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Here are my Picks for this week:
Denver at Baltimore
Houston at Buffalo
Cleveland at Chicago
St. Louis at Detroit
Miami at N.Y. Jets
San Francisco at Indianapolis
Seattle at Dallas
N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia
Jacksonville at Tennessee
Oakland at San Diego
Minnesota at Green Bay
Carolina at Arizona
Atlanta at New Orleans
I had some harsh things to say about Dustin Pedroia going into 2009:
"Something about an MVP who can't hit 20 HRs in unsatisfying. While undeniably useful as 5 category 2B last year, his increasing GB/FB ratio and declining BB% are worrisome. With a strong LD% and speed, his high AVG should persist, but don't expect anything above 15 HRs. Considering that all but a few second basemen are second tier, it's not worth wasting a third round pick on a 2B (unless you get Kinlser or Utley at a ridiculous discount) when you can have the negligibly worse Mark DeRosa 12 rounds later."Was I right to hate on Pedroia? Let's look at their comparative batting lines.
.250/.319/.433 (.327 wOBA),23 HR, 78 R, 78 RBI, 3 SB
.296/.371/.447 (.360 wOBA), 15 HR, 115 R, 72 RBI, 20 SB
Pedroia definitely regressed some this season, but retained most of his value from 2008. Yahoo ranked Pedroia as the 8th best 2B and 49th best fantasy player overall. Pedroia made some gains in his peripherals (increased walk rate, decreased strikeout rate) and regressed in others (Pedroia saw his ISO fall from .167 to .152, he clipped less LD's and his speed score dipped a full point (which can be noticed in the decrease in SB%). Pedroia' .360 wOBA, however, is hardly anything to sneeze at (let alone for a second basemen) and his 2009 level of production is more akin to what I have associated his skill set with. Take note that Pedroia's Yahoo ranking going into 2009 was 23. He was clearly overrated last season, but perhaps after a more "milding" 2009, Pedroia's 2010 fantasy value will be more break-even than loss.
DeRosa, on the other hand, took a nose dive in the batting average department due to a nose dive in line drives (from +22% from 2006-2008 to 16.6% in 2009) and therefore BABIP (.286 BABIP in 2009 [in line with his seasonal xBABIP], despite a career .315 mark). Perhaps much of it has to due with the wrist injury, but DeRosa's ISO fell from .196 to .183, the walk rate dipped from the double digit rates he posted on the Cubs to 8.4% and the strikeout rate also increased. The resulting .327 wOBA was league average and Fangraphs generously valued him at a temperate 1.6 WAR due to the fact that he played only slightly below average defense at 2B last year (see Positional Adjustment). DeRosa was ranked as the 144th player going into 2009 and ended up being #183 by the end of the season (21st best 2B, behind a handful of undrafted players). These are not good signs for a soon-to-be 35 year old 2B coming off of wrist surgery.
So yeah, I was wrong about DeRosa in 2009.
However, if DeRosa was healthy and not playing on the shitty offensive "team" that was the Indians for half of last season, who knows what his numbers would have looked like. Even with the regression in BB%, K%, and ISO, if you were to adjust DeRosa's 2009 batting line for a .315 BABIP (I have to make the assumption that DeRosa's wrist problems hindered his ability to drive the ball in 2009, given his Matt Kemp-like LD% from 2006-2008), DeRosa's 2009 BA would be .282, his OBP would be in the .350 range and, assuming the same ISO for the additional hits, his SLG would be around .533. A .282/.350/.533 batting line (.883 OPS) is nothing to sneeze at and would have provided much more offensive value than Pedroia's .813 OPS.
So what am I saying? Basically, DeRosa, in my opinion got screwed by his wrist injury and bad luck. If I am right and DeRosa can fully recover from his off-season wrist surgery (ask Derrek Lee, it's definitely not something that's easy to come back from), he has the potential to continue to provide much value, wherever his team may play him.
I refuse to apologize for my prediction because although I may have been wrong, I still believe in DeRosa. A 25 HR season with 100 R/RBI was not out of the question if he was on a better team and healthy. Let's hope he gets fixed up for next year and continue to be more than just the clubhouse presence he is well known for (and the Cubs so desperately missed).
On a separate note, A-Rod went 0-4 last night with 3 K's. Let the flurry of "A-Rod is unclutch" headlines begin...
In particular, I have to approve of this comment he made (I've taken the liberty of accentuating the sexually arousing parts):
If you read the article, you nonetheless get the feeling that even when Curt Schilling is right, he's still an asshole. Maybe it's the excessive use of the phrase "I'll tell you why"...maybe it's just the fact that he's Curt Schilling.
Did you view other power hitters as a bigger threat than [J.D.] Drew?
[Schilling]: Not at all. Not at all. I’ll tell you why.
His career has been built around getting on base. You make that argument, ‘I don’t want a guy taking a walk with a runner in scoring position.’ On-base percentage is what drives … I never wanted to face the guys who were .370-plus percentage on-base guys. Generally, for the most part, those guys don’t strike out a lot. J.D. strikes out more than most. For the most part, those are the guys who, their value isn’t necessarily just getting on base every time. It’s just as much the fact that in their 0-for-2 night, they’re going to draw two walks and make the opposing pitcher throw 24 pitches, as opposed to Vladimir Guerrero, who’s going to go 0-for-4, draw no walks and make me throw five pitches. There’s a deeper value. I promise you that the depth of the statistical analysis that they do on these players to identify their dollar value is far different and far more unique and probably as off the wall as anything you’ve ever heard.
