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Kevin Borseth, the Michigan Women's basketball coach, was a bit "frustrated" after his team blew an 18-point lead and lost to Wisconsin by 2. Classic.
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Kevin Borseth, the Michigan Women's basketball coach, was a bit "frustrated" after his team blew an 18-point lead and lost to Wisconsin by 2. Classic.
From our "Even a blind squirrel finds a nut" file
UW Badgers: Brian Butch led all scorers with 16 points shooting 5-for-10 from the field, including 4-of-6 from behind the arc. Trevon Hughes chipped in 13 points and four assists while Michael Flowers had nine points. … The Badgers set a new single-game program record by only committing one turnover.Senior Brian Butch wants a Championship and the way this team has come together they may well get one, or two or three.
The Packers have just traded Cory Williams to the Cleveland Browns for a 2nd round pick.
The Brewers won 7-1 over the Athletics today. Braun hit a bomb and Hall had a nice diving catch in the hole. Since they scored 5 runs you can go to George Webb's and get 6 hamburgers for $5.
Damn I love baseball. It makes me so damn happy to listen to the games again.
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For four minutes, the Green Bay Packers' web site listed a "Favre to Retire" page saying the Packers quarterback of 17 years was calling it a career.
The Sporting News states it was up for that short time, then it was gone.
A Packers spokesman tells Newsradio 620 WTMJ the posting should give fans no reason to believe it's actually going to happen.
Well This will be the last time Wisconsin plays a ranked team for the rest of the regular season. This is a huge game as Wisconsin is in the middle of a 3 way battle for the Big Ten Regular season title. Right now it is Wisconsin vs. the Indiana teams.
The Brewers will take on the Oakland A's today at 2:05pm CT. The game audio will be broadcast on MLB Game Day Audio so if you have a MLB Audio or TV account you can listen to the game.
Well I now have a WSB league set up for you guys. I was able to renew the same league that we had last year with some minor tweaking. Some of you should have received an email about it if you were in last years league, that is if it worked properly. If anyone wants to join click here. If you don't want to join then click here. If anyone has suggestions you can still throw them out.
The Does, sorry The Suck Ass Does have won three of four games since the NBA All-Star Break. All three wins have come against good top flight teams, they have beaten Denver Detroit and Cleveland but they did have one terrible crushing loss at the hands of the Pistons.
I'm watching Major League on TIVO before heading to bed tonight, and I'm curious-did any of you out there go to County Stadium for the filming of the movie? If so, tell us what it was like in the comments.
Just saw this across the ESPN crawl line, but Jerry Jones doesn't think there will be enough votes to keep the current labor agreement. If this does happen there would no longer be a salary cap and according to Gene Upshaw, "once there is an uncapped year, a salary cap would never return."
Tony Bennett: One trend I’ve noticed since Sampson’s resignation on Friday is the amount of media attention being given to Tony Bennett of Washington State. Pat Forde of ESPN.com called Bennett the best candidate almost immediately after Sampson stepped down. … He’s proven he can recruit. As an assistant at Wisconsin, he helped bring in Alando Tucker, Kirk Penny, Devin Harris and Brian Butch. He’s also just 38 years of age which means he could be a long term solution, unlike Kelvin Sampson.
It's that time of year again, time for me to totally suck at fantasy baseball. Anyways I'm gonna set up a league again this year. I would like a head-to-head league and Chris would like a rotisserie league so I'm gonna ask all of you. What type of league do you want? What categories do you want? Do you want a regular sort of league or something funky like a homer-only league. Let me know your preferences and I will set something up. I'm thinking of a preliminary draft date of 3/19, the Wednesday between the play-in game and the 1st round of the tourney.
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The new rankings are out and Tennessee is the new number one team in the land as it should be.
Since it is spring training time (games start on Thursday) and many of the bartenders/customers like their stats so much, I thought that I would share one hell of an anomaly with you all...
