Friday, November 19, 2010

Three Things That Shocked Me Today

1) Peter King insinuating (item 2 in "10 Things") that the Patriots wiretap the opponent's locker room at Gillette Stadium. How is this not a bigger deal?
2) Andrew Brandt (last line) suggesting that this weekend's matchup between Brett Favre and the Packers might not be the last of its kind. I really enjoy Brandt's work, but I hope he's wrong about this one.
3) The fact those in charge of tomorrow's football game at Wrigley Field didn't take the brick wall into consideration until a day before kickoff. Sure, this is the first game on these hallowed grounds since 1938, but how can you tell me no one considered this before today?


Thanks for the link in today's Baseball Blogs Weigh In, Mike.

Friday, October 8, 2010

NFL: Week 5 Picks

An untrained monkey could pick NFL games at a .500 clip. I need to make a move.
Rams +3 - I think the Rams are making the playoffs this year. I might be crazy.
Titans +7 - Let's see if Dallas is for real this week.
Falcons -3 - The Falcons are a top-7 team. The Browns are a bottom-7 team.
Best Bet: Texans -3 - Arian Foster should run wild.
Upset: Eagles +4 - Kevin Kolb, it's redemption time.
Record: 10-9-1 (Best Bet: 3-1; Upset 1-2-1)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Huge News (Potentially) for The Banter App

Looks like the iPhone could be coming to Verizon by year end.
Remember to download The Sports Banter app. For those that already have, keep the suggestions for improvement(s) coming.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wednesday Links

-Randy Moss for a 3rd rounder? Seems like a steal for the Vikes. What am I missing?
-I always assume the worst in these cases putting LaceDarius Dunn on my sh!tlist. Hate these stories.
  Deadspin Funbag
  Brandt [NFP]
-I can't think of a better way to sum up Omar Minaya's run as Mets' GM. [NYT]
-A few of my favorite slogans from years past:
Most Confusing - "SD Stands for San Diego" (Padres, 2010)
  Did anyone not know that?
Least Creative - "Take Me Out to the Ballgame (Braves, 2003)
  A five-year old could have come up with this.
Asking for Trouble - "Have You Seen Her" (WNBA, 2006)
  Too many punchlines to this rhetorical question.
Asking for Trouble (Part II) - "New Balls Please" (ATP, 2001)
Most Creative Ad Campaign That I Remember - "These Guys are Good" (PGA Tour)
  Simple, but very well done.
-Blast from the past: Tyrone Prothro, now a bank teller. [Lost Lettermen] 
BC 10/6/2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thursday Links

Bryan has been wrapped up in other things so you are stuck with me today.

-Deadspin's Funbag
-NFP's Brandt

-For any budding football coaches out there, learn from the best: Nick Saban. [Smart Football]

-Speaking of coaching, this guy is no ordinary Joe. []

-Interception of the day from Gallaudet University, a school for the hearing impaired:

The NFL and College picks are scheduled to be released over the next two days. Then, 11 Things I Know I Know on Monday, and an NBA post on Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tuesday Links

-Interesting question: should the Packers have let the Bears score a touchdown last night to give them a better shot to win the game? Hindsight, of course, and Brian Burke would say yes. [Advanced Football Stats]
-Another conundrum: should the Jets have gone for the two-point conversion to put them up by nine points? Hindsight and Brian Burke say no while I personally would have said yes. [Advanced Football Stats]
-Blast from the past: Kevin Jones signs with the UFL. I remember when Jones announced on national television that he would be playing his college ball at Virginia Tech. I was sure he was going to be a superstar. [Lost Lettermen]
-As teams start to clinch postseason berths, here is what organizations have to look forward to. [Biz of Baseball]
-Can you really blame Evan Longoria for calling out the fans in Tampa? I can't. We've said it before, the fans in Tampa do not deserve a team as great as the Rays.[ESPN]
-Revenue Sharing in baseball
  -Why it's broken [Biz of Baseball]
-Is hockey the next sport to realize a statistical revolution? [Ottawa Citizen]
BC 9/28/2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday Links

