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That said, given the tumultuous NFL week that led up to the Week 2 games, it’s at least worthwhile to take a look at the TV numbers to see if the raw data tells us anything about the impact on viewership
Awful Announcing breaks it down here, time slot by time slot, and finds that in most cases TV ratings were down in Week 2 this year compared to Week 2 last year. The most notable drop came in the late afternoon time slot (3:25 p.m. Central games), which CBS had this past week. Per AA:
CBS saw the biggest drop of any window, as they had Broncos-Giants — AKA Manning Bowl III — in this window last year. That said, it’s a little surprising that a window mostly led by Chiefs-Broncos and Jets-Packers drew only a 14.6 overnight, still leading the weekend but down 18 percent from this window last season.
Again, the 18 percent drop could be chalked up primarily, if not entirely, to less-enticing matchups this year when compared to a major story line a year ago. Still, as the site notes, an 18 percent drop is significant (and, on a personal note, fits neatly into the time we turned the TV off after the Vikings instead of watching more football, as had been our previous custom).
The noon time slots on Fox and CBS were down 4 percent and 7 percent from this time last year. Sunday Night Football was up slightly from a year ago (3 percent), though it was noted on Awful Announcing that last year’s Week 2 game went up against a big episode of Breaking Bad and also featured a rare weather delay.
What do these numbers mean? Probably not much given that it’s only one week. What will bear watching, however, is whether it marks the start of a trend in which ratings are consistently dropping when compared to last season. The overall NFL TV numbers are still so massive that a small drop doesn’t really dent the big picture of how popular the sport still is, but a little drop here and a little drop there could add up to trouble. We’ll try to check in on the numbers periodically throughout the season to see if there are any larger trends at play.
His response: “I have no idea. We played a Samford and now we played a Big Ten team.” The full quote and question are here, but still:
ZING! Right in the mouth of pal Jerry Kill and the rest of the downtrodden league.
Patterson tried to clarify the statement later, per the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram’s Mac Engel, who said the coach sent him this via text:
“Wasn’t meant that way at all. I wouldn’t take a shot at a best friend (Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill).
Only meant we have played two games period. Lots of football ahead – that’s all I meant.”
Lots of football against teams he seems to deem better, at least, than Samford and a Big Ten foe. Read it as you want.
Reactions to the allegations against Vikings running back Adrian Peterson have been far-reaching and often colored by our experiences and own lives. If you lived in the South, as Adrian Peterson and Jerome Felton did, disciplining a child with a “switch” was and continues to be commonplace.
Others can’t fathom any level of that sort of punishment, particularly something that would cause injuries to a 4-year-old that were so severe that charges were filed. Many of those particularly disturbed are parents.
We attempted to find some representatives those two groups in the Vikings locker room and wound up chatting with MarQueis Gray, the former Gophers QB who though not from the deep South (born and raised in Indianapolis) does have two small twin boys he often posts about on social media. We also checked in with Christian Ponder, who recently became a dad and grew up in Texas, like Peterson.
Gray, a new addition to the team, was fairly guarded when we asked him if being a father made him view the Peterson situation any differently. “Everyone has their own things about disciplining their children,” he said. “I really didn’t focus too much on it. I have enough problems as it is. I’m here still trying to learn the playbook.”
Ponder, when asked the same question, said: “I haven’t had time to think about it. Everyone has their different ways of dealing with their own children, and everyone is different.”
Ponder went on to say that his parents “had their way of punishing us as children” but declined to discuss what that entailed.
Their remarks are telling, though, in that they seem to be framing this as a parental choice. Gray and Ponder are surely choosing their words carefully because a locker room is a tight-knit place.
Our thought (as a new dad, and as a human being raised in the Midwest) remains that certainly when you cross the territory into alarming a doctor with the extent of damage you have done, you are over the line from simply being a parent deciding how to discipline your child.
And there are consequences regardless of intent.
