Jason Keidel

Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the start of the preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on August 9, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Browns 13-12 in a preseason game. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Keidel: Josh Gordon And NFL Policy

It seems we’ve jumped into the pool of relativism since we got wind of Josh Gordon’s season-long suspension for marijuana use. You have the indignant faction that can’t believe someone who smokes weed gets a year while Ray Rice skates with a two-game suspension

08/29/2014

Curtis Granderson (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Keidel: What Is It About The Mets That Stars Continually Become Busts?

So if it’s not just a matter of the physical, what about the metaphysical? Do the Mets foster a losing culture? Do new players arrive as optimists and leave as cynics?

08/28/2014

Eli Manning poses with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Giants defeated the Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Feb. 5, 2012. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Keidel: Unbelievably, Eli Remains The Most Under-Appreciated QB In NFL History

At the risk of redundancy, we enter another NFL season with a decorated quarterback trying to prove himself. Evidently, two Super Bowl rings don’t ring as loudly as they used to.

08/27/2014

Mark Sanchez celebrates with Jets fans after eliminating rival New England  in January 2011. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Keidel: Sanchez Deserves Another Shot To Be ‘The Sanchise’

For an ephemeral, enchanted moment, he was the man, monolith, the king of New York, in the rare thin are of city stardom that all athletes dream of.

08/26/2014

Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns warms up before a preseason game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on August 18, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Keidel: Next 6 Months Will Sell Or Bankrupt The ‘Johnny Football’ Brand

With the NFL mushrooming into a nuclear corporate, sports, and social behemoth, the shards of its power splattered across every corner of society, it’s crossover power has created crossover stars.

08/22/2014

Jim Kelly waves to the crowd during introductions during the Class of 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Fawcett Stadium on August 2, 2014 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Keidel: Jim Kelly’s Final Score

Word dripped down this week that Jim Kelly’s cancer is gone. But what does that mean? Is it gone today only to make its interminable, terminal march back to his enervated frame? Or is it really gone, as in he won?

08/22/2014

CBS lead NFL analyst Phil Simms (Photo: WFAN)

Keidel: Simms Sees NFL’s Hypocrisy In His Stance On Washington D.C.’s Team

Phil Simms has made a personal and public decision that could send a symbolic jolt through the broadcast booths dotting the NFL map this season.

08/20/2014

Mark Teixeira (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Keidel: Don’t Be Fooled — The Yankees’ Season Is Over

Let’s understand this. The Yankees are a .516 team after 120 games, yet we’re supposed to believe they will miraculously morph into a .600 club over the final six weeks?

08/19/2014

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the bench against the New York Giants during a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 9, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Keidel: Ben Roethlisberger Needs To Stay Focused Amid Emmanuel Sanders Feud

So it is with my jaded view of the world that I address the Ben Roethlisberger – Emmanuel Sanders feud. Sanders said that his new quarterback, Peyton Manning, is a much better leader than his old quarterback, Big Ben. And thus the verbal jousting began, feathers flexed, talons out.

08/15/2014

MetLife Stadium (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Keidel: Will The Jets Ever Overtake The Giants In NY? Don’t Count On It

A Jets commercial just popped on TV, imploring me to buy tickets for this season. The Giants don’t have to worry about selling seats — or their souls — to get you in the building, which means MetLife belongs to Big Blue.

08/15/2014

Hal Steinbrenner (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Keidel: Hal Is Right To Worry — The Yankees Are A Flat-Out Mess

And if you need more proof that the Yankees’ ship is tanking, a Steinbrenner spouted off on Wednesday. Well, to the extent that the way more laconic Hal does these days.

08/14/2014

Wide receiver Corey Washington #6 of the New York Giants celebrates after scoring the game-winning touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth quarter during a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 9, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Keidel: Giants Are In Position To Reclaim NFC East Crown

Eli Manning has too much talent, temerity and intelligence to turn into the turnover machine he was last year. And no doubt the Giants will do everything in their power to avoid a repeat of their galling 0-6 start in 2013.

08/12/2014

Kevin Love #42 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during a game against the Golden State Warriors on April 14, 2014 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keidel: LeBron Is Cavalier In Cleveland

You’ve seen the sardonic messages splashed all over social media. Everyone is calling LeBron James the best GM in the NBA, based largely on his ability to wrench Kevin Love from Minnesota, which instantly imbues the Cavaliers with three All-Stars.

08/08/2014

Anthony Bosch (R), former Biogenesis of America clinic owner, walks out of a federal building after being charged with conspiracy to distribute steroids on August 5, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Keidel: Anthony Bosch’s Patients Test Our Patience

And so lingers the aura of suspicion after suspensions. It has been somewhat quiet on the steroid front this year. But does that mean the masses have learned a lesson, or are they just waiting for a new drug?

08/07/2014

Former New York Yankee Joba Chamberlain #44 of the Detroit Tigers looks on from dugout prior to the game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 4, 2014. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Keidel: Joba Never Made It In New York, But Who’s To Blame?

He lost his colossal fastball, his control and his craft. And thus ended the Joba Chamberlain Experiment. By the time he returned to his ancestral home, the bullpen, he was a pitching carcass.

08/06/2014

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