Dunn Picked Up
Pisses me off, since I still held out the slim hope that the Crew would have Dunn anchoring the out field. Alas.......
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.....the Brewers did nothing drastic this offseason to setup a run for Johan Santana at the All-Star break when the Twins are out of it? Then, they use the Sheets $$ to resign him for 2009?
For the Bucks, it was lonely picking last year on the road with only 10 total wins. While they were almost .500 at home they were 21 games under on the road. If this team wants to do any damange in the East they'll obviously have to improve there.
Even thought other people who hang out here have raved about Satellite Radio I have been stuck on the fence. Finally yesterday I got a Sirius unit one that can go from my Van to a boom box so I can use it pretty much anywhere I go.
Curt Schilling named Milwaukee as a place he would like to play next year. Schilling made the announcement on his website 38Pitches.
2 fifths of our starting line up is from the Pacific Rim so I think we can qualify as the United Nations team.
First I have to suffer seeing my number one manager man crush sign with the original Evil Empire today.
I just heard on the Radio and the MJS is also reporting that Former 82 team catcher Ted Simmons has joined Ned Yost's staff as his bench coach with Dale Sveum moving back to third base(is that a demotion for Sveum?)
As you can see the Template is still goofy it is mashing the two columns together and I cannot figure out why.
Yesterday I asked what these teams all had in common.
I have watched that play a bunch of times and it still has not sunk in. Well writers and bloggers spent all that time after the Washington game saying Favre was losing his deep ball strength. Well he goes to the thin air of Denver and turns into the Mad Bomber.
Don't worry; Ian Schwartz has you covered...
I had turned the game off in the middle of the 4th quarter since the play of the Packers was killing me and started playing Halo3.
These are just some of the things bouncing around my head right now. Feel free to take pot shots at 'em.
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I believe something has went wonky with blogger I did not change the template so I have no clue why the WSB looks like it does the side bar is totally fraked up
What do all these teams have in common
Finally some good baseball news.
Jsonline is reporting that Yi and Desmond Mason won the starting jobs.
I intend to have a Packers Monday Night Open thread tonight so if you are going to be around stop in and help us celebrate a Packers victory.
Hey Kevin Kennedy what do you have to say about his
Do Not Even Bring It Up!
One clip that all Packer fans hate is that clip of John Elway getting drilled as he barely scores a touchdown by "helicoptering" into the end zone in the Super Bowl. The reason we hate that clip is that it is the only memorable clip Elway has from that day, as he played an absolutely terrible game. If not for that stupid one-yard run that should have been given to Terrell Davis anyway, no one would even think that Elway contributed anything to that game, because he didn't.
1. Phil Simms, 1986, 150.9
2. Joe Montana, 1989, 147.6
3. Troy Aikman, 1992, 140.7
4. Steve Young, 1994, 134.8
5. Doug Williams, 1987, 127.9
6. Joe Montana, 1984, 127.2
7. Joe Montana, 1988, 115.2
8. Jake Delhomme, 1983, 113.6
9. Tom Brady, 2004, 110.2
10. Troy Aikman, 1995, 108.8
11. Brett Favre, 1996, 107.9
12. Jim McMahon, 1985, 104.2
13. Tom Brady, 2003, 100.5
14. Kurt Warner, 1999, 99.7
15. John Elway, 1998, 99.2
16. Jim Plunkett, 1983, 97.4
17. Jeff Hostetler, 1990, 93.5
18. Mark Rypien, 1991, 92.0
19. Brett Favre, 1997, 91.0
20. Tom Brady, 2001, 86.2
21. John Elway, 1986, 83.6
22. Peyton Manning, 2006, 81.6
23. Jim Kelly, 1990, 81.5
24. Trent Dilfer, 2000, 80.9
25. Brad Johnson, 2002, 79.9
26. Steve McNair, 1999, 77.8
27. Troy Aikman, 1993, 77.2
28. Donovan McNabb, 75.4
29. Joe Theismann, 1982, 75.1
30. Rex Grossman, 2006, 68.3
31. Matt Hasselbeck, 2005, 67.8
32. Jim Kelly, 1993, 67.1
33. Dan Marino, 1984, 66.9
34. Frank Reich, 1992, 60.4
35. Steve Grogam, 1985, 57.2
36. Stan Humphries, 1994. 56.1
37. John Elway, 1997, 51.9
38. Neil O’Donnell, 1995, 51.3
39. Rich Gannon, 2002, 48.9
40. Chris Chandler, 1998, 47.2
41. Drew Bledsoe, 1996, 46.6
42. Boomer Esiason, 1988, 461.
43. Joe Theismann, 1983, 45,3
44. Jim Kelly, 1991, 44.8
45. John Elway, 1987, 36.8
46. Ben Roethlisberger, 2005, 22.6
47. John Elway, 1989, 19.4
48. Kerry Collins, 2000, 7.1
You know, that guy had the 3 worst Super Bowl performances of the last quarter century. And he somehow managed to win one of those games.
