After three NFL seasons of kicking off from the 35-yard line, what has been the impact on touchbacks, returns, field position, scoring and injuries? Also, is this rule responsible for a record number of big comebacks?
30 Jul 2005
As of today it has been exactly two years since we opened up Football Outsiders to the world by announcing our presence on Boston Sports Media Watch. Immediately, we became one of the least-visited football sites on the Web. 738 people came the first day, and we didn't get that many visitors in one day again until October 14, 2003, the day we were mentioned in the last-ever ESPN.com Page 2 Tuesday Morning Quarterback column.
That was the beginning of the spread of the Football Outsiders gospel to the masses. By the end of our first year, we had been mentioned in the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and on websites like ESPN.com and Slate. By the end of our second year, we had actually written articles featuring our advanced NFL stat analysis for the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and for websites like ESPN.com and Slate. The Football Outsiders staff took over the majority of both pro and college football coverage in the New York Sun newspaper. A handful of articles we wrote for a football annual produced by another website served as a trial run for our own book, produced after we partnered with the Internet's leading stat analysis website, Baseball Prospectus. Pro Football Prospectus 2005 just arrived in stores and has received rave reviews since the first readers received their copies a week ago.
As our footprint has grown, so has our staff. Football Outsiders started out as me and a couple of college buddies. Within our first year, we picked up two great writers in Michael David Smith and Russell Levine. (Neither of whom I've ever actually met in person, by the way; when you meet us on the book tour, it will also be the first time we are meeting each other.) In the last year we've added six more regular writers to the site, including Mike Tanier -- who had actually been paid to write about football before he joined FO! -- and award-winning injury columnist Will Carroll.
Onto year three, and even bigger and better things. Here's a list of some of the features we have coming for you in the next couple of months:
Last year, in honor of our birthday, I put together a list of some of our best articles as well as a few of Jason Beattie's best cartoons. (Here's the first anniversary article.) This year, in honor of our birthday, I've done the same, featuring highlights from our second year. We hope it brings back some memories for those who have been reading for a long time, and hooks some of you who just found out about our site recently. In the words of the legendary Alexa Tobin, "Rock on."
-- Aaron Schatz
(1999 ratings coming in August 2005)
FO at ESPN PAGE 2
FO at THE NEW REPUBLIC
CONFESSIONS OF A FOOTBALL JUNKIE
EVERY PLAY COUNTS
SCRAMBLE FOR THE BALL
SEVENTH DAY ADVENTURE
CAPONOMICS GUEST COLUMNS
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