By Zack Adams, RP Staff, on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 10:00 AM ET
The week we finally have someone assume the #1 spot – Congrats to Targaryen 2012 on currently leading the league and sporting a 7-3 record.
The middle of the table is once again jammed up with 8 of the 12 teams within one game of one another.
Congrats to the RP and the RP Tittles for being the first team to break 1000 point scored on the season!
Bandits finally notched their second win of the season, unfortunately, it was over yours truly in a hard-fought 117-105 game.
By Zack Adams, RP Staff, on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM ET
The Politics of Pigskin
The Falcons were handed their first loss of the season Sunday in New Orleans, dropping them to 8-1. [ESPN]
All the NFL statisticians groaned on Sunday when the 49ers-Rams game ended in the infamous tie, at 24-24. [SI]
As the Eagles’ season continues to spiral towards irrelevancy Michael Vick was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the Cowboys with a concussion. While Nick Foles will get the start behind the injury, it doesn’t appear that he is ready to lead this team to anything special. [ESPN]
Apparently Mike Holmgren is ready to get back on the sidelines. This report states he is interested in the Dallas Cowboys Head Coach position. [NFL.com]
Parity in the NFL in 2012. How to read the chart: Going clockwise, the scoreline between the two teams is one beating the other, and so on. [chart]
Could the Browns change up one of the league’s more iconic uniforms? Their players hope so. [PFT]
By Zack Adams, RP Staff, on Tue Nov 6, 2012 at 10:00 AM ET
After this week’s action the Recovering Politician Bowl standings are finally starting to stretch out and reveal which teams will continue to succeed or fail.
Targaryen 2012 was the big winner of the week as he into the top tier of teams and also chose to start rookie phenom Doug Martin who ended the day with just over 51 fantasy points – second highest all-time in one week next to Clinton Portis.
Team Unibrow and your hero, the Fighting Mongooses, join Targaryen 2012 in the top tier at 6-3.
The RP Tittles and your fearless leader continue to lead the league in scoring and represent the top of the second tier 5-4 teams, along with Quaker Country, The Dirty Diapers, and The Bungals. Next are three teams at 4-5 who could see themselves get back into the race with a good string of games.
Finally, bringing up the rear are the Augies at 3-6 and the lowly, lowly Bandits at 1-8. Though it should continue to be noted that the Bandits are still receiving the highest scoring opponents overall. The #1 team this week, Targaryen 2012, has faced opponents who scored over 200 points less throughout the season.
By Zack Adams, RP Staff, on Mon Nov 5, 2012 at 3:00 PM ET
The Politics of Pigskin
The Bears put up a staggering 51 points on the Titans on Sunday while the defense continued its domination of opponents. Charles Tillman added to his campaign for Defensive MVP by forcing 4 fumbles (more than 2 entire defenses – Indy and St. Louis). [Chicago Tribune]
Look out, the Steelers beat the Giants much more soundly than Sunday’s score made it seem and are 4-1 in the past month. [SI]
On Sunday, Tampa Bay rookie RB Doug Martin rushed for 251 yards on 25 carries, good for the 10th most rushing yards in a single game ever. Oh yeah, he had 4 TDs too. [Yahoo! Sports]
Martin wasn’t the only rookie to shine on Sunday – Andrew Luck set the rookie passing record – breaking Cam Newton’s record from 2011. [NFL.com]
The Cowboys are 3-5 and Jerry Jones has said that Jones the owner would have fired Jones the GM (he currently fills both roles if you weren’t aware). Not sure why he doesn’t take his own advice and do this. [PFT]
Adrian Peterson’s spin move. ‘Nuff said. [.gif]
Just for fun, here was Jim Harbaugh on Halloween going as John Harbaugh. [picture]
There was a great Eli Manning Face right on the front page of ESPN this morning. [picture]
By Zack Adams, RP Staff, on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 4:00 PM ET
The Politics of Pigskin
On Sunday the Steelers halted the rise of RGIII, who was outplayed by his senior in the league – Ben Roethlisberger. [Pitt Post-Gazette]
With their season slipping away by the week it’s time for the Cowboys to reevaluate. And make no mistake, Jerry Jones is going to be on top of it. [ESPN]
Seasons falling apart? Don’t forget about the Eagles! After firing defense coordinator Juan Castillo the Eagles went out and had one of their worst defensive performances of the year. You can’t fire Castillo again. [SI]
Denver pounded a really, really bad Saints defense. How bad is it? Historically. [PFT]
The Buccaneers appear to have a problem with their cornerbacks taking the banned substance, Adderall. [NFL.com]
Just for fun, here is a Sports Illustrated article from 1979 asking people around the league how they thought the game would be played in the year 2000. [SI Vault]
By Zack Adams, RP Staff, on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM ET
This week the Recovering Politician Bowl became the height of parity 8 (!) teams settling in at 4-3, 3 other teams at 3-4, and finally the lowly Bandits bringing up the rear at 1-6. However, in the interest of fairness and honesty, I would be remiss without highlighting the fact that the Bandits have faced the toughest opposition in the league with 714 points scored against them.
Will anyone be able to pull away from the pack in the coming weeks? Stay tuned!
By John Y. Brown III, on Fri Oct 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM ET
Street ball showdown!
East End Style.
