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I'll get back to the Damien Rhodes portrait later today, but the following demands your attention. Probably the best way I can talk about the following is through a despicable rendition of Johnny Carson's "Carnac the Magnificent" character. As such, I submit the following -

[Carson places the pocket-sized envelope to his forehead]

Carson: "Killers, quarterbacks, and laxatives."
McMahon: "Killers... quarterbacks... laxatives."
Carson: "Thanks, Ed."

[Carson opens the card by coolly blowing the envelope wide.]

Carson: "What are things that need to be efficient!"
McMahon: "Ha!... I don't get it."

Well, Pat Forde gets it, and that's the most important thing. His submission today to ESPN's pitiful college football preview is the stuff of champions.

Unlike a lot of uber geeky commentary on the metamorphasis of offensive style and production, Forde paints a pretty solid picture of how the concept of production, especially from the quarterback position, has changed over the last few decades. While he relies heavily on examining passer rating as a tool for determining efficiency (which I am not a personal fan of for a host of reasons), Forde does outline how some sharp thinkers have redefined production and how production should/could be attained in the most efficient manner possible.

In other news, Ken Pomeroy has enlightened the universe as to what he considers the luckiest and unluckiest teams of 2004-2005. By employing Bill James' Pythagorean Theorem (which has nothing to do with what you studied in 7th grade geometry), Pomeroy was able to peg 20 teams which failed (if that's the best word I could use) to live up to expectations, whether good or bad. Essentially, it's a nice little look at over/under performance.

Keeping with the out of season basketball news, the fellas over at Big Ten Wonk have bestowed upon the masses some sweet August Wonk. In an essay reminiscent of "We report; you decide," Wonk has released their 2004-2005 tempo data on the seven power conferences. Worth a read and some mild rumination.

Now back to your regularly scheduled Syracuse football blogging.

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