Matt Barbarasch, Sidelines Columnist
Matt Barbarasch

About me
I read tons of sports content on the internet which helps me decide the subject of my articles and also frame my argument. I am a big fan of the New York Giants, New York Rangers, New York Yankees and Rutgers Football/Basketball. I'm a big believer in the notion that in order to get noticed in the digital space you have to have a strong understanding of the current hot topics in sports and try to present a counter argument against the public opinion by supporting your argument with data. I hope when fans read my articles they perceive me to be a passionate writer who is able to rationally present my stance on hot button subjects.
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2 years ago

Giants must stuff the run

For the third time the past four years, the Giants and Cowboys will kick-off their season facing each other across the line scrimmage. The Cowboys have dominated the rivalry recently, winning four straight matches and five out of the last ...

Who will claim the Big Ten West title?

The first year of the expanded Big Ten West Division ended with Wisconsin winning the division for the first time since 2011. The Badgers eventually had to face their former division rival and East champion Ohio State in the Big ...

Can you win a Super Bowl without a star QB?

When your team has a healthy star quarterback, your team is contender to win the Super Bowl. At least, that is the perception fans have of star quarterbacks in the league. That perception continued to build after Tom Brady picked ...

Is the Red Sox offense as bad as it looks

The Boston Red Sox were one of the biggest spenders during major league baseball's offseason ($196,000,000, tops in the American League). They invested in an offense that last year ranked 13th in OPS and 11th runs when ...

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2 years ago

Given the evidence, I agree with Brady's decision to sue the league. However, I wonder of Mr. Kraft intervenes and aks him to take the punishment and move on.

@Jonathan Gardner I don't love completion percentage because I think it rewards QB's who don't push the ball down field. We are both in agreement that YPA is a useful stat when evaluating quarterbacks (adjusted YPA might ...

@Jonathan Gardner I don't think AP coming back is going to seriously move the needle offensively as much as people think. Last year, based on FO's offensive rankings, The Vikes had the 4th best rushing offense in the ...

@Jonathan Gardner Apologies for the delay in my response, I was travelling for a few days. Agreed, QB rating does correlate to winning and if you look at the players who lead the league in QB rating, you see familiar ...

@Jonathan Gardner Passer rating and completion % are just as useless when trying to evaluate QB's as pass attempts. Would you rather have a QB that completes 7/10 for 50 yards or 5/10 for 100? I've never ...

@Paul Fowler Fair points with regards to their differences in competition. Though Luck has played poorly against New England, his defense has fared way worse.

@Jonathan Gardner I never said statistics such as attempts, completions and yards should be used to evaluate quarterbacks. The point was that there are some teams whose offense puts more stress on their QB than others. Seattle doesn't ask ...

@Jonathan Gardner The 2009 and 2010 Jets support your argument. I agree, there is too much randomness in playoff games to only examine Super Bowl winners. To perpetually contend for a Super Bowl you do need above average play from ...

@Ade Hennis Yes, I think we all acknowledge that non-star QB's have won Super Bowls. Historically, if you look at the how each Super Bowl winning QB has fared during the regular season, they have ranked within the top ...

@Paul Fowler That's fair, but signing him to a long-term deal means Seattle is going to have to sacrifice some younger players down the line (Okung, Irivin, Wagner, etc.). We both agree Wilson has proven to be a good ...

@Paul Fowler I 100% agree with regards to your comments on franchising Wilson. Makes no sense. They should either extend him or let him walk, applying the franchise tag would just increase his value coming into the following year. However ...

@Grey Beaudin I agree, I would love to see Wilson perform in a more traditional offense. In my opinion, Seattle does not put a lot of stress on Wilson and it is safe to assume teams focus on stopping the ...

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