03 Jan 2006, 03:44pm by P. Ryan Wilson
This week, Gregg Easterbrook eulogizes NFL Primetime, has some thoughts on Black Monday, and asks why Norvell sent out the punt team on a 4th-and-1 from the Raiders 15. He also notes with some curiosity that the Falcons, Bengals and Titans all "rolled over and played dead" in Week 17, and picks USC in a "walkover."
28 comments, Last at 05 Jan 2006, 4:12pm by Sophandros
03 Jan 2006, 11:44am by P. Ryan Wilson
Note to self: Don't throw beer on Clinton Portis's mom. (free registration/bugmenot required)
23 comments, Last at 10 Jan 2006, 10:16pm by Tyra
03 Jan 2006, 11:33am by P. Ryan Wilson
The fact that Drew Brees was injured makes the point moot, but before the season finale, I was thinking the Chargers shouldn't play Philip Rivers. They probably could've gotten a first round pick for him this offseason, but after his performance Saturday, I'm guessing that might be a little tougher sell. And depending on how quickly Brees recovers, Rivers may not be going anywhere at all.
9 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2006, 3:52pm by Sean D.
02 Jan 2006, 02:22pm by P. Ryan Wilson
In the first MMQB of 2006, Peter King has more on the Tony Dungy story, some thoughts on Mike Tice's future (yikes), and names Tom Brady his MVP. He's also already looking to this April's draft, mentions Brett Favre (to keep his consecutive "MMQB columns mentioning Brett Favre" streak alive), and gives us his All-Pro team. Oh yeah, apparently Au Bon Pain makes a very nice tuna salad sandwich on whole grain, too.
50 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2006, 7:21pm by Starshatterer
01 Jan 2006, 10:34pm by P. Ryan Wilson
I guess this is what happens when you sign an incentive-laden contract that includes no guaranteed money and then get cut in training camp.
19 comments, Last at 03 Jan 2006, 1:37am by dCalla
01 Jan 2006, 10:18pm by Aaron Schatz
According to AP, Mike Tice has been fired tonight. Who else will go on "Black Monday," and who should replace them?
38 comments, Last at 06 Jan 2006, 6:06am by andrew
31 Dec 2005, 10:55am by P. Ryan Wilson
This is, uh, curious to say the least. As one Browns fan wrote me in an email:
"Um.... What the [redacted] is going on here? Didn't they just hire this guy less than a year ago? Did his philosophy suddenly change, or were they somehow unaware of it when they gave him the keys to the franchise?
14 comments, Last at 03 Jan 2006, 5:36pm by CaffeineMan
30 Dec 2005, 11:44am by Aaron Schatz
Clinton Portis brought along some pals for his press conference yesterday. My personal favorite is Chris Cooley as "Johnny White Guy" although I like the way Ryan Clark says "Pied Piper Piccalo." You must watch this video. I mean no disrespect for fans of Seattle and other NFC playoff contenders, but if you are a fan of an AFC team, how can you not be rooting for the Redskins to make the Super Bowl? Don't you want to see Clinton Portis on Media Day? The Portis Dance is your chance to do the Portis.
15 comments, Last at 15 Jan 2006, 10:08pm by timmy
30 Dec 2005, 11:23am by Aaron Schatz
Len Pasquarelli is reporting that the NFL and Saints owner Tom Benson have reached a deal to have the Saints return to Louisiana full-time next year, playing in Baton Rouge until the Superdome is fully repaired sometime around early November. This is ludicrous. I'm sorry for sounding like a jerk, but then again I'm not sure why this country has decided that anyone who is honest about the situation in New Orleans is a jerk. I hate to even hint at politics on this site, but we've all decided that we're not going to have a realistic conversation about what's going on down there.
27 comments, Last at 02 Jan 2006, 9:10pm by Jerry
30 Dec 2005, 07:16am by Michael David Smith
I respect ESPN's decision to hire George Solomon to act as an ombudsman, critiquing the entire organization as he sees fit. Among the criticisms in Solomon's most recent column:
Steve Young's comments about Chris Simms were "An example of a commentator talking without knowing what he was talking about."
Michael Irvin's problem "is he still believes he's an athlete/celebrity."
"Suzy Kolber does an excellent job as a reporter for ESPN and as a TV pitch person for Chevrolet. I just wish she would choose one of the two jobs."
47 comments, Last at 01 Jan 2006, 5:35pm by Tampa Bay Mike
Guest columnist Zachary O. Binney fact-checks a story in a national publication and finds that everyone makes mistakes.