17 Dec 2005, 09:10pm by Aaron Schatz
New York Times readers, let me introduce THE SYSTEM. That, of course, is the infamous rule that Southern/dome teams struggle when playing in a colder climate after October 31. But wait, you say, THE SYSTEM hasn't worked very well this year. I've got three words for you: abnormally warm autumn. So instead, we checked out records by kickoff temperature rather than date. Since 2000, dome teams are 15-41 when the kickoff temperature is 50 degrees or below -- and 2-13 when the temperature is freezing or below.
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22 comments, Last at 19 Dec 2005, 9:10pm by Richie
16 Dec 2005, 04:22pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Unlike professional baseball, the have-nots in professional football are usually those teams that are grossly mismanaged or suffering through a bunch of injuries (or recently had their city demolished by a hurricane). Pasquarelli writes:
"The conventional wisdom is that this season of disparity is an aberration, and that things will return to normal in 2006. But watching the abnormal elements at work this season has certainly thrown a lot of NFL observers for a loop."
27 comments, Last at 19 Dec 2005, 4:56pm by zlionsfan
16 Dec 2005, 12:32pm by P. Ryan Wilson
The 49ers could go any number of ways in this April's draft. That's one of the benefits of winning four games in almost two seasons -- anybody you draft will most likely be an upgrade. Running back Kevan Barlow (he of the -6.3 DPAR), has let the organization know that he -- and not Reggie Bush -- is the future in San Francisco. The article notes that, "... the 49ers' stick-thin roster arguably is thickest at running back." And when you think about all the problems facing Mike Nolan, I don't think Barlow is anywhere near the top of the list.
39 comments, Last at 18 Dec 2005, 11:29pm by Drew
15 Dec 2005, 07:37pm by Michael David Smith
The former Raider, one of the most purely talented defensive linemen the game has seen but a player whose off-field problems eclipsed his on-field accomplishments, was in a car crash.
28 comments, Last at 17 Dec 2005, 6:49pm by big_adventure
15 Dec 2005, 03:56pm by Al Bogdan
Four Vikings have been charged by local prosecutors in connection with the sex boat scandal. Federal prosecutors have declined to press any charges. The four Vikings are Daunte Culpepper, Bryant McKennie, Fred Smoot, and Mo Williams, who were all charged with indecent conduct, disorderly conduct, and lewd or lascivicious conduct.
34 comments, Last at 18 Dec 2005, 2:37pm by Will Allen
15 Dec 2005, 02:44am by Aaron Schatz
OK, this is just absurd. An NAACP leader in Philadelphia is basically criticizing Donovan McNabb for not being black enough. Apparently, by not scrambling as much, he "belittles the real struggles of black athletes." I wasn't aware that a sports hernia is an injury for white people. J. Whyatt Mondesire also blames McNabb for not giving his bonus money to Terrell Owens to keep T.O. in town. I have four words for Mondesire: NO SOUP FOR YOU. See also original article:
137 comments, Last at 03 Jan 2006, 11:39am by PatsFan
15 Dec 2005, 12:11am by Aaron Schatz
Some people might want to create a conspiracy theory, that Brooks is being benched because of negative comments he made about the owner in an interview. Those people clearly didn't watch Brooks play against Atlanta. This is the end of his career in New Orleans, and likely the end of his career as a starter. He would make a good backup, perhaps for his cousin. (That would allow the Falcons to trade Schaub for a nice draft pick or two.) Brooks finishes the year with 281 yards rushing forward and 1,547 yards rushing backward. Well, that's an estimate, I admit.
50 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 1:00pm by Thorne
14 Dec 2005, 11:42am by Aaron Schatz
Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star blames Sunday's loss on Larry Johnson. What, you say? Johnson, the guy with the three touchdowns? Yes, because Johnson neglected to block Cowboys linebacker Scott Fujita on a play at the end of the first half, leading to a fumble in the red zone which was returned for enough yardage to give the Cowboys a shot at their own touchdown before halftime. So quick, choose option A or B:
A: It's nice to see a columnist paying attention to that neglected part of a running back's job, blocking
51 comments, Last at 15 Nov 2008, 2:28pm by top99
14 Dec 2005, 10:05am by P. Ryan Wilson
Deadspin periodically does a "run-in with famous athletes" feature, and today it's Chad Johnson, who, after reading this, is certainly one of my favorite NFL players. My only famous run-in was in 1986, as a sixth grader, when I met -- woohoo! -- Mets manager Davey Johnson, before the start of the World Series. My uncle told him to start Mookie Wilson and the rest is history.
13 comments, Last at 15 Dec 2005, 1:58am by Browns Dude
13 Dec 2005, 04:56pm by P. Ryan Wilson
This week, Gregg Easterbrook tells us why the Jags never had a chance against the Colts after punting on their first possession, wonders if the Ming Ding Xiong should sit Kyle Orton, and praises Kris Brown for saving the Texans' season. The swinging gate also gets a mention, as does a great holiday gift suggestion: a Brooks Bollinger game worn jersey for the low, low price of $299.
52 comments, Last at 14 Dec 2005, 10:17pm by Todd S.
Our offseason Four Downs series ends with a look at the NFC West's biggest remaining holes and their most notable UDFA signings. The Rams and 49ers have to kick-start their passing games, Arizona's offense lacks a big dimension, and the Seahawks continue to rely on Russell Wilson's magic tricks.