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01 Apr 2011
Posted by: Mike Tanier on 01 Apr 2011
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04 Apr 2011, 9:26am by
Football Outsiders : Come for the analysis, stay for the Bleacher Report parodies.
Are all the spelling errors part of the April Fools' parody? Cause I counted several, including 2 DIFFERENT misspellings of "slide".
There are no spelling errors. RaiderJoe is just interning at FO during the offseason.
It seems that, Tanier has lost it. I think the notoffseason has driven him over the edge and he's probably building a giant mashed potato sculpture of Lincoln Financial Stadium in his living room. If you know Mike personally then you should drop in to see if he's doing OK, he'll certainly need more potoatoes.
(Edit: Ahhh, April 1st. Still, it's a long notoffseason)
This lockout can't end soon enough
That was very.... something.
precisely. I hate recognizing a parody but having no idea what is being parodied.
This kind of in-depth analysis is why I keep coming back here.
I found this far more entertaining than I probably should have.
I don't get it.
A slideshow which doesn't require you to reload the page each time to drive up pageviews? What's the point?
That was worth viewing purely for list #5. Fantastic!
That wasn't a slideshow. That wasn't the best slide show either.
Sue dating Rihanna... that's funny.
OK, someone fill me in. Why did kickers get more accurate after '74?
I'm guessing an influx of soccer style kickers
The hashmarks were moved nearer to the center of the field in 1972, which cut down on extreme angles for short field goals.
Then in 1974, the goal posts were moved from the goal line to the back of the end zone and the uprights went to 30 feet above the crossbar (they had been 20). This also cuts down on extreme angles on short kicks. I'm not sure what the extra length of the uprights would do.
There was also a rule change in 1974 so that missed field goals from beyond the 20-yard-line were returned to the line of scrimmage, making missed field goals more costly.
And of course a lot of it is probably just that specialized kickers were becoming more popular and kickers got better.
Thanks. I imagine that increasing the height of the uprights would mostly improve the accuracy of the refs.
Actually kickers got less accurate in 1974 when the goalposts were moved back.
XPs went from 97.66% conversion in 1973 dropping to 92.19% in 1974. In fact it wasn't until 1989 that kickers starting making XPs at the '73 level. These days they miss very few, only 11 last year.
FGs went from 63.07% in 1973 dropping to 60.58% in 1974. Followed by 64.17% (1975), 59.78% (1976), 58.25% (1977) before getting back to 63.07% in 1978 and remaining above that level ever since.
(Recognising that the article was published 1st April)
Rihanna hot. A. Dalton nto.
My iPad gently weeps.
Love the dig at the Times. Good stuff.
Also, I'm pretty sure my captcha is asking for the greek letter phi. Not sure where I can find that on my keyboard.
I once had it ask me for a metal umlaut.
We had an umlaut when I was a kid, but it peed on the rug, so we got a husky instead. No, wait, I may be remembering that wrong....
Here's a tip for you guys who don't verify. You only have to correctly spell one of the words in captcha. You can write anything for the other word (I usually go with "asdf"). Sometimes it's tricky to tell which word is the one you need to spell. Some giveaways are any character not on default US, any punctuation, or really hard to read text (like sideways letters).
You can do that, but it's kind of a dick move, since you're just adding garbage to their dataset -- the purpose of reCAPTCHA is not only to verify that you're human, but to use that fact to help projects OCR old text.
If you get something that isn't typeable (mathematical expressions seem to be more common lately), the correct thing is just to hit the refresh button on the right to get a new one -- if a given word keeps getting discarded, eventually it'll get kicked to human intervention and can be dealt with properly.
Well done here. Pretty comical, especially the Trent Dilfer slide.
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