29 Apr 2005, 11:12am by Michael David Smith
If you missed USA Today yesterday, be sure to check it out online. Among the things I learned from their annual salary issue were that Gary Walker got an $11 million signing bonus from the Texans last year, the Cowboys had the league's lowest median salary at $384,000, and Robert Gallery was the only rookie to have the highest salary on his team. Fascinating stuff, and I especially like how the USA Today charts distinguish between actual money paid and cap value.
29 Apr 2005, 11:07am by Michael David Smith
Frequent Football Outsiders commenter Bill Barnwell has a fascinating review of the 2000 draft. Remember R. Jay Soward? How about Corey Moore? And don't forget Trung Canidate. Take a stroll through Memory Lane as you recall those players and more.
28 Apr 2005, 12:06pm by Michael David Smith
As I watched yesterdays' Congressional hearing on steroids in football, I was appalled by the ignorance displayed by our elected officials. If they know this little about a subject that's had this much scrutiny, how much worse are they when dealing with other issues? William Saletan of Slate had the same reaction and he asks the incredibly obvious but also unasked question, "If you limit your steroid dosage to stay below that threshold, how exactly is that harmful? And if it isn't harmful, how exactly is it cheating?"
27 Apr 2005, 11:12pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Brue Allen of Boston Sports Media Watch has a really interesting piece on the love-hate (mostly hate) relationship some members of the Boston media have with Bill Belichick. Not surprisingly, much of the animosity stems from the whole Drew Bledsoe affair, but even after three Super Bowls, some writers still seem to be holding a grudge. No word yet on where Ken Powers stands.
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.
26 Apr 2005, 11:28am by Michael David Smith
This is why I think the NFL needs to move to an NBA-style rookie contract system where a player's first contract is small, but he becomes a free agent quickly and then earns what the market will bear. The Cardinals drafted receivers Anquan Boldin and Bryant Johnson in the same season. Boldin has 157 catches for 2,000 yards. Johnson has 84 catches for 975 yards.
26 Apr 2005, 10:58am by Michael David Smith
Bennie Blades, a former defensive back for the Lions, made $9 million in his career. He has six kids with six women, and he owes those kids hundreds of thousands of dollars in child support. Do you think Blades is the bad guy in this story? Michael Rosenberg, a Detroit Free Press columnist, doesn't. He thinks the bad guy is Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, who's going after Blades. Read the story and tell me what you think.
25 Apr 2005, 04:03pm by Michael David Smith
This story is a little sad. Michael Munoz, the son of Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz, went undrafted during the weekend and says he's giving up football. When I first heard of Michael Munoz, I was excited about him. He sounded like the kind of great talent that his father was. So I watched him when he played at Tennessee, and, well, he just wasn't all that good. Not a bad player, a good, solid blocker, but nowhere near what I had been led to believe from some of the newspaper and magazine articles I had read about him. He's had a lot of injuries, and he's going to do other things with his life.
25 Apr 2005, 03:32pm by P. Ryan Wilson
I was just thinking to myself, "I liked the ESPN draft coverage this weekend, but there just weren't enough over-the-top reactions to every selection in the first round." Well, my prayers have been answered because Skip Bayless has thoughts on the first 32 picks.
While Saturday won't give us an answer to which is the best one-loss team, it is still a big week for conference races across the country.