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Ace Atkins' Latest Book The Redeemers

The Redeemers By Ace Atkins I just finished The Redeemers, a fine book by Mississippi writer Ace Atkins.... Born June 28, 1970, in Troy, Alabama, Ace Atkins played football at Auburn University, and even graced the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1993 read more...


Carolina and Tampa Bay Look to Recapture Past Success

With the conclusion of our look at the NFL teams in our Swampland Footprint, we’ll tackle two teams trying to work their way back up to their recent success—Carolina and Tampa Bay. Both squads missed the postseason in 2009, and they each targeted a very specific area of read more...


Talented Texans and Bengals Look for Consistency

Two teams in our Swampland Footprint that will look to repeat a winning season in 2010 are the Cincinnati Bengals and the Houston Texans. Both franchises have seemed to be a little snake-bitten over the last few years. Cincinnati looked like an exciting passing team on the rise in read more...


Big-Name Franchises Make Huge News During Offseason

Three teams in our Swampland Footprint definitely have national fan bases and looked to make a splash during free agency and the draft. The Dallas Cowboys made their news on the first night of the draft, while the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins dominated the headlines with read more...


Titans and Falcons Add Solid Defenders in the Draft

One of the most important aspects of the NFL Draft is knowing your identity and drafting accordingly. Two franchises that have played that strategy well in recent years are the Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons. Both teams made that Playoffs in 2008 and then barely missed a read more...


New Orleans and Indianapolis Add Defensive Playmakers

Many teams in the NFL Draft feel compelled to fill an immediate need with their first selection, but some elite clubs are able to take the best player available and build quality depth for the future. Those picks do not always excite fans on draft day but tend to work out quite well read more...


Jaguars Disappoint Fans by 'Reaching' for the Wrong Player

We all know the huge decision that the Jacksonville Jaguars faced in the first round of the NFL Draft—“reach” for local hero Tim Tebow with the #10 pick, or take a higher-rated prospect like Clemson running back C.J. Spiller or Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick read more...


Rams Draft Franchise Face in Sam Bradford

We’ll begin our NFL Draft recaps with the team who selected first overall—St. Louis. Much like Detroit a year ago, the Rams forged a new path with the selection of Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford. After passing on Matt Ryan and Mark Sanchez in the last two drafts, St. read more...


NFL Draft Impressions: Rams Get Their Man; Jags Disappoint Their Fans

Did your team improve? Is your fan base excited about the direction of your squad? We will take an in-depth look at the NFL Draft over the next couple of weeks, but wanted to give our read more...


Rams and Jaguars Can Shape Their Franchises on Draft Day

The NFL Draft is upon us, and two of the teams in our Swampland footprint have a great chance to decide the direction of their franchise for the next few seasons. The NFL is a quarterback league, and both St. Louis and Jacksonville can select signal callers who will become the face read more...


Ram Get Local Ownership, Likely Staying in St Louis

There was good news in St. Louis this week when it was announced that Urbana, Ill., businessman Shahid Khan read more...


The Saints Go Marchin' In! What a Game!

Who dat? I nearly levitated from my sofa during the final minutes of the big game as the New Orleans Saints beat the Colts 31 - 17. Of course the real action came in the second half with the onside kick followed by Porter’s 74 yard interception run. All I can say is read more...


Saints vs Colts Present a Dream SPF Super Bowl

Much more to come on this as the Super Bowl approaches, but yesterday's wins by Peyton Manning and the Colts and Drew Brees and the Saints presented our football-hungry region with the best reason yet to watch the Super Bowl.


Team In Turmoil #2 - Del Rio's Presence Hurts Jags Effort To Rebuild Support

After years of wondering and worrying, recent and disturbing word came out from the developer of the new NFL-ready stadium in Los Angeles - their group is 


SPF Daily Rating: Team In Turmoil #1 - Washington Redskins

We knew it was going to be a tough year for several SPF teams.  We are going to spend some time this week on a few individual teams to give a sense of their respective level of desperation. Our first team is the Washington Redskins.  Their fall might be the read more...


SPF Daily Rating: Bengals Blackout?

 The Bengals have had a dream season so far. They've beaten their arch rival (Steelers).  They've beaten their in state rival.  They are a last minute tipped pass away from being undefeated, but they are still at 4-1 and lead the AFC North.


SPF Daily Rating: Saints Fever Sweeping the Gulf Coast

 As we predicted, it has been a pretty dire year for SPF teams.  Even one of our playoff locks, the Tennessee Titans, is surprisingly winless and going nowhere fast. The best news amongst our SPF teams comes from the Saints who made an off season commitment to read more...


