12 Sep 2006, 10:59pm by Aaron Schatz
Watch the Salon ad thingy then skip past all the baseball stuff to get to King Kaufman's important point: How good was the team that did the second MNF game last night? Are there words in the English language capable of describing the improvement when you go from Tirico, Theismann and Kornheiser to Brad Nessler, Ron Jaworski and Dick Vermeil? Can we please, please, please have them every week? Pretty please? Seriously, let's start an e-mail campaign.
58 comments, Last at 15 Sep 2006, 2:06pm by David
12 Sep 2006, 03:28pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Here's Gregg Easterbrook's latest. Given the previous XP, it seems only fitting to note Stats of the Week No. 1. I'm also glad Easterbrook noticed something I thought was pretty ridiculous at the time: "In the first Monday Night Football game, early on Troy Williamson of Minnesota beat Carlos Rogers of Washington, then dropped what would have been a long touchdown pass. Rogers jumped up and danced and strutted, pointing to himself -- as if he'd just done something magnificent, rather than been beaten and the beneficiary of good fortune."
113 comments, Last at 14 Sep 2006, 5:09pm by Mr Shush
12 Sep 2006, 11:46am by P. Ryan Wilson
Apparently, Randy Moss knows what he's talking about. In addition to not being very good, the Oakland Raiders also have to contend with disgruntled wide recevier Jerry Porter who, according to the report: " ... was seen laughing and pumping his fist on the sidelines when Raiders teammate Aaron Brooks was sacked for the seventh time." Maybe Porter had the over.
68 comments, Last at 14 Sep 2006, 3:49pm by LnGrrrR
11 Sep 2006, 02:22pm by Aaron Schatz
Our long national nightmare is over. This is great news for Seahawks fans, and not such great news for Patriots fans, but a first-round selection is pretty good value. They just need Doug Gabriel or Ben Watson to really come through.
297 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2006, 12:35am by Kevin11
11 Sep 2006, 12:40pm by Michael David Smith
Peter King says Week 1 tells us that teams never pick up where they left off in the NFL.
36 comments, Last at 12 Sep 2006, 11:52pm by Clark
11 Sep 2006, 09:08am by P. Ryan Wilson
It's too bad NFL football games aren't just 15 minutes because the Cowboys looked unstoppable during the first quarter of yesterday's contest against the Jaguars. After a fast start, quarterback Drew Bledsoe returned to the form that drove Pats fans nuts for years: poor decision making, untimely interceptions, and drive-stalling sacks. Commence quarterback controversy talk. (free registration/bugmenot required)
19 comments, Last at 12 Sep 2006, 10:57pm by Chris
11 Sep 2006, 08:44am by P. Ryan Wilson
Thankfully, Kansas City's Trent Green will be okay after taking a vicious (but legal) hit from the Bengals Robert Geahters, but the quarterback is still uncertain for next Sunday's game against the Broncos. Several news outlets reported it as a helmet-to-helmet hit, but it looked like Geathers' shoulder pads made contact with Green's helmet. I suspect this play will lead to some discussions about rules changes at the next owners' meetings.
26 comments, Last at 12 Sep 2006, 3:43pm by Tracy
11 Sep 2006, 01:51am by Aaron Schatz
Was Deion Branch worth the price the Seahawks paid? And how much will New England miss him? (Click link to read more.)
11 Sep 2006, 01:47am by Aaron Schatz
The curse of 370 looked apparent in week one for Shaun Alexander. How did other victims do in their first game? Aaron Schatz examines further. (Click link to read more.)
09 Sep 2006, 11:58am by Doug Farrar
The Vikings have signed LT Bryant McKinnie to a mega-deal: 7 years, $48.5 million, and over $18 million guaranteed. Performance bonuses could push the total over $50 million. This puts him in the financial elite for his position, and there's an interesting wrinkle based on the "poison pill" Minnesota used on guard Steve Hutchinson -- the Vikings' capmasters had to structure the deal so that McKinnie (or any Viking offensive lineman) could never earn more than Hutchinson on a per-year average basis, or Hutch's entire $49 million salary would become guaranteed.
24 comments, Last at 12 Sep 2006, 11:14am by Insancipitory
Our offseason Four Downs series ends with a look at the NFC West's biggest remaining holes and their most notable UDFA signings. The Rams and 49ers have to kick-start their passing games, Arizona's offense lacks a big dimension, and the Seahawks continue to rely on Russell Wilson's magic tricks.