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Adam Kramer chronicles the journey of Nacita, who was deemed ineligible by the NCAA last season because he accepted shelter while homeless.
Andy Staples explains how college football players are using insurance policies to protect themselves from injury while waiting to become eligible for the NFL.
Michael Silver opens-and-closes this piece with anecdotes about what it was like to try and deal with notoriously cantankerous Raiders legend Al Davis. In between is the undertold story of a ground-breaking, status-quo-shattering iconoclast who paved the way for equality and refused to take credit for it.
John Ourand profiles the original sideline reporter, Lesley Visser, whose four-decade career in sports journalism is both an inspiration and testament to what one can achieve through professionalism and consistent, quiet quality.
Alex Kirby pulls back the curtain on the process that has led the ex-coach-turned-author from breaking down film to a film analyst.
Matt Waldman takes us inside the absurdity of the process, kicking off with this gem of an opening sentence:
“Ask me 15 years ago if I thought I’d ever be critiquing the butts of men and I would have laughed you out of the room. Looking back, I can say that time makes asses of us all.”
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Says David R. McCullough: “The NFL’s domestic violence issues are neither over, or forgotten. As the leading entertainment business in America, football remains the best platform to bring awareness to this issue.”
Says Ted Nguyen: “Some of the cuts he makes, makes my knees feel like they are going to explode.”
Says Philip Kibbey: “This is my favorite thing on the internet in quite a while. His panther growls are pretty good.”
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— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 25, 2016
— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) January 31, 2016
Reggie Ragland weighed in at 259 because he "ate too much" after CFP title game. Told me he'll be under 255 for combine, maybe under 250.
— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) January 28, 2016
16 years ago today, the Patriots hired Bill Belichick. The other 31 NFL teams have had 160 head coaches combined since then.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 27, 2016
— Graham Gano (@GrahamGano) January 30, 2016
The Book Corner
Mike Freeman’s book, Two Minute Warning: How Concussions, Crime, and Controversy Could Kill the NFL (And What the League Can Do to Survive) is a tremendous read for football fans who care about the future of the game.
Alex Kirby’s 2014 book Speed Kills: Breaking Down The Chip Kelly Offense should be one of the better selling tomes in the Bay Area this offseason.