Saturday, January 31, 2015

Bloomberg: Seahawks' Richard Sherman Takes Out the Trash(Talk)

Posted By on Sat, Jan 31, 2015 at 12:35 PM

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a "Let's Move!" taping with Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks in the White House Kitchen, May 21, 2014. - OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTO BY AMANDA LUCIDON
  • Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon
  • First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a "Let's Move!" taping with Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks in the White House Kitchen, May 21, 2014.

As millions of Americans prepare to chow down on chips and dip while they watch the New England Patriots (14-4) and the Seattle Seahawks (14-4) go head-to-head in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, writer Will Leitch (founding editor of Deadspin) offers some food for thought with his Jan. 30 Bloomberg Politics article, "The NFL's Trashtalker of Truth," a piece about Seahawks' cornerback Richard Sherman, who Fleitch calls "the most eloquent critic of his own league."

It's an excellent, eye-opening read—especially if you've had your fill of Deflategate.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Soccer or Football? This Map Shows Which Term is More Popular Around the World

Posted By on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 5:58 PM

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Is it "soccer" or "football?" Most Americans' usage falls overwhelmingly on the former term, while the rest of the world, including almost all of Asia, South America and Africa, use variations of the term "football."

The term "soccer" is a holdover from the British term "association football." In a 2010 Slate article, writer Brian Phillips explains:

"It's an abbreviation of 'association football.' Both soccer and American football come from the same set of precursor sports, which became popular in upper-class English schools in the early 19th century and spread across the Atlantic. All these games involved advancing a ball through an opponent's territory and scoring at the far end, but the rules varied from place to place. Ultimately, the version adopted as standard in the United Kingdom came to be known as association football, while another set of rules won out in the United States. Thus, the Americans took to calling their gridiron variety football and referred to the British sport by the slang term 'soccer,' derived from the 'soc' in association."

Above is a map showing where "football" and its variants are used, and the (mostly British Commonwealth) countries that use "soccer."

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Need Something To Do Saturday?

Posted By on Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 4:00 PM


In this, the age of 24-hours news coverage, ESPN and constant social media bombardment, it's not enough to turn on the television or walk to the stadium five minutes before the game. All sorts of festivities await the eager fan (or just a casual one who likes complimentary snacks).

If you're planning to party in the park for the Boise Statue University Broncos' home opener on Saturday, Sept. 7, hit up Whole Foods first for the Pre-Game Party, featuring $3 craft beers, wine, grilled grub, yard games and more. You no longer have to be an arm-chair quarterback—you can be one in a parking lot instead.

10 a.m. FREE. Grassy lot on Myrtle next to Whole Foods (401 S. Broadway Ave.), Boise,

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Video: Last Night's Crazy Ending to Monday Night Football

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 9:11 AM

In an NFL season that has already been riddled with controversial plays, last night's Monday Night Football game between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers ended more like a back alley brawl on a play that is certain to be debated by Tuesday morning quarterbacks everywhere.

After being down 7-0 at halftime, the Packers dominated the second half and appeared to be on their way to victory with a 12-7 lead. But with 8 seconds remaining, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tossed a Hail Mary pass into the end zone. That's where Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate and Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings were waiting and ... well, see for yourself.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Intelligence Squared Tackles Banning College Football

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2012 at 1:25 PM

One of the best podcasts around is Intelligence Squared, a show that attempts to ape the legendary Oxford Union debates in the United Kingdom by inviting leading thinkers to take up some of the touchiest issues of the day, then having the audience vote on a winner.

This week, the show took up the topic of whether college football should be banned. Topics covered included risk of head injuries, the roles of universities, effects on recruitment and even how you can't have freedom without the dumb. It was a rousing and passionate back-and-forth with plenty of laughs, insight and some truly surprising results.

But a major part of what made the debate so fascinating is that one of the debaters arguing for the motion was Pulitzer Prize-winning sports journalist Buzz Bissinger, the author of the legendary football book Friday Night Lights. He's hardly the sort you'd expect to come down against football.

A few teaser highlights can be seen in the video below, but the full video or audio are worth a listen for anyone interested in sports, education or how public funding is used. And it's especially worth considering as Boise State's football program continues to garner national acclaim, and the university considers potential expansion plans.

And a special note to commenters: It's probably a good idea to hear the whole debate before chiming in with your two cents because many of the arguments made and the results might surprise you.

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Record Six Broncos Drafted by NFL; Kellen Moore Signs With Lions

Posted By on Sun, Apr 29, 2012 at 8:51 AM

It didn't take long for the formal proceedings of the 2012 NFL Draft to finish before Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore struck a deal. Though he was not chosen during the draft, Moore was quickly signed by the Detroit Lions as a free agent early Saturday evening. Moore would be the third quarterback on the Lions roster behind Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hill. If Moore makes the cut, he is expected to join Boise State veteran Titus Young with the Lions.

