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0 Subject: Daily Blurb - January 7, 2011

Posted by: Guru
- [330592710] Fri, Jan 07, 2011, 11:42

Quote of the day
"It's been 14 years of praying and waiting. I'd like to thank the Baseball Writers of America for, I'd like to say, finally getting it right." -- Bert Blyleven, upon learning of his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Daily blurb
Tyreke Evans followed up Tuesday’s big game with another one last night, garnering 27 points, 12 assists, 5 rebounds, and a couple of steals, shooting 11-18 from the field and 5-5 from the line. He was added to only two teams in the RotoHog Premier Salary Cap game yesterday, and is only on 12 teams total, so he’s clearly flying under the radar – or else people just don’t trust him yet.

The NFL Playoffs start tomorrow. For Football Pickoff, all weekend picks will lock at 4:30pm on Saturday. You can’t wait until Sunday for that day’s games.

It would be fun to have an overtime game this weekend, as the NFL has a new overtime rule for the playoffs. As I understand it, the team that receives the overtime opening kickoff would win the game on that first possession only by scoring a touchdown. A safety on the opening possession would also end the game. But a field goal would give the opposing offense a chance to score.

There were 19 overtime games in the 2010 NFL regular season, and only two of those were won on an opening drive FG. Based on that limited sample, you might expect the rule to have limited impact. But the bigger impact might be on how teams approach overtime strategy. If you won the toss, would you elect to kick or receive – especially if wind direction is a material factor? And would you try an onside kick? A successful onside kick counts as a change in possession, and an ensuing FG would win the game. I can imagine a team trying that in the regular season. But would any NFL head coach have the cahones for that tactic in a playoff game?

Which bring up the question, why was this rule not deemed to be fit for the regular season?

1Seattle Zen
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      Sun, Jan 09, 2011, 14:04
I love the fact that "zeitletr"'s 212 point Football pickoff Saturday has put him or her in 67th place for the YEAR! Yes, those two wins has surpassed entries that won 158 games over the season.

I'm now 57th thanks to my 212 yesterday. I played in week one and then promptly forgot the rest of the year.
2Perm Dude
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      Sun, Jan 09, 2011, 21:35
I'd like to submit my Pickoff slate for "worst ball" score. We have that in Pickoff, yes?
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