Hewlett-Packard, They Do Good Work

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Thanks to the good people in charge of repairs at Hewlett-Packard, I have my laptop back way ahead of schedule. And, as such, I can get back to blogging after a lapse of roughly two weeks (maybe it was three).

It might seem fashionable to return with a bang, perhaps making a big deal over the fact that the New York Giants shocked the world (and crushed the arbitrary statistical amalgam’s credibility) by upsetting the then-undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Since I’m a week late to this party (metaphorically, that is — I had officially hopped the bandwagon at about the moment Brandon Jacobs fired a fastball at the play clock in Dallas), I won’t go crazy about the Super Bowl. I will note, however, a trend that I had noted in the linked article that did, in fact, pan out:

Interestingly (to me, anyway), of the remaining six categories, the only one which managed to accurately forecast the Super Bowl XLI champion was sacks — excellent news for the Giants. Additionally encouraging for the G-Men is the fact that in 2004, the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers were projected to land in the Super Bowl based on the team sacks metric. Given my standing as a Seahawks fan, I’ll refrain from going into further detail when I note that, while Seattle failed to win the game as its overall sacks lead predicted, some feel they didn’t get a fair shake in Jerome Bettis’s final game. I should also note that the team the Giants are projected to face (and defeat) in the Super Bowl should the metric pan out is our old friend New England.

Sour grapes notwithstanding, the old adage that defense wins championships rang true in the last two Super Bowls — more specifically with relation to pressuring the quarterback. The revelation is by no means groundbreaking, but remains worth noting in light of the events of February 3, 2008.

But enough about the New England Patriots spitting the bi… no, wait, one more thing:

Awesome.

Okay, now I’ll move on.

As I was saying earlier, it’d probably be the fashionable thing to do to try to return with a bang, talking about the big issue of the day in sports. Presently, that big issue is the anticipation of Roger Clemens appearing before Congress and committing perjury tomorrow morning. While that story is of interest, it hasn’t actually unfolded yet, so there isn’t a heck of a lot to report or say that hasn’t been reported or said already. The bottom line is that Clemens doesn’t have a lot of credibility — he even tried to make the numbers lie — and even he and his legal representation appear to have realized this, and have moved on to personally attacking Brian McNamee.

One must wonder, given the speculation that Andy Pettitte — whose claim that he used human growth hormone only while he was injured to accelerate his return has curiously been accepted as fact by the general public — backed up many of McNamee’s allegations with regards to Clemens’ PED use, if Pettitte’s name will be the next dragged through the mud by his disgraced buddy.

You can be sure that I’ll be back tomorrow with our analysis of that issue — I might even try to live blog it, assuming I manage to awaken in time for the proceedings. I’d like to be able to put to use that bulleted list I compiled during the 60 Minutes interview.

Anyway, that’s for tomorrow. But stay tuned, because coming up later this afternoon, it’s what all my loyal readers have been waiting for — begging for, in fact — during my hiatus. That’s right, Merrill Park Superstar’s march to the NCAA Tournament begins with some prognostication of outcome of the Northeast Conference!

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1 Comment »

  1. Watli said

    omg.. good work, dude

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