Only a Game: Paid Patriotism

This week, Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, both Arizona Republicans, released a major investigation into publicity spending by the US Department of Defense, specifically into the practice of “paid patriotism.” Paid patriotism refers to the DoD’s practice of awarding publicity contracts to major sports teams, ostensibly for recruiting purposes. Some of this money is

Only A Game?: Why Deflategate Doesn’t Matter

I had a band director in high school who liked to say that music was great when it effectively built up and released tension. If so, the Super Bowl game played between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks on February 1st was something akin to the 1812 Overture. Between two of the game’s final

Only A Game?: Ending Football’s Cycle of Violence

Let’s bring it all back to Ray Rice. At the beginning of the semester, when talking about Ray Rice and other players involved in abuse scandals, I predicted that the NFL would try to reform itself. This has proven true, to a certain extent; the NFL has made changes to its drug and abuse policies.

Only A Game?: The NFL’s War on Drugs

In this column, Jamie Moore addresses the real-world issues implicit in the National Football League. Read his previous thoughts here. Since I don’t often make a point to watch the Cleveland Browns, I didn’t see Josh Gordon in action until last year, when the Browns visited Gillette Stadium to play the Patriots. While the Browns

Only A Game?: Nothing But Net

In this column, Jamie Moore addresses the real-world issues implicit in the National Football League. Read his previous thoughts here. As much as I’ve written in this column about the NFL and football itself, I haven’t addressed the interplay between the league and media very much. To some extent that’s because my thoughts on the

Only A Game?: Adrian Peterson & Fandom

In this column, Jamie Moore addresses the real-world issues implicit in the National Football League. Read his previous thoughts here. Adrian Peterson With the Ray Rice scandal fading and the other stars accused of domestic abuse currently navigating the legal system, Adrian Peterson is now the most infamous man in the NFL. Peterson is the

Only A Game?: Contracts & Conflicts

In this column, Jamie Moore addresses the real-world issues implicit in the National Football League. Read his previous thoughts here. A quick update on the players involved in ongoing abuse scandals: Adrian Peterson has a court date in December (more information to come in another column), and both he and Greg Hardy remain on the

Only A Game?: The NFL Outside The Stadium

At this point, it seems the National Football League produces more outrage than it does actual football. Since the lackluster televised beatdown that was this year’s Super Bowl, the NFL has churned out a steady stream of controversy, scandal, and general bad news. This summer alone, football fans and strangers to the game alike have