More Recommended Reading from Black Writers

More Recommended Reading from Black Writers

Malcolm Gladwell's Talking to Strangers introduced me to "Hell You Talmbout," a magnificent piece of social activism by Janelle Monae and Wondaland Records from 2015. The song is primarily a roll call of Black Americans that have been murdered by the police and that it feels even more prescient right now than it did in [...]

More Recommended Readings from Black Writers

More Recommended Readings from Black Writers

"Tell me what democracy looks like," said a young black man. His words, amplified through a megaphone, carried across the intersection to where we stood. "This is what democracy looks like," came the response from the crowd that had flooded each of the four corners of our city's small downtown. We wore masks and stood [...]

This Week in NFL Incompetence: Nathan Peterman is Colin Kaepernick’s Smoking Gun

This Week in NFL Incompetence: Nathan Peterman is Colin Kaepernick’s Smoking Gun

In his first career start, Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman threw five interceptions on 14 pass attempts. He was benched at halftime. In his second start, Peterman completed 50% of his passes for a total of 57 yards before leaving the game in the third quarter due to injury. On Sunday Peterman started for the [...]

This Week in NFL Incompetence: Week 17 – The Ravens Really Blew It

This Week in NFL Incompetence: Week 17 – The Ravens Really Blew It

A little after 4pm on Sunday the Cleveland Browns lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, plunging them to the NFL's second-ever 0-16 finish. The loss would have been soul crushing if only there had been any souls left to crush in Cleveland. Bad as the Browns season finale was, though, it wasn't the worst of the [...]

This Week in NFL Incompetence: Week 16 – Jimmy Garoppolo is Incredible

This Week in NFL Incompetence: Week 16 – Jimmy Garoppolo is Incredible

On October 30th the San Francisco 49ers sent a 2nd round draft pick to the New England Patriots for Tom Brady's understudy, Jimmy Garoppolo. As San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan opted to take things slow with his potential franchise quarterback, Garappolo didn't start a game until December 3rd but since then, well, let's just [...]

This Week in NFL Incompetence: Week 15 – Seahawk Down

This Week in NFL Incompetence: Week 15 – Seahawk Down

In a feature literally named after the NFL's penchant for constant, unyielding incompetence, you might've guessed that today we'd be honoring (well maybe not honoring, exactly) the League itself again. And yet, even as both the Raiders and Steelers lost their games due to controversial-but-true-to-the-rulebook verdicts from their referees, there's only one place truly deserving [...]

This Week in NFL Incompetence: Week 14 – The NFL’s Policies Are a Mess

This Week in NFL Incompetence: Week 14 – The NFL’s Policies Are a Mess

When a yellow flag landed it was immediately clear what the call was going to be. It was also immediately clear that it was going to be the wrong call. https://twitter.com/thelionswire/status/939927384605777920 Detroit Lions defensive back Quandre Diggs had just leveled Tampa Bay's O.J. Howard, causing a fumble that was recovered by Detroit's Glover Quin. As [...]

This Week in NFL Incompetence: Week 13 – Cohen, Cohen, Gone

This Week in NFL Incompetence: Week 13 – Cohen, Cohen, Gone

Every Monday I play beer league hockey with a bunch of physically underwhelming and tactically inept schlubs like myself. In our darker moments, when our utter lack of coaching and ability rears its ugly, toothless head our defensive schemes devolve into little more than puck-chasing. As defensive strategies go, this one tends to be disastrous. [...]

This Week in NFL Incompetence: Week 12 – Andy Reid and the Chiefs Are Spiraling

This Week in NFL Incompetence: Week 12 – Andy Reid and the Chiefs Are Spiraling

After Tyrod Taylor was his predictably solid self during Buffalo's 16-10 defeat of Kansas City on Sunday, I was tempted to give this week's Incompetence Trophy to Bills coach Sean McDermott for the second consecutive week because, again, what the hell was he doing starting Nathan Peterman in an NFL game? But McDermott at least [...]