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Today's boom-or-bust backs not in Sanders' league

Originally Published: September 29, 2008
By Bill Barnwell | Football Outsiders.com

Most football columns don't start with a baseball analogy, but we've never been particularly conventional at Football Outsiders, so there's no reason to start now. Imagine for a moment, Mets fans, if Damion Easley's walk with two outs in the ninth on Sunday had earned the team three more outs to play with in order to save its season. Wouldn't that have been useful?

That's what a first down amounts to, and it's why we're so insistent about emphasizing the importance of the first down ...

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