Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

17 Oct 2005, 11:20am by Michael David Smith

MMQB: Top Picks Don't Always Pan Out

Peter King today explores the way teams often pay huge money to high first-round picks, only to find that they're not worth the salary cap space. This won't exactly come as news to regular Football Outsiders readers, but King does a good job of exploring how much the Redskins are paying LaVar Arrington and how little they're getting out of him, and examining the way the second round of the draft in 2000 was almost as good as the first round, and at a fraction of the price.

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71 comments, Last at 18 Oct 2005, 1:04pm by mactbone

17 Oct 2005, 10:40am by P. Ryan Wilson

Pick Six

So much for thinking the Steelers had a capable backup in Tommy Maddox. Maddox, who replaced an injured Ben Roethlisberger, had four turnovers -- two in overtime -- and struggled throwing the ball (at least to Steelers players) all day. Maybe he's not really this bad, but I don't think anyone would've complained if Cowher had pulled him in favor of Charlie Batch.

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21 comments, Last at 18 Oct 2005, 7:55pm by Jerry

15 Oct 2005, 06:52pm by Aaron Schatz

Batman vs. The Patriots

As we all know, Batman is a master strategist who can defeat any challenge. Therefore, IGN Comics has a regular feature asking readers to explain how Batman would defeat a series of opponents: the sun, the IRS, menopause, Jessica Alba's no-nudity clause, and so forth. Anyway, how would the ultimate loner superhero defeat the ultimate ego-free football team? Check out the surreal diagram from reader number three.

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30 comments, Last at 17 Oct 2005, 8:53pm by Björn

14 Oct 2005, 09:13pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Bruschi To Return To Practice Soon

Commence speculation. (Thanks to Rich C. for the pointer)

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31 comments, Last at 18 Oct 2005, 9:35am by Starshatterer

14 Oct 2005, 06:01pm by Michael David Smith

PFLAG Honors Paul Tagliabue

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays has saluted NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and his wife with its 2005 Stay Close award. Tagliabue, whose son, Drew, is gay, has supported the organization financially. New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, former NFL player Esera Tuaolo, and former high school football player Corey Johnson all attended the awards ceremony.

Hat tip: Deadspin

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6 comments, Last at 15 Oct 2005, 1:35pm by Troy

14 Oct 2005, 03:36pm by Aaron Schatz

Football's Hilbert Problems

By now you know the name Ben Alamar: he helped with some of the statistical formulas in PFP 2005 and is involved in PROTRADE. He's also the editor of a new scholarly journal from Berkeley Electronic Press, the Journal of Quantatative Analysis in Sports.

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15 comments, Last at 16 Oct 2005, 2:48pm by Zac

14 Oct 2005, 12:50pm by Michael David Smith

Former Cowboy Dwayne Goodrich Jailed

Dwayne Goodrich, the Dallas Cowboys' top 2000 draft pick, will begin a 7.5-year prison sentence for crashing into and killing two people in 2003. Goodrich was driving more than 100 mph when he hit three people who had stopped to try to pull a man out of a burning vehicle. He was convicted in August 2003 and is just beginning his sentence now. Isn't justice supposed to be swift in this country?

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29 comments, Last at 17 Oct 2005, 8:34pm by Will Allen

14 Oct 2005, 02:18am by Aaron Schatz

What's Wrong with the Saints?

Everything, actually. Saints weblog "Marchin' In" (written by a FO reader) takes a look at the 52-3 loss to Green Bay and why the conventional wisdom about blame (100% Aaron Brooks, 0% Everyone Else) is a little off.

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14 comments, Last at 16 Oct 2005, 6:10pm by Vince

13 Oct 2005, 06:26pm by Michael David Smith

Dr. Z: The Odds are Against You

Paul Zimmerman writes this week about why sportswriters have such a lousy record of picking games. Why are these experts unable to do any better than 50-50?

"Because they're not experts," says Zimmerman's source within the betting industry. "They're just people pretending to be experts. Sportswriters are notorious for not being able to pick games. We, and by we I mean the professional handicappers, are in a different universe out here." Interesting stuff.

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50 comments, Last at 14 Oct 2005, 11:48pm by Clod

13 Oct 2005, 05:59pm by Michael David Smith

Romo Cops to Cheap Shots, Roids

Plugging his new book, Bill Romanowski will appear on 60 Minutes after Sunday's games and acknowledge that he broke Dave Meggett's finger on purpose and took steroids. He says he regrets hurting Meggett, but he's still proud of the hit that broke Kerry Collins's jaw. He also says he suffered many concussions and has cognitive impairment as a result.

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21 comments, Last at 15 Oct 2005, 1:50am by Jim A