For the first time in college football history, we can finally say it’s playoff time. We now know the four teams in the semifinal games. Grantland’s Matt Hinton joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the pros and cons of the new format.
Concern over concussions suffered by football players has led to the development of new helmets which, according to some researchers, can diminish the dangers. Reporter Patrick Hruby tells Bill Littlefield why those researchers may be wrong.
While the NFL sorts out issues of crimes and punishment, Steve Eder, an investigative sports reporter for the New York Times, has written about the league’s culture surrounding domestic violence. He joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his findings.
“The Black Hole” at Oakland Coliseum seats the most die-hard Oakland Raiders fans. Unfortunately, the light of victory has yet to shine on the team this season. Scott Ostler from the San Francisco Chronicle joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the winless Raiders.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is scheduled to meet with NFL officials on Monday. Former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice is awaiting a ruling from an independent arbiter on the appeal of his indefinite ban. Sports Illustrated’s Doug Farrar joins us to discuss the chances of the players getting back on the field.
Who’s in first place in the NFC West? The Seattle Seahawks, winners of last year’s Super Bowl? No. The San Francisco 49ers, who reached the NFC Championship a season ago? Nope. It’s the Arizona Cardinals. The Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the team’s surprising success.
For college football stars, it’s the NFL or bust. Unlike this country’s other major sports, the NFL does not have a developmental league. But there’s a movement to change all that. From a recent Fall Experimental Football League game in Boston, Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.
With star wide receiver Calvin Johnson on board, the Detroit Lions were supposed to ride their offense to NFL relevancy. But it’s been the team’s defense that has the Lions positioned to finish with a winning record for just the second time since 2001. Bill speaks with Mlive’s Kyle Meinke.
The Dallas Cowboys have cut Michael Sam from their practice squad. Sam would be the first openly gay player in NFL history, but has yet to make a regular-season roster.
Mississippi State started the season outside the AP Top 25 poll. Six wins later, the Bulldogs are ranked No. 1 in the country. How did it happen? The Clarion-Ledger’s Michael Bonner joins Bill Littlefield.