Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

14 Aug 2005

I'm the Guy ... The Stats Guy

A lot of people have asked what to expect at a Pro Football Prospectus bookstore event, and this article by Stan Jaksina of Patsfans.com gives you a pretty good idea. I talk a little about how FO got started, I take questions about any player or team that you want to talk about, and I'm a little bit of a goofball. Unfortunately, those who attend PFP events outside of Boston will not get to see Mirinae come up to the podium going "Dada... dada... dada..." but other than that it should be similar. Indianapolis on Tuesday, Lansing MI on Wednesday, Minneapolis on Thursday, Chicago on Saturday, and we hope to see some of you there. More details here. And seriously, does anyone know why the Tennessee mascot is a raccoon? That makes no sense.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 14 Aug 2005

22 comments, Last at 17 Aug 2005, 4:02pm by mactbone


by BillinNYC (not verified) :: Sun, 08/14/2005 - 3:59pm

And for those of you who didn't go to the NY event, you unfortunately missed the entire Bodgan clan. It was quite a sight.

by andrew (not verified) :: Sun, 08/14/2005 - 6:06pm

The raccoon is the state animal of Tennessee (click on my name for link).

For more detail, from the Titans site:

"T-Rac’s path to become the mascot for the Tennessee Titans has taken some interesting and crazy turns. His parents, who are from the Great Smokey Mountains, moved to Centennial park in Nashville when they heard the Titans were coming to town. T-Rac was born in the Parthenon and he grew up hunting ravens and jaguars along the Cumberland River while watching the Coliseum being built. T-Rac’s dream was to live and work in the Coliseum. His dream almost didn’t come true when he was run over by the Titans Bus while he was on his way to the first ever scrimmage at the Coliseum. The burly T-Rac escaped with only a broken claw and a smooshed fluffy tail. T-Rac and Titans owner Bud Adams became friends almost immediately. He was offered a job changing the light bulbs in the big red things above the Coliseum because T-Rac was the only one fearless and crazy enough to take the job. Eventually the Titans wanted a mascot to represent the team and state. The Raccoon, after all, is the official state animal of Tennessee and T-Rac’s goofy and energetic antics made him the perfect fit. When he was offered a three figure signing bonus he accepted, was delivered to the stadium with much fanfare, and the rest is history. "

by bravehoptoad (not verified) :: Sun, 08/14/2005 - 6:31pm

Plus that, it's hard to imagine the manly men of Tennessee would want anything as frou-frou as a Titan for their mascot. Those togas haven't been so manly for a couple thousand years or so.

by SteelerBill (not verified) :: Sun, 08/14/2005 - 7:41pm

Ugh..you're killing me here...Winnetka is not Chicago!

by kleph (not verified) :: Sun, 08/14/2005 - 8:30pm

excellent work, andrew. now, care to explain the origin of the peculiar nickname for us folks from south louisiana?

by Adam H (not verified) :: Sun, 08/14/2005 - 10:03pm

Perhaps it's your striped tails.

by Aaron (not verified) :: Sun, 08/14/2005 - 10:08pm

No, Winnetka is not Chicago, Lansing is not Detroit, and Denton is not Dallas, and so on. They're close. (Lansing isn't even that close, really.) Hey, I didn't pick the bookstores, Workman takes care of that. A lot of these stores are places where BP has had good appearances in the past. Come on out to the burbs!

And thanks for the explanation, Andrew!

by Kibbles (not verified) :: Mon, 08/15/2005 - 2:00am

Forget the raccoon. Anyone have any idea why the Kansas City Chiefs mascot is a freaking mouse? Of all the animals you'd want to represent your team...

by Kibbles (not verified) :: Mon, 08/15/2005 - 2:03am

Just read the article. The KC Chief mouse is supposed to be a wolf? If it is, it's a very cuddly and overweight wolf. I think it'd have quite a difficult time actually catching any prey in the wild.

by Carl (not verified) :: Mon, 08/15/2005 - 11:21am

In Pittsburgh, Aaron told everyone that Brady sucks and Manning rules. He said Ricky Williams was the "most underrated player in the NFL" and predicted the Cards would win the Super Bowl "by establishing the run early."

