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
26 Jun 2006, 05:36pm by Michael David Smith
On the day of Ben Roethlisberger's motorcycle accident, fans of the Steelers' AFC North rivals posted mocking comments on message boards.
So why do some football fans react in such a crazed manner in the wake of a potential tragedy?
Dr. Paul Friday, the director of clinical psychology at UPMC Shady Side, said the posters of these comments are people with psychological problems whose brains never fully developed.
132 comments, Last at 30 Jun 2006, 2:52am by Will Allen
26 Jun 2006, 11:43am by P. Ryan Wilson
Given the flurry of rookie off-season "activity," maybe the NFL should hold the symposium right after the draft. (And yes, we're smack dab in the middle of summer when I start linking to rookie symposium articles. Just take a deep breath and say, "One month until training camp begins." Lather. Rinse. Repeat.)
14 comments, Last at 27 Jun 2006, 4:50pm by emcee fleshy
NFL ties are usually on the kicker anyway, but the Cardinals and Seahawks took things to a new level. Also: more late-game magic for Colts and Lions, and Mike Tomlin's questionable decision-making.