One of the fundamental questions a lot of folks are wrestling with in the case of Adrian Peterson and charges of child abuse is this: did he act maliciously in a situation where there is no grey area, or can his behavior be explained (if not excused) by the environment he grew up in and a Southern culture many of us don’t know or understand?
To us, the answer is probably somewhere in the middle, whereby Peterson is most definitely a product of a different environment and upbringing, but within that acceptance 1) there needs to be growth from generation to generation and an understanding that how he was punished growing up isn’t necessarily right and 2) even if we continue with the “this is how it is” leeway, within that construct he went well over the line with the extent of the punishment he doled out.
Two prominent former athletes, both black, weighed in on both sides of the matter recently. We’ll give you a quick snippet of what each said on camera, with links to the full video.
Said Charles Barkley: “I’m from the South. … Whipping, we do that all the time. Every black parent in the South is going to be in jail under those circumstances.”
Said Cris Carter, talking about his upbringing: “My mom did the best that she could do … But there are thousands of things that I have learned since then that my mom was wrong. This is the 21st century; my mom was wrong… And I promise my kids I won’t teach that mess to them. You can’t beat a kid to make them do what you want them to do.”
Of course, Carter also said he was proud of the Vikings for de-activating Peterson. We’re assuming he’ll have more to say now that the Vikings have announced Peterson is expected to play next week.
Your thoughts, as usual, in the comments.
We found that out last year with Brian Dozier, who has leveled off this season after a powerful start but still projects to hit for above-average power while playing a very good second base for years to come. This year, we’ve seen flashes of it from Kyle Gibson. We’ve seen a very good first 350 ABs for Danny Santana and a very nice first impression from Kennys Vargas.
The player we thought was primed for a breakout, though, was Oswaldo Arcia. Through the first half of the year, however, he was looking more like a bust than boom. Even now, his cumulative numbers are similar to his promising but uneven 2013 season.
Yet still, there are numbers within numbers and trends within trends that suggest he’s starting to figure it out and re-emerge as someone whose bat could be a key part of the future. In has last 43 games, Arcia has 12 homers and a .551 slugging percentage. He’s still striking out too much, but his plate discipline is improving (see for yourself if you still have the stomach for these late-season games). Arcia had a hit and two walks on Sunday, bringing his season BB total to 29 — not a lot, but a number that could go up as Arcia (just 23 still) matures even more.
We don’t ever see him as a .300 hitter. What we do see him as is a guy who can hit .250 with 25-30 HRs and enough walks to consistently post an OPS above .800. Even with his defensive shortcomings, that’s a positive player in the future. (His home run power and intensity, we should add, also make him the RandBall Better Half’s new favorite Twins player, joining a select group that includes only Eddie Guardado and Jim Thome. She desperately wants her nickname for him, O’do, to catch on).
So while the Twins’ starting pitching remains a mess despite their efforts to address it this offseason — and the team will never get out of its funk until that is solved — the establishment of some young bats this season is a nice development that has helped lead to the astonishing stat that Minnesota is 6th in MLB in runs scored.
We weren’t sure Arcia would wind up in that group, but he’s showing us down the stretch that he does, indeed, belong.
