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Roger Goodell has every reason to publically espouse a desire for two personal foul penalties to trigger an automatic ejection. It serves many purposes -- all fervently in line wit...(full article)

Peyton Manning’s pending “ride off into the sunset” after a Super Bowl victory illustrates a true rarity in the business of sports: a player—let alone an elite player—lea...(full article)

As a longtime voter for the Baseball Hall of Fame, I have found the Pro Football Hall’s focus on, you know, football, to be refreshing. I’m not saying the same process would wo...(full article)

There is a delicious metaphor in Oakland and the Raiders holding a news conference to announce no news. Oh, they want you to think it’s news, they want that desperately. But it i...(full article)

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