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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, and teammate kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game.

Sports and politics shouldn’t mix

By Peter Zemeske | June 24, 2018

The NFL’s May 23 decision to prohibit kneeling during the national anthem comes on the heels of the divisiveness caused by players protesting oppression of minorities in America, however the rule isn’t unreasonable. The NFL wants to keep football...

Bring the ‘real referees’ back

By Mike Romor | September 18, 2012

It is the worst thing that could be happening to the sport right now. It is the NFL’s replacement refereeing. The unprofessionalism from the NFL and the replacement referees has hit a level so high that Charles Barkley’s cholesterol now has competition....

Roger that, Mr. Goodell

By Jimmy Johnson | March 21, 2012

The game of football cannot be altered. It features grown men using their bodies as human wrecking balls. Year after year, the players get stronger, faster and the overall pace of the game increases. Within the past month, the NFL took an ugly turn with...

The Rant- Goodell’s good move would be to squash the Pro Bowl

By Jimmy Johnson | February 6, 2012

Roger Goodell frequently strikes out with NFL players and fans.Often, the NFL's commissioner is the subject of displeased Tweets or comments from players questioning his judgement, and boos from spectators in the stands.But, it sounds like good ol' Roger...

Harrison needs to keep his mouth shut and his head in the game

By Brian Belford | July 19, 2011

James Harrison, Pro-Bowl linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the most fined player in the game because of his vicious hits on opposing players, blasted teammates, colleagues, coaches and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in a recent article that came...

Redshirt senior linebacker Alex Kube attempts to tackle Illinois junior running back Jason Ford. Kube is still trying to get drafted to an NFL team even after graduating.

Former NIU linebacker continues to reach for his dreams, the NFL

By Jimmy Johnson | February 15, 2011

DeKALB | Former NIU linebacker Alex Kube has been doubted throughout his entire football career. At both the high school and college level, critics said that Kube didn’t have the talent to play at a high degree. Kube admitted that he’s heard all of...