Top 10 football games played at Candlestick Park

Barring a home playoff game, one of the NFL’s more venerable venues closed its doors Monday night with the final regular season game at Candlestick Park.

A much maligned venue (especially for the baseball Giants) over its history, Candlestick has staged some of pro football’s most memorable games over it’s 43-year history.

NFL Ultimate Franchise Player Tourney field unveiled!!

With only 64 spots, it takes much more than a yellow jacket from Canton to make the cut, especially as an at-large entrant. Even if I were to expand the field to 128 I would be honestly still be leaving a lot of all-time greats out. Only if I were to expand to 256 I would be covering most whom are currently enshrined in Canton.

As an at-large, it would take an RPI number of about 50 or lower to realistically make the list. As is the case with the NCAA Tournament, the number 15 and 16 seeds comprise of players who would not be on the list if not being given the crown as their team’s UFP. Three of the 15 seeds would rank borderline top-100 while the 16s are ranked between 230 and 300 per Pro Football Reference.

As might be expected, quarterbacks have by far the greatest representation – comprising nearly 25 percent of the field, eight of the automatic bids and 15 players from the position overall. 19 of the overall bids and 35 players overall are from the skill positions. In all, 39 players are on offense, 25 on the defensive side of the ball.

San Francisco 49ers Ultimate Franchise Player

We all know Montana, Rice, Young, and Lott. But there are many more greats over the years to sift through on the way to determining the 49ers best ever player.

Seattle Seahawks Name Russell Wilson Starting QB

MY Seattle Seahawks did a couple of things this past weekend that I loved, including naming Russell Wilson the starting QB.

Seattle Seahawks Sign Terrell Owens … But Why?

For Seattle Seahawks fans, it’s the end of the world as we know it. We signed Terrell Owens. All we have to do now is wait and let this narcissistic, over-the-hill, diva wide receiver tear our team apart.

Will Terrell Owens Be a First-Ballot Hall of Famer?

Will Terrell Owens be a first ballot Hall of Famer, which his stats suggest he is? Or will T.O.’s off-the-field and locker room antics doom him when he name comes up for a vote?

Junior Seau’s Death Brings Sadness and Many Questions

What I stunner I ran into on the way home yesterday when I turned on my car radio: Junior Seau is dead. Now recovered from the shock of this legend’s passing, I can delve into the sadness that Seau’s apparent suicide brings, as well as the questions it leaves behind.

Dallas Cowboys ‘Ultimate Franchise Player’ Selection

Check out who made the Final Five cut for the Dallas Cowboys and who the Ultimate Franchise Player is in one of the most hotly debated segments in this series.

The 10 Greatest NFL End Zone Celebrations Of All-Time

This post is a toast to the players who have made our NFL Sundays more enjoyable and entertaining through their charisma and creativity. Here is the definitive list of the 10 greatest end zone celebrations…ever.

Fantasy Football 3-2-1: Analyzing Early Surprises & Disappointments

In this week’s episode of Fantasy Football 3-2-1, I dissect three players who have performed below expectations so far this year who I think will start to rebound soon because of schedule and/or circumstance, as well as two players on the opposite end of spectrum.

Cleveland Browns can hold off pressing panic button (for now…)

Eric Mangini is safe for one more week after the Browns defeated the Bengals on Sunday, 23-20, led by another great rushing effort from Peyton Hillis.

Fantasy Football: Week 2 Start ‘Em – Sit ‘Em Lineup Advice

Jay Cutler and Peyton Manning are the two highest profile QBs of Midwest NFL teams, and based on their Week 1 performances, you might think it’s obvious who is a start and who is a sit in Week 2.

As Lee Corso would say, “Not so fast, my friend.”

Jerod offers some caution for that conventional wisdom in his latest Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em column, as well as lineup advice for owners of Ahmad Bradshaw, Julius Jones, T.O., Dwayne Bowe, Robert Royal, Jeremy Shockey, and the Eagles and Packers D/ST units.

Monday Night Football: Patriots-Bills Preview and Prediction

The first Monday Night Football game of the 2009 season takes place in Foxboro as the New England Patriots battle the Buffalo Bills. As he will do every week this season, AJ Kaufman checks in with an MNF preview, analysis, and prediction.

New Browns Beat Writer Terrell Owens Confirms that Brady Quinn Will Start at QB

Word traveled fast today that the Cleveland Browns have named Brady Quinn their starting QB, despite head coach Eric Mangini’s stated desire to keep the identity of his starting QB secret for as long as possible.

Who broke the news?

None other than aspiring Browns beat writer Terrell Owens, on Twitter.

2009 Free Agent Acquisitions and their Fantasy Value

Now that the first wave of free agency has ended, it is time to take step back and assess the impact of player movement on the 2009 Fantasy Football season. We analyze Terrell Owens with the Bills, Fred Taylor with the Patriots, and TJ with the Seahawks, among others.