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.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Back to the Future Economy: Your Parents & Grandparents Were Wealthier Than You

This was a posting in response to an article on SFGate about former President Bill Clinton states that the key to fixing the nation's economy is to address the struggling housing market and foreclosures.

The key to fixing the economy is for the US to once again make stuff to sell to other countries...there by employing Americans so they can afford houses again (of course after housing prices have reset).

The whole idea of the housing industry creating jobs for the economy is just stupid. construction jobs and housing are a symptom of a growing economy not a cause.

The Golden State, Government Overspending & The Lesser Of Evils/Politicians

This was a message to someone in the midwest about liberal politics and California.  The funny thing is that she thought my initial posting in response to her friend's liberal comments made me a like minded conservative.  But I guess I was making the fiscal conservative argument.  

I think things like starting families also tends to make people think more conservatively because then you have more than yourself to worry about...I see it all the time with idealistic young folks out here that then settle down; their focus on the city/state/country/world's problems mostly shifts to their own households...it's the natural way of things.

I love California, best state in the Union IMO. Geographically we have mountains, forests, coastline, farmland (ag is the biggest industry in the state) and deserts. The population is a mix of so many types of people. It creates craziness for sure which can be good and bad. The state is nearly bankrupt but at the same time the state's economy has at times been the 5th or 6th largest in the world...but also it's one of the worst states to start and run a business because of taxes (way too many inefficient state run programs)...there's so much chaos and creativity here. and all that is even more so in the crazy cosmopolitan city of SF. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Separation of the Spiritual & Material Worlds or God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

Here is a posting I made in response to a Deepak Chopra article posted on SFGate.

Separation of the spiritual world and the material world? kind of practical. even if you're a fundamentalist (but not crazy) Christian/Muslim/Jew/Wiccan...etc...if you're caught in an on coming hurricane are you just going to get on your knees and pray for it to go away with the power of faith? no you're going to seek fortified shelter and then pray for everything to be okay.  Often attributed to Benjamin Franklin (and not in the Bible) "God helps those that help themselves".  

The concept of god(s) is/are always on the next horizon. In prehistoric days god(s) lived in/on some impassable mountain range. Then one day some person/people cross the mountain range and then god(s) are in the sky, under the water etc... there's no chariot going across the sky with the sun. Science taught us the earth is round and that the the earth revolves around the sun. The human concept of god is always going to be one step beyond human understanding. But that's fine because there's always going to be someone to challenge that boundary of understanding. On the other side of it, the internal human experience....it's not that hard really. Almost all religions support it. Human's are social creatures. It's the people in our lives that matter most. Be a good person, support/help your family, your friends, your community etc... Be a good person and your world will likely be better and will help you though inevitable adversity through life. So in a sense the spiritual world exists with us in our day to day lives through the people we interact with.

Original Posting

Or as ole Oliver Cromwell said "Put your trust in God but keep your powder dry".

First Post

Well I don't know where to begin.  It's 2012 and the end of the world may once again come around at the end of the year.  Who was the Emperor Norton?  He was an eccentric or mentally unbalanced man from the late 1800's that lived in San Francisco and proclaimed himself the "Emperor of the United States" and "Protector of Mexico".  He was mostly humored around town and considered a local celebrity.  He issued a decree to dissolve the US Congress (hey, who hasn't wanted to to do that from time to time) and for a bridge and a tunnel to connect San Francisco with the other side of the bay (which of course happened years later).

So why do I call myself Emperor Norton II?  Mostly because I can identify with being delusional and I like to think about and comment about the world and universe around me.  And while I think I'm right...I'm sure I sound quite mad.  Do I have any great religious or philosophical influences?

Yes, Leto Atreides II the God Emperor of Dune.  The fictional prophet/tyrant in the sci-fi Dune series by Frank Herbert.  Leto's purpose was to teach mankind.  And it is in the same fashion that the universe teaches mankind and it is up to mankind to learn and adapt to the universe.

So many of my blog entries will be postings I've made on various forums on the internet that I wish to preserve.  Spelling isn't really my thing, I'm usually in too much of a hurry or just don't care.  Also, since many of my blog entries are postings that I made to other websites, even my grammar and the coherency of my thoughts are often questionable.  And as of these first few posts, I'm well aware that I'm talking to myself.  But on the bright side, I most of the time understand what I'm blogging about (most of the time anyway...).