19 Jan 2006, 12:39am by Aaron Schatz
We take you back now to that long ago time called "August," when your humble FO editor penned an article for the New York Times that concluded like so: "Seattle and Carolina addressed their third-down issues in the off-season ... making Seattle and Carolina Super Bowl contenders and making Matt Hasselbeck the answer to the question, 'Who is this year's Drew Brees?'" Five months later, here we are.
37 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2006, 8:48pm by tmac
18 Jan 2006, 11:33pm by Aaron Schatz
No comments, since this is a different sport, but Justin Kubatko of Courtside Times has written an article very similar to "Guts and Stomps," but about the NBA. Thanks to reader Dan Babbitt for pointing this out. For those interested, by the way, Seattle leads the final four NFL teams with 6 "stomps," Denver and Pittsburgh each have 4, and Carolina has 2. Denver leads in "guts" (4) and Carolina leads in "skates" (4). No team has more than 2 "dominate" wins.
18 Jan 2006, 06:14pm by P. Ryan Wilson
I haven't paid much attention to the NHL since, well, I quit playing Sega Hockey back in the mid-90s, but I know who Chris Chelios is. Anyway, he has some Lions-related thoughts, and was kind enough to share them with the Detroit Free Press: "I'd like to put in my two cents ... I'd like to see Matt Millen coach the team, to be honest with you. Because he keeps talking about they need a disciplinarian guy and a hard-nosed guy that kind of fits the character of the city. I think he's the perfect choice to just get out there and start rocking some heads."
21 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2006, 1:03am by NF
18 Jan 2006, 02:20pm by P. Ryan Wilson
I'm sure Bill Cowher calls Joey Porter (or his comments) ridiculous at least once a week, so nothing surprising there. What's interesting however, is that the NFL said they will not fine Porter for suggesting the officials were conspiring against the Steelers during Sunday's game. Let's see, Clinton Portis gets slapped with a $20K fine for wearing mismatched socks, Sean Taylor loses $17K for spitting in another player's face, and Joey Porter gets off clean for saying the fix was in.
34 comments, Last at 07 Feb 2006, 2:25pm by dryheat
17 Jan 2006, 11:33pm by Aaron Schatz
In the latest TMQ, Gregg Easterbrook sees the football gods get famous, the Redskins blitz too much, the Steelers outthink the Colts, and the Patriots completely collapse.
39 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2006, 5:50pm by Peter
17 Jan 2006, 09:40pm by P. Ryan Wilson
And no, I'm not referring to college football teams. In this issue of the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, Hal Stern writes that all statisticians should boycott the Bowl Championship Series because, in part, the quantitative ratings used in the computer ranking have never been clearly defined and the inputs used are limited (for example, neither score nor site of game is currently used).
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17 Jan 2006, 09:16pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Eric Mangini: the new HC of the NYJ. Does this mean that Bill Belichick will now serve as offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator and head coach?
53 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2006, 6:10pm by CaffeineMan
17 Jan 2006, 03:47pm by Russell Levine
BenMaller.com is reporting that the NFL will award its new late-season game package (probably Thursday and Saturday nights the last four weeks of the season) to .... itself. Or, more properly, to the NFL Network.
If accurate, this is a very interesting development, with ramifications all over the place. For one, if your cable company doesn't carry the NFL Network, it will. For another, it means that Comcast probably won't form an all-sports network to challenge ESPN.
27 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2006, 4:12pm by giving him the business
16 Jan 2006, 07:55pm by Michael David Smith
The NFL has acknolwedged that Troy Polamalu's interception should not have been overturned. Anyone think they'd have made this acknowledgement if Vanderjagt's kick had been good and the Colts had won in overtime?
100 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2006, 1:18am by Tom C. Huskey
16 Jan 2006, 03:48pm by P. Ryan Wilson
This week DJ Gallo has some thoughts on Peyton Manning throwing his team, uh, under the bus, explains why Troy Polamalu's apparent interception wasn't, discusses the Belichick Face, thinks the Steelers-Broncos game should be officially dubbed the Beard Bowl, and takes a look this morning's headlines from around the NFL.
35 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2006, 1:05pm by DD Ohio
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.