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A look back at last year’s rookies so far…

, Monday, June 22, 2009 at 1:04 AM Comments (0)

My name is Denard Span. I deserve to play more than the guy I am cutting in front of. FREE DENARD SPAN!

My name is Denard Span. I deserve to play more than the guy I am cutting in front of. FREE DENARD SPAN!

Before the season, sovaldi I did a piece on some hitters that made their debuts last year that might make a mark with their teams this year. You can find the link here. Although it isn’t the All-Star break yet, no rx I figured it might be time to check in with the 9 guys we looked at then:

Chris Dickerson, Reds: He had an OPS of 1.021 in 102 AB’s for the Reds last year. As a result of that, the Reds penciled him in as their starting LF. Most projection systems were pessimistic on him, and while he has not held up to his stats from last year, he has not completely embarrassed himself. His batting average is .265, which can be mostly explained by the fact that his batting average on balls in play is (BABIP) is .340. That is .70 points less than it was last year. Historically, most hitters will be between .290-.300 on BABIP, so the fact that these numbers are so high is quite disturbing. His SLG% is also .222 points lower than last year. Summary: Chris needs to pick it up, especially since he is now 27.
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NFL are three of the greatest letters… DWI are three of the worst

, Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 12:00 AM Comments (4)

Commissioner Goodell, too many of your players are facing this situation...

Today there was news that Donte Stallworth plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter for killing someone while driving drunk. As part of the plea deal he will serve 24 days in jail, 2 years house arrest, 8 years probation, a lifetime drivers license revocation, and 1,000 hours of community service. He also agreed to a financial settlement with the family of the victim. The NFL is expected to suspend Stallworth for his actions, but the length of the suspension is yet to be determined.

This got me thinking about the NFL conduct policy as it relates to suspensions. In a quick Google search, I found at least 18 DWI arrests of active NFL players in the last three years, with many more before that. A study by the San Diego Union-Tribune found that 73 players on 2008 NFL rosters had been arrested for DWI, and 28 percent of all NFL player arrests were related to drunken driving.

In 1998, Leonard Little was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter for killing another driver while he was drunk. He served three months in jail and an 8 game suspension from the league. He was arrested again in 2003 for another DWI. Eric Warfield racked up three DWI’s in a four year stretch. Leon Hall, Chris Henry, Koren Robinson, Odell Thurman, Chris Chambers, Marcus Coleman, Adrian Awasom, Reggie Williams, Dwayne Jarett, Deltha O’Neal, Marshawn Lynch and Brandon Marshall have all gotten DWI’s. Their reported BAC levels were between .092-.149.
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The NBA has an image problem

, Monday, June 1, 2009 at 11:48 PM Comments (4)

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Basketball is a beautiful game. It can be played with grace and athleticism from the NBA all the way down to your local rec league. Unlike the four other major sports, sick it requires no alteration of the game or rules to be played by average people. We simplify baseball with softball, pacify football with flag and touch alterations, and forego skate and pucks in hockey in favor of our feet and balls. Basketball requires no such alterations, which makes it a relatable game to everyone. Besides the three point line and playing two 20 minute halves, most rec league games are played under the same conditions as an NBA basketball game. This should be a tremendous advantage to the NBA in terms of generating fans. People are excited about the PGA playing the U.S. Open at a course that regular people play on. The NBA has an almost exact version of this in every game. What is the problem you ask then?

The problems are numerous, and were dealt with quite eloquently by the Sports Guy here. For our purposes, lets just focus on two or three obvious ones:
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Just The Tip, Just for a Second, Just to See How it Feels…

, Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 1:13 AM Comments (5)

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First off, doctor I am back. Its been a bit of an absence without any real good excuse, so I will choose to make one up. I have been locked in a secret room in the basement of Yankee Stadium for suggesting that the New York Yankees should not be employing Angel Berroa. They only let me go if I promised not to tell anyone what they did to me. However, they did say that I was allowed to tell you that my cellmate cam from a country that ends in –Stan and is largely covered by deserts. He did not like me much.

I figured I would join the growing list of people who are talking about A-Rod. Specifically, I wanted to talk about the notion that he was tipping pitches to other teams in return for getting pitches tipped to him. This is an incredibly serious charge, and I figured it was worth taking out the old logic tools to evaluate it.
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The WBC, or how MLB can screw up a good thing

, Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 11:15 PM Comments (0)

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1,000 Coaching wins anyone?

, Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 11:27 PM Comments (3)

When I win my 1,000th game, I swear I will get rid of this ridiculous haircut

After Jim “Get some facts!” Calhoun got his 800th win, I started thinking about whether or not there were any men’s coaches out there that might be able to catch Pat Summit’s 1,000 wins and counting. There are literally hundreds of coaches out there, but we can narrow down the contenders into a few easy categories.

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Random 50 point NBA games…

, Monday, February 23, 2009 at 11:08 PM Comments (0)

My name is Joe Barry-Carroll, and I once scored 52 points in an NBA game. But I bet you are even more surprised that with that name, I am not white.

So I caught most of Dwyane Wade’s 50 point game this afternoon, and considering all the other 50 point explosions, I figured I would take a look at the list. You can find an entire listing here. There have been 389 50 point games in NBA history, before we get to some analysis, first some fun facts:

  • Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain are the only players to record a point total for every number in the 50’s (and Wilt scored every point from 50-63, missed 64 and scored 65,66,67,68)
  • There have been 389 all-time 50 point games, and 183 of them have occurred since 1980. That’s 47% of the total 50 point games in the last 29 years.
  • If you eliminate the 105 of those 50 point games that Wilt Chamberlain had, then 64% of the all time 50 point games have been scored since 1980.
  • 104 different players have scored those 50 points. 68 of those players have done it since 1980, which accounts for 65% of the games.

So, given that we have gotten the fun facts out of the way, lets take a deeper look at some of those players that scored 50 points.
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Best video games: basketball edition

, Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 8:26 PM Comments (0)

How much better would this game have been with Jordan in it??? BOOMSHAKALAKA!

How much better would this game have been with Jordan in it??? BOOMSHAKALAKA!

We continue the series on sports video games with a look at basketball. If you want to take a look at the previous analysis of football games, discount click here. Now, nurse for a refresher of the rules, try we are only looking at true simulation games, so Jordan vs. Bird and NBA Jam don’t count. We are looking for overall fun, replayability, and not too many bugs. So, using the same four categories, here we go.
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Which sport has the best video games?

, Monday, February 16, 2009 at 11:43 PM Comments (2)

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Like many of you, I enjoy sitting down to a nice relaxing half hour of video game entertainment every now and then. During a recent session, I got to thinking about which sport translates into the best video games. So, in order to have some kind of objective way to look at this, I thought I might examine each type of game through the following criteria.
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Some real reasons to be angry with MLB players…

, Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 2:34 AM Comments (0)

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