Stan Musial collected 3,630 MLB hits. Of which exactly half were hit at home and half on the road.
Recently, there have been discussions as to the Brewers signing their core (Fielder, Braun, Hart, Hardy, Weeks) to long term deals. I like the fact that Mark A seems to be proactive in this discussion rather than saying we're a small market team so we'll just have to move on.
A blogger at Flotsam Media came up with teh most awesomely fantastic stat since VORP. It's called "GRIT".
After Tim McCarver’s month-long David Eckstein sploogefest that was October 2006, a serious investigation into 'grit' was long overdue. Despite the penchant of sportswriters and broadcasters to throw the term around willy-nilly, I was hard-pressed to locate a firm definition of grit in the baseball sense. Using lots of laptop science stuff, I think I’ve improved the definition, which isn’t really saying much, since there wasn’t one to begin with.
First, some definitions to help us focus in on what exactly this 'grit' stuff is.
1. Containing, covered with, or resembling grit.
2. Showing resolution and fortitude; plucky: Biggio’s gritty 12-pitch at-bat ultimately resulted in a routine 6-3 groundout.
In keeping with those definitions I’m proposing a new composite statistic: General Requirements of Intangible Talent (GRIT). GRIT incorporates four basic components: dirt, determination, talent, and opportunity.
The Dirt Formula
HBP: A hit batter produce minimal gains (one base) with relatively high costs in terms of potential bodily injury. The official colors of gritty players may well be black and blue. And red. And maybe some brown with a little purple and some yellow around the edges, depending on the severity of the bruising.
IBB: Next to home runs, intentional walks are probably the most anti-gritty statistic. Intentional walks are indicative that a player has so much talent that the pitcher would rather give him first base than risk an extra-base hit. Gritty players have to earn every base through hard-knocks, moxie, and a heaping helping of some good ol’ fashioned hustle.
CS/SB stuff (SBINEFF): This is a statistic I call Stolen Base Inefficiency (SBINEFF). This looks for players who like to attempt lots of steals but are largely unsuccessful. Stealing bases produces minimal gains (one base) but comes with greater potential costs by raising the likelihood of being thrown out. Base-stealers (successful or not) also have dirty uniforms from sliding.
DID YOU KNOW: Harold Reynolds holds the single-season record for SBINEFF with a stunning 13.385? Harold’s 1988 season saw him tally 35 steals while being caught 29 times. He broke the record set by Will Clark (13.304) during the previous season when Mr. Eyeblack went 5 for 22 on steal attempts. WOW!
I really only get see Marquette play when they're on national TV, and if memory serves, these games have not been kind to Marquette this year. They're on the road against a tough Villanova team tonight at 6:00 on ESPN. Villanova has been hot lately, recently putting an end to UCONN's 10 game winning streak.
There is considerable internet buzz buzzing around the internets about a recent urinal blog post:
one of the most interesting of possible orders would have Ryan Braun batting second, a pitcher batting eighth and catcher Jason Kendall batting ninth. This idea isn't set yet, and it may not ever be used. It is just one of a flurry of ideas whizzing around inside the skipper's head. St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has done this some during the last few seasons.
Yost's reasoning is that he wants Braun to have more plate apperances, but still be able to have guys on in front of him. So with Kendall's ability to see pitches and get on base, it would essentially translate to Braun still batting third while racking up about 40 more plate appearances, as stats show. In this lineup, Prince Fielder would bat third in the order, but it would be like having him in the clean-up slot.
According to the baseballmusings.com lineup analysis tool, 9th is the best spot for Kendall. A little more surprising however, is how the rest of the lineup shakes out:
Weeks|Fielder|Cameron|Braun|Hart|Hall|Hardy|Pitcher|KendallIf Yost really wants to be known as a "outside the box" guy...use that lineup. It is worth noting, that in 7 of the top 10 lineups generated by that tool, Prince hits second, and in every lineup where the Crew scores more than 5.2 runs per game, Weeks is leading off.
