Kevin Fixler
    Sport Matters

8 October 2013

The book that will change the way you watch football

I’m unable to watch football these days as I used to. I desperately wish I could, but I just can’t. And after you finish reading this book, you won’t be able to either.

The book is “League of Denial,” from brothers Mark Fainaru-Wada (co-author of “Game of Shadows”) and Steve Fainaru (2008 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting), and it is one that the National Football League probably wishes was never written. The book explores the football factory that was the city of Pittsburgh, why it became the epicenter of the NFL’s concussion crisis, and how an improbable character by chance flicked the first domino to set off a devastating chain reaction with which the league is still grappling. Since assisting these two ESPN investigative reporters with research on their book, I’ve replaced my weekly excitement waking up in anticipation of an autumn Sunday morning filled with football to one of mostly disgust.

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27 August 2008

A Letter From Ben Roethlisberger

Filed under: The Sports Fix — Tags: , , , , , , — kevinfixler @ 8:00 am

big ben

Hello, my name is Ben Roethlisberger, and I am entirely overrated.

Sure, I’ve won a Super Bowl, in only my second season, but really, I was merely a “game manager” at that point of my career. In truth, I benefited greatly from the play of my teammates that season, in addition to the injury to my positional superior Carson Palmer of the Bengals on the first play of our playoff game.

Yes, I have acquired several different awards over my short tenure in the NFL, including 2004 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year and a selection to my first Pro Bowl in 2007. However, I’m here to tell you that my best season to this date (2007), where I threw 32 touchdowns to 14 turnovers, was an anomaly.

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