Down 2 in the 9th inning, would you rather Matt Carpenter lead off, or be one of the next two up? It’s an easy call, but there’s a misunderstanding that Carp’s success is a function of batting order, rather than–you know–elite skill. Continue reading RIDING SOLO
WILD adj uncontrolled or unrestrained, especially in pursuit of pleasure.
“The Cardinals are 4.5 games out of the wild card” is a true statement, but it’s not nearly as telling as “the Cardinals are one of 8 teams chasing wild card spots, and only the Nationals (5 GB) are further from the top.”
Buy or sell is a question that is asked second to:
What is the value of a wild card spot?
Free throw shooting is LeBron’s achilles heel, especially if you’re nervously contrasting him with Michael Jordan, who missed 1,400 free throws but none since 2003. Continue reading ANOTHER MISS
It’s illegal in Alabama to wear a fake mustache to church.
Like any law, you have to assume it came to be for a reason.
Like, some dude caused a stir wearing a fake mustache to church in Alabama.
The NFL’s “catch rule” has been seen as unnecessary too, or at least overcomplicated. Continue reading THERE’S A CATCH
UMBC’s offensive output for three of their 4 halves of Tournament play:
21 points on 35% shooting
53 points on 68% shooting
20 points on 29% shooting
23 points on 30% shooting Continue reading ONE GAME AND THE PERIODIC TABLE
The “opening round” of the NCAA Tournament should only be at-large teams–the ones we argue about after the Sunday night announcement of the field. Is there anyone who would prefer to watch Radford State against Radford Tech as opposed to Texas, Syracuse, Trae Young, et al? Besides, LIU-Brooklyn deserves to play on Thursday/Friday, in the real tournament. They *deserve* to get killed by Kansas. Let the worst eight at-larges –and probably Power 5s– play on prime time. I can’t believe it’s not the way it’s done.
How can teams who are sub-.500 in their own conference be eligible to be the National Champion? I get that Arizona State might be better than St. Mary’s or Nebraska, but are they more deserving? Wouldn’t the last two weeks of conference play have a much needed layer of suspense when decent teams like Louisville (9-9) and Notre Dame (8-10) are playing quasi-elimination games for tournament selection eligibility?
In any given year, an SEC football team that finishes 3-6 is arguably one of the top 30 teams in the country, but I’d hate to see them handed a spot in an expanded playoff. (Mississippi State was 4-4, and lost to Alabama by a touchdown.)
Think of the differing perceptions of the following unlikely scenarios:
Loyola of Chicago, 1st in The Valley, wins 6 in a row and is crowned champion.
Arizona State, 9th in the Pac-12 at 8-10, wins 6 in a row and is crowned champion.
The latter would stain the tournament, while the former would tickle your George Mason. (GMU was 15-3 in the Colonial that year, or put another way: deserving.)
NOTE: Can we, at the very least, stop saying that a team “got their ticket punched”?
“But Baker Mayfield’s teammates love him.”
Wait, college guys like a guy who’s really skilled, brash, grabs his crotch, and runs from police?
I bet his keg stands at the Lambba house are legendary too.
Is a 30 year-old lineman with a wife and two kids who plays CTE roulette every Sunday going to find a common bond with Mayfield too?
The guy plays a position that is in such short supply of
proficiency competency at the professional level that Kirk Cousins just made $84MM.
The QB wing at the Hall of Fame is occupied by far more saints than sinners.
Tell me, of the top-10 current NFL QBs, which one does Mayfield remind you of?
Matt Carpenter in 2017:
Leading off an inning: 253/392/424
All at-bats, regardless: 241/384/451
Runners in scoring postion: 253/433/516
Is that guy you want to hit with the bases empty?
Step 1: Have him lead off every 1st inning
Step 2: Have him bat after the Pitcher
Most houses are immobile, so their location most determines their price. So does the location of a baseball player most determine his value.
More than Matt Adams’ house-like mobility suggests the Cardinals haven’t the keenest sense of real estate in the Best Neighborhood In Baseball. Continue reading LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
The only debate as to this year’s NBA MVP is why are we debating at all? Continue reading BOARD STIFF
New college coaching hires often come with the proclamation of putting a fence around their state. Just make sure it’s not too high to peek over. Continue reading DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS
It’s July of 2017, and Joe Maddon is managing the NL All Stars in an effort to secure his 63-27 Cubs home field advantage in the World Series–just a year removed from losing to Cleveland in the fall classic. Continue reading STOP COUNTING