Once Upon a Time . . .

By | 2017-11-19T21:47:16+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Memories, NFL Influence|

Once upon a time, the culture into which I was born was a source of inspiration. Its leaders were my heroes. The story lines that played out weekly set my dreams in motion. Courage, leadership, teamwork were its core values. But these days, the inspiration is gone. Those in charge (and I cannot call them [...]

Pro Football’s Demise: History Repeating Itself?

By | 2017-11-12T10:18:07+00:00 November 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|

“With the object of bringing about reforms in football, a long and serious conference was held yesterday between [the] President . . . and some of the leading coaches . . . toward improving the quality of gridiron sport, especially by reducing the element of brutality in play.”  - The Washington Post, October 10, 1905. [...]

A Born Fanatic’s Take on the Latest from the Intersection of Pro Football and American Culture

By | 2017-10-24T09:06:33+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Please don’t let this be just lip service . . . It’s only a baby step. But this past week offered reasons to see the glass half full in pro football’s need, as cultural bellwether, to provide a positive example of how to solve social division. I’ve suggested the usual partisan adversity between management and [...]

Sports and Politics: strange bedfellows

By | 2017-07-19T11:34:57+00:00 July 19th, 2017|NFL Influence|

After all these years, it’s still hard for me to grasp how far pro football’s influence reaches. The game’s footprints are all over the American landscape, including the country’s politics. Born Fanatic describes some examples from decades ago. More recently, a Seattle city council woman fanned the Kaepernick issue when she wrote an open letter [...]