Tuesday, May 23, 2017

So Here's Something Stupid

Everyone pretty much agrees that the NFL organization is flawed in many ways and that the game of football itself is pretty much perfect. (Except for the whole thing where the players get concussions and die early. But I meant just the gameplay.)

Today, the NFL made a drastic change to overtime cutting it from 15 minutes to 10 minutes. The move will make more games end a tie. Many people have discussed if the NFL should adopt the NCAA overtime rules where teams alternate possessions. I just read a 538 piece talking about that and it referred to that as baseball-style alternating possessions.

This is where we get to the stupid part.

I first thought that the NFL might in the near future switch to the NCAA overtime rules. It would likely be very popular. It's both pretty fair and has lots of scoring. Tons of fantasy points. People like scoring and fantasy points.

All of this is very realistic. The next part is not realistic in the near future at all. But on the scale of 100 or 200 years, it's possible. It's also stupid. I feel like I've covered that.

The NFL in it's infinite wisdom could decide to switch the entire game to have alternating possessions that start at the 50, 40, or even 25.

Let's see what this would look like. 

Currently teams get about 10 possessions each per game, many of them starting around their own 20. Switching to a system where teams get 10 possessions each starting at the 50, by itself would increase scoring. I've always preferred starting on the 50 (vs the 25) because it takes work to get into field goal range. So you have the real possibility of 7, 3 or 0 points. Starting on the 25 almost makes the 3pts automatic.

You would still have a halftime after the 5th possession. What you wouldn't have is a game clock at all. No more two minute warning or hurry up offense to work the clock. No spikes to waste a down.

Here's what also goes away: all punts. Drives will either end in a touchdown, field goal or a 4th down attempt (or turnover). No more kickoffs. You'll still have field goals and extra points but that's it for special teams. No returns outside of turnovers. (By eliminating most special teams plays, it would probably make the game slightly safer, which increasing the possibly of this stupid thing ever happening.)

By starting on the 50, safeties would be incredibly rare.

Gone is any sort of "field position battle."

Defenses could still score on a pick six or fumble scoop n score. But an interception return that gets tackled at the 1 is no better than a 4th down stop. What that means is defenses would be incentivized to return any turnovers for scores, potentially creating more laterals.

In today's game after a pick-six, the team that scores kicks off. In this system, the team that scores would get the ball for their possession, creating opportunities for double scoring.

The biggest downside is that an early blowout could be more easily protected, with less chances for late game comebacks. But not impossible.

Anything I missed? Your thoughts?

March Madness/Calcutta Hall of Fame

Just as I've done for the Fantasy Football records, I figured it would be nice to capture the bracket and calcutta history.




March Madness Bracket Challenge
2017: Mark
2016: Dave
2015: Savan
2014: Harrison
2013: Savan
2012: Mark
2011: ?
2010: Matt
2009: Dave
2008: Niraj
2007: ?
2006: Sakina
2005: Adam
2004: ?
2003: Nirali
2002: Aton


March Madness Calcutta
2017: Kirat
2016: Dave
2015: Niraj
2014: Mark
2013: Niraj
2012: Matt
2011: Savan
2010: Matt
2009: Niraj


NFL Calcutta
2016: Mark
2015: Niraj
2014: Dave
2013: Mark
2012: Savan
2011: Dave
2010: Dave


NHL Playoffs Calcutta
2017: Mark
2016: Dave
2015: Dave
2014: Mark
2013: Mark
2012: Mark



Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Best Tweets Of All Time

Facebook is bad content from people you know. I do not have Facebook. 
Twitter is good content from people you mostly don't know. I have Twitter.

I have collected my favorite tweets of all time. I have ranked a Top Ten, but first a few honorable mentions.

If I missed any good tweets, drop them in the comments. 



Honorable Mentions















#10



#9





#8



#7



#6




#5






#4



#3



#2




#1

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017

Top 5 Breweries

So two years ago just I was getting Untappd underway, I made a list of my top ten beers. But I don't really think of individual beers as much anymore—I tend to think about my favorite breweries.

So I thought I should organize my top 5 breweries, with my favorite beers from each one underneath them.

