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Put ‘ultra’ in front of competitive for Sunday’s NFL playoff games

There’s a couple ways to look at this ultracompetitive conference championship round in the NFL playoffs. There weren’t any real upsets in last weekend’s divisional round, which is a good thing in that it pretty much leaves only the best four teams in the league still ...

The most wonderful time of the year? The divisional round of the NFL playoffs!

I’ve already heard that the upcoming weekend is the best of the year in sports. It’s the divisional round of the NFL playoffs! I’ll have to give some thought as to whether this is THE best weekend in sports — I thought the Nick Baumgartner week was pretty fine last February — but ...

A chance to start over for 14 NFL teams begins this weekend — the playoffs

This crazy 2022 regular season is over and what do we have to show for it? Neither the Packers nor the Lions are in the playoffs. Still, though, these playoffs should prove to be interesting even as most of us will only be interested observers. Who will prove to be the best quarterback ...

NFL knows how to schedule

Don’t tell anybody you know — no, forget that, anybody I know — but I like what the NFL is doing with its scheduling in the aftermath of the Damar Hamlin serious injury and cancellation of the Buffalo at Cincinnati game on Monday night. First off, the league canceled the game rather ...

All the rage on TikTok: NFL teams blowing 17-point leads?

Blowing a 17-point lead seems to be the “in” thing to do in the NFL this season. Don’t know if it would fit into a 90-second or five-minute video or however long a TikTok one lasts, though. Of course, mostly bad teams are the only ones “good” enough to do that, but I seem to remember ...

Don’t want to perpetuate any prophecies or myths in the NFL

Have you heard of self-perpetuating prophecies — or self-perpetuating myths? Basically, my best way to sum them up is that no matter what evidence comes up, it’s used to prove the theory, whether it supports it or contradicts it. Which probably isn’t so bad if the theory is true, but ...