Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

02 Sep 2008

B.S. Report 9/2/08

I'll be appearing regularly on Bill Simmons' "B.S. Report" podcast this season; here's our first edition, with a look at lots of material from PFP 08 and many of my thoughts about the upcoming season. Link goes to Simmons' main page on ESPN; look for the podcast over on the right side.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 02 Sep 2008

17 comments, Last at 06 Sep 2008, 10:02pm by Duff Soviet Union


by Ruben (not verified) :: Wed, 09/03/2008 - 12:38am

Congrats to Aaron and the outsiders for getting on the BS Report again; I hope it gives your advertisers a heap of traffic.

Aaron deserves great credit for refusing to allow Simmons to draw more than two incoherent NBA comparisons, and for keeping the fantasy stuff to a minimum. I wonder whether Simmons knows the name of any non-Pats, non-skill player on any NFL team (I was shocked he didn't say "Mario Williams who?")...

by Becephalus (not verified) :: Wed, 09/03/2008 - 1:30am

I happen to think BS is pretty funny in his own quirky way, nice to hear you on the show.

by Richie (not verified) :: Wed, 09/03/2008 - 1:46am

I listen to every BS Report, and look forward to hearing you on there each week.

by t.d. (not verified) :: Wed, 09/03/2008 - 2:47am

Love your work, wish you'd just drop the Super Bowl stuff.

by Malene, cph, dk (not verified) :: Wed, 09/03/2008 - 4:28am

Well, in all fairness, it was the last meaningful football game we have to discuss.

Bring on the season, then I'm sure there'll be less need to harp on SB XLII.

by Temo (not verified) :: Wed, 09/03/2008 - 7:54am

Coming from a guy who started visiting this site after your BS report last year, this is a great idea.

by Temo (not verified) :: Wed, 09/03/2008 - 8:38am

Good job, by the way Aaron... but you need to stop interrupting Simmons so much!

by Fnor (not verified) :: Wed, 09/03/2008 - 12:10pm

#7: Really? My thought was that Aaron should interrupt Simmons more often. I think "every time he opens his mouth" is a good number.

by vesini (not verified) :: Wed, 09/03/2008 - 2:28pm


Towards the end of the BS report, what were you going to say about Philly before you "went out on a limb" with yoour packer prediction? (say "packer prediction" fast five times before answering)

by andrew lee (not verified) :: Wed, 09/03/2008 - 7:32pm

agree with #8: screw simmons. i hate those guys that just ask about fantasy football - we need a footballoutsiders show on espn. espn journalism on football is prty shabby most of the time

by Some Dude (not verified) :: Wed, 09/03/2008 - 7:33pm

I like Simmons writing, but I can't stand these podcasts. Mainly I just prefer being able to skip over stupid analogies in print.

by Josh (not verified) :: Wed, 09/03/2008 - 8:35pm

#7: Really? My thought was that Aaron should interrupt Simmons more often. I think “every time he opens his mouth” is a good number.

Fnor, you're such a sweetheart, like a delicate flower or a retarded monkey...

by Temo (not verified) :: Wed, 09/03/2008 - 9:19pm

8. Regardless of how you feel about Simmons, a podcast with one guy interrupting the other is jarring to listen to and just generally makes for bad production. One or the other should stfu.

by Mr Shush (not verified) :: Thu, 09/04/2008 - 9:38am

As far as the Chris Taylor thing goes, I don't think anyone's alleging that he has some "as yet undiscovered Willie Parker-like talent". What I'm saying, and what I think most of the people pushing Taylor are saying, is that he's probably a fairly serviceable NFL running back, with a good line and a scheme that suits him. Perhaps more importantly, he's the only realistic candidate on his team for a high carry count because Green will break down and Slaton is an undersized rookie, which means he probably can't pass block very well and the coaching staff, rightly or wrongly, will have concerns about his durability - he's already suffering from turf toe. Chances are no Houston back will have enough carries to be a good fantasy player, but if any of them does, it's likely to be Taylor. A season comparable to Mike Anderson's 2005, or even Reuben Droughns' 2004, is not out of the question. Of course, Mike Bell's 2006 is the most likely outcome.

Anyway, the point is that Taylor has a solid chance of being pretty productive, not that he's actually any good, as I hope the above comparisons make clear.

by hector (not verified) :: Fri, 09/05/2008 - 6:22pm

Wow, there was a *ton* of interrupting on this program. Please, guys, try to iron that out going forward. Sometimes it's unavoidable, but just making it a point of emphasis should help.

by hector (not verified) :: Fri, 09/05/2008 - 9:44pm

Part of the misunderstanding of the Super Bowl (before and after) was the fact that people didn't accept that the Giants and Patriots were vastly different teams in January and February of 2008 than they were in the first half of 2007. The Giants almost beat New England in Week 17, and then won in Tampa Bay, Dallas and Green Bay. Anyone who didn't give NYG a puncher's chance prior to the Super Bowl was living in a dream world, chasing the irrelevant memories of September. The NFL is far more fluid than that. (And all of this comes from a New England fan, at that.)

by Duff Soviet Union (not verified) :: Sat, 09/06/2008 - 10:02pm

I thought this was really good. Not sure why some people constantly feel the itch to bash Simmons. I think he actually comes across better here than he does in his columns. Aaron too. The only criticism is what others have said. There did seem to be a bit too much interrupting going on. It wasn't that bad, and I'm sure it wasn't being done on purpose or out of spite, but try and iron it out a bit in the future. In general, great stuff though.