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Jason Keidel

Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots leaves the field after an injury. (credit: Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Keidel: NFL’s ‘Culture Of Coercion’ Destroying Players

A conga line of football icons is suing the NFL for negligence, malfeasance, malpractice, and just about everything short of global warming.

05/23/2014

St. Louis Rams draft pick Michael Sam addresses the media during a press conference at Rams Park on May 13, 2014 in Earth City, Missouri. (credit: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Keidel: Rams Risk Getting Smeared Should They Cut Michael Sam

Michael Sam’s magic moment has left America divided, making the masses uncomfortable for many reasons, though much of it has nothing to do with Michael Sam.

05/16/2014

Johnny Manziel (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

Keidel: Pro Football Meets Johnny Football

All eyes and iPhones were on Johnny Manziel, who squirmed in his seat for 21 picks before landing in the wasteland we call Cleveland. He forced a smile and his signature salutation, rubbing his thumb and forefinger, a metaphor for counting his cash.

05/09/2014

Jameis Winston (credit: Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Keidel: Jameis Becoming Famous For The Wrong Reasons

Financial experts estimated Johnny Manziel made more than $30 million for Texas A&M. Maybe Winston does the same for FSU and their acolytes. So you can see the logic, even if it’s shameful, when the police stutter when mentioning Winston’s name in any criminal context.

05/02/2014

NBA commissioner Adam Silver. (credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Keidel: Rumored New NBA Minimum Age Would Be A Good Thing

Word on the street is that the big cheeses at the NCAA and NBA have agreed on a new age requirement for playing pro ball. NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who really doesn’t need the NCAA’s approval, is increasingly vocal on the matter.

04/25/2014

MACAU - NOVEMBER 24: Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines fights with Brandon Rios of the U.S. during their 'Clash in Cotai' WBO International Welterweight title bout on November 24, 2013 in Macau.

Keidel: Boxing Doesn’t Command The Bold Ink It Once Did

Manny Pacquiao, one of the few boxers to still move the needle, fights Timothy Bradley this weekend for the WBO welterweight title.

04/11/2014

Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats talks with Aaron Harrison #2, Alex Poythress #22 and Andrew Harrison #5. (credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Keidel: Kentucky Coach John Calipari Comes Of Age

Calipari embraces the sordid system, uses it, and dominates. He doesn’t pretend he’s taking kids for the leafy campus life, for the diploma that will never arrive, or even for a few classes. He wants talent. And talent he gets. And talented he is.

04/04/2014

Dakari Johnson #44 of the Kentucky Wildcats drives against Darius Carter #12 of the Wichita State Shockers. (credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Keidel: March Sadness Ends Cinderella Story

We’re being told this is a classic tournament, with juggernauts about to collide like meteors over Texas, and a classic Final Four in store for us. Depends on your view of classic. Does an Arizona – Florida Finals sound unprecedented? Is that must-see TV?

03/27/2014

The Wichita State Shockers celebrate after beating the Missouri State Bears 68-45. (credit: Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Keidel: Ides (And Idols) Of March

March Madness is a lifeline in an otherwise barren winter sports calendar, an essential bridge between football and baseball

03/21/2014

Jabari Parker #1 of the Duke Blue Devils is congratulated by Rodney Hood #5 and Amile Jefferson #21 after scoring against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. (credit: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Keidel: NBA Needs To Raise Age Restriction

The player, college, and NBA have suffered greatly in quality of play and players. And for every Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett there has been a conga line of lost causes, teens who toiled in Europe or Asia or worse once their hoop dreams melted into memory.

03/07/2014

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Keidel: The NFL, ‘N’ Word, And Censorship

The NFL is considering a heavy tax on it, citing the fact that the gridiron is a workplace, and thus they can control the language and lexicon of its players. It’s probably the most delicate and toxic topic we’ll ever discuss in sports.

02/28/2014

Running back Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens (credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Keidel: Ray Rice Another Crack In NFL Shield

Even by the pro athlete’s subterranean standards, the Ray Rice video was shocking. He made no effort to heal or cradle or care for his unconscious fiancee.

02/21/2014

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