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  1. Flem File: Inside the Ravens' victory room

    David Fleming

    It started with a kiss. For Super Bowl XLVII, the Baltimore Ravens' locker room was located deep under the north side of the Superdome, about 50 feet from the field and at the epicenter of an impossible labyrinth of tunnels, doorways, ramps, curta...

    Blog | February 05, 2013
  2. Flem File: Scott Fujita on ALS, Bountygate

    David Fleming

    It's 5:15 a.m. on Tuesday and inside the San Francisco Airport, an excited Scott Fujita is waiting to board a plane back to his beloved New Orleans for a full week of Super Bowl activities. As a linebacker with the Saints from 2006 to 2009, Fujita pl...

    Blog | January 31, 2013
  3. Flem File: 47 Super Bowl XLVII predictions

    David Fleming

    Usually at the conclusion of the AFC and NFC Championship Games we are afforded a brief, yet wonderful, grace period before the unrelenting avalanche of Super Bowl hype begins. This year, in particular, the respite was especially lavish -- by my cloc...

    Blog | January 24, 2013
  4. Dissecting Tom Brady's 41 playoff TDs

    David Fleming

    Near the end of last season I sat down with Aaron Rodgers for a fascinating and in-depth look at the art of playing quarterback. After elevating the most dynamic and demanding position in sports to an entirely new level, Rodgers was on the verge of w...

    Blog | January 17, 2013
  5. Flem File: Losers' guide to the NFL playoffs

    David Fleming

    I went ahead and ran the numbers and I don't know if you're aware of this or not, but one of the major flaws of the current NFL playoff system is that the season is actually over for 24 teams and 75% of the fan bases. We keep watching, obviously, ...

    Blog | January 10, 2013
  6. Flem File: Forecasting NFL playoff stars

    David Fleming

    Sure, he now has his own signature salsa TD dance and, of course, a Chunky Soup commercial featuring his "mom" (or, rather, an actress playing his mom), but Victor Cruz didn't truly become a household name until he entered the most powerful star-maki...

    Blog | January 03, 2013
  7. Flem File: Climbing over Rice, Dickerson

    David Fleming

    When it comes to the NFL benchmarks for rushing and receiving in a single season, history couldn't be more clear: It's now or never for both Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson. This week Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings face the Houston Texans, ...

    Blog | December 20, 2012
  8. Flem File: Who's the NEXT Cardinals QB?

    David Fleming

    On Sunday, thanks to eight turnovers and a 0.4 QBR score by John Skelton, the Cardinals were blown out 58-0 by Seattle in what was the fourth-worst shutout loss in the NFL in the past 72 years. It was the Cards' ninth loss in a row. Afterward Larry F...

    Blog | December 13, 2012
  9. Flem File: Handicapping NFL handshakes

    David Fleming

    It was the best and worst six seconds of the season. By now you've seen the angry and awesomely awkward postgame handshake between the Steelers' Mike Tomlin and the Ravens' John Harbaugh. Having just beaten Baltimore at home with Charlie Batch und...

    Blog | December 07, 2012
  10. Flem File: Ndamukong Suh comes clean

    David Fleming

    Editor's note: This is an extended version of a story that appears in the Dec. 10 issue of ESPN The Magazine. Subscribe today! My old-fashioned face-to-face conversation with the Lions' Ndamukong Suh started out with a classic 21st-century tech mo...

    Blog | November 29, 2012
  11. Flem File: Turkeys of the Year

    David Fleming

    The great ones know it's never too early to talk turkey. In late October, after a 24-3 win over Arizona, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was asked if he finally believed in quarterback Alex Smith. His answer officially kicked off the Flem File's 16th...

    Blog | November 21, 2012
  12. Flem File: When hitting QBs becomes illegal

    David Fleming

    I've got theories on where football is headed. Lots and lots of theories. I won't say they're all outlandish, or bizarre, but let me put it this way: I used to get a kick out of running them by Brad Childress when he was the coach in Minnesota and...

    Blog | November 15, 2012
  13. Flem File: Bama versus the Browns

    David Fleming

    The first clue for Alabama's football team was the smell of coach Nick Saban's coffee brewing inside the visiting locker room of MetLife Stadium. Coffee and two Little Debbie snack cakes are part of the coach's pregame ritual, and when the player...

    Blog | November 08, 2012
  14. Flem File: The NFL House of Horrors

    David Fleming

    The parking lot attendant was my first clue that this was no ordinary haunted house. From the street, he seemed to be wearing some kind of authentic, clever old-time prison zombie costume. But as I got closer, what looked like an Alcatraz gh...

    Blog | October 30, 2012
  15. Flem File: The Near Five-Hundred League

    David Fleming

    "Everyone's special." - Helen Parr, aka Elastigirl "Which is another way of saying no one is." - Dash Well, I hope the NFL's happy. Years in the making, the league's ultimate dream of complete competitive balance has finally come to fruition:...

    Blog | October 18, 2012
  16. Flem File: We are all Kansas City

    David Fleming

    At first, I thought, what a bunch of scumbags. On Sunday, Kansas City tackle Eric Winston, practically shaking with anger and disgust, called out a small group of Chiefs fans for what he said was cheering after struggling QB Matt Cassel suffered a...

    Blog | October 11, 2012