Geoffrey Norman

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

Fat Lady Blues: The Saints Go Slouching Home

 

At about midway through the third quarter, the announcers started talking about how, if the New Orleans Saints could possibly come back from down seventeen points and beat the Minnesota Vikings, then the only playoff comeback of greater magnitude would be the one the New England Patriots pulled off in last year’s Super Bowl. This […]

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And a Freshman Shall Save Them

 

The game between Alabama and Georgia, Monday night, had some of everything. Perhaps it would be better to say that it had it all. Or as the purest fan of the Georgia Bulldogs or the Alabama Crimson Tide might put it, this wasn’t life or death; it was a lot more important than that. Researchers […]

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Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler

 

The game went “down to the wire”… as they say. That phrase is lifted from horse racing but has become sort of an all-purpose sports locution that can be hauled out on occasions like the one Sunday night when the New Orleans Saints held on to defeat the Carolina Panthers in the best game of […]

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The Buffalo Bills Are Not Defunct

 

The regular season is over and it went out on a high note. Which the NFL needed badly. It had been a year of low ratings, lousy officiating, players protesting when they were not brawling, and an overall sense of malaise settling over what had been, for years, America’s national sport… if not its national […]

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No Football for Christmas

 

The National Football League had a couple of games scheduled for Christmas Day but I couldn’t watch them. Couldn’t, even if I had wanted to. And I didn’t. We were visiting my daughter on her farm. She had just taken ownership and hadn’t yet had time — or, perhaps, the desire — to get cable […]

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A Catch By Any Other Name

 

After several centuries of debate, we still do not know how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. But football philosophers do know what constitutes a “catch” in the National Football League. Here is Al Riveron, Senior Vice President of Officiating, for the NFL explaining a ruling on Sunday night that might […]

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American Football … Like It Ought to Be

 

None of the players in this football game could have made it in the NFL. They were all amateurs in the truest sense of that corrupted word. But, then, when it comes to football they have bigger fish to fry. More important objectives than the big professional contract or the Super Bowl victory. They are, […]

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Man of the Hour

 

It was, once upon a time, a big deal to be named Time magazine’s “Man of the Year.” Or, in more recent times… Person of the Year. What Time is after, as it self-proclaims, is that singular human who has “… for better or for worse… done the most to influence the events of the […]

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Calling the Game — If Only John Gruden Were John Madden

 

Tried to watch the Houston Texans vs. the Baltimore Ravens. Honest… really tried. And while the football wasn’t too bad, the announcing left me adrift. Sean McDonough is probably as good at play-by-play as anyone, but John Gruden… well, to put it charitably, he is no John Madden. But, then, nobody is. And probably, nobody […]

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Goodell vs. Jones: The Game Within the Game

 

Jerry Jones is having a bad year. His football team was close to going to the Super Bowl last season but was denied in the playoffs when Aaron Rodgers managed an improbable pass completion, breaking the hearts of all true fans of the Dallas Cowboys and especially that of the team’s owner. The Cowboys had […]

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