Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

02 Jul 2006, 06:33pm by P. Ryan Wilson

The NFL's Forgotten Players

A sobering story in today's Baltimore Sun: "There are dozens, if not hundreds, of retired players in need of assistance after missing the NFL's money boat, a ship that sailed in 1993 with the merger of free agency and the salary cap. It left behind a whole generation of players who helped build the NFL from the ground up and now feel abandoned." (free registration/bugmenot required)

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28 comments, Last at 05 Jul 2006, 9:12pm by BillWallace

30 Jun 2006, 03:22pm by Aaron Schatz

Visser First Female Winner of Rozelle Award

Sideline reporter Lesley Visser is this year's winner of the Pete Rozelle Award -- basically the broadcasters' wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. She was the first female beat writer ever (covering the 1976 Patriots) and the first female sideline reporter. Visser is good. Opening up sports reporting to knowledgeable females is good. Unfortunately, for every Suzy Kolber who is knowledgeable enough to host ESPN NFL Matchup with Jaws and Hoge, there's a few blonde bimbos stuck on the sidelines as "reporters." Those I could do without.

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28 comments, Last at 05 Jul 2006, 4:41pm by Playit

30 Jun 2006, 01:11pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Bucs Feeling Good About QB Fiedler

I think it says something about the state of available free agent quarterbacks when the Bucs are happy to get Jay Fiedler, a guy who's still not fully recovered from an arm injury he suffered last season.

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16 comments, Last at 03 Jul 2006, 11:40am by Sophandros

30 Jun 2006, 07:40am by Russell Levine

Northwestern Coach Walker Dead at 52

Sad news from the world of college football, where Northwestern coach Randy Walker has died of an apparent heart attack at age 52. Walker was a bright young coach, consistently able to produce competitive teams despite the difficulties of coaching at an elite, private institution in a conference with 10 enormous state universities.

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9 comments, Last at 05 Jul 2006, 2:29am by fonner

29 Jun 2006, 04:37pm by Michael David Smith

Ranking the NFL's Owners

Michael Silver says Bob Kraft is the best owner and Tom Benson is the worst.

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80 comments, Last at 03 Jul 2006, 2:23am by Kevo

28 Jun 2006, 04:19pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Who Should Canton Call?

Dr. Z looks ahead to the 2007 Hall of Fame class to see who might make the cut. He thinks Terrell Davis will be a hot topic, and even tells us who he'll vote for.

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89 comments, Last at 02 Aug 2006, 11:18pm by Jason Mulgrew

28 Jun 2006, 10:27am by P. Ryan Wilson

Reed to be Best-Paid Safety

Ed Reed certainly deserves to be one of the highest paid safeties in the league, but his new contract -- worth roughly $16 million in guarantees -- means that Ray Lewis probably won't get his last really big payday. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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20 comments, Last at 29 Jun 2006, 6:05pm by charles 2.0

27 Jun 2006, 12:06pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Time to Change

I'm not crazy about the idea of a continuous clock, but I'm all for onscreen advertisements if it reduces the number of Cialis commercials I'm subjected to while trying to watch a football game.

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75 comments, Last at 26 May 2010, 7:29pm by WoodPearlie20

27 Jun 2006, 11:42am by P. Ryan Wilson

Football Always Changing, but Basics Still Crucial

Here's an interesting piece on the evolution of professional football over the last half-century from FTD spokesman Merlin Olsen (as reported by Lisa Zimmerman).

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6 comments, Last at 27 Jun 2006, 8:39pm by BillWallace

26 Jun 2006, 05:36pm by Michael David Smith

Fans Reveled in Big Ben's Misfortune

On the day of Ben Roethlisberger's motorcycle accident, fans of the Steelers' AFC North rivals posted mocking comments on message boards.

So why do some football fans react in such a crazed manner in the wake of a potential tragedy?

Dr. Paul Friday, the director of clinical psychology at UPMC Shady Side, said the posters of these comments are people with psychological problems whose brains never fully developed.

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132 comments, Last at 30 Jun 2006, 2:52am by Will Allen