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Re: Awesome statements from the sports world

Postby The Suburban Avenger » Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:36 pm

Mulligan wrote:Joe Posnanski takes one of our local deep thinkers to task ...

*I don't know if you ran across this column by Hall of Fame voter Pat Caputo, but I bring it up because in it he says he will leave Craig Biggio off his ballot because … well, I had a hard time coming to grips with his precise reasoning. I'll quote what seems to be the key paragraph:

"Biggio is far less suspected [than teammate Jeff Bagwell] because of his smaller frame, but he was on those [Houston] teams and reportedly close to those players [admitted PED users Ken Caminiti and Andy Pettitte and suspected user Roger Clemens], and his power numbers did suddenly and magically rise at one point of his career (not just home runs but doubles) and before the Astros moved into a more hitter's friendly ball park. Again, I am very skeptical about there being any 'magic' involved."

OK, a few things. Biggio's "jump" in doubles and homers happened between 1992 to 1993, more than a decade before Roger Clemens or Andy Pettitte came to Houston, and two or three years before Ken Caminit's power surge and the time when he admitted using steroids. So that bit of logic seems just a little bit specious. It also happened when he turned 27, which is precisely when A LOT of people make a big power jump -- George Sisler, Buddy Bell, Al Simmons, Joe Rudi, Stan Musial (From 19 to 39 homers? What's up?), Brooks Robinson, etc.

But perhaps more to the point: Do you know who else played with Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens? Yeah. Derek Jeter. And he also played with Jason Giambi. And he also played with Alex Rodriguez. And he also played with Gary Sheffield. Hmm. And between 1997 and 1999, his home runs more than doubled, his slugging percentage was 150 points higher, very interesting, very interesting indeed ...

… or no. Actually not interesting. At all. Terrible. Shameful. Not interesting. Look: If you don't want to vote for Craig Biggio, don't vote for him. If you don't want to vote for him because you suspect him of something that you have absolutely no proof, hey, it's your vote, and you have a right to cast it your way as long as you have it. But to publicly charge someone with something without even the slightly bit of evidence beyond counterfeit timelines and amateurish statistical analysis should be beneath a Hall of Fame voter … or anyone else.


http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/40513908/


It's downright delightful to watch all the writers who have HOF votes heap scorn on the same players they praised for saving the game in the late 1990s.
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Re: Awesome statements from the sports world

Postby Ansel Rakestraw » Tue Dec 11, 2012 2:36 pm

There is a reason why I like my fantasy football league being run through Yahoo. Their game recaps makes you feel awesome if you win.

Playoffs: Ghost of 57 Beats the Pants Off Papasoccio All Stars
Ghost of 57 (8-6) 130
Papasoccio All Stars (7-7) 87

Ghost of 57 registered the fifth-highest point total in the league (regular season + playoffs), crushing Papasoccio All Stars 130 - 87. It was the fourth blowout win of the year for Ghost of 57. This beating came when it counted, serving as revenge for a Week 8 105 - 70 waxing by Papasoccio All Stars.


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Re: Awesome statements from the sports world

Postby The Ghosts of 1957 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:29 am

Ansel Rakestraw wrote:There is a reason why I like my fantasy football league being run through Yahoo. Their game recaps makes you feel awesome if you win.

Playoffs: Ghost of 57 Beats the Pants Off Papasoccio All Stars
Ghost of 57 (8-6) 130
Papasoccio All Stars (7-7) 87

Ghost of 57 registered the fifth-highest point total in the league (regular season + playoffs), crushing Papasoccio All Stars 130 - 87. It was the fourth blowout win of the year for Ghost of 57. This beating came when it counted, serving as revenge for a Week 8 105 - 70 waxing by Papasoccio All Stars.


And yes, I totally stole the user name from Hot Fudge.


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Re: Awesome statements from the sports world

Postby Mulligan » Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:58 am

Ansel Rakestraw wrote:There is a reason why I like my fantasy football league being run through Yahoo. Their game recaps makes you feel awesome if you win.

Playoffs: Ghost of 57 Beats the Pants Off Papasoccio All Stars
Ghost of 57 (8-6) 130
Papasoccio All Stars (7-7) 87

Ghost of 57 registered the fifth-highest point total in the league (regular season + playoffs), crushing Papasoccio All Stars 130 - 87. It was the fourth blowout win of the year for Ghost of 57. This beating came when it counted, serving as revenge for a Week 8 105 - 70 waxing by Papasoccio All Stars.


And yes, I totally stole the user name from Hot Fudge.


We've used Yahoo for our family league for seven years and until I read your post I didn't know about the recaps. And I'm the commissioner! Obviously I'm not very observant.

