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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)

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

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.

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

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).

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

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.

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

Tenth Rookie Symposium Begins

Given the flurry of rookie off-season "activity," maybe the NFL should hold the symposium right after the draft. (And yes, we're smack dab in the middle of summer when I start linking to rookie symposium articles. Just take a deep breath and say, "One month until training camp begins." Lather. Rinse. Repeat.)

14 comments, Last at 27 Jun 2006, 4:50pm by emcee fleshy

Oregon Ducks Unveil New Uniforms

The new Oregon uniforms have to be seen to be believed. Could it possibly get worse than the uniforms they unveiled for last year's Civil War game against Oregon State? Thanks to the magic of multiple color combinations, the answer is yes. Apparently, the most popular drinking game at Nike headquarters is "design the Oregon Ducks uniforms." They are no longer the Oregon Fighting Intellivision Men, however, as the coach requested a change in the font for player numbers.

50 comments, Last at 06 Nov 2006, 8:34pm by The Mul aka J-Dawg

Jones, Faneca: Elite Offensive Line Anchors

The USA Today is on a roll. In addition to the Jones-Faneca piece, the paper also has a nice little feature on a group of up-and-coming NFL offensive linemen (to read this story, first click the 'Comments' link and then click here).

16 comments, Last at 25 Jun 2006, 3:39pm by Sam

10,000 NFL Seasons

Inspired by an old Bill James article, Doug Drinen ran a simulation of 10,000 seasons of football to see what would happen. Each year, the 32 teams were given different ratings that were supposed to designate their "true strength." (Somewhat like DVOA, but it's Doug's system, not mine.) Then Doug ran the season to see what would happen. How often does the best team win the Super Bowl? How often does a bad team make the playoffs?

76 comments, Last at 03 Jul 2006, 7:55am by Mr Shush

Study: Cities with Football Stadiums May Lose Tax Revenues

Interesting study here by Craig Depken, an economist at the University of Texas at Arlington, who found that cities in Texas lose sales tax revenue whenever they host a professional football or basketball game -- but gain revenue from baseball or hockey games. The study also finds that smaller cities gain more revenue from hosting Division-IA and I-AA college football games than larger cities do.

80 comments, Last at 24 Jun 2006, 3:10pm by Trogdor

10 Questions

FOXSports.com's John Czarnecki answers 10 questions leading up to training camp.

36 comments, Last at 22 Jun 2006, 9:02am by Ilanin