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NFL Hires Bill Clinton Press Secretary Joe Lockhart

'Insulation for commissioner Roger Goodell'
3:02 PM, Jan 19, 2016

The National Football League has hired a former White House press secretary in the Bill Clinton administration. Joe Lockhart was named today the league's new executive vice president of communications.

NBC Sports calls the hire "insulation for commissioner Roger Goodell."

The league announced that Joe Lockhart was joining the league as executive vice president of communications, and Cynthia Hogan was promoted to executive vice president of public policy and government affairs. ...
Lockhart was White House press secretary and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton (that job gets capital letters) from 1998-2000.

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If You Love Something...

...set it free, St. Louis.
5:02 PM, Jan 13, 2016
A lifelong Cleveland Browns fan offers empathy, but not hope, to the St. Louis Rams faithful. Read more

Playing Hurt

The casualties of football.
Dec 21, 2015

In the National Football League, it is the year of the orthopod. Football, the cognoscenti like to say, is a game of injuries, but this year, it sometimes seems as though that's all that it is. That, and the blown call, anyway.

ESPN recently did a little segment on the casualties suffered by one of the teams playing in its Monday night game. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had torn two tendons in his knee a couple of weeks earlier. But he managed to engineer a game-winning drive before leaving the field and heading to the OR and a long, painful rehab. Earlier in the season, Flacco's favorite pass receiver, Steve Smith Sr., had gone down with a torn Achilles tendon. It was the end of his season and, probably, his career.

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Obama Uses Tom Brady to Push for More Unions

'So, you know if Brady needs a union, we definitely need unions.'
11:39 AM, Sep 07, 2015

In the president's Labor Day speech today in Boston, Barack Obama used New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady to make the case for unions. 

Watch here:

"Even Brady's happy he's got a union," the president said to laughter and applause. "They had his back. So, you know if Brady needs a union, we definitely need unions."

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RG III: Only in Washington

1:49 PM, Sep 01, 2015

He was the hope and the future of the franchise, the toast of the city, just three years ago. The Redskins had themselves a rookie quarterback who would return them to glory. And he did actually get them into the playoffs in his rookie season.

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‘Diversity’ vs. the Law

Aug 24, 2015

Wikipedia defines “startup accelerators” as “fixed-term, cohort-based programs that include mentorship and educational components and culminate” in a “demo day” on which hopeful entrepreneurs make pitches to prospective funders. On August 4, President Obama hosted his own demo day, recasting it to serve a policy goal—that of advancing “inclusive” entrepreneurship and employment. In the East Room he met “a diverse group of entrepreneurs .  .  .

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Tom Brady and Hillary Clinton

6:50 AM, Jul 29, 2015

A friend with political experience who's also a sports fan writes:

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Chuck Bednarik (1925-2015)

Apr 06, 2015

By happy accident, the city of Philadelphia has been blessed over the years with a number of sports stars who embody the city’s general temperament: pugnacious, diligent, and impolitic. The town has little love for professional athletes in the movie star or gentleman mode. Instead, Philadelphians revere men such as Allen Iverson, Charles Barkley, Reggie White, Jerome Brown, John Kruk, and Bobby Clarke. The loud tough guys who care about the game.

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What’s So Super About It?

Everything or, perhaps … nothing.
6:12 PM, Jan 31, 2015

Way back when, a Dallas Cowboys running back named Duane Thomas was asked, in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, what it was like to play in the “ultimate game.”

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Two Cheers for the Patriots

11:45 AM, Jan 28, 2015

The New England Patriots are my guilty sports pleasure.

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Hayes Podcast: Not A Good Week For High Standards...

...At The White House Or NFL
4:35 PM, Jan 23, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen Hayes on the bad week for the Obama White House and the NFL.

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The Rise (and Fall?) of the NFL

There were Giants in the earth in those days .  .  . and Colts
Jan 19, 2015

The New York Giants faced the Baltimore Colts, and the winners would be the champions of the National Football League. But while it was a championship game, it did not sell out, meaning television was blacked out in the city where it was played. The Giants had the better record so the game was played in New York. Since the Giants didn’t have their own stadium, built for their game, they played in Yankee Stadium. Baseball was the American pastime. In the mind of the public, football was a college game, played by amateurs.

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Misery Mondays in Redskins Land

12:25 PM, Dec 29, 2014

Growing up in Dallas, there is nothing better than living in Washington, D.C., on “Misery Monday”—the Monday after the Dallas Cowboys have whipped the Washington Redskins.  And believe me, yesterday was a whipping with the Cowboys defeating the Redskins 44-17. 

