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27 Nov 2005, 05:59am by Michael David Smith

FO in the NYT: Leftover Thanksgiving Myths

Until I started researching this, I had always just assumed that the Lions and Cowboys get some kind of edge by playing on Thanksgiving. Turns out that both teams have worse records on Thanksgiving than they do in home games as a whole, and there doesn't seem to be any advantage to having three extra days of rest before the next game. Free registration required.

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20 comments, Last at 28 Nov 2005, 7:55pm by Jerry

27 Nov 2005, 02:39am by Aaron Schatz

Hang Time

The NFL's record for consecutive games played is going to be broken today and you probably had no idea. I had no idea until I read this. Giants punter Jeff Feagles will play his 283rd consecutive game against Seattle, passing Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall for the all-time record. Yes, he's a punter, so people will think of his record with an asterisk, but those guys do occasionally get hurt. Just ask Dirk Johnson.

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17 comments, Last at 28 Nov 2005, 12:14pm by Nuk

27 Nov 2005, 02:34am by Aaron Schatz

The Hasselbecks: Those Other Brothers in Arms

One of about two billion "the Hasselbecks are playing each other" articles written this weekend, but this one contains the best tidbit: Apparently, Nathanael Hasselbeck's co-workers call him "Cooper." (Free registration required)

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5 comments, Last at 28 Nov 2005, 10:34am by Koy Detmer

25 Nov 2005, 06:40pm by Aaron Schatz

NFL to Move All 32 Teams to Los Angeles

"Los Angeles is a perfect football city," said Gene Washington, the NFL's director of football operations. "I'm sure the die-hard followers of the Glendale Steelers and the Orange County Packers won't abandon their teams over a little thing like geography."

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7 comments, Last at 27 Nov 2005, 10:44am by Sophandros

25 Nov 2005, 02:30pm by Aaron Schatz

Pro Football Snob's Dictionary, Vol. 2

This is probably the first time we've ever linked to anything in Vanity Fair, but the definitions given here are not just accurate but amusing. Explains everything from the passing tree to the tuck rule to Len Pasquarelli. But where's the definition for Football Outsiders? I guess we'll show up in Volume 3. Thanks to reader Deep Blue for the link.

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12 comments, Last at 27 Nov 2005, 5:00pm by zlionsfan

25 Nov 2005, 08:10am by Michael David Smith

Thanksgiving Debacle Could be Mariucci's Last

Nothing is official, but just about every media outlet in Detroit is reporting that Lions coach Steve Mariucci could be fired as soon as today. It's hard to imagine how the coach responsible for yesterday's humiliation could keep his job, but, then again, it's hard to imagine how a 16-48 record could get Matt Millen a five-year contract extension. Mariucci is a nice guy, but he's done nothing to deserve another year in Detroit.

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28 comments, Last at 28 Nov 2005, 12:47am by g-man

24 Nov 2005, 10:05am by Michael David Smith

Horn Rips Tagliabue's Handling of Saints

Joe Horn says he and his teammates are angry that Paul Tagliabue hasn't addressed the team. Obviouslly, the problems of pro football players don't amount to a hill of beans compared to the suffering of hundreds of thousands of other people in New Orleans. But it seems completely reasonable to me that the players under contract to the Saints next year want to start making plans for whether they should buy a house in San Antonio, or in Baton Rouge, or whereever the league decides to put the Saints.

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11 comments, Last at 28 Nov 2005, 8:22pm by Jerry

23 Nov 2005, 01:27pm by Aaron Schatz

Arbitrator DOES NOT Reduce T.O.'s Suspension

Hey, remember earlier today when this Extra Point said that T.O.'s suspension was going to be shortened according to a reporter from New York Newsday? Never mind. "Sources have told FOXSports.com that the Eagles have won on all counts of Terrell Owens' grievance hearing against the team. In a 38-page decision, arbitrator Richard Bloch upheld Owens' four-game suspension. In addition, Bloch also ruled that the Eagles do not have to play the All-Pro receiver after the suspension." (Updated: 1:45 pm)

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70 comments, Last at 26 Nov 2005, 2:00pm by Starshatterer

23 Nov 2005, 09:47am by P. Ryan Wilson

Simms Fires Back at Young

To paraphrase Kanye West: "Steve Young hates free market economies."

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29 comments, Last at 25 Nov 2005, 4:32am by lafcadio

23 Nov 2005, 12:55am by Aaron Schatz

Playing with the Percentages When Trailing by Two Touchdowns

"It is relatively common for football teams to find themselves down by two touchdowns late in the game. If they score a first touchdown then coaching folklore says that the team should go for the extra point at that time. In this paper I will show that this strategy, which appears to be universally used in both the NFL and the NCAA, is incorrect, and that going for the two-point conversion after the first touchdown is nearly always significantly better."

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31 comments, Last at 24 Nov 2005, 11:18pm by Felton