30 Jun 2005, 04:28pm by Michael David Smith
Vikings coach Mike Tice was fined $100,000 by the NFL today for scalping his Super Bowl tickets. Running backs coach Dean Dalton and special teams coach Rusty Tillman were each fined $10,000 for scalping their tickets. I'm very curious whether these coaches reported their scalping activities to the IRS. If they didn't, they're going to learn that the wrath of Paul Tagliabue is nothing compared to the wrath of Uncle Sam.
7 comments, Last at 01 Jul 2005, 2:59pm by PaulNoonan
30 Jun 2005, 03:15pm by Aaron Schatz
This is the kind of completely unfounded rumor that I would never link to between August 1 and June 15, but let's be honest -- we're all dying for something to talk about, and even the slim possibility of this is sure something to talk about. Jerry Porter for Terrell Owens? Owens and Moss on the same team? Would they announce a joint holdout any time Kerry Collins even looked at Ronald Curry? Hat tip to Rotoworld for noticing this wacky rumor from Philly TV station WPVI.
28 comments, Last at 03 Jul 2005, 9:59am by Dan L
30 Jun 2005, 03:07pm by Aaron Schatz
Alex Marvez of USA Today looks at the growing tendency of NFL teams to be, shall we say, less than forthcoming with the truth about player injuries. The NFL passes rules to make teams be more open about injuries, and teams work harder to hide the facts from the press. According to Marvez, the Miami Dolphins are set to become the NFL's only team not to announce in-season surgeries.
23 comments, Last at 01 Jul 2005, 2:46pm by Carl
28 Jun 2005, 10:47am by Aaron Schatz
Jerry Green, longtime NFL reporter for the Detroit News, is this year's winner of the Dick McCann Memorial Award and will be inducted into the writers' wing of the NFL Hall of Fame this summer. Green is one of five reporters to have covered every Super Bowl, and is on both the regular HOF selection committee and the seniors subcommittee. He's also a graduate of Brown University, which means that the school that spawned Football Outsiders is also the alma mater of two of this year's five HOF inductees (Fritz Pollard being the other).
30 comments, Last at 29 Aug 2005, 7:40pm by Richie
27 Jun 2005, 02:19pm by Aaron Schatz
Peter King on the biggest free agent left -- and the biggest free agent question -- Ty Law. Best corner in football, hobbled has-been, or something in between? Peter also believes the Eagles will consider dealing T.O., and that Nick Saban wants Ricky Williams back as trade bait. I really hope no team is dumb enough to deal a late-second or early-third round pick for Williams, which is what King suggests is Saban's goal.
137 comments, Last at 02 Jul 2005, 10:17am by malene, cph, dk
27 Jun 2005, 01:32pm by Michael David Smith
Talk about burying your lead. Doug Kennedy of Pittsburgh LIVE waits until the 15th paragraph of his story on the NFL's new TV contracts to drop this little number on us:
Another plus for NBC is that no one, including ESPN, will be able to air any NFL highlights until midnight or after on Sunday. â€œSo people will be tuning into NBC for highlights,â€? said [Vice President of Communications and Marketing for NBC Mike] McCarley.
48 comments, Last at 07 Jul 2005, 2:56am by Scott
26 Jun 2005, 01:07pm by Aaron Schatz
This isn't really a link to an article, but I wanted to recommend that everyone out there with digital cable watch an NFL ON DEMAND show called "Back Road to the Super Bowl." It's Steve Sabol's "other stuff from 2004" show, instead of just the usual highlights from "Road to the Super Bowl," I watched it last night while I was cleaning up some data, and it was hilarious.
7 comments, Last at 29 Jun 2005, 10:28am by Vern
25 Jun 2005, 11:37pm by P. Ryan Wilson
You know you're definitely B-list when Steve Spurrier takes you out behind the woodshed. Responding to some silly comments from Joe Theismann about his handling of QB Patrick Ramsey during his days in Washington, Spurrier had this to say: "I'm always amused by a few former players who, once they're handed a microphone, become an authority and expert on everything about football, including coaching," Spurrier said. "Yet, so many of these guys -- almost all of them -- have never coached a down in their lives."
24 comments, Last at 29 Jun 2005, 11:01am by Led
24 Jun 2005, 04:23pm by Michael David Smith
Len Pasquarelli seems surprised that no one wants to give former Carolina Panthers cornerback Rashard Anderson another chance. Gee, why not? I mean, just because he hasn't played in the NFL since 2001, wasn't that good when he did play, has tested positive for drugs several times, and just got cut by the Calgary Stampeders, that doesn't mean anything, does it?
I agree with Len that some team ought to sign Vinny Testaverde or Jeff Blake, but I think Jeff George is way past his prime, and Kordell Stewart never had a prime (at least not as a quarterback).
13 comments, Last at 27 Jun 2005, 11:52am by Scott de B.
22 Jun 2005, 05:23pm by Aaron Schatz
My god, we are not alone! One of the frustrations we've had since starting Football Outsiders comes from the huge holes in the play-by-play data, all the information that isn't available: length on incomplete passes, yards after catch on every play, which defensive backs are covering which receivers, and so forth. We've tossed around the idea of a project to log games off videotape to track these statistics ourselves.
64 comments, Last at 26 Jun 2005, 8:47pm by Ryan Mc
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?