Funny enough, Fangraphs put up an article earlier today detailing the value that J.D. Drew has provided in a Red Sox uniform. I wonder if Schilling read the article...
The Bears rank 14th this year in pass blocking on the O-Line according to footballoutsiders.com
What!? This can not be right. This offense line is fucking garbage! I think that because Jay is able to get the ball off in time and gets tackled after he throws the ball that the offensive line doesn't charged with the shit it should
There is a stat on pro-football reference called "Big Games"
Here's what defines a big game 300 yards passing, 100 yards rushing or receiving, or 4 TDs- what arbitrary shit is this!?
Overall: 68 out of 102
Last Week: 8 out of 13
2) Sexy Rexy
Overall: 65 out of 102
Last Week: 9 out of 13
2) The 'Bright' One
Overall: 65 out of 102
Last Week: 9 out of 13
Fantasy Football League
1) Cubsfan4evr (4-3) 669 points
2) The 'Bright' One (4-3) 656 points
3) Sexy Rexy (4-3) 651 points
4) DME (3-4) 586 points
1) Sexy Rexy (4) Patriots
1) Cubsfan4evr (4) Green Bay
3) TBO (3) DNP
3) J O'Brien (3) Steelers
Now, granted, C.C. Sabathia pitched two amazing games in which he had WPAs of .365 and .314 and I am not saying that he did not deserve the ALCS MVP award. However, it does go to prove a point that A-Rod's post-season production is undervalued.
This year's Angels are very similar to what the Brewers had last year, that they have a lot of Black players which really helps them with their swagger
And the Angels, like what the Brewers did last year, got ousted from the playoffs and did not make it to the World Series. Why are "sports experts" allowed to just make up all these intangibles! All these unquantifiable quantities Simmons has assigned all these teams are teams that ended up not going to the World Series. Notice how Simmons didn't assign any intangibles to the Phillies or Yankees? (Well, the Phillies are a NL team so Simmons doesn't even know they exist)
A line Simmons has repeatedly said on his podcast:
The Angels scare me, they have the "Nick Adenhart" factor, something all these players can rally around; they want to win it for him
Listen, I in no way want to make light of the tragic death of Adenhart, but look how how this "Adenhart factor" has helped the Angels. In a short luck-based series, LA defeated Boston, and in the longer series, they got beat by the Yankees. And did the Angels really ever feel like they were in this series? Did the "Adenhart factor" just help the Angels finally got out of the first round. Does Vlad Guerrero have to die in order for the Angels to the World Series? Or maybe some little kid can wish they win the pennant and that is the "intangible" the Angels will need.
SIDENOTE: How come in all these sports movies, the goal isn't to win the World Series? In "Angels in the Outfield", the Joseph-Gordon Levitt character only wanted the Angels to win the pennant. If you're gonna wish for the Angels to win and be good, why not ask for Angels to help the baseball team win it all, as opposed to just MAKING IT to the World Series. In Major League (I), their goal was just to make it to the playoffs. You know what would have stuck it to the new owner and gain a lot of fans, win a World Series.
Here are my Picks for this week Seven:
Indianapolis at St. Louis
New England at Tampa Bay
San Francisco at Houston
Minnesota at Pittsburgh
San Diego at Kansas City
Green Bay at Cleveland
N.Y. Jets at Oakland
Buffalo at Carolina
Chicago at Cincinnati
New Orleans at Miami
Atlanta at Dallas
Arizona at N.Y. Giants
Philadelphia at Washington
So, at first, I thought this was just a pic of some fan with Phillips that my friend labelled as a joke "Steve Phillips Secret Lover" But, NO, this really is Steve Phillips secret lover! (Although I should have been tipped off when Steve Phillips actually had a fan...)
One, the obvious, really!? This girl!? Really!? You're going to risk your marriage over this girl!? Although granted, here's a better photo of her...
But here's the strange thing, Phillip's wife knew about her! This girl, Brooke Hundley, had been stalking Phillips and his son and been coming to the house!
You can listen to a 911 call of Phillips' wife calling the police when Hundley came to the Phillips' house
His wife kept saying she will call Phillips to get her name, what must that conversion be like:
Steve Phillips: Hey Honey, how are you?
Marni Phillips: I'm good, how are you?
SP: I'm fine, what's up?
MP: So you know that girl you've been fucking on the side and that keeps coming and threatening us?
SP: Yeah, what about her?
MP: Well even though she has threatened me several times, I have not found out her name, what is it?
SP: Um, which girl exactly?
MP: The ugly one
SP: Oh, HER, yeah that bitch is fucking crazy, her name is Brooke Hundley
MP: OK great, I'm going to call the cops back so they can chase her down
SP: Great, so what's for dinner?
At least, that's how I pictured that conversation...
Next, had people learned anything from Steve McNair! Really!? People are dumb
Lastly, what does Steve Phillips have to do to get fired!? Jesus, after all his shittiness and you add this scandal on top of it and he's STILL on the network. Michael Irvin had one little DUI
Groundball back to the pitcher. Posada takes off for home and Cano heads to 3rd. Posada gets caught in a run down but cant return to 3rd base because it is now occupied by cano. But as Napoli gets to 3rd base, Cano steps off the bag for some reason, maybe to let Posada take the base, such that both Yankees are off the bad. Napoli tags Cano(out) then he tags Posada(out). Not so much. Tim McClellen calls Posada out but Cano safe. Clearly a mistake of drastic proportions, yet there is no discussion outside of Mike Scoscia shouting at an umpire perplexed for about the 20th time this series. My problem is this. Obviously a mistake was made on the call. Why is an umpire not allowed to change his mind. Is there a rule that the initial, reflex decision is final? Maybe this is why woman should be umpires. They would actually discuss the play with each other and reach an accurate conclusion. Of course, they cannot be trusted because of "that time of the month" hence they cannot be umpires.
