Mike Freeman
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Mike Freeman

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B/R NFL National Lead Writer Mike Freeman previously was an NFL columnist for CBSSports.com. He has been a sportswriter for the New York Times, Boston Globe and Washington Post, among other papers. His books include "ESPN: The Uncensored History" (2001) and last year's "Undefeated: Inside the Miami Dolphins' Perfect Season."

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  • David Scott posted 11 days ago

    David Scott

    Mike, I read your article about the Browns' futility. No question you are correct. The only thing I want to point out is when you reference their pre-Super Bowl history, you are referring to a different franchise that is now the Baltimore Ravens. The current Browns franchise is a new franchise with no positive history and poor ownership, leadership, and understanding of how to create a winner.

  • Eric Hall posted 28 days ago

    Eric Hall

    (correction I know that Chicago has da Bears)

  • Eric Hall posted 28 days ago

    Eric Hall

    Hi Mike, I just ready your article about the evils of moving the Raiders to Las Vegas. How about considering this from a fan's perspective? Specifically, looking at the perspective of the 2 million or so Las Vegas locals who are excited to have a new home football team. Why do you feel the need to defame all that is Vegas by focusing on the old fashioned cliches that Vegas is "Sin City", all about greed, gambling, and sex. I can tell you from experience that it's so much more! There are gigantic suburbs filled with wholesome families. There is a burgeoning downtown tech scene. There are beautiful hikes, bike trails, and parks that are much more a part of a Vegas local's life than casinos and strip clubs are. Vegas is an easy target for the outsider. It's such a double standard. I don't hear you protesting the fact that Detroit has the Lions while they are full of political corruption. I don't hear you protesting the fact that Chicago has the Lions while people are getting murdered at a historically alarming rate. Are those characteristics less important than the gambling and sex in Vegas? Don't even get me started on New Orleans. But what do each of these cities and Las Vegas have in common? Each is full of good people being put down for the reputation of their city. Should any of them lose their NFL team because of moral problems? Of course not! Since when is having an NFL team a symbol of a city's morality? Just so you know, Vegas should not be considered a second class city that doesn't deserve an NFL franchise. It is a city full of kind, ambitious, character driven people.

  • Brian M posted 38 days ago

    Brian M

    Hi Mike,

    I just read your article on Kaepernick being given the cold shoulder by NFL owners. It's a good article and well written but you left out one very important issue.

    You argue that Kaepernick is being punished for "speaking his mind." As an American, it is his Constitutional right to speak his mind, and he did. The thing he - Kaepernick - may not have calculated is that when a very public figure takes a political, social, or ethical stance on an issue in the most public way possible, they are open to criticism and may suffer consequences. That is the entire point of taking a public stand, by doing so one is stating to the world, "I believe in xxxx and I"m not afraid of the consequences."

    You propose that some NFL teams may be "punishing" Kaepernick for what he did, a premise I do not disagree with. What you have left out however, is that the very right Kaepernick exercised just may be being exercised by the owners. They may be exercising their Constitutional right to symbolic speech. This symbolic speech is to not employ Mr. Kaepernick because they disagree with his public statements.

    The manner in which your article is written seems to want to have it both ways. You want to support Kaepernick for "speaking his mind" but simultaneously condemn NFL teams and or owners for doing this same. Your argument is either ill-informed or disingenuous, freedom of speech is a two way street no matter whether you support Kaepernick, NFL teams/owners or not.

  • JC McNZ posted 39 days ago

    JC McNZ

    Starting to see you relate to Kaep a lot. His football talent is on the same level as your writing talent. #garbage

  • Steven Sienkiewicz posted 81 days ago

    Steven Sienkiewicz

    That is re: Clash Of Cultures.

  • Steven Sienkiewicz posted 81 days ago

    Steven Sienkiewicz

    You've got to be kidding

  • Seth Allen posted 90 days ago

    Seth Allen

    Hey Mike,

    I am a student at DePaul University with a radio show at the schools radio station, Radio DePaul Sports. I was hoping that I could have you on sometime within the next 2 weeks to discuss the super bowl and other sporting news that may present it self.

    if interested email me at Sethster9043@gmail.com, love your work and hope to hear from you soon

    -Seth A. Smith

  • Travis Hill posted 161 days ago

    Travis Hill

    I look forward to your article about this "posse" situation.

  • Rory Stroh posted 165 days ago

    Rory Stroh

    I'd say most white people are not racist, but a lot of black people are. Why is it that when 95-99% of black people can vote for a candidate just because of his skin color, and they are just supporting their candidate, but if 53% of white people choose between 2 white candidates, the white people are racist? Same with OJ, police shootings of criminals, and various other situations. The most racist people in this Country is easy to see. They are not white.