SPF Daily Rating: Blank Talks About A New Stadium In Atlanta For Falcons

Amidst a serious economic downturn, Falcons owner Arthur Blank has again begun engaging in public discussion about a new stadium to replace the Georgia Dome.  The fact read more...


SPF Daily Rating: Del Rio Keeps Playing Silly Games #3

We guess Jack Del Rio's two game win streak has further emboldened him. After already playing silly media games with players on two different occasions (here and read more...


SPF Daily Rating: Are the Cowboys and Texans Going In Opposite Directions?

As always, there is panic in Cowboy Nation. Panic like this always ensues when their beloved team isn't undefeated or at least in the top half read more...


SPF Daily Rating: Saints Look Consistent, Perhaps Elite At 4-0

  It's early, but the 2009 New Orleans Saints look like a very, very good team.  No one has ever questioned this team's read more...


SPF Daily Rating: Del Rio Cancels Garrard's Radio Show

We hate piling on, but Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio has been asking for it. Just recently, we wrote about Del Rio's penchant for playing silly games - most read more...


SPF Daily Rating: Jaguars to Orlando?

Orlando Sentinel sports columnist, Mike Bianchi, made some big sports news today when he reported that the Jacksonville Jaguars might be looking to move


SPF Daily Rating: Dolphins Trade for Thigpen

 The Miami Dolphins wasted no time replacing injured QB Chad Pennington by trading for former Chiefs and Coastal Carolina QB Tyler Thigpen in the wake of Pennington's decision to have read more...


SPF Daily Rating: Chad Pennington to Miss Season

Although they don't want to officially announce it yet because of a possible misdiagnosis, the immediate signs are that Dolphins QB Chad Pennington will miss the 2009 season with a shoulder read more...


SPF Daily Rating: Texas Stadium RIP

Last night, the Irving (TX) City Council approved the funds to demolish Texas Stadium.   Lost in all the hype of the new Cowboys Stadium, it's hard to believe that a place with so read more...


SPF Daily Rating: What if Redskins Lose To Lowly Lions? Bye, Bye Zorn

 It's the unthinkable times two. The first unthinkable is that an NFL team can finish 0-16.  That already happened with last year's Detroit Lions.  Now that the Lions are 0-2 to start the 2009 season, the question starts - "who will they finally read more...


SPF Daily Rating: Del Rio Playing Silly Games in Jacksonville

 In what should be a small story, Jags coach Jack Del Rio has brought back WR Nate Hughes to the practice squad after cutting him on read more...


SPF Daily Rating: Lack of Playmakers Leave Florida Teams Winless

"I'm not interested in Pro Bowl players, I'm interested in world champions." "[I'm interested in 'non-talent issues' [namely] the hustle, the effort, the technique, the fundamentals, all of those things." The above quotes read more...


SPF Daily Rating: The Saints Roll Again Behind Smart Decisions

The New Orleans Saints keep their high powered offense rolling once again as they went into Philadelphia and smoked the Eagles 48-22. What read more...


SPF Daily Rating: Houston Texans Don't Like Being Called "Soft"

To say the Houston Texans have been disappointing since entering the NFL as a expansion team in 2002 would be an understatement.  In a way, however, everything about the Texans seems understated, including their presence on the field according to those who have been calling read more...


SPF Daily Rating: Jacksonville Mayor Makes Personal Plea For Fans To Buy Jags Tix

The Jaguars lost an astonishing 17,000 season ticket holders between this season and last.  Expectations are that most of their games will be blacked out locally. So who have the Jags turned to?  


SPF Daily Rating: Delhomme Under Fire In Carolina

Things are getting ugly in Charlotte and Carolina for Panthers QB Jake Delhomme.  Delhomme is getting major flack from fans. read more...


SPF Daily Rating: The Falcons Display Winning Formula in Week One

The Atlanta Falcons have opened 2009 just like they did 2008 - by winning decisively.   The main difference is that they beat the ultimately 0-16 read more...


The Shocking Loss of Steve McNair

So there I was in Nashville- relaxing by the water with friends on the 4th of July like most of us like to do. Then I heard something that made the festive holiday mood fade quickly; “Steve McNair had been shot”. Could this really be, or maybe it was just bad read more...


FedEx's Fred Smith Could Be The Perfect New Owner for the Rams

In our post-draft update, SPF wrote about the murky future of the St Louis Rams.  Since then, they've officially put up the "For Sale" sign leading many read more...


