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Through These Gates Lie a Bounty

Within the past month, the National Football League has completed and launched new investigations regarding the New Orleans Saints “BountyGate”. This comes in light of allegations that former Saints defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, instituted a slush fund that paid out bonuses for players that brought intentional harm to an opposing player. The investigation has received heavy coverage from the media and has sparked controversy given the penalties that were imposed on the Saints; namely, the suspension of Sean Payton and loss of a second round pick in the 2012 and 2013 drafts. Underlying the scandal is the NFL’s recent initiation of more stringent rules geared at protecting the players. The following case examines the actions of Gregg Williams and applies general morality and the ethical reasoning of Immanuel Kant to arrive at a clear course of action or solution. Continue reading


Defense Wins Championships…Or not?

Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics.com looks at the credibility of the old adage “Defense wins championships.”  In light of this past weekend’s big event, its always interesting to dissect the importance of defense and offense and the impact each has on winning football games; more specifically, the impact each has on winning a Super Bowl.  In addition, this season in the NFL there have been a few times that have had great success while having poorly ranked defenses.  Two of these teams, the New England Patriots and the New York Giants, made it to the Super Bowl.  Dubner, because of the recent surge of good football teams with mediocre defenses, decided to dwelve a little deeper into statistical findings that help to disprove something those around the game of football have blindly (more or less) believed in. Continue reading


Blog 5 before session 6 What (interest) or Who (person) Inspires You? For this week’s prompt, the Blog Council wants you to examine how this class relates to your own interests. So, please write about how this class relates to some of your own intellectual or other learning interests. We are NOT interested in how it relates to a specific career goal. Plan B: same idea, but based on a person. See whole post for details.

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