Two more plays shown above. A Yankee baserunner(Swisher?) is clearly thrown out at 2nd on a pick off move, yet the play is called safe. Why even have these retards out there. This is not that difficult. Anyone watching on HD could see what happened, why cant these people see in real life. The second play is Nick Swisher scoring on a sac fly in the same inning as the blown pick off call. The Angels protest that Swisher left 3rd before the catch was made, Tim McClellen agrees and calls Swisher out. Replay shows that Swisher actually left after the catch was made, but that wasnt even the worst part. The worst part was replay showing that McClellen was not even looking at Swishers or his feet as the catch was made, but was looking at the outfielder, which is the 2nd base umpires job anyway. So how could McClellen call Swisher out for leaving too soon, if he was not looking at the play? I dont think it even in his peripheral vision. Fucker has some explaining to do. The Yanks are going to win this whole thing cause Arod is god, yeah you heard me McCarver, but sometimes it feels like i'm watching the refs umpire more than the teams play baseball.
Also, last night's baseball games were just horribly officiated behind the plate. The strike zone and the umpires calls were off all the time. Chip Caray even felt the need state that the automated strike zone is an approximation of what the strike zone should be. If by approximation, he actually means completely accurate, then yes it is an approximation. It's still better than what the umpire is doing, which is guessing. And all this goes back to Bud Selig. In 10 years when the games history has been tarnished by horrible calls in playoff games, Selig will hire some dude to run an investigation, purge some clubhouse attendants, and write a 400 page memorandum concluding that Selig is a moron who was specifically hired for his stupidity to maintain the moronic traditions of baseball.
From left to right:
Matthew Berry, Pod Vader, Nate Ravitz
Guy on far left: Eric Karabell, guy to his right: Pod Vader
Can we please sign Cutler until he's at LEAST 45? I'm sure he's probably making too much money but I don't care. Hell, give him and Briggs most of the salary cap and give everyone else a dollar for all I care. (That's a popular strategy in fantasy football, I'm sure it'll work in real life, right?)
Either way, I'm happy Cutler gets an extension, but fuck is he making a lot of money
This extension means more love between Cutler and Greg Olson
"Have a nigga who smoke Reggie Miller
Coughing and choking constantly"
"I hit the pussy like i'm Andruw Jones"
*Clutch is a mathematical formula that determines "[h]ow much better or worse a player does in high leverage situations than he would have done in a context neutral environment." (I feel like Lexis Nexus, posting footnotes in the middle of my documents...)Fuck that fact that Mr. October had a .278/.358/.527 (.885 OPS) career postseason triple slash line. Double fuck the fact that Tim McCarver bases his view of life on Batting Average, which only makes the unclutchiness argument even more bizarre.
God, life is strange.
Also, if Joe Buck mentioned Reggie Willits one more time in last night's Yankees-Angels broadcast, I think I would have thrown a shoe at the TV.
Overall: 60 out of 89, 67.4%
Last Week: 9 out of 14, 64.3%
2) Sexy Rexy
Overall: 56 out of 89, 62.9%
Last Week: 8 out of 14, 57.1%
2) The 'Bright' One
Overall: 56 out of 89, 62.9%
Last Week: 6 out of 14, 42.9%
Fantasy Football League
1) Cubsfan4evr (4-2), 578 pts
2) Sexy Rexy (3-3), 551 pts
3) The 'Bright' One (3-3), 529 pts
4) David "MVP" Eckstein (3-3), 489 pts
1) Sexy Rexy, Carolina, (6)
1) Cubsfan4evr, Jacksonville, (6)
3) The 'Bright' One, Philly, (3)
4) J O'Brien, San Diego, (2)
The Bears not only traded for Cutler for they also got a fifth round pick which they then used on Johnny Knox
First of all, it's a fallacy that the Bears would not have gotten Knox if they hadn't gotten the Broncos draft pick. Second, yes, Knox was a great find in the fifth round, I GET IT, now shut the fuck up about it. Maybe Cutler is making Knox better? I don't know, but think of something else!
Matt Forte was a part of X% of the Bears offense last year
Matt Forte is good. He can run the ball. He can can catch the ball. He's young. I love it. But Jesus Christ we all know Orton kind of sucked last year and all the offense had was Forte. But let's talk about this year, or explain Forte's skills or the Bears shitty O-line or something. Fuck.
This middle linebacker has a chance to play and look what an amazing play/tackle he made
Yes, but Urlacher would have done that better
Tampa Bay Bucs traded former first round pick and bust DE Gaines Adams to the Bears for the Bears 2nd round pick next year. So next year Bears fans again won't pay attention to the draft in the first day again because Denver has their first round pick from the Cutler trade. Although, the draft is boring anyway and no one should ever watch it to begin with...
But seriously, how many DE do the Bears need? The have Wale, Brown, Anderson, the dude they drafted with their first pick last year that can jump out of the water from a swimming pool and now Gaines Adams.
But as a Bears fan, as long as we have Cutler, I could care less what Angelo does.
You wont find a single person to say that now. All those people with the numbers are hiding in a cave, under a rock, somewhere.He forgot to mention their mothers basement, too. Then Joe Buck added on, saying any scout that watches Jeter play a single game wouldnt pick any other shortstop to get a ball hit to them in the 7th game of a world series. Huh, let us just forget that the season is 162 games long, plus another 15 or so in the playoffs. Defense in those game does not matter. Only the 7th game of the WS matters. Yeah Joe Buck, these novel baseball fans are retards. Lets set them straight!
