07 Feb 2005, 01:02pm by P. Ryan Wilson
The consensus seems to be that this year's crop of Super Bowl ads left something to be desired. Chris Ballard of SI.com actually went through the trouble to rate every commercial from last night, and while GoDaddy.com was probably the most memorable, my favorite was the "regular guy on his hands-free cellphone maced, tasered and beat into submission by deli owners," followed closely by Montana, Roethlisberger, et al singing Tomorrow.
05 Feb 2005, 02:54pm by Aaron Schatz
Well, good news from Canton, as the NFL announced this year's Hall of Fame class. Besides Dan Marino and Steve Young, they elected both senior committee nominees. We would like to think that maybe one Hall of Fame voter occasionally reads our site or The New Republic and was persuaded by Michael David Smith's articles on Fritz Pollard. It's nice to see Benny Friedman, the NFL's first great quarterback, elected as well. Now, guys, how about letting those three quarterbacks have some offensive linemen next year?
04 Feb 2005, 12:25pm by Aaron Schatz
Carl Bialik of the Wall Street Journal discusses the statistical revolution in the NFL and makes clear what I've been saying for two years now. Football stats are the opposite of baseball stats -- the teams are far, far ahead of the journalists and fans when it comes to intricate analysis. After reading some of the numbers Carl quotes about missed tackles and "poor-throw percentages," I went outside and smashed up my car with a baseball bat to try to work out my frustration. FO could be so much better if we had access to information like this.
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03 Feb 2005, 11:06am by Aaron Schatz
Doug Drinen is overflowing with neat ideas like a science fair volcano filled with baking soda. Drinen, for those who do not know the name, has done a lot of fantasy-oriented stat analysis and was one of the inspirations behind the creation of Football Outsiders. All week long he's posting football articles at the baseball blog Sabermonics, including the secrets behind the squares contest and a look at whether Super Bowl experience helps you win the Super Bowl (not really).
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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?
Notre Dame and Baylor entered the one-loss group in what is shaping up to be an extremely tight race for playoff consideration.