23 Dec 2005, 10:05am by P. Ryan Wilson
It's not surprising that Alex Smith is experiencing growing pains. He's a rookie, and he's playing on a 49ers team that's well on its way to earning the top draft pick for the second year in a row. Smith has yet to throw a touchdown, has double-digit interception totals, and there are rumors that his hands are too small to hold onto an official NFL football (he also has nine fumbles). If that's true, maybe San Francisco should petition the league to use Nerf balls during all its games next season.
53 comments, Last at 26 Dec 2005, 5:13pm by Andrew
22 Dec 2005, 03:04pm by Aaron Schatz
One of the most interesting off-season storylines will be Miami's search for a quarterback. Will they stay with Gus Frerotte, or get a veteran who can lead an otherwise strong team deep in the playoffs, or find a youngster? We've suggested Brett Favre, but Favre continues to say he would not play for a team other than Green Bay. David Neal of the Miami Herald suggests Steve McNair, he of the $50 million March 2 bonus.
60 comments, Last at 16 Jan 2006, 8:18pm by mike
22 Dec 2005, 11:52am by Michael David Smith
WTHR in Indianapolis reports: The 18-year-old son of Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy has been found dead at the Campus Lodge apartments in Lutz, Florida. Fire rescue and deputies went there because of a call from his roommates and girlfriend. A death investigation is underway, but the sheriff's office says there's a high probability that the death of James Dungy was a suicide.
54 comments, Last at 27 Dec 2005, 1:02pm by LnGrrrR
22 Dec 2005, 10:43am by Michael David Smith
This was mentioned in the Pro Bowl discussion, but I thought it deserved its own thread. The NFL told the Colts that tackle Tarik Glenn had made the Pro Bowl, which Tony Dungy relayed to the team. Then the NFL called back and said it had mis-counted the votes, and Glenn had not made the Pro Bowl after all, although he's a first alternate. I saw Dungy talking about it on NFL Network, and I've never seen him so angry.
14 comments, Last at 23 Dec 2005, 9:27pm by Chris
21 Dec 2005, 09:42pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Huh. I didn't even know Matt Leinart had been suspended for the Rose Bowl. The NCAA said Leinart's actions were seen as "unintentional and inadvertent," while Deadspin has a different take:
34 comments, Last at 23 Dec 2005, 6:49pm by Pat on the Back
21 Dec 2005, 06:30pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Okey doke. After accidentally posting last year's Pro Bowl roster a few minutes ago, I'll just make it simple and link to the story on FOXSports.com. The Colts had seven players to make it, and the Bears and Falcons had six each; the Browns, Titans, 49ers and Packers were all shutout. In terms of surprise winners, Koren Robinson made it as a kick returner, and Eli Manning, one of the leaders in fan voting, ended up as the third alternate.
90 comments, Last at 26 Dec 2005, 1:05am by Sid
20 Dec 2005, 10:23pm by Michael David Smith
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Tice, who was fined by the league last year for scalping Super Bowl tickets, has questioned why Vikings fans would sell their tickets to Steelers fans, thereby diminishing the crowd-noise advantage Minnesota had against Pittsburgh on Sunday. "It confuses me, I guess," Tice said. "Maybe they're not really diehard season-ticket holders or maybe they needed the money for Christmas presents. I don't know. One of the two."
26 comments, Last at 24 Dec 2005, 1:54am by Rodafowa
20 Dec 2005, 10:16pm by Michael David Smith
The AP reports:
Alcohol won't be sold during Monday night's game between the Jets and Patriots at the Meadowlands in an attempt to quell rowdy fan behavior.
The ban comes after nine fans were arrested during the Jets-Saints game Nov. 27. One man was charged with stabbing two fans in a restroom, and a state trooper broke his leg while trying to eject a fan who reportedly threw a beer bottle.
24 comments, Last at 21 Dec 2005, 11:11pm by Russell Levine
20 Dec 2005, 10:10pm by Michael David Smith
Paul Tagliabue comes in at No. 2 on the Sports Business Journal's list of the most powerful people in sports. (George Bodenheimer, president of ABC Sports and ESPN, is No. 1.) Other NFL names on the list include Robert Kraft, Jerry Jones, Pat Bowlen, and Malcolm Glazer. As Deadspin.com and BlackAthlete.net have pointed out, players union head Gene Upshaw is one of only two African-Americans on the list (NBA players union head Billy Hunter is the other.)
9 comments, Last at 21 Dec 2005, 10:06pm by dCalla
20 Dec 2005, 05:50pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Here's an interesting behind-the-scenes look at NFL Matchup, arguably the best show on ESPN. Well, except for anything featuring Mario Lopez. (free registration/bugmenot required)
28 comments, Last at 22 Dec 2005, 3:32am by sweatervest
Trevor Siemian and Carson Wentz rank in the bottom three in average air yards. Do good quarterbacks usually increase their air yards with more experience, or do their passes actually get shorter over time?