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Why Olympic Football Needs to Happen

In Football on February 5, 2014 at 1:16 pm

With the Winter Olympics set to begin on Thursday, CDH has the games on the mind. But we’re not thinking bobsled — we’re thinking football. Today, Ian Brickey takes a closer look at the possibility of American football as an Olympic sport.

Will an Olympic gold medal rival a Super Bowl championship as the top achievement in football? It could happen sooner than you think.

The International Federation of American Football received provisional recognition from the International Olympic Committee in a Dec. 10 vote. Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez reported that the IOC could vote as soon as 2017 to approve football as a full-fledged Olympic event, with competition beginning at the 2024 Summer Games.

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The IOC cited football’s international growth in popularity as the rationale for the decision. The IFAF currently features 64 member countries and offers three versions of the game: tackle, flag and beach. Football was previously featured as a demonstration program at the 1904 and 1932 Summer Games. Read the rest of this entry »

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Super Bowl Recovery

In Football on February 7, 2013 at 6:03 pm

CDH’s Sam Sutton’s San Francisco 49ers lost on Sunday, but that doesn’t mean he has to like it.

Dear Jack,

Things got pretty emo on Sunday night.

Not Dashboard Confessional emo, but definitely Neil Young circa “After the Gold Rush” emo. You may not realize this about me, but behind the obnoxious 49er snapback and super sick red Adidas hoodie, there beats the heart of a deeply sensitive young man [VOMIT].

That heart was broken Sunday night. As were the hearts of thousands — nay, millions — of Bay Area sports fans. Our hearts were broken by the cold realization that, although the San Francisco 49ers had a better team on paper, the Baltimore Ravens were in fact the better team on the field [more VOMIT]. Read the rest of this entry »

Super Bowl Smack-Talk: Part 2

In Football on January 31, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Like modern day Romans and Carthaginians, CDH’s  Jack Lambert and Sam Sutton love their football teams — and for the next two weeks or so, hate each other.

Sam Sutton: Hey Jack,

It’s Thursday, and I haven’t heard a response from you.

So I just wanted to throw a few numbers at you, lest you’d forgotten just how doomed your little football team is on Sunday.

The 49ers ranked 2nd (behind the Seattle Seahawks) in overall defense this year. They had the fourth most effective pass defense —  compared to 21st for Indianapolis and 29th for New England). They also finished the season with the fourth best rushing defense, compared to 9th for New England and 29th for Indianapolis.

I can’t imagine how Baltimore managed to clobber such powerhouses. Read the rest of this entry »

Super Bowl Smack-Talk: Part 1

In Football on January 23, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Like modern day Biggies and Tupacs, CDH’s Jack Lambert and Sam Sutton love their football teams — and for the next two weeks or so, hate each other.

Jack Lambert: Favorite team, Baltimore Ravens. Power Move, Laycock leg kick. Weakness, two-man bobsled.

I know what Sam is going to do. He is probably sitting in his hip New York apartment thinking up ways to call Baltimore dirty and drug strewn. He’s probably laughing at a joke he just made comparing Joe Flacco to Nick Sobatka, the basement-dwelling drug runner in HBO’s The Wire. Hell, he even may have dusted off a thesaurus. Good for him. He’s going to need it. Read the rest of this entry »

Ray Lewis

In Football, Long form on January 3, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Ray Lewis’s playing career could end Sunday. Crim Del Harris examines Lewis’s accomplishments, shortcomings and his legacy in Baltimore.

Ray Lewis will likely play his last game in Baltimore Sunday. The locals will rush to claim him as one of their own, a native son of Baltimore. They are wrong. Ray Lewis, the greatest middle linebacker of the 21st century, was never Baltimore. He was a greatness that knows no geographical boundaries. Ravens fans never cheered for Lewis because he represented the spirit of a city. They cheered for him because they never got to cheer for Tom Brady. They cheered for him because it was better than cheering for Corey Dillon.

In truth, many fans had stopped cheering lately. Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts will likely set decibel records in Baltimore that will mask an inglorious end to Lewis’s playing career. Two steps slow and seemingly forever behind in coverage, the linebacker often resembled a rooted oak conspicuously decaying in the modern NFL. Read the rest of this entry »

The Third Man(ning)

In Football on February 8, 2012 at 9:04 am

In the weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLVI, the staff at Crim Del Harris talked about putting together a crowdsourcing game analysis. The result would be a thoughtful and engaging analysis of football’s biggest game, and would raise the level of discourse on this site to heretofore unknown levels. But then we remembered that none of us like the Patriots, and at least one of us is openly hostile to the Giants and their fans, so it never materialized. [Code for we never got around to it.] So instead, here’s our collective text message exchanges from the game — 1,000 words of pure, unadulterated CDH snark. Enjoy.

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Peyton Place

In Football on February 4, 2012 at 11:36 am

Crim Del Harris concludes its three part Super Bowl Extravaganza with a journey deep into the human psyche, where the lines between man and Manning vanish and football civilization recedes with every chop block. Read part I here, part II here and part II 1/2 here

I’d been six days since leaving the exact center of the world. At least it was the exact center of the world on the evening of February 5. By this time, Indianapolis, Indiana had likely retreated to the provincial midwest backwater that typically spent its winters enthralled in the bucolic purity of high school hoops. I was no longer in basketball country; the swampy darkness of the Louisiana night, still as the alligators that patrol its murky waters, is ruled by a much different god.

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CDH Super Bowl Extravaganza Pt. II 1/2

In Football on February 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Part II 1/2 of our Crim Del Harris Super Bowl Extravaganza. Check out Part I here, and then read Part II here. We have top men working on Part III. Top. Men.

[Somewhere, off the coast of Amity Island…]

HOOPER: You played at Indianapolis?
CHIEF BRODY: What happened?
QUINT: New England offense slammed two tight ends into our end zone, Chief. We was comin’ off a high in San Francisco…just won the conference championship. NFC championship. Patriots were 3.5-point favorites. Giants don’t score in the first 12 minutes.

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CDH Super Bowl Extravaganza Pt. II

In Football on February 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Part II of our Crim Del Harris Super Bowl Pick Extravaganza. We’re adding a little something to this year’s contest. As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. Anybody want to see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you’re fired…

Well, there are a lot of factors to consider when picking a winner Sunday. Can Eli Manning carve up the Patriots’ secondary? Will Rob Gronkowski’s ankle heal in time for the game? Lots of factors, let me tell you. Lots of factors.

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New York State of Whine

In Football on February 2, 2012 at 9:07 am

Crim Del Harris presents the first in a three-part series, “Scary Monsters and Super Bowl Picks.” Hopefully, that will be the first and last Skrillex reference on the site…

People in New York are going crazy about the Giants, and who can blame them? On Christmas Eve, this was a .500 team coming off an ugly loss to the Washington Redskins. ESPN had them at the 16th spot in the power rankings, and Eli Manning was still being ridiculed for classifying himself as an elite quarterback.

Fast-forward one month. Eli has a chance to show up Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. Again. In Peyton’s house, no less.

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