Last week I didn’t mention the passing of an NFL icon—Art Modell—because when I reached out to people to get their thoughts, the replies were mostly negative. Not unprintable, per se, but in poor taste considering the man was dead. The reactions to Steve Sabol’s death were the opposite: the NFL Films president was beloved.
Sabol and his father, the founder of NFL Films, are largely responsible for so many football-viewing aspects we take for granted today: slow-motion and reverse angle replays, setting highlights to music, microphones on the field, blooper reels, and more. You didn’t need to see the television to know it was an NFL Films production. The music was powerful and recognizable enough. Sabol won 35 Emmys and is regarded as the greatest storyteller in NFL history. He died on Tuesday after an 18-month battle with brain cancer. He was 69.
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There’s nothing like the mainstream media’s overreaction to Week 1 of the NFL season. It started on Thursday night, when Giants fans were told their team had no shot of repeating as champs. By Sunday night, Saints and Packers fans were doomed. Andrew Luck is a bust. RG3 is a god. The Jets have the best offense in football. The Panthers have the worst. And on and on. You won’t find any overreaction here at andrewjkahn.com, though I will remind you that my Baltimore over Atlanta Super Bowl pick looks pretty good right now…
Hey, mom, I’m done with my segment!
How could I start off with anything but this:
Tell me that’s not the best “This is SportsCenter” commercial in years. You can’t.
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The NFL is the most popular sport in America for a lot of reasons, but one of them is chaos. It is hard to rule out more than a few teams when making your preseason playoff predictions. This just isn’t true in other sports. In what NFL city aren’t fans saying, “This could be our year!” (OK, maybe not in Cleveland, Minnesota, Jacksonville, or Indianapolis.)
For the past nine seasons and 11 of the last 12, a team has gone from worst to first within its division. In each season since 1996, at least five teams made the playoffs that didn’t qualify the previous year. The average playoff turnover rate over that span is 50 percent (six teams)!
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