-Weird is the day that I actually agree with Mike Francesa. Today is a weird day. [PFT]

-The Sports Banter sits comfortably in the top-10. We need the Angels to get hot to climb up as high as third. [Vegas Watch]

-Friday Blast from the Past: Chad Hutchinson [Lost Lettermen]

-Last week, Baseball America's Connor Glassey posted an interesting stat: Ichiro has more career intentional walks (155) than ARod, Chase Utley and Derek Jeter combined (149). We are all now wiser.

-Statistical proof that the 3-4 defense is better than the 4-3? You decide. [Advanced Football Stats]

-A study on how travel affects NBA teams. [Sabermetric Research]

BC 9/24/2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wednesday Links

 -Brandt [NFP]
-Buster Olney blog. [ESPN Insider; password required]
-Lombardi. []
Note: The daily links will transition to a three-times-a-week format in the near future.
BC 9/22/2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday's "Finally Here" Links

-Buster Olney blog. [ESPN Insider; password required]
-Forget Prisoners. We have a Linebackers' Dilemma. [Advanced Football Stats]
-ESPN's Tom Habestroh names the five worst players in the history of each NBA team. My favorite part: Trenton Hassell comes in at #1 for two different teams. [Insider; password required]
-Real-life Jaws. [Fox]
BC 9/17/2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wednesday's "Halfway to Another Football Weekend" Links

-Tampa doesn't deserve the Rays. What a pathetic turnout.[Biz of Baseball]
-Solid day out of Deadspin yesterday:
   -Eric Bledsoe transcript fun (I especially like that he took Algebra 3 before Algebra 2)
-Buster Olney blog. [ESPN Insider; password required] 
BC 9/15/2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesday Links

-Peter King's MMQB. []

-Florida Gators football = Jail Blazers * Bengals.

-Andrew Brandt breaks down the contracts of Charles Woodson and Tom Brady and then details the threat of NFLPA decertification. [NFP]

-JI Hassell wonders if the Darrelle Revis deal sets a poor precedent. [Inside the Cap]

-Pat White takes advice from the Banter and gives up football (at least for the time being). [Pro Football Talk]

-Really, you can't wait two seconds until celebrating? [Wiz of Odds]

-Buzzkill Central: On the heels of the university's most defining athletic moment, Northern Iowa could abolish their D1 sports. [Des Moines Register]

-Further to our point that Felix Hernandez should win this year's Cy Young [SB Nation by way of Rob Neyer]

-Dave Pinto still scheming about a massive tie scenario. [Baseball Musings]

-Mike passed this along because he claimed to have "called this" while it happened and before Elias confirmed it.

-One of the boldest marketing strategies I have ever seen. [ESPN]

BC 9/14/10

Friday, September 10, 2010

Friday Links

-Buster Olney blog. [ESPN Insider; password required]

-It drives me crazy when teams winning a title in the US (MLB, NBA, NFL) call themelves "world champs." This would help and be extremely entertaining. [Fangraphs]

-Kendall Rogers sums up the Big East offseason. [Yahoo]

-Top 50 Dunks of All Time [Baketball Reference]
If you dont have time for all 50, check out these eight:
-45: Deron Washington jumps off a trampoline to throw this down
-44: Renaldo Balkman dunks at MSG with Isiah Thomas in attendance prompting Thomas to waste a first round pick on Balkman
-43: Darrelle Porter - very underrated dunk. Could have been top-10 worthy
-39: The last time Travis Leslie and DeMarcus Cousins will ever appear in the same sentence. A great dunk nonetheless
-23: Jason Maxiell kicks Otis George (at least) three times in the head
-20: Chris Porter with one of the five best putbacks of all time
-14: Vinsanity
-12: My vote for #1

Enjoy the weekend.

