Last week we released a Marist Poll that looked at the NFL draft. In particular, we looked at what football fans thought would happen to Michael Sam, whether the fact that he came out would affect where a team might select him. Overwhelmingly, 65% of football fans thought his sexual orientation would have no impact on where the defensive lineman from Missouri would be selected. Only 25% though it would make teams less likely to pick him.
For Rich Cohen and millions of other fans, the 1985 Chicago Bears were more than a football team- they were the greatest football team ever. A gang of colorful nuts, dancing and pounding their way to victory-they wont a Superbowl and even saved a city.
Cohen was 17 years old when the Bears won their first and only Superbowl. He was in the super dome when they defeated the New England Patriots 46-10.
In his new book Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and The Wild Heart of Football- he recounts the thrilling story of their sole championship season, as well as the history of the franchise and the history of the early NFL.
The New Year—in addition to a monster snow storm—is bringing with it some exciting sports news. Notably, the BCS championship between Auburn and Florida State kicking off Monday night, and the rapid approach of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. We’re talking sports today with our WAMC Sports Commentator Keith Strudler.
In the NFL, it was the Jets over Miami 20-7. Geno Smith led three long scoring drives, ran for a touchdown and threw for 190 yards. New England defeated Buffalo 34-20. The Pats finished 12-4, while the Bills ended up 6-10 and last in the AFC East. The Giants moved past Washington 20-6.
By almost any reasonable regard, $765 million is a lot of money. It’s the kind of number that would make Powerball ticket sales so crazy you couldn’t leave a 7-11 in under an hour. It’s the working budget of some decent sized companies, and almost enough to fund a presidential run.
Are you ready for some football?! Today we’re talking about football in the lead up to the super bowl this Sunday, where a veteran Baltimore Ravens team will be matched against the San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick in his first season as a starter.
Joining us today is director of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication and WAMC sports commentator Keith Strudler. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.
WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with NFL and College Football Hall of Famer and Syracuse University special assistant to the athletic director Floyd Little, whose new memoir is Promises to Keep: My Inspired Run from Syracuse to Denver to the Hall.
The word underdog is overused in the context of sports, but when it comes to Little, it’s an apt term. Little was born into poverty, one of six children raised by a single mother in Waterbury, Connecticut who struggled in school and had to keep his burgeoning football talent a secret from his protective and worried mother.
WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with legendary football coach John Heisman’s grand nephew, John M. Heisman, the keeper of the family’s flame and the author of a new biography called Heisman: The Man Behind the Trophy, which is published by Simon and Schuster.
When the Heisman Trophy is awarded December 8 to the nation’s best college football player, the sports world will look back fondly on the past recipients and their stellar careers, and then begin looking forward to the bowl season with anticipation.