A Dear John Letter to the NFL

One man breaks up with the sport he used to love.

I Can’t Write About Football

Aaron W. Voyles examines how the situations with the NFL impact the men he educates.

NFL Diary: Week 17

Ryan Bradley’s a big enough man, a good enough man, to admit what he got right this year, and what he got wrong. He looks back in Week 17 of his NFL Diary.

NFL Diary: Week 14

In Week 14, Ryan Bradley dissects Chip Kelly’s success in his inaugural season as an NFL coach, the Eagles having won 5 in a row and poised to make the playoffs.

NFL Diary: Week 1

Every week this season Ryan Bradley will be reviewing the NFL weekend that was.

Riley Cooper Admits He Did Wrong; Why Defend Him?

Stephen Silver wonders why anyone would try to defend Riley Cooper. He’s not even defending himself.

The Impossibility of the Closet

The “is he or isn’t he?” saga of former NFL All-Pro Kerry Rhodes suggests that keeping silent about one’s sexuality may no longer be an option.

The Grief Performance: Football’s Concussions and Controversies

Ronald Metellus on concussions, Manti Te’o, and the complicity of fandom.

If I Work Out to Chris Brown Music, Am I Supporting an Abuser?

Emily Heist Moss insists that while we can argue for capitalism and free speech, we can’t pretend we don’t know that there are real, ethical, human costs attached to every consumer act we commit.

An Education in Inequality

What Tim Brown has learned from the Penn State scandal about institutional racism.

Sports Matter: Drew Magary

Drew Magary talks to us about growing up the only sports fan in his family, the price of sportswriting, and the instincts of being a fan.

The 10 at 10

Libyan rebels take over Tripoli, Plaxico Burress returns to football, and Stephen Colbert’s PAC satirizes PACs.

To Forget and Then Forgive

Whether you forgive Michael Vick or not, his recent Nike endorsement is a sign that he’ll be allowed to leave his past behind.

Why A-holes Trump Good Men

It’s not so much a case of “nice guys finish last.” They simply get stuck in the middle—and nobody cares about the middle.

Good Idea: Michael Vick, Commencement Speaker

Vick will address graduates of a Philadelphia school program that helps kids with behavioral and emotional issues.

The Top 5 Most Overrated Divisions in Football

What five football divisions are worse than we think?