A quick gymnastics report, my son got back on track this weekend winning the All-Around at the Scamps invitational down in Kenosha.
With their win over OSU in Columbus yesterday the Badgers ensured they will move closer to the top 5 when todays poll comes out.
This is not your blog you get no say on what I/We say or post here. If you do not like that then do not fucking read the blog. After 3 years of blogging I am just tired of assholes like you you snipe but leave no email address. If you think you can do better please feel free to start your own blog blogger is free and pretty easy to use.
Tom Oates: The toughest thing to do in college men's basketball is to win on the road, and no team in the Big Ten Conference has won more impressively on the road this season than the University of Wisconsin. … With a 6-1 Big Ten road record entering Sunday's must-win game at Ohio State, UW has tied a 94-year-old school record for most conference road wins in a season.
Since the sports season is down, Jimmy Buffet has been on the posts, and we have all offended Chris (Chris never meant to offend, my apologies), I have a question for you blues guys out there....
Kelvin Sampson and Indiana have reached a $750,000 settlement for the coach and school to split. Assistant coach Dan Dakich will be named the interim coach. A presser will be held later on tonight.
I hate nothing worse than Gopher hockey. I think that is well established. The feeling runs constant throughout my family. A cousin in my very large family went to goofer u and has since been excommunicated and currently resides in South Korea. He is no longer welcome at family events.
Check out Bill Simmons' column of trades that should happen.
I don't care what anyone says, this is not a good thing:
Try this: Prince Fielder is a vegetarian.
That 6-foot, 260-pound build is powered by wheatgrass, soy and tofu nowadays. No meat. Not even fish.
It wasn't always this way. Fielder used to enjoy a stacked burger or a juicy steak as much as any carnivore, but a few weeks ago he received a book from his wife, Chanel, that changed his outlook on what he puts in his massive frame. The book described how certain animals are treated and slaughtered for food.
The youngest player to hit 50 home runs in a season was grossed out, so much so that he made his last meaty meal a salmon filet before quitting the animal game on Feb. 3. He has even dabbled in a vegan lifestyle but admits that might be pushing things a little.
"After reading that, (meat) just didn't sound good to me anymore," Fielder said. "It grossed me out a little bit. It's not a diet thing or anything like that. I don't miss it at all."
Ryan Howard won his $10 million arbitration case. This is bad news to the Brewers because another left handed first baseman is up for Arbitration next year. And Boras will surely use this in his case.
If you're interested in catching any games at Wrigley this year, single-game tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10:00 AM, here.
the Royals want to switch to the National League and the Brewers want to return to the American League.
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How's this for junk science - even with three Gold Gloves, Yankees captain Derek Jeter has been labeled the worst fielding shortstop in baseball.
But the numbers prove it, researchers at the University of
Pennsylvania said yesterday at a meeting of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science, in (of course) Boston.
The NY Post then goes on to interview random fans on the street...about complex statistical reports. Wow. How long til someone mentions "clutch?"
But New Yorkers scoffed at the notion.
"I don't know what they're smoking down at Penn," said Yankees fan Mike
Birch, 32. "That's preposterous. I completely disagree. Jeter's a clutch player."
"It's ridiculous," said fan Jay Ricker, 22. "Jeter is all-around awesome. He's better than A-Rod
any day. Character has a lot to do with it. He's out there for his
teammates, not just himself. He does it for the good of the team.
That's the kind of guy you want on the field."
Character now has something to do with range? Are you kidding me?
My favorite quotes come from Derek Jeter, who clearly has never heard of regression analysis:
"Maybe it was a computer glitch," the three-time Gold Glove winnerI'm Derek Jeter, regression analysis sounds like some disgusting German sex act.
said of the report. But Jeter just didn't laugh this one off. He
defended himself, saying, "Every [shortstop] doesn't stay in the same
spot, everyone doesn't have the same pitching. Everyone doesn't have
the same hitters running, it's impossible to do that." Jeter, 33, pointed out you can get the exact same ground ball
off the exact same pitcher and there could be an average runner or
there could be Ichiro running. "How can you compute that?" he asked. You can't.