BC 9/10/2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Thursday "Are You Ready For Some Football" Links

-According to Banter-favorite Andrew Brandt, teams that win in March rearely win in January. [NFP] 
-Matt Bowen takes us inside the  playbook in a micro-preview of tonight's Saints-Vikings matchup. [NFP]
-Lombardi. I find a little humorous that seven of the most eight intriguing people in the NFL are quarterbacks and the eighth is a head coach. []
-In a recent article, Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats critiques some of Football Outsiders' "theories":
  • Standard team rankings based on total yardage are inherently flawed. -- Ok
  • Running on third-and-short is more likely to convert than passing on third-and-short. -- Concur
  • If their overall yards per carry are equal, a running back who consistently gains yardage on every play is more valuable than a boom-and-bust running back who is frequently stuffed at the line but occasionally breaks a long highlight-worthy run. -- Not always. If you're the underdog or significantly behind in the game, you want the boom/bust guy.
  • A running back with 370 or more carries during the regular season will usually suffer either a major injury or a loss of effectiveness the following year, unless he is named Eric Dickerson. -- False. As one of my commenters put it, this notion "is a violent assault on good logic and reason."
  • Teams with more offensive penalties generally lose more games, but there is no correlation between defensive penalties and losses. -- Probably false. It's possible they've fallen for the same trap I fell into years ago. The NFL calls penalty yards by an opponent "defensive penalties." But if true, it's interesting. The real question would be why don't defensive penalties matter?
  • Field-goal percentage is almost entirely random from season to season, while kickoff distance is one of the most consistent statistics in football. -- True.
  • Field position is fluid. -- Huh? I think this is just supposed to mean that defenses affect their offenses' field position and vice-versa.
  • Injuries regress to the mean on the seasonal level, and teams that avoid injuries in a given season tend to win more games. -- Ok. Did we need a study for this?
  • A team will score more when playing a bad defense, and will give up more points when playing a good offense. -- And all this time I thought it was the other way around!
  • The future NFL success of quarterbacks chosen in the first two rounds of the draft can be projected with a high degree of accuracy by using just two statistics from college: games started and completion percentage. -- Intriguing, but I'd like to see how this system has performed since it was published. As I recall, it's been off the mark.
  • Championship teams are generally defined by their ability to dominate inferior opponents, not their ability to win close games. -- Interesting.
-Two of Deadspin's nerdier recent posts:
   -Real-time Sales Analytics
   -Breaking down the "greatest kick ever" with physics
-When Harold Miner surfaces, we link. [Lost Lettermen]
-Well, that was easy:
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wednesday Links

-Rich Lederer of The Baseball Analysts looks at strikeouts per pitch.  
-Feel good story alert. Rocco Baldelli homers in his first Major League swing of the season, and he has no plans to return to coaching. [NYT]
-As stadiums vanish, their debt lives on. [BYT]
-Kendall Rogers with a Pac-10 baseball summer update. [Yahoo]
-Most fans root for a particular team. Dave Pinto at prefers to root for ties.'s Tom Verducci explains how to "fix" baseball's playoffs. Truthfully, I had no idea the system was broken.
-The four guys that most impressed me this weekend in college football were RB Ed Wesley (TCU) and Boise State's three-headed running back trio - Doug Martin, DJ Harper and Jeremey Avery. These guys would start at almost every BCS school.
-Andrew Brandt breaks down the Revis deal. [NFP]
-"The Amazon Freak" might play this season afterall. [Baltimore Sun]
-In case you haven't gotten enough Boise State news this week, Chris Brown of Smart Football dissects their schemes from a coaching perspective.
-Deadspin Mailbag.
BC 9/8/2010

