12 May 2005, 10:17am by P. Ryan Wilson
Josh Elliott of SI.com has some suggestions on how to make the NFL even better! I tend to disagree with almost all of them (No cut-blocking is probably a good idea, and I might be persuaded that fair catches should be abolished), but since we've already reached our "one Whizzinator story per week" quota this is what I'm going with.
11 May 2005, 11:00am by Aaron Schatz
Apparently, Minnesota players just love the ganja. So much so, in fact, that it is now reported that Onterrio Smith was caught at the airport with dried urine and a prosthetic device ("The Whizzinator") meant to help people evade drug testing. I repeat, dried urine. This is apparently why Minnesota has to carry five running backs.
10 May 2005, 06:43pm by Michael David Smith
Peter King says the Browns will take somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 million from Kellen Winslow for his motorcycle stunt. He also completely evades a question about whether he would ever decline more money from Sports Illustrated as he says athletes should do, and answers a question from Russell Levine of West Orange.
09 May 2005, 03:21pm by Michael David Smith
We've discussed here before the way the Redskins and the Washington Post can't seem to get along. This article examines who the team is now using its Web site to break more news, such as the signing of receiver Santana Moss. I don't know which is more absurd, the Redskins' claim that news on their site will be unfiltered or a Post editor's claim that what the Redskins are doing is "Orwellian." As a fan, I think the more different avenues are available for me to find out about my team, the better.
08 May 2005, 02:23pm by Aaron Schatz
The long-awaited Tom Brady contract extension has arrived. Normally, the response to a big contract like this is that it sets the market, but frankly this one doesn't set the market. Brady's contract is worth roughly $4 million per year less than Peyton Manning's, and $3 million per year less than Michael Vick's. Not that a $14.5 million signing bonus this year is chump change, mind you, not to mention a $12 million option bonus due next spring. Now Brady can buy some singing lessons before he ever does live television again.
06 May 2005, 10:49pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Dumb and Dumberer: When Kellen Met Ben.
04 May 2005, 06:16pm by Michael David Smith
Our friend William Krasker is back with an interesting look at strategic choices for teams with less than two minutes left in the game. He takes a look at, among other things, Philadelphia's decision to attempt an onside kick with 1:48 remaining in Super Bowl XXXIX, trailing by three points.
02 May 2005, 03:24pm by Michael David Smith
Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow was in a motorcycle crash in a community college parking lot. The good news is the injuries are not life threatening. The police lieutenant on the scene said Winslow was "real evasive" about what his injuries were. Why would someone who was hurt in an accident be evasive about his injuries? My guess is that his injuries will jeopardize his playing ability, and there's probably a clause in his contract that says if he gets hurt while riding a motorcycle the Browns don't have to pay him while he recovers.
29 Apr 2005, 05:21pm by Michael David Smith
Doug Flutie signs to be Tom Brady's backup with the Patriots.
29 Apr 2005, 11:12am by Michael David Smith
If you missed USA Today yesterday, be sure to check it out online. Among the things I learned from their annual salary issue were that Gary Walker got an $11 million signing bonus from the Texans last year, the Cowboys had the league's lowest median salary at $384,000, and Robert Gallery was the only rookie to have the highest salary on his team. Fascinating stuff, and I especially like how the USA Today charts distinguish between actual money paid and cap value.
Mike and Tom try to work out a Pro Bowl roster where every team in the NFL is represented. This year is harder than most!