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NFL Notes: T.O. Hot, Ricky Not!

   by Ben Burns - 06/07/2006

Favorites are coming off an extremely strong season in the NFL. A recap of last year's stats, followed by a look at some of the recent happenings from around the league, appears below.
2005/2006 ATS recap
Favorites were 195-71 (73.3 percent) straight up (SU) last season and 146-111-9 (56.8 percent) against the spread (ATS). Road favorites were particularly generous to their backers, going 59-20 SU and 46-29-4 ATS. In this writer's opinion, it's highly unlikely that we'll see road favorites hit above 61 percent again in 2006!
The 'totals' were much closer than the sides. For the season, the 'under' held a modest 136-123 advantage.
Owens shines in Dallas debut
Terrell Owens, arguably the most controversial player in the league, has landed in Dallas. The former Eagle recently participated in his first formal workout with his new team. So far, so good. Owens caught nearly every ball thrown his way and didn't make any damaging comments. Only time will tell whether the superstar receiver will be able to keep up his 'good behavior.' However, it's hard to imagine T.O. and Drew Bledsoe going an entire season without clashing heads.
RIP Ironhead
Last week, Craig "Ironhead" Heyward passed away at the age of 39. Heyward, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 1987, played 11 seasons in the pros. In 1995, as a member of the Falcons, he rushed for more than 1,000 yards and made the Pro Bowl. Heyward, one of the biggest backs in NCAA Division 1-A history, had been battling a recurring brain tumor for the past 7 1/2 years. Ironhead is survived by his son, Cameron Heyward. Cameron visited Pittsburgh on a recruiting trip last month and is considered one of the nation's top defensive line recruits.
Ricky runs for the border
While serving his suspension from the NFL, former Texas Longhorn Ricky Williams has left Miami for the 'greener' pastures of Canada. Williams, however, was far from impressive in his CFL debut. On four carries he managed only seven yards. Despite the poor numbers, Williams seemed pleased with his effort.
"I did a decent job on pass protection. Obviously I didn't have that many yards running the ball but I felt pretty good about my performance."
Williams, whose money problems are well-documented, will make $240,000 during his year with the Toronto Argonauts.

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