Originally posted by BobS:Cool site, but the evolution of the rules have made the accomplishments of many players of the distant past pale in comparison to the modern ones. I like to compare players to what they did compared to their peers in the time period they played. Babe Ruth's 60 home runs in 1927 don't look that amazing anymore, yet in 1927 his 60 homers were more than 75% of the teams in the league had at that time.
This. It's the only way to put accomplishments into perspective. With the Marino record for example, I read Brees is throwing about 6 more passes per game. That's a lot more passes over the course of a season. Brees is great without a doubt, but also it's a different game now.