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26 Sep 2009

NY Times: Week 3 Matchups

Mike Tanier previews Sunday's games for the New York Times. Good luck finding a mention of Zeno's Paradoxes in any other NFL Preview piece this weekend, folks...

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 26 Sep 2009

7 comments, Last at 29 Sep 2009, 4:03am by The Hypno-Toad


by coboney :: Sat, 09/26/2009 - 1:32pm

Bugsbunny, Zeno's Paradoxes... and good anaylsis. Great work as always Mike!

by John Gach (not verified) :: Sat, 09/26/2009 - 4:51pm

Once again sagacity meets hilarity in a standoff with no clear winner. I thought testudinal was even better than Zeno. Had Mr. Tanier taught math to Joe Flacco using Roman numerals, then perhaps he would have suggested that the Browns' offense might could use some good testudos in Baltimore on Sunday to go along with their testudinality. [See http://www.thefreedictionary.com/testudo]

by Fan in Exile :: Sun, 09/27/2009 - 8:50am

The comment in the Broncos section about the Browns game being a late pull away and not a rout seems to me like a distinction without a difference. It also comes across as Just trying to find some way to denigrate the Broncos.

Have you really done research that suggests scoring your points in the first half is better than scoring them in the second?

I think it shows that the Broncos are a team with a whole new coaching staff and a lot of new players that takes some time to get into a rhythm whether they've turned a corner or not remains to be seen.

by Hummingbird Cyborg :: Sun, 09/27/2009 - 2:06pm

I think that pointing out that the competition wasn't really so stiff was sufficient.

As a Broncos fan, I am hopeful that the defense might actually have improved to bad this year.

Combine that with an offense that still has some weapons to have degraded to average/good and maybe the Broncos can be mediocre.

Your point about the Cleveland game is fair. After all, didn't the Broncos get outplayed in DVOA after week 1 by Cincy? And now they rank 7th in the league in DVOA? Doesn't that suggest that they outplayed Cleveland quite readily?

So, the fact that Denver pulled away late doesn't necessarily mean that Denver didn't significantly outperform a bad team.

I enjoyed the reference to Zeno's paradox.

On a side note, Jamarcus Russell is redefining Kurt Gödel's incompleteness Theorem.

by Rich Conley (not verified) :: Mon, 09/28/2009 - 10:54am

"The comment in the Broncos section about the Browns game being a late pull away and not a rout seems to me like a distinction without a difference."

The broncos had a 6 point lead with 3 minutes and 45 seconds left in the game. That means it was close for most of the game, and up until that touchdown, a single fluke play could have won the game for the browns.

Thats a lot different than a game thats 27-6 halfway through the 3rd quarter.

by The Hypno-Toad :: Tue, 09/29/2009 - 4:03am

I try not to be "factual accuracy over the intent of the post"-guy, but I feel the need to point out that the scoring in that game was concluded with 8:24 remaining. The last point at which the margin was 6 points was at the 12:18 mark of the 4th (according to the scoring summary on ESPN). Maybe scoring 14 unanswered points over the course of 4 minutes in the early 4th quarter still doesn't do it for you, and that's fine, but it is a whole different thing than scoring 14 unanswered with 3:45 remaining.

If anyone cares, I'm adding a link for easy fact-checking purposes:

by Sergio :: Sun, 09/27/2009 - 7:10pm

Alright, I'm warning everybody: they're among us.

And I do welcome our new morphing overlords.

-- Go Phins!