What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
1) Fundamentals Still Matter
If you wanted to know why the two teams many of us had as the favorites to win this playoff tournament will be spending next weekend working on their collective golf swings, the answer is rather simple. It does not matter how many video game/fantasy football numbers your offense posts, it doesn’t matter how far down ESPN’s throat your quarterback’s junk is, the bottom line is that a team simply can’t win in the playoffs when it commits four or more turnovers. Nothing kills a team more than giving the ball away.
2) The Importance of the Passing Game is Over-Rated
There is an inviolable rule about play-off football: never count out a team that can a) run the ball and b) play defense. This is the recipe the 49ers, Ravens, and to a lesser extent the Giants all used to get this far. Fantasy football mentality aside, golfers have a saying for this: You drive for show, and you putt for dough. In football terms, 350 passing yards doesn’t matter if you can’t get 4th-and-goal from the one-yard line.
3) The Importance of the Passing Game is Over-Rated, Part II
So, you read Item #2 and want to think I’m full of crap. Take a look at the inverse argument: If the passing game is the key to winning in the NFL, then the ability to stop the passing game must also be a key to success. The trouble is the stats don’t bear that out.
First of all, can you tell me the last time the individual sack leader played on the Super Bowl winning team? Lawrence Taylor in 1986. Look at this season; Jared Allen racked up 22 sacks and the Vikings defense couldn’t stop a ham sandwich. It’s been a decade since the single-season interceptions leader also hoisted the Lombardi Trophy; Brian Kelly in 2002. It’s been at least two decades since a team led the league in total passing defense on the way to a league title.
If you still think the passing game is what defines success in the NFL, here’s a homework assignment for you. First, give me a hypothesis as to how many more of the last ten Super Bowl winners were in the top 10 in passing yards per game versus how many were in the top ten in rushing yards per game. Then look up the actual numbers and explain why you were as wrong as you were.
4) Pre-game Shows Need To Be Eliminated
Seriously, this is a concept that has outlived its usefulness, and really needs to be relegated to the scrap-heap of television history.
First of all, every single one of them has the same exact formula. The recipe works like this. To start, you need some hack broadcaster to be the host. It’s better if he’s fat, balding, or both. To go full-Berman, be sure he’s an obnoxious ass-hat who is the only guy in the room who thinks he’s funny.
Next, get a collection of used-up ex-jocks who neither add anything insightful, yet can be counted on to yield “expert” opinions for everything on the field. Lord knows, being a defensive lineman for 15 years makes one the pre-eminent authority on wide receiver play in the NFL.
Then, get an ex-coach who fits the following criteria (pick at least two of the following)
Secondly, to make your pre-game sh0w more enjoyable, be sure that it shoe-horns fifteen minutes of usable content into at least an hour of air-time.