This Week In Football’s Finest Writing – July 1, 2016

Inside The Pylon works to deliver quality football content to our readers. Football’s finest writing & tweeting collects some of our favorite pieces by friends and colleagues for the week of June 24, 2016 and shares them with you.

The Weekly Reading List

Ditka vs. Ryan: The Feud That Fueled the ’85 Chicago Bears

Rich Cohen explores the dynamic between two legendary coaches, Mike Ditka and Buddy Ryan, that fueled one of the most legendary defenses in NFL history.


Dr. Z’s Memoirs:  Life in Journalism

Paul Zimmerman, better known as Dr. Z, looks back on his career from a schoolboy sports reporter at the Sac Bee to the national spotlight at Sports Illustrated.


Where Are They Now: NFL draft bust Mike Williams

Doug Farrar catches up with Mike Williams who has put the draft bust label behind him and embraces life as a high school coach.


Former TCU long snapper details day he was cut from Seahawks

Jeff Caplan relates the story of special teamer Clint Gresham’s release in vivid detail, showing an ugly side of the NFL.

The Podcast List – The Best Stuff For Your Ears

Quick Kicks Podcast: Former Oakland Raiders CEO Amy Trask Interview Part 1

Former Chief Executive Officer of the Oakland Raiders, the Princess of Darkness herself, Amy Trask, joined Mark Schofield and Chuck Zodda on the ITP Quick Kicks Podcast to talk about her career choice, the NFL, Al Davis, and much more. Click here for part 2 of the interview.

The Book Corner

The aforementioned Amy Trask wrote You Negotiate Like a Girl: Reflections on a Career in the National Football League which details how she rose from intern to chief executive, her interactions with the legendary Al Davis, and what the inner workings of the NFL are really like.


Fantasy football players who want to invest in next year’s success will find Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio invaluable before they draft for this coming season. This year’s RSP was released on April 1, 2016, and is well worth the investment. The post-draft edition allows Matt time to study, present, and rank additional players who are drafted or are prominent free agent signings.


Our own Mark Schofield wrote 17 Drives, breaking down a key drive from each week of the 2015-2016 College Football Season, culminating in Alabama’s victory over Clemson to earn a national championship.


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