*Update* Derek Jeter committed an error in the 8th inning of a playoff game and followed that with a strike out in the bottom of the same inning. But it wasnt the 7th game of the world series so it doesnt really count.
*Update* Since I initially finished this post, there have been 2 more interesting Derek Jeter references. On a single to right, Jeter went from 1st to 3rd. McCarver mentioned that Abreu got the ball back into the infield fast because he knew Jeter was running the bases. Yep, cause if it was anyone else, Abreu would have jerked off first, and then got the ball back into the infield, cause no one would have the inclination to score outside of Derek Jeter. Second reference was on a ground ball to shortstop. Slo-mo showed that Jeter looked at the runner going to 3rd on the play before throwing to first to make sure he didnt try to score. Because of that, McCarver compared Jeter's vision to that of Larry Bird. Bird is a top 5 basketball player of all time. Possibly the best shooter ever. Jeter is neither, but he has won 4 rings! Yogi Berra won 10 championships, whats your fucking point
I hate you Tim McCarver. Could you please go away and never come back
Johnny Knox and Earl Bennett will get more receiving TDs combined than Terrell Owens between Week 6 and Week 17.
Sexy Rexy: Over- TO is garbage and so is Trent Edwards
The 'Bright' One: Under- I hate betting against the Bears but I love To
Winner: Proof to see if TO would look good in a Bears uniform or not
Who ends up with fewer fantasy points the rest of the way: LT or Brain Westbrook?
Sexy Rexy: Westbrook. Not only will LeSean McCoy take fantasy points away from Westbrook, but Westbrook will sit on the sidelines more than LT this year
The 'Bright' One: LT. As great of a career as he's had, he's done.
Winner: who cares, this shit isn't for money
Big Ben will finish the year with a passer rating under 87.0
Sexy Rexy: Under. Yes, I know he's having a fantastic season but he's poised to have a career year in pass attempts. And as I've proven before, when Big Ben is forced to throw a lot, he sucks.
The 'Bright' One: Over, dude's awesome, don't be a hater
Who will have more fantasy points the rest of the way- former Bears Kyle Orton, Bernard Berrian, and Cerdirc Benson or current Bears Jay Cutler, Devin Hester, and Matt Forte?
Sexy Rexy: Former Bears- for some reason offensive players seem to do well after they leave the team?
The 'Bright' One: Current Bears- Why do you not have faith in this team!?
Houston at Cincinnati
Detroit at Green Bay
Baltimore at Minnesota
NY Giants at New Orleans
Cleveland at Pittsburgh
Carolina at Tampa Bay
Kansas City at Washington
St. Louis at Jacksonville
Arizona at Seattle
Philadelphia at Oakland
Tennessee at New England
Buffalo at NY Jets
Chicago at Atlanta
Denver at San Diego
Here are some guys that are not on the team anymore:
-Kyle Orton- led Broncos to 5-0 record, shitty and "game manager" in Chicago
-Bernard Berrian- 800 yard receiver in Chicago, 950 yard receiver in Minnesota
-Cedric Benson- back up and annoyance in Chicago, leading the NFL in yards in Cincy
-Marc Columbo- injured in Chicago, starting and doing well in Dallas
-Thomas Jones- actually did well in Chicago, but led the AFC in rushing yard last year on the Jets
-Rex Grossman- awful, awful, awful, awful in Chicago, maybe he'll do well in Houston for the five games Matt Schaub won't play this year?
Have I mentioned that I REALLY hate Ron Turner?
I can imagine my HS calc teacher complaining that the equals sign is a real number tester, and obviously these words are not real numbers, hence the statement is meaningless. Fuck it. Transliterate that Mr. Royes.
This is almost as good as my "why do women give birth" joke. See comments for answer
Sometimes you get lucky and you get wooed by the Red Sox or Yankees and the choice is made for you. The team that offers you the most money just happened to be a team always in contention to win the World Series (or the championship in any sport).
Other decisions like the ones Curt Schilling recently wrote about on his blog about the school district his kids will enter into as well as Lamar Odom saying he only wants to play in a warm city like Miami probably factors into a free agent's decision. But time and time again we see athletes taking the money as opposed to trying to get a ring. But why? I think the ability to win it all should play a factor, but I guess it really does not. This perplexes me.
How many times do you hear a player say, "It does not matter what you did in the regular season, it is all about the post season"? It is all about the post season, because everyone wants to win it all. How many times did you hear Tom Brady and Randy Moss and Bill Belichick say, it doesn't matter that we are undefeated, we still have not won it all. I'm sure if you ask anybody who plays in a professional sport what their goal is in the sport is they would all say “To win a championship.”
Now I’m not ignorant. I know money is important. I know athletes need to look out for their families and look out for themselves. Plus, an athlete has a limited amount of time to participate in his occupation before age becomes a factor. This is something (most of) the working class does not have to worry about. Everyone wants to be rich and have millions of dollars for doing what they love. It is the American dream. However, at what point in your career do you say, "I have money, now I want a ring"? I feel like at some point athletes need to ask themselves this question.
Most players in major sports become free agents after they've been in the league for five or six years or so. This is most likely the one point in a guy's career where he has the best opportunity to make a ton of money. The first time a player becomes a free agent is the toughest call. They have to weigh the fact that this is their best and maybe only time to garner a big contract versus this is also this is the best time where I will play well enough to help my future team get a ring.
However, if an athlete is lucky enough to become a free agent for a second time and still has multiple teams requesting his services yet still has not been a part of a championship team, he should chose the team that gives him the best opportunity to win and take contract price out of the equation.
