30 Sep 2004
In my latest piece for The New Republic, I discuss how Byron Leftwich is dispelling a racial myth by playing mediocre football. He's the first African-American quarterback to follow in the footsteps of Tom Brady and Trent Dilfer as a "game manager" -- well-regarded for intelligence and leadership instead of flashy plays and dazzling stats.
For those following at home, that's three pieces I've written outside of Football Outsiders this week, which means I can now officially write "sportswriter" on my 1040. (Please do not let this discourage you from donating to the site; it isn't like these articles pay a thousand bucks a piece. Plus, it is good to give some money to the other guys writing for FO.)
The Giants and Ravens set a record in Super Bowl XXXV with 21 total punts. That record may well be in jeopardy. But in this battle of top defenses, Carolina's superior and more flexible offense gives the Panthers the edge.