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Comment 04 Jul 2015

Well, if Loving plays about 30 minutes a game and shoots >40% from 3-point range, it may create some buzz; at that point, he just needs someone to convince him that he's likely to be a late first round pick. I wouldn't bet the farm on that, but I'm just saying that stranger things have happened.

Also, it's not beyond the realm of possibility that JaQuan Lyle will play his way into being a one-and-done draft prospect.

Comment 03 Jul 2015

A tip of the "Woody" cap to you, sir!

Comment 30 Jun 2015

Saad - Johansen - Jenner

Ummm, isn't Jenner a C? That line has 1 LW and 2 C.

Comment 29 Jun 2015

Akron was 5-7 in 2014, which seems semi-respectable; however, according to sports-reference.com, the "Simple Rating System" ranked Akron 106th of 128 teams. So it appears that the Akron fans recognized that they probably had better ways to spend their time and money.

I'd say that they need to improve their on-field product, and also look at the peripherals (ticket prices, parking cost and availability, etc.)

I'm not sure that Terry Bowden is a great fit there; he's got a televangelist persona and no record of football success elsewhere.

Comment 22 Jun 2015

He's one of the best hitters ever, if not the best.

He may be the best ever at hitting singles.

But if you're saying that Rose was in the same echelon, as a hitter, with Ruth, Williams, Aaron, Bonds, Mays, A-Rod, [and a whole bunch of other great hitters] then I emphatically disagree.

The difficulty in asserting "best ever" status is that a hitter's numbers are greatly influenced by the era, and the ballparks, in which he played. Probably, the most straight-forward way to compare hitters, across eras, is to use the "OPS+" statistic; OPS+ is adjusted for the league average and ballpark; it puts the number in context. Rose's career OPS+ was 118, which leaves him tied for 413th, with other very good hitters like Don Baylor, Ken Griffey, Paul Konerko, Ted Simmons, and bunch of other guys.

Rose was a very good hitter, and his durability and longevity were truly remarkable. 

Comment 22 Jun 2015

What does the USGA do with Chambers Bay? 

Some ideas the USGA is considering:

  • Replace the poa annua / fescue mix, on the greens, with a blend of cabbage, kale, and broken glass.
  • Add a windmill in front of the hole on the 18th green.
  • Install a piston-driven system below several greens, that will randomly alter the pitch of the green every 7 seconds.

IMO, it's OK to build a links course, that resembles Carnoustie or whatever, in the U.S.; there are probably a lot of golfers on the west coast who are never going to get a chance to play in Britain, so this is their chance to experience that sort of golf. But I have no idea why the USGA feels the need to play the U.S. Open on one of these courses.  And, I wish that the focus, during a U.S. Open, was about the golfers, and not about the USGA's course set-up, the length of the rough, the condition of the greens, the pin placement, etc.

Comment 21 Jun 2015

Jeni's is fortunate that no one has become ill from the product. That fact will probably give them one more chance with the public. Certainly, their customer base is devoted.

After the first occurrence of listeria, a Dispatch article noted that Jeni's uses a lot of fresh ingredients from local farms, whereas a typical ice cream producer uses pasteurized syrups from third parties. The commitment to fresh ingredients complicates the quality control process.

Comment 19 Jun 2015

Indians' radio man Tom Hamilton told a story of shaking Jim Thome's dad's hand; said it was more like a paw.

Thome has 2 older brothers; they're just a bunch of big ol' Iowa farm boys, and Jim is apparently the runt of the litter. His size is due to genetics, not "supplements".

Comment 19 Jun 2015

fivethirtyeight.com has a model which forecasts a player's star/bust potential.

Of the top-tier prospects, Russell has the best odds of being a star, and the highest odds of being a bust; so he's the ultimate high-risk, high-reward guy in the draft (according to the model).

Notable: everybody is significantly more likely to be a bust than a star.

Also notable: not many B1G players in the Top 50. Hopefully, that means most of the good B1G talent returns for next year.

Comment 19 Jun 2015

Where have I seen that crazy face before? 

Oh, yeah, I remember:

Comment 15 Jun 2015

NFL DRAFT
Round 9 to the New Orleans Saints with the 218th pick of the 1970 draft.

The NFL draft was 17 rounds in those days. Though he was, apparently, not highly regarded by NFL scouts, Otis went on to a successful NFL career.. His best year was 1975, when he finished fourth in the NFL in rushing yards (1,076) and made the Pro Bowl. 

Comment 05 Jun 2015

I'm not convinced that the sun won't burn out first...

Comment 05 Jun 2015

Now THAT'S what I'm talkin' about!

Comment 05 Jun 2015

But team chemistry is for more than just the players.

Absolutely.