The hardest factor though to consider is which team will win a championship or be in contention. What if an athlete goes to play for a team he believes will be a competitor but they never end up even making it to the post season? It is extremely difficult to predict which team will win it all. The 2007 and 2008 Cubs looked poised to at least make it to the World Series and ended up getting bounced in the first round both years due to plain bad luck. As good as the Yankees and Red Sox are, only the Red Sox have it won it twice in like the past decade with teams like the Phillies, Cardinals, and White Sox winning it in other years. Nobody would have ever expected the Giants to win it all in 2007. So choosing a team to win it all is extremely risky and unreliable, but I believe you can and should try to spot the teams that will be competitive.
I'm sure owners and GM’s would not like it if players chose better teams than bad teams offering them more money. I'm sure it would be hard for the Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams and pre-Drew Brees Saints to get free agents without money. But if you are a player, do you really care?
When Miguel Tejada became a free agent, he chose the money. He played some darn good years but on an Orioles team that didn't finish higher than 4th place in their division. Taking his steroid usage aside, do you think he is happy he put up some great numbers and made money on a lousy team? In fact, because of his steroid scandal, I bet he wished he won a championship to help preserve his legacy.
Sometimes athletes are aware that they don't have a lot of time left and would like a ring. Long time and great Kansas City Chief TE Tony Gonzalez wanted out of his existing contract because he knew the Chiefs were not going anywhere. I'd have to imagine winning it all played a factor into former Padres RHP Jake Peavy's decision to eventually sign with the White Sox. In fact, he was already getting paid no matter what. I think he knows his statistics will take a tumble coming into the AL and into a homer friendly park, but I think he also knows the White Sox give him a better chance to win than the Padres will. Marion Hossa seemed to have this in mind as well. He thought the Red Wings gave him a better chance to get a ring than Pittsburgh did and I'm sure he thinks the Blackhawks give him the best chance to win as well.
It's obvious that some players do care about the ring more than the money and I have no problem if a player does choose money over the ability to win a championship. However, I think when that player's career is said and done, he will regret that he didn't at least try to win a championship. I do not always think that a ring should be a player's main goal when signing a contract, but I would like to see athletes take that into account more instead of them signing a huge contract to play for a team that's last in their division every year.
BS: I wasn't sold on this Red Sox team from a "heart" standpoint
What about from a "lung" standpoint? How were the Red Sox kidneys this year? I think the need to cut back on the red meat, the Red Sox cholesterol was a bit high. Maybe, that's what was wrong with the Red Sox heart this year
BS: The Angels were hungrier
Maybe the Angels should have ate a Snickers before the game or something
BS: [The 2009 Red Sox team] was the kind of team you would put together in a laboratory with statistics
Stupid fucking Bill James using statistics to determine which players are good or not. How dare anyone put a team together based on statistics! I mean, who needs shit like OBP, SLG, and UZR to measure how your team does. Let's throw out the shit like 70% of the first round is due to pure luck.
JackO: Where they're just like this corporate, soulless, robotic team that just goes about it's business, but has no fire no life, no spirit, no defining characteristics really.
Because you need to have fire to win in the playoffs! That's why the cavemen always did well in the playoffs, all they had was fire! Who needs to plate discipline or a good rotation when you have fire or spirit or a defining characteristic!
JackO: I'm not in the locker room, who knows how much of a difference all of this really makes...
Wait, did JackO just admit that everything him and Simmons were talking about were bullshit?
...but as an outsider viewing it, like, you just would like to see your team with a little, a little, life a little fire...
Oh shit, never mind. Sure let's not use Bill James' "outsider perspective", let's use JackO's.
JackO: Even Victor Martinez with his 27 different handshakes couldn't bring it together
Yeah it wasn't the fact that V-Mart was 2nd among catchers in wOBA that he was good, it was his handshakes. Maybe I should play baseball, I can shake hands!
BS: Yeah, we had Victor Martinez and Pedroia are the two guys that you know seem like they would be pieces on a type of playoff roster that would do something. You look at Youkilis, like every at bat, he's, he looks like he's gonna take a bat to the third base coach and just beat him to death...
Stupid fucking Youk who had an OBP over .400 and 20+ HRs. Fuck that guy. I want Pedroia who can barely hit a 365 foot home run. I want his "intangibles"
We don't have, like, that wacky Orlando Cabrera type, we don't have like Torii Hunter type, you know really passionate fist pump type, we don't have 38 year old veteran like, the Todd Helton type, that guys that's always wanted to make it to the World Series and he's dying, you know, although Todd Helton's made but you know.. the guy that would do anything to make it one time, where are those guys on this Red Sox team?
Did Simmons realize that two of the three players he mentioned have been eliminated? Did Orlando Cabrera's "wackiness" help the Twins gets swept by the Yankees? The Rockies beat the Phillies in the NLCS because of Todd Helton, right?
Jim Thome and Ken Griffey Jr, guys like Helton who "always wanted to make it to a World Series" really helped the White Sox win a World Series last year, right?
JackO: They needed Kevin Millar again, you know, somebody to stir things up...
Yes, the Red Sox needed Kevin Millar with his .311 OBP, .674 OPS, .302 wOBA, and negative UZR is exactly what the Red Sox needed to beat the Angels!
...Like the Yankees have Nick Swisher... a guy to have a little camaraderie, a little chemistry
Wasn't one of the main reason the Sox traded Swisher was because he was pissing people off in the clubhouse? This is the guy who is supposed to build camaraderie?
