28 Jul 2015, 12:50pm by Aaron Schatz
From cute and cuddly (Houston's Toro) to nightmare serial killers (Pat Patriot) and whatever the hell the Chargers' mascot is.
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27 Jul 2015, 05:17pm by Aaron Schatz
An update on when Football Outsiders Almanac 2015 will be available, in two parts. (Click to read more.)
23 Jul 2015, 01:45pm by Aaron Schatz
What do you do if you are a woman and you want to play competitive football? You get stuck wearing a bikini in a league that doesn't pay you or provide health insurance -- because it's the best competitive football you can play. This is a great bit of long-form journalism over at Grantland by Jordan Ritter Conn. I ended up watching a bit of a "Legends" Football League game when flipping channels a couple weeks ago and the quality of play was no different from your usual Arena Football game.
6 comments, Last at 09 Dec 2015, 11:15pm by fest201620
15 Jul 2015, 07:07pm by Aaron Schatz
Finally, the 2015 KUBIAK fantasy football projections are complete and available for download. One $20 purchase lets you download unlimited updates throughout the preseason. Plus, our deal with DraftKings.com has returned, and can help you get KUBIAK for just TEN BUCKS! (Click to read more.)
10 Jul 2015, 02:38pm by Aaron Schatz
Arbitrator Harold Henderson has upheld the NFL's suspension of Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy for domestic violence, but has reduced it to four games. I know a lot of people will compare this to Tom Brady's four-game suspension for DeflateGate, or Le'Veon Bell's three-game suspension for a marijuana arrest. The differences do highlight the absurd inconsistency in when the NFL dcides to hand down suspensions, and how long they are. But also remember that the legal process with each suspension and appeal is different.
23 comments, Last at 09 Dec 2015, 11:19pm by fest201620
09 Jul 2015, 07:37pm by Aaron Schatz
The great former Raiders (and Saints and Oilers) quarterback Kenny "The Snake" Stabler has passed away due to colon cancer at the age of 69. There was some confusion about this on Twitter earlier today, but his family has now confirmed the death. Stabler made four Pro Bowls but his career peaked in 1976. When we did the "Top 100 QB Seasons Ever" in our first book, 10 years ago, we had that season at No. 7.
16 comments, Last at 09 Dec 2015, 11:20pm by fest201620
07 Jul 2015, 12:47pm by Aaron Schatz
Here are the final two parts of a four-part series for ESPN Insider looking at estimated snap-weighted age for 2015, based on projected starters, last year's snap counts, and a regression that predicts snaps for rookies based on draft pick and position. The result is a look at which defenses are getting older this year (Denver, New Orleans), which are getting younger (New England, Pittsburgh), and what that means for how good those teams might be this season.
06 Jul 2015, 01:36pm by Aaron Schatz
In case you didn't see it mentioned everywhere else, Jason Pierre-Paul was injured this weekend in a fireworks accident. Information dribbled out slowly, but the original extreme (and apparently false) reports of "he blew off his fingers and will never play again" eventually settled into a general feeling of "he has very severe burns, possibly some nerve damage in fingers, and is likely to miss the start of the season." I think what's interesting here, past the actual injury itself, is JPP's contract status. (Click to read more.)
46 comments, Last at 09 Dec 2015, 11:20pm by fest201620
01 Jul 2015, 12:46pm by Aaron Schatz
This is a two-part series for ESPN Insider that's actually part of a four-part series. For the first time, we've done some work on estimated snap-weighted age for 2015, based on projected starters, last year's snap counts, and a regression that predicts snaps for rookies based on draft pick and position. The result is a look at which offenses are getting older this year (Indianapolis, Green Bay), which are getting younger (St. Louis, Tennessee), and what that means for how good those teams might be this season.
3 comments, Last at 01 Jul 2015, 1:44pm by Perfundle
26 Jun 2015, 04:45pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's an update on a number of Football Outsiders topics: the long-awaited back-end redesign, the release dates for Football Outsiders Almanac 2015 and the 2015 KUBIAK projections, and the FOA 2015 cover contest.