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If you would have walked up to Mr. Average Joe Monday Morning Quarterback Football Fan anytime between 1960 and 2000 and asked him what team he hated, he would almost certainly have said the Dallas Cowboys, …
reviewed Buffalo Bills. March 02
Buffalo Bills
Note: I'm re-writing some of my earliest reviews from my Teams Series because they're so far from the template they eventually evolved into.     I'm from Buffalo, New York, and when …
reviewed Chicago Cubs. November 01, 2012
Chicago Cubs
The eternal story of professional sports has one particular constant: The winners will always be perpetual winners, no matter how bad they get, and the losers will always be perpetual losers, no matter …
reviewed Solo: A Memoir of Hope. September 23, 2012
Solo: A Memoir of Hope
My, how a lot can change in just a few years. When Hope Solo was benched in the 2007 World Cup, everybody loved her, backed her, and believed it to be a mistake. When the team turned against her for publicly …
reviewed Sacramento Kings. September 20, 2012
Sacramento Kings
Who are the Sacramento Kings? They're a forgotten relic of both the NBL and the rich history of professional basketball in upstate New York, that's what they are. In the entirety of their existence, they've …
reviewed Chicago Bulls. June 03, 2012
Derrick Rose
There are very few teams anywhere whose history can be so evenly split down the middle. I can name the Chicago Bulls and their citymate baseball team, the Cubs, but that's just off the top of my head. …
reviewed The Last Boy. May 21, 2012
The Last Boy
I tend to dismiss most baseball books that have the word "last" in the title, unless it's a reference to a last-place team. "Last" in the context of the passage of time is usually a look through the nostalgia …
reviewed Minnesota Vikings. March 17, 2012
Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings are a paradox: Since their establishment in 1961, the Vikes have had one of the highest winning percentages in the NFL. Their 26 playoff appearances are third most in league history. …
reviewed Dallas Cowboys. March 14, 2012
Dallas Cowboys
Lawrence Taylor perfectly summed up the difference between good football players and bad football players in his second autobiography when he wrote that being great isn't about making a lot of plays; …
reviewed Tennessee Titans. March 10, 2012
Tennessee Titans
As I mentioned in my review of the Houston Texans, the city of Houston, Texas once had one of the great football teams of the AFL/AFC. Its history is linked to the Tennessee Titans, since this team has …
reviewed Kansas City Chiefs. March 09, 2012
KC Chiefs
In 1958, one of the 45 million people watching the all-important NFL Championship between the Colts and Giants was a very, very rich man named Lamar Hunt, who was still fairly young and wanted to find …
reviewed Denver Broncos. March 08, 2012
Denver Broncos
The prevailing wisdom in professional sports is that home field advantage is just a buzz term meant to give the visiting team mental hiccups. The Denver Broncos would beg to differ. Their home city is …
reviewed Atlanta Falcons. March 06, 2012
Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons have been one of the hottest teams in the NFL over the last four years. Over the time, they've gone 43-21, which leads the NFC in wins and is the fifth-best record in the league, and …
reviewed Cincinnati Bengals. March 05, 2012
When the Cleveland Browns were created, they hired a man named Paul Brown to coach, scout, and basically run the entire operation in every possible way. Brown was the life, soul, and being of the Cleveland …
reviewed Indianapolis Colts. March 04, 2012
Colts
There have actually been three different incarnations of the Baltimore Colts. Due to transaction issues, it's in fact possible to find people who would argue that the first incarnation of the Colts …
reviewed Cleveland Browns. March 03, 2012
Cleveland Browns
It's tough for me to figure out how to review the Cleveland Browns. In a formal review, do I think of them the way the NFL thinks of them, as a team that existed since 1946, but was forced to suspend …
reviewed Baltimore Ravens. March 02, 2012
Baltimore Ravens
The history of the Baltimore Ravens is unique because the NFL plays a cute little game with them. That game is called "Let's Forget the Fact that the Ravens Actually Existed Before Moving to Baltimore." …
reviewed San Diego Chargers. March 01, 2012
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Sports fans like myself who are bred in the city of Buffalo, New York learn quickly about heartbreak and futility. The city has two mainstream league sports teams, provided you count the NHL (it's perfectly …
reviewed Tampa Bay Buccaneers. February 29, 2012
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the expansion-mates of the Seattle Seahawks in 1976. They haven't had quite as much success, either: I don't know they're all time record, primarily because I'm too lazy …
reviewed Seattle Seahawks. February 27, 2012
Seattle Seahawks
In 2005 the Seattle Seahawks went to the Super Bowl. They lost a poorly-officiated game to the Pittsburgh Steelers. That is all.     Okay, it's actually not all. But the Seahawks are …
reviewed Carolina Panthers. February 19, 2012
Carolina Panthers
