On the surface, there isn't a lot that Frank Gore and Al Gore have in common besides their last name. Frank is a Pro Bowl runing back for the San Fransisco 49ers, is 28 years old, African-American, and stands 5 ft. 9 in. tall. Al is 35 years his senior, claimed to have created the internet, has a thing for the environment, is white, and has a problem invading the personal space of others. In fact, besides these two sharing the same last name, I'm pretty sure it's impossible to confuse the two... unless of course you're name is Marty Thom Brennaman.
Now, comes another underrated clip for biggest announcing blooper of the year. Watch and see if you could also confuse the former Pro Bowl running back with the former Vice President in the following clip.
I'd almost like to see ESPN do a postgame show separate from SportsCenter.
For the record, I actually like the Total QBR concept in theory. My main problem with it is that the special didn't give a single formula, no matter how convoluted, for it, and there may not be one, because I think it was mentioned at some point that it factors in "video analysis" instead of just "statistics". That would mean it's not reproducible, and we're at the mercy of the folks at the ESPN video department to hand down the ratings from on high, meaning there's no control against some things you joked about in your post about the QBR - Dilfer suppressing Jay Cutler's rating, for example - from actually happening. As a result, I don't think it'll really catch on no matter how much ESPN shoves it down our throats on MNF, Countdown, NFL Live, and SportsCenter.
The thing about passer rating is that there's nothing in the NFL rulebook that says the quarterback is responsible for throwing passes - he just happens to be in the best position to do so. Once you introduce things unrelated to passing into the mix, like running, fumbles and "leadership", you're editorializing about aspects of the QB position that aren't really there. The philosophy behind QBR is to measure the QB's contribution to the outcome of each play and its impact on the outcome of the game...so why aren't they doing the same to every other position on the field? Certainly the running back, who does nothing the QB doesn't also do.
I'm actually disappointed by this news because I LIKE Trent Dilfer as an analyst. I thoroughly enjoyed turning on ESPN right after SNF and hearing his analysis of that game and all the day's games. Frankly, I absolutely cannot stand listening to Steve Young, and although I don't mind Millen, the pair were just unbearable. I hated (and will probably continue to hate) the fact that after the MNF game SC always sent it right back to the onsite crew. I wish they would just do away with the onsite concept in general.
To me, this is definitely a DEMOTION for Dilfer.