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Archie Manning goes lawnmower parent again

Archie Manning doubts Luck, Peyton want to be teammates
content.usatoday.com

Archie Manning was asked on FOXSports radio Tuesday if Indianapolis should draft Stanford QB Andrew Luck with the top pick next spring.

“I don’t think it’d necessarily be great for either one,” he said regarding Peyton and Luck. “I think Andrew’s the type of mature player ... he can walk right in (and play).”...“Peyton’s always tried to help Andrew and kind of be a friend. (But) I doubt if either one of them want to play on the same team.”

Okay, so let's see if I've got this right:

  1. Archie Manning is Peyton's father.
  2. Archie talks to Oliver Luck frequently.
  3. Archie suddenly appears on a radio show to tell everyone he doubts Manning and Luck want to play together.

You get the hint, Bill Polian?  Or does Archie Manning have to "smooth" things over for you a little more?

UPDATE: Archie went on the Dan Patrick show a few hours ago and tried to backpedal, saying he wasn't a GM, but a "daddy."  That's the point, Lawnmower Man.

Me So Horny, Jon Gruden

How Jon Gruden became America’s football coach.
www.newyorker.com

But Gruden abhors the “stats sluts” who try to replace the judgments of a trained eye with mathematical formulas. He says, “You know what I hate, man? Guys that you know haven’t seen the film: they just quote a bunch of statistical bullshit.” Of course, there’s something absurd about a man who loves data railing against “statistical bullshit.” As Gruden demonstrates every Monday night, it’s not possible to assess football without statistics. If anything, his voluminous appetite for game film suggests that football needs more and better statistics: a way to measure all the things that Gruden notices when he is watching and rewatching plays.

I used to be a "stats slut" myself, but I'm fighting my addiction.

My problem now?  I watch so much game film, I've got hair on my palms.

(h/t SportsGrid)

Von Miller is a sore loser

Great expectations: Von Miller living up to the hype as a rookie
www.profootballweekly.com

By the time the loss was complete, the rookie linebacker was beside himself. Elvis Dumervil tried to approach his Broncos teammate the following day, but Miller responded with the silent treatment. The two sat together in a team meeting room, and while Miller stared at the greaseboard and video screen, he ignored Dumervil’s attempts to engage him.

Practice time arrived, and Dumervil finally took it upon himself to end this nonsense. “I was like, ‘Are you mad at me?’ “

Miller explained that, yes, he was peeved — intensely so. After all, he wasn’t used to coming out on the short end in a matchup on “Madden NFL 12.”

Man, this kid is Elway/MJ-like in his competitiveness.

Karlos Dansby: Come-to-Tebow moment was come-to-Jesus moment for Dolphins players

Karlos Dansby: Tim Tebow Beating Dolphins Was the Work of God
larrybrownsports.com

“The young man is blessed. The young man has a special anointing on him. For God to show himself in the game the way He did, through the guy He did it through, it opened a lot of guys’ eyes on our team. It brought a lot of guys closer to God. Everything happens for a reason. That was something that we couldn’t control, and it was out of our control. My hat goes off to Tim, and God working through him like that. It opened up a lot of eyes. He’s a blessed young man, and I wish him much success the rest of his career.”

Tim Tebow, saving people's souls through his play on the field. Incredible.

Tim Tebow is the new Brett Favre

Tebow takes over SportsCenter on Wednesday
blogs.denverpost.com

ESPN is dedicating a full hour to non-stop Tebow coverage on its flagship show, SportsCenter, from noon-1 p.m. MST on Wednesday.

First, we had Peter King turning his MMQB into a Tebow-laden slobberfest. And now that Tebow is winning, the Worldwide Leader wants to make sure it doesn't get outdone by NFLN in the Relentless Tim Tebow Coverage department. Plus, they probably need to overcompensate for the criticism of Tebow's play by their own Merril Hoge and Trent Dilfer.

Poor Aaron Rodgers. He just manages to get out from under the shadow of Favre, he's leading the Pack to an undefeated season and is amidst perhaps the greatest season ever by a QB. Yet, all everyone wants to talk about is Tebow...and Favre.

How I get from Joe Theismann to Chaka Khan

Retired scramblers weigh in on Tim Tebow debate
www.ajc.com

“You’ve got Aaron Rodgers, you’ve got Drew Brees, you’ve got Tom Brady that set a standard of excellence in football that we haven’t seen,” said Theismann, now an NFL Network analyst. “What makes 2011 so unique is we have seen quarterback play in this league at such a high extreme and in Tim’s case, the bottom rung when it comes to completions.”

