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NFL Scoring Differentials Tell an Odd Story about the Vaunted “Half-time Adjustment”

Half-time adjustments in the NFL. The coaching staff huddle in a side office looking at black-and-white still-photos of first half plays. Wry observations are made, leading to a flash of inspiration. The coaches rush into the locker room, and a … Continue reading

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Cam Newton, RG3 and the sophomore slump

Robert Griffin III, quarterback for the Washington NFL franchise, is having a rough year. Recently fans and sportswriters have started comparing his second season to that of another high profile QB – Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers. It is … Continue reading

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The 1985 Chicago Bears and that White House Reception

The story making the rounds is that the White House reception planned for the Super Bowl Champion 1985 Chicago Bears was canceled because the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded just two days after their championship win. But there was no White House reception … Continue reading

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Why don’t the Baltimore Ravens run the ball more?

I hear this question – often phrased as a complaint – from other Ravens fans on a regular basis. This year the answer is simple – they aren’t very good at it. Through three weeks the Ravens have run 88 rushing … Continue reading

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Breaking the Plane: In the NFL, why does the goal-line extend vertically through space into infinity?

Like you, my friends grumble about the NFL “breaking the plane of the goal line” rule. And they are irritated that touchdowns are called when a ball in player possession touches the pylon. Why doesn’t the ball-carrier have to get into the end-zone to score … Continue reading

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Joe Gibbs

According to an ESPN poll of their own NFL commentators, former Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs ranks as the 9th greatest head coach in the history of the National Football League. There are many angles to question this poll – … Continue reading

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How often do teams with low seeds win a championship in major U.S. professional sports?

Since the turn of the century, how often have low-seeded teams (seeded in the bottom half of the playoff table) in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League or the National Basketball Association won the championship? … Continue reading

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