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Prisco's Top 50 Players

Pete Prisco is out with his annual list of the 50 best players in the NFL. We've already discussed the top two players ad nauseam, so let's see if we can keep these comments interesting and focus on the players ranked 3-50.

49 comments, Last at 08 Jul 2008, 4:59pm by pound4pound

Ohio Celebrates a Game of Foot Ball

In Sunday's New York Times I wrote a story about the 1890 Ohio State vs. Ohio Wesleyan game, which was the first intercollegiate football game for both schools.

22 comments, Last at 12 May 2008, 10:13am by Nick

A Draft When No One Drops?

At the New York Times Fifth Down blog, I write today that the six players at Radio City Music Hall are likely to be chosen before the draft is an hour old.

22 comments, Last at 03 May 2008, 5:24pm by Yaguar

The Myth of Mike Mamula

38 comments, Last at 22 Apr 2008, 3:50pm by Bobman

2008 NFL Schedule Released

Which team gets a brutal stretch of road games? Which team deserves more prime time appearances? Leave your thoughts on the 2008 schedule in comments.

74 comments, Last at 21 Apr 2008, 5:19am by UTvikefan

Dennis Dixon Tells General Managers to Check His Web Site

My most recent post at the New York Times Fifth Down blog is on Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon, who's hoping his personal Web site convinces NFL teams to draft him.

36 comments, Last at 17 Apr 2008, 11:27am by Alex

In Defense of the Stiff Arm

At the New York Times' Fifth Down blog I write about my objections to the new point of emphasis against stiff arms to the face.

33 comments, Last at 09 Apr 2008, 8:03am by she's a witch!

Why Jerry Jones Won't Draft Darren McFadden

My most recent post at the New York Times' Fifth Down blog examines Jerry Jones' comments that he doesn't want a Top 5 draft pick.

67 comments, Last at 02 Apr 2008, 5:28pm by lionbob

Breaking Down Eli Manning to David Tyree

Over at FanHouse, I used 11 Getty Images pictures to share my thoughts about that wild Eli Manning-to-David Tyree play in the final minute of the Super Bowl.

My only question: What do we call this play? The best name I've heard so far comes from Dov Kramer, producer at Sports Radio 66, WFAN, who called it The Flee to Tyree. Any other ideas?

104 comments, Last at 26 Mar 2008, 4:11pm by Remember Bjorn Nitmo

No More 'Inside the NFL' on HBO

The longest-running series on cable television, Inside the NFL, will air on HBO for the last time this week. That doesn't necessarily mean that the show is over for good -- the NFL says it's planning to bring it back on another network -- but it does mean we've seen the end of an era for a show that, at one time, was the only in-depth NFL highlights show available on television.

24 comments, Last at 11 Feb 2008, 8:17pm by vanya