Daniel Snyder and his Washington Redskins Strive to Finally Win "On the Field"

They are "The Team" in our Nation’s capital. They remain one of the NFL's most valuable teams sporting the largest stadium in the NFL and a brash young owner who keeps them as high profile as any squad in the league. Whether it’s the big-name coaching carousel read more...


The Tennessee Titans Only Need to Stay on Course

 The 2008 Tennessee Titans played Jeff Fisher football- run the ball, limit mistakes, pressure the passer- all the way to the NFL’s best read more...


The Tampa Bay Bucs Try to Re-Imagine Rather than Rebuild

Who are these guys? No team in the world of SPF has had more turnover and change than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  So far, reaction in Tampa to that change has not been promising for the Glazer family.  For the first time in years, there's no season ticket waiting read more...


Rams Try Rebuild (and Remain) in St Louis for the Long Haul

At the beginning of this decade, the St. Louis Rams were as identifiable as any team in the NFL. The “Greatest Show on Turf” had star power to burn with the likes of Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt and Issac Bruce. However, while those teams were lighting up read more...


The Saints And New Orleans Find Re-Birth After Katrina

The 2009 season will be huge for the Saints both on and off the field. While record-setting Drew Brees tries to get the team back to the Playoffs, the bigger story may lie within the city as


Parcells Formula Works Again in Miami

Retirement and South Florida mix very well for many of us, but not for Bill Parcells. He left the comforts of retired life to return to football and resuscitate the fading Dolphins, who had been such a successful franchise for many years. Coming off a 1-15 debacle in 2007, the read more...


For Better or Worse, the Jaguars are Jack Del Rio’s Team

If Jacksonville does not succeed in 2009, there is no one left to blame outside of head coach Jack Del Rio. After the 2006 season, he fired most of the offensive assistants. Following a lackluster 5-11 campaign in 2008, the Jags let GM James Harris go and replaced half of the read more...


The Colts and Peyton Manning Look to Sustain Their Run of Excellence

Over the last seven seasons, the Colts have been as recognizable as any team in the NFL-same GM, same coach, and same MVP quarterback. They have made the Playoffs in all seven of those years and currently have a league-record six straight 12+ win seasons. Under Bill Polian, read more...


Texans Need to Break Through the Wall of Mediocrity

The pressure will be coming from the top for the Houston Texans to have their first winning season and first postseason appearance in their eighth year in the NFL. Dom Capers, who read more...


2009 Season Represents a Change in Philosophy for the Cowboys

We must start out by saying that our thoughts and prayers here at Swampland are with the Dallas Cowboys family after the horrific collapse of their read more...


Bengals Have Glimpse of Hope with Stellar Draft

Marvin Lewis is entering his seventh season as the Bengals head coach, and 2009 could very well be his make-or-break season to get the culture of losing changed in Cincinnati.


Panthers Making Every Effort to Win Now

It all seemed to be falling into place for John Fox’s club last season. Coming off a losing 2007 campaign where Jake Delhomme only played three games, Carolina rediscovered their physical running game identity in 2008 and won the NFC South. At 12-4 and the #2 seed in the NFC, read more...


Falcons Future Looks Bright with Dimitroff in Charge

To borrow a line from Robert Randolph, the Atlanta Falcons are now a team that is definitely “going in the right direction". Just two years ago, this organization was in turmoil. Their franchise quarterback, Michael Vick, was arrested on federal charges and consequently read more...


Swampland's NFL Draft Impressions

How did your team do? That’s the question that NFL fans are trying to answer following this weekend’s annual NFL Draft. We will take an in-depth look at each team in our read more...


NFL Teams Draft Their Identity This Weekend

Well it's finally here-Xmas in April for football fans. The ultimate convergence of pro and college football happens today with the annual NFL Draft. This is a day of hope for every fan base, and it's also the day(s) that NFL executives decide on the identity of their respective read more...


Should NFL Teams Lean Towards Drafting Local College Favorites?

A theme that seems to arise every season in our Swampland footprint is the choice of NFL teams to draft a local college favorite. Most professional organizations will deny that this decision ever enters their thinking, and that they always select the next best player on their Draft read more...


In Defense of Jay Cutler: Why Most SPF Teams Still Don't Get It

I wish it hadn't come to this [trading Cutler]. I'm disappointed. . . . It's a sad day for one of the elite franchises in football and all the Broncos fans, and I'm sad - John Elway The saga of Jay Cutler has mesmerized the NFL landscape just like Brett Favre did read more...


