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New Crop of Names, Eagle Eye

New Crop of Names

I can’t give up on American football yet, say Alex Massie and Steve Evans, just because the Super Bowl is over and the season is done. There is a new season to come and the NFL draft to look forward to. Not only could the NFL sign up its first out gay player, Michael Sam, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 14 February 2014 at 10:46 pm

Contest of Names, Eagle Eye

Contest of Names

The Seattle Seahawks might have won the Super Bowl, but they were roundly trumped by their opponents roster of names

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 3 February 2014 at 6:41 pm

Go Seahawks, Eagle Eye

Go Seahawks

I have a short comment in The Independent magazine today about why I am supporting the Seattle Seahawks in tomorrow’s Super Bowl. Spoiler: it is because their quarterback, Russell Wilson, is black. It is not a good reason, as I admit, but it is how I do American football. If one of my teams (Eagles [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 1 February 2014 at 12:23 pm

Obama on Dope and Football, Eagle Eye

Obama on Dope and Football

There is a long interview with Barack Obama by David Remnick in The New Yorker, in which the President is cloudy but liberal when asked about legalising cannabis.
He repeated the common line about it being less harmful than alcohol, which, as I wrote the other day, is true, but is not the answer to the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 21 January 2014 at 9:48 pm

Cannabis and Proactive Ignorance, Eagle Eye

Cannabis and Proactive Ignorance

I have made myself unpopular in La La Land by suggesting in The Independent today that the case for legalising cannabis has not yet been made.
I have been called, among other things, “proactively ignorant“. I wasn’t sure what this meant, but many people on Twitter were kind enough to demonstrate. My article may not have [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 8 January 2014 at 2:18 pm

Next 10 Top American Footballers’ Names, Eagle Eye

Next 10 Top American Footballers’ Names

Following my Top 10 American Footballers’ Names, Pete from Sheffield writes to say that this is his favourite topic of all time. He supplies his top 10 names:
Barkevious Mingo
Fair Hooker
D’Brickashaw Ferguson
Richie Incognito
LaBrandon Toefield
Willy Colon
Montavious Stanley
Jerricho Cotchery
Craphonso Thorpe (pictured)
Demarcus Faggins
Two of those were on my list: the rest are of exceptional quality. And Pete adds an [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 29 May 2013 at 2:29 pm

The dark side of the NFL – part one, Sport

The dark side of the NFL – part one

The last week in the NFL has been terrible but not because of the product produced on the pitch.

By | Sport | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 at 4:53 pm

NFL: Why America loves a result, Sport

NFL: Why America loves a result

On Sunday the NFL witnessed the first drawn game since 2008, when the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cincinnati Bengals failed to score in overtime. The San Francisco 49ers hosted the St Louis Rams in a divisional clash that ended 24 points apiece. The concept of a draw is alien to the American sports fan, “we have winners and we have losers, by God, and ties are for losers,” (Jeff Otte, New York Times).

By | Sport | Thursday, 15 November 2012 at 2:09 pm

Drafting a quarterback in the NFL: the safe pick?, Sport

Drafting a quarterback in the NFL: the safe pick?

The NFL draft is an interesting concept. At the end of the season the worst teams in the league have the opportunity to hire the best young talent in College Football.

By | Sport | Thursday, 8 November 2012 at 2:46 pm

‘As popular as darts’, but would a UK NFL franchise be a success?, Sport

‘As popular as darts’, but would a UK NFL franchise be a success?

As Boris Johnson donned a helmet for photos with the Patriots owner Robert Kraft, amid a promise to the watching 84,000 to bring more American Football to London, would it be plausible for London to host an NFL Franchise?

By | Sport | Thursday, 1 November 2012 at 1:15 pm

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