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If Los Angeles Gets A Team, Its Name Should Make Sense

If Los Angeles Gets A Team, Its Name Should Make Sense

The Los Angeles area has been without an NFL team since the Rams and Raiders left during the 1990s. I doubt that very many fans believed the area would go teamless for so long. In any case, we all know a team will come to the city one of these days...
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Bucs, Vikings Roll The Dice Over Freeman

Bucs, Vikings Roll The Dice Over Freeman

The future is now. Or maybe it’s 2014 in the Canadian Football League. You have to give Vikings GM Rick Spielman credit: He’s not one of those guys wedded to the status quo. And he’s apparently willing to admit that his team made a mistake...
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Shakeout Sunday A Day Of Revelations, Reckoning

Shakeout Sunday A Day Of Revelations, Reckoning

You don’t have to be Einstein (or Eisen) to know what the storyline was this Sunday: The five unbeaten teams had brutally tough games. Call it Shakeout Sunday. Like knights seeking the Holy Grail, we want truth about the NFL...
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The Black And Blue Division Returns

The Black And Blue Division Returns

The black-and-blue division. It seems anachronistic and archaic now, but in the olden days, the likes of Ray Nitschke, Dick Butkus, Alex Karras and Alan Page prowled the frozen fields of the Midwest...
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Just Give Me The Scores, Please

Just Give Me The Scores, Please

Voyeurism’s part of our culture. Like it or not (not!), we all belong to Tabloid Nation. For every peeping Tom and those of every conceivable preference and fetish, it’s a great time to be alive. Fine. Live and let live...
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London Calling For Some NFL Tunes

London Calling For Some NFL Tunes

The Minnesota Vikings play a home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.  That game will be held a few miles from so-called Mall of America Field, which is a fancy name for the Metrodome...
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0-3 Teams Don't Date Anne Hathaway

0-3 Teams Don't Date Anne Hathaway

Week 3 was when hopes and expectations ran into the brick wall of NFL reality. Fans witnessed some ugly wrecks Sunday. The Bucs, Giants, Jags, Redskins, Steelers and Vikings all face the looming horizon of a lost season after falling to 0-3...
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This Is Why They, You Know, Play The Games

This Is Why They, You Know, Play The Games

Thursday’s matchup revealed just how quickly fortunes can change in the NFL. And the perils of issuing quick judgments about teams. A year ago, the Kansas City Chiefs were 2-14 and woeful on both offense and especially defense...
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Welcome To The Game Of The Weak

Welcome To The Game Of The Weak

Dear Roger: Do you have something against Southern California? I’m beginning to wonder. It’s not that we are without a team. We haven’t had a team for many years. That's OK...
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