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22 Jan 2013, 06:19pm by Aaron Schatz

Brown and Rice: Callahan Sabotaged Super Bowl XXXVII

From @MilkmanDanimal on Twitter:

I suppose no chance of a "Tim Brown goes bats@$t crazy" XP for the sole purpose of watching Raiderjoe try to explain it all?

Oh, I don't see why not. Lord knows I don't get this story at all. As Mike Florio points out, why are Jerry Rice and Tim Brown complaining that Bill Callahan threw the ball too much?

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66 comments, Last at 03 Feb 2013, 8:13am by Mr Shush

22 Jan 2013, 11:07am by Aaron Schatz

FO Playoff Challenge Update

Click the link above for total standings. Click here for Week 20, here for Week 19, and here for Week 18.

Our current leading team is called "PISS ANT," with a small lead and Joe Flacco and Frank Gore as his final two players. There are a couple of teams in striking range with a Kaepernick/Rice combination.

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7 comments, Last at 03 Apr 2013, 2:39am by Cathedralplumbing

21 Jan 2013, 01:37pm by Aaron Schatz

Conference Championship DVOA Ratings

Here are the DVOA ratings for the Conference Championship Games, plus a look at where Baltimore and San Francisco have improved over the past few weeks.

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115 comments, Last at 19 Feb 2013, 2:05pm by Scott Crowder

20 Jan 2013, 02:10pm by Aaron Schatz

NFL Fixed Grades for Desired Super Bowl Ref

Well, this is a story. According to the ref-watching site FootballZebras.com, the NFL fixed performance grades for referee Jerome Boger in order to ensure that Boger would qualify to be the referee for Super Bowl XLVII. Boger was downgraded on eight games, which should disqualify him from officiating in the playoffs, but appealed and had all eight reversed. But here's a question: Why on earth would the NFL fix things so Jerome Boger is officiating the Super Bowl? What's special about Boger. I have no idea.

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32 comments, Last at 04 Feb 2013, 12:23pm by Anon2345

18 Jan 2013, 05:07pm by Aaron Schatz

There is No Red Zone: The NFL's Scoring Myth

Grantland says there is no such thing as the red zone, which is right and wrong at the same time. (Click to read more.)

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42 comments, Last at 23 Jan 2013, 2:48pm by Ryan D.

18 Jan 2013, 02:37pm by Aaron Schatz

AFC Championship Game Preview

Do we learn more from one game than we do from an entire season? How do personnel changes affect a specific team-on-team matchup? You can't forecast the AFC Championship game without addressing these questions.

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45 comments, Last at 23 Jan 2013, 12:18pm by RavensJimbo

17 Jan 2013, 10:58pm by Aaron Schatz

Cardinals Hire Bruce Arians as Head Coach

It looks like the last piece of the puzzle has fallen into place, as the Arizona Cardinals will hire Bruce Arians away from the Indianapolis Colts to be their new head coach. You know, the guy who was interim coach this year with a 9-3 record, and led the Pittsburgh offense to top 10 rankings in DVOA the three previous years. Wait... why did the Steelers get rid of him again?

No, I'm serious, I'm not sure why they did it.

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40 comments, Last at 23 Jan 2013, 2:43pm by Dean

17 Jan 2013, 08:31am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Pats' Run Game the Key to Victory

A little bit of a preview of Friday's AFC Championship preview here. The Pats' running attack isn't really better than past years, there's just more of it. It's also the perfect weapon to attack the weaknesses of the Ravens defense.

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1 comment, Last at 17 Jan 2013, 4:57pm by Anonymousse

16 Jan 2013, 06:24pm by Aaron Schatz

B.S. Report Smart Guy Wednesday: Conference Championships

Look kids, it's another B.S. Report! This one has both myself and Bill Barnwell reviewing the Divisional round and previewing the Conference Championships. Bill and Bill also go in depth on the question of whether Peyton Manning's playoff record means anything.

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4 comments, Last at 20 Mar 2013, 4:15am by Cathedralplumbing

16 Jan 2013, 06:04pm by Aaron Schatz

Deadspin Reports Manti Te'o Dead Girlfriend Story Is a Hoax

This story is nothing short of astonishing. You may have heard earlier in the year about the terrible burden that Manti Te'o had to bear this season, playing even after both his grandmother Annette Santiago and his girlfriend Lennay Marie Kekua died in September. Well, Te'o's grandmother did die in September. But Deadspin has done extensive research and has found no evidence that there ever was any such person named Lennay Marie Kekua. There is no obituary, no report of an auto accident, no mention in the Stanford student newspaper where she was supposed to be a student.

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122 comments, Last at 21 Jan 2013, 9:48am by erniecohen