11 Jan 2005, 05:27pm by Michael David Smith
At the request of a few readers, we'll start a new Hall of Fame discussion thread now that the ballot has been narrowed down to 15. I'd give definite yes votes to Dan Marino and Steve Young, probably Michael Irvin and Russ Grimm, and I'm about the most enthusiastic supporter of Fritz Pollard you'll ever meet. Note the ad on this site supporting the candidacy of Pollard. For more on him, click here.
11 Jan 2005, 04:49pm by Aaron Schatz
David Schoenfeld, my editor over at ESPN Page 2, takes a go at ten common theories about how to win in the playoffs: You gotta run, you gotta pass, defense wins championships, you need momentum. Most of his findings won't shock regular readers of Football Outsiders, although I admit that was a little surprised that Super Bowl teams have generally been better over the first six games of the season than the final ten.
11 Jan 2005, 03:08pm by Aaron Schatz
TMQ this week talks about how football is the most emotional sport, lambasts Mike Shanahan's fourth down decisions, makes a small error in asserting that nobody picked the Steelers to have a winning season (Yo! Gregg! Over here! FO predicted the Steelers as division champs!), and celebrates the who-dat players of the week, Shaun McDonald and Cam "Nickels" Cleeland of the St. Louis Rams.
10 Jan 2005, 07:10pm by Michael David Smith
Peyton Manning has taken his place in the elite company of those who have won multiple Associated Press NFL MVP awards. The other multiple winners are Jim Brown, Brett Favre, Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas, Kurt Warner, and Steve Young. Manning received 47 of 48 votes; Michael Vick received the other vote. The person who voted to Vick ought to be laughed out of the football media world. It's really sad that someone so ignorant is entrusted with something so important.
10 Jan 2005, 03:01pm by Aaron Schatz
ESPN Page 2's Snap Judgment is here with some commentary on the Wild Card weekend for quarterbacks, the Football Outsiders QB ratings for the first four playoff games, and a little more publicity for my criticism of the Brady-Manning nonsense.
10 Jan 2005, 10:24am by P. Ryan Wilson
When I saw Randy Moss pretend to drop his pants after scoring a touchdown, my initial reaction was to laugh. Yeah, it was in bad taste, but if people want something to complain about, maybe it should be that two guys "chest-bumping" in the end zone is an excessive celebration penalty while doing the "fake moon" is apparently OK. And hey, this week Moss stayed on the field until the game was actually over, so he should get some credit for that.
08 Jan 2005, 03:11pm by Aaron Schatz
Slate on a favorite subject around here -- the media's deification of Brett Favre. Thanks to reader Barry Goodberg for pointing this out.
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07 Jan 2005, 03:20pm by Aaron Schatz
And the winner of King Kaufman's expert predictions contest is... us! King compared the predictions of 27 experts, plus his own predictions and those of his readers, and the most accurate predictions were from the Football Outsiders staff consensus which correctly chose five division winners and three wild cards, plus we were split on the Colts and we took the Falcons for a wild card instead of the division. King, we'll be working on our plane tickets to St. Louis for that dinner.
07 Jan 2005, 02:03pm by Al Bogdan
Someone mentioned Bill Simmons' playoff betting guide in the Forbes article discussion, and what do you know? The Sports Guy has updated his guide for the 2004 season. This is always one of my favorite Simmons columns.
05 Jan 2005, 08:29pm by Aaron Schatz
More reviews of the major coaching decisions from our friend William Krasker. Issues analyzed this time include the Jets going for two with a 26-21 lead in St. Louis, Buffalo's field goal from the Pittsburgh 11-yard line leading 17-16, and a couple events from the San Diego-Indianapolis tilt. Plus, when is a Hail Mary better than a last-second field goal try?
Beyond the immediate considerations of Hundley's potential, the quarterback's tape raises larger questions about the position.