07 Nov 2005, 07:39am by Michael David Smith
Will the Lions fire Steve Mariucci? Mike O'Hara, the longtime Lions beat writer for the Detroit News, seems to think so. Owner William Clay Ford said before the season that this was the most talented team Detroit has had in the four decades he's been the owner. I don't think real highly of Ford's talent evaluation, but if that's the owner's perception, who will he blame but the coach when the team gets off to a 3-5 start?
32 comments, Last at 08 Nov 2005, 4:20pm by Ryan Mc
06 Nov 2005, 11:13pm by Michael David Smith
Two Carolina Panthers cheerleaders were arrested early Sunday morning at a Tampa nightclub after an incident that reportedly began with the two of them having sex with each other. Kristen Owen, 22 and Angela Keathley, 26, were arrested after an incident at Banana Joe's in the city's Channelside district. However, according to a report by Charlotte's WCNC-TV, police have since questioned the identity of one of the cheerleaders, saying another woman may have tried to dupe them by using Owen's drivers license.
59 comments, Last at 09 Nov 2005, 2:44am by Clyde Outlaw
05 Nov 2005, 09:11pm by Aaron Schatz
Remember the golden age of offense? Man, I remember it like it was just a few months ago. Thanks to the New York Times for once again inviting me to write the weekly Keeping Score column. (free registration or bugmenot required)
3 comments, Last at 08 Nov 2005, 4:15pm by Tom Kelso
05 Nov 2005, 02:29pm by Michael David Smith
The Philadelphia Eagles have announced they will not play Terrell Owens Sunday night against the Washington Redskins. Whether he'll be listed as suspended or deactivated, and whether he'll be paid for the game, is not clear. But Owens is out, and the Eagles say it has nothing to do with his injury and everything to do with his mouth. Our colleague Jay Glazer reports the decision was made after the Eagles spoke with the league office on Friday with regards to their options after Owens bashed the team.
92 comments, Last at 09 Nov 2005, 12:39am by Donovan Mcnabb
04 Nov 2005, 07:26pm by P. Ryan Wilson
In this week with Mr. Markbreit, two readers ask questions that I often find myself screaming at the television at some point during the football season. First, why aren't late hits out of bounds reviewable? And secondly, if on the same play, the defense commits unnecessary roughness and the offense commits holding, why are the penalties offsetting? Isn't one a little worse than the other? (free registration/bugmenot required)
1 comment, Last at 05 Nov 2005, 12:35am by jimmo
04 Nov 2005, 05:53pm by Aaron Schatz
Our old friend Bob Cook takes on the controversial issue of the New Orleans Saints. As he points out, why does it matter if Tom Benson is a jerk? The real question is: what is the future of the city of New Orleans? The Saints are really no different from any number of businesses that are going to have to decide whether they are going back to a city that will take a long time to rebuild and will be significantly smaller when the rebuilding is done. If I remember correctly, polls say roughly 40 percent of residents aren't planning on going back.
13 comments, Last at 05 Nov 2005, 6:12pm by Israel
04 Nov 2005, 02:54pm by Aaron Schatz
OK, if you've been waiting for Bill Simmons to give his take on Pats-Colts, here it is. Guess who he picks. C'mon, guess. The idea here is that the Pats are just too hungry for the Colts to beat them. Which is fine and dandy, except here are a few names that Bill doesn't mention when talking about how the three-time champions simply will not accept losing: Duane Starks, Arturo Freeman, Nick Kazcur, Monty Beisel, and Heath Evans. This game isn't about Tom Brady and Tedy Bruschi. It's about whether those guys can fill the holes.
55 comments, Last at 06 Nov 2005, 3:53pm by PatsFan
03 Nov 2005, 04:57pm by Aaron Schatz
I don't mean to pick on Mr. Clayton, but I just had to point this article out as a particularly egregious example of Colts-Patriots overhype. Clayton writes: "Since 2003, the Colts and Patriots have met four times with everything on the line, and the Patriots won all four." Wait a minute, everything on the line? John, last year the teams met in the first game of the season. How much could possibly be on the line in the first game of the season?
33 comments, Last at 05 Nov 2005, 11:21am by Purds
03 Nov 2005, 03:28pm by Michael David Smith
Paul Zimmerman outlines the process of narrowing down the preliminary list of 112 Hall of Fame nominees to 25 who will move on to the next round. I don't find much to disagree with, and he pretty well captures my opinion of Michael Irvin: "Michael annoys the hell out of me with all that nonsense he comes up with on ESPN, but we're not supposed to let that influence our ballots."
39 comments, Last at 05 Nov 2005, 2:22pm by Harris
03 Nov 2005, 02:23pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Because of those pesky cell phones going off at inopportune times, Packers head coach Mike Sherman cut short his press conference, and then canceled Brett Favre's press conference. And if you don't think it's a big deal, consider the punishment for Green Bay players who are guilty of this infraction during team meetings:
"That's a big-time no-no," long snapper Rob Davis said. "Big-time. Really, really bad."
What would happen?
24 comments, Last at 04 Nov 2005, 1:30pm by HLF
One of the NFL's best receivers notched a -2.3% DVOA last year. Does a target-by-target breakdown show he was better than that?