Author Archives: Chris Pummer

New Orleans Saints and Bounties

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: If player safety were the big issue here, then the Packers would’ve gotten some sort of punishment in 2007. But they “stopped.” (Seriously, how can you even prove that?) If it was player safety, Goodell wouldn’t be pushing 18-game seasons, more Thursday games and Monday games that shorten recovery time, and he wouldn’t be fighting the NFLPA for health benefits.

CHRIS PUMMER: I just seriously doubt these punishments are anything other than an image-related ploy. And until I see something more tangible put forward by the NFL without being compelled by litigation, I’ll continue to doubt the motive. Continue reading

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Kansas Hires Charlie Weis

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: So apparently Kansas’ main priority in hiring a new head football coach was to find someone who would fit into Mark Mangino’s old coaching gear.

CHRIS PUMMER: Kansas wanted to make a flashy hire, and the did it with Weis. But we all know the big name isn’t always the best pick. Continue reading

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Responsibilities Of Out-Of-Contention Baseball Teams

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Texas A&M and the SEC

CHRIS PUMMER: As they say, the grass is always greener. That’s how Texas A&M feels about trying to move from the Big 12 to the SEC. And maybe if the grass isn’t, the money just might be. Continue reading

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Yao in Review

CHRIS PUMMER: Yao Ming’s legacy probably can’t stand on its own without considering the huge expectations that arrived with him before he even played an NBA game. Continue reading

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NASCAR Dinosaurs

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: I have to admit I’m surprised NASCAR has hung on like it hashas, but it’s definitely going the way of the gas-guzzling dinosaur. There just isn’t the interest anymore. I’m not sure the reasoning — cost of tickets, cost of travel, lack of interesting characters? But as someone who grew up with a dad obsessed with NASCAR, even I have to admit it’s not what it used to be, as he rarely turns on a race until the last few laps these days.

CHRIS PUMMER: NASCAR will probably continue to occupy the biggest motorsports niche in this country. Just don’t look for it to find actual parity with football, baseball or basketball for the affections of a much greater audience. Continue reading

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JaMarcus Russell

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: If we’re discussing the biggest No. 1 pick busts in the NFL, surely JaMarcus Russell has to be at or near the very top of the list. The guy has a rocket of an arm, the size of a horse and what looked like all the makings of the next big power quarterback.

And yet, he fizzled quicker than a sparkler on a wet Fourth of July.

CHRIS PUMMER: Russell is the cautionary tale that gets retold every few years. Sure, the name changes. Sometimes villain goes by the name “Joey Harrington” or “Akili Smith.” Sometimes the character isn’t so much the villain as much as an innocent talent demonized for the failings of his handlers. Then you could call him “David Carr.” Continue reading

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Never Miss A Super Bowl Club Commercials

HOWARD MEGDAL: These commercials about the Never Miss A Super Bowl Club irritated me to the point that when I read this, my first reaction was, “Guess he will now!” Don’t think that speaks well of me.

MIKE CUMMINGS: I, too, was irritated by those ads. Couldn’t he have done something more constructive and humanitarian with his time and money? And did he deserve to have a commercial in which to brag about it? I’m sure he was a good husband and father, but, gah. Continue reading

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NASCAR 10 years after Dale Earnhardt Sr.

CHRIS PUMMER: Of course the NASCAR season began Sunday with its signature event, the Daytona 500. Besides the fact that a rookie racer won it this year, there’s been significance attached because it was at Daytona where Dale Earnhardt Sr. was killed 10 years ago. I’ve been reading about how a lot of people attribute the dip in NASCAR’s popularity and profitability outside of the general economic downturn to the void Earnhardt’s death left among the ranks of NASCAR’s stars.

Was he really such a transcendent figure for the sports? I don’t know that I buy this argument. Continue reading

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Super Bowl Ticket Fiasco

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: I would really like to know who actually takes over during the Super Bowl, who runs the show, before I make any major criticisms. Continue reading

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