Ursula K. Le Guin, my hero, died on a Monday. On the Wednesday that preceded her passing, only five days before her death, I sent her the only piece of fan mail I’ve ever written. In it, I struggled to contain and express the boundless praise and thanks due to a woman who, despite our […]Read more "And The Rest Is Silence: In Memory of Ursula K. Le Guin"
A little after 4pm on Sunday the Cleveland Browns lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, plunging them to the NFL’s second-ever 0-16 finish. The loss would have been soul crushing if only there had been any souls left to crush in Cleveland. Bad as the Browns season finale was, though, it wasn’t the worst of the […]Read more "This Week in NFL Incompetence: Week 17 – The Ravens Really Blew It"
On October 30th the San Francisco 49ers sent a 2nd round draft pick to the New England Patriots for Tom Brady’s understudy, Jimmy Garoppolo. As San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan opted to take things slow with his potential franchise quarterback, Garappolo didn’t start a game until December 3rd but since then, well, let’s just […]Read more "This Week in NFL Incompetence: Week 16 – Jimmy Garoppolo is Incredible"
In a feature literally named after the NFL’s penchant for constant, unyielding incompetence, you might’ve guessed that today we’d be honoring (well maybe not honoring, exactly) the League itself again. And yet, even as both the Raiders and Steelers lost their games due to controversial-but-true-to-the-rulebook verdicts from their referees, there’s only one place truly deserving […]Read more "This Week in NFL Incompetence: Week 15 – Seahawk Down"
(SPOILER ALERT. This post, written after only one viewing of The Last Jedi, is absolutely spoilerific. I’m going to ruin the movie for you if you haven’t already seen it, is I guess what I’m saying. Continue at your own discretion.) As The Force Awakens drew to a close, Rey stood atop the scenic island […]Read more "The Underwhelming Characters of The Last Jedi"
When a yellow flag landed it was immediately clear what the call was going to be. It was also immediately clear that it was going to be the wrong call. “We all know what the flag’s gonna be, and if they call it a hit to the head/neck area, they’re wrong.” —Chris Spielman, being correct […]Read more "This Week in NFL Incompetence: Week 14 – The NFL’s Policies Are a Mess"
Every Monday I play beer league hockey with a bunch of physically underwhelming and tactically inept schlubs like myself. In our darker moments, when our utter lack of coaching and ability rears its ugly, toothless head our defensive schemes devolve into little more than puck-chasing. As defensive strategies go, this one tends to be disastrous. […]Read more "This Week in NFL Incompetence: Week 13 – Cohen, Cohen, Gone"
After Tyrod Taylor was his predictably solid self during Buffalo’s 16-10 defeat of Kansas City on Sunday, I was tempted to give this week’s Incompetence Trophy to Bills coach Sean McDermott for the second consecutive week because, again, what the hell was he doing starting Nathan Peterman in an NFL game? But McDermott at least […]Read more "This Week in NFL Incompetence: Week 12 – Andy Reid and the Chiefs Are Spiraling"
Despite an off-season filled with moves that seemed to indicate that Buffalo’s new front office was punting on the present in the hopes of building a better future, the Bills started this year with a surprising 5-2 record. Even after a puzzling loss to the Jets and an absolute thrashing at the hands of the […]Read more "This Week In NFL Incompetence: Week 11 – What is Sean McDermott Doing?"
Thanksgiving isn’t until next week but it already feels like Christmas because this Browns season is the gift that keeps on giving. (Keep in mind that I write about NFL incompetence on a weekly basis. For Cleveland fans this season has been a lump of coal dropped in a pile of shit.) After a deadline-day […]Read more "This Week In NFL Incompetence: Week 10 – This Is the Browns"