Fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be celebrating the NFLs recent change to their blackout policy. Until this year local television stations have not been able to air Buccs games unless they were sold out. This was not a problem before 2010 as all tickets were sold for games played at Raymond James Stadium. However, 13 regular season home games were blacked out during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
The new rules allow teams to set the number of tickets which have to be sold in order to lift a blackout as long as it is at least 85 percent. All seven of Read the rest of this entry »
In an effort to re-brand one of the National Football League’s least successful franchises in recent decades, the Miami Dolphins have decided to enter the 2013 season with a brand-new logo. Seemingly stuck in a perpetual state of rebuilding, the Dolphins front office hopes that good times will follow now that they have a new logo representing the team.
The new logo was leaked by Nike, though the Dolphins front office had planned to slowly introduce the logo of a 30-day period.Get Read the rest of this entry »
Among the commercials and the plays, one of the things that people remember the most about this year’s super bowl is the black out. Where were you and what were you doing when it happened?
Most people were sitting in their homes, rapt with anticipation as the event seemed to cut right into a major moment of the game. It was almost comically inconvenient depending on which side you were rooting for.
The play was made. The die was cast. Then blackness amidst cheers and boos from the stadiums and homes tuned in.
Some people thought the event was some kind of clever stunt – a marketing ploy meant to grab their attention. Others thought it was sabotage from a rival team. And some, actually thought this was an act of terrorism.
Eventually, after 34 minutes which, for some fans felt like an eternity, the power was restored and the culprit, a tripped breaker, was taken care of.
If, for some reason, you were watching Downton Abbey or the Puppy Bowl and you missed it, don’t worry. This flub has become immortal – even more so than the alleged wardrobe malfunction – and, if you have a decent enough provider (mine happens to be http://www.cabletelevision.net/directv/) you’ll never hear the end of it.
NFL players get injuries all the time since the game is physical and brutish. The injury list was formulated 60 years ago and requires all NFL teams to release an injury report every week during the season. These reports are given out on Wednesdays, updated during the weekends before the commencement of the games on Sunday and Monday. The “Injury Reserve” list consists of players who are severely injured and cannot play during the season. NFL allows teams to replace players on the IR list Read the rest of this entry »
Rivalries can come about from several sources: Geographically, historically and from the simple fact that two teams “just don’t like each other.”
Probably the fiercest current rivalry takes place in the AFC’s North between the Steelers and Ravens. This rivalry falls under the “history” sub-heading, since the Ravens originated as the Cleveland Browns before relocating to Baltimore in 1996. Another factor that links these two is their style of play, with both teams having long reputations of sporting shut-down defenses, with the offensive aspect almost an afterthought.
Two other long-time geographic rivals are the Packers and Bears of the NFC Read the rest of this entry »
Which quarterback will be starting for Arizona this season? Coach Whisenhunt announced there would be an open competition between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton during training camp. It sounds nice, but the NFL is a business.
The Cardinals did not sign Kolb to a big contract to be second string. They want him to start. Kolb’s main problem is that he is injury-prone. There is a big difference between being a starter for a full season and being a backup. This season they will have to Read the rest of this entry »
The Baltimore Ravens are becoming one of the most consistent teams in the National Football League. They have managed to be fierce AFC competitors over the last seasons with an impressive roster including Ray Rice, Joe Flacco, Terrell Suggs, Ed Reed and of course Ray Lewis.
However, this roster is not permanent and the franchise is always looking to the leaders of the future. They have several rookies looking to make a serious impression at training camp this year from many prominent schools. Read the rest of this entry »
Prior to the last few seasons, the Detroit Lions have managed to be the butt of jokes when it came to the National Football League. Thanks to their empty stadium seats and embarrassing losses, not many fans had hope in the Lions anymore. There were several occasions when the games would actually be blacked out, due to such low attendance rates. What blacked out means is that the game would not be televised for those at home to watch. This gave Detroit football a bad name.
Thankfully, with the help of a new coach Read the rest of this entry »