7:50 AM, Jul 29, 2015 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
A friend with political experience who's also a sports fan writes:
“The media seem largely in agreement that Tom Brady deserves his punishment because he destroyed his personal cell phone.
“Meanwhile, much of the media is defending Hillary Clinton, even though as a PUBLIC OFFICIAL she ignored the rules and handled official email on her personal server and email address, and then destroyed the server and those emails she claims were personal.
“If Brady had turned over to the NFL a select group of text messages he personally chose to reveal, claimed all others were not related to Deflategate, and then destroyed those messages and his phone, would he have had his suspension lifted?
“I don’t think so.
“He plays a game for a living.
“And she wants to be the leader of the free world.”
Apr 6, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 29 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
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.
Everything or, perhaps … nothing.6:12 PM, Jan 31, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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.”
...At The White House Or NFL4:35 PM, Jan 23, 2015 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen Hayes on the bad week for the Obama White House and the NFL.
There were Giants in the earth in those days . . . and ColtsJan 19, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 18 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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.
12:25 PM, Dec 29, 2014 • By GARY SCHMITT
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.
11:04 AM, Oct 28, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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?
11:25 AM, Sep 27, 2014 • By MITCH PEARLSTEIN
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.
1:32 PM, Sep 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
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.
4:06 PM, Sep 15, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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.
10:12 AM, Aug 8, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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.
11:01 AM, Jun 18, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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.”