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What is the NFL Supplemental Draft?

Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who had been suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for NCAA rules violations, announced Tuesday that he will enter the NFL’s supplemental draft rather than return to school. Here’s a brief history of the event. What is the supplemental draft and who is eligible for it? The supplemental [...]

Criminologists Puzzled Over Falling Crime Rates

There’s a mystery afoot in the world of crimes that has got law enforcement officials scratching their collective heads in amazement: despite the Great Recession, crime rates continue to decline. “Striking,” said Alfred Blumstein, a professor and a criminologist at the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, because it came “at a time when everyone anticipated [...]

How the People of Green Bay Came to Own the Packers

© Mark Cowan/Icon SMI/Corbis At some point during each NFL season (or protracted NFL lockout), fans are bound to hear an announcer mention that the Green Bay Packers are “owned by the people of Green Bay.” Really? Let’s take a look. Are the Packers really publicly owned, or is that just a myth? It’s no myth. The [...]

NFL Lockout to Devastate the Chicken Wing Industry

Won’t someone think of the chicken? An extended NFL lockout would be bad for football lovers, but it’d be absolutely devastating to the chicken wing industry: “It would kill wings, it would be terrible on wings,” Joe Sanderson said at the Reuters Global Food and Agriculture Summit on Monday. Chicken wings are popular fare at sports bars, [...]