The Flat: Tony Romo should be exemplified

When I was a kid, I grew up in a Giants household. I can remember to this day my dad making sure we went to Sunday mass early enough to be back in time for his New York football Giants at 1 p.m. He then could be seen sitting on the couch yelling in pure frustration and excitement from kickoff until the final snap of the game. He still does so.

My dad is a true Giants fan; he bleeds blue. So it’s quite something that he never pushed his fandom onto my brother and I. His example of not forcing us to, in this case, root for a team they we may or may not have necessarily felt invested in just because he was lives on with us. How so? My brother is a Packers cheesehead and I’m all in on Tom Brady and the Patriots. 

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The Flat: Albert Breer answered a Twitter question of mine & belated mid-season awards 

With Open Field being my first weekly and somewhat consistent column for The “J” Effect, it’s been a learning period for me as to how I want to present it from week-to-week. If you’ve been following it from the start, it started as a strictly power rankings short post. It’s since grown with the addition of Challenge Flag and my thoughts at the top of something worth noting about the NFL at the top. 

While preparing the column, I’m trying to make myself a better writer outside of it as well by trying to read more than I do, including books, and write more, which extends to more content other than football on my website. So in turn all three “mores” effect the consistency of Open Field.

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The Flat: Trade deadline comes & Jamie Collins goes

As I was leaving work around 3 p.m. Tuesday, I pulled out my phone from my pocket to check if I’d missed any calls, texts or notifications. It was the usual on the first two fronts, a few family and friends reaching out, but the third was the unusual one. “BREAKING: Patriots trade Pro Bowl LB Jamie Collins to Browns for third-round compensatory pick.” My initial reaction was understandably shocked, however, once it sunk in I wasn’t surprised.

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The Flat: Domestic violence is most serious of NFL’s other issues

On Tuesday Oct. 25, the Giants released their now former kicker Josh Brown, who was suspended for domestic violence a mere game until more information came to light. First off, good on New York for putting team first and realizing how bad Brown was to their brand. In having someone like that in your lockeroom, you’re pretty much condoning the act he’s connected to. Up until they finally rid themselves of him, they were only distancing themselves through their words and not sort of actions.

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The Flat: New info on Giants kicker Josh Brown surfaces

After serving a one-game suspension to start the 2016 NFL season for domestic violence, Giants kicker Josh Brown looks like he’s headed toward more games to sit out this year or even being left without a job completely. Either or would be a just punishment, although he should’ve been given a much harsher penalty the first time around. Call me a jaded Patriots fan, but why does Tom Brady serve four games for allegedly being involved in the deflation of footballs while Brown receives one for physically harming his wife?

The NFL has already walked a fine line in how it comes down with a verdict in situations such as these. Need I remind you of Spygate and Ray Rice? For whatever reason, it punishes one athlete or organization differently every time. It’s worth listening to the Saints’s QB, Drew Brees, who eloquently puts the league in its place on this very subject in a podcast interview with the MMQB’s Peter King, which I embedded below in my weekly suggestions. Why is that? If you do wrong, you should be punished accordingly.

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The Flat: Quarter-season awards

To say it’s been a while since I’ve written is an understatement, and it bugs me. It bothers me so much because, if you know me, writing isn’t just a hobby; it’s a passion and one of the things I absolutely love in my life.

I’d had a pretty consistent schedule for posting much more frequently with this weekly NFL column and my personal posts, or so I thought. Now with my new job, a subject I’ll talk more about in my next blog, time has been harder to manage because, well, I’m frankly tired when I finally make it home. That’s on me however, so I’ve already started to rethink how to not find time to write but rather to make it.

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