My favorite nugget from the recap of my playoff loss this week:

* Five of the seven losses for Mulligan this season have come when their opponent had their highest-scoring week of the season.

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Re: Awesome statements from the sports world

Postby Ansel Rakestraw » Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:24 pm

The Ghosts of 1957 wrote:
Ansel Rakestraw wrote:There is a reason why I like my fantasy football league being run through Yahoo. Their game recaps makes you feel awesome if you win.

Playoffs: Ghost of 57 Beats the Pants Off Papasoccio All Stars
Ghost of 57 (8-6) 130
Papasoccio All Stars (7-7) 87

Ghost of 57 registered the fifth-highest point total in the league (regular season + playoffs), crushing Papasoccio All Stars 130 - 87. It was the fourth blowout win of the year for Ghost of 57. This beating came when it counted, serving as revenge for a Week 8 105 - 70 waxing by Papasoccio All Stars.


And yes, I totally stole the user name from Hot Fudge.


Stole it and you didn't even get it right. X-post to Things You Expect To Read.


I had to modify it enough to get around the copyright you filed.
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Re: Awesome statements from the sports world

Postby The Beav » Sat Feb 23, 2013 4:27 pm

The very touching article about a pitcher with one eye who very likely will make the Rays organization this year:

http://deadspin.com/5986430/a-half+blind-pitcher-with-almost-no-depth-perception-is-trying-to-make-the-rays-and-hes-impressing-coaches?post=57724454

The first comment:

Sandoval's peripheral vision is gone, too, which means he has no sense of his right arm as it delivers the ball.


That shouldn't be a problem. Jim Abbott was able to pitch his whole career without being able to see his right hand.
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Re: Awesome statements from the sports world

Postby Ya Mar » Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:51 pm

The Beav wrote:The very touching article about a pitcher with one eye who very likely will make the Rays organization this year:

http://deadspin.com/5986430/a-half+blind-pitcher-with-almost-no-depth-perception-is-trying-to-make-the-rays-and-hes-impressing-coaches?post=57724454

The first comment:

Sandoval's peripheral vision is gone, too, which means he has no sense of his right arm as it delivers the ball.


That shouldn't be a problem. Jim Abbott was able to pitch his whole career without being able to see his right hand.

That's just wrong.
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Re: Awesome statements from the sports world

Postby D-Day » Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:25 pm

Only in Cincinnati......

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Re: Awesome statements from the sports world

Postby Mulligan » Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:05 am

When asked if he ever thought the spring might end with him going north with the team, Castellanos said, "technically, I'm still going north — just not as far north."

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2013 ... z2NziSIT75
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Re: Awesome statements from the sports world

Postby Ansel Rakestraw » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:47 pm

Kimi is a one man quote machine...

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The conversations with his race engineer starting at 1:32 are classic. Also check his podium comments immediately following.
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Re: Awesome statements from the sports world

Postby Amadeus » Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:26 pm

How's the weather in NC, phrank?

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Re: Awesome statements from the sports world

Postby The Beav » Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:01 pm

I'm assuming he's standing on a bar stool claiming how much he misses Detroit.
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Re: Awesome statements from the sports world

Postby Ansel Rakestraw » Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:20 am

Amadeus wrote:How's the weather in NC, phrank?



Thanks!
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Re: Awesome statements from the sports world

Postby Andy » Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:36 pm

Kevin Kolb officially signed with the Buffalo Bills on Monday and has lofty expectations for what he believes he can accomplish with the team.

"I'm here to win the Super Bowl. Period," Kolb said Monday at a news conference.

He said winning was the biggest factor in his decision to sign with the Bills.

"For me it was just straight, 'Hey, how can I go win, how can I go be successful,'" he said.

The Bills however, have the longest active postseason drought in the NFL at 13 consecutive seasons. Buffalo finished 6-10 in 2012, its eighth straight losing season.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/91468 ... falo-bills


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Re: Awesome statements from the sports world

Postby Mulligan » Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:07 pm

Andy wrote:
Kevin Kolb officially signed with the Buffalo Bills on Monday and has lofty expectations for what he believes he can accomplish with the team.

"I'm here to win the Super Bowl. Period," Kolb said Monday at a news conference.

He said winning was the biggest factor in his decision to sign with the Bills.

"For me it was just straight, 'Hey, how can I go win, how can I go be successful,'" he said.

The Bills however, have the longest active postseason drought in the NFL at 13 consecutive seasons. Buffalo finished 6-10 in 2012, its eighth straight losing season.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/91468 ... falo-bills


Well there you go.


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