02 Feb 2005, 11:48pm by Aaron Schatz
One of my favorite Super Bowl traditions, the Dr. Z "arrow points one way or the other" positional breakdown. Dr. Z does a very good job this year of going past just the starting eleven on each side, although on defense he's stuck trying to line a 3-4 up against a 4-3. I can't really quibble with his picks, with one exception, but you all know my feelings on the Vinatieri vs. Akers issue regarding kickoffs.
02 Feb 2005, 04:33pm by P. Ryan Wilson
I'm pretty unoriginal when it comes to naming my favorite all-time Super Bowl ad (Mean Joe Greene), but if you want to take a peek at some of the 2005 spots -- or if you just want to revisit your favorite commercials from Super Bowls past -- you can check them out here.
Oh yeah, one more thing. If you try to preview a Budweiser ad on their website, they'll "card you" before letting you view it. You know, just to make sure you're at least 21 before watching frogs peddle beer or something.
02 Feb 2005, 01:08pm by Michael David Smith
From Editor & Publisher: The Worcester Telegram & Gazette summoned home its New England Patriots beat writer from the pre-Super Bowl festivities in Jacksonville after learning that he may have plagiarized a column from an article previously posted on the Sports Illustrated Web site. In a correction published Wednesday, the paper stated, "Substantial portions of a column originally written by Peter King and published Jan. 24 on the Sports Illustrated Web site were printed Jan.
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01 Feb 2005, 01:40pm by Aaron Schatz
Gregg Easterbrook gives out his coveted award with shoutouts to both Michael David Smith and myself. The award goes to a New England Patriots player, but those who feel I'm a Patriots homer will be surprised to see the two runners-up suggested by Football Outsiders. Plus, TMQ's pre-Super Bowl analysis, and more on the new Arizona Cardinals logo.
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31 Jan 2005, 03:30pm by Aaron Schatz
Yowza, it's Football Outsiders day at ESPN Page 2. First, check out this ranking of 80 different Super Bowl quarterbacks based on a complicated statistical formula that takes into account passing, rushing, era, opposing defense, and even clutch second half performance. It all comes out with three Joe Montana games in the top ten and a somewhat surprising number one.
31 Jan 2005, 03:28pm by Aaron Schatz
More from today's attempted takeover of ESPN Page 2, thwarted only by the fact that there are eight -- EIGHT! -- new Page 2 articles today, and the fact that I am not Bill Simmons. This Sunday, we will not only watch the New England Patriots attempt to stake their claim as a great NFL dynasty, we're also going to watch them attempt to complete one of the most dominant playoff runs of all time. Which teams had the greatest marches to the Super Bowl title? Plus, can you name the only team that beat three 12-win teams in one postseason?
31 Jan 2005, 12:23pm by Aaron Schatz
This week, Peter King tells the story of Jack Youngblood, who played in the 1980 Super Bowl on a broken leg. He says this means Terrell Owens is playing. Yes, but playing well? Peter also looks at the amazingly strong market for assistant coaches and says something about coffee.
31 Jan 2005, 12:15pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Some New York Times readers offer their solutions to making NFL overtime equitable for both teams -- not just the one winning the coin toss. My favorites for pure entertainment purposes are the MLS-style shootout, and the 50-yard scrum. Still, I like Michael David Smith's suggestion the best. (free registration/bugmenot required)
29 Jan 2005, 07:12pm by Aaron Schatz
I wouldn't watch this cartoon if you are a) a Green Bay fan, b) at work, or c) John Madden. For everybody else, it is funny as hell. Although I wonder if the Tampa Bay fan pictured at the bar is aware that his team is in a different division now... (Hat tip: Off Wing Opinion)
28 Jan 2005, 02:13am by Aaron Schatz
SI.com's Don "Mr. Top 5 List" Banks brings us his list of the five worst coaching mistakes in Super Bowl history:
Don Shula waiting too long to replace Earl Morrell with Johnny Unitas
Mike Holmgren letting the Broncos score
Mike Ditka not calling a play for Walter Payton to score
Mike Martz under-utilizing Marshall Faulk
Marv Levy not trying to get the ball closer for Scott Norwood's field goal
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Bowl season begins with the unheralded and unranked, but features several tight pre-Christmas matchups.