Category Archives: NFL

Football’s back, and that means …

NFL: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins

By Ray Hamill

Don’t look now, but there are only 251 games remaining in the NFL season. Doesn’t time fly by?

Thus far, though, I have to say it’s been an exciting season, with no team currently sitting more than a game out of first place in their respective division (with the exception of the Bengals, surprise, surprise), and everything still to play for.

Having football back is great for many reasons. After all, football is about far more than just football. It’s about more than just the games. It’s about the tradition. Read more

Another labor of love

 

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By Ray Hamill

I’m delighted to announce the publication of my new book, Help, My Horse is Drowning!, available now on Amazon and any other book sites with suitable good taste (or who don’t know any better).

It’s a humorous look at the world of sports and how it impacts us on a daily basis, told through a series of anecdotes and observations from a lifetime association with sports.

From tales of the schoolyard and growing up in a sports-mad family back in Dublin City, to NFL Sundays in the bars of Northern California, Help, My Horse is Drowning! covers a wide gamut of stories, offering intriguing insights to the history of the sports we love and more than a few observations on the lovely madness of it all. Read more

Key primetime showdowns in NFL week one

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By Ray Hamill

We’re now officially less than one week away from the NFL season opener, and after a long drawn out preseason I’m pretty sure most of us are ready for some real football.

As usual, the season opener features the defending Super Bowl champions on a Thursday night nationally televised showdown. 

That honor goes to the New England Patriots this year, who will host the Kansas City Chiefs in a matchup featuring a pair of teams with Super Bowl ambitions in 2017. Read more

Mariota wins Heisman, hopes to avoid curse

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By Ray Hamill

Congratulations to Marcus Mariota who joined a very illustrious club of recipients when he was named the winner of the Heisman Trophy on Saturday.

The award capped a big week for the Oregon quarterback. On Sunday, his team was included in the first ever four-team national championship playoffs, and on Thursday he stole the show at the national college football awards ceremony, being named Most Outstanding Player and Player of the Year, as well as taking home the top quarterback award. Read more

Just what are the best rivalries in sports?

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By Ray Hamill

One of the oldest and most enduring rivalries in all of sports was back on center stage Saturday when Army played Navy for the 115th time.

And that got me wondering, just what is the greatest rivalry in sports?

It’s a question I’ve raised before with a variety of guests on my weekly radio show and one that always results in a passionate discussion, and about the only certainty from it all is there never is a consensus top pick.

But what makes a great rivalry? Read more

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