Category Archives: NFL

Correcting the NBA Draft Lottery

I am so sick of hearing this argument.  Let’s get rid of the lottery!  Let’s fix the lottery!  Let’s leave it the same!

Look, it’s so simple.  Now stay with me.  First of all, the system is broke and needs to be fixed and the best part is that there is a really really easy solution. 

The draft lottery is set on March 1st.  If you are the worst team on March 1st then you get the first pick in the draft.  And the rest of the picks fall in order with the exception of any teams that make the playoffs…those teams will be seeded by record after all non-playoff teams are seeded. 

This will prevent teams from benefitting from tanking at the end of the season…Miami.  They tanked game after game this season in March and April.  It will also allow NBA teams to play their young players at the end of the year without affecting the order of the draft.  If a team sucks on March 1st then they suck and the worst team on March 1st should get that 1st pick.  Because all teams are competing up until March 1st and if you are getting beat during that time then yeah you are the worst team in the league and should get the 1st pick.  In March and April, teams who are already out of the playoffs start resting guys who otherwise would play and they do nothing to better the team..knowing that they need the draft pick. 

Many NFL fantasy leagues are run similar.  Whoever has the worst record after week 12 gets the 1st pick in the draft.  Because any one who has played fantasy football knows that if an owner is clearly out of the playoffs those last few weeks then they tank…either on purpose or just stop paying attention and start guys who are injured,etc.  I’m surprised someone as smart as Mark Cuban hasn’t presented this as a solution. 

Easy solution NBA.  There’s no real argument against it. 

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What are the Cowboys Doing?

So much for a quiet off-season. 

First, we have the trade rumors with the Dolphins.  The rumor is the cowboys are thinking of trading Barber and picks for the 1st pick in the draft where they can draft McFadden.  I don’t see how this really works for both teams as Miami is already paying Ronnie Brown big money and I don’t think they’d invest more in the running back position.  The only thing I can think of is maybe they will be comparable to the vikings who have Taylor and AP and maybe Parcells is willing to do anything to avoid paying the huge signing bonus to the 1st pick in the draft.

For the Cowboys, they would be taking on a huge contract at a time where they are going to have to start making some tough decisions on players salaries.  This move would be a gamble to win next year at all costs…something Jerry would do (crap now I believe the rumors).  Jerry may think he needs more star-power on this team because TO’s age will no doubt make him very average, very soon.  Or maybe his Arkansas roots are firmly entrenched in his brain. 

The next situation brewing over at Valley Ranch is the hiring of some “big name” assistant coaches.  Jerry brought back some guys from the 90’s in Houck and Campo.  I don’t see the reason in bringing Campo back…yes he is a good secondary coach but he’s got too much of a reputation here to just be a normal position coach.  The media is too close to him and if things go bad they will get him to talk.  Houck I’m ok with but the rumor is Wade had someone else in mind. 

The Dom Capers situation is spiraling out of control rather quickly.  Apparently, Brian Stewart told Capers that he wasn’t too comfortable with Capers being hired onto the staff and this prompted Capers to turn the job down, only to have Jerry and Co. pursue him further and try to talk him into coming anyway.  Let me get this straight:

Wade is a defensive minded coach and that is his “specialty” and why you hired him.  He then hand-picked his Def Coordinator and had the defense playing much better last year even with injuries to the secondary and the loss of Jason Ferguson.  The team goes 13-3 and lost a playoff game because the offense didn’t score enough points…same reason they lost in Seattle the year before.  So Jerry goes out and hires one former Head Coach in Campo and is trying to hire another in Capers.  Why?  Does this defense need that much help?  What about Garrett? 

Last year, Garrett had Sporano on the staff but this year he is on his own and apparently Jerry is just fine with that instead choosing to go after big name coaches on the other side of ball.  The chain of command will be screwed if Capers comes aboard.  It will make Stewart a non-factor and wouldn’t surprise me if the players tuned him out.  And if that happens, how long before Wade gets tuned out with players knowing he is a lame-duck coach? 

It’s as if Jerry is setting up the coaching staff for Jason Garrett even though he isn’t the current head coach.  This type of thing can absolutely destroy a team.  I wonder if Jerry is trying to “up” Parcells.  Parcells raided the Cowboys and maybe Jerry wants to really send him a message that says “hey Bill, you didn’t hurt us at all….see who I hired”. 

There are those that say Stewart should be more than willing to accept Capers on the staff…but those people are fooling themselves or have never been a leader or in a position of real power in an organization.  That hire would be a clear message to the players on that football team that Stewart is irrelevant and also that Wade is irrelevant in Jerry’s mind.  Hell of a way to start the off-season.

