15 Jul 2005, 06:38pm by Michael David Smith
Scott Gragg is a 10-year veteran offensive tackle who doesn't have a job, but it seems certain that someone will want him. There's been a high rate of turnover at right tackle this off-season, and it'd be nice to have a dependable veteran on hand. I don't understand why the Lions, whose coach, Steve Mariucci, worked with Gragg in San Francisco, don't sign him. Right now they project Kelly Butler, a sixth-round pick last year who hardly played as a rookie, as their starter.
Len Pasquarelli also reports on his usual blend of contracts, trades, and other front-office dealings.
16 comments, Last at 18 Jul 2005, 3:17pm by Harris
15 Jul 2005, 06:20pm by Michael David Smith
Rod Coleman is one of the best pass-rushing defensive tackles in the league, but from the sound of this article, he's also a jackass. He was arrested for misdemeanor disorderly conduct during a traffic stop this morning, allegedly swearing at an officer and asking, "Do you know who I am?" The AP reports that Coleman said, "I wish you would touch my (expletive) truck. Do you know who I am? I play for the Falcons."
Coleman missed three games last season after being injured in a car crash.
52 comments, Last at 23 Jul 2005, 8:47am by Flux
13 Jul 2005, 02:49pm by Michael David Smith
For the second time, NBC has signed an analyst from another network's No. 1 team. After landing John Madden to do the color commentary on Sunday Night Football starting in 2006, the Peacock has inked Cris Collinsworth to work in the studio with Bob Costas, currently his HBO Inside the NFL partner. Collinsworth has worked for NBC in the past and could branch off into covering the Olympics as well.
42 comments, Last at 19 Jul 2005, 9:28am by RichC
12 Jul 2005, 12:20pm by Aaron Schatz
C'mon Feel the Math! Our good friend William Krasker is back, using his statistical model to ask the question: Does overtime -- and the presence of a third possible outcome, a tie -- change the optimal strategy for certain situations? The answer: Yes, and it matters more later in the season because teams know how a tie will affect their playoff chances. As an example, Krasker shows how a St. Louis decision to punt in overtime of Week 17 was the wrong decision, even though it would usually be the right decision.
48 comments, Last at 18 Jul 2005, 11:24pm by Miles
11 Jul 2005, 01:47pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Pete Prisco takes a look at twelve players he thinks will play a big part in getting their respective teams to the playoffs this season. He puts New England DT Vince Wilfork first on the list, but I'm not certain that any one player (other than, ahem, Tom Brady) can't be replaced on this team (even Richard Seymour).
In his notes from 'Around the League,' Prisco also discusses the upcoming supplemental draft, the derision with which team scouts refer to the national scouting bureaus, and why the Falcons are giving Peerless Price one more chance to be the go-to guy.
20 comments, Last at 29 Apr 2006, 7:03pm by Mr Shush
10 Jul 2005, 04:55pm by Aaron Schatz
Lots of websites do a "cap cut all-star team" when they need off-season content, but FOX has done something fun with theirs, comparing the cap cut all-stars to the World Champs position by position and then imagining what a game between the two teams would be like. Two problems: They don't really consider the injury situation with some of the cap cuts like Ty Law and Richie Anderson, and I think the cap cut all-stars would have to make some cap cuts to actually fit under the cap.
16 comments, Last at 14 Jul 2005, 10:32am by Starshatterer
08 Jul 2005, 10:54am by Aaron Schatz
Grady Jackson, long a FO favorite, has hired agent Drew Rosenhaus and is now threatening to hold out of camp because he wants a new contract -- just like his teammate Javon Walker and that other famous Rosenhaus client, Terrell Owens. Now, we're known around here as big supporters of Jackson, even saying that he was deserving of MVP consideration in 2003.
8 comments, Last at 23 Jul 2005, 3:15pm by DCalla
07 Jul 2005, 11:41am by Michael David Smith
Tim Brown will sign a ceremonial contract with the Raiders and end his Hall of Fame career today. A few thoughts:
Although receiving numbers have been hugely inflated in recent years, I think Brown definitely belongs in the Hall of Fame. His numbers fall short only of Jerry Rice's, and the quality of the quarterbacks who threw him passes doesn't come close to Jerry Rice's.
39 comments, Last at 18 Jul 2005, 10:11pm by Vince
06 Jul 2005, 02:14pm by Russell Levine
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has this (depending on your perspective) amusing/touching/sick story of the funeral service for Steelers fan James Henry Smith, who was laid out lying in a recliner, a pack of cigarettes and a beer by his side, a Steelers blanket across his lap, and Steelers higlights playing on an HDTV nearby.
I've heard of sports-themed weddings, and even attended one at a Mets game a few years back, but never a sports-themed funeral service.
24 comments, Last at 09 Jul 2005, 2:22pm by Paul
05 Jul 2005, 11:54am by Michael David Smith
I always liked Lionel "Little Train" James when he played with the Chargers. I don't like him so much after reading this article. James just lost a lawsuit against the Chiefs over whether they owed him disability payments, as he worked for the Chiefs as an assistant coach before he was diagnosed with acute necrotizing pancreatitis. Here are some details, as reported by Dan Margolies:
5 comments, Last at 05 Jul 2005, 9:13pm by pcs
Rivalry week has significant conference and Playoff ramifications. Should Alabama, Mississippi State, Oregon, or Florida State be worried about getting upset by their rivals?