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Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 11:31 pm
So, it turns out the kid is pretty good. His curveball makes me physically ill. This is awesome.
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Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 11:31 pm
So, it turns out the kid is pretty good. His curveball makes me physically ill. This is awesome.
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Thursday, May 13th, 2010 08:45 pm
It occurs that I should elaborate on yesterday's post. (Suck it, Crosby!)

I was linked to a post in [livejournal.com profile] musesfool on sports fans and schadenfruede - itself a comment on the Slate article "Why we root for underdogs."

Germane here, because... )

Too bad I'm too lazy to refine this into a study of actual merit/quality. Somebody could do some quality school work on this theme.
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Thursday, May 13th, 2010 08:45 pm
It occurs that I should elaborate on yesterday's post. (Suck it, Crosby!)

I was linked to a post in [livejournal.com profile] musesfool on sports fans and schadenfruede - itself a comment on the Slate article "Why we root for underdogs."

Germane here, because... )

Too bad I'm too lazy to refine this into a study of actual merit/quality. Somebody could do some quality school work on this theme.
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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 07:20 pm
From the Slate article, Cold Reality, by a former ice skater who tried out for but did not make the U.S. team in the 1980s...
You may be wondering what I learned from my competitive experiences. I learned that Olympians are people, too: They're just better and stronger than the rest of us in almost every conceivable way. They do indeed "want it" more, and they don't care how much it hurts. They're muscular and fit as fiddles. They commit to the sport day after day, year after year, without any guarantee that all that hard work will pay off. On game day, they excel. They remain composed and even manage to smile. And maybe there's something even more, some elusive, magical X-factor … but I've obviously never figured it out.

That's what I watch for... to see athletes achieving the pinnacle of human performance. As someone who is just a touch undisciplined, unfocused, and not entirely ambitious, I really admire those qualities in our greatest athletes.

Also, I admire this: (hint, can somebody Icon this for me?)

Watching Alexander Ovechkin blast Jaromir Jagr cannot get old for me. It feels like justice...
(See video highlight, of the whole play, including Evgeni Malkin's goal.)

I am still really looking forward to that Canada-Russia game. It should be a blast. Seriously folks, if you're only going to watch one hockey game this year, or possibly even in your life, it's probably this one.

Unless you can get the Miracle on Ice on tape...
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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 07:20 pm
From the Slate article, Cold Reality, by a former ice skater who tried out for but did not make the U.S. team in the 1980s...
You may be wondering what I learned from my competitive experiences. I learned that Olympians are people, too: They're just better and stronger than the rest of us in almost every conceivable way. They do indeed "want it" more, and they don't care how much it hurts. They're muscular and fit as fiddles. They commit to the sport day after day, year after year, without any guarantee that all that hard work will pay off. On game day, they excel. They remain composed and even manage to smile. And maybe there's something even more, some elusive, magical X-factor … but I've obviously never figured it out.

That's what I watch for... to see athletes achieving the pinnacle of human performance. As someone who is just a touch undisciplined, unfocused, and not entirely ambitious, I really admire those qualities in our greatest athletes.

Also, I admire this: (hint, can somebody Icon this for me?)

Watching Alexander Ovechkin blast Jaromir Jagr cannot get old for me. It feels like justice...
(See video highlight, of the whole play, including Evgeni Malkin's goal.)

I am still really looking forward to that Canada-Russia game. It should be a blast. Seriously folks, if you're only going to watch one hockey game this year, or possibly even in your life, it's probably this one.

Unless you can get the Miracle on Ice on tape...
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Sunday, February 21st, 2010 10:01 pm
Do you believe in insignificant upsets! Yes!!!

Edited to Add (02/22): So it turns out, not entirely insignificant - the seeding of the medal rounds mean the US must only beat SUI and CZE/FIN to make the Gold Medal game. Canada will now have to beat GER, RUS and SWE/SVK.
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Sunday, February 21st, 2010 10:01 pm
Do you believe in insignificant upsets! Yes!!!

Edited to Add (02/22): So it turns out, not entirely insignificant - the seeding of the medal rounds mean the US must only beat SUI and CZE/FIN to make the Gold Medal game. Canada will now have to beat GER, RUS and SWE/SVK.
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Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 07:26 pm
Today, MLB announced this year's Hall of Fame class:

1. Andre Dawson

Much like last year (Jim Rice) Dawson was a very good player with a great career, but a player who wouldn't have made my list. Both were sluggers who put up nice first order stats, didn't get on base nearly enough, were overrated because of Home Run totals and favorable park effects - and who were actually less valuable then their less splashy but more well rounded outfield teammates. (Dwight Evans and Tim Raines)

Well, what's done is done. It does show that the revolution in baseball analysis still hasn't quite made it through to the old men who vote on the hall. That said, here's my ballot:

