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Griffin's Astounding Tumble to Earth

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It didn’t click immediately, but with each passing day during the Green Bay Packers’ practices this past spring, Aaron Rodgersgrew more suspicious. Ever since...(full article)

A public dismissal in any industry can be brutal. Professional football is more public than most, probably running neck and neck with politics in the grand showcase of ignominy. We...(full article)

It was initially easy to laugh at Russell Wilson's bubbles-cured-my-concussion claims. It was giggle fuel. He was also claiming the bubbles healed a teammate's knee injury. Si...(full article)

One of the more amusing oddities of the industry in which I peddle my wares is the quickie book. Writing a book is a Herculean endeavor, one that tends to overwhelm the average aut...(full article)

In the high school cafeteria of the NFC, the Seattle Seahawks are the cool kids.  Back-to-back NFC champions – nearly back-to-back Super Bowl champions – they skip the lunch l...(full article)

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How Much Is ESPN in Bed With NFL?

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Why NFL Wants to Punish Brady

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Redskins Come Through Finale Fine

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Cooley Cut, and Redskins Fans Lose

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Jets, Rams Swap Struggling Linemen

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Rookie QB Foles Impresses Eagles

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Coaches on the Hot Seat

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Suspension of Chiefs' Hali a Surprise

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Jets Silent on Wildcat Package

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Humbled Jets Show Fresh Attitude

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