14 Jan 2005, 02:36pm by Aaron Schatz
ESPN Page 2 presents a list of the most anticipated pre-Super Bowl playoff games since 1970. Relive the Steel Curtain vs. Luv Ya Blue, Jimmy Johnson's brass balls, George Atkinson's lawsuit against Chuck Noll, and all the things written about last year's Indianapolis-New England game. Peyton Manning, it turns out, was unstoppable! By the way, it seems like the guy who wrote this article needs to take a vacation. I keep seeing his stuff everywhere lately.
A profile of the Colts' offensive coordinator Tom Moore and offensive line coach Howard Mudd, two of the longest-tenured and most-revered assistants in the NFL.
13 Jan 2005, 09:36am by P. Ryan Wilson
It's that time of year again and Dr. Z echoes some of the same sentiments FO readers have been lamenting for months. He somehow ranks the Gus Johnson/Brent Jones duo ahead of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, but not surprisingly, Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire have a firm grasp on last place ... again.
12 Jan 2005, 12:26am by Aaron Schatz
Carl Prine looks at NFL injuries in this incredibly detailed research report from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Seriously intricate work here, looking at how often players get injured, what kinds of injuries they face, and which kinds of players get injured most often.
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11 Jan 2005, 05:27pm by Michael David Smith
At the request of a few readers, we'll start a new Hall of Fame discussion thread now that the ballot has been narrowed down to 15. I'd give definite yes votes to Dan Marino and Steve Young, probably Michael Irvin and Russ Grimm, and I'm about the most enthusiastic supporter of Fritz Pollard you'll ever meet. Note the ad on this site supporting the candidacy of Pollard. For more on him, click here.
11 Jan 2005, 04:49pm by Aaron Schatz
David Schoenfeld, my editor over at ESPN Page 2, takes a go at ten common theories about how to win in the playoffs: You gotta run, you gotta pass, defense wins championships, you need momentum. Most of his findings won't shock regular readers of Football Outsiders, although I admit that was a little surprised that Super Bowl teams have generally been better over the first six games of the season than the final ten.
11 Jan 2005, 03:08pm by Aaron Schatz
TMQ this week talks about how football is the most emotional sport, lambasts Mike Shanahan's fourth down decisions, makes a small error in asserting that nobody picked the Steelers to have a winning season (Yo! Gregg! Over here! FO predicted the Steelers as division champs!), and celebrates the who-dat players of the week, Shaun McDonald and Cam "Nickels" Cleeland of the St. Louis Rams.
10 Jan 2005, 07:10pm by Michael David Smith
Peyton Manning has taken his place in the elite company of those who have won multiple Associated Press NFL MVP awards. The other multiple winners are Jim Brown, Brett Favre, Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas, Kurt Warner, and Steve Young. Manning received 47 of 48 votes; Michael Vick received the other vote. The person who voted to Vick ought to be laughed out of the football media world. It's really sad that someone so ignorant is entrusted with something so important.
10 Jan 2005, 03:01pm by Aaron Schatz
ESPN Page 2's Snap Judgment is here with some commentary on the Wild Card weekend for quarterbacks, the Football Outsiders QB ratings for the first four playoff games, and a little more publicity for my criticism of the Brady-Manning nonsense.
10 Jan 2005, 10:24am by P. Ryan Wilson
When I saw Randy Moss pretend to drop his pants after scoring a touchdown, my initial reaction was to laugh. Yeah, it was in bad taste, but if people want something to complain about, maybe it should be that two guys "chest-bumping" in the end zone is an excessive celebration penalty while doing the "fake moon" is apparently OK. And hey, this week Moss stayed on the field until the game was actually over, so he should get some credit for that.
Denver: great team, or the greatest team? Would you be satisfied with "one of the ten greatest teams?" Plus: hard times in the NFC South, where defense goes to die.