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Rick Perry is the Houston Texans, and how the rest of the GOP presidential field measures up to the NFL playoffs

Rick Perry is the Houston Texans, and how the rest of the GOP presidential field measures up to the NFL playoffs


Sports radio guy and notorious pants salesman DAMON AMENDOLARA breaks it down: RICK PERRY is the Houston Texans: meaning he has no chance. NEWT GINGRICH?...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 11, 2012
The year ahead in sports

The year ahead in sports

It seemed for every hail Mary, walk-off homer, and buzzer beater in 2011, the sports pages had a story on work stoppages, performance-enhancing drugs, or mind-boggling college-conference realignments.
Looking forward to more scoring and less scandal
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  December 30, 2011

Political football

Sadly, the only upcoming event with the capacity to truly inspire hope for millions of Americans, the start of the 2011 NFL season, will be twice marred by our current political culture and media.
Balls, pucks and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  September 09, 2011

Why the NFL sucks

Oh, we meant to say "Why the NFL sucks . . . except for the Patriots." Sorry. And prepare yourself for a sporting screed.
Tales of the No Fun League; judging the judges; parsing the Pamphlet of Record
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 07, 2011

Why you should watch tonight's Jets-Patriots game with your laptop open


To the age-old tendency to watch a football game with the TV sound down and the radio sound up, the mavericks at FOOTBALLZ TALK have...
By Carly Carioli  |  December 06, 2010
Interview with Bar-Lev, part 3

Interview with Bar-Lev, part 3


PREVIOUSLY: Part I | Part II PK: So did you have particular filmmakers that inspired you to want to make movies? ABL: Yeah, I had...
By Peter Keough  |  September 06, 2010


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Review: The Tillman Story

An extraordinary convergence occurs about halfway through Amir Bar-Lev's infuriating, heartbreaking account of the life, death, and afterlife of NFL star turned problematic war hero Pat Tillman.
The fraud of war: a hero of our time
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 03, 2010
Interview with Amir Bar-Lev, part 2

Interview with Amir Bar-Lev, part 2


 In which Pvt. Tillman Meets Pvt. Lynch and Bar-Lev sees religion in everything. (Read Part I of my interview here.) PK: Also, military service was...
By Peter Keough  |  September 01, 2010
Interview with Amir Bar-Lev, director of "The Tillman Story"

Interview with Amir Bar-Lev, director of "The Tillman Story"


 Now that the Iraq War is over we can focus more of our anxiety, outrage, and depression on another flummoxed and bloody miscue, the war...
By Peter Keough  |  August 31, 2010
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Sports Blotter: ESPN kiddie rap

Man, has any sports scandal ever gotten less coverage?
It ain't easy being Green. Plus, UGA cops play the name game, and D-West gets weird.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 23, 2010
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Mirror, mirror

Virtually every year, like clockwork, a college-football player is arrested for getting blasted and then running around town vandalizing cars — a crime that almost always involves ripping multiple side mirrors off of multiple automobiles.
Smashing up cars in South Alabama; Plus, it's that frisky NFL draft time of year
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 30, 2010


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QB freak

Trying to parse the situation with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his sexual-assault allegations, one comes to some interesting conclusions. The strategy pursued by law enforcement in this case speaks volumes.
No charges for Roethlisberger, but Big Ben’s reputation might be sacked
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 23, 2010
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Cookie monster

The Florida International University football program was rocked recently when running back Kendall Berry was stabbed to death in front of eight witnesses — allegedly by an ex–FIU teammate.
Senseless tragedy at FIU; plus, late-night fun at Marshall and some Oregon fallout
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 16, 2010
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Number two blues

As we approach NFL draft season, it’s fun to look back at those great draft prospects of yore, the workout warriors and combine heroes who titillated coordinators, coaches, and fans leading up to the big selection day in New York.
Ryan Leaf’s sad story continues; plus, Ronnie Brown driving wild in Atlanta
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 02, 2010
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Texas stranger