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Just so you all know, the Brewers signed Rob Deer wannabe Russell Branyon to a minor league deal.
I read this the other day and, for reasons that only make sense to me, I was extremely surprised.
When it came time for some early workouts before players reported to camp, Hall had to borrow a glove from shortstop J.J. Hardy, who keeps them in bunches. Hall had his own sleek black Nike glove when he reported yesterday and took grounders with the rest of the infield.
But I noticed something different during that session: Second baseman Rickie Weeks had gone form his navy blue and black Wilson glove to a light tan Rawlings. The pocket and size of the glove were different than Weeks has always used. Come to find out, his new gloves had not come in yet and, again, J.J. was the guy with the answer.
Why was I surprised by this? Well, because I'm apparently a gloveaholic, a.k.a. a glove whore. I am but a mere beer league softball player, yet I have a broken in outfield/infield glove, a broken in infield glove, a partially broken in back up outfield glove, a brand new first baseman's mitt, a broken in back up first baseman's mitt that needs to be restrung, and an emergency back up infield/outfield glove. I always thought that a major league ball player would at least have a broken in main glove for their position, a back up for their position, and a broken in glove that they could use if forced into a new position. I guess I was wrong
the WSJ is reporting that the Bubba Franks era in Green Bay is over.
Sorry I have not been around all day I was helping a friend hang sheet rock in his garage all day, lets just say getting old and fat sucks I can barely lift my arms to the key board. ;)
Chris and i have gone round on this. Chris thinks NASCAR is the best. I'll grant it is the superior product. But i don't think it is the superior form of the sport. That i believe belongs to open wheel. However, now that NASCAR is using the common COT formula i believe NASCAR is approaching open wheel, especially IRL.
How do you know?
Does this remind anyone of anything?
Houston Astros right fielder Hunter Pence crashed through a sliding glass door in the bathroom of his spring training home, leaving him with multiple cuts that will sideline him for a week.
Chris asked me to move certain portions of a comment up into a post, but the single best thing you can do to get a feel for what's important and what's not is to read the FireJoeMorgan Glossary. It's written in accesible fashion, it's funny, and it's informative. Here's OPS+:
Anytime you see a “+” sign in front of a stat, it means that the stat has been adjusted for the specific season(s) to which that stat applies. OPS+, for example, is simply OPS measured against the league average OPS for that year/years, and adjusted for park factors (see below). 100 is defined as average. So, an OPS+ of 115 means that the player in question was 15% better than the average player who played in his league during the time he played. It’s a quick and dirty way of comparing hitters on a level playing field, because it accounts, obviously, for the general offensive trends that mark baseball history. In 1968, Carl Yastrzemski hit 23 HR and had a .922 OPS, which is very good. But his OPS+ was 171, which is excellent, because offense league-wide in 1968 was hard to come by. For contrast, Mark McGwire hit 65 HR in 1999, but his OPS+ was “only” 178, because the whole world was juicing balls into the stratosphere that year, so compared to his peers McGwire was roughly the same amount as awesome as Yaz was when he hit only 23 in ’68.
Derrek Lee was also the 2005 OPS+ champ at 177. Pronk was your AL champ at 170. To give a little more cross generational perspective, your career OPS+ leaders are: (1) Babe Ruth (207); (2) Theodore Ballgame (190); (3) Barrold Bonds (184). Those guys were all really good at baseball.
Park-Adjusted or Park Factors
Baseball is a funny sport where human men play on fields that aren't all exactly the same. That's why it may not always be useful to compare raw statistics accrued in vastly different spaces. Say you have 16 HR and I have 1000 HR. I am a better hitter, right? Well, maybe not. Because you play for the Mariners in spacious SafeCo Field, and I play for the InterGlobal Moon Pirates, and we play in the MoonCo Moonadium, where there is no gravity, and so every ball hit into the air is a home run. You are probably a better hitter than me. Park-adjusted stats will help us figure that out.