1. Roberto Alomar
2. Bert Blyleven
3. Barry Larkin
4. Edgar Martinez
5. Tim Raines
6. Alan Trammel

Blyleven and Alomar are probably locks to get in next year. Jack Morris and Mark McGwire might have a shot next year. Raines and Trammel continue to be criminally underrated. Of course, if any of these gents really want in, they'd better get cracking for 2011 and 2012 balloting. Because starting with 2013, the really big stars come up (Biggio, Clemens, Piazza) and they all go to the back of the line...
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Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 07:26 pm
Today, MLB announced this year's Hall of Fame class:

1. Andre Dawson

Much like last year (Jim Rice) Dawson was a very good player with a great career, but a player who wouldn't have made my list. Both were sluggers who put up nice first order stats, didn't get on base nearly enough, were overrated because of Home Run totals and favorable park effects - and who were actually less valuable then their less splashy but more well rounded outfield teammates. (Dwight Evans and Tim Raines)

Well, what's done is done. It does show that the revolution in baseball analysis still hasn't quite made it through to the old men who vote on the hall. That said, here's my ballot:

1. Roberto Alomar
2. Bert Blyleven
3. Barry Larkin
4. Edgar Martinez
5. Tim Raines
6. Alan Trammel

Blyleven and Alomar are probably locks to get in next year. Jack Morris and Mark McGwire might have a shot next year. Raines and Trammel continue to be criminally underrated. Of course, if any of these gents really want in, they'd better get cracking for 2011 and 2012 balloting. Because starting with 2013, the really big stars come up (Biggio, Clemens, Piazza) and they all go to the back of the line...
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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 11:29 pm
The generally hit or miss Bill Simmons has put forward some interesting (to me anyway) thoughts on Tiger, some of which I agree and disagree with.

Bill Simmons on Tiger: Part I, Part II

More on Tiger )
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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 11:29 pm
The generally hit or miss Bill Simmons has put forward some interesting (to me anyway) thoughts on Tiger, some of which I agree and disagree with.

Bill Simmons on Tiger: Part I, Part II

More on Tiger )
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Friday, December 11th, 2009 07:45 pm
Go Navy! Beat Army!

Will be spending the Army-Navy game at the new PMs house. CAPT is very cool, so I am happy.

In the meantime, have some thinky thoughts about our two topics du jour in sports.

1. The Heisman Trophy, which should go to Ndamukong Suh (DT, Nebraska) who may in fact be better himself than the entire Alabama Defensive line. High praise, since Alabama's D-Line is one of the tops in the nation. Given that Suh does not (A) play a glamor-boy offensive position (B) play for a national title contender (C) have high recognition and hype machine (D) have a name many people can spell or pronounce -- I do not expect him to win. But he might, and it would be awesome if he did. Even if it means they can't retroactively go back and give Eddie George's Heisman to Orlando Pace -- it'll be good to show the trophy can go to any player. Of course it'd also be nice if any team could win a title, but I won't hold my breath.

2. Tiger Woods. Of course, this requires it's own post, because there's a lot to break down. Let's shoot for me having something by Sunday. Nobody reads anything you put out on a Friday Night anyway. Plus, I've got a card game in 15 minutes.
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Friday, December 11th, 2009 07:45 pm
Go Navy! Beat Army!

Will be spending the Army-Navy game at the new PMs house. CAPT is very cool, so I am happy.

In the meantime, have some thinky thoughts about our two topics du jour in sports.

1. The Heisman Trophy, which should go to Ndamukong Suh (DT, Nebraska) who may in fact be better himself than the entire Alabama Defensive line. High praise, since Alabama's D-Line is one of the tops in the nation. Given that Suh does not (A) play a glamor-boy offensive position (B) play for a national title contender (C) have high recognition and hype machine (D) have a name many people can spell or pronounce -- I do not expect him to win. But he might, and it would be awesome if he did. Even if it means they can't retroactively go back and give Eddie George's Heisman to Orlando Pace -- it'll be good to show the trophy can go to any player. Of course it'd also be nice if any team could win a title, but I won't hold my breath.

2. Tiger Woods. Of course, this requires it's own post, because there's a lot to break down. Let's shoot for me having something by Sunday. Nobody reads anything you put out on a Friday Night anyway. Plus, I've got a card game in 15 minutes.
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Sunday, December 6th, 2009 09:58 pm
So, took a trip out to Bloomington to visit my former college roommate, now a professor at Indiana University -- went to see the Indiana-Maryland basketball game. (Terps 80, Indiana 68)

IU's Assembly Hall is a cathedral of basketball with the best acoustics I've ever encountered in an arena of it's size. When the crowd's full, and it's a marquee game, this place must be incredible.

Still wondering where the heck Greivis Vasquez' game is at. Perhaps, he left it at home in Venezuela over the summer. Just watched my Terps lose to Villanova with another weak effort from Vazquez - we aren't going to beat anybody good until he steps up is play.

Ah well. I'm alive, even if none of my teams are winning.
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Sunday, December 6th, 2009 09:58 pm
So, took a trip out to Bloomington to visit my former college roommate, now a professor at Indiana University -- went to see the Indiana-Maryland basketball game. (Terps 80, Indiana 68)

IU's Assembly Hall is a cathedral of basketball with the best acoustics I've ever encountered in an arena of it's size. When the crowd's full, and it's a marquee game, this place must be incredible.

