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Dhani Jones to Play in Rugby Championship

The day before the Super Bowl, former Giants/Eagles/Saints/Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones will compete for another championship. Jones will play "five or 10 minutes off the bench" for Blackheath rugby club against the Cornish All Blacks for the EDF Energy National Trophy. I know very little about rugby, but this seems to be a much lower level than, say, Australia's State of Origin series. Jones started for the Bengals this year, which doesn't carry a lot of weight around the NFL, but still qualifies him as an elite athlete on a global scale.

34 comments, Last at 04 Feb 2008, 8:16pm by Tom D

Who Is This Guy?

Wright Thompson does his best to profile Ernie Adams, the unknown commodity in the New England Patriots braintrust. He's referred to as the NFL's equivalent to James Bond's "Q," "Belichick's Belichick," and "asocial." Nobody's quite sure precisely what his job entails -- including the players -- but he's helped build the framework for one of the greatest teams of all time. Teachers, friends, coworkers and classmates share their insight on Adams, but he remains such an enigma that Thompson closes his column by simply asking Adams to contact him.

22 comments, Last at 02 Feb 2008, 9:48am by coyotl666

The Week In Quotes: January 31, 2008

As we head into Super Bowl Sunday, TWIQ celebrates the ridiculous event known as Media Day. Predictions! Proposals! Dentistry! Deion! And a cameo appearance by Jon Stewart!

47 comments, Last at 04 Feb 2008, 4:26pm by Sid

Future of the BCS

Stewart Mandel at looks at the possibilities that the NCAA will go to a plus-one championship game (somewhat likely) or full-fledged playoff (no chance). Everyone gets their say here -- conference reps, bowl game heads, TV execs. Mandel explores the benefits and liabilities of the current setup and every other alternative. And if you can't understand why the Rose Bowl isn't in a hurry to accommodate the BCS, well, the BCS has pretty much screwed the Rose Bowl over the past five years.

61 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2008, 10:18pm by Zac

How Good Is Devin Hester?

Vince Verhei updates an earlier post analyzing Devin Hester and his place in history, then discusses the value of kick returners and the most accurate way to measure their contributions.

46 comments, Last at 22 Oct 2007, 7:10pm by JonL

The Week in Quotes: October 18, 2007

This week, Roy Williams devotes his life to comic books and pizza, everyone says something mean about a tight end, the Chargers get way too happy about their new wide receiver, and Willis McGahee tries to make nice with the city of Buffalo.

56 comments, Last at 22 Oct 2007, 12:58am by Gihyou

How Good Is Hester?

Devin Hester has already set plenty of records in his 20-game career. How do his per-touch numbers to some of the best kick returners in history? (Click link to read more.)

54 comments, Last at 14 Oct 2007, 5:52pm by mike