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NFL’s entertainment value suffering with penalty spike

Oh God, what have I done, can I take it back?!?! As a fan of the New Orleans Saints, I watched “my team” get wrecked in Seattle twice last year, once to diminish their playoff seeding, and once to end their entire season. It was not fun times. Of course I then watched that Seahawks’ defense maul their way to a Super Bowl title and Richard Sherman be forever justified in saying...
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Five potentially crippling NFL preseason injuries

Bone breaking and muscle ripping, and just general body chaos will always be a part of football. A horrible and unfortunate aspect of the game for both the downed player and his team, but a reality nonetheless. The pain of that reality is amplified when an injury occurs during the utter nothingness of a preseason game, or on the August training camp practice field. If those muscles...
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Le’Veon Bell: “I didn’t know you could get a DUI for being high”

Very few words are needed here. The only words you need are below, the words that Le’Veon Bell actually said. Affidavit: @L_Bell26: “I didn’t know you could get a DUI for being high. I smoked two hours ago. I’m not high anymore. I’m perfectly fine.” — Courtney Brennan (@WPXI_Courtney) August 22, 2014 Thanks, Bleacher Report
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Moving the extra point to the 1-yard line could be the answer

We’ve stated time and again that making the extra point only slightly harder isn’t the solution to fixing the game’s most boring play. If anything, dropping the success rate from 99 percent to, say, 90 percent would only make fluky misses more common, which in turn would result in more tough-luck losses. Plus, kicking from further back does nothing to cut down on injuries....
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5 underrated offensive difference makers

Of the many ambiguous terms we toss around, “underrated” is among the industry leaders. What exactly constitutes an underrating? And who is doing the rating? We are. We all are. An underrated player is someone who makes an unexpectedly awesome play, and then you say “hey, who’s that guy?”. Or he can also make you say “hey, how do you pronounce his name?” Mostly, we’re...
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The drama, the tension, the…re-sodding?

Aren’t you ready to run through at least 11 walls after watching this video of a SUPER INTENSE re-sodding? Your browser does not support iframes. Red Bull infused repairs aside, those images aren’t exactly a promising look for the 49ers. Yesterday Jim Harbaugh pulled his team off the field less than an hour into a practice that was scheduled to be twice that long. The field was...
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Jim Harbaugh once peed his pants to meet a baseball player

Jim Harbaugh is an intense, fiery man. But like any NFL head coach there are many moments during a game when he needs to set that raw emotion aside, and think clearly to make a crucial decision fast. He’s pretty good at that, a skill which has its roots way back when a five-year-old Harbaugh was faced with a life-altering problem at the time: either pee your pants, or miss the...
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Video: Cody Latimer’s sick one-handed grab

Thank goodness it’s 2014 and we have video constantly rolling to catch every great play that takes place on each of the 32 NFL practice fields, because rookie receivers Sammy Watkins and Cody Latimer have given us a few unreal catches this summer. The latest from Latimer in Denver: Makes you wonder how many of these were never captured on camera 20 years ago, when guys like Cris...
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Video: Cody Latimer’s sick one-handed grab

Thank goodness it’s 2014 and we have video constantly rolling to catch every great play that takes place on each of the 32 NFL practice fields, because rookie receivers Sammy Watkins and Cody Latimer have given us a few unreal catches this summer. The latest from Latimer in Denver: Makes you wonder how many of these were never captured on camera 20 years ago, when guys like Cris...
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Upon Further Review: The Super Bowl halftime show wasn’t always a big deal

“Upon further review” is a recurring segment in which This Given Sunday analyzes quirks and fascinating tidbits from the NFL’s history books. The Super Bowl halftime show has become such a staple that the NFL is now asking potential A-list performers to essentially bid for the right to star in it. But that wasn’t always the case. In fact, like a lot of things NFL-related...
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Time To Push The NFL Preseason Out The Moon Door

Summer TV is the worst. It’s either crap you’ve already seen or mid-season replacement shows that weren’t good enough to get a full slate of episodes during pilot season. And nobody cares, because that three-month parade of filth is presented entirely by design. And the NFL has followed suit, presenting a slate of horrid, borderline-unwatchable exhibition games to sate the...
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109-week NFL-wide rookie QB starting streak could be broken at start of 2014 regular season

Now that’s it’s been confirmed that Johnny Manziel won’t start Week 1 in Cleveland, the odds are significantly better that we’ll have our first full regular-season NFL week without a rookie starting quarterback since 2007. There’s still a chance Blake Bortles gets the Week 1 nod in Jacksonville, but the Jaguars have said they want to bring their top pick along slowly. Matt...
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Chip Kelly gracefully dove into a pool of ice water