SB Sunday Reflections on the SPF Season: Teams Fell Short; Dungy & Gruden Gone

As the Footprint wakes to a Sunday featuring the 43rd Super Bowl hosted by one of our great Swampland cities, it gives us a chance to reflect on the past SPF season.  Although five of our 13 SPF teams made the playoffs, none made any noise since they all were "one and read more...


Dungy and the Colts Both Needed a New Direction

A good thing happened in Indy on Monday – Tony Dungy retired from the NFL to spend more time with his family in Tampa Bay. It’s nice to see the veteran head coach pursue his dream read more...


The Sunday Slate (Week Fourteen): NFC South Showdowns!

We had to take a couple of weeks off due to technical issues with the site.  Check out our Faulkner-inspired T.I. Poll to see how the teams rank. On to this week's read more...


The Sunday Slate (Week Eleven): Key Swampland Showdowns in Jax, DC, and Indy!

After four SPF teams have byes last week (Dallas, Washington, Tampa Bay, and Cincinnati), we are heading into the home stretch.  Intra-division matchups will determine playoffs berths.  This week our two SPF NFC East teams and the entire AFC South face off. As read more...


The Sunday Slate (Week Ten): Byes Galore

Four SPF teams have byes this week (Dallas, Washington, Tampa Bay, and Cincinnati).  There are only a few good-looking games on the schedule.  The rest, outside of a select few, look like virtual byes - either be easy wins or sad losses. As Always, SPF teams in read more...


Falcons Do Not Need Hall's Drama

I found a headline in the AJC that absolutely astounded me in the wake of ex-Falcon DeAngelo Hall being released from the Raiders; “Should the read more...


The Sunday Slate (Week Nine): SPF Inter-league Barometer Time

Carolina and New Orleans have bye weeks.  There's one Swampland Showdown.  The rest of today's Slate features matchups between SPF teams and the rest of the NFL. There is a chance that SPF teams can go undefeated this week sending a huge message to the rest of the read more...


Tuesday Tastings (Week 8): Midway Point

Thanks to Patrick "Snowman" Snow's item early Monday morning, he helped us cover a lot of ground for our tastings.  Without any further waiting... FINGER-LICKIN' read more...


Snowman's Six-Pack of Reax from Sunday

1) The Titans and Colts will go at it on Monday Night Football in the Music City. Tennessee comes into the game undefeated and looks to deliver the ultimate knockout blow to the usual AFC South Champ. The


The Sunday Slate (Week Eight): Big Games in Big D, Music City

Finally, we have a few big games to savor. As Always, SPF teams in CAPS with (Week 7's T.I. Poll Ranking) TAMPA BAY (4) @ DALLAS (1) - This pivotal Swampland read more...


Tuesday Tastings (Week 7): Rams Recognized, while Dallas Declines

It was a tough week of football in SPF land.  Two of our teams were off (Jacksonville and Atlanta) and several others played like they were taking the week off. FINGER LICKIN' GOOD St. Louis Rams - It is time to read more...


The Sunday Slate (Week Seven): Find Some Magic

With only four games worthy of interest and two teams off (Atlanta and Jacksonville), we are looking for a little magic in our Sunday Slate. The NFL usually provides a few unexpected surprises.  Maybe this is that week.  It certainly won't be hard with entertaiment read more...


Tuesday Tastings (Week 6): Burt Reynolds Loves The Falcons!

It was a very weird week in SPF land.  Many teams lost games they weren't expected to lose.  A few others had surprising wins.  (The Titans were off so they don't get included this week.) FINGER LICKIN' read more...


The Sunday Slate (Week Six): The "Must Wins" Begin

The NFL is a game of inches.  Each week matters.  The stories of each of our SPF teams are told as the season unfolds. There have been enough games to know that this week has more than a few teams in desperation mode.  Simply put, more than a few of our teams read more...


Tuesday Tastings (Week 5): Nothing Is Easy

St Louis was off last week, so we are spared another missive on how terrible they are.  The good news is that their temporary absence sways our SPF teams well into the positive over all. The best of our teams are living by a simple rule - nothing comes easy in SPF read more...


The Sunday Slate (Week Five): Separation Sunday

This week doesn't have the same drama as a Cowboys/Redskins weekend, but SPF teams pushing towards the playoffs, a solid 8 of 15, can further prove their mettle this week by taking care of business. As Always, SPF teams in CAPS with (Week 4's


Tuesday Tastings (Week 4): Hail To the Redskins!

