It’s fitting that Roger Goodell’s biggest failure, the one that could well end up permanently lessening the considerable power he and NFL owners have traditionally held over the NFLPA, was born out of the stupidest scandal in the history of the NFL, and perhaps all of sports. This is precisely the kind of defeat that… »
Earlier tonight, the Washington football team released a statement on behalf of GM Scot McCloughan’s wife Jessica, apologizing for having sent tweets accusing an ESPN reporter of trading sexual favors for access. But just a few hours before releasing the statement, Washington PR svengali Tony Wyllie told both Black… »
Yet again setting a new standard for franchise incompetence, the Washington football team has now been humiliated by Jessica McCloughan, wife of general manager Scot McCloughan, having to apologize for accusing an ESPN reporter of giving blow jobs for access.
The Hollywood Reporter went to the crates and found a version of the Concussion script from back in May, before cuts were made to scenes either too much in conflict with a massive business entity like the NFL or too inaccurate, libelous, and badly written to appear in a major motion picture release. (It’s both,… »
First there was Monday’s release of the first trailer for Concussion, the forthcoming Will Smith vehicle depicting the early days of the NFL’s ongoing defense of its game from the reality that it is very bad for the brains of the men who play it. Then there was an interview between writer/director Peter Landesman and… »
Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips, who is currently serving a 31-year prison sentence for various crimes, has been officially accused of murdering his cellmate, Damion Soward. »
During last weekend’s preseason St. Louis Rams game, a familiar ritual played out: With a stadium full of fans and a television audience watching, Rams cheerleader Candace Ruocco Valentine was surprised by the arrival of her husband August Valentine, a Marine Corps first lieutenant, who had just returned home from… »
Vince Wilfork is great and I love him, which means I don’t even care that this moment from last night’s episode of Hard Knocks was probably cooked up by some HBO producer. Just look at this man! »
Is today the day? The day of the judge’s ruling that’ll deliver us from the seven-plus months of emetic debate over deflated footballs? (Or leads to an further arbitration or an appeal, in which case there may never be an end to Ballghazi.) Better cram in all the peripheral news while we still can. Like Houston Texans… »
It didn’t come entirely as a surprise when the Bills released Fred Jackson on Sunday. Preseason rosters had be cut down by Tuesday, and the NFL’s oldest running back didn’t figure to pick up a lot of touches behind newly-acquired LeSean McCoy. Still, over his nine-year career in Buffalo Fred Jackson became an… »
Courtroom sketch artist Jane Rosenberg caught hell for drawing Tom Brady like a gloomy zombie in his Ballghazi hearing in New York Federal Court earlier this month, but when the Patriots quarterback returned for another hearing today, Jane was ready for redemption.
We were all expecting Kirk Cousins to be named Washington’s Week 1 starter, because there’s no guarantee Robert Griffin III will pass his concussion tests by then. But coach Jay Gruden made the announcement today: Cousins is the man for 2015, and it has absolutely nothing to do with Griffin’s health. »
Today’s court hearing—which Tom Brady and Roger Goodell were ordered to attend—was over in five minutes. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said there will be no settlement, so it’s up to him to decide whether Brady’s four-game suspension for deflating footballs should stand. And the judge said he’ll make that call… »
Here’s the first trailer for Concussion, a very serious-looking movie about how Will Smith discovered CTE in the brains of football players and how the NFL tried to silence him with lots of mean stares. »