It’s the sports equivalent of a gang fight. Two factions face off like the Bloods and the Crips—but instead of using automatic weapons they settle their differences on the basketball court. Sure it’s a little more civilized way of settling differences—but only a little. It’s still brutal, raw and puts everything on the line in a no-holds-barred free-for-all, where only one side emerges as a winner. Sometimes it’s in teams; sometimes a single player is selected by his “gang” to “represent” the entire gang in a game of one-on-one. It was the latter game that I found myself in the crosshairs of as my gang’s point person on a chilly, overcast morning back in the fall of 1971.
Some people say that high stakes gangland throw downs like this only happen in the inner-city, in the proverbial “West End.” Most the time that’s true. But not this time. The setting was the extreme East End at St Francis in the Fields elementary school, where I had just transferred for third grade and today was the first day of school. It was good to see my peeps again. I had been gone for a year—on hiatus. I had spent second grade at Sunnyland. No, that’s not what they called Juvee back then. It was a small private elementary school in Ft Lauderdale, FL where my family had moved the year before on business and I went with them. But my compadres at St Francis weren’t sure what had happened to me. Only that I had gone away for a while. And now I was back. And that’s all they needed to know.
The tension between third and fourth graders at St Francis in the Fields was palpable that first day of school—spilling over from last year’s unresolved tension between second and third graders, stemming mostly from tether ball disagreements.
Like the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s famous feud, no one could remember the details. Only that a rivalry had developed that wasn’t going away until it was settled. And today was the day. And this was the place. The third grade boys were feeling especially emboldened this day with me back. I was known in second and third grade circles in those parts as a fairly accomplished basketball player.
It soon became apparent to me that I was their ringer—and would represent my entire gang, or grade, as we settled our differences Old School. On the basketball court at recess after second period. The fourth grader’s choice of leader was not a choice at all. It was a forgone conclusion that no one dare question. His name was Allen Lavin. Allen was tall, athletic and handsome—and already good with the ladies (not afraid of cooties. In fact, fearless around the threat of cootie exposure.) I remembered him from a year earlier. I could easily picture him in my 8 year old East End mind one day playing in the NBA. I could imagine him dominating both on the court and then off the court wearing a full length mink coat while holding forth at the after party. He just had that charisma and cockiness of a natural leader who couldn’t fathom ever losing.
Allen Lavin was from a well-heeled horse breeding family in Oldham County. But don’t be fooled by his pedigree. Lavin was all about street ball—first and last—and everyone in the lower school knew he alone owned the basketball court when it was time for recess.
And then there was me. I was a bit of an enigma. A quiet but determined scrappy kid. Short but fast and with a bit of a chip on my shoulder that made me feel I had to prove something. I was the guy that could surprise you. And others felt it. I wasn’t like the Lavins. My family wasn’t part of the Establishment. We were more nouveau riche. Sure we could afford the private school tuition, but as they say on the East End streets, “We hadn’t gotten in country club yet.” And there were external signs of class differences too. I didn’t wear a belt. It wasn’t that we couldn’t afford belts…but rather I didn’t wear them because I had a mild sensory disorder that made some clothing articles, like belts, feel very uncomfortable to me. And then there was the other reason I kept to myself. I felt not wearing a belt gave me an advantage at sports. I wasn’t limited in my range or movement by a belt. There were aerodynamic reasons I chose not to wear a belt. And it made me lighter. And I knew I would need every advantage going up against Allen Lavin.
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John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Street Ball Showdown!
By Zack Adams, RP Staff, on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM ET
This week two teams, the Dirty Diapers and Targaryen 2012, joined your hero in a tie for first place. Meanwhile, a logjam has formed in the middle of the standing at 3-3.
The RP himself is sitting on a .500 record despite have scored the most points thus far.
Bringing up the rear – the lowly Bandits. Why are they sitting alone at the bottom of the table? It might have something to do with the fact that over 25% of their points have come from their defense and kicker.
By Zack Adams, RP Staff, on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM ET
The Politics of Pigskin
On Sunday night viewers were treated to the Packers beating Texans and Aaron Rodgers putting on an absolute clinic with 6 TD passes. [PFT]
JJ Watt was also on display last night in Primetime and he had a really good night. Here is video evidence that he is crazy athletic. [YouTube]
The rest of the Steelers’ season could be in trouble if some things aren’t addressed and other thoughts from around the league. [NFL.com]
The Redskins ended a 8 game home losing streak – key if they want to make the jump to contender-status – on the back of RGIII’s fantastic day running the ball. [ESPN]
The Cowboys were this close to stealing a win in Baltimore on Sunday, but after the loss there are questions to be answered. [SI]
Finally, some friendly grades for the results from yesterday. [CBS Sports]
Remember to check back tomorrow to see the Fantasy football update as we are moving it to Tuesdays.
By Zack Adams, RP Staff, on Tue Oct 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM ET
Welcome to the new and improved Tuesday edition of your Recovering Politician Bowl update!
Our low scorer of the week, at 70 points was the aptly named Bungals, managed by RP Webmaster Justin Burnette, while the week’s high scorer at 126 points was The Dirty Diapers, who are managed by Friends of RP Rebecca and Jacob Parker.
This week saw yours truly, the hero of this story, take his rightful place at the top of the leaderboard with a 4-1 record. Bringing up the rear of the standings are the Bandits and Augies, each at 1-4.
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