Picking up loose ends…

Before I post about the CBS guys rankings of the top five at each position, let’s catch up on some random links from around the web today.

First off I picked up this link from USA today through the Footballoutsiders…
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2007-07-02-salaries_N.htm

This article pertains to who makes the most money in the NFL (this year). Remember, they way bonuses work, these numbers are slightly skewed. That is to say, Peyton already got paid a chunk of money for his play this season. Not all of that counts. Note that Reggie Wayne is the 10th best paid player in the league this year. The Colts had the highest total payroll in the league last year. Money well spent (Cory Simon excepted). The top four highest paid Colts were Wayne, Harrison, Simon and Manning.

Oh yeah, Tom Brady is 6th overall, while Manning is in the 30s. Use that little stat to tell Pat fans to suck it when they bring up salary cap crap in relation to the Manning/Brady debate. Pat fans claimed Brady was so altruistic by signing a team friendly contract, while Manning was a dog for signing a huge one. Unfortunately, their facts are wrong. Here’s a year by year comparison of their cap numbers in millions of $ since both signed their big contract extensions after the 2003 season (rounded slightly for my ease):
2004 2005 2006
Manning 8.3 8.4 10.5
Brady 5 8.4 13.8
These numbers were obtained following links from the above article.

Next on the web, a hilarious question from a Jags fan about whether or not the Jags are cursed because they whipped up on Dan Marino in their last game…No buddy, your team sucks because of lousy ownership and and awesome duo that happens to reside in your division.
http://jaguars.com/news/article.aspx?id=6124

Also on ESPN’s fairly insipid “Who’s Now?” showdown, #18 beat some chick in the first round. If you care to follow it and keep Peyton advancing…I guess that’s cool. Or something
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/sportsnation/whosnow

Matt Mosely’s Hashmarks blog listed the Colts as #2 in his preseason powerpoll. No need to guess who he put at #1.
http://myespn.go.com/profile/hashmarks?lpos=spotlight&lid=tab3pos2

Michael Silver got skewerd for his insane rankings collumn. Today’s piece was entirely dedicated to hate mail. Check out this nice comment from an Irsay fan:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/michael_silver/07/06/mailbag/5.html

Finally, I’ll even give a little love to Coldhardfootballfacts.com for their kind words about 18 to 88(.com.) Maybe I should link to FreeOscar (.com) too…
http://coldhardfootballfacts.com/Article.php?Page=1489

Enjoy. More on the CBS stuff to come

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