Nerd of Batman, sports, logic, objectivity, Star Trek, personal enlightenment, Lincoln, the Rays, psychology, mic dropping. Kind've in that order.
.More on WAR. The two sides basically talked around each other for months. The gut arguments meant nothing at all to the sabermetric people, who feel like those gut arguments are shallow and often wildly off. The sabermetric arguments meant nothing at all to the people who do not trust a lot of these new statistics and feel like they are draining the fun out of the game. Back and forth it went, but neither side seemed to move any closer together.
.22-22-22. Be happy you're not that age and just about out of school. It's brutal! “We need to hire a 22-22-22,” one new-media manager was overheard saying recently, meaning a 22-year-old willing to work 22-hour days for $22,000 a year. Perhaps the middle figure is an exaggeration, but its bookends certainly aren’t.
.You thought WAR was confusing because it's not a transparent formula? How about the blossoming advanced statistics in the NBA thanks to inescapable super-cameras (but only in 15 arenas!). There was some interesting stuff in Maymin's talk — players tend to accelerate or decelerate most rapidly and most often in the paint, at the top of the key and past the elbows; centers tend to exhibit bursts of acceleration more than other positions because they're screening and rolling or popping a lot; Paul Pierce accelerates more often than you'd think for a dude who seems to do everything in slow motion. But it still felt quite a ways away from a usable framework for defining basketball plays that would enable us to really measure half-court execution.
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.Something, no, yes, yes, maybe are my answers to these five Tigers questions.
.Now it's maybe for Nolan, and no for Bale. Let DC/WB pay Nolan to oversee/consult/godfather their movies and end the speculation. Now, here is what I am hearing from my source at WB. Yes, Nolan is involved. He is playing this pretty close to the vest, which is why you probably can expect not to hear anything official about Justice League until after Man Of Steel comes out. And Unfortunately for some, I am hearing that Christian Bale will NOT be back as Batman. They are looking to recast the character and go with a new story.
.Leyland on Rondon's struggles and bullpen. If there's this much scrutiny on the situation now, imagine if he win the role - barely - and blows a few in April. My biggest issue is that there's never been a solid Plan B in place. Not Coke, Benoit, Dotel, etc..."Is he certainly a good candidate? Absolutely. Just because he's had a little bit of a rough time, that doesn't mean he's no longer a candidate, because he is. … He's a very good candidate and he's still a very good candidate. He's struggled. To put it simple, he's throwing it pretty hard and they're hitting it pretty hard."
.A Bleacher Report founder responds to his and its many critics. I take a lot of pride in co-creating Bleacher Report, but I got a lot of help from the arrogance and antediluvian attitudes that emanate from so many newspapers and journalists over the age of forty. They have no idea how hard it is to make it as a writer today, and maybe if they were more compassionate, or saw value in doing anything other than saving their own skin, they would look in the mirror before criticizing the 20-year-old “scabs” who write for Bleacher Report.
FWIW, my only qualm with BR is their SEO parlor tricks. Google almost any sports topic and they'll likely top your search. While some of the writing is very good, they're really not something to ever source.
The quote above is the writer's response to this article from Sports On Earth.