by Bert Bartlett In the spring of 1980, Roger Staubach stood at a podium in a suite in the bowels of now defunct Texas Stadium. Microphones on sticks extended, cameras clicked, and video machines whirred. The Captain America quarterback of his day was reluctantly and tearfully announcing his retirement from the Cowboys, wife Marianne at […]
by Bert Bartlett My generation is, lamentably, old enough to have watched all 51 Super Bowls, me having done that and been to some in Tulane Stadium back in the day and on Poydras Street. None compare to just what went down in Texas. Summary adjectives would be trite. The late Vince Lombardi could be […]
by Bert Bartlett There was no known poll for it, but prescriptions for anti-depressants in the Nola region had to spike by late September, when the Saints were 0 and 3. Before it even really started, it seemed, the season had gotten away from them. Another subpar yawner loomed, what would have been their third […]
by Bert Bartlett In big time college and pro sports, Image is everything. The National Football League has long, not so subtly, marketed their games with “perceived adversity”, military regimens, controlled violence and war, on the confines of a 100 yard ‘strategic’ battlefield. On the Gridiron, ‘drafted’ squads, home stands, bombs for long passes, blitzes […]
As the draft nears, it’s obvious the NFL is in a terrific bear market at its most promoted, glamorized, idolized, and lucrative position.
Oddsmakers and the sports media apparently have the fiftieth Super Bowl all figured out. The Carolina Panthers are young, fast, and hot. And with only one loss, the best team in the league. The Denver Broncos, headed by their ex all star John Elway, are a nice story, particularly with Peyton Manning in the twilight. […]
By Bert Bartlett This is the time of year when we know how things are, and how we wish or think they can be. Yet utmost, it’s the season to be grateful for what we have. Though it was nice to see the Saints rally from 25 down against the Lions, and a breezy win […]