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THE MEANING OF LIFE
Influential section - Yusuf Estes with a young Christian
((( O mankind! Say No God But Allah, Achieve Eternal Salvation )))
" Laa ilaaha illallah " (There is none worthy of worship except Allah.)
( I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger )
( Introduction to Islam )
Comments by Kevin Rooney
Comments: I particularly liked seeing the historical data displayed for the number of wins for both the 49ers and the Raiders from the years of 2004 – 2010. The layout of the wins for the two teams from season shows the degree of parity that exists in the NFL. If a team had a bad season, they can still be contenders in the following season and vice versa. For example, my favorite team (the New Orleans Saints) went 3-13 in the 1999 season, but in 2000, the Saints went 10-6 and won their first playoff game in franchise history. You never know!
Comments: It was rather interesting to see the performance numbers between Carson Palmer, Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow during their first two seasons in the NFL. Both Palmer and Manning were #1 overall picks in their respective drafts, yet Tebow was a late 1st-round pick, but pound-for-pound Tebow seems to get the most media attention. However, I feel the performance numbers are due to the fact that Palmer and Manning are prototypical NFL quarterbacks while Tebow is more of a “gimmicky” player.
Comments: When a team plays another team more and more over the years, I think the teams start to get a sense of familiarity with one another. That is why the Raiders have a good track record against both the Chargers and the Chiefs. The Chargers and the Chiefs are in the Raiders’ division thus requiring two meetings per season. As the games against common opponents increase, the Raiders might be able to find the nuances and quirks that other teams possess.
Comments: Looking at the chart between the data for the Raiders and the Bengals is rather interesting to see. However, I do think that the lines in the graph are somewhat coincidental. During the season that the Raiders made it to the Super Bowl under Bill Callahan, I would imagine that they would have beaten 80-90% of the teams in the NFL that season. That’s due to how well they played in 2002. The culture of teams change somewhat over the years, so I do not think that if a former Raider coach goes to another team he will be able to game plan for the same culture he experienced with the Raiders.
Comments: To see the symmetry between the history of the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs is quite interesting. I especially liked seeing the “Kansas City 42, Oakland 7; Oakland 41, Kansas City 6” statistic. However, the gap seems to widen in the Raiders favor once we talk about conference championships and Super Bowls.
Comments: When talking about what the minimum number of wins is required to make the playoffs, it is important to distinguish between 14 game and 16 game seasons. An 8-win season over the course of 14 games is a good record, and from the chart and historical data, it appeared that 8 wins out of 14 games would suffice for postseason play. However, with the modern 16 game season, 8 wins is not reliable for making the playoffs. Every so often though, an 8-8 team will sneak into the playoffs. I do agree with the article when it says that “The stronger probabilities occur for ten wins or more.”
Comments: One thing that surprised me by looking at the chart and the observations was that the Raiders still achieved an 8-8 record in 2011 despite having a new head coach at the helm. I do agree with the assessment that the problem lies with the defense, especially because the coaches on the defensive side of the ball remained the same from 2010 to 2011. For those two seasons it is necessary to look at the “constants” so to speak on the team. It points back to the defensive coaches.
Comments: I think that coming out flat after a bye week is something that the vast majority of NFL teams encounter during any given season. I do not believe it is a lack of discipline. I think it is just a matter of coming out of the gates slow after not seeing any NFL action for 2 weeks. If the team you played the week after your bye played during your bye week, I feel that you are already at a disadvantage due to the fact that the opponent is still in the current flow of an NFL season.
Comments: This article really does help highlight the importance of the kicker in the NFL game, especially a kicker as consistent as Sebastian Janikowski. The graph did a good job of showing how Janikowski was the team’s leading scorer through Week 6 of the 2011 season. Many people assume that the skill positions score the most points for a team, but the leading point scorer on most NFL teams is the unheralded kicker.
Comments: The informational chart between Jason Campbell and Colt McCoy helped to illustrate one point: Football is not a one man game. With virtually a statistical dead heat between Campbell and McCoy, the point is made that other offensive skill players, defensive players and special teams players are all key to a team’s success on the gridiron.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/607419-sports-and-stem-help-us-fully-appreciate-entertain-and-educate-young-people Good goal!
Encourage the Oakland Raiders.