Besides Tim Tebow, what other athlete in football can generate an article that includes quotes from Steve Young, Randall Cunningham, Bobby Douglass (don't challenge the spelling on this one), and Joe "Snap, there goes my fibula" Theismann?  Nobody, that's who. I find myself questioning my own position on Tebow if it at all approaches Theismann's.  The last time he was relevant, Turbo and Ozone (and Chaka Khan) were ripping it up in the first Breakin' movie:

Blinding Tebow with Science

Science says: Tim Tebow can improve as a passer
sports.yahoo.com

“Just as a simple example, say that a quarterback wants to throw a bomb, nearly 60 yards. The quarterback releases the ball at 50 mph with a release angle of 45 degrees, and the ball is caught at the same height at which it was thrown. The ball goes nearly 56 yards down the field in about 3.22 seconds if we ignore air resistance. A well-thrown spiral doesn’t have too much air resistance, so those numbers don’t change much when including the air,” Dr. Goff said.
“If you drop the arm a foot like in a sidearm throw such as Tebow’s, the range is just a tad over 49 yards and the time of flight is about 3.3 seconds. The conclusion of something like a 12 percent reduction in bomb distance is the new result, as long as one assumes the release speed has dropped 5 percent and the release angle has increased five degrees.” The result is a reason why players in the secondary are perhaps making plays on Tebow’s throws and knocking down passes.

Zed: Ahh..well. Bring out the PhD.

Maynard: I think the PhD's sleeping.

Zed: Well, I guess you'll just have to go wake him up, now, won't you?

Battlefield Tebow

The People Who Hate Tim Tebow
www.grantland.com

The crux here, the issue driving this whole “Tebow Thing,” is the matter of faith. It’s the ongoing choice between embracing a warm feeling that makes no sense or a cold pragmatism that’s probably true. And with Tebow, that illogical warm feeling keeps working out. It pays off. The upside to secular thinking is that — in theory — your skepticism will prove correct. Your rightness might be emotionally unsatisfying, but it confirms a stable understanding of the universe. Sports fans who love statistics fall into this camp. People who reject cognitive dissonance build this camp and find the firewood. But Tebow wrecks all that, because he makes blind faith a viable option. His faith in God, his followers’ faith in him — it all defies modernity. This is why people care so much. He is making people wonder if they should try to believe things they don’t actually believe.

You've heard a lot about the people who love Tebow. You've heard a lot about the people who hate him. This piece explores the intricacies of both sides. There are a lot of ins, a lot of outs. It's got more substance than your typical martyr piece. 

I'll have to admit I rather enjoyed this one. On more than one occasion during this winning streak, the thought did occur to me (albeit briefly) that a higher power has interceded on Tebow's behalf in a football game. I then came to my senses--immediately.

Didn't I?

Harvard geeks still trying to make doves cry

Tebow is Still Producing Miracles: An Update
harvardsportsanalysis.wordpress.com

In Week 12, the Broncos beat San Diego with a game-winning field goal in overtime. Tebow’s WPA (still negative at -0.23) was actually slightly lower than expected, given his EPA (-0.2). This means that, as before, Tebow’s plays negatively affected the Broncos’ chances of winning…Denver tied the game on a field goal with 1:34 left and won with another field goal in overtime (after the Chargers bungled a field goal chance of their own)...In Week 13, Tebow played arguably the best game in his short career, throwing for 202 yards with a completion percentage of 67%. This resulted in an EPA of +2.0, a positive contribution to his team’s success. Using our regression from last week, however, his WPA of +0.24 was still higher than expected (by 0.31), given his raw on-field performance…And, once more, Tebow was the beneficiary of a healthy dose of late game fairy dust: Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder’s interception, returned to the 15-yard line with 1:33 remaining, which set up a chip-shot, game-winning field goal by Matt Prater.

I have a feeling we´ll be hearing more from these guys in the next four weeks.

Tebow is gold.  Tebow is clicks.  Tebow is everything you need and more.

PK: TT is not VY v2.0

Three storylines to watch as playoff race gets interesting; mail
sportsillustrated.cnn.com

“As a Tennessee Titans fan, I remember this exact story playing out with Vince Young when he was made the starter in 2006. The Titans started the season with five straight losses before making an improbable playoff push behind the heroics of Young despite ugly stat lines and split public opinion about whether he was a just “winner” or getting lucky and not being the long term answer. We know how this turned out in Tennessee. It’s fun while it lasts but it doesn’t last long in the NFL. Do you see a similar scenario playing out in Denver?’‘

King: Tebow didn’t have that 2-4 start Young had. He walked in and has gone 6-1, with the interesting comebacks to boot.

One would think PK could come up with a better argument than going scoreboard, right? Like, Tebow drinks the same Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino® Light that he himself prefers?