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The Browns are the worst. Now with Math! “And now the depressing part. As you can see, Cleveland has been the worst team over the last 18 years, and it isn’t really even that close. Oakland and Arizona are the next two terrible teams, but both of them have three playoff appearances to the Browns one. Wow, that’s bad. Sure, some of that terrible record is due to having the years right after expansion included, but that doesn’t go a long way toward explaining anything. What has made the Browns so bad for so long? Some people may point to Randy Lerner, and in some respects those people are right. It was Randy Lerner’s job to hire the right people to run the Browns, and he never did that. However, some of these years were under Randy’s father Al, and even though none of the hires worked out, all of them seemed like slam dunk moves at the time.” [Dawgs By Nature]
Good read IMO. “I’m sorry for exposing you to that, but sometimes to learn you must feel the pain of mistakes like watching The NFL Today or reading Mike Florio on purpose. Why NFL coverage is so bad across the board is something that even baffles the NFL writers I’ve talked to, who are as a whole at a loss on the issue. There are some theories, though. Like all theories, we present them for testing, because this is science, and science is nothing without hypotheses and trial.
The NFL is an access league with very few points of access. All leagues control access to media, but the NFL has a unique degree of control thanks to its corporate structure and the very design of the league itself. A paltry sixteen games, constant meetings and practice, and a well-oiled PR machine bent on protecting the marketability of its players limit the number of opportunities the media have to talk to players, coaches, and management.” [Hall/SB Nation]
“For a long while, the league was able to mask the fact that the destruction of the human body was as central to its fundamental structure as that destruction ever was to, say, boxing. For a long while, the libertarian argument seemed to prevail; yes, the argument went, we concede the savagery and the destruction but, to paraphrase Hyman Roth, this is the business they have chosen. Both of those strategies have run their course. Scientific evidence continues to overwhelm any attempts to spin what happens to a human being over the course of a career playing football. And there comes a point at which the libertarian argument runs headlong into the question of whether it is moral for a society to allow people to commit slow-motion suicide for the purposes of mass entertainment. That leaves us with the question of what we will tolerate as an ethical and moral culture, and why. And that is the question that the NFL must answer in a whole host of areas regarding the safety and health of its employees, lest one day it get an answer that it will not like very much.” [Pierce/Grantland]
“But instead of a level of acceptance of the bad call as part of the fabric of the game; instead of greeting this truth with grace and even sportsmanship… the reaction tends to be to hurry off and ‘fix’ the unfixable.
The saga of NFL replacement refs provide a great example. See the headlines at right. Those headlines were not outliers, they reflect the prevailing consensus among the ‘fair-minded’ at the time. My mind boggled. Like: have you all been afflicted with referee amnesia? It seemed to me then that the reporting on the replacement refs was one of the sorrier recent performances by the fifth estate (and that is really a strong condemnation). There was little sober reporting about the grounds for the ref lock-out (Did you know the average pay for an NFL ref is ~$170K and it’s a part-time job and the refs were holding out to keep it part-time and thus maintain their other employment?). But in addition to utter indifference to management’s position, there was the stunning hyperbole about preserving the sanctity of the game!! MY GOD THE REPLACEMENT MISSED A CALL AND COST SOMEONE A GAME!!! THE CARNAGE!!!” [Kanick]
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