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#1729518 I Have The Power! (To Decide The Madden Cover)

Posted by fieryprophet on 13 April 2012 - 09:55 PM

Not sure where you pulled that from, but that's a wildly inaccurate blanket statement to make about stats in general - 12 years out of a possible 15 or so is absolutely statistically significant when considered in context. That doesn't mean there's a curse, but those numbers definitely fail to reject the null hypothesis that cover athletes have a down season the same year that they appear on the cover.

With that said, I vote Cam. Swag trumps all.

I have written a pseudo-random number generator for a custom cryptographic suite. One of the stringent demands on such a system is the ability to create numbers that are as absolutely random as possible. What people don't understand about randomness is that if you flip a coin 20 times and it comes up heads 17 times, that is a perfectly logical random result. The 50/50 distribution only has to hold true when dealing with a massive number of permutations (on the order of millions) but a random number generator that produced a steady series of heads/tails combinations in order would be viewed as functionally broken.

In the same regards the Madden curse, which has multiple "bad" definitions but very few good ones (so the probability of a bad result is closer to 90% than 50%) having a run of 9-12 "bad" years out of 12 is not only statistically insignificant, it's entirely flawed by the faulty weighting of the probabilities involved (I mean, who considers Drew Brees Pro Bowl season to have been cursed? Idiots, that's who.)

#1729393 I Have The Power! (To Decide The Madden Cover)

Posted by fieryprophet on 13 April 2012 - 08:07 PM

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Unlike the Pepsi Rookie of the Week/Year votes, I'm not going to bother pretending I have no clue how to manipulate web servers. Long story short, the EA server apparently doesn't do any kind of context-checking regarding their voting system, so I have around 1 million votes an hour at my disposal.

Do I grant Cam his childhood dream, or do I cave like a little bitch to imaginary curses?

(You can tell where I'm leaning. . .)

#1728995 Panthers' Cam Newton Is Ready To 'embrace Charlotte'

Posted by fieryprophet on 13 April 2012 - 02:10 PM

Keep Cam. Trade the fanbase.

#1725650 Clark Judge Finally Admits Panthers Made Right Choice With Cam

Posted by fieryprophet on 11 April 2012 - 10:25 AM


The Carolina Panthers did a smart thing Tuesday by locking down wide receiver Steve Smith for another three years. But they did a smarter thing a year ago when they stuck to their convictions and chose Auburn quarterback Cam Newton with the first pick of the NFL Draft.
Basically, the Panthers followed one of the draft's most important tenets, which is to be true to yourself -- even if it means making an unpopular or controversial decision. The Panthers were, and look where it has them now.
On the road to recovery.
While Newton's choice was popular with Carolina fans, it wasn't the safest one out there. Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus or LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson were less risky, but you don't put people in seats with a defensive tackle or a cornerback. You put them there with a quarterback who is talented, who is creative and who can win.

The article also goes into great detail on why Hurney should get way more credit on this board: when everyone around Marty was telling him to stay away from Cam he doubled down on his homework and trusted his own intuition instead.

#1723417 Admit It. How Many Times Have You Watch Cam Newton Highlights?

Posted by fieryprophet on 09 April 2012 - 04:40 PM

I've rewatched entire games. NFL Game Rewind FTW.

My favorite three play sequence of the year was James Anderson's 4th down sack of Beck, followed by Cam's sideline missile to LaFell, followed by Cam's 16-yard TD run.

#1719777 Nfl.com Analyst Jason Smith Ranks Cam Newton As The Seventh Best Quarterback...

Posted by fieryprophet on 05 April 2012 - 07:36 PM

no, i can tell them apart by their uniforms and jersey numbers...

And not by their facial features, hairstyles or general build?

#1719511 Nfl.com Analyst Jason Smith Ranks Cam Newton As The Seventh Best Quarterback...

Posted by fieryprophet on 05 April 2012 - 03:01 PM

Guys, the best part about this list isn't that Cam is listed at #7.

It's that we didn't have to start at the bottom and scroll up to find our QB for a change.

#1716268 Would You Support Female Kickers And Punters In The Nfl?

Posted by fieryprophet on 03 April 2012 - 07:58 PM

We couldn't let them join the Steelers, for their own protection.

#1715640 Will This Cause Claiborne To Fall?

Posted by fieryprophet on 03 April 2012 - 12:37 PM

This is a non-issue: http://www.nationalf...test-score.html

#1713230 Aaron Rodgers Discusses Cam Newton

Posted by fieryprophet on 02 April 2012 - 12:37 AM

This video interview was done the week after the Carolina Panthers vs. Green Bay Packers. We already knew Rodgers was impressed after that game since he was quoted as such in the recaps, but he expounded on it a bit during a radio interview for ESPN Wisconsin later that week.

Click here to view the article

#1707675 Pete Caroll: "watch Out For Cam Newton & Panthers!"

Posted by fieryprophet on 28 March 2012 - 04:29 PM

Sounds like one NFC rival coach is very impressed:


“Look out for those guys. Holy mackerel,” Carroll said at the NFC coaches breakfast. “If he can just stay out there, they're going to be a fantastic team.”


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#1704714 [Video] Trent Dilfer's Speech To Hood Hargett Club About Cam

Posted by fieryprophet on 26 March 2012 - 03:24 PM

It's about 15 minutes, and he starts talking specifically about Cam at the 6 minute mark, but it's a fantastic talk:

Dilfer talks about Cam's ability to transform into an elite QB at an extreme rate, his leadership skills and his road to greatness. He also mentions Cam's incredible work ethic and that he is one of the very few truly special players in the game, and Trent believes Cam will revolutionize the game.

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#1704526 Cam Still Crushing Madden Vote

Posted by fieryprophet on 26 March 2012 - 01:35 PM


And while Cam Newton is still crushing the field and getting the most votes of any other player in the tournament, there is a new number two in total votes, and that's Calvin Johnson. Megatron is straight-up laying the smackdown on Dwayne Bowe, and could end up going all the way if his huge swell of support continues.

We may just have to accept that his swag is too great to be contained, and that we'll all have to preorder Madden '13.

#1704334 Cam Newton - On Learning Carolina's Offense

Posted by fieryprophet on 26 March 2012 - 11:03 AM

The main takeaway I get from this is that Cam is extremely hard on himself, and takes failure in any form as a personal affront, but is grateful for the opportunity regardless. The fact that he can openly talk about how difficult he found training camp and the coaches' workload, yet can still thank them and hold them in high regard says a lot about his character and work ethic. He doesn't blame the coaches for making him look bad by allowing him to attempt things he wasn't prepared to do, and understands it was a necessary part of his enormous NFL learning curve. That is an incredibly good sign: the abilty to be enormously self-motivated and yet retain a willingness to learn.

#1695067 Are We Still Excited About Facing Fox?

Posted by fieryprophet on 19 March 2012 - 06:12 PM

We'll play anyone, anywhere, any damn time, and we can win. This isn't Pop Warner, it's the motherlovin' NFL, where all teams are vulnerable and the only losers are trolls named TheRealDeal.

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