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tuesday Links

BC gets an extended weekend so you have to put up with me until tomorrow.
-Buster Olney blog: Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. [ESPN Insider; password required]
-Peter King's MMQB. []
-Dan Pompei's Sunday Blitz. [NFP]
-Lombardi. []
-NFL salary cap analysis from JI Halsell here and here. [Inside the Cap]
-This doesn't rank as high as Winona Ryder's shout out to Syosset in Mr. Deeds, but I'll gladly accept a Syosset mention/retweet from Chris Mortensen. [Twitter]
-Exciting stuff happening in the Field/fx world. [Rob Neyer]
-Giggling evilly. [Deadspin]  

Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday Links

-Buster Olney blog. [ESPN Insider; password required]
-Pat Andriola at it again with WAR jumps and falls. [Fangraphs]
-Self-absorbed, yes, but at least he does nice things for people. [NFP]
-Another day, another recognizable name cut from the UFL: Andre Woodson. [Lost Lettermen]
-Andrew Brandt's Friday News and Notes. [NFP]
-For the first time in a while, an entertaining Bill Simmons article. I really liked the Cutler blurb although it's a recycled bit of his. [ESPN]
-Dave Berri at it again: 2009-10's most underrated scorers. [Wages of Wins]
-Two entertaining Deadspin links: Jimmy Connors '91 US Open and Kelly Johnson getting Punk'd.
-A link to more links. []
Enjoy the three-day weekend.
BC 9/3/2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Thursday (Bitter) Links

BC is out today so I have today's links. Enjoy:

-Weird. Jon Heyman thinks a Scott Boras client needs more attention. [Twitter]

-Is Bill Simmons ever going to stop with the six-for-24 tweets? Kobe averaged 28-8-4-2 during the NBA Finals, and he won a ring. Joke isn't funny anymore. May never have been funny. [Twitter]

-Speaking of tweets that aren't funny and border on annoying, Ken Davidoff's "predicted records for NY teams" tweets should stop. We get it. You predicted their records. Enough. Note: I do have to give him credit for at least responding to my tweet although I do not know what it means. [Twitter]

-As if the job of an announcer wasn't hard enough, now we can easily (dis)prove their stories. [Baseball Analysts]

-Kendall Rogers provides offseason grades to the Big 12 and SEC baseball teams. [Yahoo]

-Congrats to Jeremy Jeffress on making his Major League debut last night. His career stats: 1 IP, 1 H, 3 marijuana suspensions.

-Best of Deadspin: Intern Horrors and DWOTW: Owen Hart.

-Women With Dumb Tattoos: Volumes 5,487 and 5,488 - This morning on the subway, I saw these two:

"i called, you answered" written in plain block letters with a lowercase "i" on a woman's upper back. Looked like a third grade artist did it.

"Hysterically Useless" written in script on a woman's inner bicep.

Coming up in the next few days: college and NFL previews, weekend predictions, fantasy top 100 and more.

Thanks for reading / following.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wednesday Links

-Something the fans in Pittsburgh have waited decades for: Pirates have a five-game lead. [MLBTR]
-Buster Olney blog. [ESPN Insider; password required]
-Pat Andriola follows up his biggest WAR fallers with the risers. [Fangraphs]
-From first round pick to out of football in six short years, the Chris Perry story. [Lost Lettermen]
-Bruce Feldman of ESPN previews September's top college football games.
-Deadspin mailbag.
-Dave Berri tries to quantify the NBA's most overrated player in 2009-10. [Wages of Wins]
BC 9/1/2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tuesday Links

-More Loria bashing. [Hardball Times]

-Matthew Carruth studies things like this so we don't have to. [Fangraphs]

-Pat Andriola quantifies how much Chone Figgins has sucked this year. [Fangraphs]

-These are Paul Winterling/Wash College type numbers. [Rotoworld & Mike]

-Mike Fast of HBT puts together a nice pitching primer.

