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Chip Kelly and the Reinvented Philadelphia Eagles

It seemed like every which way you turned for NFL coverage this offseason people were talking about the Philadelphia Eagles, including yours truly. Now, not all that talk was about one wide receiver’s racially charged comments. A lot of it focused on the man in charge, new head coach Chip Kelly. Coming from an Oregon program that operated with a level of speed and precision that induced cramps in viewers, many were wondering how Kelly…

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The Unignorable: Concussions still abound in NFL

A recent wave of concussions during the NFL preseason have brought a nasty topic back into the spotlight. It’s no secret that pro football causes concussions. And it’s no secret that pro football is big business: the NFL is the most valuable of the four major leagues. According to a recent Forbes report, the average value of a NFL team is over $1 billion. That’s per team.

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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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TheGP Fantasy Footballpalooza 2013

[php snippet=1] DRAFT ORDER (first round) 1.1.1 Howard – Peyton Manning 1.2.2 Rich** – Randall Cobb 1.3.3 Dan – Larry Fitzgerald 1.4.4 Cass – Reggie Bush 1.5.5 Tyler – Steven Jackson 1.6.6 Tracey – Wes Welker 1.7.7 Ryan – Chris Johnson 1.8.8 Fabio – Maurice Jones-Drew 1.9.9 Steve – DeMarco Murray 1.10.10 Jordan* – Tony Romo 1.11.11 Brandon – Montee Ball 1.12.12 Dave – Eric Decker 1.13.13 Travis – Eddie Lacy 1.14.14 Josh** – Marques…

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Candid Camera: What we can learn from Riley Cooper

Riley Cooper used a very bad word and is very sorry someone caught him saying it on video. To be certain, that he got caught is the only reason the public knows he uses that word. How the public found out is bad for Riley Cooper. That he got caught is the only reason his teammates know he uses that word. How his teammates found out is worse for Riley Cooper. Josh Koebert sheds light on the incident.

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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 Bolted Badger: Life without Bret Bielema

Three conference championships and a cloud of dust marked the end of Bret Bielema’s tenure as head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers. Gone to Arkansas and the glamor of the SEC, he left a bittersweet taste in the mouths of the Badger faithful, a fan base that loved much of what he produced in the win column despite routinely calling for his dismissal as head coach.

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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.