Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

03 Mar 2006, 09:03am by Michael David Smith

Why the NFL Said No to Brokeback Mountain

There's a scene in Brokeback Mountain that revolves around the characters watching football on television on Thanksgiving. The NFL refused to allow its footage to be used in the scene, so it's a CFL game on the family set. A producer of Brokeback Mountain has implied that the NFL wouldn't allow its footage to be used because the movie is about a gay relationship. The NFL says that had nothing to do with it. From Outsports:

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133 comments, Last at 07 Mar 2006, 12:54pm by Michael Scott

02 Mar 2006, 07:14pm by Michael David Smith

NFL Delays Free Agency 72 Hours

The Associated Press is reporting that the NFL has delayed free agency for 72 hours.

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138 comments, Last at 05 Mar 2006, 12:28am by empty13

02 Mar 2006, 06:36pm by Michael David Smith

Lawrence Phillips to Stand Trial

Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips was ordered to stand trial on assault charges for allegedly driving a car into three teenagers who argued with him following a pickup football game. Tom Osborne thinks Phillips shouldn't be punished because everyone deserves a 102nd chance.

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18 comments, Last at 04 Mar 2006, 6:20pm by empty13

02 Mar 2006, 04:44pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Upshaw, Not Tagliabue, in Charge

In the previous XP a lot of readers are of the opinion that Gene Upshaw has worked himself into a corner. Well guess what? Jason Whitlock disagrees with you! He thinks Upshaw has the upper hand, and specifically writes, "... Gene Upshaw is the most powerful man in sports. Which makes him the most powerful black man in America since David Palmer won the presidential popular vote ..." (By the way, how did things work out for President Palmer?)

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55 comments, Last at 06 Mar 2006, 1:28pm by empty13

02 Mar 2006, 02:16pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Owners Vote to Break Off Talks with Players

Not good. (Although I still think this will get done, probably sometime around 11:59 PM tonight.)

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64 comments, Last at 02 Mar 2006, 8:53pm by empty13

01 Mar 2006, 07:52pm by Aaron Schatz

Broncos cut Pryce, Putzier and Anderson

Bloody Thursday begins early. Three starters from the AFC West champion Broncos, gone. I think they had to do something no matter what happened to the CBA, as very few teams needed to cut more salary to get under the cap than Denver did. By the way, Stephen Alexander started more games than Jeb Putzier did? Putzier is clearly the better player.

Also cut so far around the league: Sam Adams in Buffalo and Stephen Davis, Brenson Buckner and He Hate Me (sniff, how sad) in Carolina.

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37 comments, Last at 03 Mar 2006, 4:02am by Sean

01 Mar 2006, 02:21pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Shoppers' Guide Top 50: Ranking Best Free Agents

One could quibble with just about every entry on this list, but hey, it's the off-season, the NFL Apocalypse is upon us, and everything must go. Plus, if we were all in agreement, what would we complain about?

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42 comments, Last at 03 Mar 2006, 12:40pm by pm

01 Mar 2006, 01:27pm by Michael David Smith

Get Ready for Bloody Thursday

No one seems to know exactly what the consequences will be if the players and owners don't reach a deal within the next 24 hours or so. But it seems possible that a huge number of high-priced players, including some who still have plenty of good years in them, will be released by teams that were counting on a new deal giving them more elbow room. One name I'll throw out there is Brett Favre.

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66 comments, Last at 02 Mar 2006, 9:53am by Israel

28 Feb 2006, 07:35pm by Michael David Smith

Upshaw: Talks Have Broken Down

I still maintain that a new collective-bargaining agreement will be reached before 2007, but ESPN says Gene Upshaw is pessimistic.

"We're deadlocked. There's nowhere to go," Upshaw said. "There's no reason to continue meeting."

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64 comments, Last at 02 Mar 2006, 3:48pm by PatsFan

28 Feb 2006, 07:27pm by Michael David Smith

NFL Could Change Fumble Replay Rule

At the scouting combine, Titans coach Jeff Fisher mentioned that he'd like the league to explore a change in the down-by-contact rule. He's not the only one thinking along those lines. Right now, if a play is ruled down by contact, it cannot be reviewed by instant replay, even if it's clear that the ball-carrier fumbled before he was down, and that a defensive player pounced on it immediately. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I hate it when a quick whistle negates what should be a great defensive play.

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33 comments, Last at 02 Mar 2006, 5:53pm by Jerry