In football, what is a slot back?

A slot back is basically a slot receiver who lines up in the backfield.

This page is pretty instructional.…

It says:
"The flanker can also become a slot receiver or slot back. If heโ€™s positioned between the split end and a tackle, his name changes. The coach can take out a tight end, making a slot back the third receiver, attempting to create mismatches with the defense. But even in a standard set that includes a tight end, the receiver can line up between the split end and the tackle and be called a slot back. This gives him a few steps running start before the defender can smack him one."

Wikipedia says a slot back is:
"A receiver lining up in the offensive back field. Canadian and Arena football allow them to take a running start at the line. They are usually larger players as they need to make catches over the middle. In American football slot backs are typically used in flexbone or other triple option offenses while Canadian football uses them in almost all formations."…

2009 College Football Season: What are Toby Gerhart's chances of winning the Heisman Trophy this year?

I think he gets invited to NYC but doesn't win the trophy.  Objectively, I believe he was the most consistently dominating performer in college football this year thus deserves the award.   However, the Pac 10's TV deal limited his exposure and he lacked the pre and early season hype that gets voters to follow him closely all season long.   Voters also love Heismans from NC contenders which Stanford is not.

Where is the best place in San Francisco to watch college football?

If you're looking for a rowdy, collegial atmosphere, try the Bus Stop on Union Street. They have a dozen TV's on all walls of a large room, and on busy Saturdays each TV is often showing a different game. As a result, you get little pockets of fans arrayed around the room, cheering very loudly and at totally different times, depending on the game they're following. Get ready to face crowds.…

How can Peyton Manning call Brandon Stokely the "best slot back ever"? 

The best wide receivers don't play in the slot, they play outside where the bigger plays are made.  Playing in the slot requires a somewhat different skill set.  For a slot receiver, size isn't as important, and speed can be less valuable than quickness because a slot receiver only has a second or two to get open.  Finally, good hands are absolutely critical for a slot receiver, whereas some successful outside receivers can get by with mediocre hands (for example, Terrell Owens and Braylon Edwards).

That being said, Wes Welker is probably a better slot receiver now than Brandon Stokely.

2009 NFL Season : When will the Denver Broncos next win a game?

From looking at the schedule and thinking about how teams have been playing recently, my guess would be the Broncos next win will come on December 6, 2009 when they play at the Kansas City Chiefs.

Kansas City is one of the worst teams in the league this year (currently 2-7,) and Denver coach Josh McDaniel was the offensive coordinator recently in New England when Matt Cassell was a backup, so that may help the Broncos get a strategic advantage.  (On the other hand, Cassell may be able to help KC's defensive coaches come up with schemes that work well against the kind of offense McDaniel likes to run.)

One factor that could change things a lot is that Kyle Orton, Denver's quarterback injured his ankle in yesterday's game.  His backup, Chris Simms, played very poorly (3-13 IIRC.)  Without a healthy Orton, it may be some time before the Broncos win again.

There is some possibility that the Broncos could beat the Giants next week in Denver–the Broncos will have an advantage playing at high altitude and in front of their home crowd and the Giants are reeling–but I think the Giants are the better team and will break out of their slump.

If the Broncos fail to win at Kansas City, they've got a really good chance at beating Oakland in Denver on December 20th.  The Raiders are even worse than the Chiefs (they just lost to the Chiefs yesterday and appear to be completely in turmoil as an organization without strong leadership at quarterback or head coach.)

Why does Peyton Manning furiously shuffle his feet when he drops back in the pocket?

Some of it is style, but Manning's shuffle is integral to the timing of his release. Most plays are designed for a receiver to be open at certain point in the QB's dropback. For example, a quick hitch route is usually in sync with a QB's 3 step drop, a crossing route a 5 steps and longer pattern at 7 steps. By the rhythm of his footwork, Manning is basically syncing his ability to release the ball at the moment his receivers make their breaks to get open.

Think of his characteristic shuffle as the equivalent of a passing metronome. ๐Ÿ™‚

You'll notice that exceptional QBs have consistent and active footwork that dictates their ability to perfectly time passes. Poor QBs generally suffer from footwork that does not match the timing demands of their plays. Coincidentally, this is why many successful college QBs who come from offences that used a shotgun dropback are not considered NFL caliber. They are considered to not have enough grounding in the dropback footwork needed to complete a pass in the millisecond window of opportunity afforded an NFL QB.

How did Chris Henry die?

As of Dec. 21, 2009, the AP has only reported that:

"Henry died Thursday from massive head injuries, a day after falling out of the back of a pickup truck driven by fiancee, Loleini Tonga. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police described the incident as a domestic dispute."