13 Dec 2005, 11:57am by P. Ryan Wilson
While a lot of people were blaming kicker Lawrence Tynes for missing a last second field goal against the Cowboys, maybe the real culprit should be long snapper, Ed Perry, whose snap was low and inside on the kick in question. Perry was signed a few weeks ago after starter Kendall Gammon broke his leg. Gammon has been in the league for 14 years and very succinctly describes what he does for a living: "(Our) job description ... is to snap the ball and get the crap knocked out of you. Only in America." And no one notices until something goes wrong. (free registration/bugmenot required)
17 comments, Last at 14 Dec 2005, 10:44pm by DGL
12 Dec 2005, 12:56pm by Michael David Smith
Peter writes that the combination of the Steelers winning and the Jaguars, Chiefs and Chargers losing puts Pittsburgh right in the middle of the AFC wild card hunt.
87 comments, Last at 14 Dec 2005, 1:28am by Mikey
12 Dec 2005, 10:49am by P. Ryan Wilson
I really feel bad for Kyle Boller. Honestly. He seems to be a hard worker, says all the right things, and stays out of trouble (which apparently isn't all that easy to do in Baltimore), but he's just not a very good quarterback. He single-handedly willed the Ravens to defeat yesterday, throwing two ridiculous interceptions, and losing an even more ridiculous fumble. If he's cut after the season, I really think his NFL career might be over. Can you imagine a team giving him a shot to win a starting job? Me neither.
37 comments, Last at 13 Dec 2005, 6:43pm by Tom Kelso
11 Dec 2005, 12:37am by P. Ryan Wilson
I know people have mixed feelings when discussing Bush as the Next Great NFL Running Back, but he's now a Heisman Trophy winner. The two biggest surprises of the proceedings were that Matt Leinart finished a distant third to Vince Young, and 11 people cast third place votes for Bush.
44 comments, Last at 14 Dec 2005, 2:11pm by Mr Shush
10 Dec 2005, 01:02pm by Aaron Schatz
Comments are disabled on this, because I don't want to get into a political discussion, but I thought this was interesting. Did people know that Heath Shuler is running for Congress in North Carolina? Not only is he running, but he's leading the incumbent in fundraising. It's also interesting that he's running as a Democrat -- most ex-athletes in politics are Republicans.
09 Dec 2005, 05:31pm by Aaron Schatz
The latest from Bill Simmons addresses this year's bad teams. Lots and lots of bad teams. By Bill's count, 13 of them that just plain suck. I both agree with him and disagree with him. I agree that it does seem like there are a ton of bad teams, although Buffalo and St. Louis can be frisky at home and Oakland is a lot better than people realize.
71 comments, Last at 12 Dec 2005, 7:32pm by Richie
09 Dec 2005, 03:51pm by Aaron Schatz
Oh, Colts fans. Poor, poor Colts fans. I'm not sure if a perfect season is worth the ridicule you're going to be receiving from the rest of us. Lil' Ronnie is a 12-year-old white kid from "the SouthSide of NAP," and here's his video for "Super Bowl Bound (2005 Colts Theme)." I'm not sure if the best part is when he drives up in a low rider, or when he calls Reggie Wayne his "homie."
(Hat tip to Deadspin. Oh, thank you, thank you Deadspin.)
70 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2006, 1:02pm by B
09 Dec 2005, 03:47pm by Michael David Smith
Bears center Olin Kreutz broke teammate Fred Miller's jaw as a visit to an FBI firing range ended in fisticuffs. Now the NFL has fined each player $50,000 for violating the league's personal conduct policy. The FBI is also conducting an internal investigation.
2 comments, Last at 10 Dec 2005, 8:50am by Michael David Smith
09 Dec 2005, 11:19am by Aaron Schatz
OK, people, you have to check this out. Washington apparently archives all team press conferences on its website. You know what that means, don't you? All of Clinton Portis' Thursday dress-up days! This week, he was "Bro Sweets," a four-armed guy giving out candy and bling to all the children and reporters in the Washington area. Make sure you hear him tell the story about how he lost his eye fighting a snake the last time he played in Arizona.
15 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2006, 7:57am by Jeff J.
09 Dec 2005, 07:33am by Michael David Smith
I think sacks are overrated, not because I don't think tackling the quarterback behind the line of scrimmage is important, but because sacks get so much more attention than other tackles behind the line of scrimmage. A good example is what happened to Orpheus Roye this week. On Sunday he tackled Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard behind the line of scrimmage twice. He was initially credited with two sacks. Then the Elias Sports Bureau decided that Garrard was trying to run on both plays, and those sacks were taken away from him.
26 comments, Last at 19 Dec 2005, 1:22pm by Michael David Smith
This week’s Futures makes a visit to the past. Matt Waldman lists the 10 most influential prospects in his development as a talent evaluator.