Suicides Are Not “Valiant”

In some way, we continue to look at suicide as “someone else’s” problem. Until everyone is affected by it.  There are too many angles to deconstruct the suicide of former NFL All-Pro lineman Junior Seau for me to write about. As someone who has battled depression and had suicidal tendencies a decade ago, I feel that I need…

Playbook: Lessons From John Madden

I am currently reading “Madden:  A Biography” by St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist and HBO “Real Sports” contributor Bryan Burwell about NFL Hall of Fame  (HOF) coach and television analyst John Madden.    Believe it or not, Madden’s great-grandfather moved from Pennsylvania to Iowa in the 1800’s, settling outside of Eldora.  One of his childhood friends is former USC…

Back in Business

I have to give myself credit for holding off as long as I could from not going into full football mode.  Today, August 5, 2011, that self-imposed ban has been lifted.  Hello football.  Nice to see you again.  Packers fans…this one is for you.  And yes, you Vikings fans get some love too. Can’t forget…

We Didn’t Miss Any Football…We Missed Talking About Football

There are a few things I need to address now that the NFL Players Association has ratified and agreed to the 10-year proposal that the owners passed 29-1 this past Thursday, thus ending the lockout this afternoon.  To those who are saying “football is back!”, I view it differently.  Football isn’t back…yet.  The season is…

Sports and News Links – July 7, 2011

It has been awhile since I done some scouring the web to find some stories that are interesting and worth checking out.  Then again, as busy as I have been over the past two weeks, I haven’t been able post regularly as I would like to. Let’s get to the business. The dominoes continue to…