06 Jun 2005, 06:41pm by Michael David Smith
The Jersey-Selling Trial of the Century has been averted, as Clinton Portis has agreed to pay $18,000 to former Redskins teammate Ifeanyi Ohalete. I'd be curious to know how much each guy racked up in legal fees in all this. I also think it's fair to say that from now on, anyone making a deal with Clinton Portis will demand all the money up front.
06 Jun 2005, 01:09pm by Aaron Schatz
I just want to thank everyone for reading Football Outsiders over the past two years. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that goofing around with numbers on my computer would lead to such big things in such little time. FO will go on, I'm handing the keys over to Mike Smith and Russ ... wait a minute, Randy Mueller? Former Saints GM Randy Mueller? Ah, nuts. Honey, call the real estate agent and cancel, I'll go mow the lawn now.
06 Jun 2005, 12:13pm by Michael David Smith
It's Monday, so it must be time for Peter King to tell us how much he loves Brett Favre. Peter also tells us that the Patriots will again get to the Super Bowl, and the only AFC division whose champion will change will be the South, with Jacksonville overtaking Indianapolis.
03 Jun 2005, 10:31pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Miami po-po is looking for Sean Taylor, but oddly they don't know if he's a victim, witness or suspect. Whatever the case, I'm sure Joe Gibbs would rather have Taylor in DC where he could keep closer tabs on him. In April 2004 the 'Skins passed on Kellen Winslow to take Taylor, and Winslow promised to "make them pay." Little did we know that Winlsow was referring to his Sean Taylor voodoo doll, not his ability to play tight end.
03 Jun 2005, 03:44pm by Aaron Schatz
My idea of balance: a fun SI.com article to go with the silly one linked below. Andrew Perloff lists his team of veterans who finished their careers as subpar players with different teams than the ones that made them famous. Not just Rice, but Namath, Emmitt, Jackie Smith, Forest Gregg, etc. I forgot about Mike Webster in Kansas City. Perloff also reaches a little when he gets to defense and special teams: he doesn't pick a kicker and he picks Todd Sauerbrun as the punter (he'll be great in Denver if everyone just ignores him).
03 Jun 2005, 11:54am by Aaron Schatz
This has to be the worst list of fantasy sleepers I've ever seen. It is based on players who have increased their performance the last two years, since of course increased performance over a three-year period means a player will get even better in the fourth year. Peak performance? I've never heard of this. Loss of role on team? I have no idea what you are talking about. Age? Ain't nothing but a number.
02 Jun 2005, 08:59pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Carolina's Kris Jenkins doesn't like Warren Sapp. And he dislikes him so much that last season, while injured, he resorted to drinking to deal with a home loss to Sapp's Raiders. I'm not aware of any history between the two, but Jenkins didn't mince words: "I hate him...He talks too much, he doesn't make sense, he's fat, he's sloppy, he acts like he's the best thing since sliced bread. He's ugly, he stinks, his mouth stinks, his breath stinks, and basically his soul stinks, too."
Note to self: Be sure to use mouthwash before approaching Kris Jenkins.
01 Jun 2005, 07:01pm by Michael David Smith
It's kind of cool in a way that Jerry Rice is wearing the same number in Denver that Joe Montana wore in Kansas City. I guess the thing I find odd here is that Rice says, "With the Rod Smith situation, there was no way I was going to come in here and try to take that jersey off his back because I have so much respect for him." So how much respect does Rice have for Steve Largent?
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01 Jun 2005, 02:12pm by Aaron Schatz
Oh, this is not going to turn out well. Last year after the 49ers were forced to undergo "diversity training," PR director Kirk Reynolds put together a video to help players learn how to interact with the city of San Francisco -- featuring racial humor, jabs at Mayor Gavin Newsom, a spoof of gay marriage, and a trio of topless blondes frolicking with Reynolds. Now there's scandal in the Bay Area and Reynolds is looking for another job.
30 May 2005, 11:33pm by Aaron Schatz
Peter King makes his NFC pick, based primarily on the defensive additions in Minnesota and the idea that trading Randy Moss is a good thing, addition by subtraction. He also has news that Todd Marinovich was arrested last year for possession of drug paraphernalia and listed his profession as "unemployed artist," heh heh.
Guest columnist Jared Cohen's research shows that Philadelphia may not be the only offense that sees an unusually high rate of opposing injuries.