Wednesday, April 01, 2009


Well, I've yet to be trampled to death by a pack of wild boars. Sorry if any of you are disappointed.

Were I a less lazy blogger, I'd do more stuff like this roster analysis. Worse, that's their third one of the offseason.

I didn't actually learn anything from this post on firing coaches and results resulting therefrom (or lack of difference therein), but readers less used to economic thinking may.

A couple posts on the meaning of NFL positions from PFR blog: first on some players from the late 1950's and 1960's, then comparing Art Monk and Shannon Sharpe.

Matt Bowen wrote about his experience being signed as a free agent by the Washington Redskins. Not the Haynesworth treatment, but not that awful a day either. Of course, there's also the non-marquee side, which Bowen also experienced.

Advanced NFL Stats took a look at changes in wins from year-to-year in two posts. Results are exactly what you'd expect: win variance is pretty similar, but team change is greater. Labor mobility makes for quicker changes in team fates.

Words I never thought I'd write: an important column from Bill Simmons, of all people. Yes, it's about basketball, the only sport he actually knows something about, but it's nice to know the NFL won't be the only league having a labor stoppage in 2011. On a related note, these are the Big 4 sports leagues franchises that have been in bankruptcy. Note the list includes only NHL teams. So far.

Greg Cosell notes LaDainian Tomlinson is no longer an elite back.

Quasi-day job related note: the NFL's single entity antitrust defense is potentially headed for the Supreme Court. See also SCOTUSBlog, THE Supreme Court blog. The Supreme Court called for the views of the Solicitor General, but it doesn't look like the SG has responded yet. When it does, the brief will probably be here, and you can also check the docket sheet. Also, the 7th Circuit's habit of taking down old cases is really friggin' annoying, but fortunately it is available online elsewhere. Alas, the three-judge panel did not include Official Brother Frank, aka Advanced Securities Professor Judge Easterbrook, who represented the NCAA when its single entity argument in NCAA v. Board of Regents lost. I could write more about this, and will later, but I've already geeked out enough.

Another site I'll have to start reading regularly: Trojan Football Analysis, a site I think I've linked to a couple times before, is now a blog. I've resisted delving too much into lots of technical football, just because you can really go into tremendous depth and I'm not that comfortable with/good at it, but there's lots of good stuff there, including on the great Nebraska teams of the 1990's. HT to Smart Football.

So, ESPN writer and Mississippi native Wright Thompson wrote a long piece about the 1962 Ole Miss football team that got screwed over because most of the population of Mississippi was racist assholes. It reminded me, more than anything else, of a nice little hypothetical on "what would really happen if the South had 'won' the Civil War and become its own country, and I don't mean Harry Turtledove's ridiculous ahistorical bullshit": Mississippi would still be under federal control.

Over at PFR Blog, JKL has started an interesting series looking at the comparative levels of the AFL and the NFL. See the introduction and the first post, on Super Bowl competitiveness. I snagged copies of Remember the AFL and The Birth of the New NFL recently, so I'll have more to say on this subject when I get around to reading those.

And now it's time for the spate of National Football Post links. First, Jack Bechta wrote about playing the free agent game, how to approach the market and how visits are (and aren't) handled. Robert Boland wrote about the layoffs and other economic issues-the thing about the layoffs is teams are REQUIRED to spend a certain amount, in cap terms, on player salaries. Other employees are significantly more discretionary in nature.

Matt Bowen, a month ago, had some comments that seem pretty prescient about the Broncos and Cutler-is the backup plan Matt Sanchez? See also Lombardi's quickie breakdown of the Broncos' early FA signings. One issue that I don't think has gotten the pub it's deserved: Cutler will probably be looking for a new contract as part of a trade. If he stuck around, he might not get another deal for 2 years (my understanding is he has 3 years left on his contract right now), at which point the NFL will be at a labor stoppage. We're looking at 2 more years of NFL football more or less as we know it, and Cutler wants market value for those 2 years.

Finally, for now, a college note: courtesy of Dr. Saturday, the stock characters of spring practice!


Jon said...

Thanks for pointing out the PFR blog posts. I already make regular visits to Smart Football and Advanced NFL Stats thanks to your links.

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