Opinion: Random thoughts on the week that was

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May 30, 2020

By Kevin Stone/@kstone06/@newftbj For the first time since what feels like March, we’ve had a bit of a dead period this past week in terms of football news. As both college football and the NFL continue to try and navigate the pandemic and get athletes back into buildings to safely begin working out with teammates, here’s a few random thoughts on the world of football as we head into June:…

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Opinion: NFL’s diversity draft pick strategy is insulting and it does not solve the hiring inequality problem the league has

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May 18, 2020

The NFL announced on Friday that owners will be voting on a new proposal next week that would reward teams for hiring minority head coaches and general managers. In the proposal, teams could move up six spots in the third round of next year’s draft if they hire a minority head coach and ten spots if they hire a minority general manager. Naturally, the reaction to this news has not…

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Opinion: The new NFL playoff format waters down the playoffs

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April 1, 2020

By Kevin J. Stone/@kstone06/@newftbj Could Jarret Stidham make the playoffs his first full year as a starter? We have no way of knowing how good he is until he’s actually under center and all eyes are on him as the new leader, but the NFL sure made it a much more realistic possibility for the second-year QB out of Auburn with the adoption of a new playoff format Monday afternoon….

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Opinion: The NFL faces a scheduling dilemma when it comes to the coronavirus

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March 26, 2020

By Kevin J. Stone/@kstone06/@newftbj As the coronavirus pandemic continues to leave us with nothing but questions, the same can be said for the professional sports leagues in this country. Over recent days the NBA’s Mark Cuban and commissioner of baseball Rob Manfred both put rough estimates on when games might start back up with no fans, but of course no one truly knows when any of us will see sports…

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Opinion: It is time for Julian Edelman to go

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March 23, 2020

By Kevin J. Stone/@kstone06/@newftbj If it’s a full blown rebuild that Bill Belichick wants on offense, then there’s one guy still left on the roster that shouldn’t be if and when the NFL begins its season. Now that Tom Brady and Stephen Gostkowski – the longest tenured Patriots remaining, an honor that now belongs to Matt Slater – have departed, there is a seemingly clear emphasis on turning the page,…

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Patriots: The Patriots and the NFL try to navigate around COVID-19

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March 13, 2020

By Kevin J. Stone/@kstone06/@newftbj So now what? With the sudden shock of professional sports being shut down around the country, instead of dwelling on the current state of the world, we’re a football website so why not take a look at the football ramifications? In what is arguably the most important offseason in Patriots history, the team is now in a state of limbo. NFL franchises have begun pulling coaches…

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Opinion: Ivy League does the right thing in canceling sporting events and spring practices

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March 12, 2020

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Ivy League announced on Tuesday that all tournaments and spring football practices would be canceled for the remainder of the school year. The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reported earlier in the day that spring practices could resume April 5th depending on the status of the virus. The Ivy League is shutting down all spring football practices as of this morning I'm told until April…

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Opinion: The XFL is back. Will it work this time?

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February 9, 2020

By Kevin J. Stone/@kstone06/@newftbj Can the XFL work this time? It’s a question that’s been asked since Vince McMahon announced that the league would be coming back. Of course, the first league failed after just one season, but circumstances are different now, and there are reasons to believe that this version can last – or at least last longer than a year. First and foremost, the means to watch these…

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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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