It is important to look at things like Park Factors if you are a GM, because if you don’t you will trade for the entire Colorado Rockies offense and then they will come to your stadium and stink it up because their numbers were artificially inflated at Coors Field, and you’ll be like, “What the hell?!” and they’ll be like, “I don’t know, dude – we were awesome at Coors!” and you’ll be like “Ugh! I forgot to include Park Factors in my analysis!!!!!!!” And who wants that?
There are different ways to calculate Park Factors. According to ESPN, Coors Field was furthest on the Hitters’ Park end of the spectrum, while PETCO Park anchored the Pitchers’ Park side. Sounds about right to us. (Park Factors also vary from year to year more than you might think.)
1. The only stat that matters. The only way to pick a Cy Young winner. The thing Billy Beane can't get in the playoffs, no matter how many fancy computers he hires to play baseball for him.
2. A simply awful pitching statistic that should be swallowed up by the earth itself, personified, given ears, and forced to listen to a tape loop of Bermanisms for all of eternity. The reason being – and again, you know this, intuitively, even if you have never quite expressed it to yourself – if Carl Pavano gives up nineteen runs in five innings but the Yankees score 20 runs, and they hold on to win, and Pavano gets the win, is Pavano a good pitcher? No he is not. (This scenario is assuming he ever comes back and actually pitches, btw.) If Francisco Liriano throws 9 innings of no-hit ball, but gives up a run on four consecutive errors by Terry Tiffey and gets a loss, is Francisco Liriano a bad pitcher? No he is not. Wins stink to high heaven as a way to value pitchers because they are in very large part dependent on the actions of the other guys on the team.
Of course, according to Joe Morgan, "Wins and losses are how you measure pitchers" (Baseball For Dummies, p. 289).
Dontrelle Willis led all pitchers with 22 Wins last year. Good for him. And, obviously, there were about 140 pitchers who tied for last with zero wins.
At winning the Regular Season Big Ten Title they need a win tonight.
The HD-DVD war that is.
Jay Jaffe writes in the Brewers Team Health Report:
No sooner was I set to tie a bow around this THR and send it to our editors than the news broke that Gallardo would undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, something which will knock him out of action for a month. While this is a minor surgical procedure, the real danger is if his return compromises his mechanics, along the lines of Kerry Wood in 2006. Assuming Gallardo's not rushed back and doesn't encounter any mechanical hiccups, the injury may actually help by moderating his workload. Prior to the knee problem, Gallardo already turned up red; between Nashville and Milwaukee, he threw 188 combined innings last year, the highest total among 21-year-olds in organized baseball this side of Felix Hernandez. Intuitively, the Rule of 30 would suggest he's got headroom to maintain or slightly increase his workload without excessive risk, but the hitch is that the Rule of 30 is based on major league innings, not a combination of major and minor league innings. Even using the Davenport Translations or a similar adjustment, those minor league frames just don't bear the same predictable relationship to risk as the major league ones, all of which means that the risks increase for Gallardo beyond 140 big-league innings--a cap that suddenly doesn't look too far out of line when you factor in some extended training and minor-league rehab.
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Good news everyone, some bars are getting opening day tickets. Bad news everyone, the tickets are going very fast. Today was the day that things finally got going on the opening day ticket front. Emails went out today to people who won or lost (I lost) the lottery to buy tickets straight from the team. I'm guessing that after that they allotted a certain number to the bars.
Buying what you thought was a Chocolate Chip Cookie at the Deli and getting home and finding out it is a fucking Raisin Cookie
Because Uncle Chris likes you all so much I am going to share with the group
Accoring to ESPN radio 1510, all of the Brewers starting position players are present at camp regardless of the fact they were not required to report until Friday.
