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Why the NFL Is Desperately Seeking a Saviour

Andy Juniper | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada
Andy Juniper

Last season, of course, a bullying scandal came to light in pro football wherein Richie Incognito, a truly offensive offensive lineman, was (in the words of The New York Times) "found to have engaged in serial harassment" and "a pattern of bullying" against Miami Dolphin teammate Jonathan Martin, who eventually left Miami under "psychological duress."

This Gay NFL Player's Courage Should Not Be Overlooked

Philip Plante-Ajah | Posted 08.31.2014 | Canada
Philip Plante-Ajah

He's a young guy, incredible athlete, but most importantly, I think, is the intangible he brings to a team. It is not that the fact that he is gay, it is that he is gay and is not affected by society's fascination with it and appears to be complete able to operate under intense national scrutiny and attention, something very few rookies are able to do.

People Seem To Be Confused About Who's Most Affected By Domestic Violence

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada Living

In light of the announcement that the NFL would implement harsh punishments for those in the league found committing domestic abuse on Friday, many a...

The Unwritten Rules of Professional Locker Rooms

Lio Perron | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada
Lio Perron

In my opinion, bombastic statements are generally a defence mechanism by those who feel put upon by their community. However, as minorities we rarely control society's prevailing narrative. Therefor our comments are often misinterpreted. Professional sports is big business and players who attract controversy tend to scare away sponsors.

RACIAL SLUR

CP | Alan Fram, The Associated Press | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada

WASHINGTON - Half the U.S. Senate urged NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday to change the Washington Redskins' name, saying it is a racist slur...

Is Homophobia a Religious or a Psychological Issue?

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

Historically, prejudice of any kind could be freely expressed with few repercussions (emotional, legal, or otherwise) so long as there was a reasonable justification. Religion has often served as the justification, and has therefore facilitated an array of prejudice, from racism to sexism to homophobia. Over time, the use of religious beliefs to justify prejudice has tended to decline, but still persists -- especially when it comes to homosexuality.

Michael Sam and the Fight Against the Christian Right

Lio Perron | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Living
Lio Perron

For the first time in U.S. history gay rights took centre stage during the NFL's entry draft, a three-day media bonanza carried live on television. The St. Louis Rams picked Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, who kissed his partner on the lips on live television.

The NFL Is All About Brotherhood... Unless You're Different From Them

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

You want to tell me that Michael Sam's sexuality is a distraction? You want to tell me that his presence in the National Football League deserves to be questioned, while Manziel sprays Cleveland with champagne and Blake Bortles, a Central Florida kid, rides in and takes over Jacksonville?

NFL Cheerleaders Are Ra-Ra-Raging Over Labour Laws

Gal's Got Game | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Business
Gal's Got Game

Give me an F! E! D! and a U! and a P! They're a big part of the game day experience but NFL cheerleaders are no longer keeping to the sidelines when it comes to their treatment on and off the field. Multiple former NFL cheerleaders have come forward in 2014 to tell their stories -- often in the form of lawsuits -- of harsh working conditions, peanuts for pay, and demeaning behaviour rules.

The NFL Needs to Stop Getting Greedy and Fat

Andy Juniper | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada
Andy Juniper

More cookies for the customers. More overeating. Less special, more mundane. And all resulting in more injuries to players in a league already beset with a concussion crisis -- a league purportedly acting with the best interests of its greatest assets in mind -- and injured stars subsequently being replaced by less-talented players. All of which equals a dangerously diluted product.

How the NFL is Perpetuating Racism

Christopher Stuart Taylor | Posted 04.25.2014 | Canada Sports
Christopher Stuart Taylor

I find it appalling that the NFL who has a whole team -- I repeat a whole team -- that is named after a racial slur against First Nations peoples, the Washington Redskins, is all of a sudden in the business of "politically correctness." In terms of the Redskins, the NFL finds all kinds of excuses on why they should keep the name.

'Michael Sam Is Going To Open Himself Up To A Lot Of Criticism'

AP | Paul Newberry | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Living

Michael Sam could've taken the -- well, not the easy, but certainly the easier -- way out by staying mum on his sexual orientation, at least until aft...

FOOTBALL STAR: I'M GAY

AP | Ralph D. Russo | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Living

Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL. In interviews w...

The Surprising Antidote For a Wound

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgIf you happen to fall down and injure yourself, according to football mantra, the best thing to do is to get back up and rub some dirt on the wound. But the arboreal alternative has been used for centuries by indigenous populations and by many in the natural health community.

