Posts tagged "nfl"

The NFL Hired Its First Female Referee, And These Traitors-To-The-Cause Women Are Pissed

Earlier today, news broke that the NFL had hired its first female referee, Sarah Thomas. Thomas, a current NCAA Big Ten referee, has been in final round talks with the NFL in years prior, and has refereed NFL pre-season games in the past. But while the man tears that have taken Twitter by storm i…

By: Beejoli Shah / April 3, 2015

Former NFL Player Darren Sharper Now Wanted in Four States for Raping Instead of Just Three

Darren Sharper, a retired NFL safety who played for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and New Orleans Saints, was charged with two counts of sexual assault for drugging and raping two female tourists in Las Vegas, Nevada, back in January 2014. The latest charges join a long line of drug-and-rape accusations under Sharper's belt:…

By: Beejoli Shah / March 20, 2015

Ray Rice: “There Is No Excuse For Domestic Violence”

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has issued an apology for abusing his wife Janay. [TIME] Two more alleged victims have spoken out against Bill Cosby. [Death and Taxes] Jamie Brewer is inspirational for her achievements, not for her Downs syndrome. [Daily Dot] Ijeoma Oluo argues that because hipster racism is often well-intentioned, we…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 13, 2015

The NFL’s Anti-Domestic Violence Partner Is A Sham Organization

The NFL’s anti-domestic violence campaign partner, No More, is a sham -- surprise, surprise. [Deadspin] Black girls are six times as likely to be suspended as White girls in New York schools. [The Daily Beast] Ruth Bader Ginsburg, speaking at Georgetown University, said that if she could undo one Supreme Court decision it would be…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 5, 2015

This Business Insider Senior Editor Thinks NBA And NFL Players Do “Hood Rat Sh-t”

It's never easy to get an assignment handed to you that's hard to write -- especially one as silly as a listicle about what constitutes a "Modern Gentleman," but that didn't stop Business Insider's senior finance editor, Linette Lopez, from giving it the old college try. The other thing it didn't stop her from? Making…

By: Beejoli Shah / February 2, 2015

Cleveland Browns Receiver Andrew Hawkins: “A Call For Justice Shouldn’t Warrant An Apology”

Cleveland Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins wore a shirt bearing the words “Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford” -- two unarmed Black Cleveland residents who were shot and killed by police -- during pre-game interviews on Sunday, prompting Cleveland police officers to demand an apology. The Browns refused, and later, Hawkins spoke with the media…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 16, 2014

The End Zone: JJ Watt Is Just Having The Best Damn Time Of His Life This Season

Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt is having the best damn season of his life, what with all those touchdowns he can’t seem to stop scoring. After single-handedly running the Tennessee Titans ragged this weekend (sure, Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick had a monster six touchdown game, but this was clearly the Watt show), the MVP…

By: Beejoli Shah / December 4, 2014

It’s Not About You, St. Louis P.D.

Earlier this week during Sunday night football, five St. Louis Rams players came out of the tunnel to take the field ahead of the rest of the team, arms raised in “hands up, don’t shoot” posture, in honor of the Ferguson protesters angry with the lack of indictment of Officer Darren Wilson, four months after…

By: Beejoli Shah / December 2, 2014

The Soapbox: Blame Roger Goodell For Ray Rice’s Return To The NFL

Ray Rice is now allowed to play football in the NFL should anyone choose to have him. And if you, like me, are wondering where exactly to direct your outrage, look squarely at Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL. For nearly 10 months, we’ve watched Goodell bungle Rice’s suspension and appeal. In August he admitted…

By: Christine Sirois / December 1, 2014

The End Zone: 7 Times Rob Gronkowski Has Been His Most Rob Gronkowski

The Patriots improbably excellent season just keeps getting better and better. After a rocky start, Tom Brady has more than proven that he hasn’t gotten any less effective with age. But it’s tight end Rob Gronkowski, now back at full strength after knee surgery earlier in the year, who has been having a monster year,…

By: Beejoli Shah / November 24, 2014

The End Zone: Is It A Quarterback’s Fault If He Keeps Getting Sacked?

The big story of Monday Night Football was, of course, the tale of butt fumble redemption: Mark Sanchez’s first start in almost two years, this time as the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, as they dominated the Carolina Panthers 45-21. The second most talked about story? Just how bad Panthers quarterback Cam Newton looked in this game…

By: Beejoli Shah / November 14, 2014

The End Zone: The Best, Worst & Most Laughable Moments From This Week’s Games

I know, I know, I’ve been complaining the last two weeks about the NFL getting boring. And it’s true, right around this time of the season, it does get a little hum-drum. We’re too far away to reasonably start calling playoff berths, but too deep into the season to find freshly contrived celebrations as adorable…

By: Beejoli Shah / October 30, 2014

Janay Rice Says All There Is To Say About That Ray Rice Halloween Costume

Some asshole decided that it would be super-hilarious to be Ray Rice, Domestic Abuser for Halloween, and made a costume in which he wore Rice’s jersey and dragged around a blow-up doll. You know what stumps me about this? He got the “don’t wear blackface” memo, but not the “domestic abuse is not funny” memo.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 24, 2014

The End Zone: Is Percy Harvin’s Third Act Going To Be His Best Yet?

In what was otherwise an incredibly slow week for the NFL, the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks surprisingly traded wide receiver Percy Harvin to the New York Jets in exchange for a conditional draft pick. Speculation was instantly rampant that the move was tactical, due to Harvin’s alleged inability to get along with hi…

By: Beejoli Shah / October 24, 2014

NFL Wives Were Pressured To Stay Silent About Domestic Abuse

Ex-wives of NFL players  talked to the Washington Post about the pressure they faced to stay silent about domestic abuse. [Deadspin] Female genital mutilation in the west is more common than you would ever imagine. [Daily Beast] Scratch had a roundtable on the problems faced by black authors in publishing. [Scratch]…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 20, 2014

The End Zone: Professional Football Mascots, Ranked

Let's do this. From worst to best... [All Photos: Getty Images]

By: Beejoli Shah / October 16, 2014

The End Zone: Is Thursday Night Football Too Much Football?

There comes a point right around this time of the season where a thought runs through my brain that I would never dare utter out loud: “This is too much football.” We just wrapped Week 5, are close to being midway through the season, and even though I just spent the entire summer lamenting the…

By: Beejoli Shah / October 9, 2014

The End Zone: Is Tom Brady Too Old For Professional Football?

“Oh god, Tom Brady, what are you doing?” That was the prevalent thought across most football fans minds – even the ones that loathe the New England Patriots with every fiber of their being – after Tom Brady fumbled his way through a disastrous game against the Kansas City Chiefs, playing arguably the worst game…

By: Beejoli Shah / October 2, 2014

ESPN Will Have An All-Male Panel On Domestic Violence Tonight, Which I’m Sure Will Be Incredibly Thorough [UPDATED]

Tonight, the pre-show for Monday Night Football will feature a panel discussion about domestic violence. It will include, as Ben Collins points out at Esquire, the perspectives of 11 middle-aged-and-up men, and not a single woman. He goes on to dismantle Bill Simmons’ suspension from the network for calling Roger Goodell a liar and the…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 29, 2014

The 11 Funniest Names In Football (Past & Present)

A few weeks ago, I was watching the Packers- Seahawks game, when it sounded like the commentator referred to one of the Green Bay players as "Ha Ha Clinton-Dix." All of a sudden, I was paying close attention because I thought I missed an inappropriate political joke. When the announcers continued to say it, I…

By: Katie Oldenburg / September 26, 2014
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