Since Miami and Indy had byes this past week, we're leaving them off our weekly Tastings dispatch.  That still leaves us with 11 samplings of varied quality. Let's start off with the best of the bunch... FINGER LICKIN' read more...


The Sunday Slate (Week Four): Cowboys vs Indians, er Redskins

Week Four features the only classic pro football rivalry in the Footprint.  That's reason enough to tune in. Two of our teams have byes (Indy and Miami) and several others have critical games.  We will quickly break it down for you. As Always, SPF read more...


Tuesday Tastings (Week 3): We're Dolphin-safe now, but the Goat, er Ram, is Smoked

After getting a full-sized Sunday helping of SPF games, some things have improved while others took a turn for the worse. "Finger Lickin' Good" Yum, yum.  These teams served it up on Sunday leaving their fans hungry read more...


The Sunday Slate (Week Three): The NFC South Goes North While the AFC South Faces Off

Week 3 doesn't feature as many interesting games as last week, but the AFC South faces off and the NFC South heads up north.  As Always, SPF teams in CAPS with (Week 2's T.I. Poll Ranking) Here's a read more...


Our Week Two SPF Tastings: Give Us Some Panther, but Steer Clear of Ram and Bengal

After getting a full-sized Sunday helping of SPF games, not everything we sampled was up to par.  Let's do a quick break down in hopes that maybe some of the team cooks can get their wares "Finger Lickin' Good" Although read more...


The SPF Week 2 Slate: Pretender/Contender Separation Begins

It's only Week 2, but many of today's games determine how seasons will unfold for our SPF teams.  One game may mean nothing, but two games often represents a trend. Let's start with our inter-SPF matchups.  SPF teams in CAPS with (


Vick Still Casts a Long Shadow Over NFL Hopes in Atlanta

Has it really been a year? Last week marked one year since Michael Vick was indicted on federal charges for his role in a dog fighting ring that operated in Virginia. It also marked the beginning of one of the greatest falls from grace that we have ever seen by an athlete in read more...


Will Jags' Fans Respond?

An interesting question was asked last week in the local Jacksonville paper regarding the Jaguars and their fans: “What has this team not done to legitimately pursue a Super Bowl read more...


Overrated? Let's Start with Sal Paolantonio and other "National" Sports Analysts

Here we go again. I guess ESPN has nothing better to feed NFL fans during the offseason than more of Sal Paolantonio’s “Overrated/Underrated” drivel. read more...


Pro Sports Scandal Fatigue

While we at Swampland often write about College Football being the South’s number one passion, there’s no questioning the popularity of the NFL. We all love the ‘sport’ of professional football, but the ‘business’ of the game always seems to cause read more...


Post - NFL Draft Newspaper Wrap Up

We found this article from a week or so back that is about NFL Network being the tail the wags the dog for that league.  Swampland Sports has long written now about the ways read more...


SPF's NFL Draft First Round Log (Live All Day!!)

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Snowflakes: Jake Long Goes #1 (and Other 2008 NFL Draft Thoughts)

The NFL Draft is this Saturday, and some of our Southern teams appear to hold the key to the most important non-gameday of the year. The Miami Dolphins have the #1 pick, and the Miami Herald reports that OT read more...


Season Summary: Houston Texans

Quick Summary:  The Houston Texans finished last in their division again.  The good news is that they also had a non-losing season for the first time in the team's history finishing 8-8.  Coach Gary Kubiak's team looked much better than in his first read more...


Season Summary: New Orleans Saints

Quick Summary: The Saints bombed out after their near-Super Bowl run in 2007. People can point to injuries, but SPF warned before the season started about the Saints and the team's read more...


Season Summary: Carolina Panthers

Quick Summary: The Carolina Panthers entered the 2007 season as a Super Bowl contender. They started out strong, but the team could not overcome the loss of QB


Season Summary: Cincinnati Bengals

Quick Summary:  The Bengals were SPF's most disappointing team from this past season.  They have all the tools on paper to be a perennial contender starting with a great QB in Carson Palmer, who has all kinds of skill position help.  Unfortunately, read more...


Season Summary: Miami Dolphins

Quick Summary:  The Dolphins are one of the NFL's proudest franchises, but the 2007 season became its collective undoing.  Within this one season, the Dolphins were only a Patriots Super Bowl win from losing all their records of distinction. Brett read more...


