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11 Dec 2004, 11:12pm by Aaron Schatz

Patriots' Weis is Perfect for Irish

New England offensive coordinator Charlie Weis will be named the new head coach at his alma mater, Notre Dame, this Monday. (I'm linking to an opinion article by Michael "not David" Smith, but the deal is now done.) As a Patriots' fan, I think it is long past the time that Weis deserved a head coaching job, and I'm very happy that we won't have to play against him in the NFL. However, for Notre Dame fans, be prepared that there will not be instant success. For one thing, recruiting will be very difficult this year.

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10 Dec 2004, 06:05pm by Aaron Schatz

Memorable Mad Dashes to the Playoffs

Courtesy of SI.com's Don Banks, here's a companion piece to our guest column this week on the worst playoff teams ever. Another way to compare this year's mushy playoff race to history is to look at teams that came from terrible starts to make major playoff runs.

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09 Dec 2004, 07:37pm by Al Bogdan

Tice Thinks UW is Nice

Just saw the PTI guys talking about this story. Mike Tice, whose contract with the Vikings is up after this season, is all but openly campaigning for the University of Washington coaching job. I've never heard of a current NFL head coach going out of his way to talk about how much he'd like to become a college head coach next season. Maybe Tice sees the writing on the wall and doesn't expect to be asked back next year in Minnesota, so he's talking now to stop UW from hiring Ty Willingham.

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09 Dec 2004, 12:07am by Aaron Schatz

Harrison Gets $67 Million Extension

Edge's future is still up in the air, but Marvin Harrison will be sticking around in Indy. The Colts signed him to a new contract for seven fake years at $67 million fake dollars. Seriously, understanding the actual value of these contracts is next-to-impossible. Apparently this thing has enough flexible clauses to give the Colts the cap room to try to keep both Edge and Brandon Stokley too. But where will they find the cap room to get a better defense?

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08 Dec 2004, 03:08pm by Aaron Schatz

He's Otto-Matic: Manning's No. 1

As part of a package on Peyton Manning's record-setting season at ESPN.com, I've put together a list of the top passing seasons of all time. Each season since 1950 was translated to the modern offensive environment, and then I developed a "quickie" method to estimate PAR based on conventional numbers rather than play-by-play breakdown. Even after taking into account that offense is up around the NFL in 2004, Peyton Manning isn't the only quarterback having a historic season.

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07 Dec 2004, 03:44pm by Aaron Schatz

TMQ: Ayurveda Comes to the NFL

Our man Gregg Easterbrook is back with his usual selection of sweet plays, sour plays, chickening out, and silly punts. Plus, breaking news about America's greatest invention: battery-powered, glow in the dark thong underwear.

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06 Dec 2004, 02:56pm by Aaron Schatz

Snap Judgment: The Eagles Have Landed

Here's the latest Snap Judgment column from ESPN.com, complete with the Football Outsiders quarterback rankings. This week, we give mad props to Carson Palmer and compare Favre vs. McNabb to other one-sided battles in history. Plus, I sneak in mentions of Ian Dembsky and Anthony Brancato, along with possibly the only Pixies reference in ESPN history.

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04 Dec 2004, 10:26pm by Aaron Schatz

FO in the NYTimes: Nothing Gained: Yards Poor Markers for Success

Golly, the byline on this week's New York Times "Keeping Score" feature looks awfully familiar. (Free registration required)

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03 Dec 2004, 03:26pm by Al Bogdan

Source: Utah's Meyer Picks Gator Over Irish

So Ty Willingham was fired so Notre Dame could hire Urban Meyer? Maybe Notre Dame should have talked to Meyer first. The University of Florida has offered its job to Meyer who reportedly will accept the deal. On Mike and the Mad Dog on WFAN in NY, Mike Francesca, who knows people in Utah from his friendship with Rick Majerus, added some details to the story. According to Francesca, Notre Dame lowballed Meyer on money and refused to lower their academic standards to allow Meyer to recruit better players.

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03 Dec 2004, 11:30am by admin

FO at TNR: Blown Call

By focusing on Ty Willingham's dismissal, critics are distracting attention from the real racial scandal in college football -- which takes place not when coaches are fired, but rather when they are hired in the first place. Russell Levine and Aaron Schatz co-wrote this latest Football Outsiders contribution to America's best political journal, The New Republic. Thanks to TNR for the subcription-free link for FO readers.

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