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Tony Romo is Dating a LadyBoy

Well maybe not but if he was this is what would happen:

  1. Romo would figure out that he was dating a LadyBoy but refuse to address it in the media.  
  2. Babe Laufenberg, Dale Hanson, Randy Galloway and Steve Dennis would all lead a campaign defending him saying it was impossible for Romo to know his girlfriend was a guy. 
  3. Mickey Spagnola would then say he hasn’t heard anything about it from Valley Ranch and that it’s just all speculation at this point which is totally unfair, so until he hears it from his Daddy Jerry it must be untrue. 
  4. Then Skip Bayless would go on ESPN and say that Romo is in fact Troy Aikman’s lover and has been since Troy’s rookie year.   Then Skip would deny that he ever said it and that he has too much credibility to start a rumor like that. 
  5. Emmitt Smith, Shannon Sharpe and Terry Bradshaw would all give their opinions but it would take 2 to 3 weeks to actually decipher what they said.  
  6. Deion and Michael Irvin would talk about how god saved them from their ladyboy addictions.  Deion would then pat himself on the back. 
  7. Tiki Barber would smile at the camera and say nothing of real importance while Jerome Bettis laughs uncontrollably. 

Chargers Whining and LT’s lack of Emotion

Again, the Chargers whine after another loss.  Anyone else sick of it?  Handle it on the field.  And my biggest problem is with LT. 

He just sat on the bench all day feeling sorry for himself.  Hey, aren’t you supposed to be a leader on that team?  Get your butt up and cheer your teammates on, offer advice and help to Turner and Sproles.  Do something!  I watched Sam Madison last week in street clothes offer everything he could to his teammates but LT sits on the bench behind his visor and says nothing and does nothing.  Just sits and watch.  I guess he was just feeling sorry for himself because he couldn’t play. 

The Chargers were one play away from winning that game and maybe a little emotional support from LT would have given them the edge they needed.  Maybe showing your teammates that you believe in them would have made them just a little more confident in their play and meant the difference in the game.  just maybe.  But apparently, the tragedy of LT not playing was just greater than the game itself.

Fun Terrell Owens stat

1-5 career playoff record. 

The one win was against the Giants when the 49ers came back from a huge deficit and when the Giants snapper botched the game winning 41 yard field goal. 

Dallas Cowboys by the Numbers

I read the article from SI about Romo’s numbers and it got me thinking.

Since that article is about Romo let’s start there:

Let’s compare last year with this year:

  • Yards per attempt: Last year 8.6  /  This year:  8.1  (didn’t think this was the case)
  • Yards per game as a starter:    Last year 264.1  /  This year:  263.2 (also didn’t think this was the case)
  • Completion %:  Last year 65.8  /  This year: 64.4 

I really thought that this year’s numbers would be greater than last year’s.  That is the perception out there, that last year Parcells ran a conservative offense, etc but this year Garrett put in a wide open offense.  But, really the numbers are about the same except of course TD’s.

Fumbles:  Last year 8 fumbles and 3 lost  /  This year 10 fumbles and 2 lost (this seemed incredibly lucky to me so I looked up some other QB’s.)

  • Tom Brady: 5 fumbles and 4 lost /  last year:  12 fumbles and 4 lost
  • Brett Favre:  9 fumbles and 3 lost / last year: 7 fumbles and 5 lost and the year before that 10 fumbles and 7 lost
  • Peyton Manning:  5 fumbles and 1 lost / last year: 2 fumbles and 1 lost, the year before that 5 fumbles and 2 lost
  • Eli Manning:  13 fumbles and 7 lost / last year:  9 fumbles and 2 lost, the year before 9 fumbles and 2 lost.

That’s a lot of fluctuation from year to year.  Favre had horrible luck for 2 straight years and this year the ball is bouncing the right way and the team is doing great.  I mean in terms of being plus or minus in turnovers for the entire season, those fumbles have a pretty big impact.  I think it is safe to say that this year, Tony Romo, has had good luck in this department.

Marion Barber:

In Dallas wins:

  • he averages 4.9 yards per carry and has 10 TD’s

In Dallas losses:

  • he averages 3.4 yards per carry and has 0 TD’s

And against the NFC East he averages 3.3 yards per carry and only has 2 TD’s.  that’s in 6 games. 

Jason Witten:

This year he is averaging 11.9 yards per catch…last year?  11.8 and the yards after catch are exactly the same at 4.1

Dallas Cowboys Team Stats – Offense

This year:  Rank 3rd in yards per game.  Rank 4th in Passing Yards per game.  Rank 2nd in points.  3rd down % was 42.2% and had 104 penalties.

Last year:  Rank 5th in yards per game.  5th in passing yards per game.  Rank 4th in Points.  3rd down % 48.8 and had 100 penalties.

Hmm.  Those numbers are pretty close all the way around and if you factor in the games Bledsoe started then you would probably have identical numbers on offense from a year ago.  I just thought these were pretty interesting.  I’ll let ya’ll discuss what they actually “mean”.

A couple of random things

Ran across some interesting things lately:

  • Brett throws up a lovefest over AlterBridge.  It’s Creed minus Scott Stapp. 
  •  Parcells will interview Jeff Ireland for the GM job with Miami.  ouch!  big loss for the boys.
  • I got an insider tip on a new contest by Vizio.  The site isn’t really up yet and voting doesn’t start till Jan 7th…but if you want a sneak preview check it out. 
  • What’s with the cell phone commercial selling the “Venus” phone to guys?  I can’t remember who does the commercial but as a guy I don’t want to own a phone called ‘Venus”. 
  • Can’t wait to see Rambo on Jan 25th.