June 28, 2011

From Quarterback to Cop; The Manning’s do it all

Filed under: Sports — Giorgio Varlaro @ 3:52 am

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Since all NFL players have more free time than their used too, some have taken advantage, like Eli and Peyton Manning, starring in a new Direc TV series ‘Football Cops’. The title reveals the exact premise of the entire show. Both Manning brothers pose as former football players who turn into cops.

Peyton plays as Mike Tahoe and Eli plays as C.J. Hunter. Peyton’s character was living the dream as a big-league quarterback until a personal tragedy brought him back to the mean streets of his childhood. Tahoe (Peyton) vows to bring those who wronged him to swift justice with his biggest rival Hunter (Eli). Both Tahoe and Hunter grew up together as orphans in a home for wayward boys. Each overcame the odds, and became successful sports stars. Now both are the only hope for the rigged streets they originally called home.

The show, which has aired three times now, has had mixed reviews. Maybe fans aren’t used to seeing each longer than 30 seconds, as each have made quite a name for themselves in television ads. Peyton even had the chance to star on Saturday Night Live in March of 2007.

“Nobody escapes the long arms of the law” is the slogan of the show.

Maybe these two athletes should stick to their day jobs, but you can’t blame them for trying something different with the NFL still trying to come to agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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June 15, 2011

Sabermetrics progressing in the NFL

Filed under: National Football League — Giorgio Varlaro @ 4:58 am

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With the NFL still trying to negotiate a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, fans of the game still need their fix of football. I came across an article on which determined the best pass protecting offensive linemen based on the formula [Sacks + (.075 x Hits) + (0.75 x Hurries) / Pass Pro Snaps] x 100. Called the ‘Pass Blocking Inefficiency formula’, it adds a players total amount of sacks to three quarters of hits and hurries which is then divided by the amount of snaps taken during a pass play and then multiplied by 100.

It’s a simple formula compared to some of the stats tallied within baseball, however this stat is interesting due to the fact that rating the success of an offensive linemen is difficult to do. With so many different variables to consider during a professional football game, it’s astonishing to find a tangible way to compare these athletes, especially when it relates to their ability to protect the quarterback.

The specific article read pertained to offensive tackles, which established Jake Long (Miami), Andrew Whitworth (Cincinnati), D’Brickashaw Ferguson (New York Jets), Joe Thomas (Cleveland), and Doug Free (Dallas) as the top pass protecting left tackles last season. As for right tackles, Sean Locklear (Seattle), Kareem Mackenzie (New York Giants), Eric Winston (Houston) , Marshal Yanda (Baltimore), and Damien Woody (New York Jets) where considered the best at their respective position.

The Web site has recently amassed a list of the best and worst pass protecting guards and centers last season, which finds pro bowlers Shaun O’Hara (New York Giants) and Maurkice Pouncey (Pittsburgh) rated within the bottom 10, thus claiming flaws within these respected offensive linemen.

The incorporation of the ‘Pass Blocking Inefficiency  formula’ provides interesting statistics previously not available. Economics in football is still a new phenomena, but since Michael Lewis wrote Moneyball it’s hard not to take notice of the statistical side of professional sports.

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