25 May 2005, 11:06am by Aaron Schatz
Troy Brown took less money to return to New England instead of signing with New Orleans. "Hometown discount," right? Not really. While Brown gave up more playing time in New Orleans, he didn't give up more money, because a promotional deal he has with TD Banknorth pays him enough money to make up the difference in football salary. This is one of those economic variables we don't often think about when comparing contracts, but not the only one.
20 May 2005, 07:02pm by Aaron Schatz
There's no link here, but a request for information. A friend has asked me for a list of left-handed quarterbacks over the past few seasons. Unlike baseball rosters, football rosters don't list handedness, but this would be a pretty useful list to have. Obviously the best thing would be if someone knew of a link to a single list somewhere, but barring that, consider this a call for the sake of knowledge, to help us put together a list of left-handed quarterbacks (both starters and backups) from recent seasons, as well as the major left-handed quarterbacks of NFL history.
19 May 2005, 10:24pm by Aaron Schatz
Republican congressman Cliff Stearns has introduced legislation that would impose a single steroid policy upon all professional sports, including two years suspension for the first offense. You know, I've often said that the problem with the government is that it just isn't forcing enough Draconian regulation on American business. (Question that I know is unrelated to football: Does this mean that the Raptors and Blue Jays can juice all they want with no punishment?)
14 May 2005, 12:39am by Aaron Schatz
The Sports Economist has the latest on Tom Benson's quest to squeeze every possible penny out of the state of Louisiana before he inevitably moves his team somewhere else. You know, when I read that Benson may move to Los Angeles, I figure, hey, it does make some sense. When I read that Benson is talking about moving the team to San Antonio, well, I'm not quite sure why San Antonio is any better than New Orleans. But when I read that Benson is talking about moving the team to Albuquerque, well, at that point you have to stop taking anything he says seriously.
11 May 2005, 11:00am by Aaron Schatz
Apparently, Minnesota players just love the ganja. So much so, in fact, that it is now reported that Onterrio Smith was caught at the airport with dried urine and a prosthetic device ("The Whizzinator") meant to help people evade drug testing. I repeat, dried urine. This is apparently why Minnesota has to carry five running backs.
08 May 2005, 02:23pm by Aaron Schatz
The long-awaited Tom Brady contract extension has arrived. Normally, the response to a big contract like this is that it sets the market, but frankly this one doesn't set the market. Brady's contract is worth roughly $4 million per year less than Peyton Manning's, and $3 million per year less than Michael Vick's. Not that a $14.5 million signing bonus this year is chump change, mind you, not to mention a $12 million option bonus due next spring. Now Brady can buy some singing lessons before he ever does live television again.
26 Apr 2005, 03:39pm by Aaron Schatz
TMQ has his post-draft recap and off-season commentary before he goes back into hibernation for a few weeks. Only TMQ would notice that pick 126 belonged to six different teams at one point or another: it was listed as Philadelphia from Denver through Cleveland, Seattle, Carolina and Green Bay.
26 Apr 2005, 03:34pm by Aaron Schatz
Here ya go, kids, Dr. Z has his say. Once again, he can't even commit to regular + and - letter grades, instead giving out absurd grades like "A/A-" and a new one, "conditional." What the hell is the difference between "B-", "B-/C+", and "B- (conditional)"?!?!
Ned Macey is putting together the second annual "Report Card on Draft Report Cards" that will compare this and a number of other report cards, we'll have that in a couple days. In the meantime, the Doc likes the Vikings and Cowboys and hates the Broncos and Giants.
25 Apr 2005, 11:31am by Aaron Schatz
The real draft surprise is that Peter King doesn't call up his editors at SI.com and tell them to take their new "let's split the article on multiple pages" policy and stick it where the sun don't shine. It renders this perfectly fine MMQB almost unreadable. I swear, there are points here where it has one paragraph and then tells you to click "Continue Story." Ugh, at least ESPN lets you click on "single-page view" if you know where to find it.
21 Apr 2005, 02:11pm by Aaron Schatz
Somehow between writing and editing chapters for Pro Football Prospectus 2005, I found time to put together this article for ESPN Page 2 on the best one-team draft classes since the combined draft began in 1967. Clearly, I am insane. As I note in the article, I could have just done this as "top Pittsburgh Steelers draft classes since 1967" and the list would have been about as good. Pittsburgh's ability to snag great players with both early and late picks is just remarkable.