Mike Tanier
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Mike Tanier

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About

My name is Mike and I write Greg Schiano jokes for food. Long ago, I taught mathematics in suburban South Jersey. During standardized test sessions, I wrote articles for Football Outsiders and the New York Times. Eventually, schools began giving so many standardized tests that I was a full-time writer who proctored tests as a side job. So I quit proctoring tests. I covered the NFL for Sports on Earth for two years. Now I am at Bleacher Report, sharing statistical nuggets and offbeat observations while waiting for Congress to appoint a Poet Laureate in the category of Johnny Manziel Tweets. 'Cuz I like my odds.

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  • Michael LaRocca posted 11 days ago

    Michael LaRocca

    It's time to update your bio. Nobody remembers Greg Schiano, or maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part.

  • Jeff Tinnea posted 21 days ago

    Jeff Tinnea

    @robert dalton, I think the issue is more about Glennon's history of liking to stand immobile in the pocket before throwing the ball. The Bears line can give him 10 seconds untouched per snap and Glennon is still going to find a way to get sacked nine times.

  • Aaron Landry posted 28 days ago

    Aaron Landry

    Seriously - I understand the criticism the Mixon pick gets but then no mention of ANYTHING on Lewis and an A grade on the pick...SHAMEFUL

  • robert dalton posted 33 days ago

    robert  dalton

    "...he will help the Bears win some 16-13 games in which Glennon is sacked nine times instead of losing 24-16 games in which Glennon is sacked nine times."

    Because a line that only gives up 28 sacks for the season is going to get worse when their Pro Bowl guard returns.

    (Long, awkward silence).

  • Victorious Secrets posted 237 days ago

    Victorious Secrets

    MIKE! Since NYtimes and Walkthru and SportsOnEarth I've been awaiting your previews. It used to be so great to have to read on Fridays; complete with Thursday night wrap up so I could read during boring PD and Staff Development. Then you forced me to wait till Saturday; and now its been 2 weeks. They were always a Great Read; who cares about accuracy; nobody's accurate; the best we can hope for is what to look for what are the keys to winning and therefore when the coaches dial up a total surprise we can appreciate being as fooled as the opponent was.
    If you're Not going to give us your excellent Previews anymore. TELL US WHO is using FO stats' GSIS and Film to make educated and entertaining guesses??? I looked up on B/R I figured it was an Editorial Decision to pull Mike from Previews because somebody else was doing it better. All I saw was 3 different writers comparing betting lines and doing the Gambler thing. No Film, No DVOA, or any other Analytics, just " This team tends to cover the spread 35% more often then normal when playing on the road 4pm a week after the bye" type stuff. Bullshit, in other word

  • Victorious Secrets posted 237 days ago

    Victorious Secrets

    MIKE! Since NYtimes and Walkthru and SportsOnEarth I've been awaiting your previews. It used to awesome on Fridays so I could read during boring PD and Staff Development. Then you forced me to wait till Saturday; and now its been 2 weeks. They were always a Great Read; who cares about accuracy; nobody's accurate; the best we can hope for is what to look for what are the keys to winning and therefore when the coaches dial up a total surprise we can appreciate being as fooled as the opponent was.
    If you're Not going to give us your excellent Previews anymore. TELL US WHO is using FO stats' GSIS and Film to make educated and entertaining guesses??? I looked up on B/R I figured it was an Editorial Decision to pull Mike from Previews because somebody else was doing it better. All I saw was 3 different writers comparing betting lines and doing the Gambler thing. No Film, No DVOA, or any other Analytics, just " This team tends to cover the spread 35% more often then normal when playing on the road 4pm a week after the bye" type stuff. Bullshit, in other words.

  • Victorious Secrets posted 251 days ago

    Victorious Secrets

    And Mike...really disappointing the Weekly Picks are gone. I fear the worst and hope for the best; that you've found another gig.

  • Victorious Secrets posted 251 days ago

    Victorious Secrets

    Would Kaepernich stand in North Korea game? That's ACTUALLY an argument against his protest? Bringing up the place where death is the penalty for not participating in forced displays of unity out of protest for dozens of dead unarmed citizens whose murderers are ALWAYS exonerated? Really?? What the F&*k does racist Right Wing America hating Kaep actually stand for? Because Freedom ISNT it. Freedom to marry other human beings; freedom from murder by law enforcement, freedom of expression, what the F* are you people arguing about?
    AND: WHY the F&* can Right wingers trash America all the time, hating a clear majority of nonwhites and Liberal whites, say it NEEDs someone to 'make it great again' by banning the only people responsible for USA's growth and power. It aint your Red States, corn, cotton, meth and trailer parks is NOT the reason USA Matters. If the South won the Civil War you'd be english speaking Mexico; agriculture, not integrated into the Urban and Northern Economy. White Southerners would be sneaking into NYC for jobs.

  • Christian Glakas posted 251 days ago

    Christian Glakas

    Hi Mike, are you no longer writing your weekly NFL game previews each fall? If not, I'll be bummed. I've really enjoyed reading them, ever since you wrote for the NYT. They were one of about three things that have made being a Redskins fan bearable over the last ~7 years. Anyway, I do enjoy reading your other articles, and congrats on your success.

  • Kevin Donovan posted 264 days ago

    Kevin Donovan

    ernie, there are plenty of good arguments that CK should stand. none of them involve north korea.

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