03 Jul 2006, 11:23am by P. Ryan Wilson
Big Ben will start throwing next week for the first time since his accident, but the team still plans to bring him along slowly. Two things worth noting: Roethlisberger has no plans to wear one of those, "Hey, I broke my jaw, so don't gawk" facemasks, and thanks to soft foods, he's been able to maintain his 242-pound frame since the accident.
33 comments, Last at 05 Jul 2006, 6:05pm by seamus
02 Jul 2006, 06:33pm by P. Ryan Wilson
A sobering story in today's Baltimore Sun: "There are dozens, if not hundreds, of retired players in need of assistance after missing the NFL's money boat, a ship that sailed in 1993 with the merger of free agency and the salary cap. It left behind a whole generation of players who helped build the NFL from the ground up and now feel abandoned." (free registration/bugmenot required)
28 comments, Last at 05 Jul 2006, 9:12pm by BillWallace
30 Jun 2006, 03:22pm by Aaron Schatz
Sideline reporter Lesley Visser is this year's winner of the Pete Rozelle Award -- basically the broadcasters' wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. She was the first female beat writer ever (covering the 1976 Patriots) and the first female sideline reporter. Visser is good. Opening up sports reporting to knowledgeable females is good. Unfortunately, for every Suzy Kolber who is knowledgeable enough to host ESPN NFL Matchup with Jaws and Hoge, there's a few blonde bimbos stuck on the sidelines as "reporters." Those I could do without.
28 comments, Last at 05 Jul 2006, 4:41pm by Playit
30 Jun 2006, 01:11pm by P. Ryan Wilson
I think it says something about the state of available free agent quarterbacks when the Bucs are happy to get Jay Fiedler, a guy who's still not fully recovered from an arm injury he suffered last season.
16 comments, Last at 03 Jul 2006, 11:40am by Sophandros
30 Jun 2006, 07:40am by Russell Levine
Sad news from the world of college football, where Northwestern coach Randy Walker has died of an apparent heart attack at age 52. Walker was a bright young coach, consistently able to produce competitive teams despite the difficulties of coaching at an elite, private institution in a conference with 10 enormous state universities.
9 comments, Last at 05 Jul 2006, 2:29am by fonner
29 Jun 2006, 04:37pm by Michael David Smith
Michael Silver says Bob Kraft is the best owner and Tom Benson is the worst.
80 comments, Last at 03 Jul 2006, 2:23am by Kevo
28 Jun 2006, 04:19pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Dr. Z looks ahead to the 2007 Hall of Fame class to see who might make the cut. He thinks Terrell Davis will be a hot topic, and even tells us who he'll vote for.
89 comments, Last at 02 Aug 2006, 11:18pm by Jason Mulgrew
28 Jun 2006, 10:27am by P. Ryan Wilson
Ed Reed certainly deserves to be one of the highest paid safeties in the league, but his new contract -- worth roughly $16 million in guarantees -- means that Ray Lewis probably won't get his last really big payday. (free registration/bugmenot required)
20 comments, Last at 29 Jun 2006, 6:05pm by charles 2.0
27 Jun 2006, 12:06pm by P. Ryan Wilson
I'm not crazy about the idea of a continuous clock, but I'm all for onscreen advertisements if it reduces the number of Cialis commercials I'm subjected to while trying to watch a football game.
75 comments, Last at 26 May 2010, 7:29pm by WoodPearlie20
27 Jun 2006, 11:42am by P. Ryan Wilson
Here's an interesting piece on the evolution of professional football over the last half-century from FTD spokesman Merlin Olsen (as reported by Lisa Zimmerman).
6 comments, Last at 27 Jun 2006, 8:39pm by BillWallace
Bill Connelly takes a look at the early-season S&P+ outliers and whether his eyeballs agree or disagree with the stats. Spoiler: Alabama is underrated. Alabama! Underrated!