NFL http://wrkf.org en NFL Releases Grim Report Of Locker-Room Bullying http://wrkf.org/post/nfl-releases-grim-report-locker-room-bullying Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. It's time for sports - but it's grim. An extensive investigation commissioned by the NFL has found three offensive linemen for the Miami Dolphins engaged in a pattern of harassment toward Jonathan Martin, another player and an assistant trainer. The report says they taunted them with homophobic and racist language and what the report called improper touching. It named lineman Richie Incognito as the principal harasser along with John Jerry and Mike Pouncey. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 14:54:00 +0000 editor 22616 at http://wrkf.org Coming Out Complicates Player's Prospects, NFL Execs Say http://wrkf.org/post/coming-out-has-complicated-players-prospects-nfl-execs-say Michael Sam has been a star defensive end at the University of Missouri. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:20:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 22385 at http://wrkf.org Coming Out Complicates Player's Prospects, NFL Execs Say There's 'More To Life Than Sports': Lineman On Leaving NFL http://wrkf.org/post/theres-more-life-sports-lineman-leaving-nfl <em>Each week, </em>Weekend Edition Sunday<em> host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.</em><p>John Moffitt started playing football when he was 8 years old, and made it all the way to the top of the game. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:06:21 +0000 editor 22080 at http://wrkf.org There's 'More To Life Than Sports': Lineman On Leaving NFL Cold Super Bowl Could Lead To More Turnovers http://wrkf.org/post/cold-super-bowl-could-lead-more-turnovers Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>This Sunday's Super Bowl features the number one defense, the Seattle Seahawks, against the number one offense, the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning. That is a surprisingly rare matchup, number one defense against number one offense. It's only happened a few times in all the Super Bowls to date. But of course that means there is a defense and an offense in the game that are not number one. NPR's Mike Pesca looks at what having greatness in one phase of the game does to the rest of the team.<p>MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: This year the Denver defense was OK. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:48:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 21928 at http://wrkf.org A Closer Look At The NFL's Most Taken-For-Granted Point http://wrkf.org/post/closer-look-nfls-most-taken-granted-point The extra point might just be the most unexciting play in football. After all, the post-touchdown, 1-point kick is successful 99.5 percent of the time — so successful that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/0ap2000000315795/Goodell-talks-possible-elimination-of-extra-points">recently talked about eliminating it</a>.<p>Like the phrase "after-dinner drink," the extra point defines itself in relation to another entity. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:00:24 +0000 Mike Pesca 21832 at http://wrkf.org A Closer Look At The NFL's Most Taken-For-Granted Point Judge Blocks NFL Concussion Settlement http://wrkf.org/post/judge-blocks-nfl-concussion-settlement Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, some corners of the Internet are melting down because of a reported shortage of Velveeta. And don't try to act like you don't know what that is. We'll talk about the history of the ooey, gooey stuff and why, in a buffalo mozzarella world, we still like it. But first, to football. This is golden time for pro-football lovers. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:19:00 +0000 editor 21316 at http://wrkf.org Chris Kluwe On What Cost Him His Job With The Minnesota Vikings http://wrkf.org/post/chris-kluwe-what-cost-him-his-job-minnesota-vikings Just before a big playoff weekend, the sports website Deadspin published an open letter by former Minnesota Viking Chris Kluwe, titled "<a href="http://deadspin.com/i-was-an-nfl-player-until-i-was-fired-by-two-cowards-an-1493208214">I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot</a>." Kluwe, a straight man, says his outspoken support of same-sex marriage cost him his job.<p>"In my mind, there's no logical conclusion that can be drawn, other than that I was fired for my activism," Kluwe tells Michel Martin, host of NPR's <em>Tell Me More</em>.<p>"My numbers and my stats were e Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:20:00 +0000 editor 20986 at http://wrkf.org Chris Kluwe On What Cost Him His Job With The Minnesota Vikings Are NFL Kickers Getting Better? http://wrkf.org/post/are-nfl-kickers-getting-better Monday's game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Detroit Lions came down to the kicker. NPR's Rachel Martin and sports reporter Mike Pesca discuss the role of the NFL kicker and whether that job is getting more respect from fans and players. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 15:05:00 +0000 editor 20400 at http://wrkf.org Seahawks Fans Cause Earthquake, Set Noise Record http://wrkf.org/post/seahawks-fans-cause-earthquake-set-noise-record They're louder than a jet on takeoff and they make the earth tremble.<p>We're talking about fans of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.<p>During the team's home game Monday night against the New Orleans Saints, "Seahawks fans jumping up and down during" a fumble return for a touchdown "registered about a magnitude 1 or 2 earthquake," <a href="http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2013/12/jumping-fans-register-a-magnitude-1-2-quake-during-seahawks-td-fumble-return/" target="_blank"><em>The Seattle Times</em>' The Today File blog reports</a>.<p>The tiny temblor was picked up by a University of Washington Tue, 03 Dec 2013 22:05:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 19602 at http://wrkf.org Seahawks Fans Cause Earthquake, Set Noise Record It's A New Orleans Mantra, But Using 'Who Dat' May Cost You http://wrkf.org/post/its-new-orleans-mantra-using-who-dat-may-cost-you During pro football season, New Orleans becomes " 'Who Dat' Nation." Fans open New Orleans Saints games with the signature chant and use it to rattle the eardrums of opponents during play.<p>Since the Saints' Super Bowl win in 2010, the phrase has popped up everywhere, from T-shirts to business names. Even people who don't watch football call themselves "Who Dats." But a messy legal question keeps rearing its head here: Who owns "Who Dat"?<p>On Saints game day, the square mile around the Superdome is all tailgaters — and they take their "Who Dat" rallying cry very seriously. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:21:00 +0000 editor 18666 at http://wrkf.org It's A New Orleans Mantra, But Using 'Who Dat' May Cost You