Michael Sam Heading to the Lone Star State

This past weekend, I listed 5 possible landing spots for Michael Sam after he got cut from the Rams – and among those possibilities were the Cowboys. Now that Sam has joined the Dallas practice squad after passing his physical … More

After getting cut by the Rams, Michael Sam could help boost a thin Dallas Cowboys line. (Getty Images)

After getting cut by the Rams, Michael Sam could help boost a thin Dallas Cowboys line. (Getty Images)

The Game Is To Be Sold

Every field has its own irritating jargon, but marketing folks in particular have a vocabulary that makes everything they talk about sound alien and dull. Asked about a data-mining initiative — sorry, “fan engagement program” — his team is launching, … More

Being a sports fan is increasingly like living inside a commercial. Faithful 49 is taking that development a step further. (USA TODAY Sports)

Being a sports fan is increasingly like living inside a commercial. Faithful 49 is taking that development a step further. (USA TODAY Sports)

No Discipline?

On Wednesday morning, the NFL suspended Ray Rice two games for knocking his then-fiancée unconscious. This punishment is seen as inadequate by many, particularly when juxtaposed with past NFL disciplinary actions. A closer look at recent NFL suspensions demonstrates the … More

The NFL suspended Ray Rice for two games for a domestic violence incident in February. (USA TODAY Sports)

The NFL suspended Ray Rice for two games for a domestic violence incident in February. (USA TODAY Sports)

Full Disclosure

Chris Kluwe plans to sue the Minnesota Vikings. In a post written for Deadspin entitled “I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot,” which was published on Jan. 2, Kluwe was unequivocal in … More

Chris Kluwe plans to sue the Vikings for their refusal to release the results of an independent investigation into his claims that special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer made homophobic remarks during the 2012 season. (USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Kluwe plans to sue the Vikings for their refusal to release the results of an independent investigation into his claims that special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer made homophobic remarks during the 2012 season. (USA TODAY Sports)

Sympathy for the Athlete

Vince Young has retired from football. He didn’t hold a press conference, and he won’t receive any appreciative send-off. This was one of those after-the-fact deals, something he told to a local news crew, in the space of a few … More

Vince Young had a brief and bizarre NFL career, but our familiarity with him as a player only tells us so much. (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Vince Young had a brief and bizarre NFL career, but our familiarity with him as a player only tells us so much. (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Fair is Fair

The initial headline was Colin Kaepernick got paid. The Niners took care of their young quarterback, giving him a six-year deal worth $126 million. Of course, we’re now conditioned to withhold judgment until we find out what percentage of an … More

Exceptional young players take on a lot of risk as they play out their rookie contracts. They deserve a fat reward when their second deal comes around. (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Exceptional young players take on a lot of risk as they play out their rookie contracts. They deserve a fat reward when their second deal comes around. (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Hanging Themselves

It’s June, which means we shouldn’t be concerning ourselves with football. As effortfully as the NFL strains to portray itself as a 12-month sport by eventizing every minor happening, this is a time to ignore the announcements of signings of … More

The Washington Redskins' baffling public relations incompetence imperils the continued existence of the team's racist nickname more severely than any outside agitation could. (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Washington Redskins' baffling public relations incompetence imperils the continued existence of the team's racist nickname more severely than any outside agitation could. (USA TODAY Sports Images)