After last week's 8-6 money-making performance, I'm now only 11 games under .500 at 42-53-8 (we won't talk about those over/unders). Guess I'm peaking just in time for the 2007 Weblog Awards (we'll know if the Bar is going to the finals later this week, and if it is, we really should have somebody lined up to go out to Vegas for Blogworld where the awards will be handed out Nov. 8-9). With that in mind, let's start making serious bank with this week's picks.
Greeting from the Wisconsin Dells(yes I am up here again my wife and kids love this place)I listened to most of the game on the Radio today since I was on the road a lot.
There's a post title I never thought I would write. Anyway, on the eve of the new season, the perpetually pissed off Wallace said, "This game ain't basketball anymore, it's entertainment. It's starting to get like the WWF. There ain't no real wrestling anymore either. It's all fake."
How do people pick which sports team they follow especially if they are in a area without a local pro team. ESK has been bemoaning how many members or Soxs Nation are Johnny come lately bandwagon types just going with the current winning team.
About 1 minute ago, as of the time of this post, I made it on the call-in to JT The Brick.
I have one addition on Braun's fielding stats. The Hardball Times has a pretty decent stat package for all of you numbers guys out there. Frankly, I prefer to stick to my baseball card stats, but that's because I was a 'C' student in my college stats class. Anyway, Braun's THT stats are here. His fielding Win Shares, the number Paul discussed below, was 1.5, which means his defense contributed to about a half a win. And as for his fielding, disregarding things like range, reflexes, etc., it really was his arm that dragged him down. Of his 25 errors, 16 were throwing errors. I think 9 fielding errors is acceptable for a rookie who recently converted from short to third. The throwing errors are unacceptable, though. Throwing problems can be one of the easiest things to correct or one of the hardest things to correct. If it is a comfort thing for Braun, they might be able to take care of it with a lot throwing reps from third. If it is a mechanical or a mental thing, then it might not be easily fixed and they may be forced to move him to the outfield.
TBL is noticing the Red Soxs Backlash
This is in response to some questions in the Braun post below. Advanced fielding stats are still more of an art than a science, but they can give you some insight.
Then, there was Colorado's rookie shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who may single-handedly change the game of baseball. According to Win Share stats—invented by Bill James to capture a player's value by translating performance during each play into a share of the team's success or failure—the shortstop contributed about 3.5 wins to the Rockies based on his glovework alone. (Tulowitzki earned 10.9 Win Shares from his fielding. Each Win Share is worth one-third of a team win.)* The second-best fielder in either league had a relatively paltry seven and a half. Tulowitzki has excellent range (he was responsible for a position-leading 87 outs that were outside his zone this year), a bazooka arm (his 561 assists led the majors), and phenomenal quickness. No shortstop in baseball turned more double plays.
Defense, as listed in a player's PECOTA card, provides the player's number of defensive games played, primary position, and fielding runs above average (FRAA) with a given team in a given season.
Although only a player's primary defensive position is listed on a player's PECOTA card, the system considers his performance at secondary positions as well in making its forecasts.
Marquette starts off the season ranked 13 in the ESPN/USAToday poll can you say over rated.
I decided to take a break from Halo 3 and decided to ignore the World Series by trying to learn how to play Limit Omaha style poker.
Boy, am I glad I watched the World Series last night. I learned this minutae of baseball from Tim McCarver.
Braun sucks at defense. He just does. And he will probably not get much better.
And Up Yours, you rim job giving prick.
A Ben(not our Benjamin our Ben is not a asshole dick like this Ben)
Well four games left for the Badger football team. Starting Saturday the Badgers have two choices, to play out the string and with luck go 2-2 or get on a roll and some how run the table going 4-0 or even 3-1 a win over either Michigan or Ohio State could salvage some of the luster on this season.
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Since I have slowly been making video games a subsection of the WSB I thought I would share this.
Is their season ticket base so small they actually had 50,000 tickets left to sell online for 3 world series games.
I'll admit it. I'm a little jealous. I made the three and a half hour drive up to my hometown of Chippewa Falls this past weekend, and I saw this on the marquee of the town's movie theater:
The Don Nelson Milwaukee Bucks they always had such a tough row to hoe.
The KSK Guide To Being An Insufferable A--Hole S--thead F--kface Fan Of Boston-Area Sports Teams
I'm sitting here right now watching a "Brewers Classic" that I had Tivo'd last winter. It is the 1987 Easter Sunday game. In the first inning, Mike Birkbeck strikes out Scott Fletcher on a called third strike. Fletcher went ape shit. The umpire barely flinched, and Fletcher quickly went to the bench. Now think back on this past season, with umpires following Prince Fielder not once but twice after much more tame words from the Prince. One of the times the ump managed to pick a fight with Fielder, one of the times not. This new umpire is a disgrace. They make themselves part of the game, not just arbiters of the games. By doing so, they become an influence on a team's entire season. It could be argued that they helped ruin San Diego's, and it could also be argued that they cost the Brewers a shot at the post season. I'm not one to criticize Bud Selig the commissioner much, but his office does need to reign the umps back in, and this off season would be a good time to start.