Maybe the NFL Needs a Kick in the PATs

Andy Juniper | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Sports
Andy Juniper

As the NFL begins its Road to the Super Bowl this weekend, some critics are contemplating the point of it all. No, not the point of the playoffs. Or the point of the game of football. But, rather, the point of the point. You know, the PAT (Point After Touchdown). Which some call the 'conversion'. And others call the 'extra point'. And which esteemed Sports Illustrated scribe Peter King calls "The biggest waste of time in sports."

Who Wants An NFL Team In Canada?

CP | Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.31.2014 | Canada

TORONTO - An overwhelming majority of Canadians don't want an NFL team in Canada, especially if it means the demise of the CFL, a survey suggests.Fort...

Unlike The Super Bore -- Er, Super Bowl -- The Grey Cup's Got Game

Andy Juniper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Andy Juniper

Sex reared its head in a press conference featuring the Grey Cup's two coaches this week: "Hey, coach, should your players have sex before the big game?" Roughriders coach Corey Chamblin brought down the house with his response: "They win the championship, they'll have a lot of it. Trust me."

How the NHL Won (and Lost) a New (Black) Fan

Christopher Stuart Taylor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Christopher Stuart Taylor

I'm Canadian. I like sports. I like hockey. I also happen to be Black. That's why it was such a point of pride to see P.K. Subban on the ice; the NHL was finally making good on its intention to court more non-white fans. Then I watched P.K.'s teammate, George Parros, get wheeled off the ice on a stretcher, and I wondered how many new fans thought they just saw a man die.

Ladies, Are You Ready for NFL Season? Start With This A to Z

Gal's Got Game | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada
Gal's Got Game

After months of players changing teams, a shocking amount of crime, and half listening to the ramblings of your Fantasy Football playing friends, the 2013 NFL season is set to begin. There are dozens of storylines heading into 2013 but we're going to highlight just a few here. Keep in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

We Know Why Women Fake It, But Why Does the NFL?

Andy Juniper | Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada
Andy Juniper

Faking it is part of our culture. Soccer players around the globe have been faking it for years -- that is, feigning most-grievous injury where, in fact, not even a light stroke of contact occurred. And in recent years, even the big boys of basketball have taken to faking contact, flopping about on the court like a fish on a dry dock with Oscar-worthy performances.

NFL Season Starts on Thursday, and All Eyes Are on the Punters

Andy Juniper | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada
Andy Juniper

Inarguably, the quarterback position is the most glamorous in all of sports, certainly in all of football. Uncertain of whether the glamour claim is 100 per cent true? Ah, when was the last time you saw an offensive guard on the cover of a fashion magazine? Never, that's when.

Kids, Play On! - Aggressive Parents Should Chill Out On The Sidelines

Martin Parnell | Posted 08.16.2013 | Canada Alberta
Martin Parnell

Why would millions of kids walk away from sports which are meant to be fun? Well, the reason is it's not fun, not when Mum and Dad are "Yellers". Children are embarrassed by parents behaving aggressively on the sideline of junior sports event, especially their own. Telling a 16 year-old, "you're not trying hard enough" or, "you'll be cut from the team" is bad enough. But telling a 6 year-old is, surely, unacceptable.

Black Monday Could Be the NFL's Hit Drama

Andy Juniper | Posted 03.03.2013 | Canada
Andy Juniper

Every year on the Monday after the last Sunday of the regular season, the NFL unofficially holds its annual (seemingly drunken) firing fest as the wise people who hired all these apparently inept people in the first place, conclude at once not that they made horrible hiring decisions. And yet, oddly enough, the league seems to do little to capitalize on all this inherent drama.

NFL Players Not Wearing Cups? That's Nuts

Andy Juniper | Posted 02.09.2013 | Canada
Andy Juniper

It seems more than a bit odd that, according to a probing piece in The New York Times, players do not protect those delicate, tender, highly sought-after jewels. Seriously, though: no cups? That's astonishing. I mean, they wear equipment to protect every other area. Why be more protective of the kidneys than the cookies? More protective of the noggin than the nuggets?

Why NFL "Insiders" Get it Wrong

Andy Juniper | Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada
Andy Juniper

The National Football League has reached the halfway point of the 2012 regular season. It affords self-proclaimed "NFL Insiders" an ideal opportunity to rationalize why all their pre-season predictions are miles off the mark, and to make brand-spanking new bold, brash, altogether insightful, and just-as-inaccurate predictions for the second half of the season.