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The Lofton Files: Who is The Greatest?

30 January 2014 Comments are off for this post.
It was February 1964, 50 years ago next month, when a 22-year-old Cassius Clay uttered the simple phrase that would become so iconic, “I am the Greatest,” before he stepped into the ring to defeat Sonny Liston. Clay,…
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The Lofton Files: Whatever suits you – old or new

14 January 2014 Comments are off for this post.
Let me start off by saying I understand fashion, but I’m not addicted to it in the least. For the games I call on Sunday Night and in the playoffs I wear a suit and tie. I guess it’s because I respect the NFL and as a player and a…
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The Lofton Files: So what happens now?

07 January 2014 Comments are off for this post.
“So what happens now?” That famous lyric comes from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita – the play that debuted on Broadway in 1979 or the 1996 film starring Madonna. Colonel Perón has taken on Evita as his new lover and as Evita is entering the other nameless girl is exiting. “Another…
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The Lofton Files: Notes on Black Monday

02 January 2014 Comments are off for this post.
Black Monday has unfortunately become a day that NFL fans, players and coaches know all too well. Like that car crash on the other side of the road that you can’t take your eyes off of, Black Monday is the day after the regular season ends, when head coaches around…
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The 2013 Loftys: Going Above and Beyond

26 December 2013 Comments are off for this post.
“I’m Sally O’Malley and I’m proud to say I’m 50!” Those are the words of Molly Shannon’s Saturday Night Live character in her tight red jump suit and bouffant hairdo, kicking and stretching and kicking. Kind of reminds me of Peyton Manning shuffling up in the pocket. And with that……
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The Lofton Files: Neck and neck at the close-out of the 2013 NFL season

17 December 2013 Comments are off for this post.
I’m a big fan of old tried and true sporting phrases, terms like “toe to toe” in boxing and “neck and neck” in racing – whether that’s of the auto, horse or human variety. Baseball’s “full count” for the three-and-two pitch is another favorite. Basketball has a great one to…
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The Lofton Files: Passing grades

06 December 2013 Comments are off for this post.
At last week’s Sunday Night Football game in our nation’s capital I got a chance to talk with NFLPA CEO DeMaurice Smith. Smith oversaw the last collective bargaining agreement, which hammered out 10 years of labor peace and lots of football on television and national radio. Winners and losers in…
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