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La Russa signs a new 2 year deal to stay with the Red Birds.
Man I am glad I did not waste my time watching game 7 of the ACLS so instead of watching the Indians choke away the World Series to the Evil Empire Lite. I played team slayer on Xbox Live a much more pleasurable way for me personally to waste a couple of hours.
ESPN 950am in Philly
Wisconsin's victory over the powerful Northern Tool and Equipment football team has propelled the Badgers back into the the top 25 at least in the USA Today poll.
Tom Haudricourt has a post over at the MJS Brewers Blog which sheds some light on the trails of Brewers Catcher Johnny(I have a piano on my back)Estrada.
The Suck Ass Philadelphia Eagles just allowed the Chicago Bears to drive 97 yards in under 2 minutes. Oh did I mention the Bears were out of times outs.
Because the all end up being lies.
Wisconsin beats Northern Illinois 44-3 in a glorified scrimmage game up at Camp Randall.
After the first over-.500 week of the season, I'm still scuffling along with a 34-47-6 record against the line, and my first loss against the over-unders puts me at 10-1-1 in that department. Treat your man like Home Depot during a fire sale on lumber with these nose picks:
Because I just do not feel like hearing 4 hours of 2004 references and reminders every other pitch that only the Boston Red Soxs have ever come back from being down 3 games in the ALCS. To be honest if Boston wins I probably will not watch a inning of the World Series because that is all you are going to hear about is 2004 and that come back.
Former Packer great Max McGee died this afternoon when he fell while blowing leaves off his roof.
It's quiet and I've mowed the lawn for the last time in 2007. Here's a couple of thoughts:
WSAW: “Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema says his team may have run into trouble by focusing too much on the ultimate goal at the end of the season.”I assume Bret means HE may have run into trouble by focusing too much on the ultimate goal at the end of the season. There is probably a name for the tendency to ascribe to others the things we think about ourselves. Today’s the test of if this team moves ahead or devolve into head cases.
MLB boon continues as revenues top $6 billion mark
AKA The Weekend of the byes.
Upon further review... I've corrected the number to accurately reflect the points i wanted to make
The Badger Hockey games will be on the radio on ESPN 1510am and their night time station 1290 at night.
Who can really afford him?
Since one of the other things we talk a lot about here is video games I thought I would share this since I know Paul and ESK "pray" at this alter. I am guessing there might be others.
" Michael Flowers, one of the most important players returning to the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team, has decided to take a temporary leave of absence for medical reasons, coach Bo Ryan announced Thursday evening."
Last night I turned off my Xbox360(Halo3 slayer matches are like crack) just in time to go to bed and catch the top of the 9th inning of the ALCS game.
Due to me being really really ticked off I am going to keep this short and to the point. Today Iman Shumpert, Marquette's number one priority for the 2008 class and a five start recruit, commited to Georgia Tech. This came as a surprise to many MU fans after it seemed we had done everything within our power to bring Iman here, pulling off all the stops on his official visit to campus. The visit also happened to be the day Dwyane Wade showed up for the annual Marquette Madness (But thats another story). I think it comes down to Iman wanting playing time now, something we obviously couldn't give due to the three amigos. Also Georgia Tech often is seen as a one and done school as a good lift to the NBA. I won't pretend like this didn't really really really hurt, this commitment could have brought MU into the next level of recruiters but it just didnt seem to be. Seeing as i am way to pissed off right now to report on anything else i guess ill leave all other MU related news to a later date. Right now i just need some time to cool off.
Really, really, really bad:
And so we have agreement from two systems, with radically different approaches, that Braun was one of the very worst defensive players in baseball in 2007.
I don’t have Braun’s rating in my favorite third-gen metric, UZR, but here’s what Mitchel Lichtman had to say about him:
Braun would certainly be the worst [third baseman], if he qualified. Even using zero UZR to make up the games he “missed” he is still probably the worst. That is a shame since he is such a good hitter, and his poor defense takes most (75% or so) of his hitting value away.
Making a few inferences from Mitchel’s statements, this would imply that Braun’s UZR falls somewhere between Miguel Cabrera’s -28, and 75% of his 2007 VORP, which works out to -43. So here again, Braun ranks as one of the worst four or five defensive players in baseball, challenged only by Pat Burrell’s -34, Manny Ramirez’ -33, and Raul Ibanez‘ -30. By consensus view, Braun was probably the very worst defensive player in baseball in 2007; the only real competitors for the title might be Ramirez, and perhaps Burrell.