Opinion: Eliminating youth football is irresponsible and it would kill the game in Massachusetts

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February 27, 2019

A new bill was purposed last week in Massachusetts that would ban tackle football before seventh grade. State Representative Paul Schmid (D-Westport) and House Minority Leader Brad Jones (R-North Reading) have filed a piece of legislation called “An Act for no organized head impacts to school children” The premise of the bill filled is to protect children from head injuries and growing concerns over CTE. If it passes, the bill would…

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Opinion: AAF ratings prove once again that football is king in the American sports landscape

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February 12, 2019

The American Alliance of Football debuted this weekend and the early results and numbers were positive. Saturday night’s game between the San Antonio Commanders and the San Diego Fleet beat out the NBA Showcase game of the week between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder in terms of viewership.  The AAF did a 2.1 overnight rating while a marquee NBA match-up between the league’s last two MVPs did a…

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Opinion: Ty Law cements his legacy with the call to Canton

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February 3, 2019

Ty Law became the fifth member of the New England Patriots selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame joining linebacker Nick Buoniconti, Mike Haynes, John Hannah and Andre Tippett. Law is the first member of the current Patriots dynasty to get the call to Canton. Law will be enshrined along Tony Gonzalez, Ed Reed, Champ Bailey, Gil Brandt, Johnny Robinson, Pat Bowlen and Kevin Mawae in August. I have…

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Opinion: Kyler Murray’s curveball is the byproduct of an underwhelming quarterback class

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January 11, 2019

Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images According to sources, the Oakland A’s expect 2018 first round pick Kyler Murray to enter the NFL. The Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy was selected ninth overall by the A’s and signed almost immediately. It appears that Murray has had a change of heart however and has decided to put his baseball career on hold to pursue a career in the NFL. If Murray does…

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Opinion: Hiring young offensive minds is all the rage in the NFL but it is a risky proposition

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January 10, 2019

Three of the six head coaching openings that have been filled in the NFL this week have been filled by three young offensive coaches who are going to be first time head coaches. Matt LaFleur, Kliff Kingsbury and Freddie Kitchens are all relative unknowns in the NFL. Yet all three got head coaching job this off-season. Thanks to the success of 33 year old Sean McVay with the Los Angeles…

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Opinion: Johnny Manziel’s CFL Career A Continuation of His NFL Career

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August 4, 2018

Johnny Manziel made his debut last night for the Montreal Alouettes against his former team the Hamilton Tiger Cats. To put it mildly, Manziel sucked! He was awful! Manziel threw four first half interceptions and finished 11/20 for 104 yards and the four picks. It was a dreadful performance for a quarterback who looked out of sorts playing in a CFL offense. Obviously it is too early to proclaim that…

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Opinion: The Marcus Peters Trade is a Win for the Chiefs and the Rams

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February 24, 2018

The Kansas City Chiefs traded pro bowl cornerback Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams yesterday. The Chiefs will be receiving a package of draft picks in return for the 25 year old cornerback. So why would Kansas City trade arguably the best cornerback in the NFL right now? Simple. Culture. The Chiefs want to emphasize character in their locker room. It is no secret that Peters had become a…

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Opinion: The 49ers Overpaid Jimmy Garopollo Big Time

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February 10, 2018

The San Francisco 49ers signed quarterback Jimmy Garopollo to a 5 year, $137 million dollar contract on Thursday. $48 million of it is guaranteed. Garopollo came over from the Patriots in a trade last season and led the 49ers to a 5-0 record in the games he started. Look, I get it. I know you have to pay quarterbacks today, especially upper echelon quarterbacks but the 49ers badly overpaid for…

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Opinion: 5 Reasons Why the “New” XFL Will Fail

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January 27, 2018

WWE founder and chairman Vince McMahon announced on the Thursday that the XFL will be returning in 2020, 19 years after the league debuted. McMahon is committing $100 million dollars to get the league off the ground and will be the sole owner of the league and the eight teams that will make up the league. McMahon promised no gimmicks this time around. None of the wrestlers or personalities affiliated…

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College Football: I Can’t Stand the Early Signing Period. There Are Too Many Pitfalls With It

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December 20, 2017

The Nickanator is not happy with the early signing period in college football. The NCAA’s newly minted early signing period starts today. Recruits have a 72 hour window between today and Friday to sign their national letters of intent and commit to a program. The early signing period has both its supporters and it’s fair share of detractors. Perhaps it’s most vocal opponent is Alabama coach Nick Saban who has…

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