Super Bowl will showcase QBs who can move

January 24, 2011

NFL/Given the nature of American football, Super Bowls inevitably get billed as a battle of two quarterbacks and this year’s finale features two of the most entertaining in the game – Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers.

Bengals can be Christmas Grinch says Lineman

December 24, 2010

NFL/Tis the season so, the Lineman is getting a little help from his friends this week.

Super Bowl XLV: Jets v Falcons?

December 1, 2010

NFL/The NFL’s website really is a model in what a modern sports league should offer its fans and among the many handy features is a playoff picture that shows exactly what the situation would be if the season ended now.

We can see you sneaking out….

November 24, 2010

NFL/I have to wonder about American sports fans sometimes. On Sunday, the New York Jets blew a 16-point lead to trail 27-23 with less than a minute to go and their fans flooded out of the stadium. It was a remarkable lack of faith in a team which had shown in the previous two weeks that it can win late, with victories in overtime.

Football’s striking north-south divide

November 17, 2010

NCAA-FOOTBALL/One of the things you quickly learn about American football is that there are a multitude of differences between the college game and the pro game — different rules, different traditions and a different atmosphere.

Despite Transatlantic flirting, NFL has failed to globalise

November 11, 2010

FNFL/licking through the television channels in Budapest, Hungary, last week, it took just five clicks before I stumbled across live coverage of the Minnesota Vikings playing the New England Patriots.

Replays don’t always give the answer

October 27, 2010

NFL/Sunday’s controversial video review decision in the Steelers-Dolphins game should be a reminder to those who support replays that cameras can’t see everything.

Violence and helmets

October 19, 2010

NFL/After a rash of brutal hits at the weekend,  including a couple of very nasty helmet-to-helmet clashes, there is plenty of talk about how to eliminate the use of the helmet as a weapon in the game.

A passing league? No, thanks

October 13, 2010

NFL-CHARGERS/I keep hearing the same phrase over and over again when it comes to the NFL. From pundits both paid and voluntary, the same mantra is repeated: “The NFL is a passing league”. In other words, the key to success in the league is having an elite quarterback and a top quality receiver corps, who can rack up the yardage. “Establishing the run” still gets trotted out on a Sunday morning as a key tactic but week after week, the numbers show record-breaking pass yardage.

Early NFL results make fools out of pundits

October 6, 2010

NFL/If there is one thing that can be said with any certainty after the first quarter of the NFL regular season, it is that nothing is certain in this league, this season.