-Stewart Mandel predicts how the first-year coaches will do in college football. My initial thoughts: too bullish on Notre Dame and too bearish on Kansas. []

-Decent article. Great headline. [Rumors and Rants]

-Courtesy of Deadspin:

video: Icelandic goal celebration

BC 8/31/2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday Links

-Buster Olney blog: Saturday and Sunday. [ESPN Insider; password required]
-More Jeff Loria bashing. Yahoo's Jeff Passan trying to single-handedly bring down the Marlins front office. Tailgate tested, tailgate approved.
-Insightful piece about Rays' financials by Maury Brown. []
-105. [Big League Stew]
-More front office MLB problems: here's a guide to the impending McCourt Divorce. [Dodger Divorce]
-Weird. Threets tearing his UCL garnered .0000001% as much attention as that Strasburg guy doing the same. [Rotoworld]
-I give this argument a five on the Phillip Wellman-meter. [Big League Stew]
-A happy medium to NFL schedule increase? I could be sold. [NFP]
-Another writer voicing opposition to an 18 game season. [NFL Gridiron Gab]
-Peter King's MMQB. []
-Daily Revis update. [NY Daily News]
BC 8/30/2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday Links

-We mentioned the Rays as a good fit last week for Brad Hawpe. Now, it's a reality. [Twitter / Ken Rosenthal]

-Buster Olney blog. [ESPN Insider; password required]

-Jayson Stark's Rumblings & Grumblings. [ESPN]

-A crushing blow to the Nationals and their fans. Both of them. [Yahoo! Sports]

-A link to Aaron Gleeman's links. []

-Awesome individual effort by Gronk to find the end zone. []

-Andrew Brandt (quickly becoming a sight favorite) breaks down the Nick Mangold deal. [NFP]

-More Jets stuff. David Harris, drafted a round later than Darrelle Revis has no problem producing and honoring his contract knowing the team will take care of him later. [Newsday]

-More basketball sabermetrics. If these sabermaticians (or is it sabermatricians?) want us to buy into their numbers, mathematically proving it's not a good idea to call a timeout - and prolong a game - seems like a great start. [HSAC]

-The always entertaining Deadspin mailbag.

-A sick alley-oop to get you ready for the weekend:


BC 8/27/2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thursday Links

-Investment advice from Mark Cuban. [Cuban Blog]

-I would probably agree with this headline despite the fact is was written by someone presumably in New Orleans. []

-Lombardi. []

-Matt Williamson of ESPN (password required) identifies each NFL team's most indispensable player.

My three strongest points of contention:

1- No Peyton (puts this whole list into question)
2- MJD should rank higher (maybe top 3)
3- Ryan Mathews being on this list (he has never played a down in the NFL).

-Can one or more these guys be bargains in 2011? My guess would be Adam Laroche provides the most value. [The Baseball Analysts]

-Win probability graph of yesterday's Braves-Rox game. [Fangraphs]

-Of the ideas listed, I like #5 best, but I'm not sure any improvements/changes to the current waiver claiming process are in short order for MLB. [Walk like a Sabr]

-NBA Sabermetrics: to foul or not to foul when up three. [HSAC]

BC 8/26/2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wednesday Links

-Buster Olney blog. [ESPN Insider; password required]
-ESPN steals an idea from Peter King and runs it before his annual article: ranking the 200 best NFL players. [ESPN Insider; password required]
-Great article by Jeff Passan...unless you live in Florida. [Yahoo]
-Chaminade guy signs with old college coach (yes, Mike asked me to link to this story). [NFP]
-Q&A with Football Outsiders' Bill Barnwell. [NY Times]
-We knocked him yesterday so it's only fair to congratulate Jevan Snead today. []
-(Non-sports) Are these miners collecting overtime? [Fox]
BC 8/25/2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tuesday Links

