Rules For Ben-Gals Cheerleaders: "No Panties," "No Slouching Breasts"

Looks like that Raiderettes lawsuit was just the beginning. Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader Alexa Brenneman has filed her own class-action lawsuit against the team for allegedly violating federal employment laws. As with the Raiders and Ravens, the juiciest reading here is the list of rules handed down to cheerleaders,… » 2/13/14 5:21pm 2/13/14 5:21pm

NFL Playoff Longshots: A Guide To The Also-Rans

The teams with the best Super Bowl chances in this year's playoffs are obvious. But who cares about them—most aren't even playing this weekend. This is a look at some of the other teams in the Wild Card round who haven't gotten as much play, whether it's because they're heavy underdogs or just haven't had many national … » 1/03/14 4:40pm 1/03/14 4:40pm

Three Of Four NFL Playoff Games Could Be Blacked Out

The NFL maintains the largest live-to-televised enjoyment disparity of any major sport, but that ought to dissipate come the postseason. Yet three playoff games still have thousands of unsold tickets remaining, and broadcasts in those areas could be blacked out this weekend. The deadlines are just hours away. » 1/02/14 11:32am 1/02/14 11:32am

Jeff Triplette Is Working A Playoff Game For Some Reason

How many referees' names do you actually know? In an ideal world, it'd be Ed Hochuli, and that's it. But the name Jeff Triplette has popped up a few times this year, and not for anything good: Triplette's crew had major game-changing screw-ups in consecutive weeks. And what do you know? Triplette's working a playoff… » 1/02/14 10:21am 1/02/14 10:21am

Missed Penalty Gave Pittsburgh A Touchdown (And Broke A Punter's Jaw)

Kevin Huber was a lock for the Pro Bowl. But the Bengals punter's tremendous year was cut short with a fractured jaw, suffered when he was blindsided by Steelers LB Terence Garvin. It sprung Antonio Brown for a touchdown, but it was a blatantly missed penalty that should have cost Pittsburgh the score. » 12/16/13 10:53am 12/16/13 10:53am

Jeff Triplette's Crew Screwed Up Another Big Call

For the second time in two weeks, the NFL has had to come out and admit that the Jeff Triplette-led officiating crew blew a major call, this time even with the assistance of a video review. » 12/11/13 11:01am 12/11/13 11:01am

A Three-Man Front Is A Late-Game Defensive Formation For Suckers

The weekend, as I watched the absurd denouement of the Northwestern-Michigan game, something struck me as familiar — beyond the now-routine bumblefuckery that inspires the Wildcats to turn fourth-quarter leads into triple-overtime losses. No, it wasn't simply that Michigan drove in the dregs of game clock to kick the… » 11/20/13 8:09pm 11/20/13 8:09pm

Son Surprises His Dad With Bengals Tickets; Dad Gets All Weepy

Until today, I never thought that the Cincinnati Bengals were capable of bringing their fans to tears of joy instead of sorrow. But that's exactly what happened when one Giants fan surprised his father, a lifelong Bengals fan, with airfare and tickets to an upcoming Jets-Bengals game at Paul Brown Stadium. » 10/09/13 10:55am 10/09/13 10:55am