... economic theory says we should make decisions based only on the costs and benefits that a course of action has in the future, not on “sunk costs,” which we’ll never get back. When you finish a plate of food you don’t really want just because you already paid for it, you’re falling victim to the sunk cost fallacy. On a bigger scale, the sunk cost fallacy can lead a company to keep pouring money into a failed venture, or a nation to keep pouring resources into a hopeless war.
Which brings us back to the Redskins.
In other words, all those draft picks the 'Skins gave up ought to be irrelevant to the decision of whether to make Kirk Cousins the starting QB.
Over on Facebook, a friend who clearly is in denial about the fact that law school starts next week (he's another law prof), asked: "whom would you rank (in order) as the top 10 QBs in NFL history? and please explain if you are so inclined."
Here's my answer:
1-Joe Montana: 4 for 4 in SB and 3 x MVP.
2-Tom Brady: 3 SBs, 21 game win streak, undefeated 16 game season, Giselle.
3-Jonny Unitas: 34 TDs in 1959!
4-Dan Marino: Amazing numbers despite no SBs, especially b/c he'd kill in today's game.
5-Peyton Manning: Got to respect the #s and MVPs, even if you think he is a big game choker.
6-Sonny Jurgensen. Best arm I ever saw in person. Won NFL passing title at age 40. Probably while drunk or hungover. He was Brett Favre before there was a Brett favre.
7-Brett Favre: Got to love the gunslinger.
8-Otto Graham: Dominated his era. Best career winning %. Still has record for YPA. Probably should be higher.
9-Terry Bradshaw: Got a lot of rings.
10-Sammy Baugh: First real modern QB. Made the forward pass a real weapon.
In its energy and complexity, football captures the spirit of America better than any other cultural creation on this continent, and I don't mean because it features long breaks in which advertisers get to sell beer and treatments for erectile dysfunction. It sits at the intersection of pioneering aggression and impossibly complex strategic planning. It is a collision of Hobbes and Locke; violent, primal force tempered by the most complex set of rules, regulations, procedures and systems ever conceived in an athletic framework.
Soccer is called the beautiful game. But football is chess, played with real pieces that try to knock each other's brains out. It doesn't get any more beautiful than that.
Well, 2013 goes into the books as a much better year than the annus horribilis, but that's more of a comment on how bad my 2012 season was rather than how good this year was. One second place, two 4th places, a 7th, and a 10th:
Well, it was not a H2H season for the ages. In the PB.com H2H league, my Unseen Academicals finished 10th out of 12. In the PB.com Last Minute H2H league, Scalzi's Redshirts finished in 7th place out of 10. In Tabb's H2H league, Cowboys Drool finished in 4th place.
My best hope remains the roto leagues. Bainbridge's Bruins have a reasonably solid hold on 1st place in Tabb's roto league. In the PB.com roto league, Da Commish is in 4th place, 11 points behind 3rd, 33 points behind 2d, and 54 ahead of 5th. So I've got a decent shot at a top 3 finish amd a virtual lock on no worse than 4th.
Well, it was a mixed bag this week. The one team that had been cruising (Cowboys Drool) ran into the Peyton Manning buzz saw and dropped to 6-4. But the other two H2H teams both won. As for the roto teams, neither changed their place in the standings: