IX - Here's your NFL Week 13 TV Distribution Map. Despite Sunday's game between the Steelers and Bengals being one of the unquestionably biggest one of the early-afternoon slate, not too much of the country will get the game broadcast in their markets.
X - Bengals LT Andrew Whitworth joined Seibel, Starkey and Miller on 93.7 The Fan on Thursday to preview the second meeting between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh scheduled for this coming Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field.
XIII - Like most everybody else, including those who love him and those who hate him, I'm sufficiently intrigued and entertained by what's been unfolding in Denver since Tim Tebow replaced Kyle Orton as starting quarterback of the Broncos. My problem though is just how much play the story is getting from the media. It's such a hot topic item that we're now to the place where columnists are dissecting how we as a society are at fault for having such a polarizing collective take on Tebow and how he goes about comporting himself while in the spotlight as an NFL quarterback.
XIV -- The Pittsburgh Post Gazette has unveiled the beta version of its new site. Some room to improve, no doubt, especially technically, but I like the look.
XL - I haven't perused enough to determine if I think it's worth checking in at regularly, but I stumbled across something called the Harvard College Sports Analysis Collective on Thursday vis a vis a post about the statistical improbability of Tim Tebow's success. Like every other endeavor at dissecting the NFL down to pure data, there's some methodology issues. Furthermore, I don't understand all the data-centric analysis. But for some of you out there, it will be a site worth putting in the bookmarks for sure.
XLIII -- No link but here are your updated Week 13 SB Odds:
- Green Bay Packers: 9/5
- New England Patriots: 9/2
- Baltimore Ravens: 9/1
- New Orleans Saints: 9/1
- San Francisco 49ers: 11/1
- Pittsburgh Steelers: 12/1
Yes, I know, the 49ers still have the inside track to a first round bye in the playoffs, and that alone accounts for why they'd face longer odds than the Steelers were Pittsburgh to be a wild card, but what about when New Orleans catches San Francisco and the 49ers are forced to play three games to make it out of the NFC? Won't happen. Not the New Orleans catching them part, either. I mean New Orleans winning multiple playoff games. Outstanding first year of the Jim Harbaugh era, but like the Steelers and the lack of turnovers early on in the season, the 49ers prolonged string of success was an oddity that logically made no sense continuing for as long as it did.