Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson meet for the fourth time in their relatively young careers on Sunday Night as the Chiefs head to Baltimore, in a game, which so early in the season, could have significant repercussions for the playoffs.
The opening night of the 2021 NFL season, which saw a revitalised Dallas Cowboys run the reigning champion Buccaneers to the wire, suggests that the road to a repeat Super Bowl appearance for the Bucs may not be the cakewalk that many have predicted.
Out of all the major sporting leagues around the world, the NFL navigated the complex operational challenges presented by Covid-19 better than most. The season ran on time, relatively few teams were affected significantly, and although the TV ratings for Super Bowl LV were the lowest since 2007, we’re still talking over 96 million viewers tuning in stateside, let alone the rest of us watching from afar.
Considering Tom Brady as he gears up for his 10th Super Bowl appearance, I’m mindful of the following Jed Bartlet quote from the excellent American drama The West Wing:
“Is it possible to be astonished, but at the same time, not surprised?”
Known for its beautiful weather and crazy party scene, Superbowl LIV will be played in Miami at the Hard Rock Stadium. This is 10th time Miami will host the Superbowl, more than any other metropolitan area in the US.
The Carlisle Indians ensured American Football was no passing fad. Sally Jenkins charts their ascent. The development of American football closely parallels that of the country in which it was born – both were bastardised, rebellious, rule-breaking things that jumped up out of a wilderness. Take the forward pass, which in a remarkable coincidence came...