09 Dec 2005
The latest from Bill Simmons addresses this year's bad teams. Lots and lots of bad teams. By Bill's count, 13 of them that just plain suck. I both agree with him and disagree with him. I agree that it does seem like there are a ton of bad teams, although Buffalo and St. Louis can be frisky at home and Oakland is a lot better than people realize. I disagree with his hierarchy of the other 19 teams -- but I think most of our disagreements (Oakland included) are related to this year's colossal schedule strength wackiness, and of course a major reason for that colossal schedule strength wackiness is that there are so many bad teams and only 0.5 of those teams are in the AFC West or NFC East. (0.5 teams? Yes, Philadelphia since McNabb went out for good, that's 0.5 teams.)
Oh, and as a former radio disc jockey and music director, I have to say that Bill couldn't be more right about the colossal mountain of suck that was major-label "alternative rock" circa 1997. Man, there was so much bad stuff you people didn't even hear because even we the radio people knew how bad it was.
(By the way, for those who don't know, my secret claim to fame/shame is that I'm one of the people responsible for Creed. I was the second DJ in America to play them on the air and I pressured my PD into adding their record into rotation as an unreleased demo. Hey, we wanted ratings and it was Daytona friggin' Beach, people loved that garbage and I just turned down the speakers whenever I played it on the air.)
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