A record six Boise State Broncos ended up as draft picks in the marathon sessions that stretched from Thursday evening through Saturday afternoon. They were:

- Defensive end Shea McClellin (first round) to the Chicago Bears
- Running back Doug Martin (first round) to the Tampa Bay Bucs
- Defensive end Tyrone Crawford (third round) to the Dallas Cowboys
- Safety George Iloka (fifth round) to the Cincinnati Bengals
- Defensive tackle Billy Winn (sixth round) to the Cleveland Browns
- Offensive tackle Nate Potter (seventh round) to the the Arizona Cardinals

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Boise State Wins A Share of National Title, Right?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 11:50 AM

After University of Alabama's Monday night thrashing of the Louisiana State University Pussycats in the lamest BCS National Championship game ever played, the Boise State Broncos now hold claim to at least a share of the crystal football, right?

Here's the breakdown:
Boise State dominated nearly all of its competition this season, including one of the most commanding performances of all the bowl games against PAC-12 punching bag Arizona State. The only exception was a fluke 1-point home loss at the hand of an very talented and opportunistic Texas Christian University team.

Alabama not only lost its conference but also its division (to LSU mind you), and yet, still got the invite to a rematch in New Orleans. I guess national championships are buy five, get one free these days (you can't spell 'cronies' without SEC).

Oklahoma State, Alabama, LSU, University of Houston and Boise State all finished the season with one loss.

Strength of schedule is apparently irrelevant because late in the season Alabama's "impenetrable" defense allowed Division II cupcake Georgia Southern University to hang 21 points on them. This is the same defense that shut out what was supposed to be an unstoppable LSU offense.

I'll say this in plain English: Apples to apples, Georgia Southern's offense is demonstrably superior to that of LSU.

Long story short, there is no way the BCS got it even close to right this season. Between Xs and Os, intangibles and politics, I doubt that anyone feels very good about what college football did to itself in 2011-12.

It's only fair to consider that there is—functionally and legitimately—a five-way tie for the national championship. All hype and ESPN-SEC bias aside, it would be foolish for us as thoughtful and logical human beings to view it any other way.

Congrats Broncos, Elephants, Tigers, Cowboys and Cougars. Another thankless trip to the zoo is in the bag, and as far as I can tell we didn't learn a thing.

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Boise State Alum Suit Up for NFL Playoffs

Posted By on Sat, Jan 7, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Boise State will be well-represented on the gridiron today as the National Football League launches its second season with a full slate of playoffs.

More than a dozen former Broncos play in the NFL and four have had their seasons extended into the new year with their teams playing this and/or next weekend. You'll see Chris Carr as cornerback and kick returner for the Batltimore Ravens (his second season in Baltimore), Ryan Clady is an offensive tackle for the Denver Broncos (his third season), Korey Hall plays as a fullback for the New Orleans Saints (he already has one Super Bowl ring from his time playing for the Green Bay Packers) and Titus Young is a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions (his first year in the NFL).

Today the Cincinnati Bengals are in Houston to play the Texans and Detroit is at New Orleans. On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons play at the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers are in Denver to play the Broncos. The New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens each get a bye this week but will suit up next Saturday and Sunday.

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Need Something To Do Monday?

Posted By on Mon, Jan 2, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Some days are meant for lazying around, eating and watching football. If you're fortunate enough not to be at work, today is definitely one of those days. So get some snacks and turn on the tube, or head to pretty much any local bar with a television, and get ready for some football.

With New Year's Day falling on a Sunday, a bunch of bowl games have been scheduled for today so as not to compete with the pro games. Lucky for you, football lover—you get two days of sports and gluttony. And your New Year's Eve hangover is probably pretty close to gone by now, so you can really enjoy the games and be a little less of a zombie.

The Ticket City Bowl, Gator Bowl, Outback Bowl, Capitol One Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Rose Bowl and parade are all happening today, so you can probably watch big men fight over a pigskin for 10 hours straight, if you want to.

Check out a full schedule here. And if today isn't enough, there are a few straggling bowl games that will take place over the next few days.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Boise State Going to Big East

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 8:40 AM


Boise State is set to transfer to the Big East conference in football only starting in 2013.

The deal is particularly interesting because of its geographic range, which also includes the addition of San Diego State (football only), Houston (all sports), Central Florida (all sports), Southern Methodist (all sports), and potentially Navy (football only) down the stretch.

With those schools in play, it appears that the embattled Big East will secure recruiting and media markets across nearly every major region in the United States, and possibly play host to one of the national brand service academies as well. This strategic move may represent the new paradigm in the cutthroat world of college football, but it remains to be seen how effective it will be.

This hideously amateur rendering shows roughly what the Big East's immediate media market reach would look like in 2013, provided that West Virginia's departure is held in check, and Pitt and Syracuse are long gone:


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