04 Jan 2006, 04:37pm by Aaron Schatz
In his final power rankings of the regular season, Dr. Z points out how few big upsets there were in the NFL this year. I don't feel like arguing Dr. Z's rankings vs. mine, but I had to link this, because Dr. Z may have set an all-time record for strange asides, metaphors, and non sequiters in this week's comments. And having read Dr. Z for a long time, that's really saying something. You gotta stay away from the reds while you are writing, Doc.
14 comments, Last at 05 Jan 2006, 4:31pm by sizzly
04 Jan 2006, 04:29pm by Aaron Schatz
Think there will be a lot of future NFL players on the field in tonight's Rose Bowl? Peter Schrager remembers the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, which featured 51 future NFL players (and counting). That includes two Ohio State punters. Two Ohio State punters??? Plus, it's always nice to see Craig Krenzel's name again. I remember this game very well because I watched it on a little TV at the end of the bar at the Middle East Downstairs, waiting for Versus to play. I think that was their last tour before they broke up. Damn, did they rock.
13 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2006, 11:47pm by Old James
03 Jan 2006, 07:03pm by Aaron Schatz
Indianapolis ranks as the top team of 2005 according to the final Football Outsiders DVOA ratings, by the slimmest of margins over the Denver Broncos. Kansas City moves all the way up to third, something they can look back on with pride as they set their January tee times. The fact that the Chiefs moved ahead of the Seahawks should be a clue as to the major problem explored in this week's commentary on FOXSports.com. Hint: Do you know the names Seneca Wallace and Bam Childress?
104 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2006, 1:04pm by Sid
02 Jan 2006, 07:51pm by Aaron Schatz
This week's Quick Reads looks at the best and worst players for the year, not just for Week 17. That means that all the full-season individual stats pages are now online. Consider this an open thread to talk about not just the Quick Reads column but also all the DVOA and DPAR ratings for individual players in 2005.
43 comments, Last at 05 Jan 2006, 8:00am by big_adventure
01 Jan 2006, 10:18pm by Aaron Schatz
According to AP, Mike Tice has been fired tonight. Who else will go on "Black Monday," and who should replace them?
38 comments, Last at 06 Jan 2006, 6:06am by andrew
30 Dec 2005, 11:44am by Aaron Schatz
Clinton Portis brought along some pals for his press conference yesterday. My personal favorite is Chris Cooley as "Johnny White Guy" although I like the way Ryan Clark says "Pied Piper Piccalo." You must watch this video. I mean no disrespect for fans of Seattle and other NFC playoff contenders, but if you are a fan of an AFC team, how can you not be rooting for the Redskins to make the Super Bowl? Don't you want to see Clinton Portis on Media Day? The Portis Dance is your chance to do the Portis.
15 comments, Last at 15 Jan 2006, 10:08pm by timmy
30 Dec 2005, 11:23am by Aaron Schatz
Len Pasquarelli is reporting that the NFL and Saints owner Tom Benson have reached a deal to have the Saints return to Louisiana full-time next year, playing in Baton Rouge until the Superdome is fully repaired sometime around early November. This is ludicrous. I'm sorry for sounding like a jerk, but then again I'm not sure why this country has decided that anyone who is honest about the situation in New Orleans is a jerk. I hate to even hint at politics on this site, but we've all decided that we're not going to have a realistic conversation about what's going on down there.
27 comments, Last at 02 Jan 2006, 9:10pm by Jerry
30 Dec 2005, 03:23am by Aaron Schatz
I apologize to Don Banks for the harsh words I'm about to lay down, but this article is an example of why I started Football Outsiders. The idea behind it is a lot of fun -- had we known then what we know now, how would the 2005 draft had played out? But Banks' choices and comments are filled with every bad kind of football analysis, ignorant of economics and worshipping flash over substance.
39 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 3:48am by Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Person
29 Dec 2005, 02:12pm by Aaron Schatz
Texas is apparently having problems finding someone who can play Reggie Bush for their scout team. College football blog Every Day Should Be Saturday has some suggestions. All I can say is, "Shimmy shimmy ya." (Hat tip: Deadspin)
6 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 7:26am by Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Person
27 Dec 2005, 06:22pm by Aaron Schatz
Here are the latest DVOA ratings through Week 16, with Seattle, Pittsburgh, Washington, and Kansas City all getting hot just in time for the playoffs. Too bad the Chiefs won't actually be there. Commentary for the math-o-phobic on FOXSports.com here. Wed noon: Incorrect values on original tables are now fixed.
265 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 5:20pm by putnamp