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Dickie J, too lazy to fact check or just too stupid to do simple division?


I refuse to link to it, but Dickie Justice, age 12, wrote his annual attack piece on Mario Williams.  (Which should not be confused with his annual "Mario is great and was the right choice" piece.  Neither of which should be confused with his annual "I want to have VY's buttbabies" piece.  But I digress.)

ANYWAY, Dick rambles for a while about Mario's lack of production this year (focusing entirely on sacks and tackles) and decides that Mario does not deserve to go to the Pro Bowl.  Whatever.  It's a joke of an article and it wouldn't even have warranted mention here were it not for this blurb at the end:

The Texans try. They release charts each week comparing his career sack total (38.5) with Reggie White (70) and Bruce Smith (44.5) at similar points in their careers.

Even if Williams had similar numbers (which he doesn‘t), the comparison wouldn't be valid because White and Smith played in an era when teams ran more and passed less. They got more sacks out of fewer opportunities. (emphasis added)

It seems Lil' Dickie (a) was too lazy to verify his claim and (b) assumed that readers would take that assertion at face value.  Unfortunately (for him), you have to have a little intellectual credibility before people will just believe any ol' crap you throw out there.  So let's peek at the data, broken up by year (first column), of average pass (second column) and run (third column) plays per team per season, along with the corresponding percentage of plays that were passes (last column).  (All numbers from pro-football-reference.com)


1985
515
487

0.514
1986
517
483

0.517
1987
482
471

0.506
1988
505
485

0.510
1989
512
467

0.523
1990
483
444

0.521
1991
498
438

0.532
1992
479
439

0.522
1993
515
453

0.532
1994
538
448

0.546
1995
557
440

0.559
1996
532
453

0.540
1997
524
455

0.535
1998
516
452

0.533
1999
541
437

0.553
2000
527
441

0.544
2001
522
441

0.542
2002
540
441

0.550
2003
515
453

0.532
2004
511
451

0.531
2005
515
449

0.534
2006
512
452

0.531
2007
533
437

0.549
2008
516
441

0.539
2009
501
412

0.549

 

2009 numbers are through last weekend.  Totaling up the years each player played, we get:

White, 1985-2000: 0.531

Smith, 1985-2003: 0.532

Williams: 2006-09: 0.542

 

That's right, kids...teams in the Mario Era have passed about 1% more often than during Smith/White's time.  Re-reading Dick's "point," I suppose he's not technically wrong.  However, if you believe that he was referring to this 1% difference when he wrote the column, you probably also comment at the Chron with regularity in praise of Dick, Pancakes, and Anna-Tard.

My point?  It's bad enough that Justice is such a joke of a sportswriter, that he turns out nearly unreadable shit almost daily, and that he still manages to draw a paycheck for this "effort."  But when he starts taking it to the next level, making up "facts" to support his claims with the hope that no one will double-check him, he moves from annoying to insulting.  And if you assume that The Houston Chronicle as a corporation is a rational decisionmaker, one begins to wonder just who Dick is orally pleasing in order to keep his gig.

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