The New Coaches Poll is out Wisconsin did even better than I hoped jumping back to number 10.
I got an email of mine read on the air on ESPN AM540 today and the result was Dan Needles telling me I could bite him lol.
BP's projected records are now available here.
Another good weeks for Wisconsin they win at the buzzer at IU and TCB at home against the Minnesota.
I as sit here listening to Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones, I am trying to figure out how I feel about yesterdays Daytona 500.
AKA Hmmm I might finally have a reason to buy a PS3.
Yovani Gallardo is going to have arthroscopic surgery on his knee and miss 4 weeks, he will probably then start the season on the DL. I hope I don't have to burn my gray Gallardo jersey I just got from my buddy for being in his wedding.
Scary game yesterday until the last 6 minutes when the Badger were able to find some breathing room and hold off a very scrappy Minnesota team for another home win.
If you are a DirecTV subscriber just a reminder that for the Daytona 500 you can try Hot Pass out for free. I believe they will have the HD feed this year, that was one of my biggest bitches about HP last season was you had to give up watching in HD to use it.
The Brewers pitchers and catchers report today
Wisconsin looks to complete the season sweep of another Big Ten(plus one) rival this afternoon. They take the Golden Groundhogs of Minnesota today at the Pit of Despair(unless you are Purdue) 1pm CT. Unfortunately it is a BTN game, but there is a silver lining since the suck as Does are off for the NBA All star weekend you can listen to the game on the flag ship station AM620 in SE Wisconsin.
Tom H. over at the MJS Blog is reporting that the Brewers and Short Stop J.J. Hardy have reached a one year deal and avoid arbitration.
Adam over at the Brewers MLB.com site has a story on how parking for games like Opening day is going to be very expensive and with more and more sell outs it will be harder and harder to arrive late at a game and find a place to park.
Revisions/extensions part 2 (8:45 am 2/15/2008) - The US Attorney’s office screwed up in its initial filing; it was in November 2000, not November 2001. Reuters notes that they will be making an amended filing today in the linked story.
The allegation came in a legal filing in his steroid perjury case that referred to Bonds' long-time trainer, Greg Anderson.
"At trial, the government's evidence will show that Bonds received steroids from Anderson in the period before the November 2001 positive drug test, and that evidence raises the inference that Anderson gave Bonds the steroids that caused him to test positive in November 2001," U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello wrote.
That's apparently the motto the Milwaukee Bucks have employed.
Tom Friend over at ESPN the Mag has a great story on the relationship between Tony Gwynn Jr and Trevor Hoffman and how surreal it was that he basically destroyed the Padres run to the playoffs.
In honor of Congress wasting our time and tax dollars with more Baseball HGH hearings
Last nights dramatic win over IU marked the end of the third quarter of the Big Ten Season for the Badgers. I did not see the game even though I get BTN my notebook is having driver/monitor issue, I am actually writing this on my backup/kids notebook and maybe for a week or so. So I will leave you to read the papers to see what happen.
For those of you without the Big Ten Network, you missed a beauty. Jason Bohannon had 18 points on 6 threes, and Brain Butch won the game on a banked three with just seconds remaining. It was a tournament atmosphere and both teams left it all on the floor.
Inside the Hall: I’m all for due process folks, but it seems we’re beyond that point now. Don’t be shocked if swift action comes out of Bloomington (and rightfully so) sooner rather than later.
Among the student-athletes mentioned in the report: Devin Ebanks, Derek Elston, Yancey Gates (Cincinnati), Evan Turner (Ohio State), Demetri McCamey (Illinois), Markieff Morris (Kansas), Marcus Morris (Kansas), Kenny Frease (Xavier), Dejuan Blair (Pittsburgh), Bud Mackey, Phillip Jurick (Tennessee), Robbie Hummel (Purdue), Scott Martin (Purdue) and William Buford (Ohio State).