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09 Jan 2014

Tanier's NFL Game Riffs: Divisional Weekend

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Posted by: Mike Tanier on 09 Jan 2014

6 comments, Last at 10 Jan 2014, 6:27am by the K

Comments

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by Insancipitory :: Thu, 01/09/2014 - 8:21am

Nice bait and switch to the Robert Mathis article, but I'll be damned if anyone is going to teach me anything about ponies at 4 in the morning.

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by Anonymous Hippopotamus (not verified) :: Thu, 01/09/2014 - 8:22am

The link appears to be wrong.

It should be: http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/66401830/

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by Bobman :: Thu, 01/09/2014 - 2:51pm

Thanks for the right link.

But it was a nice piece on Mathis regardless. A great story from his perspective and the team's. They really had him graded as a first rounder, yet somehow had the nerve to wait until the 5th to grab him? Polian would have kicked himself silly if he had missed him just because he was trying to maximize value. Note to self: NEVER play poker with Bill Polian.

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by yeangst (not verified) :: Thu, 01/09/2014 - 5:11pm

I don't think the article mentioned this:

In baseball, a player having by far his best statistical year aged 32 would raise few eyebrows.

It's possible that the switch to 3-4 outside linebacker helped since that may play better to his size and quickness, but that seems like a stretch.

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by Pen :: Thu, 01/09/2014 - 3:19pm

Excellent article!

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by the K :: Fri, 01/10/2014 - 6:27am

Yeah, agreed with others. Great mis-link there, good article on Mathis.