As an unaffiliated fan, I feel obligated to root for the Saints. Final prediction: 31-28 New Orleans.
That’s how much playing time goes into a typical NFL broadcast, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Though my heart belongs to the Redskins, I am an unabashed Patriots apologist (I mean, you have to find a team to root for in the playoffs, right?). I admire their consistency. I admire their ability to plug just about any gap in the lineup imaginable. Last year, they lost a surefire Hall of Fame…
The Journal says that getting rid of helmets and the traditional three point stance may reduce the risk of head injuries on the football field. Pretty interesting stuff, although these solutions were first mentioned in a great GQ article on sports concussions I blogged awhile back.
A prolonged Halloween hangover is preventing me from commenting on the great issues of the day, but I did find this revisionist take on Brett Favre’s penchant for throwing disastrous interceptions pretty interesting.
The Week has a good article on the reaction of many pro athletes to new concussion-related concerns. They’ve also put together a helpful summary of other news and opinion pieces on the subject.
Deadspin highlights one British viewer’s opinion of American Football: As far as I can see American football is a marathon of budweiser adverts occasionally interrupted by some “talented bloke” chucking a rugby-like ball to some Billy Whizz halfway up the pitch, intent on scoring points for catching it while a couple of beefcakes try to…