Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

15 Oct 2004, 11:48am by scramble

Scramble for the Ball: Don't Call it a Comeback

What do former professional wrestler Ron Simmons, Mehmet Okur, and The View co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck have in common? Absolutely nothing, but they're all mentioned in this week's edition of Scramble for the Ball. Plus, a super-sized mailbag, Loser League Contest Update, Bets Bets and the award-winning Keep Choppin' Wood Award.

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08 Oct 2004, 11:46am by scramble

Scramble for the Ball: Drugs are Bad, Mmmkay

Al and Vivek celebrate "Running Backs Missing Playing Time Because of Drugs Week" with thoughts on Jamal Lewis' conviction, Ricky Williams' possible comeback attempt, and Siegfried & Roy. Plus, a Loser League Contest Update, the Scramble Mailbag and the one, the only, Keep Choppin' Wood Award. Also, because you demanded it, Scramble for the Ball is now the official Football Outsiders home for fantasy football discussion. Have any start/bench or waiver pickup questions? Post 'em here.

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01 Oct 2004, 12:01pm by scramble

Scramble for the Ball: Off the Wagon

Vivek and Al are back to talk about the Jaguars and rethink their pre-season playoff predictions. Plus, as always, the Scramble mailbag, Best Bets, and the world famous Keep Choppin' Wood award.

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24 Sep 2004, 11:25am by scramble

Scramble for the Ball: Ouch!

In Week 2, every single NFL player broke something. In fact, some of them broke two things. Or three things, counting Deion Sanders' ego. All these injuries get addressed in this week's Scramble for the Ball, along with some questions in the fantasy mailbag and the return of the Keep Choppin' Wood Award.

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16 Sep 2004, 02:49pm by scramble

Scramble for the Ball: Beltway Fortunes Reversed

Al & Vivek tell us what they learned after Week 1, rate Scramble readers' fantasy teams and talk about the greatest tag team of all time. Plus, Best Bets and a Scramble Survivor League Update.

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09 Sep 2004, 08:45pm by scramble

Scramble for the Ball: Schaub in the Dark

It's the debut for new Scramble co-author Vivek, as he and Al discuss Atlanta's odd obsession with Michael Vick's backup, ask how many assistant coaches it is possible for Joe Gibbs to hire, and pass judgment on the auction-drafted fantasy teams of the other Football Outsiders. Plus, the return of Best Bets.

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26 Aug 2004, 02:02am by Al & Ian

Scramble for the Ball: Scramble Survivor Draft

Need fantasy football advice? Ian and Al to the rescue, as they present their annual Scramble Survivor Draft, drafting six teams apiece and giving their opinions on which players are set for good seasons, and which sleepers will just stay asleep. This year, we promise not to suggest you draft anyone who, for example, has retired. (cue bong hit sound fx)

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19 Aug 2004, 12:41pm by Al & Aaron

Scramble for the Ball: 2004 NFC Over-Unders, Part II

Aaron and Al finish their rundown of this year's over-under lines, providing a preview of the eight best teams in the NFC. Can Vick bring the Falcons back to the playoffs? Is there a line-item in the Cowboys budget for "Depends"? Al has a surprising pick has best team in the NFC, and an even more surprising pick for a team headed to the basement. Aaron revisits Tampa's strange 2003. Plus, in a new Jason Beattie cartoon, ESPN finds a reporter who can cover the Quincy Carter story.

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05 Aug 2004, 10:29am by Al & Aaron

Scramble for the Ball: 2004 NFC Over-Unders, Part I

Al and Aaron (sitting in for a busy Ian) debate the 2004 over-under lines and predict which teams are headed up and down this season. Why is New Orleans the least interesting team of 2004? Just how much can Aaron write about the Arizona Cardinals? What does Al have in common with the Minnesota front office? What is Aaron's beef with SportsCenter? Is Chicago? Is Not Chicago? Scramble for the Ball is in the room.

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21 Jul 2004, 02:59am by Al & Aaron

Scramble for the Ball: 2004 AFC Over-Unders, Part II

Part II of our look at AFC over-under lines. This week, learn who might be the worst kicker of all time, why Oakland has a very bad dentist, and Al's pick for sleeper team and sleeper running back. Plus, who will win the most mediocre division in football, the AFC North? And a new cartoon from Jason Beattie shows that Drew Bledsoe has been hit in the head one too many times.

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