The Most Significant 2018 Super Bowl Ads

February 9, 2018

Last year I took some time to review the advertisements in the Super Bowl.  We saw that after a particularly divisive election many of the advertisements took on a particularly political tone.  Would the same happen this year in the wake of #metoo?  Or would advertisers tone down the social commentary and aim more for brand building and light humor?  Weirdly enough I mentioned 2004’s “wardrobe malfunction” in my introduction…

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The Best NFL Playoff Games

NFL Playoffs Logo
January 22, 2018

The playoffs for any sporting league are a special time of year.  Fans of the teams that made it are able to keep their dreams alive, and even fans of the teams eliminated are prepared to enjoy the spectacle.  Playoffs famously attract attention even from casual fans and non-fans of the game, increasing viewership and excitement. Why is this?  If we were to assume an equal distribution of fans, and…

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Rampant Recap of the 2017 NFL Season

January 8, 2018

The NFL 2017 regular season is over, and so it’s time for the Rampant Discourse crew to take a look back on our pre-season predictions to see how we did with a 2017 NFL season recap. In order to compare how we did, we came up with a (mostly) arbitrary scoring system. Here’s how it works: 5 points are awarded for correctly picking the division winner 1 point is awarded…

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Rampant Reactions For NFL 2017 Season: Third Quarter

December 5, 2017

The NFL season is over three quarters of the way through, so it’s time to check in on some pre-season predictions and react to the season thus far. Paul Says: AFC North: In our predictions for the season, I said of the AFC North, “This one is too easy”, and so far it has been. Despite some early season struggles and a surprising start for the Ravens, the Steelers are not…

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Rampant Reactions For NFL 2017 Season: Week 8

November 1, 2017

You may have noticed a slight decrease in participation for these weekly NFL reaction posts. It turns out we were a little ambitious in thinking we could support this commitment for 17 weeks, so we’re going to scale back slightly. This will be the last weekly reaction piece this season. The group will be back for a “third quarter” check-in sometime around week 12 and then we’ll get the band…

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Dump the NFL Already!

NFL logo ripped in half
October 26, 2017

Fall is upon us and lots of people are knee deep in the NFL season. Football is the most watched sport in America and for many years has truly been America’s game. But, there are a ton of big gnarly problems with the NFL that are slowly coming to a head. It’s a league that treats its players and fans terribly. It turns a blind eye to racism, sexism, and…

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Rampant Reactions For NFL 2017 Season: Week 7

October 25, 2017

Each week, the Rampant Discourse staff will offer their quick takes and rampant reactions to the NFL 2017 season. This week will be a light week, with only Paul’s reactions to the games. Paul Says: Maybe I was right about the Falcons and Broncos after all: Before the season, I mentioned being worried about teams who were successful last season but were replacing a coach this season. I specifically called out the…

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Rampant Reactions For NFL 2017 Season: Week 6

October 17, 2017

Each week, the Rampant Discourse staff will offer their quick takes and rampant reactions to the NFL 2017 season.   Paul Says Bad break for Packers: Obviously the loss of Aaron Rodgers, even if not for the whole season, is huge. Hard to think of a player on a potential Super Bowl contender more important than Rodgers. Even if he misses just a few games, that could be enough to put…

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Rampant Reactions For NFL 2017 Season: Week 5

October 10, 2017

Each week, the Rampant Discourse staff will offer their quick takes and rampant reactions to the NFL 2017 season. This week will once again be a light week, with only Paul’s reactions to the games. Paul Says Nobody looked good on TNF: Thursday Night Football featured the team I picked to win the NFC South and the team I picked to go 18-1 (whoops) in a game where everything screamed “shootout.”…

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Rampant Reactions For NFL 2017 Season: Week 4

October 3, 2017

Each week, the Rampant Discourse staff will offer their quick takes and rampant reactions to the NFL 2017 season. This week will be a light week, with only Paul’s reactions to the games. Paul says After the craziness of last week, week 4 brought a bit of a return to normalcy, although that didn’t mean there weren’t a few eyebrow raising moments. Here are some affirmations and surprises from this…

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