Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

17 Jan 2006, 03:47pm by Russell Levine

Source: NFL Network Gets New Play-by-Play Deal

BenMaller.com is reporting that the NFL will award its new late-season game package (probably Thursday and Saturday nights the last four weeks of the season) to .... itself. Or, more properly, to the NFL Network.

If accurate, this is a very interesting development, with ramifications all over the place. For one, if your cable company doesn't carry the NFL Network, it will. For another, it means that Comcast probably won't form an all-sports network to challenge ESPN.

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27 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2006, 4:12pm by giving him the business

12 Jan 2006, 10:27pm by Russell Levine

Palmer Knee Injury "Potentially Career Ending"

The doctor who operated on Carson Palmer's knee called the injury "devastating and potentially career-ending," although he went on to express optimism about Palmer's prospects for recovery.

Why, exactly, is the doctor giving an interview about this injury that discloses far more information than the team had made public? Doesn't that violate doctor-patient privileges?

Update: Check out this article on the Bengals' site, which puts quite a different spin on the doctor's assessment of the injury.

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33 comments, Last at 14 Jan 2006, 3:35pm by Bengaldown

10 Jan 2006, 12:27am by Russell Levine

Confessions of a Football Junkie: Bowl Winners and Losers

Russell takes a look back at the winners and losers from college football's bowl season, plus the John L. Smith Trophy and the season's final BlogPoll ballot.

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34 comments, Last at 10 Jan 2006, 8:24pm by Nate

27 Dec 2005, 09:38am by Russell Levine

BCS Isn't Perfect, but It'll Have to Do

The BCS is a case of "if you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with." Face it, college football fans, we're not getting a playoff anytime soon. In the meantime, the BCS isn't the miserable failure that it's portrayed to be. So says Russell Levine in this week's edition of Confessions of a Football Junkie.

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60 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2006, 9:25pm by Rich

19 Dec 2005, 07:54pm by Russell Levine

Junkie's "Other" All Americans

This week, Russell Levine presents his "other" All-American college football teams. And yes, he is aware that some of his "other" All-Americans were also "actual" All-Americans, but they're probably not guys that most of the nation has heard of. Plus, the John L. Smith Trophy and a Seventh Day Adventure Bowl Spectacular preview.

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26 comments, Last at 22 Dec 2005, 4:06pm by Vinny

12 Dec 2005, 11:38pm by Russell Levine

Confessions of a Football Junkie: Money Talks, Coach Walks

Colorado fired head coach Gary Barnett last week, paying the embattled coach $3 million to leave. The school's decision to fire Barnett now, after several embarassing losses, and not two years ago, after an embarrasssing recruiting scandal, says a lot about where priorities lie in big-time college football.

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60 comments, Last at 04 Sep 2006, 10:14pm by Wyatt Davis

28 Nov 2005, 11:07pm by Russell Levine

Confessions of a Football Junkie: Long Division

The creation of the 12-team superconferences, with their divisional formats and conference championship games, was supposed to transform college football. But one look at this Saturday's schedule, with ho-hum title games in the ACC and Big 12, makes one wonder whether the desired effect is being achieved. Plus, the weekly John L. Smith Trophy and the updated BlogPoll ballot.

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35 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2005, 5:24pm by Richie

28 Nov 2005, 02:51pm by Russell Levine

Lions Fire Head Coach Mariucci

Not really shocking news here after the Thanksgiving Day debacle, but the real question is, how does Matt Millen still have a job? Didn't he hire Mooch? Didn't he draft three straight first-round receivers and a QB who still looks like a confused rookie in year four?

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67 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2005, 5:20am by ammek

21 Nov 2005, 09:16pm by Russell Levine

Confessions of a Football Junkie: City on a Hill

Fresno State coach Pat Hill would never call Saturday night's epic loss to USC a moral victory, but the Bulldogs' performance may have done more to bolster the program than any of Hill's wins over BCS-league schools. Plus, the weekly John L. Smith Trophy and the updated BlogPoll ballot.

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37 comments, Last at 23 Nov 2005, 10:51am by Sophandros

14 Nov 2005, 10:37pm by Russell Levine

Confessions of a Football Junkie: Passion Heads South

The SEC probably won't produce this year's college football national champion, not after Alabama's loss to LSU. But Russell Levine says the conference still leads the nation in fan passion and support, something that was never more evident than during Saturday's three key games. Plus the latest BlogPoll ballot and more.

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28 comments, Last at 16 Nov 2005, 7:20pm by Chris I.