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The Blue & Gray Press | April 24, 2018

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NFL alters rules to prevent head injuries

April 5, 2018 |


Staff Writer

Last week from Mar. 25 to Mar. 28 the owners of the National Football League held their annual 4-day meeting in Orlando, Florida. While everything proposed during the meeting did not pass there where numerous rule changes for upcoming the 2018 season.Read More

Anticipation rises as the NFL draft draws near

April 5, 2018 |


Sports Editor

As the NFL draft quickly approaches, all 32 teams are frantically attempting to rebuild and strengthen their rosters and fill any positional holes they may have. With the draft still three weeks out, teams are analyzing which college players they will target, as scouts and coaches study each player. Read More

NFL offseason draws attention with chaotic beginning

March 15, 2018 |


Staff Writer

The upcoming NFL offseason is geared up to be a chaotic one. Coming off arguably one of the most exciting Super Bowls of all time, late February through early March is usually a mundane time period. Luckily, NFL fans have been treated to a lot of drama. Starting with the Chiefs moving on from quarterback Alex Smith and cornerback Marcus Peters. Both moves were shocking and came out of nowhere.Read More

Kaepernick still making waves in the NFL as GQ ‘man of the year’

November 16, 2017 |


Staff Writer

Colin Kaepernick, a former NFL quarterback, will be featured on GQ magazine’s front cover for their man of the year issue. This will be the second time Kaepernick will be a feature for the publication. The first was in 2013 when he was featured as an outstanding athlete and top-notch quarterback. This time is different. Kaepernick is being featured because he is no longer a professional athlete.Read More

Shaken with injuries, NFL teams prepare for week 8

October 26, 2017 |


Staff Writer

Usually a competitive team in the American Football Conference, the Denver Broncos have suffered these past two week with a litany of injuries greatly hampering both their offensive and defensive efforts.Read More

NFL players are not being disrespectful by exercising their right to protest

October 18, 2017 |


Viewpoints Editor

After weeks of criticism and media attention focused on players kneeling for the national anthem in protest, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said at a news conference on Wednesday, Oct. 18 that while he believes that players should stand for the playing of the national anthem, he does not plan to create or enforce any rule requiring them to. While Goodell should openly support his players’ First Amendment rights, it is reassuring to know that he does not plan to censor them- after all, that would be illegal.Read More

After a hectic Week 5, NFL teams prepare themselves for Week 6

October 12, 2017 |


Sports Editor

With a little bit over a quarter of the 2017 NFL season in the books, the league took a huge turn during Week five with numerous key injuries and the trade sending Adrian Peterson to Arizona.Read More

UMW student athletes respond to national anthem protests

October 12, 2017 |


Staff Writer

NFL players kneeling during the national anthem recently set off a storm that swept up all of America, sparking discussions in homes across the United States — including here at the University of Mary Washington.Read More

NFL players have the right to protest but should consider a different platform in which to do so

October 5, 2017 |

Staff Writer

The NFL has been the subject of much controversy around the country over the last couple of weeks. Some players are kneeling during the National Anthem, while some are not even coming onto the field. It is saddening to watch your favorite team or player use the field as a place to protest, especially during a time that means so much to us. Read More

NFL stands strong against Trump’s divisive words

September 28, 2017 |


At a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, President Donald Trump spent a portion of his time on stage talking about the National Football League. What started as a tangent about how penalties for hard hits are making the game soft and “ruining it,” quickly became a tirade on the National Anthem protests started last year by former forty-niners’ quarter back, Colin Kaepernick, and how the players “disrespect our flag,” according to President Trump.Read More

Redskins steal a big win, preparing for a rough road ahead

September 21, 2017 |


Sports Editor

The Washington Redskins avoided their usual 0-2 record start this season, with a big 27-20 win over the Los Angeles Rams. Following their brutal loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at home, Redskins fans were relieved to see them get a big win. Even though Washington will be coming home with a victory, they struggled to get it. Although rookie, Samaje Perine got most of the touches on offense, running back Chris Thompson carried the team early in the game by setting the bar at two rushing touchdowns along with 77 yards on only three carries.Read More

NFL week 1 predictions and analysis

September 7, 2017 |


Staff Writer

After much anticipation, the NFL has returned and fans everywhere are ready to celebrate by holding down a spot on the couch all Sunday long. Read More

Kirk Cousins: the franchise quarterback nobody wants

February 9, 2017 |


The Washington Redskins finished the 2016-17 regular season with a record of 8-7- 1 and failed to make the NFL playoffs, yet again. The Redskins have not made a playoff appearance since 2015.

To make things worse … Read More

Midseason NFL Report: is the MVP front-runner a surprise at all?

