Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ranking NFL Quarterbacks: Game Manager? Elite? Scrub?

Giselle Mrs. Tom Brady
Since the quarterback position is unquestionably the most important position in the NFL, I thought I'd attempt to objectively review most of the quarterbacks in the league and rank them.  I look at their career passing statistics and their most recent statistics.  I also want to factor in big wins (like playoff and Super Bowl wins) and Pro Bowl honors.  Now I understand that a QB can win a Super Bowl and not be the best passer (I'm speaking to you Trent Dilfer) but I do include it as a factor.   The same with Pro Bowls.  Often times players get into the Pro Bowl on reputation alone.  But it's worth something and I think it has even more significance if a player has gone to multiple Pro Bowls (because it means his performance wasn't just a fluke year).  I'm ranking players by a grading system and categorizing them in a nominal system similar to the Madden video game.

The one QB I forgot to include is Chad Henne, who started some games with Miami last year before getting injured.  He's an average QB (I'd grade him a C); last year he had a 79 passer rating while throwing 4 TDs and 4 INTs and he's a career 77 passer.  He now is in the mix for the starting job with the Jaguars.

I included pictures of some of the QB's wives and girlfriends because I'm tired of the standard QB pics and quite frankly I find their significant others more pleasant to look at.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Evolution Of The Two Tight End Offense & Tecmo Super Bowl

8 Bits of Over The Top NFL Fun
New England utilizes a specialized passing game that uses two Tight Ends; Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.  Jim Harbaugh the Head Coach of the San Francisco 49ers was famous for utilizing 3 Tight End personnel packages for his power run game which was integrated into his passing game.  With San Francisco he uses Pro Bowl Tight End Vernon Davis and former college wide receiver Delanie Walker in his multi-Tight End offense.  Michael Silver's article for Yahoo Sports about Bill Belichek and the origins of New England's dynamic two Tight End offense got me thinking about an offense I put together for Tecmo Super Bowl.

Tecmo Bowl
Fifteen to twenty years ago I played one of the greatest sports video games ever; Tecmo Super Bowl.  It was simple game that gave a player a limited number of plays to select and some of the star players had some outrageous and over the top abilities that added to the fun.  I think it was in one of the sequels to Super Tecmo Bowl that you were able to move players around in someway.  What I do remember was trying to get all of the best players on one team.  But when that became boring, my brother and I decided to draft players onto opposing teams.  What I came up with is in principle very similar to the two Tight End offenses you see today.  To best use a two Tight End type of offense, I used a Run and Shoot Playbook.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tebowing in San Francisco

When rumor first started that the 49ers were interested in trading for Tim Tebow, my first reaction was "WHAT THE FUCK????  Mostly because I think he's just not a good quarterback.  But after some more thought, I think it's because he represents the conservative Christian society in sports in the United States.  Something that mostly goes against my personal beliefs and philosophies.  But the more I think about it, for just pure entertainment value, Tebow to the Niners would have been socio-political train wreck waiting to happen.

Tebow's socia-political views are probably most notable in the media: last year, In 2010, Tebow controversially starred in an ad for the right-wing group Focus on the Family, which opposes LGBT rights. In fact, the organization has argued that there "is no evidence that homosexuals, as a class, are discriminated against in the present society."  Athletes have had a history of accepting, tolerating or just keeping their mouths shut about some of the crazy "liberal stuff" that goes on in the San Francisco Bay Area.  

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Irrational, Emotional Thinking & The Plight of the Overdog

Classic Underdog Story
Everybody likes to root for the underdog.  Even in the Bible you have little David and the Philistine giant warrior Goliath.  But did anyone think that this poor brute was walking into a ruthless killers trap?  If you look at David's military and political career, you should almost feel sorry for Goliath.

Who's Really The Underdog Here?
Below is a blog entry I made as a reply to a posted response to a SF Gate article about how big movie studio distributors are forcing the movie industry to adopt digital projectors for distribution purposes and how it is adversely effecting small independent movie theater owners.  The reply was by a poster that was negative to the big movie studios for victimizing the small independent movie theater owners.  From the replies and the ratings on the posts (I had negative ratings while posts with opposing views had very positive ratings) it's obvious that most people take the simple of view of rooting for the little guy.     My posts are in green and the reply to my post is in red.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Those Damn Vague Deities & Surprise! Might Makes Religious & Political Right

This was a blog response I made for pastor Bruce Reyes-Chow.   I like Bruce's posts and I respond to them from time to time when he posts to the SFGate blog.  He seems like nice guy and if more Christians were like him, they'd probably have an easier time in the liberal media.  But Bruce like many liberals tends to be a bit on the hippie-dippy Jesus is love kind of kick...which is fine and makes for the kind of pleasant person you like to have around to discuss things with over dinner.  But ultimately proves to be impractical and ineffective for causing the change he seeks.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

99% Idiots; Same As It Ever Was & Ever Will Be

Below is a posting I made to a friend who has gone from being a conservative Republican to disillusioned with   both parties.  I basically agreed with him but expanded on it.  I probably should have gave him a link to my Douche & Turd: Lesser of Two Evils posting.

It’s Not About Liberal, Democrat, Republican Or Conservative, It’s About The Type Of People ALWAYS In Power
The Stone Cutter Illuminati: The True Masters of the World
No matter the government structure and philosophy (democratic, communist, socialist, autocratic, meritocratic…etc..) the assertive, ruthless, cunning, intelligent, opportunistic and charismatic…maybe even amoral or at least borderline amoral… will be the ones controlling resources and influencing others. These people are the politicians, CEO’s, Wall Street Bankers, those with money etc… the 1%. Even Plato offered up his society with “philosopher kings”. People in power tend to be the ones that seek power (money, political influence etc…). It doesn’t matter the type of government. And some of them may actually want to help the people, ALL OF THEM want to increase their power (for their own good or they may even thing for the good of the people)…hell our political system is designed for politicians to continuously seek to increase their power to stay elected.