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Path of the Black Quarterback

Posted by and1grad on August 29, 2011

I recently read Toure’s article asking “What if Michael Vick were white?” You can find it on ESPN. As you can imagine, the article set off a maelstrom on twitter, particularly among the people who dislike Toure & love to disagree with him on principle. Its hard to get an objective opinion on anything, even harder on twitter, so I stayed away from looking at it until now.
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The Case Against Michael Vick

Posted by and1grad on November 24, 2010

Michael Vick is currently playing VERY good football in the NFL. A resurgence for him that I believe to be well deserved…and possibly even karmic justice. This is because I believe he went to jail on a flimsy case, as presented by the Feds, and was brought to court to face a judge with an obvious agenda. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Concussive Shot

Posted by and1grad on October 20, 2010

The continuing debate currently revolving around football always winds up irritating me. Its the issue of concussions and how they’re caused. There were numerous incidents this past weekend that resulted in a player being concussed. Its becoming SO common that the NFL has FINALLY been forced to make a somewhat meaningful act/gesture/etc regarding preventing them…as opposed to the meaningless weasel words they usually like to give the public, including Congress, about it. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Note About the BCS

Posted by and1grad on December 1, 2008

Bowl Championship Series Football. Gotta love it, right? All year, every year, we hear about just how flawed this system is…how an 8-team playoff system would be better and so on and so forth. Not that I really give a crap about college football in general but I’m not sure I agree with the common sentiment that the BCS sucks. The science around just seems sound to me. Basing how a team ranks on the record of that team logically makes sense. So is the problem really that we want to introduce more of a human element into how these rankings are decided. Wont there still be problems with that? The only argument I really support against the BCS is that it seems to encourage running up the score and that isnt done in the true spirit of competition.

This whole Oklahoma/Texas/Texas Tech debacle. To recap, Oklahoma is now the #2 team even though they lost to Texas. Texas is ranked #3 and Texas Tech is ranked #7. Texas Tech has beaten Texas. Oklahoma beat Texas Tech. Ok, got it? Good. Everybody’s mad…but honestly, I dont have any problem with how it broke out. Colin Cowherd put it best when he said that this is what happens to teams that play a cupcake schedule. Oklahoma has only played tough teams. The other 2 teams have not. And honestly, when you think about it, between the 3 teams, which one do you worry about the most. I’ve seen all 3 teams play…not to a significant degree but I’ve seen em…and Oklahoma actually looks like the best team.

Again, I dont have a dog in the fight about BCS or playoff but I just think the argument about one or the other ends up falling a little short. I also am not sure that it isnt true that the season wouldnt be as interesting to fans if there were a playoff. It might be false but who knows really.

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