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I have not posted in a few days. As a result, I would like to offer a full refund, as promised here. Send your receipt and a letter of request to:

Dr. Dick, P.O. Box 1234, North Pole
While I may not have posted for a few days, I have been trolling the Internet for sports news and I came up with two items that deserve comment.

The first is from an ESPN.com chat with analyst Doug Gottlieb (no link added because you have to be an ESPN Insider to access the chats). I think Gottlieb is one of the better young, developing sports analysts (along with FOX Radio’s Sean Farnham). But I did not like his comment posted below:

Charles (San Jose): Doug, Arizona is #1 in RPI and #9 in the polls. Which is closer to the truth?

SportsNation Doug Gottlieb: No. 9 in the polls. RPI at this point doesn’t mean a whole lot. It just means they have a tough early schedule and have performed well.

I would argue that the RPI does mean something, even at this early juncture. To quote Gottlieb “It just means they have a tough early schedule and have performed well”. Well that information seems to mean something. Is it a perfect predictor of how the team will perform the balance of the year? No. But being successful a gainst a challenging early slate is a lot more impressive than A) losing to tough opponents or B) beating a bunch of lousy teams. Even losing (by small margins) to good teams (especially on the road) means something as discussed in an earlier post about the Winthrop Eagles.

The second interesting item is Gregg Easterbrook’s suggestion of moving to a seeded tournament in the NFL playoffs.  It is an idea with considerable merit.  First it would likely eliminate the possibility of an 8-8 NFC team making the postseason while a worthy 10-6 AFC team sits at home.  Additional benefits include creatting NCAA Tourney type anticpation with seeded brackets.  Perhaps most importantly, the idea challenges the NFL to evaluate the environment and provide its customers (fans) with an even better product.

That’s it for now…Dr. Dick

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