Football Wreaks Havoc on Democratic Convention Schedule
August 31, 2012
The Obama campaign has done a poor job dealing with the NFL regular season opener.
It’s been nothing but scandals and bad publicity lately for the famously image-conscious NFL. The league is facing a “bounty” scandal (in which players were paid to knock their competitors out of games), a former player’s recent suicide (which may be linked, like others, to head injuries), and a lawsuit joined by over 1,500 former players accusing the NFL of understating the danger of concussions. With so much talk about head trauma, it’s easy to forget that football players face other injury risks.
Will Obama’s Jobs Speech Matter?
September 01, 2011
President Obama has accommodated Speaker John Boehner by moving his speech from Wednesday to Thursday. He also intends accommodate football fans by finishing his address before the Packers and Saints play in the NFL season opener that evening. Kickoff is at 8:30, so I suppose that means the president plans to begin the speech early or to speak really, really quickly. Maybe he can get some pointers from the guy who used to make those FedEx commercials. But does the speech even matter?
While the end of the National Football League’s labor hostilities was met with cheers this week from sideline to American sideline, my thoughts turned to Dave Duerson’s family. Duerson played 11 NFL seasons as a safety—the sport’s most wide-ranging, hard-hitting defensive position—and was part of Super Bowl-winning teams with the Chicago Bears and New York Giants. In February, after reportedly complaining for months of neurological torments—splitting headaches, mood swings, memory loss—Duerson committed suicide at age 50.
July 21, 2011
-- The adventures of utilitarian superman. -- What’s in the latest Greek bailout. -- A poorly lit room, Doug Holtz Eakin, and a dry-erase board. -- We have math, and then we have the awful things Heritage does to numbers. -- “NFL owners have ratified a proposal to end the current lockout in a 31-0 vote, according to the NFL Network.”
2011 NFL Mock Draft: Is the Combine Reliable?
April 25, 2011
The 2011 NFL draft starts on Thursday night, and eager football fans are already conducting mock drafts around the internet to predict who their favorite teams will pick and/or who will draft their favorite college players. Similarly, reporters covering the NFL are trying to demonstrate their football acumen with their own mock drafts. One opportunity to directly compare prospects before the draft is the NFL combine, held in late February, where prospects compete in a battery of tests of their physical and football talents, such as the 40-yard dash and the vertical jump.
The Incoherent Case For Paying Student-Athletes
April 05, 2011
Matthew Yglesias continues his jihad against college sports, which is always premised on the idea that there are no important differences between college athletics and for-profit economic cartels: Allison Schrager stands up for mandatory amateurism for guys who are skilled at football and basketball: Second, playing on a college team instead of a professional minor league one is often better for the athletes.
How The NFL Filibustered Overtime Reform
February 10, 2011
In response to my item yesterday about a totally unworkable proposal to reform NFL overtime, which overwhelmingly favors the team that wins the coin toss, reader David Leonhardt sent his 2005 article about a much more feasible (and interesting plan): A bolder, and fairer, idea comes from two fans, Andrew and Chris Quanbeck, engineers who have sent their proposal to N.F.L. teams. William S.
NFL Overtime Reform And Progressive Overreach
February 09, 2011
Steven Brams and James Jorash propose a new system to eliminate the advantage of receiving the ball first in NFL overtime games: Dispensing with a coin toss, the teams would bid on where the ball is kicked from by the kicking team. In the NFL, it's now the 30-yard line. Under Brams and Jorasch's rule, the kicking team would be the team that bids the lower number, because it is willing to put itself at a disadvantage by kicking from farther back.