Archive for June, 2009

NFL Playoffs – Division Champs

June 30th, 2009 No comments

The NFL is a league of parity but there is a remarkable statistic that happens EVERY year in the NFL. Since 1997 (11 years) teams that win their division have just a 30% chance of repeating as division champs the next year! That means for every ten teams that win their division only 3 repeat the next year and making that even more amazing is that New England and Indianapolis won their division 5 straight years and Seattle had a run of 4 straight. Taking out those mini “dynasties” the division champ has repeated 13 out of 63 times or just 20% of the time.

At the start of the decade I could easily attribute that to the fact the NFL made the first place teams play a first place schedule or take on the division winners and runner ups from the previous year while the last place teams did the opposite. That scheduling philosophy changed a few years back but the trends have continued. Read more…

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NFL Slipping and Sliding

June 29th, 2009 No comments

The NFL magazine deadline is quickly approaching. This year the Pro Preview is expanding to SIX FULL PAGES on each NFL team jampacked with the “Phil Steele” quality information you’re used to seeing in my College Preview. Today I wanted to give you an article that I will be including in this year’s Preview called “Slipping and Sliding”. Read more…

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I Answer Your Questions

June 27th, 2009 No comments

Back on Tuesday I put out the top 15 games from the 2008 College Football season. I asked for you the reader to come up with any games that you thought might have been top 15 and here are some of the inquiries. Read more…

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Random Thoughts

June 26th, 2009 No comments

Some random thoughts…

The NFL Magazine is really shaping up but it is taking longer than expected. We have had the entire staff on it for a couple of weeks. Each NFL team has 6 full color pages and if you read my magazines you know that does not mean spread out type and full page pictures to fill up space. We are putting information on top of information. Read more…

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National Title Odds

June 25th, 2009 No comments

By now everyone knows who I think will win the National Title and who I think the top contenders will be. Everyone also knows the choices the other magazines have made as. This website has nothing to do with gambling but most fans are interested in what Las Vegas thinks of their teams! Here are the current odds to win that National Championship this year as posted at the Las Vegas Hilton. If you are going to Las Vegas this summer, you might want to take advantage of some of the underrated teams on the list.

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Our NFL Preview is Expanding!

June 24th, 2009 No comments

This year we have expanded the NFL magazine to 6 full pages on each NFL team. If you have seen any of my magazines, you know that expanding the magazine does NOT mean full page pictures and information spread out to fill up pages. It means 6 meaty pages of NFL information. We actually have a little space left on the 6th page for each team. Is there an interesting chart or graph that you do not find in other NFL magazines that you would like to see in mine? There is still time. We send the magazine off to the presses at the start of next week. If you have an idea then email Read more…

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Top 15 Performances of 2008

June 23rd, 2009 No comments

After 2008 was complete I devised a power ratings system which lets me analyze at what level each team played during a game. I talked about this new power ratings system in my blog onJune 19 . Today I will look at the Top 15 performances of the 2008 season picked out by my computer. Going over the top 20 it seems like a very legitimate list. Keep in mind this takes into account the yards rushing, yards passing, points scored, rushing yards allowed, passing yards allowed and points allowed and factors them in against the opponent played and even factors in the site the game was played at. In my earlier blog I noted that a Top 10 performance was 97.08 and that to be a top team performance it had to be one of the top 126 games. Read more…

Keep College Football’s Regular Season Meaningful

June 22nd, 2009 No comments

If you have read my National College Football Preview Magazine over the past ten years, you know that I have been advocating that the top four teams in the country should be matched up in bowl games with #1 vs #4 and #2 vs #3 in that order to ensure a true National Champion each season. I even list the last 12 years pointing out that no #5 team really deserves to play for the National Title and in many years just three teams were worthy of a spot in the Title game. Although many people are all for going to an extended playoff, much like the NCAA basketball tournament, I think this would water down what is the most meaningful regular season of any sport (college or pro) and that is college football’s regular season. Each week during the college football regular season, there are several National Title elimination games. The winner stays in the chase and the loser is basically eliminated. That ensures that the games played in September, October, November and December are all extremely MEANINGFUL. Read more…

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Help Wanted

June 20th, 2009 No comments

Today’s blog is about Help Wanted. On Thursday I talked about help wanted in landing advertisers for the magazines so that I can continue to increase the amount of football coverage we put out CLICK HERE.

Two weekends ago I asked for help getting quality bloggers for each team that would put their stuff up on my site CLICK HERE.

Over the past few years we have received hundreds of resumes wondering if we have any job openings. We have not really had any openings the last few years. Now, with me expanding my publications, including increasing the coverage of all FCS (IAA) teams we actually do have a couple openings. Most of the openings are for what I call Conference Coordinators. If you are in charge of a conference, basically you read each team’s local papers every day and keep me up to date on everything that is going on with your conference. You assist me on power ratings, All-Conference teams, etc. On Saturdays you chart games (write down the play by play in my format) for all of your conference games and chart other games as needed. During the offseason (Jan-June) we work hard on producing the magazines. We also have a spot or two open in our graphics department. If you have knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and are familiar with MAC computers that is a plus. If you have worked with Adobe Dreamweaver that would also be a plus. The openings do require you to be in the office, which is located in Cleveland, OH. If you are interested you can email your resume to or mail it to Phil Steele Publications, 25935 Detroit Rd., Ste 183, Cleveland, Ohio 44145.

My Thoughts on the Mountain West Conference

June 19th, 2009 No comments

I love the Mountain West conference. Every year I list them as the best non BCS conference in the country. Last year I rated them the 4th best conference in the country at the end of the year!

The Mountain West is going to congress to try and get the government to force an 8 team playoff in college football which gives an automatic bid to the MWC if they meet certain criteria. First of all I am against an 8 team playoff. There is no way that you could find a single #7 team in the country the last 12 years that had a legitimate claim to being in the national title game. For more on why I think the College regular season is the most important in college football and why an 8 or 16 team playoff would ruin it, check out page 24 and 25 of this years magazine. Read more…

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