In this post:
- Updated power rankings
- A chart of the progression of the season
- Why The Chart Makes No Sense or I Tear Google Docs A New One
First off, Week 8 Rankings:
The Pats' huge win over Washington shoves them firmly up the ass of the header columns, and the Saints and Lions find new holes in the formula to exploit top positions. A lot of movement down below means the Ravens pick up two ranks on the Bye, while the Skins and Niners can't decide who wants last place more. The Rams kept it close against the Browns which is enough to dig them out of the 32 spot. London gets another honorary mention as the last-place Sums only for hosting the worst game of the week.
Here's a chart of the season to date. The week 0 rating is based on 2006 records and has a small effect on the week 1 scores (i.e. whoever lost to the Colts week 1 didn't drop as far as they normally would've).
As you can see, this chart sucks. There's tons of needless whitespace that could've easily been used to make the chart easier to read, and most importantly there's only seven different colors for 33 lines of data, meaning each color is used up to five times.
So, on to tearing a new one for Google Docs. As an easily accessible office resource for basic functions, it's been great, but as I start to use it for more and more advanced things the holes really start to show up. Adding new columns and copying large amounts of data is EXTREMELY slow, and not due to bandwidth problems, but rather the huge amount of CPU power required to do simple tasks.
Throw on the convoluted ways it makes you do certain things, like copying formula results, and you've got something that's very nearly worthless. I won't say it's completely worthless because it DOES work (from time to time), but it's got a long way to go before it's useful for anything other than these basic functions.
However, it works well for smaller charts. Anything with more than 7 columns of data ends up being unreasonable simply because of the color choices made (which you don't even have any control over). In addition, you have no control over the placement of elements within the chart, everything within the chart is automatically scaled as you scale the entire chart, and it becomes unreasonably slow to do anything once the chart is larger than a few hundred pixels square.
In conclusion: Fuck you Google Docs. Pats 47 Colts 28