16 May 2005, 12:13pm by Michael David Smith
Peter King reports this week that Jerry Rice's agent has faxed all 32 teams to inform them that he'd like to play again this year. So far he's found two teams with interest. My own opinion is that Rice would be a valuable fourth receiver for a few teams, although one thing probably holding him back is that most teams like to use their fourth receiver on special teams, which isn't going to happen with Rice.
14 May 2005, 12:39am by Aaron Schatz
The Sports Economist has the latest on Tom Benson's quest to squeeze every possible penny out of the state of Louisiana before he inevitably moves his team somewhere else. You know, when I read that Benson may move to Los Angeles, I figure, hey, it does make some sense. When I read that Benson is talking about moving the team to San Antonio, well, I'm not quite sure why San Antonio is any better than New Orleans. But when I read that Benson is talking about moving the team to Albuquerque, well, at that point you have to stop taking anything he says seriously.
12 May 2005, 05:49pm by Michael David Smith
Andrew Perloff of SI.com says Randy Moss might just go down in history as the best receiver of all time. He makes what I consider to be a very weak case.
12 May 2005, 10:17am by P. Ryan Wilson
Josh Elliott of SI.com has some suggestions on how to make the NFL even better! I tend to disagree with almost all of them (No cut-blocking is probably a good idea, and I might be persuaded that fair catches should be abolished), but since we've already reached our "one Whizzinator story per week" quota this is what I'm going with.
11 May 2005, 11:00am by Aaron Schatz
Apparently, Minnesota players just love the ganja. So much so, in fact, that it is now reported that Onterrio Smith was caught at the airport with dried urine and a prosthetic device ("The Whizzinator") meant to help people evade drug testing. I repeat, dried urine. This is apparently why Minnesota has to carry five running backs.
10 May 2005, 06:43pm by Michael David Smith
Peter King says the Browns will take somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 million from Kellen Winslow for his motorcycle stunt. He also completely evades a question about whether he would ever decline more money from Sports Illustrated as he says athletes should do, and answers a question from Russell Levine of West Orange.
09 May 2005, 03:21pm by Michael David Smith
We've discussed here before the way the Redskins and the Washington Post can't seem to get along. This article examines who the team is now using its Web site to break more news, such as the signing of receiver Santana Moss. I don't know which is more absurd, the Redskins' claim that news on their site will be unfiltered or a Post editor's claim that what the Redskins are doing is "Orwellian." As a fan, I think the more different avenues are available for me to find out about my team, the better.
08 May 2005, 02:23pm by Aaron Schatz
The long-awaited Tom Brady contract extension has arrived. Normally, the response to a big contract like this is that it sets the market, but frankly this one doesn't set the market. Brady's contract is worth roughly $4 million per year less than Peyton Manning's, and $3 million per year less than Michael Vick's. Not that a $14.5 million signing bonus this year is chump change, mind you, not to mention a $12 million option bonus due next spring. Now Brady can buy some singing lessons before he ever does live television again.
06 May 2005, 10:49pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Dumb and Dumberer: When Kellen Met Ben.
04 May 2005, 06:16pm by Michael David Smith
Our friend William Krasker is back with an interesting look at strategic choices for teams with less than two minutes left in the game. He takes a look at, among other things, Philadelphia's decision to attempt an onside kick with 1:48 remaining in Super Bowl XXXIX, trailing by three points.
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?