29
Dec 10

Green Bay Packers face tough test this Sunday

By any way you measure it, the Green Bay Packers have had a great season. They currently have the second largest point differential of any team in the NFL. Their DVOA, a stat created by Football Outsiders,which I hear is pretty good, ranks them at 23.8% good for 5th overall in the NFL and mere percentage points from 3rd overall. Football Outsiders also ranks them with the second best defense and fifth best offense (in DVOA), and if it wasn't for their terribly low special teams rank, they could be the best team in the NFL. All of their losses are by four points or less. The Green Bay Packers are a much better team than 9-6.

Their opponent on Sunday, the Chicago Bears, is just about the opposite in every way. They are practically an average team in DVOA, their offense is among the league's worst, and their point differential is second lowest among (if the season ended today) NFC playoff teams. The other team? St. Louis Rams. So, yeah. Seven of their eleven wins have come by less than one score. The Chicago Bears are a good team, but they are not this good.

In a world where the numbers are always correct and luck never comes into play, it would be the Chicago Bears playing for their playoff lives, and the Green Bay Packers who would be choosing between playing for the chance at home field advantage or resting their stars on the final weekend. Of course, the NFL is not a world dominated by numbers, and the Green Bay Packers need to win this Sunday if they want to control their own destiny. It doesn't take a math genius to point out that a Packers loss and subsequent missing of the playoffs would be a huge disappointment. Not only would it be a big win for the super annoying Brett-Favre-should-have-the-right-to-choose-when-he-wanted-to-leave goofballs, but it would just plain suck. We need an excuse to drink beyond this weekend. Plus, a team with this sort of talent, that can lose key players and carry on without missing a beat, just doesn't come around that often. This is a team with a chance to win the Super Bowl, and there is no way of knowing if that same chance will return next year. The Packers need to win on Sunday and see how far this thing can go. They have to.

But what if they didn't? What if they didn't make the playoffs? Then what? Continue reading →


25
May 09

What is this strange place? It is nothing like home

machahead /steps off the plane in Minnesota
sveumd WOAH
*Apr 17 - 00:05* WOAH
machahead WOAH
sveumd Where the F are we?
*Apr 17 - 00:05* The itinerary says "Minn-ass-atah".
sveumd Where is that, freakin' Japan?
machahead No, "Minn-AH-So-Tah". You know, 'Discover Minnesota' like in the commercials they show during our games.
sveumd You watch TV during our games?
machahead You don't?
*Apr 17 - 00:05* LOL
sveumd LOL
*Apr 17 - 00:05* Whoa, what's the deal with all these white people? I feel like the Jackie Robinson of Minnesota tourism.
machahead Yeah and did you notice how things are sort of "blue collar" here?
sveumd And there is a surprising amount of overweight people?
machahead Talk about a bizarro world.
*Apr 17 - 00:05* Yeah and did you see all these purple jerseys? It's almost like the people who live here care more about their NFL team than their baseball team.
sveumd DOO DOO DOO DOO DOO DOO
machahead And what is the deal with all these lakes? It's like every time you turn around, there's another lake.
*Apr 17 - 00:05* The road is long with many a winding turn. He ain't heavy, he's my brother.
sveumd /high five
*Apr 17 - 00:05* If I can be serious for a moment, I bet some of the population says things like "yah hey dare" and "doncha know?"
sveumd I bet the people here hate the Chicago Bears.
machahead I bet in the winter time it is easier to find fresh venison than a good plate of caviar and that it's always easier to find a good microbrew than a nice bottle of wine.
sveumd I bet the amount of liberals and conservatives is evenly distributed, but for some reason most of the liberals live in a specific area of the state.
*Apr 17 - 00:05* I bet the fall is beautiful, the winters too long and the summers too short.
sveumd Seriously Ken, this place is freaking me out. I'm a hitting coach, get me out of here!
*Apr 17 - 00:05* Yeah, it's nothing like Wisconsin. We need to hightail it out. Screw our record, this is about SURVIVAL.
machahead Don't worry guys, I'll take care of everything.

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