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23 Sep 2006, 12:43pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Pac-10 to Stagger Ref Suspensions

From the AP: "The referee who was suspended after last week's controversial Oregon victory over Oklahoma will work the USC-Arizona game Saturday."

I understand the suspensions "must be staggered throughout the season so the conference has enough officials to cover all its games," but the great coincidence is that Arizona's head coach is Mike Stoops, younger brother of Oklahoma's Bob Stoops.

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21 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2006, 1:36pm by seamus

23 Sep 2006, 11:04am by P. Ryan Wilson

Steelers' DBs Can't be Lost in Space vs. Bengals

If you watched the Steelers-Jaguars Monday night game you probably noticed Pittsburgh cornerbacks giving a big cushion to Jacksonville wideouts. Byron Leftwich noticed too because he completed 26 of 39 passes for 260 yards. This article in today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explains exactly why Steelers' cornerbacks play so far off the wide receivers. The two-word answer: Troy Polamalu.

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23 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2006, 12:06am by Mark

22 Sep 2006, 12:39pm by P. Ryan Wilson

How to Build a Running Game

New York Jets, you might want to listen up because Dr. Z has some advice on how to build a strong running game.

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36 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2006, 10:40am by billvv

22 Sep 2006, 12:28pm by Doug Farrar

The Commish's Big "To-Do"

Originally part of this week's "Manic Monday", this piece was split off because it didn't have a great deal to do with gameday. Published on Seahawks.NET as an overview of the issues I think Commissioner Goodell will find most pressing through the first few years of his tenure.

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48 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2006, 6:35pm by Kevin11

22 Sep 2006, 11:06am by P. Ryan Wilson

Porter Upset by Dog Incident

I mean, what do you say when two dogs kill a horse? Sure, it was a miniature horse, but still. Joey Porter said he was upset by the incident, but probably not as upset as that poor little horse. The Steelers linebacker went on to say that for the safety of his neighbors -- and their horses, I suspect -- he'll ship the two dogs to a kennel in California. Sounds like a job for Cesar Millan.

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31 comments, Last at 23 Sep 2006, 2:22am by witless chum

21 Sep 2006, 04:35pm by Aaron Schatz

No Maas!

Yes, this is a blog devoted entirely to chronicling everybody's least favorite FOX announcer. I supposed they could cross-promote with Fire Joe Morgan.

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42 comments, Last at 23 Sep 2006, 4:00pm by Will Allen

21 Sep 2006, 12:15pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Raiders Audition Tommy Maddox

This can't do much for Jeff George's self-esteem. On the other hand, I can't think of a more entertaining way to lose every regular season game than to have Tommy Maddox under center.

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51 comments, Last at 22 Sep 2006, 2:33pm by Jason Whitlock

21 Sep 2006, 11:20am by P. Ryan Wilson

Favre: Trade to Contender not Likely

Okay, maybe Favre won't be traded to a contender but what about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Two weeks ago, the Bucs were considered a playoff-caliber team and now they're 0-2. Chris Simms has looked absolutely dreadful and I can't imagine Jon Gruden going with him much longer if he continues to average three picks a game. Granted, Favre can rack up interception totals in a hurry, but he's still better than Simms. And if not Favre, who else is available?

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37 comments, Last at 22 Sep 2006, 11:14am by dryheat

21 Sep 2006, 12:48am by Aaron Schatz

Great Moments in DVOA Hate Mail

The Atlanta Falcons proved DVOA right last year after their late season collapse. (Click link to read more.)

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20 Sep 2006, 01:09pm by Aaron Schatz

Was Shell Watching Raiders' Offense?

On opening night, Ron Jaworski took Art Shell to task for calling too many long pass plays with seven-step drops. The Raiders offensive line simply could not hold up in the face of pressure and Aaron Brooks couldn't get passes off. This week against Baltimore, same thing, but after the game, Shell claimed he only called two seven-step drops all game. John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury-News called up Jaws, and Jaws watched the BAL-OAK tape and counted 13 seven-step drops. Who's right? I don't know about you, but my money is on Jaws.

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48 comments, Last at 22 Sep 2006, 5:18am by hwc