Football! Week 13

And now for this week’s update of the limited vocabulary of the hosts of Sunday NFL Countdown, because Tim Tebow is not one heck of a baseball player.

Other Highlights:
CC – TJ Yates is similar to Matt Schaub. Are they going to give him teh 3 years that Schaub had with the Falcons, where he started a lot of games?
Schaub started 2 games as a Falcon, 2.

Ditka – Someone should tell the Colts, this is how you build a football team (Referring to the Texans). If you lose one person, you don’t lose the season.
Since 2002, the Texans inaugural season, the Colts have won the division all but two seasons, seasons in which they were the Wild Card team.

Question: Believe in Tim Tebow yet?
Ditka – I’m not gonna argue either way.
Awesome, Mike, I’m just so happy you have a job.

Armageddon has arrived – Tebow Time

via Deadspin

http://frontrow.espn.go.com/2011/12/set-your-clocks-its-tebow-time-at-200-p-m-et-on-sportscenter/

Merril Hoge will hopefully play the Bruce Willis to ESPN’s Tebow Asteroid heading straight for your television.

T-minus 1 hour and 9 minutes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_sUlupV48I

Thank goodness we have Jeff Passan to ask the tough questions!

Come baseball season, I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot of Jeff Passan. I wonder why…

The whole article is kinda dumb, with tidbits like these…

On Sunday night, the Marlins gave Jose Reyes $106 million for the next six seasons. Between 2006 and 2009, the Marlins’ combined opening day payrolls were $104,160,000.

That may seem outrageous, until one uses the amazing tool know as division.
Marlins average payroll – $26 million
Reyes average salary – $17.7 million
It is a stupid comparison, we get it, the Marlins are spending a lot of money this offseason, write about something interesting. That isn’t all that absurd.

What’s that? You have…

3. Tim Tebow invaded our consciousness. Yes, this is still a baseball column, though it’s fair to delve into the news of the day when it can translate. And on Sunday afternoon, when Tebow was defying the laws of physics and aesthetics to help manufacture another win, I threw out a question on Twitter.

Who is the baseball equivalent of Tim Tebow?

Great, and I mean it, greeeeeeeeaaaaaaat question. Thank god for twitter.

I first suggested Dustin Pedroia because even though he doesn’t do things the normal way, he succeeds nevertheless. Thankfully, people on Twitter are much smarter than me and filled in the blanks.

Is this supposed to be a jab at Pedroia’s height or something? How does he not do things the normal way? Does we bat with one leg in the air? Perhaps he throws the ball and the glove to first base. I’m not really sure.

But now for the greatest thing of all time…

Part of the beauty in watching Tebow is the disparate things he means. To some, he is gritty and gutsy…

Now, if you read any Fire Joe Morgan in your lifetime, you know that the next person is either Darin Erstad or David Eckstein…

 which drew dozens of David Eckstein comparisons.

That is just awesome. I don’t know who should take this more personally, Tebow or Eckstein.

Wow, Woody Paige, just wow

The following little nugget of awesomeness comes from some garbage article by some garbage journalist named Woody Paige.

I present my expert witness. Tebow belongs in the mix if players and coaches contemplate the line of reasoning first advanced by Chase Stuart, a creative contributor to several football websites. Stuart’s offering in The New York Times Fifth Down prior to the Jets game stated that Tebow’s runs ought to be comparable to completed throws (to himself) and included in his passing stats.

When I mentioned Stuart’s logic to Broncos coach John Fox, he agreed.

If Tebow’s 78 runs were added to his 65 pass completions, he’d be 143-of-221, or 64.7 percent — fourth in the NFL.

Football! Week 12 The Mayne Event hasn’t been watchable since I was 12 Edition

Week 12’s update of the limited vocabulary of the hosts of Sunday NFL Countdown… because I was confused about what kind of ball quarterbacks throw.

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Wide Receivers and Interceptions

Advanced NFL Stats had a cool post this week about Wide Receivers and interceptions. Placing the blame of interceptions is very hard to do, and I am not setting out to do so, but I thought I would have fun with the numbers. Keep in mind, still dealing with a small sample size.

I wanted to look at the length of routes run vs. the interception rate per target of the receivers covered by Brian Burke.

First thing was to find out the average length of routes, which, to my knowledge, is not readily available. So I found the receiving yards of each receiver, subtracted the yards after catch, and divided that by catches. I’ll just call it catch yards per catch. Basically, if the receiver were to just catch the ball and sit down on that spot, that would be his catch yards per catch. There aren’t really any surprises at the top, Desean Jackson, Steve Smith, Larry Fitzgerald, Denarius Moore, and Vincent Jackson.

Here is the data:
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One step closer to letting computers choose the MVP, thanks to Evan Grant

If you want a good laugh, read this headline:

http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/texas-rangers/headlines/20111121-grant-why-i-gave-michael-young-his-only-first-place-vote-for-al-mvp.ece

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