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Feel Bad for Drew Bledsoe
Owens took shots at McNabb in the media, but he never implied McNabb was so awful, he'd rather just kill himself.



Posted by Chris Liss at 9/27/2006 1:41:00 PM

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NFL Returns to New Orleans
Just to play devil's advocate...

The NFL's return to New Orleans was great and heartwarming and all that other stuff... but did you hear some of the testimonials about "how important the Saints are to this city" and such?

Sean Peyton, I believe, told a story about a man who is still homeless after Katrina boasting that he'd purchased six season tickets for the Saints this year. Sure, that's an impressive showing of... something, I guess. But I couldn't help thinking, "DUDE! WHERE ARE YOUR PRIORITIES?!?"

Posted by Charlie at 9/26/2006 1:04:00 PM

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Curses! Not Again!
Even the most sensible adults get that feeling now and then that a higher power has decided to take time out of governing the universe to mess with their fantasy football team. For instance, when you're in a game against a division rival and Chad Johnson hauls in one catch for 11 yards, and then Javon Walker blasts your slim lead to pieces in the night game.

But there is a case that's going to be brougt up eventually, so I may as well lay it down now. Shaun Alexander, cover boy of Madden 07, has a broken bone in his foot. The Curse strikes again.

I actually had the good fortune to pick up Alexander's main back-up Maurice Morris as a free agent a week ago, partly to scare Alexander's owner, but partly, I have to admit, because after seeing him play in Week 1 and 2, I thought something might be going on. The Curse had me convinced.

Right now, it's hard to tell if Morris will be worth anything - since the 'Hawks play the Bears and then get a bye, after which Alexander could be fine. But if the voodoo's flowing, he won't be.

Posted by Scott Lucas at 9/26/2006 7:19:00 AM
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QB Controversy in the Valley of the Sun
After starting quarterback Kurt Warner turned the ball over four times in a Week 3 loss to St. Louis, a quarterback controversy is underway in Arizona, and head coach Dennis Green isn't doing anything to stop the rumors. During his Monday press conference, he criticized Warner's inability to hold on to the football. The QB has fumbled eight times in three games, and even dropped two snaps during pregame warm-ups on Sunday. “The ball shouldn’t hit the ground in pre-game,” Green fumed. “There shouldn’t be a pass that goes on the ground. There is no defense, and when there is no defense you should be 100 percent perfect.”

Green said that the Cardinals' coaching staff will meet on Tuesday to determine who will start at quarterback in Week 4. There are rumors that Warner has a hand injury, but those have not been confirmed by the player or by the team. He was sacked five times in Week 2, but had plenty of time in Week 3, when he was sacked just once but threw three interceptions and lost a crucial late-game fumble deep in Rams' territory.

That fumble led to Green's post-game comment, "I don't think I've been more angry since I've been here. And I've had some bad [expletive] days since I've been here, believe me." Even starting running back Edgerrin James lashed out, calling the loss "crazy and unnecessary. I was brought here to run the ball and help and a lot of the times I'm out there and I'm really not a part of it."

Clearly, these are not the same old Cardinals. In past seasons, a 1-2 start might be termed a step in the right direction, but not this season. The Cardinals recently opened a $455 million, state-of-the-art stadium, and have sold out the entire season for the first time since moving to Arizona in 1988. Backup quarterback Matt Leinart is the future face of the franchise, and the future might start on Sunday at Atlanta.

Posted by Ted Rossman at 9/25/2006 2:24:00 PM

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Where did the points go?
I'm not sure who else has noticed, but scoring is down in the NFL this season. Yes, I know it's only been three weeks, and I know it's a small sample size, but scoring is down significantly, not just a tad. Through three weeks the average game total is 37.76, which would be the lowest points per game average since 1993. The last four seasons have all averaged over 41 ppg and no season has been lower than 40 ppg since 1993. What is the cause for this and can it continue for the rest of the season?

The first thing I wanted to do is break it down by passing and rushing. What I found is that something odd has happened in the passing game, and it points to a scoring increase in the near future. Teams are averaging 230 passing ypg and 1.16 passing TD per game so far this season. The 230 ypg is highest average in the last 15 years, but the 1.16 passing TD per game is the lowest. NFL teams have somehow been able to throw for more yards than ever but for fewer touchdowns. I'd guess that this trend won't continue and passing TD per game will increase.

Lastly, I went back and checked the average points per game for the first three weeks of the season over the last 15 years. Scoring in the NFL definitely increases after week three. Over the last 15 seasons, week three has been the lowest scoring week of the entire season, followed by week two.

It's likely that scoring will increase over the next few weeks, particularly in the passing TD category. It will be interesting to see if the passing yards per game decreases as well or if we get a really big bump in passing TD to match the yards.

Posted by Herb Ilk at 9/25/2006 2:16:00 PM

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Super Fan Review
Got hooked up with the Super Fan package by DirecTV and promised I'd comment on it.

Didn't use the player tracker - I can just as easily track my guys online - but did use two channels a lot - the red zone channel where they switch to games where teams are in the red zone automatically for you - it's convenient if you have a hangover, and don't want to constantly jump around, plus you don't watch commericals.

Also like the channel where you can watch all eight games at once and select which one you want to hear the volume on. My screen is 37 inches - a little small for that feature - if I had a 60-inch screen, that would be tremendous. Also, would be good if the individual games used up more of my screen and were a little bigger - there are big margins on the top and bottom (maybe I can change the settings on my TV to fix that somewhat). But I can see enough to click through to where the action's at or at least move the volume to that game. If you had a projection size screen, though, it would be like having a sports bar in your house.

Still haven't used Short Cuts (20-minute games replayed without huddles or commercials), and intend to do so this week - if they ever send me a DVR, that would be nice so I can catch all of it when I have time.



Posted by Chris Liss at 9/25/2006 12:36:00 PM

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