Going Long

Going Long
Real Fantasy Football
Real Fantasy Football
More than 3,000 NFL hopefuls paid $245 to attend tryouts across the country this offseason. Some are delusional, while others are destined to make it. The best of the fringe prospects—and the scouts mining for hidden gems—will get a last look at the super regional combine in Detroit this weekend
By Andrew Lawrence
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The Battle of Washington
The Battle of Washington
Daniel Snyder says it honors the heritage of Native Americans; critics consider it nothing less than a racist slur. We set out to gauge the real sentiment regarding the name ‘Redskins’ among Native American leaders and in grass-roots tribal communities around the country. The short answer: It’s complicated
By Jenny Vrentas
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Measuring Beyond Girth
Measuring Beyond Girth
Offensive linemen are overlooked by everyone except the coaches who grade them each week—and those marks are the difference between lasting in the NFL and finding a new career. For wide bodies, there’s little room for error
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Game 150: The Video
Game 150: The Video
A special holiday treat: From The MMQB’s three-part series on NFL officiating, here’s a video diary from the week Peter King spent embedded with referee Gene Steratore and his crew as they prepared for Ravens-Bears
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Game 150: The Test
Game 150: The Test
For the men of Gene Steratore’s crew, Ravens vs. Bears in Week 11 offered a chance at redemption for their worst performance of the season. An overtime game, played in crazy Chicago conditions, challenged their preparation, their judgment and their teamwork. Would they make the grade?
By Peter King
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Game 150: The Crew
Game 150: The Crew
The men of Gene Steratore’s officiating team come from diverse walks and weekday jobs—teacher, stockbroker, housing director—but their common bond is a commitment to their craft, to each other and to getting the calls right on Sunday
By Peter King
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Game 150: A Week in the Life of an Officiating Crew
Game 150: A Week in the Life of an Officiating Crew
The MMQB went behind the scenes with NFL referee Gene Steratore and his crew for an unprecedented look at the pressures and responsibilities of the third team on the field on NFL Sundays: the seven men in stripes who enforce the rules. In Part I, we meet—and agonize with—the boss
By Peter King
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Breaking Real Bad: Inside the Sam Hurd Drug Case
Breaking Real Bad: Inside the Sam Hurd Drug Case
On Nov. 13, former Cowboys and Bears receiver Sam Hurd faced possible life in prison for drug trafficking. Was he the cocaine kingpin the government made him out to be, or the victim of an overzealous prosecution and excessively harsh narcotics laws? An exclusive 22-month investigation reveals how it all went wrong for one of the NFL’s most promising and well-liked young talents—and why there was more to Hurd’s downfall than we were led to believe
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Movie Night With Geno
Movie Night With Geno
We hit the film room with All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins to see how the Cincinnati Bengals' studious superstar prepares each week to be the most disruptive interior force in football
By Greg A. Bedard
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What’s Lovie Smith Doing on Sunday?
What’s Lovie Smith Doing on Sunday?
The longtime Bears coach is watching games like the rest of us these days—but with a smart, critical eye developed over a lifetime in the game. What he’d like most, of course, is to get back in it
By Andrew Lawrence