Branch's conclusion: "The N.F.L. has serious problems. So do we. For now, the N.F.L. wins because it is so ingrained in our culture that we cannot extricate ourselves, at least not quickly and meaningfully. The hope is that the N.F.L. views that not with gleeful greed, but with humility and responsibility. The only real expectation is that the games will go on."
For Tuesday: "The NFL's Toxic Lies" by Steve Almond
**"The Art of the Game" -- the poetry of sports