01 Jun 2005, 02:12pm by Aaron Schatz
Oh, this is not going to turn out well. Last year after the 49ers were forced to undergo "diversity training," PR director Kirk Reynolds put together a video to help players learn how to interact with the city of San Francisco -- featuring racial humor, jabs at Mayor Gavin Newsom, a spoof of gay marriage, and a trio of topless blondes frolicking with Reynolds. Now there's scandal in the Bay Area and Reynolds is looking for another job.
30 May 2005, 11:33pm by Aaron Schatz
Peter King makes his NFC pick, based primarily on the defensive additions in Minnesota and the idea that trading Randy Moss is a good thing, addition by subtraction. He also has news that Todd Marinovich was arrested last year for possession of drug paraphernalia and listed his profession as "unemployed artist," heh heh.
25 May 2005, 12:57pm by Aaron Schatz
The Dolphins stock up on defensive linemen in preparation for Nick Saban's groundbreaking 7-0 alignment, Buffalo learns that the tradition of Hurricane tight ends isn't so swell after all, and the Jets and Patriots grab SEC running backs as a tribute to Football Outsiders. Plus, Ricky Williams is very boring, and, in an excerpt from Pro Football Prospectus 2005, Aaron points out why drafting a kicker in the second-round is colossally stupid.
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.