If you were arguing over which team from the 1995 NFL expansion was better - the Jacksonville Jaguars or the Carolina Panthers - how would you play it out? The Jaguars are considered the more successful …
reviewed Jacksonville Jaguars. February 12, 2012
Jacksonville Jaguars
A few years ago, the Jacksonville Jaguars caught a lot of flack when one of their players injured himself on the locker room axe. Yes, you read that right. Not a fire axe, either, but it turned out that …
reviewed Oakland Raiders. February 04, 2012
Oakland Raiders
For all the whining the NFL brass does about how the Oakland Raiders refuse to conform, that's actually a quality about them that I personally find very endearing. I'm not exactly a conformist myself. …
reviewed St. Louis Rams. January 29, 2012
St. Louis Rams
The Rams have become so synonymous with Los Angeles since the NFL hit the big time, nearly everyone forgets they're one of the league's few three-city teams. Formed in 1936 as the Cleveland Rams, the …
reviewed Major League II. January 28, 2012
Major League II
The funny thing about Major League II is that it appears to have a specific team being used as the primary antagonist. The Cleveland Indians spend so much time playing against and worrying about the Chicago …
reviewed San Francisco 49ers. January 15, 2012
San Francisco 49ers
Folks, I always hate to write in bearing bad news, but you know, the San Francisco 49ers actually DID have a history before Joe Montana.     Of all the cities which you would expect …
reviewed Chicago Bears. January 07, 2012
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Such is the history and importance of the Chicago Bears that I have had to mention them in almost every review I've written of the NFL so far. One of the charter members of the NFL, and the second-oldest …
reviewed Houston Texans. January 02, 2012
Houston Texans
There was once a time when Houston fielded one of the toughest football teams in the AFC. That team featured name greats like Earl Campbell and Warren Moon, stifling defenses, and played in a large number …
reviewed New York Giants. December 17, 2011
In 1956, a head coach named Jim Lee Howell coached the New York Giants to the NFL Title. While it was his only title, he did win his conference in 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, and 1963 as well. A dominant …
reviewed New Orleans Saints. December 10, 2011
New Orleans Saints!!!!
It was the muralist.     Allow me to explain. When my hometown Buffalo Bills hit financial dire straits and it became obvious they will be headed out before too long, the New Orleans …
reviewed Arizona Cardinals. November 26, 2011
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If someone asked you what the first professional football team in the United States was, which team would you guess first? Obviously, you would go for some of the usual suspects who seem to have been …
reviewed New England Patriots. November 24, 2011
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I don't think I need to regale you with too much of the more recent history of the New England Patriots. Lord knows there are more than enough bandwagon fans around the country who are more than willing …
reviewed Detroit Lions. November 21, 2011
Detroit Lions
If the Detroit Lions continue their current upward spiral pattern, it may be time to start becoming at least a little bit superstitious. I don't care how much of an atheist you are. The Lions are sitting …
reviewed Green Bay Packers. November 15, 2011
Green Bay Packers
When you look at a list of the teams in the big five sports leagues in North America - NFL, MLB, MLS (their attendance rates have officially surpassed those of the NBA and NHL so yes, they count now), …
reviewed Washington Redskins. November 05, 2011
Washington Redskins
I'm not a politically correct person. In fact, I'm one of those pricks who takes immense pride in his built-in political incorrectness. I don't particularly care if a professional sports team decides …
reviewed Pittsburgh Steelers. November 03, 2011
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a long and storied history in the National Football League. Mentioning the name of the team conjures up loads of football's greatest moments, players, and memories: The Immaculate …
reviewed New York Jets. October 01, 2011
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  Joe Namath is overrated.    Yeah, I know that statement is blasphemous to those who grew up watching Broadway Joe deftly thumb his nose at the NFL's staunch old guard during …
reviewed Buffalo Bills. September 20, 2011
Buffalo Bills
Before I get slammed by any red, white, and blue faithful, I need you to understand something: The Buffalo Bills are my hometown team. I've always liked them and will continue to root for them. When I …
reviewed Sweet Lou and the Cubs. July 14, 2011
Sweet Lou and the Cubs
I must make an apology to all of the Cubs fans who may be reading this. In my recent attempt to honor the recently retired all-time managing great Lou Piniella, I set out to read and review a book about …
reviewed Boston Red Sox. May 13, 2011
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As a Yankees fan, you had to know I wasn't planning to come into a review of the Boston Red Sox expecting to write a slew of wonderful things about the team. But as a reviewer, I'm obligated to …
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