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Unabated to the QB, Week 1: The NATIONAL Football League

“Everything that exalts life at the same time increases its absurdity.”

–Albert Camus

“Even I kinda like football, and I hate football.”

–John S

A couple of weeks ago, as the NFL preseason started getting underway with its accompanying Hosannas and Alleluias and Football’s Back!s, John started complaining to me about the sport’s apparent uber-relevance. Indeed, since the end of last football season, Sports Illustrated has devoted seven covers to baseball and six to football — despite the fact that only 16 football games have been played while roughly 2,160 baseball games have been contested.* There were four off-season football covers for SI; baseball had one off-season cover between 2009 and 2010, and that was for Derek Jeter earning Sportsman of the Year. Sigh.

*For the record, those covers are of Brady, the preview issue,** Chris Johnson, Miles Austin, Ben Roethlisberger, and Sam Bradford for football. For baseball, they’re Joey Votto, the Year of the Pitcher, Stephen Strasburg, Dallas Braden, the Yankees’ Core Four, Roy Halladay, and Matt Wieters.***

**It should also be noted that SI’s baseball preview issue is not split into regional covers the way the football issue is. This goes against my eventual point (that football is vastly more prominent on a national scale), which is just another reason why I hate regional covers (that post is forthcoming, btw).

***Matt Wieters? Matt Wieters. Continue reading

Unabated to the Quarterback, Week 17: The Sunset of 2009

“And there the past was having its sunset.”

–Andrei Bely

We’re gonna save the playoff preview until Friday, where we’ll introduce “Prior to the Snap, Playoff Edition.” So for today, before we look forward, let’s look back at the infinite wisdom of my pre-season picks:

Teams Whose Records I Accurately Predicted, Likely for Inaccurate, Coincidental Reasons

  • Baltimore Ravens (9-7)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (7-9)
  • San Diego Chargers (13-3)
  • Oakland Raiders (5-11)
  • Carolina Panthers (8-8)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-13)

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