Mar 212011
 
War of Words: NFL Players Answer Commissioner Roger Goodell

Remember that summer when you went away to camp and fell in love? You got the girl’s address and began writing love letters back and forth. Well, the letters written from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to the NFL players and the one written back to the commissioner by a handful of players are nothing like those [...]

Mar 202011
 
Dallas Cowboys' Rich Dalrymple: The Man Assigned to Making the Mad Hatter Seem Sane

Rich Dalrymple of the Dallas Cowboys may have the toughest job in professional sports. No. He does not play quarterback, cornerback or left tackle. To my knowledge, he has never had to read a blitz, cover a speedy receiver or block a bull rushing defensive end.

Mar 182011
 
Guerrilla Warfare: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Takes Battle to the Trenches

Call it guerrilla warfare— or gorilla warfare, if you prefer. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decided to be the 800 pound gorilla in the living room of every NFL player. Unsuccessful in moving the NFLPA so much as an inch in the owners’ direction during mediation, Goodell has taken the fight to the trenches. He sent [...]

Mar 172011
 
NFL Lockout: Jerry Jones, Adrian Peterson, and other Reasons to Boycott the NFL

What is the NFFFL? Stick with me, and I will tell you. About the time you figure out which side you support in the NFL lockout, someone on that side makes a remark that makes you think twice. One thing that has become painfully obvious to me is that the concern for the fan is [...]

Feb 092011
 
Bruce Thornton: Former Dallas Cowboy Talks Football, Life, and Life Without Football

Bruce Thornton is a big man. During the Premiere League flag football game, put on by the NFL Players Association the Friday night before the Super Bowl, I spotted him (well, I could not have missed him) in the media bullpen, towering over the rest of us. It is hard to believe, but I recognized [...]

Feb 052011
 
Getting Down in Downtown Dallas: NFLPA Throws Biggest Party of Super Bowl Week

In Texas, Friday night lights can mean one thing, and one thing only: Football, baby. Last night, the NFL Players Association gave new meaning to the term with their NFL Players party, held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Dallas, beneath the bright lights of the iconic Reunion Tower. Outside, the roads were ice-covered and [...]