Odell (Fort Collins, CO)
Mycernary Double IPA
IPA
Lugene Bourbon

Lagunitas (Petaluma, CA)
Aunt Sally Sour Ale
IPA
Citrusinensis
Brown Shugga

Deschutes (Bend, OR)
Fresh Squeezed IPA
Twilight Summer Ale
Mirror Pond Pale Ale

Russian River (Santa Rosa, CA)
Pliny the Elder
Sanctification
Blind Pig IPA
Consecration

Boulevard (Kansas City, MO)
Tank 7
Tell-Tale Tart
Tropical Pale Ale
Ginger Lemon Radler

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Don't Mess With A Streak Bobby

So I made a commercial.

And people on the internet are talking about it. 

Royals Opening Day

I won a free ticket to the Royals 2017 Home Opener through work. Pretty great day. 
Section 142, Row W, Seat 6.




Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bill Simmons Promoting Cabbage!

This cracked me up (warning:loud at the end). Bill Simmons interrupts his conversation to give a shout out to cabbage!

Friday, March 10, 2017

This would have been a HC post but I figured it would be funnier to post it on Medium cause that's where The Ringer is hosted.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Work Trip to NYC

SUNDAY

I had a 3 day, 4 night trip to NYC to shoot a commercial. 

Landed at LaGuardia at 8pm Eastern. Took us 45 minutes to get a freaking cab because the line goes on forever. It took less time to actually travel in the cab to our Manhattan hotel (Kimpton Eventi). 


By 9:30 we're checking in and at 10pm we're having dinner at Umami Burger. Dinner at 10 o clock—I'm so cosmopolitan. I started with a maple bacon whiskey cocktail.


I ordered the Manly burger and it was amazing. Would have taken a picture but my phone died. This is what it looks like. Possibly the best burger of my life.


MONDAY

Spent Monday morning checking out the set making sure everything was in place. (Set was a 2.3 million dollar home in Pelham, NY.)



Lunch was back in Manhattan at this korean bbq place (Hee) near our hotel. It was my least favorite meal of the trip. Could have used more meat less other stuff.


After lunch we had a casting session to pick our talent. That was interesting, having gone from over 80 initial auditions to select our 2 actors.

After casting the production company took us out to dinner at Basta Pasta. Their gimmick was mixing a spaghetti with prosciutto in a giant wheel of parmesan at the table. I, being a sucker for gimmicks, ordered it and it was fantastic. Best prosciutto I've ever had.



TUESDAY

Tuesday was my day to explore as we didn't have a production meeting until 4pm.

I started walking north. My hotel was very near the Empire State Building.


I wanted to get an authentic bagel. Everything with scallion at Best Bagel.


Kept walking north. Times Square.


30 Rock.



Atlas.


The last time I saw the Ed Sullivan theater I went inside to see Letterman.


From here I went to Central Park. But it was rainy and the park just seemed kind of boring compared to the city streets.


I knew I wanted to try Shake Shack so I made my way south again. This was great too!



After lunch I went back to the hotel for a little rest. Unbeknownst to me, I'd walked 5.4 miles that morning. 



I did some work in the hotel and decided to head out for the afternoon. Another view of Empire State Building. 



Flatiron Building.


Ducked into Paragon for some window shopping.


And Converse store was cool.


Had a beer at the Spring Lounge. Then went to our production meeting.

After that we went to the rooftop bar on the Indigo Hotel, Mr. Purple. Good views and good drinks.




After that, we went to a place that I've always wanted to try. Lombardi's, the first pizzeria in America dating back to 1905. (It was fine, but nothing special. You can get the same slice on any street.)



The afternoon trip was another 2.5 miles. By Tuesday night, my left foot was killing me. Still is 48 hours later too.


WEDNESDAY

I woke up Wednesday and both my calves were incredibly sore. Turns out walking 8 miles on Tuesday may not have been the best idea. I could barely walk. Woke up at 6:15 to be on set at 8am.


Here's how much equipment they needed just on one side of the house to get the lighting right inside the house.


The shoot went pretty smooth and we wrapped by 5pm. I bragged about how good Shake Shack was so my friends decided to have dinner there Wed night. After that, had our last drinks in NYC at American Whiskey.



Over three and a half days I had two beers and seven cocktails. Living it up.