Since Chip Kelly is the best, he doesn’t do anything halfway. He set up a pool of frigid, bone-numbing water for his entire Eagles team to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge all at once. Then Kelly had an even better plan. As the rest of his team was walking slowly to the stairs and no doubt mentally preparing for their icy plunge, he went full penguin dive with a bounding...
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Brian Hoyer may be a starting quarterback, but only by default

The Cleveland Browns had a choice between a quarterback who isn’t ready, and a quarterback who isn’t that good. They went with the second guy, but there’s a good chance we’ll see the first guy in, oh, about a month. That was the decision made by head coach Mike Pettine and his staff this morning when they named Brian Hoyer the Browns’ Week 1 starting quarterback over Johnny...
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Reason No. 435 why Johnny Manziel just doesn’t get it

I have just one question: How can Johnny Manziel think this is OK? How can Manziel, knowing he was on national television for the first time in his NFL career, essentially interviewing for one of the most prized jobs in America, and knowing, too, that he’s already on thin ice for saying and doing silly things while being photographed, possibly have thought that he could get away...
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NFL Rewind cuts out Manziel’s middle finger

On its online video platform, NFL Rewind, the National Football League cut out Johnny Manziel’s bird flip from Monday night’s game, along with a couple sentences from play-by-play man Mike Tirico. I understand censoring that, but why not just blur it out?
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Why Darnell Dockett’s injury is crushing for the Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals’ chances of following up the success of a 10-win season and becoming a contender in the juggernaut NFC West lied with their pass rush. The same pass rush that finished sixth in the league last year with 47 sacks, and made life generally terrible for opposing quarterbacks. Now it’s also the same pass rush that will have to exist and get pressure this season...
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Manziel “fingered” the Redskins?

Some headlines sound good in your head, but they should probably stay there.  
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Why Mike Pettine should wait to name a starting quarterback

Johnny Manziel did a stupid thing last night. He didn’t stay focused, he didn’t stay within that zone all the quarterbacks speak of, and he didn’t find a balance between being his aggressive, excitable self, and a sense of calm. The result: scattered, sprayed passes, some that sailed far out of reach, and an offense that was in general disarray under his watch. Oh, he did another...
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Jadeveon Clowney could crush Jevon Kearse’s rookie sack record in 2014

Rarely do rookies shine this early as bright as Jadeveon Clowney has two weeks into the Houston Texans’ 2014 preseason slate. The guy has simply been a beast, and it has us thinking that if he can continue to make plays like the two he made on back-to-back downs this weekend against Atlanta, he could be on the verge of an epic rookie season. How epic? Well, there’s little...
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Johnny Manziel flipped off the Redskins

Surely Browns fans won’t be concerned at all with Johnny Manziel channeling his inner Jake Plummer (or Jay Cutler), right? @dcsportsbog whoa… Johnny football with the a new first down signal to the Redskins sideline. pic.twitter.com/lUVViYzbVE — Travis Rechenbach (@trechenbach) August 19, 2014
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Why offense will explode league-wide with the new rules emphasis

When the Seahawks’ dominant defense used a highly physical style of play to grapple and claw their way to a championship — pushing rules to their limit, but still staying (mostly) within them — it was easy to see a course correction coming. But hey, NFL, maybe we can find some middle ground with this new emphasis on defensive holding and pass interference? Because It would...
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Phil Simms might avoid using “Redskins”

If a major broadcasting voice refuses to use the name “Redskins” when addressing the Washington football team, anger and venom from fans of said team will flow. That broadcaster would be following a decision made by some who write about the league (most notably, Peter King), but he’d be doing it repeatedly, and in real-time, increasing the impact of his omission. Soon we might...
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Peyton Manning demands sweat for Gatorade

Gatorade’s primary purpose comes after a workout, when you’ve grunted and sweated to earn the replenishing beverage. That’s gist of their new tag line (“you don’t sweat it, you don’t get it”), and Peyton Manning is at a gas station near you to make sure customers always pay in sweat. Thanks, CBS Sports
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The 49ers need to be very worried about Blaine Gabbert

When the backup quarterback enters a meaningful NFL game to do anything other than kneel down or assume garbage time duties, something has gone horribly wrong. At that point of dire hopelessness, there’s a minimum accepted standard: competence. Blaine Gabbert hasn’t shown he’s capable of even that in San Francisco. He didn’t demonstrate competence in Jacksonville either,...
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