04 Jan 2006, 04:37pm by Aaron Schatz
In his final power rankings of the regular season, Dr. Z points out how few big upsets there were in the NFL this year. I don't feel like arguing Dr. Z's rankings vs. mine, but I had to link this, because Dr. Z may have set an all-time record for strange asides, metaphors, and non sequiters in this week's comments. And having read Dr. Z for a long time, that's really saying something. You gotta stay away from the reds while you are writing, Doc.
14 comments, Last at 05 Jan 2006, 4:31pm by sizzly
04 Jan 2006, 04:29pm by Aaron Schatz
Think there will be a lot of future NFL players on the field in tonight's Rose Bowl? Peter Schrager remembers the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, which featured 51 future NFL players (and counting). That includes two Ohio State punters. Two Ohio State punters??? Plus, it's always nice to see Craig Krenzel's name again. I remember this game very well because I watched it on a little TV at the end of the bar at the Middle East Downstairs, waiting for Versus to play. I think that was their last tour before they broke up. Damn, did they rock.
13 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2006, 11:47pm by Old James
04 Jan 2006, 12:59pm by P. Ryan Wilson
We'll know at 1PM if Mike Mularkey still has a job, but it looks like GM Tom Donahoe is gone, and 77-year-old Marv Levy will return to oversee football operations. No word yet on whether Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas or James Lofton will come out of retirement for the 2006 season.
18 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2006, 8:52pm by Adam
04 Jan 2006, 10:05am by P. Ryan Wilson
I am shocked -- shocked! -- to hear Tom Brady describe his team as disrespected heading into this weekend's playoff game. "I think we've been probably disrespected more than any team in the league this year," Brady said. Well, Byron Leftwich, not one to be out-disrespected, shot back with, "I watch a lot of TV and I haven't seen anybody give us a chance." After listening to these guys, you half-expect the game to be decided by a last second drop-kick to break a 0-0 tie.
48 comments, Last at 18 May 2012, 7:15pm by Anonymous11
03 Jan 2006, 03:44pm by P. Ryan Wilson
This week, Gregg Easterbrook eulogizes NFL Primetime, has some thoughts on Black Monday, and asks why Norvell sent out the punt team on a 4th-and-1 from the Raiders 15. He also notes with some curiosity that the Falcons, Bengals and Titans all "rolled over and played dead" in Week 17, and picks USC in a "walkover."
28 comments, Last at 05 Jan 2006, 4:12pm by Sophandros
03 Jan 2006, 11:44am by P. Ryan Wilson
Note to self: Don't throw beer on Clinton Portis's mom. (free registration/bugmenot required)
23 comments, Last at 10 Jan 2006, 10:16pm by Tyra
03 Jan 2006, 11:33am by P. Ryan Wilson
The fact that Drew Brees was injured makes the point moot, but before the season finale, I was thinking the Chargers shouldn't play Philip Rivers. They probably could've gotten a first round pick for him this offseason, but after his performance Saturday, I'm guessing that might be a little tougher sell. And depending on how quickly Brees recovers, Rivers may not be going anywhere at all.
9 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2006, 3:52pm by Sean D.
02 Jan 2006, 02:22pm by P. Ryan Wilson
In the first MMQB of 2006, Peter King has more on the Tony Dungy story, some thoughts on Mike Tice's future (yikes), and names Tom Brady his MVP. He's also already looking to this April's draft, mentions Brett Favre (to keep his consecutive "MMQB columns mentioning Brett Favre" streak alive), and gives us his All-Pro team. Oh yeah, apparently Au Bon Pain makes a very nice tuna salad sandwich on whole grain, too.
50 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2006, 7:21pm by Starshatterer
01 Jan 2006, 10:34pm by P. Ryan Wilson
I guess this is what happens when you sign an incentive-laden contract that includes no guaranteed money and then get cut in training camp.
19 comments, Last at 03 Jan 2006, 1:37am by dCalla
The 2015 Saints were the worst defense we have ever measured, and Brandon Browner set a single-season record for penalties, so it's no surprise to see him at the bottom of the coverage tables.