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A missed opportunity; Call of maturity; a peek inside the Santa suit

The recent murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend should serve as a teachable moment for the media and boneheaded sports fans. And I'm not talking about a rehash of the "Guns don't kill people; people kill pe
A teachable moment
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 07, 2012

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
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Phillip Merling: Oh, baby

This week's foul NFL news emanates from down South, where Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Phillip Merling was busted for assaulting his pregnant girlfriend.  
A Dolphin gets flagged for illegal hands to face; plus, Zach Randolph resurfaces
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 04, 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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The dumbass chronicles

Right about now, every football fan in America is asking him- or herself the same question: if Shaun Rogers is dumb enough to bring a gun to an airport, what did the guy score on the Wonderlic?
Shaun Rogers flunks out; plus, fun at the clubs with the Pittsburgh Steelers
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 09, 2010
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Just fight, baby

Things just keep getting exponentially worse (and more amusing) for the Oakland Raiders.
The Oakland Raiders fall into a silver-and-black hole. Plus, a UFC fighter gets punchy.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 16, 2009


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America's scam

What a year for former New England Patriots and the criminal-justice system!
Eugene Lockhart funds his own buyout. Plus, why do pro athletes hate cabbies?
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 11, 2009
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Blowin' in the wind

There's going to be a lot of snickering and chortling this week after former-top-NFL-prospect-turned-galactic-draft-bust Ryan Leaf got arrested on drug and burglary charges.
Ryan Leaf returns from exile. Plus, Missy Giove goes downhill fast, and Donte Stallworth gets sentenced.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 26, 2009
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Sports blotter: Donte's inferno

Let's just say this right at the outset: Donte Stallworth always seemed like a good dude.
Ex-Patriot Stallworth makes the mistake of his life. Plus, if the judge won't do it, Roger Goodell will.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 25, 2009
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Blount's blunts

Let’s just say it’s been a while since we’ve seen a pound-worthy entry to the annals of pot busts, as we did this week.
Sports blotter: "Gone to pot" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 17, 2008
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Shattered Plax


Sports blotter: Burress edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 10, 2008


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Surprising

You do a thing often enough, you tend to get good at that thing.
Sports blotter: "Absolutely fell out of my chair" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 03, 2008
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Bad idea jeans


Sports blotter: "You’re looking at some years, son" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 25, 2008
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Magnum farce


Sports blotter: "CSI: Binghamton" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 19, 2008
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He choked big time


Sports blotter: "Ugly incident" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 12, 2008
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Quiet before the storm

There have been a lot of mysteries surrounding the Patriots in the Bill Belichick years, not surprising given the intense effort the team puts into maintaining airtight clubhouse and organizational secrecy in general.
Sports blotter: "Good call, coach" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 05, 2008


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BBs and b-balls

A few years ago, it looked like college athletes shooting strangers with BB guns was going to be the boutique sports offense of the 21st century.
Sports blotter: "Inducing panic" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 29, 2008
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Cursed Aztecs

San Diego State Aztecs basketball coach Steve Fisher lectures his players during the season about how to behave off the court, getting pretty specific about what he doesn’t want to see.  
Sports blotter: "Late-night shopping" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 22, 2008
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Hello, Larry

Absolutely nothing is funny about the Lawrence Phillips case, so let’s not even go there — there isn’t a single laugh to be found in this past week’s news that the onetime Next Jim Brown was sentenced to 10 years in Cali.  
Sports blotter: "End of an era" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 16, 2008

Spygate hits home

The best meal of my year is the breakfast a chef friend has been cooking in his home on the first Sunday morning of NFL football for the past 14 seasons.
Balls and pucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  September 10, 2008
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Hardball

Once upon a time, two daily newspapers battled in Boston.
How Herald  publisher Pat Purcell could pitch inside — and brush back the Globe
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 07, 2008


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Return of the Pac

The sad thing about Adam “Pacman” Jones is that we won’t have him to kick around in columns like this much longer.
Sports blotter: "Never coming back to the NFL at this rate" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 23, 2008
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Skell of the year

Much less funny than usual, was 2007.
Sports crime: 2007 in review
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 18, 2007
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Crack makes a comeback

It’s been so long, it’s hard not to feel nostalgic.
Sports blotter: "Remembering the heyday of Lawrence Taylor and Darryl Strawberry" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 03, 2007
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Groundhog Day

It’s actually getting boring.
Sports blotter: "Running out of ways to make fun of the Bengals" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 27, 2007
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Goodell-y two-shoes

In trouble once again this week is former Justin Miller Award winner . . . Justin Miller.
Sports blotter: "Commish got his work cut out for him" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 23, 2007