Football

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackso

Lamar Jackson Made the Billionaires Blink Lamar Jackson Made the Billionaires Blink

After a two-year odyssey, the MVP quarterback scores a contract that was even more about power than about money.

May 2, 2023 / Dave Zirin

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson’s Sin: Not Playing Their Game Lamar Jackson’s Sin: Not Playing Their Game

The incredibly talented quarterback can’t find a new team. It reveals the ugly way NFL owners do business.

Mar 31, 2023 / Dave Zirin

members of the Connecticut Sun team kneel during the playing of the national anthe

The New Era of Backlash in Sports and Politics The New Era of Backlash in Sports and Politics

Trump opened up the world of sports to the hard right.

Mar 1, 2023 / Dave Zirin

Why People Don’t Even Trust the Super Bowl

Why People Don’t Even Trust the Super Bowl Why People Don’t Even Trust the Super Bowl

It’s unsurprising that a game wrapped in lies produces a result that many cannot accept.

Feb 13, 2023 / Dave Zirin

Buffalo Bills players and staff pray for their teammate Damar Hamlin during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Cincinnati, which was postponed 59 minutes after Hamlin collapsed.

Is It Time to Cancel Football? Is It Time to Cancel Football?

Now, as the Super Bowl looms, is it time to turn your back on football? Or would you prefer to “man up” and leave any qualms about its violence in the dust of recent history?

Feb 10, 2023 / Robert Lipsyte

Stefon Diggs, #14 of the Buffalo Bills, leaps for a pass, with Jaire Alexander, #23 of the Green Bay Packers, in pursuit, October 30, 2022. (Joshua Bessex / Getty Images)

Heartbreak Is Life: Reflections of a Football Fan Heartbreak Is Life: Reflections of a Football Fan

Like life, football is ultimately about loss, struggle, grace, danger, and finding joy wherever we can.

Feb 10, 2023 / Multimedia / JoAnn Wypijewski

The back of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady's football jersey.

So Who Was Tom Brady? So Who Was Tom Brady?

After a quarter-century in the public eye, the future Hall of Famer is retiring, and we somehow know even less about him now than when he started.

Feb 3, 2023 / Dave Zirin

The Enduring Stench of Jerry Jones’s Politics

The Enduring Stench of Jerry Jones’s Politics The Enduring Stench of Jerry Jones’s Politics

The owner of Dallas Cowboys has never hired a Black head coach—and the team hasn’t won a championship in 27 years.

Jan 24, 2023 / Dave Zirin

Tony Dungy of NBC Sports

Tony Dungy Is a Right-Wing Zealot and the NFL and NBC Don’t Care Tony Dungy Is a Right-Wing Zealot and the NFL and NBC Don’t Care

The Hall of Fame coach is held up as the epitome of character—but Tony Dungy has used his devoutness as cover for anti-gay bigotry.

Jan 19, 2023 / Dave Zirin

Buffalo Bills players react to an injury sustained by Damar Hamlin #3 with an ambulance on the field during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium in Ohio.

Damar Hamlin’s Pain Is Not a Feel-Good Story Damar Hamlin’s Pain Is Not a Feel-Good Story

The NFL is encouraging the public to feel joy instead of trauma so the show can go on. 

Jan 11, 2023 / Dave Zirin

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