January 27, 2014


Holy Crap. The shirts are blinding. Stare at Team Sanders' pregame polos long enough and you'll think you're looking at a Mario Paint sketch. 

This has Deion Sanders written all over it.



January 26, 2014


Longtime New England Patriots assistant coach Dante Scarnecchia announced last week that he’s retiring, after a legendary career on NFL sidelines that spanned 32 seasons. He turns 66 on February 14.    

Scarnecchia spent 30 of his 32 NFL seasons as a Patriots assistant, starting in 1982 under Ron Meyer, and surviving five additional coaching administrations.

His career included the best and worst of the organization’s history (Raymond Berry, Dick MacPherson, Bill Parcells, Pete Carroll, Bill Belichick). Scarnecchia was the offensive line assistant for the Indianapolis Colts in 1989 and 1990.

He was on the sideline for all seven of New England's Super Bowl appearances (1985, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011).

Scarnecchia served as New England’s offensive line coach since 1999, a period during which he built it into the best and most consistent front five in the NFL – as measured by the Cold, Hard Football Facts Offensive Hog Index Index, one of our favorite Quality Stats.

We do not have Offensive Hog Index data dating back to 1999. We have it only from 2004, our debut season.

But over that 10-season period (2004-13), Scarnecchia’s offensive line was consistently the best in football, based upon annual average rank on the Offensive Hog Index.

NFL'S BEST OFFENSIVE LINES, BASED UPON OFFENSIVE HOG INDEX (2004-13)

Team2004200520062007200820092010201120122013AVGRecord
NE812729617196.2124-36
NO25188841412108.191-69
IND3725787201868.3111-49
SD531105131322838.3100-60
GB21793910161121610.496-63-1
ATL1551925311569121190-70
DEN78161011525234211.193-67
NYG2455621291923111.590-70
PHI92338131611917811.789-70-1
DAL21251079312715111287-73
TEN15141919811616161213.676-84
CAR141426205143147151580-80
HOU22272213131834101915.170-90
JAX1110512041528313215.771-89
KC121432152492425141666-94
WAS2884161727272210416.366-94
MIN3302817209221471516.577-82-1
BAL15231127236222132917.195-65
PIT2022111328221410192118105-55
CIN121261231162018281718.182-77-1
TB231324131930216133018.366-94
DET1919302732318124518.750-110
MIA291115211642126222819.366-94
NYJ5321728920628302019.579-81
SEA104242325282830102220.488-72
BUF262832242229181362622.463-97
OAK1816292626311915242422.849-111
STL1319133030262631232223.351-108-1
CHI321921312425322526123.689-71
CLE312931427232421272524.251-109
SF2931172829213026201824.975-84-1
ARI2726232218182831322625.171-89-0

 

Folks say football games are won in the trenches. So perhaps it's no coincidence that the Patriots produced 13 more wins than any other team in football during this period of Offensive Hog dominance, an average of more than one win per season better than any other team in football.

Scarnecchia's Offensive Hogs powered record offense

The Patriots in this decade also became the first an only franchise in pro football history to score 500 points four different seasons: 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Only 10 other teams have topped 500 points in a season once, and only three others have done it in multiple seasons:

  • Denver Broncos (1998, 2013)
  • New Orleans Saints (2009, 2011)
  • St. Louis Rams (1999, 2000, 2001)


Our Offensive Hog Index tends to show bias toward teams with great quarterbacks, because it credits units that help passers keep down their mistakes. So it's no surprise to see at the top of the list teams largely led over this period by Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning, three future Hall of Fame quarterbacks.

Still, the OHI also takes into account sack percentage, running ability and proficiency keeping drives alive.

And over this period, no Offensive Hogs in football were better and more consistent than Scarnecchia's unit in New England.

In fact, the Patriots topped the indicator twice and finished in the Top 10 of the Offensive Hog Index in nine of the last 10 years. The only exception was 2005, when the team went just 10-6, New England's worst record of the past decade.

 

           



January 23, 2014


What do you get the football fan who has everything? Well, the Super Bowl onesie, of course.

Excuse us: the "luxury adult" Super Bowl onesie from Zooop it Up! Just $219.

This press release for the luxury adult Super Bowl onesie came with the subject line: "The Perfect Superbowl Wardrobe for Die-Hard Football Fans."

We thought it was a joke at first. But the luxury adult Super Bowl onesie slowly grew on us, like moss grows on a fat, round immovable object.

We soon realized this type of game-day gear is perfect for the stat-crunching, wing-munching, poorly dressed, asocial shut in football-loving troll with no hope of impressing women even in the best of circumstances.

It's perfect for you people, in other words.

