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PFTV looks at whether parity is dead

For our last PFTV segment of the week, we look at an issue that has been bothering us all year.

Parity is dead.

If you don’t believe that, watch today’s Colts-Rams game.  Before doing so, watch this.

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11 Responses to “PFTV looks at whether parity is dead”
  1. slipkid says: Oct 25, 2009 11:11 AM

    parity (parody?) is alive and well in my football pool.

  2. wrigh040 says: Oct 25, 2009 11:19 AM

    If parity is dead, why do different teams make the playoffs every year?
    Why each year do new teams, who were at/near the bottom of their divisions the previous year, win their divisions?

  3. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 25, 2009 11:24 AM

    Parity is not dead. Most teams can beat any other team in the league. Titans were 13-3 last year and have not won this year. That pretty much shows what parity does. Just a few bad breaks can make or break a team.
    Perennial bad teams will always be bad until leadership makes changes.
    Free agency allow players to leave bad teams, leaving them bad, but at the same time it allows bad teams to change quickly. If they want to.
    Parity is a joke and Goodell at the helm is turning the National Felon League into a joke. Keep watering it down goofball.

  4. brasho says: Oct 25, 2009 11:26 AM

    I don’t even have to watch the video to know that there is no such thing as parity in anything!
    There is no business plan, social plan or anything that can make people or entities equal. Parity is a Marxist idea that doesn’t work because it doesn’t take into account the individuals that are a part of it. There will always be people that run front offices that are much smarter, players that play that work much harder, and coaches that much more innovative that make parity an impossibility.
    With the resources and support Jerry Jones has, if he were smarter the Cowboys should have won 5-6 Super Bowls in the 90′s. With the resources and support Daniel Snyder has,if he had any kind of football acumen, the Redskins would have won at least one Super Bowl since he took over ownership.
    But instead, it is small-to-medium market teams like the Steelers and Patriots that have absolutely run the table for the past 8 seasons… why? Parity? No, because there is no such thing as parity, it’s called intelligence. They just happen to be a lot smarter than everybody else.

  5. Obnoxio says: Oct 25, 2009 11:37 AM

    Please get rid of the auto-refresh on the site, its the most annoying thing.

  6. Voice_Of_Reason says: Oct 25, 2009 11:37 AM

    I registered just to reply to this.
    Wrigho40 is correct. I’m tired of hearing all this talk about the death of parity.
    Parity doesn’t say that every team will finish 8-8. Parity means that the top teams at the end of the year will have a tough time repeating, and the bottom teams at the end of the year will have an easier time next year. Look at the Titans. That is the result of parity. Look at the Bengals. That is the result of parity.
    The Lions, bad management. The Browns, same thing. The Cardinals….well, the jury is out on them this year.
    Parity gives the bad teams the first draft picks and the easiest schedules. Parity does NOT mean every team will be as good as other teams. That would make for a boring league.
    Parity is not dead. Bad management is just more visible in the league this year than in prior years.

  7. Dennis says: Oct 25, 2009 11:40 AM

    Parity is dead? Is that why 2 of the worst teams this year are 2 division winners with first round byes from last year?
    Because so much separates the top from the bottom that the best team in football from last year couldn’t possibly bring back 20 of 22 starters and become terrible?

  8. JayMan says: Oct 25, 2009 11:54 AM

    Take a look at the teams that have been bad the last few years, most of them have been “stuck” with top 10 draft picks and have to pay a ton of money for these rookies year after year. High draft picks can cripple a team if they don’t end up with a franchise type player.
    For the most part, success in the nfl is tied directly to the draft, the teams that draft well do well. And if you blow a few first row picks in a row (cough, raiders cough) it sets everything back.
    Look at the teams that draft well… Patriots, Giants, Eagles, Chargers etc. These are teams that are always in contention. Now look at the flip side… Raiders, Redskins, Browns. etc.
    Parity cannot overcome bad management decisions.

  9. GZ says: Oct 25, 2009 12:20 PM

    I agree with ‘Voice_Of_Reason’. People’s panties get bunched up over the misunderstanding of parity, and he summed it up well.
    Parity, in the sense of football, isn’t a Utopian society where everyone and everything is equal. Not all teams end 8-8; or rather 0-0-16. Don’t be idiots. Among the 4 great American sports, the parity in this league trumps. Sure, some teams are better than others, but that is due to other factors, such as chemistry, management, injuries, etc. The determining factor in a league’s level of parity is the magnitude (or lack thereof) of their salary cap. In football it is very stringent. In other league’s it isn’t, and thus those leagues have less parity.
    It’s a very simple formula – parity decreases as a league’s salary cap becomes less strict.
    Now that I straightened that out, let’s all move to Cuba and get paid the same, regardless of input.

  10. HarrisonHits says: Oct 25, 2009 12:22 PM

    Parity is not dead. What is alive are some comparatively cheap owners and some very incompetent general mangers / coaches.
    The teams that hire bean counters without much real football experience to be GMs, the ones that make terrible coaching choices like Zorn, and the ones with owners from a different era that just don’t get the modern game (Bills, Raiders, Lions), they are the real problems.

  11. TSE says: Oct 25, 2009 2:31 PM

    Really love watching Florio on TV!
    Although you missed covering a few key points that contribute to the lack of parity.
    One, the fact that bad teams have to pay such a massive amount of money to high draft picks to reduce the value of that advantage.
    Two, the waiver wire process. The majority of the worst teams have done a bad job of not strategically making claims off of the wire, especially the Lions who have really failed on so many occasions this year. Good prospects are slipping by them all the time and getting picked up by other teams.

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