Season Summary: Atlanta Falcons

Quick Summary:  The Falcons endured a year of endless upheaval.  Problems brewed last season when the team sank into a string of losses creating situations where star QB Michael Vick made obscene gestures to the Georgia Dome crowd.  This led to the read more...


Season Summary: St. Louis Rams

Quick Summary:  This was the first year SPF covered the Rams, and it wasn't an auspicious beginning.  It shouldn't have been so considering the Rams finished the previous season at 8-8 and signed their franchise QB Marc Bulger (a West Virginia alum) to a read more...


Petty & Eli: Underdogs Triumphant!

I sat back Sunday ready to enjoy a Super Bowl without a "horse in the race," so to speak.  All of our SPF teams had been summarily dismissed in what was a down year for the Footprint on a pro football level.  My thoughts were only on watching the Super Bowl as a read more...


Adventures In The (Pig) Skin Trade On Super Bowl Sunday

Roving Notes On Super Bowl Sunday 2/3/08 "There is some kind of back-door connection in my head between Super Bowls and The Allman read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week 19, Part 4): Down By The River

12. Cincinnati Bengals and 13. St. Louis Rams - Our final Poll spots are held by two teams that have a connection via the river culture from which they arose.  Like railroad tracks in towns across the south, rivers often appear to be a cultural divide, but they read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week 19, Part 3): Teams at the Crossroads (aka the NFC South)

We've now gone through the first 7 teams in the T.I. Poll.  So far, the entire AFC South has been covered as well as the traditional big market teams in Dallas, DC, and Miami. This leaves us with a group that the NFL has neatly placed in a division they call the NFC read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week 19, Part 2): Teams "On the Verge"

This is SPF's group of teams that are "On The Verge" of reaching elite status.  They all have challenges, but they are clearly heading in the right direction. 4.  Washington Redskins - A lot can happen in a week.  The Redskins' read more...


SPF's Divisional Playoffs Pre-Pregame Show (or T.I. Poll Week 19)

There are three SPF teams left in the Super Bowl hunt, but the news doesn't stop with them.  Of the 4 current coaching vacancies, SPF has three of them (Miami, Atlanta, and Washington). Signs point to a year of great transition.  The SPF footprint has some of the read more...


SPF's Take: Yes, Cam Cameron deserved to be fired!

The year of suffering for Dolfans is finally over.   Both Randy Mueller and Cam Cameron are out courtesy of Bill Parcells. (Watch Chris Mortenson on ESPN below)


SPF T.I. Poll (Wild Card Weekend Edition)

We're mixing it up again going into the playoffs.  In an up and down year, six of the 13 SPF teams made the playoffs.  Two, Washington and Tennessee, made it in the final weekend. SPF is rooting for an all-Footprint Super Bowl, and this isn't out of the realm of read more...


SPF's Week Seventeen Pre-Pregame Show

 Playoffs and draft slots.  It's all on the line in a strange season-ending weekend in the Footprint. EARLY GAMES Jacksonville (11-4, 5-2 away) Houston (7-8, 5-2 home)


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Seventeen)

It's the last week of the NFL season.  There isn't much left to be decided.  Two SPF teams (Washington and Tennessee) can get in the postseason fun if they win.  We expect them to do so if only because they are playing two other SPF teams (Dallas and Indy) who are read more...


SPF's Take: Parcells to Miami

SPF has been listing franchises all season  that needed one of the Bills, Parcells or Cowher.  Miami was top on that list.  Owner Wayne Huizenga didn't disappoint beating Atlanta's Arthur Blank to the punch. The only interesting wrinkle is that Parcells will read more...


SPF's Week Sixteen Pre-Pregame Show

SATURDAY NIGHT Dallas (12-2, 6-0 away) Carolina (6-8, 2-5 home) NFL Films Video Preview This is a much better read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Sixteen)

SPF laid down the gauntlet before last weekend's games.  Many teams answered the bell.  With two games left in the regular season, teams out of the playoff picture may have as much to play for as those that are in. Don't sleep SPF fans, there is still much to be read more...


SPF's Week Fifteen Pre-Pregame Show

It has been a largely disappointing season for SPF, but these final weeks can redeem or further decimate a team's momentum for 2008. There are three shoe-in playoff teams in the Footprint - Dallas, Indy, and Tampa.  Two others (Jacksonville and Tennessee) have to keep read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Fifteen)

SPF will say it - this has been a very tough year for pro football in the Swampland Footprint.  Of our 13 teams, more than half of them have been in serious disarray.  At best only 5 or 6 teams will have a clear direction heading into 2008.  Most will be going back to read more...


