Bad Decisions and the Super Bowl

Is it true that a decision is only a “good” decision if it leads to the results you want? If your decision doesn’t pay off, then no matter what your reasoning is, is it a “bad” decision? I was surprised to see how quickly the whole world decided that the Seahawks’ decision to pass the ball … Read more

Here’s the Thing about Adrian Peterson

We live in an era of wild overreaction. In fact, “overreaction” is too mild a term for it. Our culture churns out hysteria like Old Faithful churns out water — voluminously and with tourist-attraction regularity. Just because people are freaking out about a thing doesn’t mean it’s a significant thing; it just means we’ve got a whole … Read more

Throwback Post: Hail to the Redskins

(Note: In honor of the egregiously political decision to rescind the Washington Redskins trademark for the word “Redskins,” I’m reposting something I wrote on the subject a few months ago. The world has gone insane. Upside: now that there’s no trademark, I can use this swell graphic.) The NFL as we know it is doomed. From Andrew Johnson … Read more

Unionizing Will Teach College Athletes the Law of Unintended Consequences

Economics guy Jeff Carter tells college athletes who want to unionize, “Be careful what you wish for”: Athletes see dollar signs in their eyes.  But the reality will be much different.  Once the dollars are spread across an entire athletic program, they will be far less than what they think.  Why should a football player … Read more

Which Team are You Praying For?

On Super Bowl Sunday, sports and religion intersect like no other day in American life (possible exceptions: anytime Notre Dame and BYU play each other in anything; Joel Osteen’s church-wide foosball tournament). Walter Russell Mead shares the stats and adds a dose of good sense: According toa recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), … Read more

“Alabama is Through to the Super Bowl!”

A British announcer unfamiliar with the sport of American football does play-by-play for the Alabama-Notre Dame championship game from last year. A nice addition to a game that was pretty hilarious to begin with. #RollPipPipCheerioTide

Are People Who Have a Lot of Credit Card Debt Insulted by the Name “Chargers”?

Via Instapundit, W. James Antle III explains why the “Redskins” controversy is not a controversy: The sudden escalation of the Redskins team name controversy is not the result of an organic shift in public opinion where the term has gradually grown to offend more people. This isn’t a case of evolving standards of decency. It is … Read more

Gene Simmons Thinks Tim Tebow is Cool

America’s greatest fire-breathing bass player speaks out in support of Tim Tebow: “He’s got a religious passion, as well he should, we’re in America,” the KISS frontman told earlier this week. ”He’s proud to be a Christian, what’s wrong with that? And yet, with sports media and pop culture media, they make fun of … Read more

Hail to the Redskins

The NFL as we know it is doomed. From Andrew Johnson at the Corner: National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell is willing to listen to objections to the Washington Redskins name, he says, though the decision to change its name isn’t ultimately his.  “If one person is offended, we have to listen,” Goodell said on … Read more

Why Liberals Hate Tim Tebow

For the first time in a while, we’re playing a football season that has no Tim Tebow in it. Looks like the end of the road for his playing career, and for the life of me I will never understand why arguably the greatest college player of all time, and one of the most popular … Read more

Tale of the Tape: A.J. McCarron’s Girlfriend vs. Manti Te’o’s Girlfriend

They’ve both been in the news a lot lately, so let’s do a compare/contrast between the two college football sweethearts: A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend, Katherine Webb Manti Te’o’s girlfriend, Lennay Kekua Physical attractiveness on a scale of 1 to 10 Eleventeen (using Musburger notation) [null set] Achieved fame when… Alabama scored third unanswered touchdown and announcers … Read more

What’s This Crystal Ball? I Thought We Were Here to See Katherine Webb!

EDSBS rates the pictures featuring Alabama fans standing with Alabama’s BCS championship trophy in Alabama’s championship Walmart (actually it’s the Walmart in Hoover, but they’re all champions, dangit!): Special recognition: In that family, you have the only four hairstyles that are socially acceptable in the state of Alabama. It’s true!

Shouldn’t This Be the Next Daniel Moore Print?

Seriously, get to work on this, Daniel. What Alabama fan wouldn’t love to have this over his fireplace?

Edible College Football Mascot Countdown

If you’re getting the jittery sweats trying to find college football-related stories now that the season is over, be advised that EDSBS is counting down all 124 Division I football mascots in descending order of edibility. Including: 79. Western Kentucky Hilltopper. Assume a consistency like that of fake bacon dog treats, and a similar flavor.  … Read more

Vince Young: A More Athletic M.C. Hammer

Former pro football player Vince Young (“Former”? Wow, that career went by fast, huh?) is almost broke. How did he get that way? Among other things, by spending $5000 dollars a week at the Cheesecake Factory: According to Clay Travis, Vince Young spent $5,000 a week at the Cheesecake Factory. This report came from the … Read more

Football Player Baptized at Practice

No, not “baptized” like they say on ESPN when a player gets his skull dislocated with a big hit. I mean, literally, baptized at practice. From Dr. Saturday: …receiver DeAndre Hopkins was baptized in one of the Rubbermaid tubs that the team uses for ice baths in front of his teammates following practice. Well, that’s … Read more

Your Cynical Christian Football Gambling Tip of the Year

At the top, let me note again that I am legendarily terrible at predicting things. From presidential elections to the NCAA basketball tournament to the stock market, it’s a reasonable strategy to take what I say and assume the opposite will happen (“Ebay? What a stupid idea! Why would people want to buy other people’s … Read more

Penn State’s Brush with Death

Via EDSBS, the story of just how bad the situation was at Penn State, and how close they came to having the nicest abandoned football facility since the 2006 Oakland Raiders: When Gene Marsh got the call on the morning of July 17, he was holed up in a one-room cabin — with no running … Read more

Contrarianism! Football Edition!

Hey, I’ve been saying this for years: If you want to reduce concussions in the NFL, ban helmets: The easy answer, if the goal is substantially less in the way of concussions, is to ban helmets altogether. If so, players will be far more careful about how they hit and tackle, and they’ll do both … Read more