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Snow angels, spikes, and The Worm: putting the fun back in football

The NFL has announced that it is “putting the fun back in football” by relaxing the rules governing touchdown celebrations, to allow players “more room to have fun after they make big plays”.  The letter to fans from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell promised (with the help of some illustrative GIFs) the return of snow angels, … Continue Reading

A selection of the biggest sporting defeats in history: a little light relief for Scottish sport fans

In an attempt to move on from the nightmare Calcutta Cup fixture on 11 March 2017 (in which Scotland lost to England 61-21, a score line that equalled Scotland’s greatest margin of loss against its old rivals), this author went on the hunt for some of the biggest sporting defeats in history. A little background … Continue Reading

The Texas Rangers are on the trail: Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey and other sporting mysteries

Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey, worn as he carried the New England Patriots to a stunning victory in Houston last Sunday, has gone missing.  Brady says he put it in his bag after the game, turned around, and the next minute it was gone. No one knows where. Press conferences have been held, statements have … Continue Reading

Kanye West cleats fall foul of NFL Rules

Kanye West’s most recent foray into the world of fashion faced a setback last week when the National Football League (the “NFL”) fined Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins the sum of $6,000 for wearing a pair of West’s adidas-manufactured “Yeezy” football cleats in the Texans’ 23-14 victory over the Chicago Bears. The cleats in … Continue Reading

Breaching sports rules and regulations: a brief history of the “-gate”

The line between winning and losing is often thin.  Throughout the history of sport, sportsmen and women have consistently demonstrated that they will go to remarkable lengths to gain any advantage they can, no matter how marginal. For this reason, sports governing bodies implement rules and regulations.  The purpose of these is to set out … Continue Reading
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