Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

08 Oct 2012

Mandatory Monday: Star of the Show

Forgot to post this earlier. Lots of Johnny Unitas history here, as I work double time to make sure that, if we are going to compare quarterbacks across eras, we are speaking the same language.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 08 Oct 2012

14 comments, Last at 11 Oct 2012, 9:54am by Noah of Arkadia

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by Independent George :: Mon, 10/08/2012 - 4:17pm

Well, I figured out my problem with Chrome - AdBlock does not like Sports On Earth; I had to create an exception for the site.

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by Theo :: Mon, 10/08/2012 - 5:10pm

what happened, because ad block plus on firefox loads the page normally (I think).

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by Noah of Arkadia :: Mon, 10/08/2012 - 7:07pm

Yup, it does.

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by billsfan :: Mon, 10/08/2012 - 4:27pm

Works fine for me with Chrome and Mac OS X.6.8

And let's not forget Brees sitting out a meaningless week 17 loss to Carolina during the 2009 season, which actually puts his current TD streak at 37.

(I also like the Eagles)

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by Ranccor :: Mon, 10/08/2012 - 5:56pm

I don't understand how him not throwing a TD in a game he didn't play would affect his streak...unless it was a "games started" streak.

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by billsfan :: Mon, 10/08/2012 - 8:26pm

If it helps, Brees was dressed and sitting on the sideline as the emergency QB3: (http://www.nfl.com/liveupdate/gamecenter/54708/CAR_Gamebook.pdf)

Streaks are just as much about endurance as ability. Missing a game makes it even more arbitrary and meaningless (especially since it seems to exclude post-season games, for some reason). Unitas was injured for two games during his, more or less right in the middle, so Brees still broke both of Unitas's streaks some time last season.

Imagine Joe DiMaggio spent an entire game sitting in the dugout during the middle of his hit streak... is it still impressive?

Look, it's a great accomplishment, but it's also much less impressive than, say, Brady's 358 consecutive pass attempts without an interception, or Tomlinson's 719 consecutive carries without a fumble.

(I also like the Eagles)

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by Anonymousjk (not verified) :: Mon, 10/08/2012 - 11:19pm

Yes, it is just as impressive.

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by BigCheese :: Wed, 10/10/2012 - 3:28pm

"Imagine Joe DiMaggio spent an entire game sitting in the dugout during the middle of his hit streak... is it still impressive?"

Are you kidding me? Yes. Yes, it's still one of the most, if not the most impressive streaks in sports. You really couldn't have picked a worse example to make your point.

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by Noah of Arkadia :: Thu, 10/11/2012 - 9:54am

Hey, weren't you, like, not a Bills fan before? Why didn't you become an Eagles fan?

Anyway, those streaks and records can be kind of arbitrary anyway you define them, but I still find these particular ones impressive. Sitting for a few games in the middle of them doesn't bother me at all.

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by andrew :: Mon, 10/08/2012 - 6:57pm

Is it just me or does Ponder have a single finger extended in his non-throwing hand in that picture?

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by dbostedo :: Mon, 10/08/2012 - 10:11pm

Yes, but it's not the finger you might think... he hasn't mastered insulting someone while throwing a pass yet. That comes in a QBs third year.

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by Kevin :: Mon, 10/08/2012 - 8:40pm

Mike, quick correction. The Colts player at the end holding up the white board with Chuck Strong was Robert Mathis, not Reggie Wayne.

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by Ryan D. :: Tue, 10/09/2012 - 9:17am

"Hawley reacted as if Ryan had just tossed him a shopping bag full of dead raccoons and rusty saw blades."

Absolutely brilliant.

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by Guest789 :: Tue, 10/09/2012 - 9:51am

"The elements did not affect the Patriots in the 31-21 win, because elements do not affect the Patriots."

I laughed really hard at that line for some reason.

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