The 2016-2017 NFL season comes to an end tonight in Houston for Super Bowl 51. A couple days after I posted about NFL teams with drumlines having better records than teams without drumlines, Rolling Stone released a pretty cool piece on the Falcons Drumline. The Falcons obviously had a great year and have made it to the Super Bowl. The Patriots, as usual, had another great year and are back in the Super Bowl for the 400th time. As a Colts fan, it’s going to be hard for me to write many nice things about the Patriots, but you can’t argue with results.
In my post, I argue that teams with a drumline do better statistically than teams without. When you look at wins and losses, points scored, etc. the argument only works if you remove the outliers. The outliers, in this case, are the teams at both ends of the spectrum – very few wins with a drumline (Browns – 1-15) and many wins without a drumline (Patriots 14-2).
So what’s it going to be? A great team with a great drumline? Or a great team without a drumline? We’ll have to wait and see who wins tonight. It’s too bad the Falcons Drumline does not get to travel with the team to Houston.
In the meantime, we can watch this awesome video of the Falcons players and Patriots players doing their own drum battle.