22 Feb 2006, 11:47am by P. Ryan Wilson
I've gotten several emails about the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, but to be honest, I haven't given it much thought (think ostrich sticking its head in the sand). Anyway, here's a quick primer: "Future labor problems really wouldn't roost until the 2007 season; and revenue sharing continues to be the troubling divide between owners and players." The linked article is from February 4, but it's sure to be dated, although there doesn't seem to be a whole lot on the subject.
57 comments, Last at 25 Feb 2006, 7:15am by Mr Shush
22 Feb 2006, 10:51am by P. Ryan Wilson
According to the article, "the Ravens encouraged [Ray] Lewis to go with a shorter-term contract that would have allowed him to become a free agent this season ... But Lewis wanted the prestige of a then-NFL record $19 million signing bonus that came along with the seven-year deal." And according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Lewis pitched his skills to some Chargers team members at the Pro Bowl. Lost in all this talk about Lewis being unhappy is the little fact that he's the highest paid MLB this season, and is scheduled to make $5.5M in '06, and $6.5M in '07 and '08.
9 comments, Last at 22 Feb 2006, 9:04pm by Tally
21 Feb 2006, 10:57am by P. Ryan Wilson
It looks like the Miami Dolphins have entered the Daunte Culpepper sweepstakes and " ... one source said the price for Culpepper will be more than the second-round pick" reported last week. The Fins are also still looking at Steve McNair and Patrick Ramsey. Nick Saban likes Vandy QB Jay Cutler, but fears he may be off the board by the 16th pick. (free registration/bugmenot required)
44 comments, Last at 22 Feb 2006, 10:05pm by Howard Roark
20 Feb 2006, 08:58am by Michael David Smith
Peter King addresses the three options the Texans have with the first pick in the draft.
52 comments, Last at 22 Feb 2006, 5:00pm by Dennis
20 Feb 2006, 12:30am by Michael David Smith
Ricky Williams has tested positive for drugs and will be suspended at least one year.
40 comments, Last at 21 Feb 2006, 6:59pm by jc
18 Feb 2006, 04:46pm by Michael David Smith
Cade McNown, the 1999 first-round draft bust of the Chicago Bears, is suing two insurance companies, saying they won't pay him the $5 million he's owed because a disability ended his football career. What I find hilarious is that McNown was once convicted of illegally obtaining handicapped parking placards so that he could park in handicapped spaces. Gee, Cade, do you think maybe you've given these insurance companies a reason to believe you're not being honest about your disability?
23 comments, Last at 20 Feb 2006, 11:36pm by Catholic Samurai
17 Feb 2006, 06:16pm by Michael David Smith
I love the emerging trend of Australians becoming NFL punters. The latest to give it a shot is Chad Parrish, who will join the Berlin Thunder. The NFL is a long way off from having the global reach of the NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball. But maybe Australian punters can help the league become more popular elsewhere.
41 comments, Last at 21 Feb 2006, 2:10pm by senser81
17 Feb 2006, 12:19pm by P. Ryan Wilson
According to this New York Post story, some members of the Jets' offense think Chad Pennington should get his walking papers. From the article: "I think we should release him; he's too injury-prone," one player said. "He's like an egg back there," another player said, referring to Pennington's fragility. "I mean, look at the ways he's gotten hurt. He hasn't even been hit that hard. The injuries have come from awkward hits and falls. I think we should just cut him."
136 comments, Last at 23 Feb 2006, 5:13pm by Sean
16 Feb 2006, 02:54pm by P. Ryan Wilson
There are a lot of rumors in today's, uh, Truth & Rumors on CNNSI.com. Among them: Daunte Culpepper, who now represents himself, wants to be traded; the Ravens might franchise Jamal Lewis and send him to Minnesota for Culpepper; despite my best efforts below, Ty Law probably won't end up in New England, but instead has shown interest in joining Miami; and the Raiders might stick with Kerry Collins while the Chargers could let Drew Brees walk.
31 comments, Last at 22 Feb 2006, 6:52pm by dryheat
16 Feb 2006, 01:25pm by Michael David Smith
I've always disliked the sports columns that try to trash a rival city. The Rocky Mountain News published one such column about Pittsburgh as part of its AFC Championship coverage, and now that columnist, Bill Johnson, is being criticized for it. Johnson acknowledges that something he claimed to see on his way to his hotel was actually something he saw on TV, and there are other problems with the column as well.
Hat tip: Romenesko
16 comments, Last at 18 Feb 2006, 2:45pm by Tim L
Bowl season begins with the unheralded and unranked, but features several tight pre-Christmas matchups.