Still wondering where the heck Greivis Vasquez' game is at. Perhaps, he left it at home in Venezuela over the summer. Just watched my Terps lose to Villanova with another weak effort from Vazquez - we aren't going to beat anybody good until he steps up is play.

Ah well. I'm alive, even if none of my teams are winning.
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Sunday, November 22nd, 2009 10:47 am
From Thomas P.M. Barnett:

Detainees at Camp in Iraq Use Favre To Tease Wisconsin Soldiers

Naturally, Favre becomes a weapon of choice among our enemies in the War on Terror. Like a lot of Islamic terrorist recruits, Favre suffered a midlife crisis and then turned against his adopted homeland, seeking its destruction. I expect the International Criminal Court to eventually step in and indict Favre for his many crimes against Wisconsin's humanity.
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Sunday, November 22nd, 2009 10:47 am
From Thomas P.M. Barnett:

Detainees at Camp in Iraq Use Favre To Tease Wisconsin Soldiers

Naturally, Favre becomes a weapon of choice among our enemies in the War on Terror. Like a lot of Islamic terrorist recruits, Favre suffered a midlife crisis and then turned against his adopted homeland, seeking its destruction. I expect the International Criminal Court to eventually step in and indict Favre for his many crimes against Wisconsin's humanity.
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Friday, July 31st, 2009 11:03 am
Aside from the trade deadline (will be seeing you, Nick!) the big news in baseball was the leaked report that David Ortiz (aka Big Papi) tested positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs in 2003. The testing was supposed to be anonymous - if 6% of the players tested positive, this would trigger a new set of testing rules. Shockingly, despite knowing the tests were coming and the real need to skate them, 103 players failed. As of yet, very few names have ever been released off this list: Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and now Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz.

more below the cut... )

The other interesting aspect was Bill James comment on the subject. Noting that, in particular, the effect of the drugs are to prolong playing time by allowing players to stay on the field and counter-act the affects of aging. Which is why they would be used, regardless of side-effects including what we already know but also soft tissue injuries.

It seems to me that, with the passage of time, more people will come to understand that the commissioner's periodic spasms of self-righteousness do not constitute baseball law. It seems to me that the argument that it is cheating must ultimately collapse under the weight of carrying this great contradiction-that 80% of the players are cheating against the other 20% by violating some "rule" to which they never consented, which was never included in the rule books, and which for which there was no enforcement procedure. History is simply not going to see it that way.
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Friday, July 31st, 2009 11:03 am
Aside from the trade deadline (will be seeing you, Nick!) the big news in baseball was the leaked report that David Ortiz (aka Big Papi) tested positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs in 2003. The testing was supposed to be anonymous - if 6% of the players tested positive, this would trigger a new set of testing rules. Shockingly, despite knowing the tests were coming and the real need to skate them, 103 players failed. As of yet, very few names have ever been released off this list: Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and now Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz.

more below the cut... )

The other interesting aspect was Bill James comment on the subject. Noting that, in particular, the effect of the drugs are to prolong playing time by allowing players to stay on the field and counter-act the affects of aging. Which is why they would be used, regardless of side-effects including what we already know but also soft tissue injuries.

It seems to me that, with the passage of time, more people will come to understand that the commissioner's periodic spasms of self-righteousness do not constitute baseball law. It seems to me that the argument that it is cheating must ultimately collapse under the weight of carrying this great contradiction-that 80% of the players are cheating against the other 20% by violating some "rule" to which they never consented, which was never included in the rule books, and which for which there was no enforcement procedure. History is simply not going to see it that way.
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Thursday, July 30th, 2009 10:34 pm
Interesting note. After studying the game, and noticing that the design of the First Base position is such that left handers are better suited to play it, I decided to be Left Handed for a few innnings. And yeah, it's true. Once I figured out how to use my feet, I can cover much more ground, am in much better position to catch, and am plenty sure-handed doing so. Utter inability to throw still a minor problem...

The Good
Injury free. Error free. Hit 3-run triple.

The Bad
We're 2-10

The Ugly
Got Mercy-ruled twice tonight
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Thursday, July 30th, 2009 10:34 pm
Interesting note. After studying the game, and noticing that the design of the First Base position is such that left handers are better suited to play it, I decided to be Left Handed for a few innnings. And yeah, it's true. Once I figured out how to use my feet, I can cover much more ground, am in much better position to catch, and am plenty sure-handed doing so. Utter inability to throw still a minor problem...

The Good
Injury free. Error free. Hit 3-run triple.

The Bad
We're 2-10

The Ugly
Got Mercy-ruled twice tonight
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Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 11:00 pm
Was able to get my cousin out to play for our team. While not as good as his brother, he was a veritable immortal compared to our meager roster. I have asked to receive credit for his RBI, as he is my cousin and I recruited him. We emerged with a rare, and treasured victory, so the night was sweet despite my declining production in later innings.

OTOH, as usual, PAIN.
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