Saturday, January 26, 2008

Sports Einstein of the Week: Plaxico Burress.

When an NFL offense sets a single season record for points in a season, typically the passing game is pretty solid.

Patriots QB Tom Brady, who lead the 2007 New England Patriots to an NFL record 589 points, set the single season record for touchdown passes with 50. Wide Receiver Randy Moss caught 23 of those TDs, also a record.

Ah, but New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress isn’t impressed.

"We have guys that can go out and do things just as well or maybe better than some of those guys," he said last week.

Yeah, but those statistics can be pesky things.

Moss set an NFL single-season record with 23 touchdown catches, one more than Jerry Rice. (Wes) Welker tied for the league lead with 112 receptions. (Donte) Stallworth made catches that gained at least 30 yards in seven of the Patriots 18 games. And (Jabar) Gaffney scored six touchdowns, including an 8-yarder in the last minute to give New England a 27-24 victory at Baltimore and a 12-0 record.

That's pretty tough to keep up with.

Never mind the fact that Burress’ statement on its face is factually absurd. It’s never a good idea to call out a championship team like the Patriots prior to a Super Bowl. Just ask Philadelphia wide receiver Freddie Mitchell when he called out Pats safety Rodney Harrison prior to their respective teams meeting in Super XXXIX three years ago.

In that game, Harrison ended up with two interceptions while Mitchell had one meaningless catch for eleven yards. New England defeated Philadelphia 24-21 for their third Super Bowl title in four seasons.


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