Gilbert Arenas, you might've started something.
A Dallas fullback plays cowboys and valets; Plus, the Laird brothers learn from their elders
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 12, 2010
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Bengals and Bulldogs

There hasn't been a whole lot to cheer about in New England Patriots country of late, and I'm not sure that this will fit the bill, but let's try it on for size.
Cincinnati's back on the sports-crime map. Plus, a Georgia alum fills in the blanks.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 05, 2010


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NBA shoot-around

Sometimes, even superstar athletes just wear out their welcome. When Gilbert Arenas came into the league back in 2001, and especially after he moved to the Wizards in '03, "Agent Zero" was poised to be the next big thing in basketball.
Gilbert Arenas brings the Bullets back to Washington. Plus, a D-lineman dustup.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 29, 2010
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Bland theft auto

Man, talk about a meme that won't die!
Ex-Patriot Terry Glenn's suburban sprawl. Plus, Charles Rogers needs a nap.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 15, 2010
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Throwback shame

Well, another year in sports crime has come and gone.
Nice try, Tiger. But sports crime in 2009 was ruled by the ghosts of Foxboro past.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 08, 2010
Monday Night Football preview: A perfect distillation of East-Coast media bias!

Monday Night Football preview: A perfect distillation of East-Coast media bias!


Oh Year End List Makers:This week (the second to last of the Footballz broadcast schedule) we reap the benefits of a sports media that is...
By Footballz Talk  |  December 21, 2009
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Goon to Carolina

A few years ago, there was a lot of sentiment in Patriots country for drafting a University of Miami linebacker named Jon Beason.
Jon Beason takes it outside. Plus, an ex-NFL lineman doubles down and gets busted.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 11, 2009


Monday Night Football preview: The Last Game of the Third Part of the Regular Season!

Monday Night Football preview: The Last Game of the Third Part of the Regular Season!


FWeek 13: when the NFL hits the doldrums. The Baltimore Ravens usually sit someplace between boring and deplorable. Ray Lewis just seems like a dick...
By Footballz Talk  |  December 07, 2009
Monday Night Football preview: "Possible Super Bowl Preview" is a phrase you will hear!

Monday Night Football preview: "Possible Super Bowl Preview" is a phrase you will hear!


 Week 12 is upon us, the Thanksgiving has passed, and while we have feasted and fattened, the NFL has trimmed itself down to a small...
By Footballz Talk  |  November 30, 2009
Monday Night Football preview: Two teams that should be named the Oilers!

Monday Night Football preview: Two teams that should be named the Oilers!


Foot Ballz Talk is a live internet broadcast in which “two guys talk about football during a Monday night and play records.” It is produced...
By Footballz Talk  |  November 23, 2009

Doing the math: Belichick's 4th-and-2 call was statistically better decision


The New York Times's 5th Down Blog has done the math, and it turns out that the Patriots had a better chance to win the...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 16, 2009
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Golden goofballs

Yet another major-program football player walked the Taser plank this past week, though this one was called back from the edge just in time.
Minnesota football teams produce twin dummies
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 13, 2009


Rush Limbaugh, NFL owner?


It could happen--apparently, the star of the Excellence in Broadcasting Network is teaming with St. Louis Blues owner Dave Checketts in an attempt to buy...
By Adam Reilly  |  October 06, 2009
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Are you ready for some Footballz?

These days, thanks to Internet-related information overload, football fans are more educated than ever. So why, exactly, do we need idiotic TV commentators telling us what we already know about how talented Drew Brees and Adrian Peterson are, or that
Ha-Ha Huddle Dept.
By RYAN STEWART  |  September 18, 2009

Burrito, Vampires, Football, MRTPQ, Ed-FX and WTF


  The Info Burrito, Fletcher's Awful TV Review, a surprise guest, Steve DeOssie, MRTPQ, Special Ed-FX and the WTF Line all make todays The Sandbox...
By Charlie  |  September 14, 2009
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Getting the boot

Last month, we announced the triumphant return of the Florida State football program to the summit of the sports-crime world.
The Seminoles do it again. Plus, will the real Vontae Davis please stand up?
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 01, 2009