Which College Football Teams Are Always Overrated in August? – FiveThirtyEight

Which College Football Teams Are Always Overrated in August? – FiveThirtyEight

With one or two exceptions, this year’s Associated Press college-football preseason rankings — heralding the start of the 2017 season this Saturday afternoon — could just as well have come from any old year. The top of the poll features several of the usual suspects — Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, Southern Cal — with […]

ESPN Chief Defends Robert Lee Assignment Switch, Blames Controversy on ‘Someone With a Personal Agenda’ – Variety

ESPN chief John Skipper has defended the sports powerhouse’s decision to switch announcer Robert Lee from the University of Virginia’s opening game on Sept. 2 because his name is the same as the Confederate general who figured into the violence that erupted in the college’s home town of Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month. In a […]

‘What Carter Lost’ Tells The True Story Of ‘Friday Night Lights’ Football Rivals – NPR

The 1988 Carter High School football team won that year’s Texas state championship. Filmmaker Adam Hootnick says, “For a lot of people, that’s the top.” Courtesy of ESPN Films hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of ESPN Films The 1988 Carter High School football team won that year’s Texas state championship. Filmmaker Adam Hootnick says, “For […]

‘The leading edge of a much larger iceberg’: New Jersey high school disbands football team – Washington Post

The junior varsity football team of West Windsor-Plainsboro North High School practices Aug. 21. The varsity program was disbanded this year. (Mark Makela/For The Washington Post) WEST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The nationwide forces that are beginning to uproot football have converged at a place called High School North.  Demographic shifts, concussions, single-sport specialization and […]

Odell Beckham Jr. Hit: ‘That’s Football’ Says Retired NFL DB Charles Woodson – Sports Illustrated

Regarding the hit that kayoed Odell Beckham Jr., and angered the Giants locker room because players thought it was a cheap shot at Beckham’s exposed leg: Tough break. Legal hit. No sympathy. On Monday night, Cleveland cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun took a flying dive into Beckham’s legs in the Browns-Giants preseason game, his right shoulder caving in […]

A Bold, Expansive Vision for Canton’s Pro Football Hall of Fame – New York Times

Canton’s perspective changed with two developments: a transition in the hall’s presidency in 2014, and an unscheduled visit by a California-based builder who is active in redeveloping Midwest cities. In January 2014, three days after he took office as the Hall of Fame’s president and chief executive, David Baker met Stuart Lichter, the president and […]

Roundup: College Football’s New Uniforms – Sports Illustrated

The best college football uniforms are, for the most part, the classics that haven’t really changed in decades; Penn State, Michigan, Alabama and USC come to mind. But as technology advances, manufacturers are able to create better-performing jerseys that breathe better, stretch better and just plain-ol’ look better.  That’s why while complete design overhauls are […]

Fantasy football ‘Flag Players’: The draft picks Christopher Harris will fight for – Washington Post

Fantasy football ‘Flag Players’: The draft picks Christopher Harris will fight for – Washington Post

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is often overlooked as a strong fantasy option. (David Zalubowski/AP Photo) Somehow, I’ve been making a living discussing the NFL and fantasy football for a decade. (Talk about a path of totality!) And for most of those years, every preseason, I winnow down all my evaluations of player talent, situations and […]

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