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Sports Columns

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 ...