The Image That Defines Parity in the NFL


A Reddit user has created this graphic that shows each NFL team next to the team its beaten, going clockwise. Now that the Falcons lost this past weekend, the image was able to be made. Yay fairness!

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18 Comments

  1. Pool Keepers Son

    November 13, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Also one overtime win for the chefs shouldn’t count, it took 9 games for them to lead in a game and they still lost in overtime to the steelers.

  2. MoeSzyslak01

    November 13, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Parity which makes everybody more money. Ron points to this as socialism but he’s wrong. If three or four big market teams were to start severely out spending everybody else because they have much bigger fan bases they would win the vast majority of their games and the only sellouts the NFL would see would be their home games. Who’s going to pay a couple hundred bucks altogether to go watch their team most assuredly lose (current Jet’s fans are a statistical outlier)?  Having it set up this way where most games are nothing more than a coin flip fans from almost every team can take comfort knowing that even though they’re spending a small fortune to go to the game their team actually has a chance at winning. That translates to far more tickets being sold which in turn means more money for everyone. You just have to look at the NFL as one money making entity with thirty two branches. The better more branches do the better it is for the entity as a whole.  It’s nothing more than quality control. Thirty two mediocre to good products is better financially than four great products and twenty eight duds. The NFL being the capitalists they are have figured out the best way to maximize profits. Now if only they could compete with HDTV.

  3. MoeSzyslak01

    November 13, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Parity which makes everybody more money. Ron points to this as socialism but he’s wrong. If three or four big market teams were to start severely out spending everybody else because they have much bigger fan bases they would win the vast majority of their games and the only sellouts the NFL would see would be their home games. Who’s going to pay a couple hundred bucks altogether to go watch their team most assuredly lose (current Jets fans are a statistical outlier)?  Having it set up this way where most games are nothing more than a coin flip fans from almost every team can take comfort knowing that even though they’re spending a small fortune to go to the game their team actually has a chance at winning. That translates to far more tickets being sold which in turn means more money for everyone. You just have to look at the NFL as one money making entity with thirty two branches. The better more branches do the better it is for the entity as a whole.  It’s nothing more than quality control. Thirty two mediocre to good products is better financially than four great products and twenty eight duds. The NFL being the capitalists they are have figured out the best way to maximize profits. Now if only they could compete with HDTV.

    • K Dubya

      November 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      @MoeSzyslak01 dude, no way I am reading all that

    • madtowntom

      November 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      @MoeSzyslak01 its not just about the fans that attend games, its vegas, and the moneys the fans at home that bet on the games, without parity it would be more like boxing, a pile of cash bet in spurts, this is set up for 16-20 weeks of heavy action. then its on to march maddness…

    • sidwasout

      November 13, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      @MoeSzyslak01
       More money does not always mean a better team.  Look at baseball.  Boston spends a ton, and sucks, and the Yankees haven’t been able to buy a WS for a while.  Teams that spend less, but ore efficiently, are competitive, and even win the WS from time to time.

  4. AssWhack!

    November 13, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Does this make the Atlanta Falcons the offical team of 4:20?

  5. Rich G

    November 13, 2012 at 11:03 am

    wow, the picture shows that every team in the NFL has lost a game. that’s amazing

    • sidwasout

      November 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      @Rich G
       Yeah, I wonder how hard it would be to do the same thing for every NFL season that has ever been, except for ’72?

      • Shocks

        November 14, 2012 at 9:47 am

        @sidwasout  @Rich G Hating parity is just being wistful for the 2007 season.

      • sidwasout

        November 14, 2012 at 11:36 am

        @Shocks  @Rich G
         I don’t hate parity, but I also don’t think it is all that necessary.

  6. harlequincy

    November 13, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Fact: 50% of teams lose each week.

    • Sackman

      November 13, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      @harlequincy I need to see some data to support that claim.

    • sidwasout

      November 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      @harlequincy
       I believe the 49ers/Rams game disproves your theory.

  7. chad chetworth

    November 13, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    sad to see the breakdown in the relationship between the show and jerry barca. he was an entertaining guest and the football talk is a nice change of pace from gay rights.

    • Stanmoore11

      November 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      @chad chetworth I hear you he will be missed. Just a joke that when to far

  8. Nice Guy Eddie

    November 13, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Yeah I’d much rather be a Kansas City Royals fan.

  9. Nice Guy Eddie

    November 13, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    And here is the other end of the spectrum:
    The Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays are on the verge of a blockbuster trade that would send shortstop Jose Reyes and pitcher Josh Johnson to Toronto, according to sources.
    Also going to Toronto would be pitcher Mark Buehrle, catcher John Buck and infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio.
    “Just about any (Marlins) player making money is going to Toronto,” a source told ESPN.
    The Blue Jays are sending shortstop Yunel Escobar, two top prospects — outfielder Jake Marisnick and shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria — and possibly more to the Marlins.
    Information from ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney was used in this report.