Thursday, January 31, 2013

Link roundup

1.  "This Is How Much Facebook Made Per User Last Month: 2 Pennies"

2.  The USA came in 7th in the Bocuse d'Or cooking contest.  France (gold), Denmark (silver), Japan (bronze) were the winners.

3.  From Bill Barnwell's end of the season NFL awards:

Bruce Arians is probably going to win this award because he filled in for his stricken colleague, Chuck Pagano, and went 11-5 after the Colts were 2-14 a year ago. I don't think Arians did a bad job, by any means, but the change in Indianapolis's record drastically overstates their actual level of improvement. They're a team that rode a hot stretch of close wins against mostly terrible teams into the playoffs. 
You know who was the last guy to make a similar sort of leap with a similar sort of lucky run against an easy schedule? Tony Sparano with the Dolphins in 2008, when he took a 1-15 team to 11-5 by getting a massive upgrade at quarterback and going 7-1 in games decided by a touchdown or less against one of the five easiest schedules in football. Does anybody look back on the Tony Sparano era in Miami and think that he was a great coach? I think we'll look back on Arians's season at the helm in Indianapolis the same way in a few years, even as he has moved on to Arizona.
4.  Big new update available for Double Fine's excellent and free Middle Manager of Justice.