03 Dec 2005, 12:30am by Aaron Schatz
Scroll down. Way down. Brady is the first NFL-associated Sportsman of the Year since Don Shula in 1993 and the first NFL player since Joe Montana in 1990. For you fans of "East Coast Bias," this is the second straight Boston-related choice. For you fans of the Buffalo Bills, enjoy your cover jinx-related upset in Week 14.
44 comments, Last at 08 Dec 2005, 10:00pm by stan
02 Dec 2005, 06:02pm by Aaron Schatz
Excellent Simmons this week, lots of good jokes, good observations, and very little Boston-centeric bias that will piss off those of you who root for the other 31 teams. He's dead on about those stupid "fantasy stats" scrolls that tell you which lame receiver has one catch for six yards. Whoopee. Bill's Bears bandwagon takes other step this week, as he suggests that they could even make it to the Super Bowl. It sounds ridiculous, but I was actually thinking about something this morning.
19 comments, Last at 04 Dec 2005, 4:32am by TomC
02 Dec 2005, 02:51pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Yeah, I'm not so sure Chris Collinsworth is the guy I want working with John Madden next year. For sheer comedic reasons, I'd love to see either David Brent or Buck Laughlin in the booth. Or maybe even Stuart Scott. Has anybody else noticed the pained, puzzled expression Madden gets every time he has to talk to Scott during Monday Night Countdown? Multiply that by 100 and you've Sunday night fireworks. (free registration/bugmenot required)
18 comments, Last at 03 Dec 2005, 8:13pm by Giving HIm the Business
02 Dec 2005, 11:37am by P. Ryan Wilson
This makes perfect sense. The Steelers lost, in part, because the Colts were piping crowd noise through the PA system when Pittsburgh had the ball. The other part of why the Steelers lost is because they got manhandled by the Colts. And Tommy Maddox. When in doubt, always blame Tommy Maddox.
71 comments, Last at 03 Dec 2005, 7:49pm by Jerry
01 Dec 2005, 06:27pm by Michael David Smith
If you're a Nielsen household, please, I beg you: Watch NFL Countdown on Sunday. Maybe if the ratings go up without him, the ESPN brass will get rid of Michael Irvin for good.
43 comments, Last at 05 Dec 2005, 2:50pm by mactbone
01 Dec 2005, 12:44pm by P. Ryan Wilson
This is nowhere near Code Red: Ryan Leaf Meltdown Status, but it does give you some indication of how playing in a big media market is a little different than say, Kansas City. You'd think Beisel would've covered that (expletive) in his (expletive) mass communications classes at (expletive) Kansas State.
5 comments, Last at 02 Dec 2005, 12:06am by RCH
01 Dec 2005, 10:21am by P. Ryan Wilson
Brian Bassett of the Jets Blog is celebrating Festivus. As you all know, a big part of Festivus is the "Airing of Grievances," and first on the list is Jets GM Terry Bradway. Fans of other teams should also feel free to air their grievances here. And remember, traditionally, Festivus is not over until the head of the household is wrestled to the floor and "pinned".
45 comments, Last at 03 Dec 2005, 7:08pm by Raul Allegre\'s Snowplow
30 Nov 2005, 08:43pm by P. Ryan Wilson
This is going in my "necessity is the mother of invention" file. Right after I get back from Tampa.
36 comments, Last at 02 Dec 2005, 3:05am by JonL
30 Nov 2005, 02:53pm by Michael David Smith
When I was a kid, I always used to enjoy Dick Vermeil and Brent Musberger on college football broadcasts. (Musberger would occasionally ask Vermeil if he thought he'd ever return to coaching, and Vermeil insisted he wouldn't.) But one thing I didn't like was how Vermeil always talked about how the team that runs more almost always wins the game. I started looking at box scores, and found that he was right, but I also started to notice that teams usually started running more after they had already taken the lead.
38 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2005, 5:40pm by Smeghead
30 Nov 2005, 02:02pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Well, this is weird. Mike Martz's agent, Bob LaMonte, told Chris Mortensen that the coach will ask his doctors for permission to coach again. This caught the Rams off guard because LaMonte also negotiated Joe Vitt's raise, which would increase his salary to approximately $1 million for an entire season. Some Rams players have supported Vitt and his straight-shooting coaching style, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
11 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2005, 1:42am by RCH
The New England Patriots climb to No. 1 in DVOA, but they aren't a great team, because this is The Year of No Great Teams. In fact, no No. 1 team in any week of DVOA has ever been rated lower. (Note: Table errors fixed as of Wed. morning.)