02 October 2010


Aaaaand we're back.

Good luck with this one.

Will be in Las Vegas for work for a few days next week and still not posting very much. Begging my man AhQuoi to post again.

In the meantime we should all go vote against Bobby Jindal on his stupid Constitutional amendment tomorrow.

29 September 2010

Fuck the Leotards 

A variety of things have kept me from posting lately. At the end of last week I didn't have power at my condo. Then there was a Saints game, then there was me being lazy. Anyway, just wanted to give you an update that I haven't been totally without purpose since the terribly disappointing loss to the Falcons on Sunday. I have stepped up my efforts to bring public awareness to the cursed nature of black pants on Sundays (or any other football days).

A close friend has kept a close look at the uniform combination the Saints have sported on the field under the Payton regime. The numbers don't look great for black pants. A brief breakdown:

My friend has much more detailed records of these numbers including opponents, QB passer rating per game, etc. Overall it's just pretty much clear that the Saints don't perform as well in black pants. So I tweeted some things at a hopefully influential media member last night and may have managed to finally help move this fringe fan concern about the uniform into an actual newsworthy item about performance. Here's a quote of the exchange I shared over email with a journalist for a New Orleans news org about the black pants.

From: Ricky Prado
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 9:16 AM
To: News Guy

Subject: Gold Pants vs. Black Pants

News Guy,

Thanks for at least entertaining some of us kooky fans out here in our obsessions over the uniform. As I mentioned last night, a friend put this together, but he says not to credit him or his employer will know that's not spending enough time working.

Anyway, the info is attached. Based on a cursory glance at the opponents, it doesn't look like there is any substantial difference over the whole in their quality. We've beat good teams in black pants and lost to bad teams in black pants. My guess is that if we looked at final winning percentages for opponents while wearing black pants or gold pants, they'd be about the same, but that's a job for Elias or ESPN or someone like them and not for people who work full time jobs that aren't in the sports business. The clear fact is that we win at a much higher percentage in gold pants than in black pants. I've long personally supported the theory that dressing professionally in any field brings a more professional attitude and demeanor to your work. The black pants look amateurish and our heroes play like it. Another compelling theory is expressed in this abstract of a social psychology study that suggests black uniforms in competitive sports correlates with increased aggressiveness and can draw more penalties than might be warranted. This may account for the drastic difference between white on gold and black on black. It also may account for the horrid pass interference call in the Falcons final drive down the field on Sunday. I personally have a lot of reservations as to the study without actually being able to see the whole method and the conclusions they've drawn.


And also the black pants look hideous.

Hope you have a great day, and keep up the great work at [your news org]!

Ricky Prado


From: NewsGuy@newsorg.domain
Date: Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 9:32 AM
Subject: RE: Gold Pants vs. Black Pants
To: Ricky Prado

I"m not quite sure I can explain how much your final line makes me laugh. All of this statistical data to possibly back up fans' theory that the team does worse
in black followed by the "black pants look hideous line." That's fantastic.

But seriously, thanks for sending this to me. I'll take a look at it and try to work something out. I may actually try to contact a pyschology expert and go a little more
in depth on this so it may take until next week.

Thanks again. I'll get on it.

Have a great day and keep on reading and following me! I just hope I"m not seen as some doofus by Saints fans. Just try to do my job.

News Guy
News Org Writer


Ricky Prado
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 9:53 AM
To: News Guy

Subject: RE: Gold Pants vs. Black Pants

No, that's what we think about [really annoying guy that doesn't know shit about footbal and gets to talk at people for several hours a week]. Keep up the great work and hope to see something about these godawful black pants whenever you can get it done, thanks!

Ricky Prado

We'll see if this goes anywhere, but I'm optimistic.

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