Archive for October, 2005

Bruschi’s back!

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

It’s official! Bruschi has been taken off the PUP list and placed on the active roster.

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Bruschi return closer?

Friday, October 28th, 2005

All the buzz is that Tedy will be playing Sunday in some capacity. The most concrete news is in Jerome Solomon’s notebook column in the Globe today, where he quotes an anonymous source on the team saying that the equipment manager has order new number 54 jerseys for this Sunday’s game.

We’ll know something by Saturday afternoon, since the team has a 16:00 deadline tomorrow if they want Bruschi active for the game.

Poole emptied

Friday, October 28th, 2005

The Pats placed Ty Poole on IR yesterday, as the massacre of the secondary continues.

They’ve also added Wilson (flu), Warren (hip), and Zereoue (thigh) to the injury list as questionable.

One positive thing about the Poole situation is that Bruschi can be activated without anyone having to be cut.

Injury list is out

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

Offensive tackle Matt Light (ankle) — out
Running back Kevin Faulk (foot) — out
Cornerback Tyrone Poole (ankle) — doubtful
Receiver Troy Brown (foot) - questionable
Running back Corey Dillon (ankle) - questionable
Cornerback Randall Gay (ankle) - questionable
Defensive lineman Jarvis Green (shoulder) - questionable
Defensive lineman Marquise Hill (ankle) - questionable
Linebacker/special teams ace Larry Izzo (thigh) - questionable
Outside linebacker Willie McGinest (finger) - questionable
Safety James Sanders (ankle) - questionable
Defensive lineman Richard Seymour (knee) - questionable
Cornerback Duane Starks (thigh) — questionable
Quarterback Tom Brady (right shoulder) — probable

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Belichick speaks

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

Reiss has highlights of BB’s (quasi-daily) press conference this morning.

Something’s rotten in the city of Boston

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

Bruce Allen over at Boston Sports Media Watch has an awesome piece on the garbage that is Boston sports coverage.

A new, interesting way to rank teams

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

ThunderThumbs has a very interesting way to rank teams — by looking at their “beat paths”. I don’t know that I’d say it necessarily ranks them well, but I do find the graph intriguing. I’m also trying to figure out how does the beatpath method handle things like: NE beats PIT, PIT beats SD, SD beats NE?

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UPDATE:
Never mind — I found the earlier ThunderThumbs post that explains how cycles are dealt with. As TT himself says, his system is inferior to FO’s DVOA, but I really do like it since (a) it is a fresh way of looking at rankings, (b) does give some new insights into how teams relate, (c) is still way better than usual power rankings, and (d) appeals to the math geek :-).

Very nice article on Don Davis

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

Today’s Globe has a very good article on Don Davis’s comeback from almost considering suicide after being cut by New Orleans in 1998.

Solomon v. Borges?

Saturday, October 22nd, 2005

Is today’s story by Solomon a deliberate counterpoint/whack at Wrong Borges’s seizure column the other day?

It’s not a freakin’ ratio!

Friday, October 21st, 2005

Grrrrrrr….

Last year the Patriots forced 36 turnovers and had a plus-9 turnover ratio. This season, the Patriots have a minus-6 turnover ratio. The last time New England finished on the negative side of the turnover tally was in 2000, when it was minus-2 and posted a 5-11 record in Belichick’s first year.

Repeat after me, stupid journalists — quantity A minus quantity B is a difference, not a ratio (and don’t go calling it a “differential”, either).