For Immediate Release:
August 15, 2017
The Weekly Standard is pleased to announce the relaunch of Tuesday Morning Quarterback (TMQ), the celebrated weekly NFL column by Gregg Easterbrook. The popular football column will debut on The Weekly Standard website on August 22, 2017.
TMQ has developed a loyal following over the past two decades as Easterbrook has provided detailed analyses of America’s most popular sport and its professional league, writing at Slate, ESPN.com and The New York Times. Chuck Todd, moderator of “Meet the Press,” says TMQ “is the best and most compelling football column anywhere.” Reuters calls it a “must-read for American football fans.”
Easterbrook said, “There will be a total eclipse of the sun, and the next day the football gods will smile as Tuesday Morning Quarterback returns. I am very excited about TMQ on TWS.”
In addition to the column, TMQ will be featured on a weekly podcast featuring Easterbrook and occasional guests, hosted by TWS editor-in-chief, Steve Hayes.
Each week, TMQ offers readers an exhaustive, sharply-written analysis of the games in a particular weekend and long-term trends in football. Easterbrook assesses the officiating (it’s often poor), coaching decisions (they’re often too safe), player performance (the highest level of athleticism) and the NFL as a reflection of society (he calls it America’s mirror). Easterbrook manages to appeal to the millions upon millions of football diehards in the United States, providing analyses that are widely read in the NFL community, while also drawing in casual football fans who simply love his sense of humor and unique, compelling writing voice. Easterbrook is the author of many books, including, in 2015: “The Games Not Over: In Defense of Football.”
TMQ will anchor the TWS expansion into sports, with a weekly column 26 times each year.
Publishing TMQ is part of a longer-term expansion of The Weekly Standard. Known best for its trenchant, must-read political analysis, TWS is broadening its coverage to include more writing about culture, travel and sports, among other subject areas.
Earlier this year, as reported by The New York Times, The Weekly Standard hired Wall Street Journal’s books editor, Robert Messenger, Slate’s Rachael Larimore, and former deputy business editor of the Charlotte Observer, Tony Mecia. As well, as reported by AdWeek, former speechwriter and Washington Post columnist Barton Swaim and The New Atlantis Editor Adam Keiper joined the team.
“We are very excited to welcome TMQ to The Weekly Standard,” said Hayes. “I’ve been a longtime TMQ reader and an obsessive NFL fan. Gregg is one of the most interesting and provocative thinkers in America today, whether on politics, culture or the NFL. It’s an honor to have him on our team. Beyond that, I’m thrilled that I now have a professional excuse to spend Sundays on the couch eating wings and drinking beer.”
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