Sunday, March 26, 2017

Roger Goodell sends ominous letter to Oakland mayor

There are certain words and phrases a city would prefer not to hear from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the days before a critical relocation vote involving its local franchise.
Such language is now in the Oakland mayor’s possession.
Goodell reportedly sent a letter Friday to Mayor Libby Schaaf, a transmission Schaaf received after having sent the NFL her own letter in which she characterized the latest effort to keep the Raiders in Oakland as a “viable and responsible proposal.” Clearly, Goodell did not agree.
“Despite all of these efforts, ours and yours, we have not yet identified a viable solution,” Goodell said in the letter, which the East Bay Times reportedly obtained Saturday. “It is disappointing to me and our clubs to have come to that conclusion.”
Oakland and its partners submitted Friday a revised $1.3 billion development proposal that Goodell wrote is not “clear and specific, actionable in a reasonable time frame, and free of major contingencies,” according to East Bay Times.
A vote that could relocate the Raiders from Oakland to Las Vegas is expected as early as Monday at the NFL’s annual spring meeting in Phoenix. Twenty-four of the league’s 32 owners must vote in favor of the relocation for it to be approved.
It’d be the latest relocation for the league. On Jan. 12, the Chargers moved from San Diego to Los Angeles. The Rams moved from St. Louis to L.A. last year.
Goodell’s full letter has not been published in its entirety at this time, but its largest excerpt reads as follows, per the East Bay Times:
“We have been prepared for nearly two years to work on finding a solution based on access to land at a certain cost, without constraints on the location of the stadium or timing of construction, and clarity on the overall development,” Goodell wrote.
“However, at this date, there remains no certainty regarding how the site will be fully developed, or the specific and contractually-defined nature of the participation by Fortress or other parties. In addition, the long-term nature of the commitment to the A’s remains a significant complication and the resolution of that issue remains unknown.”

Source:  PFT.com
Author: Michael Gehlken
Photo: Star Ledger, US Presswire

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Cowboys activate Darren McFadden


The Cowboys have officially activated veteran running back Darren McFadden.
The move was not surprising. McFadden had been on the non-football injury list due to a broken elbow, but returned to practice late last month.
McFadden led the Cowboys with 1,089 rushing yards last season. He figures to play a much smaller role initially behind rookie Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris, but McFadden has fresh legs for the stretch run. He has 28 career rushing touchdowns in eight previous seasons.
Rookie running back Darius Jackson was waived to create a roster spot for McFadden. Jackson is a strong candidate to be claimed on waivers, but the 2016 sixth-round pick could return to the Cowboys’ practice squad if he’s not claimed.
Jackson had a strong preseason but has not played in a regular season game.

Source: PFT.com
Author: Zac Jackson
Photo: Nhat V. Meyer Staff, BayArea.com

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Week 12 Football ERA Cumulative Results

Weekly 2016 Cumulative Football ERA Formula results are published below with the usual cautionary disclaimer that these are NOT Power Rankings. To analyze these results, we primarily have to look at how teams change within the Rankings rather than looking at the Rankings as raw stand-alone data. Position is neither the best nor the sole criteria of analyzing the list as much as is observing change in the list (first derivative). In other words, how teams rise and fall from week to week during the long season is more of a primary criteria for evaluating performance.
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Dall
27554
Tenn
23061
NO
21264
Phi
20996
NE
20806
Arz
20454
Car
19411
Buff
18842
Den
18482
GB
18412
Bal
17840
Atl
17522
SD
17314
Oak
16649
Was
16598
Cinn
16351
Pitt
16171
Hou
16026
Minn
15877
TB
15816
Sea
14405
Mia
13705
NYJ
13388
NYG
12702
KC
11218
LA
10167
Jax
9967
Chi
9726
Ind
9482
Det
8225
SF
6735
Cleve
-1317




Photo by Terry Schmitt, UPI


Week Twelve Football ERA Composite Scores

The Football ERA Formula outputs a result that runs on a scale from approximately 5000 points to -5000 with losing teams that are dominated getting pushed into the negative numbers by their victors.  Defensive Elements of the Formula contribute to this negative score in games constituting blowouts.  A few years back, RealFootballAnalysis.com developed a formula that translates the Final Game Results of The Football ERA into Composite Scores that resemble football scores as much as possible.  Here are the week's corresponding Composite Scores:
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NO
38
LA
12



Atl
34
Arz
15



TB
34
Sea
16



Pitt
31
Ind
15



GB
31
Phi
15



Den
30
KC
25



NYG
29
Cleve
22



Jax
28
Buff
21



Dall
27
Was
16



Oak
25
Car
24



Minn
25
Det
20



Tenn
25
Chi
17



SF
24
Mia
23



Bal
24
Cinn
23



Hou
24
SD
23



NE
24
NYJ
19





Photo by Ian Halperin, UPI


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