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Football Commentary: Week 11 Strategy Review

The latest strategic analysis from our friend William Krasker looks at Mike Tice's decision to go for two with the score 19-13 and further discusses his theory on intentionally committing a penalty in the final two minutes. There's also the usual slate of fourth down choices, and although I'm usually in agreement with William that going for it is better, I disagree with the first situation here: Green Bay kicking a field goal on 4th-and-1 from the Houston 21-yard line. Yes, using generic NFL numbers the probability of a win if greater if you take the risk of going for it.

Football's Overtime Bias

Yay, more discussion of overtime! We can never get enough of this stuff. This article from Science News says that the coin flip didn't really determine the winner in overtime until they moved kickoffs back to the 30-yard line in 1994. Since then, the team that wins the flip has won more often in overtime. Of course, we have our own idea about how to solve this.

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TMQ: Happy Throwback Thanksgiving

Our man TMQ is back with his usual collection of Sweet Plays, Sour Plays, great blocks, and cheerleader photos. He also discusses Throwback Thanksgiving, satellite radio, the Grey Cup, and Aaron Brooks' continued loss of sanity when it comes to certain pass plays.

Draft Dreaming

Instead of doing a midseason review like most other media outlets, Don Banks revisits the 2004 draft. But this time, teams are drafting players based on their first half performances. It's no surprise that Ben Roethlisberger is the first pick, but even in hindsight, there are some questionable selections (Matt Schaub to the Bears?). Still, it's a good way to torment yourself by playing the "what if" game.

Sources: Browns' Davis On Verge Of Losing Job

The Cleveland Browns have gutted their front office over the past three years in part to give Butch Davis more power and control over the organization. Now Davis' days are numbered. According to ESPN's sources, if the Browns don't beat the Bengals on Sunday, Davis will be looking for a new job, possibly in Gainesville, Florida. Either defensive coordinator Dave Campo or offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie would take over as interim head coach for the rest of the season.

Snap Judgment: Greetings from the Gridiron

This week's gimmick at ESPN.com Page 2's Snap Judgment is letters home for Thanksgiving. We put words in the mouths of Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Daunte Culpepper, and Marc Bulger. Plus, this week's DPAR quarterback ratings from yours truly along with the usual commentary, and Brett Favre saves the world -- AGAIN!

MMQB: E for Effort

Peter King thinks Eli Manning did a fine job yesterday even though he didn't win. I'll agree with him and add that I've never seen a game that made me more annoyed that the NFL has such a haphazard way of tracking dropped passes. I wish I could include them in my measurements so poor Eli would rate better. How many passes went right out of the hands of Toomer and Shockey yesterday? I know he caught the touchdown but Shockey is mightily overrated. His hands are horrible.

Football Commentary: Week 10 Strategy Review

The latest strategy review from our friend William Krasker includes a long discussion of Herman Edwards vs. the clock. Did you ask yourself if the Jets should have taken a delay of game instead of calling timeout? Krasker asked the same question and has an answer. Plus, Tampa Bay goes for it on 4th-and-1 and fails instead of kicking a game-tying field goal in the fourth quarter. You know William favors going for it most of the time (and so do we) but is that even true when the field goal would tie the game late?

"MartyBall Is Dead" Says Man Who Should Know

Marty Schottenheimer, the man who turned against his own impulses.

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Report: Spurrier Headed to South Carolina

Keep in mind this is Steve Spurrier we're talking about, so nothing is certain until he shows up at a golf outing wearing South Carolina gear, but ESPN.com is reporting that The Head Ballcoach has an agreement in principle to become the next head coach at South Carolina. One tiny detail remains -- South Carolina already has a big-name head coach with a gi-normous ego, one Lou Holtz. Holtz has been hinting at retirement, however, so this isn't exactly an Auburn/Bobby Petrino situation.

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