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Sports Columns

Who will feel Super on Super Bowl Sunday?

For the second straight year, the Super Bowl is back in the Sunshine State — Florida, for those not familiar with state nicknames — which normally wouldn’t grab people’s attention as that state is a frequent setting for the biggest sporting event in the country. However, this year is ...

How’s about some Super Bowl trivia?

With my sports cohort here at the Journal, Ryan Stieg, also wanting to write about the Super Bowl this week (in a column that will appear here Saturday), I didn’t want to step on his toes writing about the big game. So I decided I’d try something new, rather than the ol’ prop bets for ...

Take time to listen

2020 was a difficult year for all of us. People were laid off and furloughed, many either contracted the COVID-19 virus or knew someone who did. More than 400,000 Americans have now died of the disease. Even though it’s a new year, that doesn’t mean things have magically gotten ...

October debacle between Packers, Buccaneers complicates prediction for Sunday

If it wasn’t for that dad-gummed blowout back in mid-October, it would be easy for this Armchair Quarterback to pick a winner of the Packers-Buccaneers game on Sunday. Green Bay, Green Bay, Green Bay all the way. But what to make of not just a loss, but a 38-10 blowout to the team the ...

Do Los Angeles Rams feel like a trap for the Green Bay Packers?

For all of you Green Bay Packers fans out there, this weekend might just be considered the true beginning of the season. The 13-3 record compiled in 2019 might still be a disappointment as the Packers didn’t win the Super Bowl, or even get to that game after a loss to the 49ers in the NFC ...

What’s going to happen in sports during 2021?

It’s a new year and a fresh start for all of us as sports fans. That doesn’t mean that we’re out of the woods, though. The COVID-19 pandemic is still raging and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. As a result, we don’t know if games or events will be canceled or postponed, ...

Armchair Quarterback: Virus looms over NFL playoffs

I thought I’d delve into all the possibilities for the NFL playoffs with the field expanding from 12 to 14 teams. Then this coronavirus thing with the Cleveland Browns again reared its ugly head. I’m not too concerned one way or the other whether the Browns or their opponent, the ...

A lot on the line for NFL teams in this final weekend of the regular season

You know they pay people to figure this stuff out. I went to the NFL’s official website (it has the shield and all that at the top of the home page) to read up on the league’s tiebreaking procedures for the playoffs and found about five pages in medium-sized type with all the ...

Not hard to understand the plight of the winless team in the NFL

Everyone on ESPN was having a field day Monday morning talking about how the New York Jets couldn’t even lose the right way. Everyone associated with the team should’ve been celebrating on Sunday after the lesser of the Big Apple teams pulled off a huge upset on the road against the Los ...

Progress is slow, but good for sports

There’s a lot of truths that exists in sports and one of them is that progress comes slowly. This is definitely true when it comes to women in sports. However, in just the past few weeks, women have accomplished three things that have escaped them for decades and that’s something that ...

Aren’t we still in a pandemic?

Something has been recurring in my mind the past few weeks with all the firings, resignations and speculation about these firings and resignations in the coaching ranks. Not just in the NFL, but all over the coaching world, whether its college or wherever. Do you remember when this ...

Ryan Stieg is back to throw some (figurative) pies

Guess who’s back? That’s right, everybody. I’ve returned from my almost nine-month hibernation and I’m back to spread some Thanksgiving cheer. During this “rest period,” if you want to call it that, I wondered if I’d ever write a column again. In case you couldn’t tell by my ...

Some real turkeys on Thanksgiving dot the daytime TV schedule

How sad is Thanksgiving football this year? The best team playing during the traditional daytime slots on Turkey Day will be the Detroit Lions. Yes, those Lions with a 4-6 record. Thankfully, about a decade ago the NFL added a nighttime game to the lineup to give us the only real good game ...

In the NFL, bring back the long field goal try

I’ve been hoping the NFL would consider changing a few rules to make field-goal kicking more interesting. A number of years back, from what I’m reading online it may have been around 1993, the league changed the spot where a team takes over following a missed field goal, moving it from ...

One game does not an NFL regular season make

Everybody seems to be making such a big deal about Tampa Bay’s lopsided loss to New Orleans on Sunday night. Yes, it gave me pause to see the way the Buccaneers were dominated, but as just about every team other than 8-0 Pittsburgh and the 0-9 New York Jets can attest, everybody had a ...

What are the Green Bay Packers’ prospects for the stretch run of the season?

Last week I took a look at the remaining Detroit Lions schedule as part of my effort to get in the good graces of Lions’ fans as I tried to jump back on their bandwagon. So it only seems fair to look at the remaining schedule of the Green Bay Packers. Now these Cheeseheads are in a much ...

Let me back on the Detroit Lions bandwagon!

I had one foot out the door, but I kept the other in the door jamb of the Detroit Lions’ bandwagon. I’m glad I did now, after threatening to jump ship and root against the Motor City Pussycats right in this space five weeks ago on Sept. 23. At that point, they were 0-2 after ugly losses ...