Category Football

Overthinking Overtime

As football’s overtime format has been debated and changed over the years, it seems each effort to address a particular concern has introduced a new concern of its own. The NCAA introduced overtime in 1996, in part, to eliminate ties from the game. But by doing so, many college football games turn into absolute marathons,

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Unanswered Points

Mark Tye Turner is the author of Notes from a 12th Man: A Truly Biased History of the Seattle Seahawks The following article is Mark’s second contribution. For his previous article, see here. The term “unanswered points” is part of the lexicon when describing events occurring during a football game. It illustrates the dominance of

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Record Days

Mark Tye Turner is the author of Notes from a 12th Man: A Truly Biased History of the Seattle Seahawks On opening night of the 2013 season, Peyton Manning did something that has not been accomplished since the merger of 1970: he threw seven touchdowns passes. The last person to accomplish this feat was Minnesota

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Larceny Games: Sports Gambling, Game Fixing and the FBI – The Latest Book from Brian Tuohy

Today, author Brian Tuohy contributes a guest column about his research for the new book, Larceny Games: Sports Gambling, Game Fixing and the FBI (2013). It will be released on September 3, 2013 but is available for pre-order now. Gambling with Your Life is a movie you’ll never see. Produced by the NBA in association

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A College Football World Series?

Ecstatic about the new College Football Playoff set to begin in 2014? You’re not alone, and some fans are thrilled simply because the hot-button debate is ending. But what about the beginning? It turns out that the concept of a college football playoff has been around since at least 1960 when Northwestern University athletic director

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Football Injuries at Harvard Before and After the 1906 Reforms

During a brutal 1905 football season resulting in multiple fatalities, President Theodore Roosevelt met with college officials to discuss reforming the sport. By December 1905, 62 schools had appointed a rules committee for intercollegiate football. In January, reforms were set in motion, including the legalization of the forward pass and the banning of unnecessary roughness.

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