Selling dystopia: Ad Man X (p)reviews this year’s Super Bowl commercials

This is PLAYOFF Doink-O-Rama, John Teti's column about pro football. For the Doink-O-Rama Super Bowl preview, I once again enlisted our anonymous ad-industry executive, "Ad Man X," a longtime creative director who has written and produced a number of Super Bowl ads himself—although he does not have any spots…

Notes from football's greatest weekend

This is PLAYOFF Doink-O-Rama, John Teti’s column about pro football. I concluded the opening paragraphs of last week’s Doink-O-Rama with the comment that the divisional round would “henceforth to be known as Super-Duper Divisional Super Week-Super-End, which will never let us down.” And while the NFL may not…

The playoffs will start being Super any time now

This is PLAYOFF Doink-O-Rama, John Teti’s column about pro football. In the last installment of Doink-O-Rama, I looked askance at the league’s choice of the name “Super Wild Card Weekend” for the first round of this year’s playoffs. The Super Bowl is one of the all-time great,…

The NFL playoffs: Now with more Monday!

This is PLAYOFF Doink-O-Rama, John Teti’s column about pro football. What makes Super Wild Card Weekend so super?Attention readers: The weekend formerly known as Wild Card Weekend is now, for this year’s playoffs, known as Super Wild Card Weekend. Update your leather-bound pocket calendars accordingly. Super Wild…

Four people who talked to the Manning brothers, reviewed

This is Doink-O-Rama, John Teti’s column about pro football. Football TV’s most prominent innovation of the 2021 season is the Monday Night Football “Manningcast,” a recurring feature on ESPN2 that airs alongside Monday Night Football (the shambling corpse thereof) on ESPN proper. The concept behind the Manningcast is…

Week 15 NFL picks, plus stocking stuffers

This is Doink-O-Rama, John Teti’s column about pro football. We head straight to the picks this week, friends, as I require a little breather from the full column before the stretch run. But in the Christmas spirit, I rifled through the many (too many) video clips I’ve obsessively…

The worst teams make for the best wins

This is Doink-O-Rama, John Teti’s column about pro football. Keep an eye on the Detroit Lions. That has been my directive every football Sunday for the past couple of months—not because the Lions are such a great team, quite the opposite. Coming into their Week 13 matchup last…

Your guide to the week's most unwatchable NFL football

This is Doink-O-Rama, John Teti’s column about pro football. Week 13 Most Unwatchable Game preview: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Los Angeles RamsThe TV coverage maps at 506sports.com provide a snapshot in time of a team’s national appeal, as judged by network programmers. The maps show which games will…