Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

05 Dec 2005, 10:52am by P. Ryan Wilson

Colossal Collapse is Quite a Stunner

Two things. First, there's no truth to the rumor that Morris Buttermaker coached the second half for the Bills, and second, J.P. Losman is no Shakespeare.

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17 comments, Last at 06 Dec 2005, 2:19am by Mike

04 Dec 2005, 02:57pm by Aaron Schatz

Defensive Bears are Much Like '99 Bucs

Why all the comparisons to the 2000 Ravens and 1985 Bears? As Bob Cook points out, Lovie Smith was the linebackers coach for a team that had a great defense -- so great that it held the Greatest Show on Turf to 11 points in the NFC Championship -- and a horrific offense led by a bad rookie quarterback -- so bad that it could only score six points in the same game.

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22 comments, Last at 05 Dec 2005, 6:06pm by B

04 Dec 2005, 02:54pm by Michael David Smith

Woman Sues Ex-Panthers Cheerleader

You just knew we weren't done with this story yet, didn't you? Melissa Holden of Tampa filed a lawsuit Friday against former Panthers cheerleader Victoria Renee Thomas, saying Thomas "intentionally, willfully and maliciously assaulted and battered" her.

"I've been humiliated," said Holden, a 26-year-old University of South Florida student and nurse.

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12 comments, Last at 06 Dec 2005, 1:25am by HLF

04 Dec 2005, 10:04am by Michael David Smith

Coach Leach Goes Deep, Very Deep

The latest from Michael Lewis is about Mike Leach, head football coach at Texas Tech. Our friend Jim Schwartz is mentioned as one of the coaches who has shown an interest in Leach's offense. A couple thoughts:

1. Next time you hear someone talk about how college sports are all about the development of student-athletes, remember that Texas Tech sent its quarterback on the field with "a throwing arm so dead that he required a cortisone shot to move it."

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24 comments, Last at 10 Dec 2005, 9:32pm by John Lemon

04 Dec 2005, 01:25am by Aaron Schatz

When Parcells Became Ordinary

David Leonhardt of the New York Times asks: What if it was Bill Belichick all along? In his six seasons without Belichick, in New England and Dallas, Bill Parcells is 44-47 with no playoff victories. (Free registration or bugmenot required.)

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27 comments, Last at 05 Dec 2005, 3:03pm by Another Craig B

03 Dec 2005, 02:04pm by Al Bogdan

Congressman Says BCS "Deeply Flawed"

Texas Congressman Joe Barton is calling for a Congressional hearing to address the "deeply flawed" Bowl Championship Series system. I'm glad our representatives are spending their time investigating the important issues that are facing our country. Next month, look for a Georgia Congressman to call for a hearing to investigate why the Falcons are so low in the FoxSports.com power rankings.

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39 comments, Last at 06 Dec 2005, 5:40pm by Richie

03 Dec 2005, 12:30am by Aaron Schatz

SI to Name Tom Brady Sportsman of the Year

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.

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44 comments, Last at 08 Dec 2005, 10:00pm by stan

02 Dec 2005, 06:02pm by Aaron Schatz

Mailing in NFL's Week 13

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.

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19 comments, Last at 04 Dec 2005, 4:32am by TomC

02 Dec 2005, 02:51pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Collinsworth and Madden Would Unite Analytic Minds

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)

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18 comments, Last at 03 Dec 2005, 8:13pm by Giving HIm the Business

02 Dec 2005, 11:37am by P. Ryan Wilson

Steelers Official Claims Colts use Mikes to Enhance Crowd Noise

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.

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71 comments, Last at 03 Dec 2005, 7:49pm by Jerry