November 10, 2016 |


As the National Football League hits its midway point going into Week 9, it is time to discuss midseason awards to come out. The league’s TV ratings have been down because of a multitude of reasons: NFL Redzone, the presidential election, players kneeling during the National Anthem, and the overall crackdown on players having fun and being creative with their celebrations.

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Sam Bradford to Minnesota’s rescue…maybe

September 14, 2016 |


The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade starting quarterback Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings for a first round draft pick in 2017 and a conditional fourth round draft pick in 2018.

The Vikings lost their starting quarterback, Teddy … Read More

Grab your gear- the NFL is here-

September 8, 2016 |


The National Football League is a name known throughout every American household. With the 2016-2017 regular season fast approaching, fans are ready to throw on the jersey of their favorite player and watch as many games they possibly can every … Read More

NFL expands its empire to include UK

November 5, 2015 |


The National Football League is not a formal business. If it were, it could arguably be the largest business in America. The NFL’s revenue is estimated at about $9.5 billion. As for all the 32 teams, the overall market value is near $46 billion.
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Injuries spark debate over length of NFL preseason

September 10, 2015 |


The game of football is very brutal on the human body. Therefore, National Football League teams have been playing exhibition, preseason, games since 1939 in order to prepare players for the long regular season. Previously, these exhibition games were prevalent in order to give players reps so that they could be prepared both mentally and physically.Read More

Patriots caught cheating the system, opens the door to skepticism

January 27, 2015 |


The New England Patriots and their head coach, Bill Belichick, are no strangers to cheating or the subsequent scandals that arise from their rule breaking. For instance, Spygate, the filming of the Jets’ defensive signals during a regular season game in September 2007, resulted in the loss of draft picks and fines for stealing the signs, a highly egregious and impactful offense.Read More

Letter to the Editor: Requesting The Blue & Gray Press not use the name or logo of the Washington NFL team

September 24, 2014 |

To the Editors of The Blue & Gray Press:

We are writing to ask that the newspaper cease using the team name and logo for the Washington NFL team in its coverage of professional sports.Read More

Redskins fall in season opener

September 10, 2014 |


Coming off a disastrous 2013 season, the Washington Redskins looked to right the ship in their season opener against the Houston Texans. Instead, the Redskins lost the game 17-6, continuing a league worst nine-game losing streak.Read More

NFL Player Ray Rice Skates By Reprecussions

September 3, 2014 |


A video surfaced last February of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice in an Atlantic City, N.J. casino repeatedly beating his girlfriend, Janay Palmer, and dragging her out of the casino by her hair.Read More

In the endzone: Seattle Seahawks secure in playoffs at home

December 4, 2013 |

Once the postseason is here, the Hawks could have Wilson turn and handoff to Lynch 30 plus times a game and punish the opposing defense. There is not much an opposing defense can do, especially not once the Seahawks’ Pro Bowl littered offensive line heals up.Read More

In the endzone: high cost hits

November 20, 2013 |

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, the NFL fined San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks $15,750 for his hit on New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game.Read More

In the endzone: NFL postseason predictions for playoffs

November 13, 2013 |

Week 10 is in the books, and we now have a better sense of who is for real and who is not. The 2013-2014 season is past the halfway point, and we are now at that mark where every week becomes a must win for playoff hopefuls.Read More

In the endzone: quarterbacks on top

November 6, 2013 |

If you believe someone on my top ten NFL quarterback list is undeserving and should be replaced, I offer a suggestion: imagine my choice and your own on the opposite team. If you believe Alex Smith (No. 9) does not produce enough stats to be on the list, and Eli Manning and his two rings should be instead, try to imagine the Giants with Smith. Their record would probably be better now. Also, the Chiefs would be incapable of going unbeaten to this point if the turnover happy Eli was running the show. Now, to the top five!Read More

In the endzone: top ten quarterbacks in the NFL

October 30, 2013 |

Everyone knows the NFL is a passing league. Long gone are the days of a premiere running back toting the rock 25-30 times a game. Nowadays it is common for a team to pass on 50 or more plays and sprinkle in runs here and there amongst a committee of backs.Read More

In the endzone: NFL offense vs. defense debate

October 23, 2013 |

The Denver Broncos are the darlings of this NFL season, but elsewhere in the AFC West, the Kansas City Chiefs have begun to stir up their own buzz. The Chiefs are currently tied with the Broncos atop the division, leading with a perfect 6-0 season thus far.Read More

In the endzone: Numbers add up the season thus far

October 9, 2013 |

Numbers and statistics are important aspects of modern sports. They provide sports fanatics with ammunition for sports bar banter with buddies and give sports writers evidence for their arguments. This week’s column is all about presenting the numbers most relevant to each NFL team five weeks into the season.Read More

NFL in London breaks tradition

October 2, 2013 |

Following the NFL’s annual tradition of playing one game outside the U.S. in order to spread football across the globe, the Pittsburgh Steelers battled the Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday, Sept. 29.Read More