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Bad Night for the PC Scolds

10:04 AM, Oct 28, 2014

If you were a member of the Church of Political Correctness and watching ESPN’s Monday Night Football last night (say someone had tied you to a chair and forced it upon you) … well for whom would you have been rooting?  

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Adrian Peterson and America's Multiple Partner Problem

10:25 AM, Sep 27, 2014

For many, the Adrian Peterson child abuse case spanning Texas to Minnesota has been tough to grasp as, up until several weeks ago, he was viewed by most people who knew anything about him as a good man, not just a great football player for the Minnesota Vikings.

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Report: 'Hagel to Examine Military Ties to NFL'

12:32 PM, Sep 19, 2014

As the military prepares to take on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is ordering a review ... of the military's ties to the National Football League. This comes "in the wake of the scandal over how the league is handling domestic-abuse allegations against players," reports CNN.

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Podcast: On NFL Scandals, It's Time to Ban Abusers for Life

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:35 PM, Sep 18, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Geoffrey Norman on his recent blog item on the NFL controversies, and what the NFL should do fix i

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NFL: Bad Games & Bad News

3:06 PM, Sep 15, 2014

Last night’s contest between the Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers, in that team’s brand new stadium, was hijacked by the zebras. More penalties than plays, it sometimes seemed. And the ratings were off a little but still good enough to beat the Miss America contest. But if a ratings slide were the worst news possible for the NFL, then the league would happily take that.

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Name Change for Redskins?

12:04 PM, Sep 03, 2014

Scott Clement of the Washington Post r

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Are You Ready To Lobby For Some Football?

9:12 AM, Aug 08, 2014

The fight over television blackouts of NFL games is on again. The league, which may be the most successful, powerful, and popular sports conglomerate in history, is lobbying Congress for some of its famous protective services.

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What’s In a Name?

10:01 AM, Jun 18, 2014

The white-hot issue of what to call the professional football team currently playing its home games in the vicinity of the nation’s capital just got hotter.  Earlier this week, Senator Harry Reid said he wouldn’t accept comp tickets (truly a first for a sitting senator) to the team’s games so long as it continued to be called the “Redskins.”

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Michelle Obama Plays Sideline Reporter in Cooking Video With NFL Star Richard Sherman

9:04 AM, May 29, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama plays a sideline reporter in a video with NFL star-turned White House chef Richard Sherman in a video promoting healthy eating:

"Well, let me tell you," Sherman shouts at Obama. "We the best chefs in the game. So when you try us with an easy meal like salmon cakes and succotash, that's the result you going to get."

"Wow, Richard, where'd you learn to do all this?" Obama asks. "I mean, corn, succotash, salmon cakes."

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NFL Commissioner to White House to Talk Concussions

7:08 AM, May 28, 2014

The NFL commissioner is headed to the White House to dicuss concussions in sports, the Washington Post reports.

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Play Ball

May 26, 2014

There was a lot of hullabaloo last week over Michael Sam, who, after being drafted in a late round by the St. Louis Rams, is poised to become the NFL’s first openly gay football player. Sam was the SEC defensive player of the year, so a chance to play in the NFL seems well merited, regardless of his sexual orientation. Some groused that Sam was picked low in the draft because of discrimination, but the fact is that Sam made a poor showing at the league’s scouting combine.

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D.C.'s 'Shadow Senator': Change Washington Redskins Name to Washington Senators

12:43 PM, May 22, 2014

Fifty members of the United States Senate haved signed a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell urging the league to "endorse a name change for the Washington, D.C. football team," known to the rest of us as the Washington Redskins. The name, the undersigned argue, is a "slur against Native Americans", and the NFL "can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name."

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How to Fix the Pro Bowl

8:35 AM, Jan 25, 2014

Unlike you, I will be watching the Pro Bowl this weekend, albeit grudgingly.

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Obama: If You Like Your Football, You Can Keep It

6:46 PM, Jan 19, 2014

On the one hand, Barack Obama, speaking as a dad, says he "would not let my son play pro football." It's a reasonable judgment, one other parents have made and one they're entitled to make (though enforcing it on recalcitrant sons is another matter!).

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Countdown to Blackout

10:50 AM, Jan 03, 2014

The Cincinnati Bengals won their division and made it to the playoffs but are having difficulty selling enough tickets to this weekend's game against the San Diego Chargers to avoid a local television blackout.

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Packers Challenge the Ruling

8:29 AM, Nov 05, 2013

The National Football League recently "issued a rule to deny entry to any off-duty police officer who brings a concealed firearm to one of its stadiums  …”  And, as Eric Katz of Government Executive reports, it is being challenged by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association which represents “more than 26,000 federal workers from more than 65 agencies.”

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