NFL writer for The Wall Street Journal. Covering Andrew Luck's compliments, linemen playing Settlers of Catan and actual football.

Browns’ Manziel Apologizes After Release From Rehab

blogs.wsj.com — Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel apologized on Friday after being released from a rehabilitation treatment facility earlier this week. Manziel entered the facility in late January. The 22-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner, who failed to shine in any of his five appearances during his rookie season, will be at the Browns' off-season workouts next week.

Ex-Patriots Star Aaron Hernandez Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder

wsj.com — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of former friend Odin Lloyd on Wednesday after seven days of deliberation by jurors in Fall River, Mass. The automatic sentence for the guilty verdict is life in prison without parole.

Classical Music Has Open Data Sets?

newmusicbox.org — Back in October, the Washington Post offered some blog coverage of Suby Raman's first big data and the arts post. While the dramatic headline made it sound like Raman had written a death knell for opera, what he'd actually done was taken reams of detailed data about the Metropolitan Opera's performances and analyzed it for trends.

Giants Coach Needs Help With Millennials, Siri

wsj.com — PHOENIX- Tom Coughlin, the NFL's oldest head coach, would like to understand two things better: The lifestyle of his millennial superstar, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and his iPhone.

How the NFL Stole March Madness

wsj.com — NFL coaches love to tell the same lame joke every spring when talking about the off-season: "What off-season?" they quip. Then it stopped being a joke. There really is no NFL off-season anymore. That's because the league that has done the best job of attracting eyeballs and dollars has solved its biggest problem: its short, September-February season means it has the longest off time in sports.

More Legends Than Streets

wsj.com — Lambeau Field, the famed home of the Green Bay Packers, is located at 1265 Lombardi Ave. As in Vince Lombardi, the Hall of Fame coach. To get there, you can take Holmgren Way, named after Mike Holmgren, another Super Bowl-winning former Packers coach. And you'll see Bart Starr Road and Reggie White Way, among other legendary names.

Why Jim Harbaugh Is Still Throwing

wsj.com — With the NFL draft coming up in May, Jim Harbaugh is touring the college towns of America in search of a quarterback. The San Francisco 49ers coach already has a good one in Colin Kaepernick, but that hasn't stopped Harbaugh from hitting the road and carrying out one of his trademark tactics for evaluating talent: Playing an intense game of catch.

The Uptempo NFL Is Forcing Refs Into Shape

wsj.com — The NFL is faster than ever. The "no-huddle" offense has exploded and forced one position on the field to get into better shape. The referees. Last weekend, the NFL gave referees fitness tests to whip them into shape for the coming season, which may be their toughest ever.

NFL to Broadcast a Game Nationally Via Internet Only

wsj.com — For the first time in its history, the NFL will use something other than television to distribute the national broadcast of a football game, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday.

NFL to Suspend Blackout Policy

wsj.com — The NFL will suspend its controversial TV blackout policy for the 2015 season, a person familiar with the matter said.
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Apr 18, 2015

Oklahoma City has a marquee NBA team. It's not the TV market. The worrying thing is that Edmonton has all these guys and is still in lottery

Apr 18, 2015

To be fair, he's pissed off every hockey fan in THIS life. twitter.com/StevePoliti/st…

Apr 18, 2015

The "Oilers getting good hockey draft picks" bargain was among the least-relevant things the devil has ever been apart of.

Apr 18, 2015

@TheSportsHernia yup, and the issue is that the crowds make you want to go faster to get away from them and to the park...then you fall...

Apr 18, 2015

@jasonrmcintyre eh. there are many worse injuries to have when you take a tumble. this will take a few weeks. I can still type!

Apr 18, 2015

@ESPNMichele Yes, working off the calories until I could get chicken nuggets.

Apr 18, 2015

Whatever you did today, you didn't break your arm while jogging in front of a midtown Wendy's, so you are doing better than I am.

Apr 17, 2015

@MikeHumePost NFL exec had a mandate: stop making things press releases or handing to AP, and make it a show on NFLN. That's why NFL is NFL.

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