SPF's Week Fourteen Pre-Pregame Show

SPF has been beating a few drums this year, but one is about letting players play.  Coaches coach systems.  GMs find players to fit into these systems (or in the case of special players, systems are designed for their talents). Except for read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Fourteen)

SPF has looked at the coach/QB relationship.  Now, it's time to look at the owner/coach relationship.  When this relationship is good, everything clicks for the fans.  The fans want to see the coach as an extension of the owner, an extension that helps build a bridge read more...


SPF's Week Thirteen Pre-Pregame Show

While Tribal Fever nation witnessed their conference championships this weekend, SPF has found a few of their own.  There are four key head to head matchups in the SPF footprint this week - two of which will probably decide the winner of the AFC and NFC South. Our other read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Thirteen)

Coaching changes.  They happen every year even though it seems as though jobs are more than safe.  Changes are usually made because the coach no longer has the confidence of the fans.  Once that occurs, the owner is left with little choice. As long term, one read more...


SPF's Week Twelve Pre-Pregame Show

Leadership.  Is it there?  The leader(s) of each SPF team define that team to their fans.  Already, Thanksgiving solidified a sense of leadership between coach and QB with both the Colts and their Manning/Dungy duo and the Cowboys with their Wade/Romo combination read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Twelve)

SPF often talks a team's style when it comes to identity.  Style, though, is kind of a catch all.  Dig a little deeper and it comes down to coaching and, of course, a team's QB.  This week  seems like a good one to put the QB position under the read more...


SPF's Week Eleven Pre-Pregame Show

This week, more than any other this NFL season, the fan will find out who their teams are.  Are teams going to the playoffs?  Will they be Super Bowl contenders?  Are they on the rise even if playoffs aren't likely? We shall see.


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Eleven)

Week Ten was a very weird football weekend.  Many of the SPF teams lost games.  Few had important wins.  It just seems like this was a week to stumble. Desperation might be the biggest factor in any NFL game.  The teams that are desperate have an edge read more...


SPF's Week Ten Pre-Pregame Show

SPF will stick by this point - no team set the NFL back more than the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.  This "champion" brought the worst part of hip-hop's "thug" culture to NFL through the real life violence of Ray Lewis, whose murder acquittal and read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Ten)

Everyone knows that football is the dominant sport in the Footprint, but it has always been college dominating the pro variety.  The goal of SPF's "Team Identity Poll" is to gauge the connection of each team to their fans. This week, two different studies were read more...


SPF's Week Nine Pre-Pregame Show

It's it the "Clash of the Titans!"  The Colts-Pats game deserves the hype that it is getting.  Both teams have built long term consistently excellent football teams in the "salary cap era " - something that is supposedly impossible. This read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Eight)

Things continue to settle out in the SPF Footprint.  This week's big question is whether the South's best is the NFL's best.  The Colts were just that last season, but their old New England nemesis seems to have stolen their thunder again. Here's last week's read more...


SPF's Week Eight Pre-Pregame Show

Much like yesterday's college slate, this week's SPF schedule features teams looking towards the season's end and where they want to be at that point.  Teams know that the season is half over at this point and they need to be making their final pushes. The best teams read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Seven)

SPF's season previews are looking pretty good so far.  The teams we singled out like the Jags, the Texans, and the Dolphins have shown themselves to be in hot water with their fan base.  The Jags and the Texans suffered "must win" losses that neither could read more...


SPF's Week Seven Pre-Pregame Show

Getting on the same page.  Coaches and players that have the same sense of urgency signify teams that are winning.  The NFL is a business, and like all business deals - interests must align. This is the reason that ownership, the front office, and the coaching read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Six)

Here we are again for SPF's weekly Team Identity Poll.  Things have shaken up a bit.  We are much closer to how we saw things at the beginning of the season. Let's start with a look at last week's Poll: 1.  Dallas Cowboys 2.  Indianapolis read more...


SPF's Week Six Pre-Pregame Show

It's week 6 for the SPF teams.  Four teams are basically done, but the rest have critical games that will go a long way to determining how the rest of the season will play out for them. Here's this week's slate (video links courtesy of read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Five)

The rich seem to be getting richer (and the poor, poorer) in the SPF Footprint.  There is happiness at the top, confusion in the middle, and desperation at the bottom. Let's start with last week's T.I. Poll 1.  Dallas Cowboys 2.  Indianapolis read more...