Oh, and this also helped the 2008 White Sox, right? Because not only did they have the "Todd Helton" guy that Simmons talked about, but they also had Swisher. Do these two guys even check their facts or think before they talk? They're like the Michael Scott of sports podcasts.
Now we realize why the Red Sox lost in the first round of a best of five series. No, it it's not because the Red OSx got unlucky and their best pitchers had so-so games or because of Jonathan Paperlbon, it's because the Red Sox didn't have heart or passion!
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Nelly Furtado - Promiscuous Girl
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Ludacris (Living the Life) "When it comes to these women, dawg, aint no one f***in’ with me / they runnin’ back, you think I had a T.J. Duckett with me / that’s cause I throw it like Vick from the yard line / menage a trois, it’s safe to say I’m havin’ hard times"
Asher Roth (A Milli) "Rap’s Wayne Gretzky, yes I’m the best and/Only 22, more like Alex Ovechkin"; "they get to the pros and don't do shit like they Reddick"
Asher Roth- A milli (with lyrics)
WESLEY TIBBS |MySpace Videos
Jay-Z (Deja Vu) "I used to run bass like Juan Pierre / now I run bass high-hat with the snare"
Jay-Z (Encore) "When I come back like Jordan, wearin the 4-5/ It ain't to play games witchu"
For a list of general sports lyrics in rap, click here
For a list of the "13 great hockey references in rap", click here
Some other fun facts:
-No team had a loss they placed the New England Patriots this year
-No team had a win when they faced the Washington Redskins this year
1) AD- obviously been well for you
2) Michael Turner- his 3 TD game last Sunday helps his overall numbers, but he's only the 10th best RB this year. (32rd best RB in Week 1, 10th in Week 2, 23rd in Week 3, bye in Week 4)
3) MJD- I've actually seen him go 2 in a whole bunch leagues and I thought that was dumb. Turns out I was dumb. 5th best RB this year
4) Matt Forte- I could have predicted that he wouldn't be this. Everyone was hatin' on Mark Schlareth for saying Forte would not be good. I guess he's laughing now. 28th best RB overall so far.
5) Brian Westbrook. Really, an old injury prone RB on a team that only runs 40% of the time sucks? Shocking. 39th best RB overall this year
6) DeAngelo Williams. We all forget just how an awful terrible QB can suck down an entire team. 32nd best RB this year.
7) LT. Brian Westbrook lite. Did last year not show you why you shouldn't have drafted him high? 65th best RB overall.
8) Larry Fitzgerald. He's been good, but only the 10th best wide out this year. You could have waited a round later for Andre Johnson or Reggie Wayne though
9) Steven Jackson. See DeAngelo Williams except substitute "QB" with "entire team". 20th best RB this year.
10) Frank Gore. I have a hard time hatin of Gore because he was so good when healthy, but health is a part of fantasy football. Still 15th best RB this year.
11) Brandon Jacobs. Ahmad Bradshaw has more fantasy points this year than Jacobs- and its not even close. 26th best RB this year.
12) Chris Johnson. He went 12 in leagues? No way leagues were this dumb. He's been awesome. 3rd best RB this year.
Value Picks this year:
-Cedric Benson, 7th round, 4th best RB
-Steve Smith (NYG), 7th round, best WR
-Ronnie Brown, 3rd round, 2nd best RB
-Mario Manningham, undrafted, 7th best WR
-Chad Ochocinco, 6th round, 8th best WR (and consistent)
-Vincent Jackson, 5th round, 11th best WR
-Kellen Winslow, 7th round, 2nd best TE
-Vernon Davis, 12th round, 4th best TE
-Ben Roethlisberger (ugh this pains me to say), 10th round, 2nd best QB
-Matt Schaub, 6th round, 3rd best QB
-Eli Manning, 12th round, 4th best QB
Great Production from your Late Round Picks
-Tim Hightower: double digit fantasy points 3 out of his four weeks playing
-Brent Celek: 6th best TE this year above guys like Owen Daniels, Tony Gonzalez, Chris Cooley, and Jason Witten
-Joe Flacco: 6th best QB this year above guys like Brady, Brees, Farve, Rivers, and Cutler
Why the D you Drafted Sucks:
Here's a list of the top 12 D/ST that weren't drafted in my league:
4) New Orleans
7 of the top D/ST this year were not drafted
This is the Phillies/Rockies Win Probability chart from game 4. Houston Street channeled his inner Brad Lidge.
I thought it was just a bone bruise, but as the day progresses, I feel my knee giving out. I cant walk straight, i cant bend my knee, i cant lift my leg. Basically i'm immobile. Yet, I did what every man would do in the situation. I went back to the gym to "stretch" out my knee and literally walk it off on the basketball court. Obviously, this is a stupid rational to use, but thats the type of dumb shit men do.
Being a future doctor, maybe, I made an initial diagnosis of a torn ligament in the knee, possibly a meniscus too. Given the severe symptons, the location, and progression, it seems like a definite ligament tear. I'll give it a couple days and probably go in for an MRI to confirm. Personally, I have never been immobilized for a substantial amount of time, such that I have no clue what i will do if i cant play sports daily. I may go insane for all I know. It's that important to me. Being the arrogant schmuck that I am, I actually thought I was immune to bone breaks and other severe sports related injuries. I've strained more muscles than i can count, but I thought my bones and joints were on the stronger side and I would really have to be in a freak accident to suffer such an injury. But given that I play 2 hours a day, every day, I guess I was due.
