football http://wrkf.org en 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 A Supersilly Super Bowl 'What If ... ?' http://wrkf.org/post/supersilly-super-bowl-what-if <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW4J-RiCZ2Q</p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 16:03:41 +0000 Robert Krulwich 21436 at http://wrkf.org A Supersilly Super Bowl 'What If ... ?' Rather Than Bet On Your Favorite NFL Player, Invest http://wrkf.org/post/rather-bet-your-favorite-nfl-player-invest Sports marketing and management firm Fantex has reached a deal with San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis for an initial public stock offering. Fantex is paying Davis $4 million for the rights to 10 percent of his earnings, and the company is also creating a tracking stock linked specifically to the football player's economic performance. Davis is the second player to try this arrangement with Fantex. Sportswriter Fatsis joins Robert Siegel to explain how this is all supposed to work — and why he's dubious. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 20:44:00 +0000 editor 18265 at http://wrkf.org NFL Fans Weigh Impact Of Players' Head Injuries http://wrkf.org/post/nfl-fans-weigh-impact-players-head-injuries The NFL season is in high gear — a fact that pleases the roughly 64 percent of Americans who watch football. The season rolls on despite the now constant news about concussions in the sport.<p>The recent <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/league-of-denial/">TV documentary League of Denial</a> and the book by the same name claim that for years the NFL had denied and covered up evidence linking football and brain damage. Is the concussion conversation challenging this country's deep love for the game?<p>Apparently, not very much. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 23:42:48 +0000 Tom Goldman 17669 at http://wrkf.org NFL Fans Weigh Impact Of Players' Head Injuries High Schools Struggle To Tackle Safety On The Football Field http://wrkf.org/post/high-schools-struggle-tackle-safety-football-field <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSUjSzlkC1s</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 21:37:00 +0000 editor 17269 at http://wrkf.org High Schools Struggle To Tackle Safety On The Football Field When It Comes To Brain Injury, Authors Say NFL Is In A 'League Of Denial' http://wrkf.org/post/when-it-comes-brain-injury-authors-say-nfl-league-denial When the Pittsburgh Steelers won four Super Bowls in the 1970s, you could argue that no one played a bigger role than Mike Webster. Webster was the Steelers' center, snapping the ball to the quarterback, then waging war in the trenches, slamming his body and helmet into defensive players to halt their rush.<p>He was a local hero, which is why the city was stunned when his life fell apart. He lost all his money, and his marriage, and ended up spending nights in the bus terminal in Pittsburgh. Webster died of a heart attack, and on Sept. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 07:05:00 +0000 editor 17119 at http://wrkf.org When It Comes To Brain Injury, Authors Say NFL Is In A 'League Of Denial' Head Games: NFL Should Share Records About Concussions http://wrkf.org/post/head-games-nfl-should-share-records-about-concussions Football is unique in that most players participate in only half the game — offense or defense.<p>Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, plays a more conventional defense in protecting the league from charges that it is dangerous to your head. Effectively, he stands on the Fifth Amendment. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 07:44:00 +0000 Frank Deford 16594 at http://wrkf.org Head Games: NFL Should Share Records About Concussions Diet Of Defeat: Why Football Fans Mourn With High-Fat Food http://wrkf.org/post/diet-defeat-why-football-fans-mourn-high-fat-food Backing a losing NFL team isn't just bad for your pride.<p>It's bad for your waistline.<p>A study that links sports outcomes with the eating behavior of fans finds that backers of NFL teams eat more food and fattier food the day after a loss. Backers of winning teams, by contrast, eat lighter food, and in moderation.<p>After a defeat, the researchers found that saturated fat consumption went up by 16 percent, while after a victory it decreased by 9 percent. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 07:22:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 16393 at http://wrkf.org Diet Of Defeat: Why Football Fans Mourn With High-Fat Food Back At School, Injured Player Fights On After Fateful Tackle http://wrkf.org/post/back-school-injured-player-fights-after-fateful-tackle When Devon Walker returned to the Tulane University campus last week, he was greeted with kisses in the hallways. Students and faculty applauded him.<p>One year ago this weekend, in the second game of the football season, Walker, a team captain for Tulane, went in for a tackle and broke his neck. He was paralyzed from the shoulders down.<p>For months, he recovered far from home in two different hospitals. But now he's back in Louisiana and re-enrolling at Tulane, in New Orleans.<p>When asked how he's doing, Walker keeps it simple. "I'm fine, I'm fine," he says. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 21:38:00 +0000 Keith O'Brien 15799 at http://wrkf.org Back At School, Injured Player Fights On After Fateful Tackle THURSDAY: B.R. Football Legend Jimmy Taylor, Actor Carl Palmer, Filmmaker Michael Dunaway http://wrkf.org/post/thursday-br-football-legend-jimmy-taylor-actor-carl-palmer-filmmaker-michael-dunaway <p></p><p></p><p>Jim talks with Baton Rouge native and NFL Hall of Famer Jimmy Taylor, who had outstanding football careers at LSU, the&nbsp;Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints. Plus...actor&nbsp;Carl Palmer also joins the show. He plays Taylor in a new play, "Lombardi" at La Petit Theatre in New Orleans,&nbsp;and will talk all about it.</p><p>Filmmaker Michael Dunaway talks about his new work, "The Man Who Ate New Orleans"</p><p></p><p><em>&nbsp;</em></p><p><em> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 16:14:34 +0000 Jim Engster 15670 at http://wrkf.org THURSDAY: B.R. Football Legend Jimmy Taylor, Actor Carl Palmer, Filmmaker Michael Dunaway