You’ve been given an opportunity, now go out there and hurt someone. As someone who considers himself to be a relatively intelligent, mostly functional human being, it’s always weird when someone treats you like the kind of person who really, really likes inflicting pain on others. It’s even weirder when this is advice is used … More Adventures in American Football: Week Three
You need to find your inner cunt. If ever there was a moment that encapsulated that tension that occurs when you put an American sport in suburban Australia, this was it. American Football is imbued with an awe-inspiring array of conventions and peccadillos. But here in Australia, its local participants spend so much time squeezing … More Adventures in American Football: Week 2
Do you like to hit or be hit? It was a serious question. What kind of idiot decides to take up a new sport at 32? One they’ve never played before. One that can result in serious bodily damage. One that’s (relatively) expensive to play, that requires intricate understanding of foot movement, of body positioning, … More Adventures in American Football: Week 1
BY DAN Darren Sharper is a former pro-footballer and was one of the elite defensive backs of the National Football League (NFL) in the 2000s. He has recently become eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and based solely on his on-field career could be standing next to his bust in Canton, Ohio at … More Of Principles and Outcomes: Darren Sharper and the Hall of Fame.
BY DAN The Super Bowl is next Monday Australian time. For many Australian sports fans this will be the one game of the season that they take an interest in and might even try to skive off work to watch. To get the most out of your valuable work shirking viewing, wouldn’t it be handy … More A Sportress Super Bowl preview special – questions of casual fans answered by a slightly more knowledgeable fan
BY DAN There is currently an amazing focus in American sport on the appropriate levels of air pressure in balls. And it is revealing the worst of everyone involved. Admittedly, #deflategate[i] is a pretty odd situation. At half-time in the American Conference Championship last week, it was discovered that the balls supplied by the home … More #Deflategate brings out the worst in everyone
BY DAN By this stage of the NFL season there isn’t really all that much to say. Is Aaron Rodgers’ ankle up to the destructive defensive force that is Seattle? Will his O-line be able to communicate with him and each other in the cacophony of noise that emanates out of CenturyLink field? Can the Patriots … More Your Conference Championships Preview: 20 Bold Predictions
BY DAN Of the seven people who read our first round preview last week, at least four of you were probably impressed that we picked three of the four games and nearly got the score exactly right in the now infamous ‘picked up flag’ Dallas-Detroit game. Now it only gets harder. For starters, you may have … More The Playoffs: Divisional Edition
BY DAN Today I want to talk to you about the NFL playoffs. They start on 4.35pm Saturday (which is like 8.35am on Sunday here at Sportress HQ in cloudy Melbourne) and, like every year, promise to be an incredible incomprehensible series of results that bear little resemblance to the regular season people spent their … More Everything you already knew about the NFL playoffs but were too afraid to be berated about.
BY DAN So if our readership stats are right, you’re Australian (and my mum). At some stage of your life you’ve probably said something like ‘Grid Iron is so boring’ or ‘why do they all wear pads?’ Forget that mess. You love the American Football – or as it is known, the National Football League (NFL). … More Your Halfway NFL Update: The Kids are Alright.