Geoffrey Norman

Geoffrey Norman is a long-time contributor to The American Spectator. His novel Inch by Inch can be found on Amazon.

Money for Nothing: Welcome to Goodellgate

 

For the NFL, it was more of the same last weekend. Another one of those “marquis players” going down with a season ending injury. In this case, Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks who blew out his Achilles tendon. Sherman was a media favorite for his reliably “provocative” quotes. He will be missed. Or maybe […]

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Hurting Season

 

Four days after his performance against the Seattle Seahawks had people saying Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans was on his way to the best rookie season of any NFL quarterback ever, he went down with a season-ending injury. It wasn’t so surprising that Watson would get hurt. First, because in the NFL just about […]

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Losing Yards — Even With Deshaun Watson

 

The NFL needed a bounce back weekend and did not get it. There was a sort of Best of Times, Worst of Times quality about the games and the controversies that have attached to it like a diseased tick. Early in the week, there were signs that perhaps the kneel-downs and various other gestures of […]

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Halftime Woe

 

Hard to argue that the NFL bounced back last weekend. Consider the Thursday game. (The NFL weekend begins early and runs late, until past midnight on Monday which means that, technically, the weekend goes from Thursday to Tuesday.) Anyway… the game was played in Oakland, between the local Raiders who will soon be moving to […]

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Injured and Out

 

When age and injuries had caught up (as they say) with Peyton Manning, the Indianapolis Colts went all in on a quarterback from Stanford who would be the future of the franchise. And for a while, it appears as though the Colts had made the right call. Andrew Luck was raw and sometimes tried to […]

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Playing Hurt

 

Professional football players shouldn’t really care about rivalries. Rivalries are for the college game where you find Alabama vs. Auburn, Michigan vs. Ohio Stare, Army vs. Navy, and so on. The passion that surrounds these annual games is intense enough to be frightening. Fans and players really care and will tell you that the game […]

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Players Kneeling, Flags Flying

 

If you were a faithful fan and not yet ready to give up on the game, you may have tuned in last Sunday morning to watch the New Orleans Saints play the Miami Dolphins. You would have told yourself that while the NFL was having its troubles, you could ignore all that political stuff. Let […]

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The Games Go On

 

The NFL needed a good day, Sunday, and needed it badly. Earlier in the week, President Donald Trump had made some famously intemperate remarks about those players who would not stand for the playing of the Star Spangled Banner before the opening kickoff of a game. Something about how a team owner should fire any […]

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Lost Weekend for the NFL

 

Hard to imagine anyone feeling sorry for the National Football League. The money, the TV ratings, the magnificently gaudy stadiums… professional football seems inevitable and unstoppable. But … Those TV ratings were down for the first week’s package of games and network executives inevitably blamed… the weather. Specifically, the hurricanes that hit Texas and Florida. […]

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Fourth and Long for the NFL

 

Television ratings declined, last season, for the National Football League’s games. This came as a shock to the Lords of the NFL. Ratings are not supposed to decline. The NFL’s ratings never decline. This is a law of nature. The popularity of football is always on the increase even as its presence spreads, with games […]

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