Don<br />Banks
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The Conscience
‘Joy Wells up in My Heart’
‘Joy Wells up in My Heart’
The Super Bowl returns to Glendale for the first time since 2008, when David Tyree entered NFL lore with The Helmet Catch. He’s not in Arizona this week, but the former Giants wideout relives the moment with fans nearly every day
By Don Banks
The Conscience
Deflategate: Some Perspective, Please?
Deflategate: Some Perspective, Please?
In a season like no other in NFL history, I’ve come down with a serious case of controversy fatigue. Let’s all take a deep breath and exhale. This doesn’t rise to the level of threatening the integrity of the game in any lasting way
By Don Banks
The Conscience
America’s Team is Back
America’s Team is Back
The dynastic days of the ’70s and ’90s are long gone, but the Dallas Cowboys are winning again and that makes them impossible to ignore
By Don Banks
The Conscience
A Good Year for the Bills
A Good Year for the Bills
Buffalo missed the playoffs for a league-high 15th consecutive season, but there was so much to celebrate: Jim Kelly’s beating cancer, the team staying in Western New York, and key victories that proved these aren’t the same old Bills
By Don Banks
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Any Sense of Stability Is Always Sacrificed
Any Sense of Stability Is Always Sacrificed
In Washington’s cycle of defeat and disillusionment, the dynamic never changes because of Daniel Snyder, who can’t afford to run another coach out of town
By Don Banks
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Staring Down a Disaster
Staring Down a Disaster
How bad is the NFC South? How broken is the playoff format? In one scenario, the NFL could have its first division champ with 10 or more losses and its first 12-win team miss the postseason. It’s time for common sense to trump tradition
By Don Banks
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Restoring Ray Rice
Restoring Ray Rice
For the disgraced former Ravens running back, the reality of returning to football relevance might be out of the question. But restoring his name off the field, where at one time he was lauded for his passion to help people, can still be achieved
By Don Banks
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On A Run and Loving It
On A Run and Loving It
As the NFL skews more and more toward fantasy-fueled aerial madness, the offenses that stay grounded are the ones piling up the wins. Just look at Dallas
By Don Banks
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Who Doesn’t Like a Tie?
Who Doesn’t Like a Tie?
So Carolina and Cincinnati played five quarters and failed to come up with a winner. It’s not the end of football, and no drastic measures need to be taken—in fact, draws can spice up a season
By Don Banks
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Don’t Go There, Raiders: Pass on Jon Gruden
Don’t Go There, Raiders: Pass on Jon Gruden
Oakland needs a savior, and bringing back the former silver-and-black coach would make a splash. But it’s not worth the money or the heartache
By Don Banks