What fandom offers us is precisely the thing that virtually every other facet of our culture wants to take away: Self-forgetfulness.
In a landmark decision today, the Supreme Court effectively struck down federal laws against sports gambling. While the full implications of the ruling will probably take time to realize, most states in the US will likely sanction and promote (though, according to this ruling, they wouldn't have to) betting on professional sports, such as NFL, [...]
Dak Prescott (QB, Cowboys) will win the starting job in Dallas and be named Offensive Rookie of the Year. Dallas will win the NFC East. Jeff Fisher will be the first coach to be fired this season, after the Rams start 2-6 The Houston Texas will win the AFC South. Jimmy Garoppolo (QB, Patriots) will [...]
As a lifelong fan of the NFL in general and the St. Louis Los Angeles Rams in particular, the months of March through July are not my favorite sports cycle. There are still, however, things I look forward to from my favorite sport in its offseason--the drama of the draft, the excitement of free agency, [...]
At the New York Review of Books, David Maraniss surveys the ongoing debate over football's merits (or lack thereof). He evaluates the dialogue between two books, one by Steve Almond titled Against Football, and a response by Gregg Easterbrook called The Game's Not Over. The problem, Easterbrook argues, is not at the pro level but earlier, [...]