Brian Burke

Brian Burke is a former Navy fighter pilot and founder of Advanced NFL Stats. He regularly contributes to the New York TimesFifth Down and the Washington Post's Insider.

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Jan. 8 2014 4:33 PMA College Football Thought ExperimentWould the Auburn Tigers have won the national title if they had tried not to score at the end of the game?
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Oct. 29 2013 1:00 PMDumb and Dumber, NFL EditionWhen pondering end-of-game strategy, coaches should remember that their opponents are totally irrational.
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Jan. 13 2013 10:21 PMFox Gets ConservativeDid the Denver coach’s risk-averse approach cost the Broncos a playoff victory?
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Oct. 2 2012 3:35 PMNFL 2012The two common fallacies that explain why NFL coaches punt on fourth down.
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Feb. 7 2012 2:21 PMNFL 2011Math says if Wes Welker catches that ball, the Patriots win.
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Jan. 9 2012 1:45 PMNFL 2011Are NFL coaches getting smarter about fourth-down strategy?
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Oct. 12 2011 2:29 PMNFL 2011

The real reason for the NFL’s passing explosion.

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Jan. 7 2011 11:10 AMSo Crazy, It Just Might WorkA pro football conundrum: Does it make sense to start overtime with a surprise onside kick?
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Nov. 25 2013 10:32 AMThe NFL’s New Overtime Is a Complicated MessHere’s how to fix it.
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Feb. 4 2013 4:15 PMDon't Waste Your TimeoutThe small decisions that cost the 49ers the Super Bowl.
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Dec. 7 2012 4:05 PMMore Scoring! More Fumbles!What would happen if the NFL eliminated kickoffs?
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Sept. 12 2012 4:15 PMNFL 2012NFL teams can't stop scoring. When will they stop running and punting?
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Feb. 6 2012 8:30 AMNFL 2011The ballsiest call in Super Bowl history.
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Nov. 21 2011 2:54 PMNFL 2011Running for three yards is like going backwards.
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Oct. 11 2011 11:30 AMNFL 2011

Dear NFL coaches: If you're on the 37-yard line, go for it.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore, and Schools Are Getting Worried

The Good Wife Is Cynical, Thrilling, and Grown-Up. It’s Also TV’s Best Drama.

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Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.