Articles by Charles Blouin-Gascon

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Situation Critical: Holding the NCAA accountable

It’s become boring, these days, to talk about college football, and you’re well aware of it. Throughout the summer, every time college football has been brought up, it’s been “NCAA this” or “NCAA that,” “Johnny Manziel this” or “Johnny Manziel that,” or “NCAA and Johnny Manziel this” or “NCAA and Johnny Manziel that”. But you know that the alternative, the one where absolutely no one talks about the NCAA, is even worse.

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Johnny Manziel, Frankenstein

The NCAA created a monster when it awarded its prestigious Heisman Trophy – deservingly so, too – to Johnny Manziel after just his freshman season. Oh, Johnny Manziel isn’t a monster to any- and everyone. Just Mark Emmert and the rest of the NCAA bunch. In fact, he’s not a monster to anyone else. The rest of us, we’re all cheering him on.

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The Muddy Waters of New England

Just what in the hell is happening in New England this offseason? The team remains in the news week after week after week, which is quite unlike the organization. Most recently the name making headlines is Aaron Hernandez. Charles Blouin-Gascon explores the wild and wacky few months that have made up the New England Patriots’ 2013 offseason.

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Kyle Love, Diabetes and Business as Usual

The NFL is a big business, and the New England Patriots remind everyone of this perhaps more than any other team in the league. This May, the team released defensive tackle Kyle Love – and in terms of timing, it’s perhaps worse than the time they released wide receiver Tiquan Underwood the day before Super Bowl XLVI. That’s because this time, the decision to release Love came on the heels of the player having been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Charles Blouin-Gascon explains.

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From the Patriots to Wes Welker and The Wire

There are many reasons that make being a fan of the New England Patriots better than any other teams in the NFL. There are many reasons, and the first is the fact that it’s so easy. Winning trumps all in sports, so it’s always more fun to support a winning team. In recent memory, specifically since the arrival of Sir Bill Belichick in 2000, there hasn’t been an organization more successful than New England in the NFL. Charles Blouin-Gascon explains.

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Jadeveon Clowney: Ready as he’ll ever be

In the fourth quarter of the 2013 Outback Bowl, Michigan running back Vincent Smith ran into the wall that goes by the name of Jadeveon Clowney. The South Carolina defensive end hit Smith for a loss of eight yards, and the impact was probably equally awesome, scary and hurtful. It was the hit of the season in the NCAA, and as I watched the replays of the collision with the helpless Smith I had only one thought in mind. Get Clowney in the NFL.

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Ray Lewis, Goodbye

Whether you love him or hate him, Ray Lewis has had a long, illustrious NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens. Not only regarded as one of the top defensive players of all-time, Lewis has the chance to give himself the ultimate football send off with a Super Bowl victory in less than two weeks. Charles Blouin-Gascon takes a minute to reflect on it all.

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Pray and pray for my downfall

Not much was expected of the Boise State Broncos this season, but they still won yet another Las Vegas Bowl. Ho hum. Chris Petersen had a lot of holes to fill after a summer in which many of his top players moved on, but the decorated coach took on the challenge head-first and passed with flying colors. If you’re not already, it’s time to pay attention to the Broncos.

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Now comes life

A few weeks ago, Charles Tillman floated out the idea of skipping an NFL game to witness the birth of his child. Crazy, right? Tillman played in the game, thanks in large part to severe pressure from the team and media members like Mike Florio. Is it fair to put such commitments on athletes, or should we allow them the occasional opportunity to let life get in the way sport?