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  1. Oscars become a national holiday ... and all that jazz

    Jeff MacGregor

    In next week's news, the Oscars become a national holiday, Manti Te'o gets clocked again, and Kobe and Dwight try to work it out, Jeff MacGregor writes.

    Story | Conversation | February 26, 2013
  2. The Super Bowl has overtaken American culture

    Jeff MacGregor

    While you weren't looking, the NFL became our national metaphor for everything. From Sandy Hook to Camp Courage, the measure of America is football.

    Story | Conversation | February 04, 2013
  3. How we watch football, all sports has changed

    Jeff MacGregor

    With the Super Bowl rising this week until it blots out the sun, maybe it's worth asking how and how much technology has changed the way we watch and think of sports.

    Story | Conversation | January 28, 2013
  4. Football and men at work

    Jeff MacGregor

    On the day of Robert Griffin III's knee surgery, we're reminded that football players will do what football players do -- and that football coaches behave as football coaches. As do football owners and writers.

    Story | Conversation | January 09, 2013
  5. Alex Karras death marks an end to another time - NFL

    Jeff MacGregor

    Football is the last Great Circus and the last of our epic American fables. To say otherwise is dishonest.

    Story | Conversation | October 10, 2012
  6. Waiting for Goodell

    Jeff MacGregor

    In which we return yet again to the work of Samuel Beckett in the interest of clarifying American football. A country road. A tree. Evening. ESTRAGON: Nothing to be done. VLADIMIR: I'm beginning to come around to that. All my life I've...

    Blog | September 19, 2012
  7. Art Modell, Browns, Ravens -- How much loyalty does a team owe it...

    Jeff MacGregor

    The scourging, purifying hate last week for a man who ran a football business was kind of extraordinary. Art Modell left Cleveland and the fans did not forget. How much loyalty does a team owe its city?

    Story | Conversation | September 11, 2012
  8. Sports week in review

    Jeff MacGregor

    The week in review from death to life, from loss to win, from political metaphors to sports clichés.

    Story | Conversation | May 11, 2012
  9. Welcome to New York, Broadway Tim Tebow

    Jeff MacGregor

    The basic contribution of Tim Tebow to professional football, it seems to me, and to religious discussion and to modern American culture generally, has been to embody the essential tension between faith and science.

    Story | Conversation | March 26, 2012
  10. Super Bowl time machine drops us into nostalgic sellathon

    Jeff MacGregor

    In between the not-very-memorable football, the Super Bowl was a four-hour blur of consumerism. This year, the whole thing felt like an intervention on behalf of an addiction to nostalgia.

    Story | Conversation | February 06, 2012
  11. College football underclassmen and the NFL draft decision

    Jeff MacGregor

    The NFL intake mechanism for its raw materials, the draft, requires very young men to make what seem like very important decisions. Its feeder league, big college football, suffers or benefits accordingly.

    Story | Conversation | January 09, 2012
  12. Ndamukong Suh was unsportsmanlike last week doing exactly what fo...

    Jeff MacGregor

    It was brutal and unsportsmanlike, and yet it plays straight into the essence of the game. So how do we punish Ndamukong Suh for doing exactly what we expect him to do?

    Story | Conversation | November 29, 2011
  13. Do football coaches mold men, or have we mythologized their decis...

    Jeff MacGregor

    The big lie of big football is that it builds character. Truth is, the coaches make the decisions (i.e., "kick away from Devin Hester") while the players merely act upon them (i.e., "oops").

    Story | Conversation | November 14, 2011
  14. Tim Tebow and Albert Pujols provided short-term weekend memories

    Jeff MacGregor

    What will we remember from that thrill-a-minute sports weekend? How long will Tim Tebow's Sunday, or Albert Pujols' Saturday, stay with us? Sadly, this is the answer: Not long at all.

    Story | Conversation | October 24, 2011
  15. Football mythology in wake of Peter Gent death and new Walter Pay...

    Jeff MacGregor

    The death of "North Dallas Forty" author Peter Gent and the release of a controversial new biography of Walter Payton give rise to thoughts about football, pain and mythology.

    Story | Conversation | October 04, 2011
  16. Super Bowl XLV: Selling football as America

    Jeff MacGregor

    Our annual spasm of national excess came and went and knocked me flat, because what I saw being sold Sunday night was not football in America but football as America.

    Story | Conversation | February 07, 2011