I love football. During the past year, especially, perhaps because I was able to watch without thinking about what I might have to write, I really enjoyed college football Saturdays and NFL Sundays. (The success of Michigan and the Detroit Lions probably didn’t hurt either.)
But there have been plenty of times over the past 15 years or so when I’ve wondered if I should watch football, if I should support it with my fandom, viewership, and work. The sport is so incredibly violent, taking such a toll on the physical and mental conditions of the men who play it. Players are left with broken-down bodies and diminished mental capacity due to head trauma.
It was impossible not to think about that Monday night as Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field and required CPR before being taken off the field in an ambulance. Hamlin appeared to be hit hard in the chest while tackling Cincinnati Bengals receiver Tee Higgins, though his head and neck could also have been affected by the impact. The Bills later confirmed in a statement that Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest and is currently hospitalized in critical condition.
With changes to the fall schedule, it’s been a while since we’ve talked football on WISE Sports Radio. But we popped on this week to discuss Matt Rhule’s job security with the Carolina Panthers and whether or not team owner David Tepper is being too patient with his head coach.
Looking around the NFL, we also covered Justin Herbert’s rib injury and his status for Week 3, Kenny Golladay unhappy with his playing time in New York, Bruce Arians getting a warning from the league, the Buffalo Bills-Miami Dolphins match-up, and how the San Francisco 49ers will perform with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback.
Are the Philadelphia Eagles the NFL team to watch after adding Pro Bowl cornerback James Bradberry to their offseason reload? Are the Cleveland Browns better off keeping Baker Mayfield in case Deshaun Watson is suspended for sexual misconduct?
On WISE Sports Radio, we cover those topics along with Drew Brees’s job search, the Carolina Panthers ranking DFL in ESPN’s NFL power rankings, roastmaster Tom Brady, and the Buffalo Bills doing what they can to help their community after last week’s mass shooting.
The NFL offseason is charging toward the annual player selection meeting (also known as the NFL Draft). But until then, Deshaun Watson’s sexual misconduct allegations will continue to be a topic.
On this week’s WISE Sports Radio NFL segment, we discuss what a Texas judge says Watson must do next. The Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints make an intriguing trade of draft picks. The Buffalo Bills extend their relationship with wide receiver Stefon Diggs. And some baseball talk involving the Atlanta Braves gets snuck in there at the end.
Baseball and football on this edition of The Podcass, courtesy of our appearances on Asheville’s WISE Sports Radio.
First, a look at some early storylines like top free agents and Hall of Fame balloting as MLB slides into the offseason (02:50). Then it’s on to the NFL and Week 10 headlines, most of which concerned off-the-field news like quarterbacks and franchises possibly moving (20:57).