|Los Angeles - LP: C. Frias||2||FINAL|
|Colorado - WP: J. De La Rosa||16|
|San Francisco - WP: S. Romo||4||FINAL|
|Arizona - LP: A. Reed||2|
|Boston - LP: C. Buchholz||1||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: F. Liriano||9|
|Toronto - LP: J. Happ||1||FINAL|
|Baltimore - WP: B. Norris||6|
|Washington - LP: R. Detwiler||1||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: A. Wood||3|
|Miami - WP: H. Alvarez||4||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: D. Gee||3|
|NY Yankees - WP: B. McCarthy||3||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: A. Cobb||2|
|Cincinnati||1||Top 9th Inning|
|Chicago WSox||1||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Detroit||4||Bottom 6th Inning|
|Milwaukee||0||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Seattle||0||Bottom 2nd Inning|
|Texas||0||Bottom 2nd Inning|
|Philadelphia||0||Bottom 2nd Inning|
|Tampa Bay||9/18/14 7:25 PM|
|San Diego||9/21/14 12:00 PM|
|Dallas||9/21/14 12:00 PM|
|Washington||9/21/14 12:00 PM|
|Houston||9/21/14 12:00 PM|
|Minnesota||9/21/14 12:00 PM|
|Tennessee||9/21/14 12:00 PM|
|Baltimore||9/21/14 12:00 PM|
|Green Bay||9/21/14 12:00 PM|
|Indianapolis||9/21/14 12:00 PM|
|Oakland||9/21/14 12:00 PM|
|San Francisco||9/21/14 3:05 PM|
|Denver||9/21/14 3:25 PM|
|Kansas City||9/21/14 3:25 PM|
|Pittsburgh||9/21/14 7:30 PM|
|Chicago||9/22/14 7:30 PM|
|(5) Auburn||9/18/14 6:30 PM|
|(20) Kansas State|
|Connecticut||9/19/14 7:00 PM|
|Old Dominion||9/20/14 11:00 AM|
|Troy||9/20/14 11:00 AM|
|Georgia Tech||9/20/14 11:00 AM|
|Eastern Mich||9/20/14 11:00 AM|
|(11) Michigan State|
|Iowa||9/20/14 11:00 AM|
|Bowling Green||9/20/14 11:00 AM|
|Maryland||9/20/14 11:30 AM|
|Tulane||9/20/14 11:30 AM|
|Hawaii||9/20/14 1:00 PM|
|Marshall||9/20/14 1:00 PM|
|North Carolina||9/20/14 2:30 PM|
|Army||9/20/14 2:30 PM|
|Virginia||9/20/14 2:30 PM|
|(6) Texas A&M||9/20/14 2:30 PM|
|Rutgers||9/20/14 2:30 PM|
|Central Mich||9/20/14 2:30 PM|
|Utah||9/20/14 2:30 PM|
|Florida||9/20/14 2:30 PM|
|Louisville||9/20/14 2:30 PM|
|Fla Atlantic||9/20/14 3:00 PM|
|Indiana||9/20/14 3:00 PM|
|San Jose St||9/20/14 3:00 PM|
|Texas State||9/20/14 3:00 PM|
|Massachusetts||9/20/14 3:00 PM|
|Georgia State||9/20/14 5:00 PM|
|Appalachian St||9/20/14 6:00 PM|
|Miss State||9/20/14 6:00 PM|
|Northern Ill||9/20/14 6:00 PM|
|Middle Tennessee||9/20/14 6:00 PM|
|Utah State||9/20/14 6:00 PM|
|Miami-Ohio||9/20/14 6:00 PM|
|Idaho||9/20/14 6:00 PM|
|Ball State||9/20/14 6:00 PM|
|(14) So Carolina||9/20/14 6:30 PM|
|(4) Oklahoma||9/20/14 6:30 PM|
|Ga Southern||9/20/14 6:30 PM|
|UNLV||9/20/14 7:00 PM|
|(22) Clemson||9/20/14 7:00 PM|
|(1) Florida State|
|Miami-Florida||9/20/14 7:00 PM|
|New Mexico||9/20/14 7:00 PM|
|New Mexico St|
|California||9/20/14 9:00 PM|
|Louisiana||9/20/14 9:30 PM|
|(2) Oregon||9/20/14 9:30 PM|
|San Diego St||9/20/14 9:30 PM|
|Toronto||9/19/14 9:00 PM|
|Edmonton||9/20/14 6:00 PM|
|Calgary||9/21/14 12:00 PM|
|Ottawa||9/21/14 3:00 PM|
Poll: Do you support Wednesday's decision to sideline Adrian Peterson again?