SPF's Week Five Pre-Pregame Show

It's week five in the NFL season.  Overall, the SPF Footprint is shaping up to be a year of the haves and have-nots.  The Footprint contains two of the NFL's winless teams (Dolphins and Rams) and several other struggling squads.  However, we also have two of the best read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Four)

Just like in the college ranks, it was a bit of a crazy week in the SPF Footprint.  Right now, there are more bad teams than good, but the good teams are pretty darn good so we guess that evens things out a little. Here's last week's "Team Identity" read more...


SPF's Week Four Pre-Pregame Show

Welcome SPF fans!  Here's today's slate.  (SPF teams in BOLD) Early Games Dolphins v. Raiders preview Rams @ read more...


SPF T. I. Poll (Week Three)

Back to our weekly gauge of how each SPF team is resonating with its fans.  First, let's take a look back at last week's Team Identity Poll: 1.  Dallas Cowboys 2.  Washington Redskins 3.  Indianapolis Colts 4.  Tampa Bay Bucs


SPF 's Week Three Pre-Pregame Show

Here we are again.  Let Week Three begin!   SPF Teams in BOLD Early Games  Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans (


SPF Friday Fishwrap-up: the Cowboy/Redskin paradigm

We've just posted a new analysis of the Wayne issue in Florida, Weaver in Jacksonville and Huizenga in Miami.  Team Identity is our focus as always.  That's why we start our Friday dispatch with read more...


Swampland Sports Thursday Links

Just a few quick hits here on Thursday.... Snowman's Latest Column Patrick Snow's new column is up.  As a Vol himself, it pains him that he's calling out Phil Fulmer read more...


SPF T. I. Poll (Week Two)

Time for our Week Two "Team Identity" Poll.  Things keep getting interesting, and that's how we like it.  Let's start off with a recap of last week's T.I. Poll: 1.  Dallas  2.  Indianapolis (tie) 2.  read more...


SPF's Week Two Monday: Playmakers making plays

THE "BEATING THE DEAD HORSE" THEME Our theme for this week is similar to last week's - the importance of playmakers.  In the Footprint, we all love great coaches.  We all love great schemes.  However, it usually comes read more...


SPF 's Week Two Pre-Pregame Show

Each week, it will be SPF's pleasure to bring you the best pregame show on the Net.  We provide our audience with clips from NFL.COM mixed in with our commentary and insight.  Let's run down today's slate of games: Early games (SPF Teams in read more...


SPF Friday Fishwrap-up: LeBatard vs. Galloway

Another great southern tradition is writing.  We have a whole section called Discourse that is dedicated to this pursuit.  Newpapers (aka fishwraps) around the Footprint have great sportswriters that deserve to be read, and sometimes needled.


SPF's T. I. Poll (Week One)

Team Identity.  This is our constant gauge for the success or failure of NFL teams in the South.  College football reigns because people see themselves as part of the team.  In the Swampland footprint, allegiances don't change at the college level.  Coaches read more...


SPF's Week One Monday: Channeling SEC over Big Ten

12 of our 13 SPF teams have played.  Only the Bengals remain with a tough Monday Night battle against the Ravens.  It's only week one, but let's review what we know.  The Swampland footprint loves football.  It is part of the culture.  However, read more...


SPF Week One Game Log

Thursday's game didn't do nearly what yesterday's college slate did to pump us up here at SPF.  Our own James Calemine is a little distraught about his Bulldogs going down to the dreaded read more...


Sunday's slate & Long term troubles for the Jags in Jax

Phew!  The 2007 previews are finally up.  Now we can get down to some regular daily updates at SPF. Tomorrow's slate of games features these inter-SPF read more...


Swampland Sports Six-Pack for the week ending 8/26/07

Your weekly filter for the top sports stories around the South 1. What an interesting day for the Atlanta Falcons as they play their first home contest under new coach Bobby Petrino while Michael Vick


Swampland Sports Six-Pack for the week ending 8/19/07

Your weekly filter for the top sports stories around the South 1. Although college athletics has become (mega) big business, there are a few reminders every now and then that it’s still a game for ‘kids’ and that the best coaches tend to be read more...


Welcome Back!

Greetings to all you football fans around the Swampland footprint! Southern Pro Football is back to cover another NFL season. Patrick Snow and I will be making sure that SPF covers the NFL from a Southern perspective.  For all of you that didn't tune into


Stanley Booth arrives! (Fiction & Southern Pro Football too!)

Swampland is honored that esteemed Southern writer, Stanley Booth, has contributed one of his classic pieces


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