While the "what have you done for me lately crowd" freaks out about Carson Palmer, the rest of us who base our opinions on facts can point to the following breakdown from Rob Weintraub of Football Outsiders (via Joe Reedy) to help dismiss the lunatic fringe:
Our game charters noted only 15 percent of Palmer’s throws as “deep” or “bomb.” By contrast, noodle-armed Chad Pennington threw 19 percent of his balls deep or bomb in 2008 in a similar scheme. Palmer threw long 23 percent of the time in 2007. He saved his best play for clutch situations, as though recognizing that his arm had only so many throws in it. Besides the comebacks, his third/fourth down efficiency was superb, 26.0 percent DVOA, and was even better in the red zone (51.3 percent DVOA).
So let's recap: 1) Palmer was limited by the lack of big plays called and 2) the more important the situation the better he played. Everyone please stop rushing to judgment for chrissakes. And please do not clamour for high draft picks to be spent to replace him. He's 31. He's got a lot left in the tank.
MGMT has been good for some recent quotes. Turns out NFL execs recently realized what most HDTV owners and fantasy football players have known for a long time: it's kinda sorta awesome to just watch the games at home rather than at the stadium. So the Bengals will be showing the Red Zone channel on many of the screens located throughout PBS in order to allow folks to keep up with the other games going on at the same time. Joe Reedy takes special care to note that:
The service will be free to fans.
Gee, thanks Bengals, for not charging us for content we have no control over and you get at no cost. Seriously, though, this year again the Bengals will struggle to sell tickets and this is part of the reason (two decades of shitting on the fans and the Great Recession also play a role). From Katie B:
Again, we want our fans to have the best of both worlds — all the information from other games while also being able to enjoy the unique and unmatched experience of seeing our games in person.
Last, Baghdad Hob published a gem titled "Brown remembers The Boss" in which Mikey Boy reflects upon the life and character of George Steinbrenner. My first reaction: huh? Well, it turns out Mikey Boy worked for George back in his days of shipbuilding. And Mikey worked as a sailor! The article consists mostly of:
1. Mikey selectively remembering only the good things about Steinbrenner;
I’ve got a fondness for George. He was a very generous guy. Very good to the people that worked for him,” Brown recalled Tuesday as he reacted to Steinbrenner’s death at age 80. “I saw him do countless things for people that needed it. That’s the guy that I remember.
(pay no attention to the two times he got banned from baseball for gross ethical lapses)
2. Step-toeing around the glaring differences in how these men ran their sports franchises;
Both would become team owners and could there be two different owners in professional sports? Brown, 74, one of the last of the family-owned sports teams trying to win while holding the line in a small market in a league ruled by a salary cap. Steinbrenner, the owner of the New York Yankees in the nation’s biggest market that made free agency a way of life in sports when his spending translated into back-to-back world titles in the late ‘70s.
(ummm...how about Steinbrenner wanting to win at all costs...Mikey wanting to win as long as there is no costs - and he's not holding any line in small market, the salary cap spefically allows any size market to compete)
3. Old man gibberish:
The Yankees have half a track head start. He was in baseball and I’m in football, so it’s a different kettle of fish.
Anyway, Mikey speaks rarely so no matter how pointless the comments we must mock them.