-Buster Olney blog. [ESPN Insider; password required]
-Great question posed by Joe P at Fangraphs: What happened to the AL shortstops?
-Summary of guys that decided to go back to school. [Yahoo]
-Shocker! Tiger's divorced. Not really a shocker, but some (intelligent) people are trying to make money off the deal. [The Business Insider]
-Actual shocker!! Maurice Clarett is hoping to make a comeback. [NFP]
-Speaking of staying in school, I bet this guy and this guy wish they had. [Lost Lettermen]
-I hope for Evan Turner's sake this deal turns out better than Stephon Marbury's Steve and Barry's deal. [Darren Rovell / CNBC]
BC 8/24/2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday Links

We read all the stories so you don't have to.
-John Dewan's Stat of the Week breaks down the MVP races in each league.
-Hardwood Paroxysm analyzes which players were most overpaid in 2009-10.
-Great Moments in "Drunken Hookup Failure." [Deadspin]
-Part two of Andrew Brandt's breakdown of the Darrelle Revis contract situation. [NFP]
-Keep telling yourselves everything will be alright, Denver fans. [Wages of Wins]
-A guy I always loved rooting for may have seen his last days. [Washington Post]
-One more MLB Draft recap. [Yahoo]
-Buster Olney blog: Saturday and Sunday. [ESPN Insider; password required]
-Dan Pompei's Sunday Blitz. [NFP]
-Peter King's MMQB. []
-Lombardi. []
-Jets' P Steve Weatherford is responsible for ~$1m of this. How does Darren Rovell account for the other $39m. [CNBC]
-If I were stuck in this mess, I... I... I... have no idea what I would do. [Xinhuanet via Twitter]
-Remember to download The Sports Banter app for your iPhone.
BC 8/23/2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday Links

-Joe Pawlikowski of Fangraphs' fame doesn't seem as surprised as I was with the release of Brad Hawpe.
-Dave Cameron breaks down this past offseason's good moves. [Fangraphs] Unfortunately for the D-backs, they won't have much to show for their efforts.
-Mila Kunis, are you serious? [TMZ] begins it's college football preview with the Big Ten, ACC, and Big East.  
-Glad Percy Harvin will be alright.
-Insight into the Revis negotiations by Andrew Brandt. [NFP]
-Entertaining Matthew Berry fantasy football column.
-Yesterday, Deadspin introduced us to Alec Cortez. The Banter does some investigation and finds his stats at prestigious SBVC. We're a full service operation.
-The Deadspin link: a mailbag.
-Daily Buster Olney blog. [ESPN Insider; password required]
-Did anyone watch L&O: SVU on Wednesday night? I just caught it on DVR, and it was the only episode of the show I have ever disliked. Way too many holes in the story. Better not be a sign of things to come. On that note, I'm off to watch some older episodes.
Have a great weekend.
-BC 8/20/2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thursday Links

-Probably not a good sign when your college coach trades you. Probably.
-A ridiculous "sport" exists in Italy. My favorite part? Definitely the Roman numeral jersey numbers.
-Mike is a huge fan of neck ink. I'm sure he would appreciate this palette. [Ball Don't Lie]
-Daily Buster Olney blog. [ESPN Insider; password required]
-Here's an update about a name we haven't heard in a while: Cecil "The Diesel" Collins. The good: he's getting out of jail soon. The bad: he will have served 15 years in jail (on one of the creepiest charges you will hear). [Lost Lettermen]

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Baseball Stats to Ponder

-After striking out two Padres in an inning of work last night, Carlos Marmol now has 100 punchouts in 55.2 innings. Wow.
-Of the 11 "lifers" - a 10-year vet that has only ever played on one team - currently playing in the Majors, four could conceivably leave/retire at year's end: Chipper, Helton, Varitek, and Chavez. Jeter's not going anywhere, and the Blue Jays only wish they could deal Wells.
-Matthew Berry of ESPN has popularized this sort of thing, and I always enjoy it as perceptions are not always in touch with reality. Check out the stats of these two rookies:
Player 1: 428 ABs, 12 HR, .287 BA, .453 Slg, .352 OBP, 74 K
Player 2: 359 ABs, 12 HR, .256 BA, .437 Slg, .369 OBP, 92 K
Player 1 is Gaby Sanchez. Player 2 is Jason Heyward. 
What can be gleaned from these numbers? Probably not a ton, but it's food for thought.
-The first year of Target Field has not been kind to home run hitters. Drop the Twins down your fantasy boards accordingly next season.
-Lastly, a link that has nothing to do with baseball- Tara Reid (predictably) fell off quite a bit, as did Shannon Elizabeth (not so predictably). Everyone else really hasn't changed.
BC - 8/18/2010

