09 Jun 2005, 09:47pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Andrew Perloff used some heavy-duty statistical analysis to try and identify which quarterback will be the next superstar in the NFL. "After spending hours combing through every statistics book I could find, the numbers revealed an overwhelming truth: I couldn't find a trend."
3 comments, Last at 15 Jun 2005, 7:51pm by Richie
07 Jun 2005, 10:22pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Hey, looky here, an agent who's not in it for the money (at least not a lot of it). This is an interesting look at the other end of the spectrum from Drew Rosenhaus and his stable of high profile clients. Ron Todd is a former college lineman who specializes in representing low round picks and undrafted free agents. He's a one-man operation based in Dayton, Ohio and he currently has four clients. He charges 3 percent commission on players making the league minimum, which makes it pretty clear that he must be in it for something other than money. Insert Sean Taylor jab here.
07 Jun 2005, 02:27pm by Aaron Schatz
Hey, it's another one of "Aaron Schatz's Greatest Hits," now updated with more damning anti-Ricky numbers for a brand new audience.
3 comments, Last at 12 Jun 2005, 12:27pm by senser81
06 Jun 2005, 06:41pm by Michael David Smith
The Jersey-Selling Trial of the Century has been averted, as Clinton Portis has agreed to pay $18,000 to former Redskins teammate Ifeanyi Ohalete. I'd be curious to know how much each guy racked up in legal fees in all this. I also think it's fair to say that from now on, anyone making a deal with Clinton Portis will demand all the money up front.
06 Jun 2005, 01:09pm by Aaron Schatz
I just want to thank everyone for reading Football Outsiders over the past two years. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that goofing around with numbers on my computer would lead to such big things in such little time. FO will go on, I'm handing the keys over to Mike Smith and Russ ... wait a minute, Randy Mueller? Former Saints GM Randy Mueller? Ah, nuts. Honey, call the real estate agent and cancel, I'll go mow the lawn now.
06 Jun 2005, 12:13pm by Michael David Smith
It's Monday, so it must be time for Peter King to tell us how much he loves Brett Favre. Peter also tells us that the Patriots will again get to the Super Bowl, and the only AFC division whose champion will change will be the South, with Jacksonville overtaking Indianapolis.
03 Jun 2005, 10:31pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Miami po-po is looking for Sean Taylor, but oddly they don't know if he's a victim, witness or suspect. Whatever the case, I'm sure Joe Gibbs would rather have Taylor in DC where he could keep closer tabs on him. In April 2004 the 'Skins passed on Kellen Winslow to take Taylor, and Winslow promised to "make them pay." Little did we know that Winlsow was referring to his Sean Taylor voodoo doll, not his ability to play tight end.
03 Jun 2005, 03:44pm by Aaron Schatz
My idea of balance: a fun SI.com article to go with the silly one linked below. Andrew Perloff lists his team of veterans who finished their careers as subpar players with different teams than the ones that made them famous. Not just Rice, but Namath, Emmitt, Jackie Smith, Forest Gregg, etc. I forgot about Mike Webster in Kansas City. Perloff also reaches a little when he gets to defense and special teams: he doesn't pick a kicker and he picks Todd Sauerbrun as the punter (he'll be great in Denver if everyone just ignores him).
03 Jun 2005, 11:54am by Aaron Schatz
This has to be the worst list of fantasy sleepers I've ever seen. It is based on players who have increased their performance the last two years, since of course increased performance over a three-year period means a player will get even better in the fourth year. Peak performance? I've never heard of this. Loss of role on team? I have no idea what you are talking about. Age? Ain't nothing but a number.
02 Jun 2005, 08:59pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Carolina's Kris Jenkins doesn't like Warren Sapp. And he dislikes him so much that last season, while injured, he resorted to drinking to deal with a home loss to Sapp's Raiders. I'm not aware of any history between the two, but Jenkins didn't mince words: "I hate him...He talks too much, he doesn't make sense, he's fat, he's sloppy, he acts like he's the best thing since sliced bread. He's ugly, he stinks, his mouth stinks, his breath stinks, and basically his soul stinks, too."
Note to self: Be sure to use mouthwash before approaching Kris Jenkins.
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?