The only similar injury occurred to me freshman year of college. I recall the day quick well because that was the day my old druggy roommate was forced to move out of the dorms and go live with his parents. I helped him pack, then went to the hockey rink for a morning skate, and fell at a high speed right on my knee. Now I have fallen the exact same way hundreds of times before, but that specific fall cracked my knee cap. It really sucked because I had to go to an orchestra performance right after, which luckily was on the other side of campus. Lets just say I didnt skip-to-my-loo all the way there. You could see the bone break through the skin. It took nearly 4 months for the knee to completely heal, god I hope this injury doesnt take nearly as long. Damn it, just sitting here writing this post has made my knee stiffen up...thats what she said.
Overall: 51 out of 75, 68%
This week: 10 out of 14, 71.43%
2) The ‘Bright’ One
Overall: 50 out of 75, 66.67%
This week: 10 out of 14, 71.43%
3) Sexy Rexy
Overall: 48 out of 75, 64%
This week: 7 out of 14, 50%
Fantasy Football League
Cubsfan4evr (3-2), 475 points
Sexy Rexy (3-2), 467 points
The ‘Bright’ One (3-2), 466 points
David “MVP” Eckstein (2-3), 412 points
Sexy Rexy, Philadelphia Eagles (5)
Cubsfan4evr, Minnesota Vikings (5)
The ‘Bright’ One, Pittsburgh Steelers (1)
J O’Brien, Buffalo Bills (0)
Richard, DNP (0)
DME, DNP (0)
Salary Cap Football
The ‘Bright’ One: ??? overall points, ??th percentile
Sexy Rexy: 421.66 overall points, 98th percentile
Cubsfan4evr: ??? overall points, ??th percentile
1) Pierre Thomas, 25th best RB
2) Reggie Bush: 1 rushing TD, no receiving
3) Bet void, Fred Taylor injured for rest of year
Just like Walter Payton, he does not die easily!!!God I wish I had my tivo set to the game so I could post the video for evidence, but believe me it happened. He may have been referring to Sweatness' toughness on the football field, constantly fighting for extra yards and running over people, but he also died a horrible death from kidney disease. No, I guess he didnt die easily, but still have some decency
There is no bigger proponent for an automated strike zone than I am. If we can develop a system to make every call on the baseball diamond automated, I would be in support of that as well. I just feel the quality and talent of major league baseball would be enhanced if the hitter and pitchers actually knew what the strike zone is on a daily basis, instead of having to guess what it will be mid-game. Baseball is the only major sports were there are no subjective calls. There are no fouls or penalties that need to be classified. Everything is binary. Ball/strike, safe/out, fair/foul. The only subjective thing umpires have to do is determine whether to eject the manager after making a horrendous call on the field. Why add extra variables to such a simple system?
In the ALDS series better the Yanks and the Twins, Joe Mauer hit a fly ball down the left field line, that clearly landed fair by a wide margin as seen on the still picture. I say this is the worst call because in the playoffs, there are 2 more umpires down each line to make sure calls like these are accurate. Nice job getting your only call of the entire day wrong.
DME: Over 23
TBO: Under 23
Wager: Jew Noodles!
So i'm sitting in my room at 230 in the morning, studying for a crazy biochem exam, watching the Bulls exhibition game on tivo. The announcers bring up a Text Question to the audience. "What stat do you think will be the key for the Bulls in the 1st half?" Simple enough qustion. There is no right or wrong response. You can say, number of times Joakim Noah gets busted for pot, and that would be a fair response. However, the people making the multiple choice list of answers need to include the most relevant stat, and not just the most obvious ones. It's like voting for the MVP based on wins or RBIs. The 4 answer choices provided are FG shooting(yes putting that round thing into the round whole is important), 3-Pt shooting(yes putting that round thing into the round whole from really far away is important), Rebounding(Will be important when you cant put that round thing into that round whole), Steal(never heard of anyone winning a championship because of steals.
The fact that they didnt include FTA is disturbing to me. Yes, it's not flashy, but it's free points. With Ben Gordon gone, i have no clue who will be shooting free throws for us. Derrek Rose only averaged 4.5 last year and no one else has play-making ability. Just another reason the Bulls will probably suck this year. Cant wait for 2010. If Reinsdorf has enough money to buy the Phoenix Coyotes, he has enough money to buy Wade and Amare
Atkins...................................De La Rosa
18/26 regular players are white. Impressive. Still, they have nothing on the 2004 Astros, who's white supremacy was only exceeded by the cast of Friends. I've seen hockey teams with more racial tolerance
However, there is but another reason for countries to hate America -- perhaps specifically the New York Yankees. As enumerated, almost in passing, in the last paragraph of David Golebiewski's most recent article on Fangraphs, this past off season, the New York "Yankees spent more than the gross domestic product of Tonga."
Between the total allocated resources spent on the free agent signings of Andy Pettite ($5.5 M) and Sergio Mitre ($1.25) (oh, and Mark Teixeira ($180 M), C.C. Sabathia ($161 M) and A.J. Burnett ($82.5 M) too, I suppose), the New York Yankees of New York spent approximately $430 million. As Buster Olney points out, the Yankees allocated $441 million on player acquisitions this offseason, when the rest of the AL, combined, spent $176.28 million.
Tonga, by contrast, whose chief export is not home runs, has a GDP of $258 million.
It's a good thing that baseball is recession proof, right Cubsfan4ever? Actually, there's a good piece about how the Yankees are good for the economy that you can read here.
God Bless America.
