Archive for January 2012

How does playing at home affect fantasy performance?

I wrote my first fantasy basketball article for the Yahoo Contributor Network (YCN) which calculates the increase in production for players playing at home versus playing on the road.

I think it turned out well. Take a look. (Click the table in the upper right to see a bigger version.)

On the topic of Tim Tebow…

Tim Tebow creates controversy because he wears his religion on his sleeve. Non-religious people (and even some religious ones) don’t like being preached to and find the super-faithful quite annoying. The other issue with Tebow is that he is a completely non-traditional QB, and that opens him up to football criticism from people who don’t like him for other reasons, as well as his QB play.

I am a non-religious person but I don’t hate Tebow for his beliefs or lack of traditional QB skill. I root for him because I think he’s a good, genuine person. The world needs more good, genuine people. If he proves to be a hypocrite in his personal life, I will stop rooting for him.

If there is a God, I doubt he spends his time manipulating the outcome of football games. There are Tebow supporters who point to his success as proof that God exists. I find this notion to be ridiculous, but they are entitled to their beliefs.

I do believe that Tebow can find long-term success as a NFL quarterback. He brings enough to the table in the other areas of the job that make up for his shortcomings as a passer. As we’ve seen throughout the season, he can typically make enough throws to keep his team competitive, and he should only get better with practice.

No matter how the Broncos fare against the Patriots next week, Tebow’s season was a success. I wouldn’t describe it as a resounding success, but he showed enough potential, moxie and leadership to earn him QB1 honors in Denver to start the 2012 season. I’m interested to see where his career goes from here, as it’s always fun to see a player with an unorthodox style help to redefine a position, much like Steve Young, Randall Cunningham and Michael Vick did before him.