By Jaboner Jackson 12 pm | This week, the FOOTBALLPHDS went chart and graph crazy, delegated injury responsibilities to our Research Assistant so that we could drink more Lagunitas, and wondered when the Oracle of Mayock was going to dig us out of our PAC-12 wagering hole. It’s Friday,
By Rock Mayock 8:00AM The incomparable, and one ugly SOB, Mickey Rourke. As a boxer turned actor there was no bigger Hollywood leading man than Mickey Rourke circa 1984. He starred in Footballphds office favorites 9 1/2 Weeks, Wild Orchid, Harley Davidson & the Marlboro Man and Sin City. For those of you who forgot how smoking hot Kim Basinger was in 9 1/2 Weeks fast forward to the 28:00, 54:00, and 1:11 minute marks for a closer look at those beautiful jugs.
By Jessica C., Research Assistant at 6 A.M. | On Monday, I posted the BLUE REPORT for fantasy football injuries. In the BLUE REPORT, Dr. Riaz gave me his injury thoughts on the injuries that just happened in Week 3. Today I post the PRETTY IN PINK REPORT or as the FOOTBALLPHDS like to call it simply the PINK REPORT, where Dr. Riaz takes a hard look at Week 4. Before I get to the report, let me just say that I am f***ing kicking ass in the FOOTBALLPHDS fantasy football league this year and I’m even ready to take down Dr. Riaz too, forget his fancy degrees. Let me also say that the Dolphins-Chargers game this weekend will be closer than people think especially since Antonio Gates will be out again. I see the keys to victory for the Chargers being sending the safety over to double team Brandon Marshall and keeping Reggie Bush running north and south rather than around the edge. If the Chargers can do this, they got this sewn up! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can email Dr. Riaz at email@example.com. I will be back on Monday for another BLUE REPORT. Go Bolts!
By Jaboner Jackson 8 am | A chart is worth a 1000 words. Darren McFadden of the Oakland Raiders had another gangbusters day against the New York Jets in Week 3. He gained 171 yards rushing on 19 carries and scored 2 touchdowns, earning him AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Before we get geeky, let’s get four definitions out of the way. (1) Average is the total yards gained divided by total carries, commonly referred to as yards per carry. (2) Median is the middle number of yards gained. So in the case of Table 1, half of McFadden’s gains were over 3 yards and half of them were under 3 yards. (3) Standard deviation is a measure of variability. The greater the standard deviation, the greater the variation in McFadden’s yards gained. The more outlier gains, the higher the standard deviation. (4) Finally, I have used Yard Line to refer to the yard line upon which the play starts. For example, Carry #2 occurred on the 57 yard line, which is commonly referred to as the Jet’s 43 yard line, and Carry #3 occurred on the 2 yard line, commonly referred to as the Raiders 2 yard line. Who needs words when you can have charts?
By Rock Mayock 11:00PM It has been well documented The Oracle of Mayock has had rough first month of college football wagering. The Oracle’s string of bad luck has been enough to drive a to man drink. While The Oracle may have developed a bit of a drinking problem, he maintains that it is a very discriminating drinking problem.
By Rock Mayock 9:00AM It’s Wednesday so that means that I have made this week’s sacrificial offering to The Oracle of Mayock (a six back of Lagunitas IPA) in exchange for his insight on this weekend’s Pac-12 action. Halfway through the sacrificial six pack, The Oracle told me he wanted to try something new this week in an effort to turn his souring luck. He has forgone witty notes and one liners in lieu of a simple spread sheet for who he thinks is going to win. Personally I think this appears to the work of an amateurish drunk, but who am I to argue with him.
By Jaboner Jackson 8 am | With Farmers Field being a done deal in downtown Los Angeles, it’s time to delve into stadium names. When it comes to naming rights, NFL owners and stadium authorities have demonstrated no shame whatsoever, putting corporate sponsorships on anything they could. Gone are the days of relevant stadium names that struck fear into the hearts of opponents and nostalgia in fans. Rather, impotency remains supreme when it comes to stadium names these days. It’s time to Stack Rank The Best and Worst NFL Stadium Names.
By Jaboner Jackson at 6:45 pm | Just as we have expected, SB 292 became a done deal this morning when Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law. SB 292, which grants litigation protection for Farmers Field from CEQA via expedited litigation review, will take effect January 1, 2012. With protections in place, AEG will double its effort to put an Environmental Impact Report in front of the City of Los Angeles, an event it had hoped to have completed by January 2012 but which will likely now be delayed until June 2012. Such a delay would mean that the AEG will not secure an anchor tenant for Farmers Field until the 2013 season and which also means that the San Diego Chargers will be able to present their case for a new East Village Stadium to San Diegans via a vote for the November 2012 ballot. For details regarding a hotel tax hike funding a downtown San Diego stadium, check out today’s article by Stephen Frank here and Scott Lewis’ updated article here.