2) in their football preview, espn is also running a series of lists regarding franchises. so far, they've published a list for the top 10 efficient franchises, the top 10 stable franchises, and today the top 10 franchises that have the best chemistry. here are their rankings so far.
|rank||most efficient||most stable||best chemistry|
now i know that as with all lists, that there is a certain amount of subjectivity on the part of the author. but usually, there is some kind of objective criteria for ranking as well. however, in this case, all espn did was poll its five football writers. so the result of course is a list that basically a list of the ten best teams. i find this extremely problematic, because why don't they just give us a list of the ten best franchises and forego making distinctions between completely subjective concepts such as efficiency and stability.
for example, they could have easily counted something like the number of low draft picks that play at least 30% of the snaps at their position. for stability, they could have have counted the number of front office personnel or coaches with a tenure of 5 or more years. for chemistry, they could have measured the length of the quarterback-wide reciever tenure. it's really not that hard to come up with different more objective measures of these concepts. by just asking writers who they think is the most efficient team or who the most stable team is they will always answer the most winningest teams (re: NE asskissing fest), which really doesn't tell us anything interesting about how winning football franchises are put together. even worse, there are some extremely questionable choices on the list. for example, even with all of the crap going on in philly with T.O. and the rest of the team, you're gonna tell me that there's no bad blood in the lockerroom. i don't think so.
now i'm not against these kinds of lists as their always somewhat informative. for example, before baseball season they polled scouts about who had the best outfield arm, who threw the best fastball, who was the best base stealer, and things like that. i would have love to have read people's opinions on which qb had the strongest arm, which running back had the best juke, etc. lastly, i also would have liked to have seen a list with a bunch of worsts. who is the worst franchise? which franchise is the worst to work for? who has the worst drafts? these are things that ESPN could answer, but because they are too lazy to try to put together any real information, they give us pablum like this.
besides, i think we all know what the single greatest sports franchise in professional sports history is....
3) after bashing espn for a while, i'm gonna defend them now. in the new NFL television contract which starts in 2006, the sunday night game is now going to be televised on NBC. part of the deal that NBC and the NFL made, is that no one except NBC can televise anything NFL related. and when i say no one, that includes espn's NFL primetime. now if you're a football fan, then for the past umpteen years, you've watched football during the day and then after the sunday night game, you watched NFL primetime for the basically the most complete and best wrap up of the days games. now we have to wait until monday to get that. and i don't know about you, but that drives me completely crazy. true sportscenter and the local news will give us some highlights, but no other show breaks down every game as well as this show does. i really don't know what i'm going to do without it. even if you hate chris berman, the highlights package and the analysis is always good to have on sunday night. kinduva last gasp of leisure before your workweek starts. i imagine that NBC will try to come up with their own version of the show, but i can't imagine that it will be as good.
4) on a completely unrelated note, like everyone else, i'm blown away by the destruction of hurrican katrina. not to kick them while their down, but those people and that area is screwed in almost every way imaginable. i'm not saying that everyone there is just going to die or something, but i just don't know how it will be possible for that region to ever fully recover. however, that doesn't change the fact that people still need something to eat. i've been reading that money is basically useless to the victims, but instead they need food and clothing. so if you really want to help, don't donate money to relief organizations that already have tons of money, but instead, make a quick trip to your local food bank and drop off some non-perishables. the last i heard, the food banks over there are going to run out of their current supply tomorrow.
UPDATE 9-01-05: today, espn released their list of the franchises that do the best job with strategy for a game. at number five was the mike martz led st. louis rams. they're saying mike martz is a good strategist. that does it. these lists are completely bogus.