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Queering the NFL: Why Queer Characters Need Strong Allies Against Toxic Masculinity

It’s difficult enough to have a profession that ensures you remain closeted, but creating a queer character who doesn’t know anyone like them is extremely harmful.

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Justice! Soccer Fans Finally Convicted for Unbelievably Racist Harassment on Paris Train

Funny how the most horrifically racist things are so often done by the self-proclaimed least racist people you know, huh?

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Let’s Watch This Absurdist Tribute to Touchdown Celebrations by Key & Peele, with Stephen Colbert

After commentating on the Super Bowl all evening with live improvisations, Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key headed over to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to revisit one of their classic sketches: the tale of McCringleberry.

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Moronic Radio Host Rants About Kathryn Smith, the NFL’s First Female Football Coach

Apparently some sports talk show radio hosts didn't think much of the Buffalo Bills' hire, because was only a matter of hours before they were ranting and raving into their microphones about how dumb they thought this move was.

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University of Missouri President Resigns Amid Protests Against Handling of Racial Issues

University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe has resigned from his position after numerous protests against him and the school had sprung up as a result of racial tensions at the university.

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[UPDATED] England Football Association’s Twitter Puts Foot in Mouth With Condescending Tweet

It's just... why?

Okay, not cool.

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Bill Nye Activates Science Guy, Calls Out Patriots Coach/Other Bill’s Science Fail

TBF his "Science Guy" side doesn't often seem *de-*activated

Saturday found New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick making a scientific pronouncement to reporters re: the air pressure inside footballs as it relates to a pre-game tradition. It was a moment that resulted in Belichick being called "Bill Belichick the Science Guy."

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Ever Wanted to Watch NFL Players Dancing to Evanescence and Iron Maiden? Now You Can

Whoooo's ready for some goth rock???

No doubt you've probably seen many of the often surreal GIFs that come out of the Madden Giferator, a marketing campaign by EA for the latest Madden 15 that allows you to add your own text to looping images of the game's players. Now intrepid internet users are stating to make music videos out of the GIFs, and the songs they've picked so far are nothing short of genius.

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Things We Saw Today: Samurai Darth Vader

The force is strong with this figure.

The world's most famous father gets Samurai'd in this rad new figure that just debuted at the Tokyo Toy Show. Chigau, omae no chichi wa washi da! (via Nerd Approved)

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Dear British People: Stop Making Fun of Us for Saying “Soccer,” Because You Invented the Word

We learned it from watching you, okay?? WE LEARNED IT FROM WATCHING YOU.

It's known internationally as football, because of course it is—it's a game where you kick a ball around with your feet. But in 'Merica, it's called "soccer," and we get an endless amount of heat from the rest of the world because of it. But it's not our fault, guys! As always, it's England's fault.

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Sir Patrick Stewart & Sir Ian McKellen Are A Little Confused About This Whole Super Bowl Thing

I See What They Did There

I don't know a lot about American football but I probably know less about the World Cup, or whatever. Talk to me about Quidditch and we're cool. Anyway, Sirs Stewart and McKellan are having a bit of fun with the Super Bowl here. I approve. (via SirPatStew on Twitter) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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Princess The Football-Predicting Camel Has Passed Away, We Might As Well Cancel The Super Bowl

God needed another 2,000 pound camel angel.

Sports fans everywhere might not realize that for the past twenty years, the success of their favorite football teams was dependent on the will and predictions of an unlikely source: a 2,000 pound camel named Princess.

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Man Plays Soccer for 90 Minutes Without Realizing There’s a Bullet Lodged in His Skull

I don't think this is what they usually mean by "shots on goal."

A Bosnian man played a full soccer match with a 9mm bullet in his head this past weekend, and only discovered it when complaining about a headache. While some soccer players are masters of making dramatic flops, he managed to make getting shot in the head one of the least dramatic injuries on record. And he only let up one goal, too.

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College Football Coach Uses Drone To Get Overhead View of Players, Terrify Other Team

Adding robots to things is a pretty good way to get my attention. Although I usually don't have any interest in college football, this week a coach at the University of Tennessee wanted an overhead view of his team, so he rented a drone to get it done. It's difficult to tell from the Vine coach Butch Jones posted on Twitter, but I think we've seen this particular drone before.

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Detroit Lions Sign YouTube Sensation as Their New Kicker

We don't typically pay much attention to sports news here at Geekosystem. Our friends at SportsGrid do a great job of covering that stuff, but this is a prime example of worlds colliding. The Detroit Lions just signed YouTube sensation Havard "Kickalicious" Rugland as their new kicker. They'll really clean up this season if the NFL changes its rules to include casually kicking a football with the back of your foot into an open garbage can.

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We Love Playing Games, But Why Do Humans Play At All?

  Here at Geekosystem we love games. Video games, board games, card games, really any way we can assert our dominance over each other here at headquarters. We haven't thought much about what makes a game, but thankfully Vsauce has. Their new video looks at what separates games from other forms of entertainment and challenges, and they even explain why soccer is football and football is soccer.

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Just Add Water: Seattle Seahawks Really Do Play Better at Home in Rain and Snow

Hailing from Washington, I can happily confirm that yes, as you may have heard, it rains quite a bit there. Somehow, though, we mostly get by just fine. Now, a University of Washington meteorologist has run the numbers to find that our NFL team has not only found ways to live with the rainy, wet conditions that are par for the course in the Northwest -- they actually thrive in them. The playoff bound Seattle Seahawks are more likely to win home games in rain or snow, and not by just a little.

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ESPN Sportscasters Pack as Many The Princess Bride References Into Their Half-Hour Show as Possible. And it’s Glorious.

Aaaaaas Yooooou Wiiiiiiiiiiiish

We don't post all that much football-related stuff on The Mary Sue—that's more sister site's SportsGrid's beat—but when a trio of sportscasters pack a good 18 The Princess Bride references into a half-hour show… well… how can we resist? Buzzfeed put together this compilation of all the references from Sunday's NFL Kickoff on ESPN, and I've gotta say, it's pretty impressive. They kept it to two "Inconceivable"s and even worked in the ROUSes. That's dedication.

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Erin DiMeglio Might Be the First Girl to Play Quarterback on a Florida Highschool Football Game

and let it be known

If you're of a certain age (*ahem* my age), there's a good chance that when you were in elementary school, they didn't let you outside for recess when it was raining or snowing, and instead you sat inside and watched movies. There's also a decent chance that one of the movies you watched over and over again was a donated VHS tape of The Little Giants, featuring Becky "Icebox" O'Shea, a girl whose own uncle wouldn't pick her for the pee-wee football team no matter how kickass she was... because she was a girl. The movie's got a lot of stuff going on, but Becky's plot arc is one where she struggles with being the only child of a single parent, a teen with her first crush, a tomboy who feels pressured to conform to femininity so that boys won't overlook her as a romantic prospect, and so good at football that she scares the pants off her teammates. In other words, she was awesome. Erin DiMeglio, though, is another level of awesome, as a high school student who may be the state of Florida's first female quarterback to play in a regular season high school football game.

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Exec. Producer of FIFA’s Video Games Says No Women This Year, Will Happen “At Some Point”

I Want to Believe

David Rutter, executive producer of the official yearly FIFA video games featuring the exclusive likenesses of professional soccer players and teams from around the world, has said that including any women or women's teams in the game is something that will happen. Naturally, it won't be in this year's FIFA '13, and he can provide no time table as to when women's national teams will actually make it into the game, or a game. Now before you roll your eyes (because I rolled my eyes) and move on, you should hear the rest of what he had to say.

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