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Irv Eatman-USFL

AAF Brings Back Fond Memories of USFL

Over the last month or so I have watched several of the games from the new spring league, the Alliance of American Football. I found many of the games entertaining and if the “logo” bias were removed the games would likely be more appealing to a wider audience.

I am pulling for the league to flourish for several reasons. Number one, I always like pulling for the underdog, second I like anything that gives young players another opportunity to pursue their dreams and lastly watching AAF brings back memories of the three most enjoyable years I had in a different spring pro football league called the USFL.

Kaepernick Reid Settlement Social Justice

Perspective: It’s Not ‘Either / Or’ with Kaepernick and Reid

February 15th, 2019, started with the surprising announcement that the National Football League had settled the two civil lawsuits Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid had filed against it and, as you can imagine, the news was met with widely different reactions based on where people stood on the cases. To put it simply, if you were pro­Kaepernick and pro­Reid, you saw it as a win for the two men. David had just dealt a big blow to Goliath. If you were on the side of the league, you saw it as a win for this big and powerful institution. They had proven once again that they could not be touched. The truth lies somewhere in­between

Plantation college football

The current model of major college football is morally bankrupt

As the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers decide the FBS national championship at Levi’s Stadium tonight, there’s no getting around the fact that the status quo of the industry they are engaged in is paramount to racism and slavery.

The Murder of Jordan Edwards

The Murder of Jordan Edwards – HBO Real Sports Takes an Up-Close and Personal Look at Police Brutality in America

Premiering Tuesday October 23, HBO Real Sports examines the police shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. Jordan was both a scholar and an athlete. In the state of Texas where high school football is king, Jordan was a first-year football player at Mesquite High School in Balch Springs, Texas a suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex with a population of just under 24,000 people.

Support Good Journalism

It’s time to support good sports journalism

Sheilla Dingus @SheillaDingus June 14, 2017 I just discovered that Vocativ Sports is no more. I find it particularly distressing in that this was an outlet that wasn’t the least bit shy in reporting on the injustices in the sports world. One of their writers Robert Silverman I’ll particularly miss on the Vocativ platform (although …

O Say Can You See?

Why the Anthem Controversy is a Good Thing by Sheilla Dingus September 14, 2016 When 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remained on the bench for the national anthem a few weeks ago, he unleashed a firestorm as fierce as “rocket’s red glare,” simultaneously setting off a debate as loud as “bombs bursting in air,” to borrow …

Wicked Web

Roger Goodell’s Wicked Web

Why all the sad and angry faces my fellow Patriots fan friends? While Roger Goodell won the legal battle in Deflategate and forced Tom Brady to serve a four-game suspension, he lost the war! “Public confidence in the integrity of the game of professional football” is at an all-time low, and this is in large part due to Deflategate, and now the short-lived nontroversy of Deflategate 2.0. What an irony. The “crime” of undermining confidence in the integrity of the game which he tried to pin on Tom Brady backfired and Goodell is now the poster child for that brand of “integrity.”.
Tom Brady has shown he’s a better man than Roger Goodell by taking the high road and simply going out and playing the best football of his career at age 39. He’s scorching the record books. His actions are not those of a loser, but a winner!

The Atlanta Falcons probably should pay property taxes, but whether that makes them guilty of fraud is another matter

October 21, 2017 Derek Helling A recently-filed lawsuit by several plaintiffs against the Fulton County (Georgia) Board of Tax Assessors again raises questions about whether close relationships between professional sport entertainment corporations are proper, but will probably fail to achieve much more than furthering that conversation. On Tuesday, Oct. 17, Fayetteville, Ga., attorney Wayne Kendall …

Open Letter to Roger Goodell

Dear Mr. Goodell, Thank you for the recent letter to NFL fans.  I’m pleased to see that the League is paying attention to certain concerns. I feel that the manner in which you addressed these issues in your letter shows much promise and wish you the very best in implementing some positive changes. I especially …

KC Royals Painted Rose Bush

The Kansas City Royals’ painted rose bushes

July 3, 2017 Derek Helling @dhellingsports The Kansas City Royals are a privately-owned business, and free to take sponsorship money from any individuals and/or organizations they choose. As a privately-owned business, they are also free to make statements of any kind on any matter they so choose. What the Royals, and other corporations like them, …

Twas the night before Christmas

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (sports law edition)

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the land
Cases had been argued, seeking remand;
The sports leagues were busy, all driven by greed,
In hopes that their coffers would greatly exceed;

The problem of ‘sleeping with the enemy’

It’s no secret that the NFL has serious issues. Whether it’s delays and schemes in the concussion settlement, unethical prescription painkiller practices, inconsistent discipline, or concussion protocol problems, there are plenty of angles from which to criticize that league. Putting the NFL aside, there are issues with the collegiate level of American football as well.

Kaepernick and Russell

Independence Day ponderings: The Enduring Legacy of Activist Athletes

Stick to sports. Shut up and dribble. Comments such as these ignore the past, attempting to remove the political significance of sports as if this is something shocking or new. Sports have always been a microcosm of society as well as a catalyst for reflection and change.