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Yet another study shows that playing football will almost certainly give you brain disease

The NFL’s brain injury crisis might not always make for compelling Will Smith movies, but it can still make for a pretty fascinating read. Take, for instance, this article, “111 NFL Brains,” which ran in The New York Times today, illustrating that, out of 111 brains taken from former NFL players, 110 were shown to…

College football’s bowl season is bloated, but that’s okay

Does any organized sport have a weirder postseason than college football? I’m not talking about the “Football Championship Subdivision” (or whatever the former Division 1-AA is being called this year), where the season ends and the best teams immediately begin playing a month-long tournament. I’m talking about the…

Just in time for the Super Bowl, the NFL once again gets the Bad Lip Reading treatment

Adrian Peterson is planning to buy biscuits in Saskatchewan. Drew Brees is holding an animal-themed party with fish, a tarantula, and possibly a cougar, and all the New Orleans Saints are invited. Aaron Rodgers verbally signals his turns, even when he’s not driving. These are just some of the revelations in Bad Lip…

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Yahoo will host the first live-streamed regular season NFL game

As more and more people cut their proverbial cords—The A.V. Club doesn’t recommend cutting actual cords, by the way, as then you’ll have to buy new cords—traditional television providers have comforted themselves in the knowledge that sports and local news will never make the jump to the internet. “We’ve got sports…

Give in to the inevitable and watch a Lego mashup of this year’s Super Bowl commercials

You know it to be true: We all, every one of us, are now little more than a massive horde of locusts, descending on each new morsel of pop culture and gorging on it until it’s completely picked clean. “Play different audio over that trailer!” the hive mind commands. “Slow that song down 500 percent until it becomes a…

ESPN’s Playmakers fell short of greatness but didn’t deserve its fate

Some TV shows never even make it past the first season. Maybe a series lacked the ratings to match its artistic accomplishments, or maybe it floundered its way into the network crosshairs, but it’s time to look at one-season series outside the immediate context of ratings and renewals. One-Season Wonders, Weirdos, And…