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05 Nov 2004, 12:53pm by scramble

Scramble for the Ball: Mid-Season Scramblies

Is only one award per column week not enough for Scramble for the Ball readers? Say no more, your prayers have been answered! Al and Vivek hand out some mid-season Scramblies, including the Ric Flair Award, the Rashaan Salaam Award, and the Derek Jeter Award. Plus, Best Bets, the Scramble Mailbag, and an update on the standings heading into the last week of the first half Loser League Contest. And, to double your pleasure, the Week 8 and mid-season versions of the world famous Keep Choppin' Wood Award.

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04 Nov 2004, 07:03pm by Aaron Schatz

Refreshing Brees

Does it seem like every football writer that you read regularly penned an article about Drew Brees on Wednesday? Guess what, you're right, and that includes Football Outsiders. Now, in an expanded version of an article from Wednesday's New York Sun, Aaron says that it isn't a surprise that Brees has had a rebound season in 2004. Coming to that conclusion introduces the FO version of a classic baseball analysis tool: similarity scores.

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04 Nov 2004, 01:03pm by

Seventh Day Adventure: Indecision 2004

Now that the election is behind us, it's time to concentrate on the polls that really matter: the AP, ESPN/USA Today, and the BCS. Seventh Day Adventure breaks down all of Saturday's biggest college games and offers picks. Plus, what has college football come to when a running back has to pay for his own lap dances? This is also the open thread for discussing NCAA action all weekend long.

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03 Nov 2004, 01:58pm by Michael David Smith

Every Play Counts Goes to College

Whose name will Paul Tagliabue call first when he steps to the podium in April? We make our guess this week as Every Play Counts switches from the pros to the college gridiron to look at the player who might represent the future of the Miami Dolphins.

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02 Nov 2004, 03:46pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 8 DVOA Ratings

Here are the Football Outsiders team efficiency ratings after Week 8, along with Aaron's usual commentary for the math-o-phobic. This week's discussion topics include the Patriots loss and their upcoming opponents in St. Louis -- by far our lowest-ranked winning team. Plus, what upcoming schedules have to say about which teams are going to make the AFC playoffs.

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02 Nov 2004, 02:54am by Aaron Schatz

The Special Teams Manifesto II

Finally, the long-awaited explanation of changes in our special teams metrics, including a discussion of the effect of weather and altitude on special teams and tons of lists of the best and worst special teams units of the season so far.

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01 Nov 2004, 04:13pm by Russell Levine

Confessions of a Football Junkie: Shakeup Saturday

Russell Levine takes a closer look at the weekend's big college upsets and explains why his alma mater left him with sympathy for Red Sox fans. Plus, is Bill Belichick secretly happy that the Patriots lost?

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30 Oct 2004, 01:03am by Aaron Schatz

AFC-NFC Clashes Match Opposing Strengths

This week, two games analyzed FO-style in an article from Friday's New York Sun. Week 8 brings us two major matchups of a top AFC team against a top NFC team, where the strength of one team balances the strength of the other: The Baltimore defense against the Philadelphia offense, and the Denver running game against the Atlanta front seven. Plus, extra bonus insight from two Football Outsiders readers, one a Falcons fan and one a Broncos backer.

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29 Oct 2004, 11:23am by scramble

Scramble for the Ball: As Not Seen on TV

Al and Vivek talk about the NFL's television policies and wonder why anyone in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania would care about the Ravens. If you've always wanted to read the blackout policy to understand how messed up it is, this is your chance. Plus, the Scramble Mailbag, Best Bets, Ron Dayne Sucks, and the critically acclaimed Keep Choppin' Wood award. This is also the official fantasy football discussion thread for Football Outsiders. Post your start/bench questions here.

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28 Oct 2004, 04:17pm by admin

The Owens Effect

Did you expect Terrell Owens to have such a dramatic effect on the Philadelphia offense? You shouldn't have. It turns out that the improvement in Philadelphia is unprecendented when compared to other recent situations where a star receiver changed teams. And a closer look at Donovan McNabb's numbers shows that the improvement is almost entirely driven by Owens. Michael David Smith and Aaron Schatz investigate in an expanded version of an article previously available in the New York Sun.

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