I knew there was a reason I liked Arian Foster.
And no, I’m not talking about liking his ability to glide for 100+ yards every Sunday afternoon. That’s a given. We all like that.
I’m talking about reasons beyond the gridiron. I’m talking about the deeper-thinker side of Foster. The side that prompts him to come out with things that really matter in life — like how power rankings are useless.
If you know me, you’re well aware of my disdain for things like draft grades published the day after the draft, game day performance grades assessed by writers who have no more insight than many fans, and things like ‘power rankings.’
When asked today about the Texans being ranked No. 1 in the NFL in power rankings, Foster said “(power) rankings are about as useless as the piece of trash on the side of the street. Actually the piece of trash is probably a little more useful because you can recycle it, depending on its content.”
I couldn’t have said it any better myself.
Many of us are like you in that we constantly strive to see beyond the superficial, and the next slideshow, talk show topic, or mindless mouse-click.
So called experts attempt to split hairs with such rankings and then the Vikings out and beat a previously unbeaten and heavily favored 49ers team by 11. That pretty much sums up the NFL these days.
The only reason I would care about how the Texans stack up against teams like San Francisco, Atlanta or Arizona is if those teams were on the schedule.
I care about the Texans record and where they stand in division and in conference. A look at the standings on nfl.com takes care of that.
I care about how the Texans will do against Tennessee this week, and the Jets next week. And so on.
Anything else is just filler for talk shows and the comments section below newspaper articles.
That reminds me, I need to take some trash down to the recycle center.