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How Donald Trump took on the NFL

WASHINGTON More than 30 years ago, Donald Trump bought a franchise in the upstart United States Football League. He then led his fellow owners to sue the NFL in a high-stakes antitrust case.

The head-on challenge and his ownership of the New Jersey Generals was an early testing ground for the swashbuckling approach that the celebrity businessman-turned-Republican presidential candidate has brought to his 2016 campaign.

'Donald was the big, crazy-spending owner, and the NFL guys were scared to death of him,' said Bill Tatham Jr., an owner of the USFL's Arizona Outlaws who came to admire Trump's tactics.

Published in Sports
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 21:33

Once more into the breach

Predicting the 2014 NFL season

The evenings are growing brisk and the leaves on the trees are changing their hue. Autumn is almost upon us, and with it comes NFL football. The 2014 season kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 4 with the Green Bay Packers heading to Seattle to take on the Seahawks.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 23:39

NFL Postseason Preview Conference Championships

Another week gone, another four teams eliminated from the hunt for the Lombardi Trophy.

At the beginning of this postseason, there were 12 teams striving for one of those coveted spots in that biggest of big games, the Super Bowl. Now, with the Indianapolis Colts, the San Diego Chargers, the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers having gone down to defeat over the weekend, just four remain.

Published in Sports
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 00:34

NFL Postseason Preview: Wild Card Round

After 17 weeks of regular season football, the NFL has arrived at yet another postseason. 30 teams began the season with hopes of contending for the Lombardi Trophy; 18 of those teams have already reached the end of the line. Only 12 contenders remain; a dozen squads left to contend for a spot in Super Bowl XLVIII (that's 48 for all you non-Romans out there).

It's a significant accomplishment to make it this far, to be surebut the journey is far from over.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 10:42

A punter's passionate prose

Reviewing 'Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies'

'Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies' starts off in perhaps the only way it could: a reprint of Kluwe's Deadspin evisceration of Emmet Burns. In fact, the title of the collection springs from that letter after a fashion.

See, while the majority of Kluwe's critics used 'He's only a punter' as the foundation for their dismissal of him, others viewed his liberal use of profanity and other perceived vulgarities as a way to negate the validity of his views.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 13:04

Summerall remembered as Voice of the NFL'

PLANO, Texas - Veteran sportscaster Pat Summerall was remembered Saturday during a memorial service as 'the voice of the NFL' and a venerated figure who maintained a humble approach despite the praise his broadcast work received for decades.

Thousands gathered Saturday at a Baptist church just north of Dallas to pay tribute to a broadcaster who called some of the most memorable games in NFL history, and also was known for his coverage of Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the Masters golf tournament and other sporting events.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:22

Wes Welker walks away

New England says goodbye to fan favorite

One could accuse New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick of being a lot of things. Sentimental is not one of them.

Belichick recently continued a long and storied tradition of unapologetically cutting ties with veteran players, either through trades or outright releases. New England stalwarts and legends such as Lawyer Milloy, Ty Law, Richard Seymour, Randy Moss, Deion Branch and Adam Vinatieri have all been given their walking papers, unceremoniously dismissed despite still being talented and useful players.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 10:21

Breaking down the Big Game

A look ahead at Super Bowl XLVII

The Super Bowl has arrived.

For the 47th time, hundreds of millions of people from around the globe will be focused on the game of football. This year's game will be played in the New Orleans Superdome, where the AFC's Baltimore Ravens and the NFC's San Francisco 49ers will vie to see which team gets to hoist the Lombardi Trophy as the champions of the NFL.

The overriding storyline behind this year's game revolves around the Harbaugh brothers. John and Jim Harbaugh, coaches of the Ravens and 49ers respectively, are the first brothers to coach against each other in the Super Bowl. This has led many in the media to refer to the game as the 'Harbaugh Bowl' or 'Har Bowl' or other variations on that theme.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 12:41

NFL Playoff Preview Conference Championships

And then there were four.

After the grueling four month season and two weeks of high-intensity playoff games, we are left with four NFL teams that still have a chance to make their way to the Super Bowl and compete for the Lombardi Trophy.

2012's postseason attrition continued this weekend as four more very good teams were proved to be not quite good enough. The Denver Broncos, the Green Bay Packers, the Seattle Seahawks and the Houston Texans all find themselves on the outside looking in as the playoff dance continues. Each team fought the good fight the Broncos and Seahawks were especially dogged in their pursuits but in the end, they came up short.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 15:37

NFL Playoff Preview: Wild Card

After a grueling four months, the 2012 NFL regular season has come to a close. Of the league's 30 teams, 18 have already packed up and gone home to an offseason likely to be rife with pointed fingers and fired coaches.

But 12 remain. A dozen teams that fought hard all year long just to get to this point, each of whom now has a new goal to hoist the Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl champions. But it's not going to be easy. It never is.

Published in Sports
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