2023 QB carousel: predicting landing spots for Aaron Rodgers, Derek Carr and Lamar Jackson

Just as entertaining now as free agency is the subset of quarterback movement, or the threat of quarterback movement. This offseason, we have plenty of stalwarts, including Aaron Rodgers, Jimmy Garoppolo and Derek Carr potentially on the market, plus a good deal of second-tier passers who could end up factoring in as bridge quarterbacks or … Read more

NBA draft buzz: Anthony Black makes a case as a top-five pick

I spent the last few days on the scouting trail, catching Saturday’s high-profile non-conference game between Arkansas and Baylor and sticking around for Monday’s tilt between Baylor and Texas. It’s a busy scouting week for me, packing in a stretch of seven games in eight days, but by this time next week I will have … Read more

Brock Purdy, Patrick Mahomes injuries just part of the NFL’s injury epidemic

Thirteen days until the Super Bowl. And we’re headed to the Senior Bowl… • This may just be me, but the injury stories over this weekend seemed more seismic than we’re used to this time of year—the Chiefs’ quarterback and best skill player were beaten up, and their receiver group was decimated; the Bengals were … Read more

Everything wrong with rules analysts was on display in NFL Championship Games

1. “The rules analyst job is the most overrated thing to ever happen in sports broadcasting.” I wrote that in Traina Thoughts two weeks ago. After watching the AFC and NFC championship games Sunday, I can say that the rules analyst job is not only the most overrated thing to happen in sports broadcasting, but … Read more

Ed Reed and Bethune-Cookman’s coaching saga a cautionary tale

Ed Reed will not be Bethune-Cookman’s head coach after the school chose not to ratify his contract this past weekend, a decision ultimately made by the university’s interim president, Lawrence Drake. Why the school moved on and what happened in the aftermath intertwines two main issues: HBCUs hiring celebrity football coaches (specifically this one) in … Read more

Chiefs’ collapse against Bengals in AFC championship still lingers

George Karlaftis remembers the Chiefs’ last game before he joined the team. They were at home. He was in Dallas, preparing for the draft. He had watched Kansas City beat Buffalo (“That was an all-time wild game”) and then he watched the AFC championship game against Cincinnati. Kansas City raced to a 21–3 lead. “I … Read more

Richard Pitino is bringing New Mexico basketball back to life

The New Mexico Lobos couldn’t play at their iconic home arena during the COVID-19 restrictions, but now fans pack The Pit once again. Albuquerque Journal/IMAGO The heart of the state of New Mexico sits a mile above sea level but 37 feet below the ground, in a bunker-like structure that comes to life for basketball … Read more