28 May 2006, 05:36am by Michael David Smith
My earliest memory of Craig "Ironhead" Heyward was from his sophomore season at the University of Pittsburgh, when I watched him run over linebackers whom he outweighed by 40 or so pounds. He spent 11 seasons in the NFL with New Orleans, Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis and Indianapolis, including one Pro Bowl season with the Falcons. Heyward died Saturday after a long battle with brain cancer.
16 comments, Last at 30 May 2006, 11:10pm by Melissa
27 May 2006, 05:07pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Not much in the way of details, but getting arrested is probably not how you want to start your professional career.
26 comments, Last at 04 Jun 2006, 7:32pm by boner boy
26 May 2006, 05:53pm by P. Ryan Wilson
It's almost June and there are still a lot of veterans looking for work. In today's Tip Sheet, Len Pasquarelli has a run-down of some of the players who still could land contracts before training camp opens. My favorite quote from the article: "Said one player agent who asked not to be identified because he's miffed his client has rejected two offers that included veteran minimum salaries: 'You spend half the time pounding the phone, trying to get a team interested, and the other half of your time beating your head against the wall.
33 comments, Last at 31 May 2006, 11:11pm by michael
26 May 2006, 10:10am by P. Ryan Wilson
Maybe this plan is just crazy enough to work. Early (early, early) reviews are in and so far so good.
22 comments, Last at 31 May 2006, 12:52pm by PackMan
25 May 2006, 05:59pm by Aaron Schatz
I keep meaning to post about this and then it slips my mind because of all the work on the book, but Doug Drinen of pro-football-reference has started a blog doing a lot of fun little statistical analyses. He's one of my inspirations so folks should check it out, he seems to be posting roughly once a day. For example, here's one asking a question that I've wondered about ever since our original "Better to Have Rushed and Lost" article -- why do coaches treat third-and-2 as a passing situation when the run is so much more successful?
28 comments, Last at 29 May 2006, 12:44am by MJK
25 May 2006, 02:44pm by Michael David Smith
Starting this season, Connecticut will suspend high school football coaches if their teams win by 50 points or more. The following ranks right up there among my favorite paragraphs of the year:
78 comments, Last at 28 May 2007, 3:00pm by James Jackson
25 May 2006, 10:13am by P. Ryan Wilson
This year it's Ricky Williams and Onterrio Smith, but the CFL is populated with former NFLers, some trying to rebound from troubled pasts. (free registration/bugmenot required)
27 comments, Last at 28 May 2006, 3:17am by masocc
24 May 2006, 09:44pm by P. Ryan Wilson
I know, I know, it's college football. But if you were wondering what Paul Maguire was going to do with all his free time, here's the answer: He'll be in the booth with Brad Nessler and Bob Griese for ABC's Saturday night games this fall. Mike Patrick will also work with Todd Blackledge for ESPN's Saturday night broadcasts while Doug Flutie will be in the studio for both networks. All that's missing is Joe Theismann doing sideline reports.
11 comments, Last at 25 May 2006, 1:36pm by zip
24 May 2006, 01:23pm by Michael David Smith
We usually only have Peter King discussions on Mondays around here, but I thought his weekly mailbag was worth a look for the idea of expanding to 40 NFL teams. What do you think? Should the NFL keep growing, or is 32 teams enough? And if it does expand, should it follow the other sports leagues' lead and go outside the borders of the United States? I do think the NFL will expand beyond 32 teams eventually, but not any time soon. And I'm not convinced that expansion to Mexico or Canada -- let alone Europe -- is a good idea.
90 comments, Last at 26 May 2006, 5:37pm by Pat
24 May 2006, 10:31am by P. Ryan Wilson
Just one question: Why is Jake Plummer driving a Honda?
UPDATE: Plummer denies "kicking and then backing up into another motorist's vehicle in an act of road rage," although he does say he accidentally cut another driver off while talking on his cell phone.
15 comments, Last at 26 May 2006, 6:02pm by Bjorn
The Bucs' rookie made a lot of big plays last year, but he'll need to cut down on turnovers and sloppy throws to live up to his draft status.