Posts Tagged New York Giants

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:

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I’ll Never Doubt A Watch Commercial Again…

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Arbitrary Statistical Amalgam: Patriots To Win Super Bowl

As promised, procrastination notwithstanding, I’m back to look at the NFL playoffs from a somewhat statistical standpoint. Now, let me get this out of the way: while I guess I have the time to throw together some wacky new measurement to try to determine who will win the Super Bowl, I don’t really have the desire to figure out exactly what that measurement is to entail. So what I did was, prior to the playoffs, I busted out Excel and inserted into a spreadsheet a list of about three dozen stats and measurements from the 2007 regular season, though some categories also covered time prior to the ’07 campaign. The measurements ranged from things like the simple overall season rankings based on Football Outsiders’ signature metric, DVOA (as well as my own personal spin on the numbers FO provides with regard to offensive and defensive production) to coach’s winning percentage, to yardage per punt return, to which team won the most recent meeting between the two franchises.

At the end, I tallied up the “votes” in each category and came out with a projected playoff path provided by each measurable.

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Perfect Picks for Wild Card Weekend Make for Easy Recycling

I’ll probably be back tomorrow with some analysis of statistical trends from the first weekend of the 2008 NFL playoffs. Nothing groundbreaking, I assure you. But still, it’s something.

In the meanwhile, here’s a rerun of my pure guesses for the NFL postseason, which, at 4-0, took the sting away from my hideous 16-16 bowl prediction finish. If you want to have a look at my brilliant Wild Card analysis, click here, as I’m skipping over it and cutting to the rest of the playoffs for the purposes of this post.

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Quick Playoff Picks

As a result of my self-imposed ban on college football analysis, it’s going to be all NFL, all the time around here — at least until Roger Clemens appears on 60 Minutes on Sunday. Oh yeah, we’ll probably address the outcome of the BCS National Championship game too. I’m still writing my concession speech for the Christ Dude, Don’t You Have Any Real Friends? Championship Series, so that will likely be posted shortly.

In the meantime, I will attempt to redeem my poor performance in the bowl picks by accurately forecasting the pro tournament. With the first game about to start, I figure now would be a good time to post my quick and dirty picks and thoughts on who will reach the Super Bowl. I should note that my analysis of the Seahawks may be somewhat skewed — though I honestly believe they won’t have a lot of trouble getting by the Redskins today.

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