Wednesday Links

-Has it really come to this for Brad Hawpe? I know he's struggling this season and can't play defense, but his triple-slash the previous four seasons was .288/.384/.518. He can be a useful DH for a team willing to take a chance on him. White Sox? Rays?
-Daily Buster Olney blog. [ESPN Insider; password required]
-Insight from Paul DePodesta a day after the day after.
-An interview with my favorite player from the 2009 MLB Draft, Tyler Matzek. [Baseball Beginnings]
-"The Double Rainbow, what does it mean" Stat of the Day: Aubrey Huff has set a career high in walks, and there are still 42 games left in the Giants' season. 
-I admit I'm not that in touch with celebrity gossip but two things about this story shocked me:
     1- Court cases like this actually happen, and
     2- Gabrielle Union dated Jason Kidd (and Derek Jeter, and former NFLer Chris Howard among others) [TMZ]
Dwyane stay away from GU. She's 37. You are 28. For different reasons, you do not want sloppy seconds, thirds, or fourths after the guys she's dated. You want no part of her. Trust us here. 
-After a scare on Monday, it appears Rams' OT Rodger Saffold will be fine. Sam Bradford can exhale. [NBC Sports]
-As long as he keeps competing, we'll keep rooting for Stafon Johnson. [Fox Sports]
-Ever wonder what Al Cowlings has been doing since the OJ chase? Me either, but I found it entertaining anyway. [Lost Lettermen]
-A glossary for the sabermetrically-inclined football fan. [Advanced NFL Stats]

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tuesday Links

-Lou Gehrig may not have had ALS. [NY Times via Baseball Musings]
-One of my new favorite sites in my never-ending search for "what might have been" as it relates to the MLB Draft. []
-Because marathoners on flat ground aren't difficult enough... [WSJ]

Monday, August 16, 2010

Links on a Rainy Monday Night

-It's postings like this that will help generate sabermetric interest in football. Most amazing to me is that the play with the biggest positive WPA in Super Bowl history(!!!) - Warner to Fitzgerald - didn't lead to a victory.  [Advanced NFL Stats]
-Incredibly, the Bengals might pay Antonio Bryant over $8m to NEVER play for them. [NFL Network]
-Sorry Sam Bradford, a long year is about to get even longer. [NBC Sports]
-The Reds, one of my big winners this offseason, have come to terms with their top pick, Yasmani Grandal. Things continue to look rosy in Cincy. []
-Retweet of the Day from ESPN's Jayson Stark: "If Felix had won all his Criminally Unsupported Starts (pitcher goes 6+ IP but team scores 1 run or less while he was pitching) he'd be 19-3. Cliff Lee would be 17-1, Hamels 15-4, Johan 18-3"
-If convicted, the Pacers should cut him. Zero tolerance for this, Lance. [CBS Sports]
-I would REALLY prefer if this happened before October 30th. Do whatever it takes to swing a trade and fill the Garden, Donnie. [CBS Sports]

Sunday, May 2, 2010


I haven't seen a trucking this bad since Corey Gleason introduced himself to the catcher from Great Britain in the summer of 2004.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Fear the Deer, No Really

I picked the Hawks to win the series but if the Bucks get eliminated, we have to wait until October to see this again.

That's too long.

Let's Go Bucks, baby.