by Starshatterer (not verified) :: Mon, 08/15/2005 - 11:51am

In Pittsburgh, Aaron told everyone that Brady sucks and Manning rules.
Manning? Not Roethlisberger? I wish Aaron a speedy recovery.

by B (not verified) :: Mon, 08/15/2005 - 12:01pm

As long as he didn't call the Pittsburg linebackers under-rated he should be fine.

by Bassett (not verified) :: Mon, 08/15/2005 - 12:42pm


Sorry if I shoved you in line to get to bask in the aura of Schatz! :D As a participant, it was a great event last week... if they are coming to your city, you are doing yourself a disservice if you don't check it out!!!

(the blogger guy from stan's article)

by Carl (not verified) :: Mon, 08/15/2005 - 12:44pm

He openly mocked the Steelers' fans and predicted that Cleveland would beat them twice "like a wet dog."

He said he was "amazed at how the Mainstream Media miss the brilliance of Kyle Boller," but said he would have preferred they started Anthony Wright because he came from the SEC.

"At least they didn't draft any Big 10 players, because they really suck," he said, grimacing at a kid wearing a Penn State T-shirt.

He then spent 20 minutes openly mocking "those worthless Big 10 quarterbacks," including Trent Green, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Brian Griese.

He said Michael Vick "needs to run more, a lot more, because that's the only way the Falcons win" and said the PAC 10 would become the "future conduit of the best NFL quarterbacks."

He then rapped a ditty that highlighted, in various rhymes, the statistical careers of A.J. Feeley, Joey Harrington and Carson Palmer.

At the end, he impressed some women leafing through their Cosmos by spelling, loudly, "Adewale Ogunleye."

by Richie (not verified) :: Mon, 08/15/2005 - 2:32pm

How do you pronounce "Mirinae"?

Like "marina"?

by Jerry (not verified) :: Mon, 08/15/2005 - 6:37pm

Re 10 & 14:

And to think I missed Aaron to see Richard Lewis at another former mill site.

by Carl (not verified) :: Mon, 08/15/2005 - 7:32pm

Actually, I should now say that Aaron did nothing of the sort (I don't want to start a flame-out on the virtues of Brady or Manning).

He was knowledgeable and open. He warmly discussed with a coterie of fans what stats told him, honestly, about the Stillers.

He was a big hit here and so far his book (which I paid for!) has been received well. That says a lot because Pittsburgh has some of the brightest football fans.

by Athelas (not verified) :: Mon, 08/15/2005 - 11:43pm

Carl, we know you were kidding!

Aaron, when are you going to be on Dale & Holley?

Also, why did you sentence your daughter to a lifetime of:
"How do you pronounce your name? How do you spell your name?"

by TMK (not verified) :: Mon, 08/15/2005 - 11:57pm


Any chance you're going to be on Chicago radio? I'm not going to have the chance to be in Winnetka this weekend -- and I can think of at least ONE drivetime show that could stand the Outsider perspective.

by MDS (not verified) :: Tue, 08/16/2005 - 10:53am

TMK, I'm scheduled to be on The Score, 670 AM, in Chicago tonight at 7 p.m.

by Aaron (not verified) :: Wed, 08/17/2005 - 3:18pm

I sentenced my daughter to that lifetime because the question is always prefaced with "Wow, what a beautiful name!" It is pronounced MEER-i-nay. Not i as in eye, soft i.

MDS was on Chicago radio, I'm doing some today, I think Ned Macey is going to be on in West Virginia tomorrow because they wanted me when I'm going to be at the bookstore in Minnesota.

And for crying out loud call Dale and Holley and demand to have me on because they won't return my phone calls. I guess Neumeier was the one who really liked me.

by mactbone (not verified) :: Wed, 08/17/2005 - 4:02pm

The event at Indy was great. Aaron talked football and Ned Macey and Will Carrol contributed. If you ever want to be scared straight out of being a reporter, talk to Will. They were very social and ready to talk football. Afterwards they even went to a local bar and continued talking to those who followed.

All in all a great opportunity to talk football and find out about the site.

Curiously there were few Indy fans, the Manning-Brady debate was barely touched and TO wasn't even a topic of discussion.