NFL Black Eyes

No one is a bigger fan of the NFL than yours truly. I love football and I love the many compelling story lines the NFL has provided over the years. So it pains me to talk about the league’s recent string of black eyes. Hua Hsu takes the NFL to task for Grantland and details issues ranging from a disgraceful locker room culture exposed to murder. In this case, the truth hurts. Still, I’m optimistic about a better year ahead. In my view the league needs leadership to get back on track. From the players to owners to league executives, every level of the league needs to be accountable. I’m hoping 2014 is the turnaround year.

In Other News

No Respect

How outdoor gear and apparel are marketed differently to men and women – Pacific Standard

Hashtag Jaws

A new Twitter handle alerts surfers and other beach-goers when sharks are nearbyQuartz

Poker Ace

Rafael Nadal is proving himself as a shrewd poker player – The Wall Street Journal

Tomorrow’s Papers

A handful of soccer-dedicated print magazines are emerging in the US – The New York Times

Snow Patrol

Insight into how ski patrollers prepare the mountain for skiers each day – Powder Magazine