27 Jan 2006, 05:59pm by Michael David Smith
It's great to live in a state where this is what they discuss in the state capital. The state legislature in Illinois has unanimously passed a resolution declaring the 1985 Chicago Bears the best team in football history. I'm thinking about calling some of these representatives and asking for some substantive explanations of why the '85 Bears were better than the '91 Redskins or the '79 Steelers or the '72 Dolphins or the '62 Packers.
29 comments, Last at 29 Jan 2006, 6:52pm by Ryan Mc
27 Jan 2006, 01:22pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Thank God his parents didn't name him "Eight." (hat tip: Deadspin)
47 comments, Last at 29 Jan 2006, 8:45pm by Sophandros
27 Jan 2006, 12:20pm by P. Ryan Wilson
If nothing else, you have to give Jason Whitlock credit for revisiting a season's worth of "truths," especially when they include gems like, "the Raiders are the lone winless NFL squad with a chance to qualify for the playoffs," and "the 0-4 Green Bay Packers will win the NFC North." To be fair, Whitlock's midseason predictions (Nov. 3) were all pretty accurate, and when you consider that this is the same guy who still thinks Jeff George is the best QB in the NFL, it's worth noting.
19 comments, Last at 30 Jan 2006, 4:20am by tim
27 Jan 2006, 11:01am by Aaron Schatz
Larry Johnson, obvious number one overall pick in 2006 fantasy drafts ... or is he?
16 comments, Last at 06 Feb 2006, 9:13pm by The originator
26 Jan 2006, 05:46pm by Aaron Schatz
When I jokingly decided to name my fantasy football projection system after Denver offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, I figured I had safely chosen a fairly obscure name. Nobody knew who this guy was except for Denver fans and the hardcore fans who can name all 64 coordinators. Little did I know that less than a year later, Gary Kubiak would be head coach of the Houston Texans. If the Kansas City Royals tomorrow named Bill Pecota as their manager, wouldn't this be strange for the Baseball Prospectus guys? Exactly.
62 comments, Last at 29 Jan 2006, 11:47pm by SJM
26 Jan 2006, 02:40pm by Aaron Schatz
Always a favorite. Dr. Z gives four stars this year to five crews: Ron Pitts and Tim Ryan, Kenny Albert and Brian Baldinger, Ian Eagle and Solomon Wilcots, Kevin Harlan and Randy Cross (sort of Dr. Z's "most improved" award) and Al Michaels and John Madden -- important games only. Dr.
51 comments, Last at 27 Jan 2006, 6:31pm by LnGrrrR
26 Jan 2006, 12:51pm by P. Ryan Wilson
John F. Murray, a sports psychologist in Florida has developed a system that has successfully projected the winner or the team that covered the point spread in the past three Super Bowls, and he's picking the Seahawks to win by 5 to 10 points this year. See if this sounds familiar:
49 comments, Last at 30 Jan 2006, 1:12am by John Cramer
26 Jan 2006, 12:03pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Scouts are already voicing some concerns about QB Jay Cutler: "While he physically has the makings of an NFL passer, his mental make-up is a little different. Several people we spoke with say Cutler can be surly at times. Teams aren't willing to invest a fortune in that type of person as the future leader of their franchise." Oooof. First chink in the armor, Teddy.
There is also some discussion about Drew Brees' shoulder, Denver's decision on Jeb Putzier, and why the Colts might re-sign oft-injured LB Rocky Calmus.
21 comments, Last at 27 Jan 2006, 6:39pm by Kaveman
25 Jan 2006, 05:20pm by P. Ryan Wilson
OK, this gets my nomination for headline of the Super Bowl. Not really much to the article, but any time you can describe one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL as "Bald-Headed Hasselbeck," it's worth noting. Tomorrow's edition promises this headline: "Fat-Bodied Bettis Actually From Detroit."
15 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2006, 8:41pm by Jon
25 Jan 2006, 03:31pm by Michael David Smith
Recent reports have suggested that Daunte Culpepper was seeking a pay raise. Let's count all the reasons that this is stupid:
1. He's coming off a serious injury that will likely hamper his playing ability for at least the start of the 2006 season.
2. He already got a huge contract extension in May of 2003.
3. He played a key role in an event that brought shame on the franchise.
4. He played badly in 2005.
5. His backup, Brad Johnson, played well in 2005.
24 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2006, 5:56pm by Dman
Our offseason Four Downs series continues with a division-by-division look at each team's biggest remaining holes and their most notable UDFA signings. In the NFC North, quality wide receivers and defensive backs are in short supply.