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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Hit a Nets Game: Five Top Moments — In some ways, William and Kate are optimal fans for the Brooklyn Nets, a club which, since their arrival in the borough for the 2012-13 season, have made the playoffs twice, won plaudits for their stadium's creature comforts and artisanal foodstuffs, and yet play before a crowd that is less rowdy than it is reserved.

College Football’s Perfect Imperfect Final Four — Dissatisfied with the four teams in the college football playoff? Why, you're welcome! If you choose to follow the clamorous sport of major college football-aka unpaid pro football-it's helpful to accept that audience dissatisfaction is as much a cherished part of the ritual as marching bands and Nick Saban's silky-smooth mane.

The 32 Rules of Thanksgiving Touch Football — Thanksgiving is Thursday and there's no avoiding it-make the drive, eat the turkey, pass the cranberry goo, and try not to say something you regret. If you can survive until dessert without crying at the table or sticking a fork in someone's arm, you're home free-just inhale the pecan pie, hit the couch, and pass out watching the NFL.

26 (More) Rules of Thanksgiving Football — Thanksgiving is upon us, and you know what that means! Time for a beloved, exhausting and sometimes tearful tradition: The Annual Family Thanksgiving Touch-Football Game. Remember: It's not just a game. It's an opportunity to relieve a year's worth of pent-up aggression upon the loved ones who don't return your text messages and never do the dishes.

Gronk, Football’s Bouncy Castle — Most delightful renaissance in the NFL right now? Easy. Gronk. As in Gronk, Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots tight end, Bill Belichick's human bouncy castle. Six feet 6, 265 pounds, galloping straight at you in the open field like a pony who just broke loose at a children's birthday party.

Can You Stomach Bad Football? — Jason Gay watches Week 11's matchup between Tampa Bay and Washington to experience a full afternoon of honest football suffering.

Hats Off to Carmelo Anthony the Knicks’ Postgame Style — The under-new-management 2014-15 New York Knicks may currently be mired in a six-game losing streak, but that is merely a melancholy sideshow to a bigger story riveting the city: Carmelo Anthony's hats.

When Colleges Tell the Truth — Who believes in the myth of big-time college sports anymore? The polite fantasy of the student-athlete playing gratefully for pride and tuition has been stripped away by an overwhelming financial reality that became too big and rich to ignore. The hypocrisies can be seen from outer space, and public opinion-not to mention the courts-are catching up.

Are You Watching Too Much Football? — Quick quiz question. Between college (unpaid pro football) and the NFL (paid pro football), how much football did you watch on television this past weekend? A. I watched only the football that was absolutely necessary-you know, somewhere between 55 and 60 hours. B. Not a lot.
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Dec 19, 2014

Love increasing desperation of retail holiday emails. Last day to ship. Last day to gift card. Last day for e-card. OK your mom hates you.

Dec 19, 2014

RT @DanBarbarisi: Oh, okay. On the same day the Yankees trade for Domingo German, they also acquire Gonzalez Germen from the Mets. That won't get confusing.

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