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01 Apr 2011

FO's Best Slide Shows Ever

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 01 Apr 2011

27 comments, Last at 04 Apr 2011, 9:26am by FourteenDays


by bledderag :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 12:17pm

Football Outsiders : Come for the analysis, stay for the Bleacher Report parodies.

by Joseph :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 12:33pm

Are all the spelling errors part of the April Fools' parody? Cause I counted several, including 2 DIFFERENT misspellings of "slide".

by are-tee :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 1:25pm


by jds (not verified) :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 3:10pm

There are no spelling errors. RaiderJoe is just interning at FO during the offseason.

by Karl Cuba :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 12:35pm

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)

by big_jgke :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 12:41pm

This lockout can't end soon enough

by Podge (not verified) :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 12:49pm

That was very.... something.

by Bobman :: Mon, 04/04/2011 - 3:25am

precisely. I hate recognizing a parody but having no idea what is being parodied.

by Stats are for losers (not verified) :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 4:07pm

This kind of in-depth analysis is why I keep coming back here.

by tuluse :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 4:50pm

I found this far more entertaining than I probably should have.

by Dave Bernreuther :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 5:31pm

I don't get it.

by Bowl Game Anomaly :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 5:45pm

A slideshow which doesn't require you to reload the page each time to drive up pageviews? What's the point?

by Andrew Potter :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 5:49pm

That was worth viewing purely for list #5. Fantastic!

by Theo :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 5:55pm

That wasn't a slideshow. That wasn't the best slide show either.
Sue dating Rihanna... that's funny.

by nuk :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 6:45pm

OK, someone fill me in. Why did kickers get more accurate after '74?

by tuluse :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 10:06pm

I'm guessing an influx of soccer style kickers

by Shattenjager :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 11:38pm

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.

by nuk :: Sat, 04/02/2011 - 12:27pm

Thanks. I imagine that increasing the height of the uprights would mostly improve the accuracy of the refs.

by Bright Blue Shorts :: Sat, 04/02/2011 - 2:23pm

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)

by Raiderjoe :: Fri, 04/01/2011 - 9:20pm

Rihanna hot. A. Dalton nto.

by John (not verified) :: Sat, 04/02/2011 - 8:44am

My iPad gently weeps.

by sjt (not verified) :: Sat, 04/02/2011 - 4:33pm

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.

by An Onimous (not verified) :: Sun, 04/03/2011 - 3:16am

I once had it ask me for a metal umlaut.

by Bobman :: Mon, 04/04/2011 - 3:24am

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....

by tuluse :: Mon, 04/04/2011 - 4:45am

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).

by FourteenDays :: Mon, 04/04/2011 - 9:26am

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.

by Jon L. (not verified) :: Sat, 04/02/2011 - 5:54pm

Well done here. Pretty comical, especially the Trent Dilfer slide.