SI.com's Don Banks runs down his list of the ten biggest surprises of the 2004 NFL season. Two of them aren't a surprise if you read Football Outsiders last year and during the offseason: Minnesota has a great offensive line, and the AFC is better than the NFC.
Yes, this is a football site, but since the home office is in beautiful downtown Framingham, Massachusetts (home of Lou Merloni!) I thought it was only appropriate that post 1918 be something related to last night's Red Sox victory.
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This week, Gregg reminds us why it is football, not baseball, that is the most intellectual sport. Plus, lots of teams chicken out, the usual helping of sweet and sour plays, and hate mail from Patriots fans.
Peter King's main commentary in MMQB this week is about how Terrell Owens has made Donovan McNabb better (incidentally, also the topic of an article by Michael David Smith and me in the New York Sun tomorrow). You also get the usual Peter King notes.
Terry Bradshaw tells us what he's learned in week 7. My favorite: "Whatever the Bears are running right nowâ€¦well, it's the worst offense I've ever seen." He also discusses why the Jags won, wonders how the Rams loss, and is befuddled by the "whupping" the Chiefs put on the Falcons.
Even though a major screwup by the federal government has resulted in a shortage of flu vaccinations that could result in the deaths of thousands of high-risk people, about half of the players on the Chicago Bears decided to get flu shots.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced 89 people on the preliminary ballot. I'm curious to hear everyone's votes, but my strongest opinion is that it's long past time for Fritz Pollard to get the recognition he deserves.