Images here and text below straight from the email press release.

 

The Perfect Superbowl Wardrobe for Die-Hard Football Fans
It's no surprise that professional football players are often spotted in onesies – they're fun, comfy and easy. Now football fans can follow suit with a festive, fun option that will redefine Sunday Best.  

ZOOOP iT UP! luxury adult onesies introduces the new unisex ZOOOPLESS Onesie in Football just in time for Super Bowl. This hooded, footless ZOOOP is made of soft, lightweight 100% cotton, and looks amazing on both men and women. The game day equivalent of 'turkey pants,' your ZOOOP will keep you comfortable no matter how many wings you eat.

Sizes XXS – XXL available for $219 at ZOOOPitUP.com.  




January 22, 2014


Montana Performs 2-Minute Surgery On Sam Whyche's Bengals

Jerry Rice set a Super Bowl record with 11 catches for 215 yards as part of his Super Bowl MVP.

It all took place on this day, Jan. 22, 1989. 

Just watch and enjoy!

 



January 21, 2014


 

NFL commissioner and Gridiron Godfather Roger Goodell told the NFL Network today that the league may abolish the extra point.

What do you think?

We do agree it's become an archaic and vestigal scoring organ: it's fairly useless and uneccessary in today's game, in other words. NFL kickers are so effective these days that they missed just five extra points all year: 1,262 of 1,267 (.996).

Where's the drama or the necessity in sports for an action that converts successfully nearly 100 percent of the time?

We noted the greatly expanded impact kickers have on scoring in the NFL just last month, writing that "no performers in pro football have advanced more dramatically over the last several decades than the place-kicking specialists ... Today, kickers are big-legged, highly proficient, soccer-style specialists. They do nothing but eat, kick and make baby kickers."

Consider that in 1948, the year with the highest league-wide scoring average before 2013, kickers hit just 40.9 percent of field goal attempts; in 2013, they converted a gaudy 86.5 percent of attempts.

In 1948, 4.8 percent of all scoring came from field goals; in 2013 it was 21.6 percent.

Kickers play too just prominent a role in today's NFL.

So anything that reduces their role is probably a good thing for the sport. But we don't like the idea of the NFL abolishing a scoring method from above. We still like the strategy involved with the current format of both 1-point and 2-point conversions.

But we'll see what happens.

In the meantime, Goodell seems intent on tinkering with a sport that was already pretty close to perfect before he took over as commissioner. And that tinkering is not going well for him.

Sometimes it's best just to leave well enough alone. The trusty old extra point may be one of those issues.



January 20, 2014




January 19, 2014


Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman was unhinged and ungracious during his postgame interview.

 

NFC title game hero Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks was unhinged and ungracious during his postgame interview with Erin Andrews, screaming that he's "the best corner in the game!” while practically spitting all over the shocked reporter.

The Seahawks beat the 49ers, 23-17. But Sherman, after a season of defensive dominance by his team, came across as a surly sore winner.



January 15, 2014


Since Super Bowl XLVIII takes place outdoors at the Meadowlands in two plus weeks, the folks at Fox Sports want to go where no cameras have gone before: they want to show the internal temps of the players!

It will use this weekend's NFC title game in Seattle between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seahawks to test an infrared camera that will show how players' body temperatures change throughout the game.

"I don't know what story that tells, but it might make for some pretty cool pictures," Eric Shanks, Fox Sports chief operating officer and executive producer, told the Television Critics Association on Monday.

He said another unspecified device will show how wind affects a quarterback or kicker.

Shanks said the network will have more high-tech 4K cameras than ever before to zoom in for what he called "that definitive angle." 

A "definitive angle"? Are they going to zoom in on Peyton Manning's forehead helmet stain or zoom up Bill Belichicks's hoodie? Guess it depends who wins the AFC Championship game.

Back in the mid-90s - 16 years ago this month - Fox Sports unveiled the glowing puck on its NHL telecasts, which showed viewers at home how hard/fast a player's shot was. It didn't last long; the last known, recorded glowing puck on Fox occurred in the 1998 playoffs. 

How have we survived this long without it? 

And how have we survived without knowing how wind affects a kicker or a quarterback until now? 

Oh wait, we have. That's what the TV broadcast and announcers provide. 

 



January 15, 2014


Super Bowl 1

On this day in 1967, MVP Bart Starr and the Green Bay Packers won the first Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, in a 35-10 drubbing.

The video above is a recap of the '66/'67 season courtesy of CBS.



January 15, 2014


Friend of the Facts (and Giants fans) John Nailor sent along this image from the wild times had at the last N.Y. Jets Super Bowl party.






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