If you subscribe to the direct tv promos and sports programs then you know all about the hot news in football. Football is America’s most popular sport. Millions of fans flock to games each year, with countless more watching the action on television. Football requires mental and physical resilience and toughness. The pressure to win is intense at the pro and college levels. Unfortunately, some teams and players succumb to the temptation to cheat. Here are five major football scandals.
1. “Spygate”. The New England Patriots won three Super Bowls from 2001-2004, but their accomplishments were arguably tainted by the “spygate” scandal, which involved the revelation that the franchise had secretly videotaped other teams.
2. “Bountygate”. The New Orleans Saints saw several defensive starters and popular head coach Sean Payton suspended in 2012 after the NFL concluded that the defensive players were awarded financial bounties for injuring specific opponents.
3. Southern Methodist University in the 1980′s. SMU, a private Dallas university, became a major power in the Southwest Conference during the ’80s. The program committed a slew of NCAA violations, including paying illegal payments to players. The program was given the death penalty by the NCAA.
4. Jim Tressel’s downfall. The highly successful Ohio State coach was fired in 2012 after it was discovered that he had deliberately lied and covered up the actions of some of his players, who had sold tattoos and other memorabilia.
5. Free Shoes University. Florida State was the epitome of an elite program in the 1990′s. However, they found themselves in hot water after some players received fancy athletic shoes for free.
As the summer months wind down, millions of football fans prepare to put their sports knowledge to good use by participating in fantasy football. While some leagues are held in private, many fantasy football leagues are orchestrated online. Here is how to get started with one of these leagues.
The first step is to check out the various websites that offer management tools for fantasy football. There are more than a dozen major sites that offer fantasy football for free, or you can opt to pay to join a league to up the stakes. Read the rest of this entry »
High school football in America may not have the origins that you would think it does. Rather, the game has a deep history that had almost nothing to do with the way that it is played today. Instead, in 1929 a Philadelphia man began the first youth football league as a way of trying to give structure and guidance to those in his community who were vandalizing the area.
The league ended up growing and expanding to more teams. Before long, Read the rest of this entry »
College football is arguably the most popular sport in America. College football is filled with history, rivalries, and a rich tradition that keeps fans engaged in the sport. The history of the sport dates back to the 1800′s in which The College of New Jersey, known as Rutgers, and Princeton played against each other in New Jersey on November 6, 1869. This game was the first documented college football game in America. The game was played different than the new college football rules. The game used Read the rest of this entry »
In 1920 the American Professional Football Association opened its doors for business. It consisted of eleven teams. By 1922, the league had changed its name to the National Football League (NFL) and began to make the moves that would make it one of the most successful businesses and sports of all-time.
In 1922, the NFL fielded eighteen teams including the Chicago Bears and the perennial powerhouse the Canton Bulldogs. The teams played twelve games and struggled to survive. Yearly, teams folded and/or moved to communities that were deemed more supportive. Even the Read the rest of this entry »
Well finding out on how to pick your favorite football team can be hard or easy. Sometimes you’ll be torn in two when two of your favorite football teams are playing in the same game. In picking the right team for you, considering these following tips on doing so are essential. First off, you can consider the teams you liked when you were growing up. You can also consider the area where you live. A lot of these football teams have a long history behind them. This is also something to keep in Read the rest of this entry »
Both college football teams and NFL teams play a high quality level of football. The enthusiasm surrounding a winning collegiate football program is unmatched anywhere in sports. A top notch NFL team has a raucous fanbase that can’t wait for each Sunday to come. There are some differences between the teams though.
NFL teams run a much more complex style of offense than college teams. Professional athletes are well versed in their craft and study film day Read the rest of this entry »
You’ve been gearing up for months and now we’re only weeks away from one of the biggest moments in any football fanatic’s life: college football season kickoff! You’ve got your TV ready and you’ve even planned a football party…here are the teams you need to keep an eye on during the earliest weeks of the season…
University of Georgia: Less than formidable in season’s past, UGA has gone through Read the rest of this entry »
The AFC or American Football Conference is made up of 4 sub-divisions that each have 4 teams. The divisions are separated geographically and named East, West, North and South. With a total of 16 teams in the AFC, the conference boasts some of the best talent and teams in the NFL including the Pittsburgh Steelers who have won the most Super Bowls in NFL History with 6.
Along with Pittsburgh, there a number of other teams that have been successful in the NFL. Most notably in recent years, the New England Patriots have been arguably the most Read the rest of this entry »
If you want to become a football super fan, you must learn everything about the game that you can possibly learn. Learn about the history of the game and some of its best teams. Find out who some of the best players in the history of the game were. This will ensure that every time that there is a conversation about football, you stand out as a true football super fan.
Football super fans like to debate. They like to talk about who they Read the rest of this entry »