Published Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 10:35 PM
As the saying goes, there are lies, there are damn lies, and there are statistics
And there are also statistics that are politically incorrect to an extent that they’re not exactly going to be emphasized by Big Media (and its subsidiary Big Sports Media).
Such as (going into Week 12 of the current NFL season), this combination:
– Led by future-first-ballot-Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady, the New England Patriots offense is averaging 435.8 yards per game, 5.5% more than the next-highest team (the Detroit Lions) and 10.4% more than the third-highest team (the Houston Texans).
– In their eleven games this season, the Patriots’ have scored (going backward): 49, 59, 37, 45, 29, 23, 31, 52, 30, 18 and 34 points.
– The Patriots are currently on a pace to score 592 points this season, which would break the all-time record of 589 points, a record held by … the 2007 New England Patriots. (Note: that will be something of a challenge, as two of the Patriots’ five remaining games are against the 8-2-1 San Francisco 49ers and the 10-1 Houston Texans, both of whom have extremely strong defenses.)
– At 8-3, the Patriots are pretty much a lock at this point to win the AFC East division title for the 10th time in 12 years.
– Oh yes, and, in a league in which 70-80% of the players are black, nine of the eleven starters for the Patriots offense are white, as can be seen on the Patriots’ depth chart, linked here.
Not a whole lot to analyze there. And, no, this isn’t exactly like being black in the South rooting for Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. And no, this writer, given that his own ultimate roots probably predominantly go back to the Middle East, with perhaps some Mongol blood thrown in, can only do so much BIRGing (basking in reflected glory). But it’s interesting to follow (especially given how wretchedly his hometown Philadelphia Eagles are playing this season).
Two final notes:
No disrepect whatsoever intended to the Patriots’ two black offensive starters, wide receiver Brandon Lloyd and running back Stevan Ridley, both of whom are having solid seasons (especially Ridley, who is currently in the Top 10 in the NFL for rushing yards).
Starting tight end Rob Gronkowski is still in the starting lineup, but he is playing hurt. He may well at some point be temporarily replaced by Aaron Hernandez, whose background is half-Italian, half-Puerto Rican. (Based on the “George Zimmerman Rule,” that can certainly be counted as white.)