCare.”  The report continues, “Sebelius said the football league has been ‘very actively and enthusiastically engaged’ in discussions about a partnership to encourage people to enroll in newly available insurance plans.”

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Tebow Redux

1:30 PM, Jun 11, 2013

He was supposed to be done, finished, out of football and perhaps headed to Australia to try rugby.

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Say Goodbye to Deacon Jones

4:49 PM, Jun 04, 2013

Richard Goldstein writes at the New York Times:

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New York Says Goodbye to Tim Terrific

8:32 AM, Apr 29, 2013

As Conor Orr reports in the Star-Ledger:

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Energy Dept. Last Week: 'Super Bowl City Leads on Energy Efficient Forefront'

9:30 PM, Feb 03, 2013

Last week, in a blog post titled, "Super Bowl City Leads on Energy Efficient Forefront," the Energy Department touted the Superdome's lights. The Superdome, in New Orleans, is hosting tonight's Super Bowl, where a power outage stopped play for more than half an hour.

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Video: Power Outage Hits Super Bowl

8:57 PM, Feb 03, 2013

A power outage disrupted play at the Super Bowl in New Orleans tonight. Here's video:

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The Literary Side of This Year’s Super Bowl

11:30 AM, Feb 03, 2013

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.

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Obama: 'If I Had a Son, I'd Have to Think Long and Hard Before I Let Him Play Football'

9:01 AM, Jan 27, 2013

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."

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Alabama-Notre Dame

3:45 PM, Jan 07, 2013

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.

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The NFL Rises

10:45 AM, Jan 01, 2013

“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.

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From RGIII to Joyce DiDonato

10:24 AM, Dec 31, 2012

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.

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So Long to Tim Terrific

7:33 AM, Dec 22, 2012

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.

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Wake Up the Echoes

1:56 PM, Nov 19, 2012

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.

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There’s Still Football

Geoffrey Norman finds solace in football
Nov 19, 2012

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

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Halftime Talk

10:31 AM, Nov 06, 2012

On the evening before the big game, both candidates showed up on ESPN's Monday Night Football.  And why not?  You hunt where the ducks are.  And on Monday night, that's where they are.

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Football Flyover Banners: $16 Trillion National Debt 'No Bulls###!'

2:08 PM, Nov 01, 2012

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:

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Tough Call

1:24 PM, Oct 22, 2012

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.

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Comeback: The NFL Shows How It’s Done

7:05 AM, Oct 20, 2012

It wasn’t that long ago that the National Football League – the jewel of professional sports – appeared to be in serious trouble, if not real decline.

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The Whole World Isn't Watching

4:37 PM, Oct 11, 2012

The debate tonight between Representative Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden could be a game changer ... or not.  The usual media suspects are all over the debate with analysis and predictions that may, or may not, prove helpful.  Hard to recall anyone who divined how the debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney turned out.  The pattern here is that we are told what to expect and then, when the unexpected happens, told why we should have expected it all along.

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John Elway Endorses Romney

7:23 PM, Oct 01, 2012

Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway endorsed Mitt Romney ahead of Wednesday's presidential debate in Colorado.

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United States of Frustration

9:25 AM, Sep 26, 2012

Seems like everybody has now seen it, either when it happened (that would be in "real time") or on replay. Even players who benefitted from the call agree that the Packers got hosed. The remedy?

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WH on Bad Call at Football Game: 'Pressing Matter,' 'Astounding' and 'Very Distressing'

2:01 PM, Sep 25, 2012

The White House weighed in on the blown call that cost the Green Bay Packers the football game last night against the Seattle Super Hawks. Via the pool report, from aboard Air Force One: 


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Football at West Point

12:34 PM, Sep 17, 2012

Fred Barnes reviews When Saturday Mattered Most for the Wall Street Journal:

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In Other News ...

12:01 PM, Sep 06, 2012

The Dallas Cowboys defeated the New York Giants last night, in the first game of the NFL season.  Like many millions of fans, I chose to watch the game instead of former President Clinton's speech. Having seen plenty of Clinton speeches, I knew his moves and was pretty confident that Tony Romo and Eli Manning would put on a better show than this:

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