Pete Carroll, always on the lookout for another 5 star recruit, got Mustain to transfer to USC, along with his Arkansas WR Damien Williams. Since then, Williams has become one of the top 5 WR in college football, and Mustain hasnt even been allowed to wear a headset or hold a clipboard. He sat behind John David Booty. Was overlooked in favor of Mark Sanchez. Was beaten out by a true freshman in Matt Barkley. And even couldnt get a spot start when barkley was out, and instead Aaron Corp got the start and proceeded to single handedly lose the game to the Washington Huskies. Let me reiterate, the top recruit in all of college football hasnt sniffed a football since getting benched as a true freshman at Arkansas. At least Matt Cassell was never expected to start in college. Mustain was to be the next great Heisman QB for the Trojans.
News reports came out today that Mustain will try to make the USC baseball team in the spring in hopes of playing something, anything. I dont know his pitching history, but i'm pretty sure his arm isnt in game shape for football, let alone baseball. And even if he does make the team, you know with his luck, he will the last guy in the bullpen, only pitching when the team is down 19-2 in the 9th inning against Arizona St.
Dallas at Kansas City
Minnesota at St. Louis
Oakland at NY Giants
Tampa Bay at Philadelphia
Pittsburgh at Detroit
Washington at Carolina
Cincinnati at Baltimore
Atlanta at San Francisco
Jacksonville at Seattle
Houston at Arizona
New England at Denver
Indianapolis at Tennessee
NY Jets at Miami
Favorable Match Ups:
-Michael Clayton (I didn't know George Clooney played football?)
-Dante Rosario/Jeff King (who ever Carolina's TE is)
RB for PPR leagues and have favorable receiving match ups:
-Cedric Benson (although Baltimore may not be the greatest at RB receiving yards, they are fantastic against the run and have not allowed a 100 yard rusher in like years)
Unfavorable Match Ups:
-Ted Ginn Jr.
-Marty Booker (although if you were considering starting Booker to begin with you're either dumb or are in a 30 team league, in which case you should probably start Booker anyway)
RB for PPR leagues and have unfavorable receiving match ups:
Edwards had a fantastic season in 2007 when he caught 80 passes for over 1275 yards and 16 TDs. But what has he done since? We've all heard the ESPN stats how he leads the league in drops. His Y/R has gone down this '07 along with his receptions. In fact, in four full seasons, Edwards has only gone over 900 yards once- in '07. To me Edwards is having the Roy E. Williams effect. Williams had one amazing season in Detroit. Then he gets traded to Dallas and is expected to be a superstar, only to be a dud
So let's analyze Edwards and see what we can find.
I think an important stat to look at is catch rate. How often can a receiver catches the ball when it is thrown to him. I like this stat because that's a huge part of all a receiver has to do- catch a ball thrown to him.
In his awesome break out year in 2007, he only caught 52% of the passes that came to him. Sure he had 80 receptions, but 153 targets! The next year his targets dropped to a mere 138, only he only caught 40% of those passes. That means that 3 times out of five, when a pass came towards Edwards, he did not catch it. 40% is an awful catch rate, and I don't care who is throwing you the ball. This year, Edwards has improved his catch rate to 45%. I think we can safely conclude, that Edwards does not have the best hands, and I think it's safe to say Edwards can not do a fundamental skill of being a wide out well.
Even in Edwards amazing season, he has not been very efficient with the ball. In 2007, he ranked 24th in DYAR and 40th in DVOA. The next year he ranked 77th and 73rd respectively. This year, he ranks 47th and 48th respectively. This means, that in the past 2+ seasons, Braylon Edwards per play he has been awful compared to the average receiver in a similar situation (DVOA) and been awful compared to other players in similar situations where he did catch the ball (DYAR).
However, I am a firm believer that a good to great QB can make a wide out better (ala Jay Cutler and Hester, Bennett, and Knox). I was going to make a lofty comparison to how good Derek Anderson has been in '07 compared to how well they are now and Mark Sanchez as well, however I think this year's statistics help prove my point well. Sanchez ranks 2nd to last among all QBs this year according to football sabermetrics (aka efficiency). Two spots ahead of him in Derek Anderson and three spots ahead of him is Brady Quinn. Essentially, Quinn, Anderson, and Sanchez have been awful this year- and essentially are the same player.
So with all this data, I don't see the Braylon Edwards trade a success for the Jets. He has bad hands, he is inefficient trying to make plays and when he has the ball in his hands. Plus, he still has a shitty QB throwing to him. All this hype of the Jets getting a "playmaker" and Edwards helping the Jets seems like it will be a failure.
However, this year, Chansi Stuckey has been one of the few players worse than Edards this year.
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His statistical numbers at Texas Tech are meaningless based on the system he played in. If a QB with the arm of Ken Dorsey can put up 450 yards passing a game in college and not even get a tryout in the NFL, then you know the offensive system put up all those points. Not withstanding, Crabtree is an NFL caliber athlete and deserved to do in the first round. Dude ran a fantastic 4.48 40 yard dash on a bad leg. Not nearly the blazing 4.23 of Bay, but still worthy of a first round pick given his receiving skills. Still, I am not convinced that he is actually as good as he thinks he is. He's tall but not Randy Moss tall. He's fast but not Andre Johnson fast. He's an athlete but not a Calvin Johnson athlete. He's creative after the catch but not Brandon Marshall creative. I just dont see what skills will make him the superstar receiver that he apparently thinks he is.
None of us have seen him in an NFL game, so I have to go based on comparisons. I cant see him as a deep threat in the NFL. Deep threats need to be lightning fast. Bernard Barrian is a deep threat, Crabtree doesnt have those type of wheels to beat Asante Samuel down field. I see him as a dominant possession receiver averaging 10-11 yards per catch as opposed to the 15-16 of pro-bowl WRers. Best comparison I can make is Greg Jennings without the big play ability. And that should be good enough for everyone except for Crabtree