The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Football: Learn the Rules!

Blocked field goals are a rare enough occurrence in college football that fans can be forgiven for not knowing that, after a kick is blocked, it’s still a live ball. But why didn’t LSU players know this? You are a college student, on a scholarship to play football. You are assigned to special teams duty. […]

#TNF: Do or Die for @Patriots Tonight

Tonight at 7:15 ET on Amazon Prime, the New England Patriots host the Buffalo Bills in an AFC East matchup that will in all probability decide whether the Patriots are a playoff team this year. Less than two weeks ago, after New England beat the New York Jets 10-3 on a last-second punt return by […]

There Is No Joy in ’Bamaland

The headline at ESPN says, “Tennessee tops Alabama in epic back-and-forth thriller,” but please, spare me such “thrills.” Pardon my lifelong preference for the boring, easy, lopsided Alabama victories. O, Lord, keep your “thrillers” far away from the Crimson Tide! ’Bama spotted Tennessee a 28-10 first-half lead, but then Heisman Trophy quarterback Bryce Young led […]

‘RUN THE DANG BALL!’

Richard Sherman became a hero Thursday night to legions of football fans who’ve been shouting at their TV for years. It was clearly an emotional moment, as Sherman — a former All-Pro cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks — said he was having “flashbacks” of Seattle’s notorious loss in Super Bowl XLIV. We’ll get to that […]

Heartbreaker in Foxborough

Mac Jones hopped off the field Sunday at Gillette Stadium after suffering an injury to his left ankle in a 37-26 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. X-rays reportedly showed no broken bones, but he’ll undergo MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the injury. Given the apparent seriousness of it, he’ll almost certainly miss […]

Crazy Weekend in the NFL

All manner of insanity broke out in Sunday’s NFL games. In a comeback victory over the Las Vegas Raider, Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals scored a two-point conversion in which he ran 84 total yards. Craziest 2-point conversion we've ever seen! @K1 ?: #AZvsLV on CBS?: Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/FVZamC6mMP pic.twitter.com/LdwcnQQr8S — NFL (@NFL) […]

Death by ‘Analytics’

“Mom knew more about football than half these people,” my brother Kirby remarked this morning, discussing the role of “analytics” in the Monday Night Football defeat of the Denver Broncos. Indeed, our mother was a pretty savvy football fan, and no doubt she would have advised the Broncos, “Kick the damned field goal.” Denver trailed […]

Can the Patriots Exceed Expectations?

After a generally depressing off-season, the New England Patriots will kick off Sunday at Miami, and few sports analysts forecast either a Pats victory over the Dolphins or a winning season, for that matter. Every year, sports writers do a pre-season “power ranking” of all 32 NFL teams and, via CBS Boston, here’s how they […]

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