23 Aug 2005, 08:59pm by P. Ryan Wilson
The Toronto Argonauts played the Edmonton Eskimos last weekend, but with 5,000 CBC employees on strike, management had to air the game sans camera technicians, directors and announcers ... and the ratings went up. So let me get this straight, fans actually enjoy watching football games without a lot of inane banter, exploding graphics, and mind-numbing sideline reports, even if that means all they can hear is the crowd noise and the PA announcer? Hmmm.
48 comments, Last at 07 Sep 2005, 4:32am by Gina
23 Aug 2005, 06:08pm by Al Bogdan
Mike Tanier talks, people listen. Tim Rattay is the starting QB in San Francisco, beating out #1 pick Alex Smith for the honor of being a first round Loser League selection. Adjust your cheat sheets accordingly if you're in a fantasy league deep enough where the 49er starting quarterback is on your cheat sheet.
19 comments, Last at 26 Aug 2005, 11:47am by War n' Peace
23 Aug 2005, 10:50am by Michael David Smith
My latest piece in The New Republic Online documents the way Sports Illustrated has changed in the last two decades. I know we often have fun at the expense of Peter King around here, but I think the stuff he does in the magazine is first-rate. Unfortunately, many of his SI colleagues aren't such solid journalists. Note especially the SI reporter who donated to George W. Bush's re-election campaign -- then gave him a softball interview. (Free New Republic Online registration required.)
60 comments, Last at 27 Aug 2005, 2:30pm by Goldman
23 Aug 2005, 09:40am by P. Ryan Wilson
Where's Rodney Harrison when you need him? Maybe Roethlisberger can get some advice on how to turn something pretty benign into motivation for proving all his critics wrong (or at least those critics who play 'Madden').
56 comments, Last at 26 Aug 2005, 12:18am by Nate
22 Aug 2005, 08:11pm by Michael David Smith
Big surprise, Lawrence Phillips is in trouble with the law. I remember an interview one time with Tom Osborne, then the Nebraska coach, now a congressman. The interviewer asked Osborne why he didn't discipline Phillips more harshly, and Osborne's response was, "What would that have done for Lawrence Phillips?" The interviewer didn't respond to that, but my response would have been, "Maybe it would have taught him there are consequences to his actions." It's a lesson Phillips still hasn't learned.
19 comments, Last at 24 Aug 2005, 11:46pm by primantis
22 Aug 2005, 02:44pm by Michael David Smith
If you believe the numbers we use here at Football Outsiders, the rich have gotten richer and the poor have gotten poorer. As our friend Corey mentioned at the Pro Football Prospectus book signing in Chicago, Andre Davis has put up some surprisingly good numbers in Cleveland despite having a less-than-stellar group of quarterbacks throwing him the ball. Corey also blogged on the subject here.
33 comments, Last at 23 Aug 2005, 8:50pm by Oswlek
21 Aug 2005, 10:55pm by Al Bogdan
Eli Manning injured his elbow on Saturday night during a pre-season game and the Giants are "very concerned." Manning underwent an MRI, but the full results won't be available until Monday. If Eli's elbow injury is serious, it will be another long season in the Meadowlands for the Giants.
25 comments, Last at 22 Aug 2005, 8:37pm by Theo
21 Aug 2005, 11:28am by Russell Levine
Sports stories often throw around terms like "heroic," "courageous," and "tragic," seldom with true cause. Saturday's 49ers-Broncos game was overshadowed by a true tragedy, however, as San Francisco first-year offensive lineman Thomas Herrion, 23, collapsed and died following the game in Denver. The cause of his death his unknown.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the Herrion family.
15 comments, Last at 22 Aug 2005, 7:51pm by Carl
19 Aug 2005, 04:40pm by P. Ryan Wilson
The first rule of Rookie Skits is - you do not talk about Rookie Skits. The second rule of Rookie Skits is - you DO NOT talk about Rookie Skits. Third rule of Rookie Skits, someone yells Stop!, goes limp, taps out, the skit is over. Fourth rule, only two guys to a skit. Fifth rule, one skit at a time, fellas. Sixth rule, no shirt, no shoes. Seventh rule, skits will go on as long as they have to. And the eighth and final rule, if this is your first night at Rookie Skits, you have to participate in a skit.
13 comments, Last at 21 Aug 2005, 3:12pm by zlionsfan
19 Aug 2005, 10:13am by P. Ryan Wilson
Poor Jesse Palmer. The way things are going, his appearance on "The Bachelor" might end up being the highlight of his football career. After some poor decision-making during New York's first preseason game, Palmer is in real danger of not making the team. And while hundreds of players get cut every preseason, it's usually not because 300-pound Jared Lorenzen beat them out of a job. And if that's not reason enough to be concerned, the Giants are also working out Tim Couch.
24 comments, Last at 20 Aug 2005, 7:57pm by Jerry F.
Comparing the final Football Outsiders F/+ projections to the AP poll and conventional wisdom.