Thinking Out Loud: Super Bowl 50 Prediction

Super Bowl 50 presents a compelling matchup. Many people pick the Vegas-favored Carolina Panthers to win. Here are my two cents. Below are the factors I believe will most likely determine the outcome. BRONCOS PASS RUSH VS CAM  Denver’s pass rush did an outstanding job against Tom Brady. Will it be as effective against Cam Newton? […]

Thinking Out Loud — The Super Bowl 50 Golden Team

In honor of Super Bowl 50, Pro Football Hall of Fame voters selected a Super Bowl Golden Team team this week. Like with the FWAA’s 75th Anniversary All-American team, picking and debating these teams can be a lot of fun. Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers (8), Dallas Cowboys (4), Oakland Raiders (3), Green Bay Packers […]

New Will Smith Movie “Concussion”

Will Smith stars in the new movie Concussion. The film focuses on Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian-born physician who first discovered the disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in football players and wrestlers. Dr. Omalu discovered the disease while performing Steeler legend Mike Webster’s autopsy in 2002. The new discovery tied Webster’s mental problems and premature […]

What Would Expanded College Football Playoffs Look Like?

We’ve all heard the talk promoting an 8- or 16-team college football playoff. Commentators both celebrated the death of the BCS, and lamented the new system. The Big 12’s exclusion from the 2014 playoffs amplified calls for expanded playoffs. Arguments for Stanford rang out this year, proponents insisting the Pac-12 compiles the strongest conference schedule. […]

Stanford’s Garnett wins Outland Trophy

Stanford guard Joshua Garnett won the 2015 Outland Trophy. Garnett’s win marks the first time a Stanford player claimed the award, and the first time an offensive guard won the award since 1997, when Nebraska’s Aaron Taylor took the honors. Garnett helped pave lanes for Stanford Heisman Trophy candidate Christian McCaffrey. Garnett’s muscle also helped […]

An Appreciation: Bart Starr Part 2

(Starr painting by Robert Hurst) Bart Starr Appreciation Part 1 located here. Bart Starr remains the only quarterback to win 5 NFL championships. Tom Brady’s closing in with four, and Otto Graham might have won 5 NFL championships had the Browns started in the NFL rather than the AAFC. Regardless, Starr stands alone with 5 […]

An Appreciation: Bart Starr Part 1

(Painting by Robert Hurst) Before I had the privilege of meeting Bart Starr, I repeatedly heard the same things from his teammates and others who had met him. “Oh, he’s the nicest guy you’ll ever meet.” “Bart’s the perfect man.” “Salt of the earth.” Bart’s one of those rare people that all those good things […]