Nerd of Batman, sports, logic, objectivity, Star Trek, personal enlightenment, Lincoln, the Rays, psychology, mic dropping. Kind've in that order.
KCP - Kentavious Caldwell Pope
WAR - Wins Above Replacement
FIP - Fielding Independent Pitching
LD% - Line Drive Percentage.
LOOGY - Left Handed One Out Guy
B/S - Batman/Superman
I said when the topic originally arose near the draft, and I'll say it again in light of this, from Peter King's MMQB.
8. I think South Carolina pass rusher Jadaveon Clowney as a very, very high draft choice is really starting to scare me. Clowney (two sacks in South Carolina’s first five games) told coach Steve Spurrier before kickoff Saturday against Kentucky that his ribs were too sore for him to play. That means he’s been hampered now in the first five weeks of the season by a virus, bone spurs in his foot and sore ribs, and Spurrier didn’t sound very happy with him post-game. “He may not be able to play next week, but we’re not going to worry about it, I can assure you of that,’’ Spurrier said. Pro scouts don’t look kindly on a player saving himself for the next level, which is what it appears Clowney is doing. At least that’s the impression NFL people have now.
He should've never gone back to SC. Football's a cruel sport and no insurance policy was going to cover all that he could potentially earn at the next level.
'Ohhhhhh, Eric, you can't ever substitute game action no matter how you train.'
What good does game action do to improve your game if you're already dominating the sport.
Since I said I'd say it again, I will. Jadeveon Clowney should've said thanks to SC for the two years of free school and football experience, and walked away. Take out a loan, call a player or two on this list of all time sack leaders, and say 'I want you to train me to be as good as you were. Impart your knowledge on me.' He could get hurt in that training too. Sure, but it'd be at the expense of truly improving himself and preparing his body to be an NFL star. As opposed to having someone from UCF roll up on his knee 10 yards away from the play. Like...
I can assure you Clowney'd learn more from some of those legends (or any former D player with an acumen for teaching the position) than 1. destroying SEC offensive lines, again or 2. delicately dancing around on the football field to avoid injury...which is something I can only assume he's been doing in 2013 (2 sacks, 3 TFLs in 4 games), because I've yet to hear of his dominance. And it's not because he got vain, self centered and decided to not to challenge his body anymore outs post-Vince Smith's decapitation.
Some links to share...
SI's Stewart Mandel changed his bowl projections. Bama vs. Clemson. OK. But his Fiesta jumped out at me, Baylor vs. Oregon. Why? Over/under 100.
I also like the early list of names for what 6 years ago I called COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S JEDI COUNCIL. It's an exemplary collection of individuals...who'll be asked to endure more scrutiny than any professional sport has ever seen.
I was one of, what, 6 people who didn't favor a playoff. I was totally fine with the BCS, which I believe almost always gave us the very best champion each year. It's more acceptable to me than some 9-7 wild card team running the gamut of January.
While some of the metrics feeding the BCS computers needed to be more transparent and more refined...I liked the cold absolution of not being able to argue with a computer. Try it next time yours blue screens. You won't win.
Please read about this 12 year old girl interviewing MLB players.
I had no idea...Oakland was eerily similar to Detroit, and it's a wonderfully told story from a sports perspective, by ESPN's Tim Keown, who practically invented smart snark on the Internet in a weekly column. Scroll down to The List.