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Kaepernick made a mistake, but not for the reason you think

If my life in the grip of pro football has taught me anything, it’s that the forces vying for our attention want the stories of the day framed as a binary narrative: winning and losing, us and them, etc. This serves a purpose. Binary narratives fuel our fanaticism (and we’re all fanatics for something, I [...]

By |2018-09-14T16:11:29+00:00September 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Flag, Football and more white noise

Today of all days, I want the white noise about National Anthem protests to stop. Day after day, everybody’s losing ground on this issue. Pro football, sports overall and the sports media that feed off it are responsible. Only the fans can fix it, even though we didn’t create the problem. We have a voice. [...]

By |2018-05-28T09:48:53+00:00May 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Placing a Bet on Teamwork

If you follow sports, you know the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday struck down the federal law that prohibited gambling on professional sports everywhere but Vegas. The news pushes back my launch of an 8-part series about teamwork applied to everyday issues. But pro sports never disappoints in delivering drama, so the 8-part series can wait. [...]

By |2018-05-15T06:16:09+00:00May 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Statues, Bronze Busts and Abuse: What to do with Jerry Richardson’s effigy in Charlotte?

I had the privilege of appearing this past week on a Charlotte radio station to promote my just-launched memoir about life in the grip of the NFL as the son of a Hall-of-Famer and life-long pro football stalwart. The interview happened less than 24-hours after the latest round of news about Carolina Panthers owner Jerry [...]

By |2018-04-30T06:35:45+00:00April 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What if fans made the NFL draft picks?

The day might come when you and I make our teams’ draft picks. The popularity of fantasy football, and the opportunity some fans are getting to call plays mid-game on their smart phones, point in that direction. So when the day comes, what’s our draft strategy? Best available athlete? Draft a specialist to fit our [...]

By |2018-04-22T13:09:48+00:00April 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Prologue to Born Fanatic

My high school buddies called him Big Mike. One of them said after meeting him, That was like shaking hands with a package of iron hot dogs. In his heyday, he was a 6'4", 260-pound World Champion, All-Pro offensive tackle, destined for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He had a big meaty head that [...]

By |2018-04-12T12:59:45+00:00April 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Path of Teamwork: Out of the Darkness . . .

Studying sports fanaticism for my memoir taught me a lot about fanaticism across the whole American landscape, especially considering my research took place during the 2016 presidential election cycle. Just like being part of a football team’s fan base, when you’re part of any “tribe,” you belong with passion. For extreme sports fans, that passion [...]

By |2018-04-12T12:47:42+00:00April 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments