30 Oct 2004, 12:29am by Aaron Schatz
SI.com's Don Banks runs down his list of the ten biggest surprises of the 2004 NFL season. Two of them aren't a surprise if you read Football Outsiders last year and during the offseason: Minnesota has a great offensive line, and the AFC is better than the NFC. His #1 surprise is Curtis Martin's career year -- seriously, how often does a running back have a career year at age 31? Of the surprises Banks picks, the one that totally has me stumped is the disintegration of the Dallas defense. They are getting sliced and diced like Tuna sashimi.
28 Oct 2004, 11:48am by Aaron Schatz
Yes, this is a football site, but since the home office is in beautiful downtown Framingham, Massachusetts (home of Lou Merloni!) I thought it was only appropriate that post 1918 be something related to last night's Red Sox victory. I thought this was hilarious for those who didn't notice: after the Red Sox won last night, relief pitcher Curt Leskanic did snow angels behind the pitcher's mound in tribute to the New England Patriots.
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27 Oct 2004, 04:33pm by Aaron Schatz
Week 7 strategy analysis from our friend William Krasker. You'll be surprised what he has to say about Mike Martz's decision to accept a penalty to get 3rd-and-28 instead of 4th-and-18.
26 Oct 2004, 05:04pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Well, if we can agree on anything, it's that T.O. is consistent...consistently ripping people in the news. This time however, the vitriol is aimed squarely at the Ravens. In his book Owens accused Baltimore GM Ozzie Newsome of "violating a personal trust," complained vehemently about not wanting to play with Kyle Boller, and promised to make the Ravens "so miserable they would never forget it." Somewhere Jeff Garcia just let out a big sigh of relief (registration/bugmenot required).
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26 Oct 2004, 01:34pm by Aaron Schatz
This week, Gregg reminds us why it is football, not baseball, that is the most intellectual sport. Plus, lots of teams chicken out, the usual helping of sweet and sour plays, and hate mail from Patriots fans.
25 Oct 2004, 01:57pm by Aaron Schatz
Peter King's main commentary in MMQB this week is about how Terrell Owens has made Donovan McNabb better (incidentally, also the topic of an article by Michael David Smith and me in the New York Sun tomorrow). You also get the usual Peter King notes. I'm a MMQB fan but I do think King needs to do a better job of taking opponent quality into account when he makes his proclamations. I'm not sure keeping Billy Volek in check is a sign that Minnesota now has a defense, and he seems amazed that Allen Rossum could return a punt for a touchdown against KC's "maniacal" special teams.
25 Oct 2004, 01:45pm by Aaron Schatz
It's another week of ESPN Page 2's Snap Judgment, as the ESPN columnists are joined by yours truly to analyze quarterbacks in the NFL. This week we ask what's wrong with Michael Vick, how far is Chad Pennington behind Tom Brady, and will Daunte Culpepper break the Dan Marino passing touchdowns record. Plus, I give DPAR ratings for each quarterback yesterday and each one gets a comment connecting him to a player in the World Series. Come check out who gets to be So Taguchi.
25 Oct 2004, 09:27am by P. Ryan Wilson
Terry Bradshaw tells us what he's learned in week 7. My favorite: "Whatever the Bears are running right nowâ€¦well, it's the worst offense I've ever seen." He also discusses why the Jags won, wonders how the Rams loss, and is befuddled by the "whupping" the Chiefs put on the Falcons.
22 Oct 2004, 02:34pm by Michael David Smith
Even though a major screwup by the federal government has resulted in a shortage of flu vaccinations that could result in the deaths of thousands of high-risk people, about half of the players on the Chicago Bears decided to get flu shots. Bears fans are no doubt hoping that Jonathan Quinn was among the players who decided to pass up the shots.
22 Oct 2004, 11:57am by Michael David Smith
The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced 89 people on the preliminary ballot. I'm curious to hear everyone's votes, but my strongest opinion is that it's long past time for Fritz Pollard to get the recognition he deserves. My other yes votes would probably go to Steve Young, Dan Marino, Michael Irvin, and Joe Jacoby. And I could make a case for Paul Tagliabue, who has done a good job keeping labor peace and acted as a strong leader after 9/11. I consider Art Monk, Derrick Thomas, and Charles Haley to be near misses. Any arguments?
In an opening week where even the elite teams in college football looked mortal, the SEC had two big surprises in Texas A&M and Georgia defeating their South Carolinian opponents by big scores.