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Bill Simmons Craps on the Pats in his Power Poll - Where's Rodney

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  1. PatsDeb

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    He ranked us 9th in the "Fatally Flawed" category (along with Jacksonville) with this nugget:

    "9. New England
    If you had told me six years ago that (A) the Pats would win three Super Bowls in the next four years, (B) the Pats would be 9-3 in December 2006, (C) I'd be giving that 2006 season a C-minus through 13 weeks, and (D) my buddy J-Bug (a season ticket-holder since the MacPherson era) would be skipping Sunday home games because, and I quote, "I just didn't feel like going" ... there's no way I would have believed any of it. "

    and ranked 8 teams ahead of us, including Cincinnati, Chicago, Baltimore and Seattle. Some fan. Sorry if the link doesn't work, I am not computer savy.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/061208

    EDIT - I forgot he had this little gem earlier in the article:

    "Unrelated note: If I had to wager back in early-September on the "most inevitable Patriots-related thing that will happen during the 2006 season," it would have been a four-way tie between Rodney Harrison getting seriously injured, Junior Seau getting seriously injured, a ticket-scalping scandal involving Fred Smerlas and Tom Brady's four-turnover game in a Miami loss on Dec. 10. Three down, one to go.)"
     
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    How can we all go on if Bill Simmons thinks that the Patriots are not a good team?
     
  3. PatsDeb

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    Oh we can go on - it's just that he is supposed to be a Pats fan, and he predicts Brady will turn the ball over 4 times in a loss to Miami this weekend. Just trying to light a fire, Nut.
     
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    Indeed, you did!

    Don't forget NEM is a Patriots fan too.
     
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    He is a Pats fan. Notice how Pats fans and Boston fans in general tend to be a little pessimistic regarding their teams, year in and year out? One bad game and the sky's falling. If anything, this just shows Simmons is more of a Pats fan.
     
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    Turning it over 4 times wouldn't surprise me. Brady always struggles against the Dolphins, home or away.
     
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    Bill Simmons really doesn't know that much about the NFL.

    Of the three major pro sports (and hockey), it's definitely his weakest area. Basketball is his strongest, by a lot -- probably the only sport in which he has more insight to offer than your average message board poster. His columns are still entertaining, because he's a great humorist, but don't make the mistake of confusing him for any sort of expert.

    Take this excerpt from today's column:

    See the problem here? He's upset because nobody told him that GB would be a bad matchup for a teak w/ a decent passing game. Seriously -- Green Bay's defense is HORRIBLE vs. the pass -- and they're not great vs. the run, either. Hadn't he seen Brady throw 3 TD passes against them two weeks earlier? Didn't he actually ATTEND the Monday nighter where Seattle ran all over them, and, despite a struggling Hasselbeck, had receivers open all night who just couldn't hold onto the ball?

    You shouldn't need Phil Simms to tell you that the Packers can't stop anybody.
     
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    Agree completely. It's been a long time since Simmons has had much insight to offer on football since he left New England and the Pats won it all. He is clearly following the game as a fantasy football guy, and not as an analyst. Look back...he was much more excited last year when Brady was putting up bigger fantasy numbers...He is better able to get away with such a fantasy approach in his baseball coverage, because it represents its reality better in the box score than football does. The Sinister One's (Borges) insights concerning the level of defense in the Chicago game is a perfect example of how the box score would be deceiving.

    I would say, though, that I would rate his basketball knowledge higher than you do...he has a lot more insight to offer than the average message boarder, and is far more eloquent.
     
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    I agree with this totally. The more I learn about football, the more I realize that Bill knows less about it than at least 50% of the people on this message board..... and I am probably undershooting that number greatly. He says at least one thing per football piece that is completely wrong. I'm not talking about an outlandish opinion, I am talking about personell, strategy or something that can be known to be factually inaccurate.

    I still read him, but it is more for entertainment than anything else.
     
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    I agree with you 100% about appreciating Simmons' basketball knowledge, and didn't intend to suggest otherwise. I'd add "emotion" to insight and eloquence in the list of things he brings to the table when writing about basketball -- the guy just obviously loves the game.
     
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    That's it, it's emotion and passion, and it's missing from the other sports he covers. In his upcoming ESPN Mag column, he mentions that he has seen almost every minute that Al Jefferson and Shaun Livingston had played in the NBA...and I can believe him.

    Note also, his wife is outpicking him this season in her sidebar columns.
     
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    Actually, he looks at the sport more from a gambling perspective. While his columns on basketball and, to a much lesser extent, baseball, show an analyst's knowledge, his football knowledge is equal to your casual fan, and a gambling casual fan at that. Most people on this message board know more about it than he does (I would also assume alot of people on this board aren't gamblers). Simmons' football articles tend to be focused around gambling, as well... notice he picks games with the spread and looks at covers and such. He is, however, a Pats fan, and several of his columns have been very poignant, expressing many of the same things we do on this board.
     
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    250,000 posts must prove something...
     
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    Simmons is the kind of "fan" who is disappointed when his team wins the SB but doesn't cover the points.
     
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    If I recall, Simmons picked the Rams as the surprise team to go all the way.
     
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    I hope Bill Simmons breaks his leg . . . anyone else?
     
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    Oh yeah, Breaks his leg and accidentally falls on the sharp end of the bone!
     
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    His column is purely for entertainment as far as I'm concerned.

    This season he has bugged and I figured out why a few columns ago.

    At first, he towed the line that the receivers sucked and Brady hated everything about FO, blah, blah, blah. Then, in his column after the Minnesota game, comments about how the receiver situation sucked were lacking and suddenly, the FO's biggest mistake was letting Adam go. THis was the week before the Colts game.Well, while we lost that game, I think we can all conclude AV had nothing to do with it. I don't recall noticing any mention of AV since the Colts game.

    As I was reading those columns, the thought hit me....this guy has no damn clue what he is talking about. It's like he cruises the MBs and that's how he gets his comments on the Pats. I'll still read his columns, but he doesn't know jack.
     
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