21 Dec 2005, 09:42pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Huh. I didn't even know Matt Leinart had been suspended for the Rose Bowl. The NCAA said Leinart's actions were seen as "unintentional and inadvertent," while Deadspin has a different take:
34 comments, Last at 23 Dec 2005, 6:49pm by Pat on the Back
21 Dec 2005, 06:30pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Okey doke. After accidentally posting last year's Pro Bowl roster a few minutes ago, I'll just make it simple and link to the story on FOXSports.com. The Colts had seven players to make it, and the Bears and Falcons had six each; the Browns, Titans, 49ers and Packers were all shutout. In terms of surprise winners, Koren Robinson made it as a kick returner, and Eli Manning, one of the leaders in fan voting, ended up as the third alternate.
90 comments, Last at 26 Dec 2005, 1:05am by Sid
20 Dec 2005, 10:23pm by Michael David Smith
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Tice, who was fined by the league last year for scalping Super Bowl tickets, has questioned why Vikings fans would sell their tickets to Steelers fans, thereby diminishing the crowd-noise advantage Minnesota had against Pittsburgh on Sunday. "It confuses me, I guess," Tice said. "Maybe they're not really diehard season-ticket holders or maybe they needed the money for Christmas presents. I don't know. One of the two."
26 comments, Last at 24 Dec 2005, 1:54am by Rodafowa
20 Dec 2005, 10:16pm by Michael David Smith
The AP reports:
Alcohol won't be sold during Monday night's game between the Jets and Patriots at the Meadowlands in an attempt to quell rowdy fan behavior.
The ban comes after nine fans were arrested during the Jets-Saints game Nov. 27. One man was charged with stabbing two fans in a restroom, and a state trooper broke his leg while trying to eject a fan who reportedly threw a beer bottle.
24 comments, Last at 21 Dec 2005, 11:11pm by Russell Levine
20 Dec 2005, 10:10pm by Michael David Smith
Paul Tagliabue comes in at No. 2 on the Sports Business Journal's list of the most powerful people in sports. (George Bodenheimer, president of ABC Sports and ESPN, is No. 1.) Other NFL names on the list include Robert Kraft, Jerry Jones, Pat Bowlen, and Malcolm Glazer. As Deadspin.com and BlackAthlete.net have pointed out, players union head Gene Upshaw is one of only two African-Americans on the list (NBA players union head Billy Hunter is the other.)
9 comments, Last at 21 Dec 2005, 10:06pm by dCalla
20 Dec 2005, 05:50pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Here's an interesting behind-the-scenes look at NFL Matchup, arguably the best show on ESPN. Well, except for anything featuring Mario Lopez. (free registration/bugmenot required)
28 comments, Last at 22 Dec 2005, 3:32am by sweatervest
20 Dec 2005, 03:38pm by Michael David Smith
Tuesday Morning Quarterback opines this week that manly men don't punt. I was especially surprised that Detroit punted with fourth-and-1 at midfield, down 24-7. I mean, you should go for it on fourth-and-1 at midfield almost all the time, but when you're down 24-7 and just playing out the string anyway, what can it possibly hurt to go for it?
I'm always a big fan of the all-unwanted all pros, and this year TMQ reminds us that Rod Smith was unwanted at the start of his college career and his pro career but may very well end up in Canton.
36 comments, Last at 22 Dec 2005, 12:02pm by LnGrrrR
20 Dec 2005, 01:53pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Until last night, the only thing Kyle Boller had in common with Tom Brady was Tara Reid. OK, nothing's changed on that front, but after throwing three TDs on 19 of 27 passing, Boller may have earned the right to return as the starter in 2006. The performance was easily his best as a professional, and at one point John Madden even described Boller's throwing motion as "a thing of beauty." (Must ... fight ... urge ... to leave ... snarky ... comment.)
32 comments, Last at 21 Dec 2005, 1:38pm by M
20 Dec 2005, 01:16am by Aaron Schatz
According to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, Denver has improved itself in the red zone by spreading the ball around to different receivers instead of just Rod Smith and Patrick Hape. Oh, I miss Patrick Hape. The NFL ranks the Denver offense sixth in red-zone efficiency. DVOA ranks Denver 11th -- but they were horrible in the red zone during the first three weeks. (Mentioning this was one of the reasons that the Denver fans were so angry at me.) DVOA ranks Denver fifth in the red zone during Weeks 4-15.
4 comments, Last at 20 Dec 2005, 12:08pm by JonL
19 Dec 2005, 09:52am by P. Ryan Wilson
OK, raise your hand if Rex Grossman was A LOT better than you expected. But hey, like Joe Thiesmann said last night, "[Grossman's] decisions are decisive," and I'm sure that had a lot to do with it. (bugmenot/free registration required)
25 comments, Last at 20 Dec 2005, 1:31pm by dryheat
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?