Posted on: January 7, 2010 6:07 pm
In his playoff preview Prisco wrote: The skinny: Is there a team in the NFC playing better? No way. The Cowboys seem to be hitting stride at the right time. The offense has big-play ability with Tony Romo throwing to Miles Austin . The running game is sound as well. The defense was tops in scoring in the NFC. This is a balanced team .
I don't mean to get technical and refer to actual facts, but Dallas went 2-2 in their last four games. Green Bay won 7 of their last 8, including a win against Dallas and 4 of 5 since the beginning of December.
After that Prisco made the extraordinary statement that Dallas had the best defense in the NFC. I know Dallas looked great against Philly(and Washington, although virtually every defense looks good against them). I also know that Prisco is a busy man who may not have time to do in depth research.
But in five minutes at the sportsline stat page I found all the evidence I needed to show how silly he is for writing that(and how silly sportsline is for publishing it).
In total defense Dallas ranks fourth in the NFC behing Green Bay, Minnesota, and Carolina.
In rushing defense Dallas ranks third in the NFC behind Green Bay and Minnesota.
In passing defense Dallas ranks ninth in the NFC behind Carolina, Green Bay, Washington,Tampa Bay, Chicago, New York, Philly, and Minnesota.
In takeaways Dallas ranks 14th in the NFC behind...................let's make it easy and say everyone except Washington and St. Louis.
Journalism standards may not be what they used to be, but can't sportsline make Prisco check his facts before writing a blanket statement? Or at least hire someone at minimum wage to do the one hour of research it takes a week to prevent him from sounding retarded?
Posted on: January 5, 2010 9:36 pm
Hey, who didn't think those teams would be good?
I thought Atlanta and Tennesse were easy calls. ATL has the history of never fielding back to back playoff teams and has a very young QB. Tennesse lost a lot on defense and had a very old QB.
If it weren't for NFL tiebreaking rules I would have been perfect predicting the AFC. I had Houston in instead of Baltimore.
But, like Prisco, I must admit that I was totally off about the NFC. My worst predictions were that Washington would make it over Philly (no need to elaborate, team bias played a role in that one) and that Seattle would win the west and replace Arizona.
I was relying on the Super Bowl curse and the theory that Seattle couldn't suffer as many injuries this season as they did last season. Both theories let me down.
I was dead wrong about the Skins, Seattle, Philly, and Arizona
Posted on: October 20, 2009 12:43 am
When I was in school I didn't like to do homework. I always scored A's on in class tests and assignments, but those zero's for not doing homework really wrecked my GPA.
In most schools you can do your work in Clingon dialect or make patterns with your scantron sheets and end up with an F that at least will give you a 50%.
If you don't even attempt to do the work you get a zero, which can turn an A average into a C- very quickly.
If Prisco is going to grade these games according to true academic standards he should award zeros. Certainly Washington and Tennessee deserved zeros this week. Giving these teams an F curves the grading scale and really isn't fair to teams like the Eagles, who tried hard but failed miserably.