20 Oct 2005, 01:20pm by Michael David Smith
Great news for my fellow Sunday Ticket subscribers: Beginning in 2006, DirecTV will be permitted to show games carried by the local affiliate on its Sunday Ticket channels. That means if your local affiliate switches away from the game you were watching, you'll still be able to see it on Sunday Ticket. It should also solve problems like the one I had in Chicago on Sunday: Patriots-Broncos was on the local CBS affiliate, which means Sunday Ticket should have blacked out Patriots-Broncos and given us Raiders-Chargers and Jets-Bills. Instead, it blacked out Raiders-Chargers.
14 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2005, 3:12pm by Captain Killjoy
20 Oct 2005, 08:54am by P. Ryan Wilson
I was at the Steelers - Jags game last week, and it was certainly painful to watch Maddox try and complete a pass. But at some point you have to let it go ... unless you're Robert DeNiro in The Fan, and then you just kidnap your favorite professional athlete. But for everybody else who took Maddox's performance as a personal affront and were so ill they had to miss work on Monday, I might suggest you find a hobby. Like stamp collecting, or long nature walks -- anything to help you calm down.
34 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2005, 3:11pm by Rashean THE MACHINE Mathis
19 Oct 2005, 08:36pm by P. Ryan Wilson
This week Rich Eisen takes aim at the dreaded "Prevent Offense." He wonders why teams who jump out to early leads subscribe to the offensive philosophy that goes something like this: "don't make any mistakes, even if we go three-and-out on every possession of the second half." He also has some thoughts on the Pats, Joe Vitt, and notices that Seahawk receivers are actually ... gasp! ... catching the ball this season.
17 comments, Last at 20 Oct 2005, 1:41pm by Richie
19 Oct 2005, 03:36pm by Michael David Smith
Sports Illustrated's Paul Zimmerman has no respect for the Bengals or the Bucs. How else can we explain that he has these two 5-1 teams ranked No. 10 and No. 11? Oh, wait. One possible explanation is that these are just his subjective opinions, and not a reflection of his own personal feelings of respect toward any team. And if we can use that explanation on subjective rankings, it makes even more sense that completely objective ratings don't reflect any personal feelings of respect, or lack thereof.
35 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2005, 4:53am by lafcadio
19 Oct 2005, 03:27pm by Michael David Smith
Bill King, an Oakland radio announcer who called Raiders, A's and Warriors games, died Tuesday morning following complications from hip surgery. Those of us who never lived in the Bay Area but love NFL Films know him best for his immortal call on Kenny Stabler's famous "Holy Roller" fumble for a touchdown:
4 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2005, 7:51pm by David A.
19 Oct 2005, 01:42pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Michael Felger takes a look at all the Patriots' offseason acquisitions along with their respective costs. Yeah, maybe Scott Pioli is having a bad year, but losing half your roster to the IR doesn't help either.
17 comments, Last at 20 Oct 2005, 9:04am by MDS
19 Oct 2005, 11:18am by Aaron Schatz
While the Saints seem to be getting their act together on the field, they're still a mess in the front office. The controversy should heat up now that the Saints fired Executive Vice President of Administration Arnold Fielkow, who was the leading voice in favor of keeping the Saints in Louisiana. Is a permanent move to San Antonio inevitable?
27 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2005, 11:30am by Dave
19 Oct 2005, 08:59am by P. Ryan Wilson
When I saw this headline, my first thought was, "... even behind the NHL?" Not exactly. The five professional sports leagues in the study included the WNBA, NBA, MLS, MLB, and the NFL. The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, which completed the study, "noted that even leagues with low grades generally had better records in diversity than the country at large." NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said, "We don't spend any time looking at their figures ... We think it's irrelevant and it's purely a publicity gimmick."
22 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2005, 11:35pm by mactbone
18 Oct 2005, 06:20pm by Aaron Schatz
Hey kids, the trade deadline means everyone deal your backup quarterback! This is an excellent deal for Tampa Bay. Remember, Rattay was in the top ten of DVOA for quarterbacks last year until the injuries came, and the Bucs of 2005 are in a much better situation than the 49ers of 2004. Also today, the Chargers dealt Chet Lemon to the Dolphins for A.J. Feeley. Wait, you say Chet Lemon was a baseball player? Hmmm.
35 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2005, 8:28pm by Mr Shush
18 Oct 2005, 03:30pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Gregg Easterbrook cites luck as the deciding factor in a bevy of Week 6 games (including the Steelers-Jags contest, whose outcome I contend had nothing whatsoever to do with luck -- it was strictly a function of crappy quarterbacking). He also has some thoughts on when it's actually good to be really far behind, spills the beans on the Tuesday Morning Quarterback lake cruise party, and takes a closer look at NFL contracts. And as I mentioned last week to anyone who would listen, always take Wittenberg and the points.
61 comments, Last at 20 Oct 2005, 11:56pm by Sid
Mike and Tom's tour of the league gets musical! Listen to the strangely up-tempo Blinded by the Luck, the haunting melancholy of The Schiano Man, and the endless march of the Saints.