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I’ve still never watched the Pro Bowl

I kept up my streak of 28 straight years without watching the Pro Bowl (since my birth). It’s generally a laughable affair; the players don’t care who wins, and everyone just wants to get out of there healthy. This year, Aaron Rodgers started throwing stones at his buddies, criticizing the lack of effort.

The game would certainly be more fun to watch if the players tried harder. However, I disagree with one thing Rodgers said:

I’ve always found that when you’re going that tempo, that’s when the injuries are going to happen, not if you’re going full speed. You’re more likely to get an injury standing around a pile or just going through it half-speed.

Coaches often say things like this to get players to be more physical in practice. However, Aaron Rodgers is wrong. The only serious injury I could find in Pro Bowl history was Drew Brees’s dislocated elbow in 2007. I don’t need to tell you how many serious injuries occur in “full speed” football games.

The NFL has shown an incredible lack of creativity with the Pro Bowl. It’s a crappy event that generates negative publicity for the league. There’s no shortage of ideas to fix it. Let’s hope they ignore Aaron Rodgers and develop a totally different event.

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Goodnight Tebow, goodnight Texans, goodnight Saints, and goodnight PACKERS

Despite True Wins historical success, neither True Wins nor actual wins had a great weekend predicting playoff games. In the one game where the two measures gave a different prediction, the 11 True Win 49ers toppled the 11.5 True Win Saints, giving actual wins a half game lead (half credit given since actual wins were tied at 13 for each team). Both predictors got the Ravens and Patriots games right, and both Continue reading

Goodnight Lions, goodnight Falcons, goodnight Steelers, and goodnight Bengals

The Broncos – Steelers opening kickoff sailed through the thin air, doinked off the cross bar, and settled precisely on the 20 yard line: the perfect touchback. Perhaps the man upstairs was sending us a sign.

Last week, I picked the Giants, Saints, Steelers, and Bengals to advance. I got the NFC picks right, but the Texans defense/running game combination worked perfectly against the Bengals, and the Steelers were done in by numerous injuries and some beautiful deep balls from Tim Tebow. Perhaps this week I’ll try flipping a coin instead of choosing games, or maybe just pick home teams (all four home teams won; only the Broncos were challenged).

There are 11 playoff games total each year. Regular season True Wins and actual wins each predicted Continue reading