Paste Magazine: The Vibrant Online Community of College Football Videogames

Paste Magazine: The Vibrant Online Community of College Football Videogames. “There’s hardly ever a reason to play an old sports game unless you’re pained with deep nostalgia. Yet it turns out nostalgia is easy to come by if they stop improving the game, or stop making a series altogether. The thirst and hunger created by the unfilled hole in the market sparks innovation among enthusiasts. Modding games is a pretty common process across genres, but the fans around NCAA Football have given the defunct franchise something most sports games don’t get: longevity.”

Michigan Live: COVID contributing to record rate of Michigan high school football forfeits, but not the only factor

Michigan Live: COVID contributing to record rate of Michigan high school football forfeits, but not the only factor. “Through the first five weeks of the 2021 prep football season, 74 games have been decided via forfeit, which, according to the Michigan High School Athletic Association online database, is the state’s second highest single-season total, behind the 94 forfeits from last year’s six-week regular season and playoffs.”

Syracuse University: New Digital Exhibition Features Story of The Syracuse 8

Syracuse University: New Digital Exhibition Features Story of The Syracuse 8. “Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center recently released a new digital exhibition titled ‘A Courageous Stand: The Story of the Syracuse 8.’ The Syracuse 8 was a group of Black student-athletes who boycotted the University football program until it addressed their allegations of racism in 1970.”

Washington Post: The NFL should lead by example and require its players to be vaccinated

Washington Post: The NFL should lead by example and require its players to be vaccinated. “If one of their own — a 6-foot-3, 240-pound former NFL linebacker, now 59 years old and made vulnerable to the ravages of covid-19 by spending part of the past year fighting off a deadly skin cancer — can’t convince the current generation of professional football players working under his tutelage to get the coronavirus vaccine to keep him, his family, themselves, their families and their co-workers and their families safer, then the company that employs them should.”

Washington Post: WFT’s player vaccination rate lags behind rest of NFL, frustrating Ron Rivera

Washington Post: WFT’s player vaccination rate lags behind rest of NFL, frustrating Ron Rivera. “On the first day of training camp, Washington Football Team Coach Ron Rivera walked to the podium for his introductory news conference wearing a black mask. As of Monday, his team ranked last in the NFL in player vaccination rate at 60 percent, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.”

ESPN: NFL to fine unvaccinated players $14,650 for any violation of COVID-19 protocol

ESPN: NFL to fine unvaccinated players $14,650 for any violation of COVID-19 protocol. “Unvaccinated NFL players will be subjected to a fine of $14,650 every time they violate COVID-19 procedures. A spotlight was put on the punishment after a report that Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians would fine a player ‘$14,000 on the spot every time he isn’t wearing a mask or is breaking a protocol.’”

ESPN: Rick Dennison out as Minnesota Vikings assistant after refusing COVID-19 vaccine, sources say

ESPN: Rick Dennison out as Minnesota Vikings assistant after refusing COVID-19 vaccine, sources say. “After refusing to receive a vaccine for COVID-19, Rick Dennison is out as a Minnesota Vikings assistant coach, sources told ESPN on Friday. Dennison, who had served as the Vikings’ offensive line coach/run game coordinator the past two seasons, is believed to be the first NFL position coach to leave his team after choosing not to receive a vaccine.”

Sporting News: Kelly Stafford apologizes for calling Michigan a ‘dictatorship’ during Instagram rant

Sporting News: Kelly Stafford apologizes for calling Michigan a ‘dictatorship’ during Instagram rant. “Kelly Stafford has learned the power of words. Stafford, whose husband is Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, issued a apology on her Instagram page Monday for her Instagram rant last week, during which she referred to the state of Michigan as a ‘dictatorship.’”

Sports Illustrated: ‘I Think There’s a Better Way’: Can—and Should—College Football Change Its Approach to Contact Tracing?

Sports Illustrated: ‘I Think There’s a Better Way’: Can—and Should—College Football Change Its Approach to Contact Tracing?. “In college football, a player who is exposed to COVID-19 can’t ‘test out’ of quarantine, regardless of whether he ever tested positive himself. Some believe that will change soon. But should it?”