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NFL more unpredictable than ever

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By Ray Hamill

If he were alive today, Pete Rozelle would be a proud man.

More than two decades after his passing, the former NFL commissioner’s vision for a contemporary sports league is alive and well, and his dream of competitive balance more prevalent than ever before.

This is the modern-day version of the NFL, a league where parity reigns supreme, a league full of average teams lacking in greatness, and a league where unpredictability has become the norm and the old adage “on any given Sunday” rings more true than ever. Read more

Football’s back, and that means …

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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

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