Record: 19-10 (Best Bet: 3-1; Upset: 2-2)
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Record: 19-10 (Best Bet: 3-1; Upset: 2-2)
-For any budding football coaches out there, learn from the best: Nick Saban. [Smart Football]
-Speaking of coaching, this guy is no ordinary Joe. [SI.com]
-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.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Possible offer for Pujols: Mike Stanton, Logan Morrison, and Matt Dominguez
On talent alone, the Fish could likely offer the best deal, but they have never shown a willingness to break the bank or to deal prospects in exchange for proven commodities. They dealt Miguel Cabrera - arguably the best player in franchise history - at the age of 24 before he could sign a megadeal.
For fun, though, let's play along. If this trade came to fruition, we would be looking at a lineup containing Hanley Ramirez and Pujols. As a Mets fan, I am petrified. As a baseball fan, I am ecstatic. A deal like this would make a lot of people forget what kind of swindlers run this organization (and may send Jeff Passan's blood pressure through the roof).
The Cardinals would slot Morrison at first and Stanton in right on Opening Day. Dominguez has upside as well, but this would be a monumental gamble on their part.
Verdict: They have the players but not the cash / willingness to spend it so let's not get too excited.
Monday, September 27, 2010
1. I know Michael Vick is back. His four-touchdown performance was the stuff of legend. His 61-yard touchdown toss to DeSean Jackson in the first quarter crushed the Jaguars' hopes ten minutes into the game.
2. I know the Chargers screwed up their clock management. Here's the situation: San Diego trails 27-20 with no timeouts remaining. Clock reads 0:48 when Malcolm Floyd gets tackled in bounds at the Seattle 12 yard line. By the time, the Chargers get to the line, there are 30 seconds left. Philip Rivers decides to spike the ball here to stop the clock. However, there was no need for the spike. This cost San Diego a down and more importantly an opportunity at the end zone. Their second and third down plays resulted in incompletions. They line up for fourth down with a full 21 seconds on the clock, proving my point that they didn't need the spike on first down. Rivers - knowing he needs to find the end zone on fourth down - tries to force a throw into traffic and is intercepted by Earl Thomas to end the game. Terrible, terrible clock management.
3. I know the Bucs are still the Bucs. Yes, they jumped out to a 2-0 start this season, but look at the teams they beat: Cleveland and Carolina, both 0-3. This team is not ready to make the jump just yet.
4. I know Leon Washington is making the Jets look really bad for trading him. His two monster kick-off returns (101 and 99-yards respectively) in the second half propelled the Seahawks to victory. Meanwhile, Joe McKnight - the player the Jets basically got in return for Leon - did not even dress last night.
5. I know Garrett Hartley will have some sleepless nights this week. Shanking a 29-yarder in OT would get most kickers fired. He may have a little leeway but not much.
6. I know rumors of the Cowboys' demise were exaggerated. Huge win for Jerry's 'boys yesterday. Season-saving.
7. I know the Jets should have benched Braylon Edwards for last night's game. Maybe I'm not a realist, but every once in a while, morality should dictate our actions. There is absolutely no excuse for Edwards' actions this week.
8. I know Eli Manning is not an elite NFL quarterback. If not for the David Tyree helmet catch, I would imagine the rest of the country would also realize this. He makes too many dumb decisions (see yesterday's left-handed flip) to be trusted. In fairness, his receivers drop too many passes too.
9. I know Chris Johnson doesn't look quite right. He put nice fantasy numbers yesterday - 125 yards, 2 TDs - but he looks genuinely disinterested when running. Take away his 42-yard scamper, and he averaged only 2.6 yards per carry against a porous Giants rush defense. I would put the chances of him reaching 2,500 yards this season at about 10,000-to-1.
10. I know that I did not foresee Austin Collie and Brandon Lloyd leading the league in receiving yards after three games. Great performances by both yesterday.
11. I know the Packers will win tonight by a score of 24-20. (I also know that I'm sitting 10-2 with my picks - college and pro - this week heading into tonight's game.)
Friday, September 24, 2010
Record: 4-5-1 (Best Bet: 1-1; Upset 0-1-1)
Record: 13-8 (Best Bet: 2-1; Upset: 1-2)
-The Sports Banter sits comfortably in the top-10. We need the Angels to get hot to climb up as high as third in the annual MLB Over/Under contest. [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]
-NFL and NCAA Football picks are scheduled to be posted later today.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
-If someone told you there would be eight undefeated teams after Week 2, who in his right mind would have guessed Tampa Bay, Kansas City, and Chicago would be among them?
-College football quick hits. [NFP]
-In the latest version of Ask BA, Jim Callis tells us the Pirates' magic number to clinch the top pick in next year's draft is just seven. [Baseball America]
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Record: 9-4 (Best Bet: 2-0; Upset: 0-2)
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
-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]
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Rumors that Heyman has a place on Boras' payroll are really not far-fetched.
Friday, September 10, 2010
-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
-12: My vote for #1
Enjoy the weekend.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Cincinnati Bengals* 7.5
Green Bay Packers* 9.5
Dallas Cowboys* 9.5
Houston Texans 8
New York Jets 9.5
New England Patriots 9.5
Atlanta Falcons 9
Pittsburgh Steelers 9
Indianapolis Colts 11
Tennessee Titans 8.5
Oakland Raiders 6
Philadelphia Eagles 8.5
New York Giants 8.5
Detroit Lions 4.5
New Orleans Saints 10.5
San Francisco 49ers 8.5
St. Louis Rams 4.5
Buffalo Bills* 5.5
Chicago Bears* 8
Seattle Seahawks* 7.5
Baltimore Ravens 10
Denver Broncos 7.5
Carolina Panthers 7.5
San Diego Chargers 11
Cleveland Browns 5.5
Jacksonville Jaguars 7
Arizona Cardinals 7.5
Miami Dolphins 8.5
Kansas City Chiefs 6.5
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5.5
Washington Redskins 7.5
Minnesota Vikings 9.5
-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. [NFL.com]
- 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.
-Breaking down the "greatest kick ever" with physics
-When Harold Miner surfaces, we link. [Lost Lettermen]
-Well, that was easy:
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
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