Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Spy Yawn

I'm going to make this short because the seas could run full with the ink that has been wasted on Spygate the past few months. I must say, I am disappointed there wasn't more damning evidence coming from Matt Walsh than what was presented, but all in all it's been a fun ride. Being able to chide and needle the Pats fans with this story has been great, but hopefully we can all stop pretending it's relevant. The thing that's great about all this is that it proves that it doesn't pay to be a jerk. The fact is that everyone was way harder on Belichick because he's an insufferable ahole. Pats fans oddly relished and excused their coach's behavior because they somehow thought that it made him a better coach. Now he's been publicly slapped down, and their franchise has been soiled mostly because no one ever liked the guy to begin with. Hi-freaking-larious. Do I really think all this is that big a deal? No, of course not. We said so months ago, but I always enjoy ironic punishment, and the last several months have been full of it for the NFL's least likable franchise and fans. It's been a fun side show, but let's move on and get ready for football season.

I do want to add one comment about the Boston Herald. Thanks for helping bloggers everywhere look good. Real nice job guys. I used to think the Boston fans were just whining like everyone else when they complain about the local papers (for the record, we only complain about Kravitz...we love the rest of the guys at the Star). Now I can see what they are talking about. The AP, ESPN and everyone else were forced to run with the story once you 'broke it'. You ran the story without: ever talking to the man with the tapes, ever seeing the tapes, and without your 'source' having ever seen the tapes. Niiiiiice. I would certainly hope every Patriots fan would immediately cancel their subscription.

Links: Here's an interesting SI piece about misconceptions in the game. #1 and 2 are right on. #3 makes sense when you read what he saying (turnovers should be taken in context), but he's on dangerous turf. You almost can't overemphasize turnovers. They do turn the game. It's true though, that not all are created equal. A pick 40 yards down field on 3rd and 17 isn't really a turn over. It's a disguised punt. A missed field goal is a deadly play for a team. It's a concise, fairly obvious piece, but useful.


Bob M. said...

At the VERY least Goodell could release the up-close segment on the SD cheerleaders on Youtube, scandalous though it may be....

Anonymous said...

Re: myths article

His second one touches on something I have been trying to get casual fans to understand for years -- the key to NFL success is pass protection. Offensive staffs spend the majority of their planning around how to achieve it. Defensive staffs spend their time planning how to break it down. Everything else in the game revolves around the time the QB has to execute.

A mediocre QB with great pass pro and mediocre receivers is a potential league MVP (see e.g. Steve McNair, although his receivers were a little underrated). Dante Culpepper, even with Moss, was mostly a product of great pass pro in Minn). A QB with great receivers and mediocre pass pro is mediocre, even if he has some talent (see e.g. Arizona).

In all my years of watching the NFL, I've only seen one QB consistently execute at a high level with mediocre pass pro from his offensive line. 2004 wasn't the greatest year ever by a QB because of the TD record or other numbers. It was because the pass pro was often very poor.


PS -- the most interesting story in the whole Spygate mess was the one told by Packer management. That was the nail in the coffin. NE got caught cheating, was stopped and then caught again in the same game. GB had no reason to tell the story, if not true.

DZ said...

I think the Super Bowl proves your point as well as any single game could have, Stan.