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
Outside of the Rays, and that's a passive enthusiasm, I root to be right. Why root for a team where I have just a miniscule amount of decision making power. Now that I type that out, that sounds ridiculous. Why are we wired to root for entities that we can't control. YAY, GO TEAM WHO NEVER ASKS ME, THEIR LOYAL FAN, FOR AN INPUT.
We root for laundry.
So I like to root for what I have total control over. Me. If they made ERIC CHASE jerseys, I'd buy them all. And if you wanted to purchase ERIC CHASE sportswear, great, but you don't get to call any of the shots.
I root to be right. I root for my hard work, my intellect, my instincts, and my intuition. All that form my thoughts and opinions. Reminds me a bit of Barf from Space Balls. 'I'm my own best friend.'
When I'm wrong, I've got no pride from stopping me from pointing it out. I whiffed on the Lions/Cowboys game.
I don't often make predictions though. What I do is offer opinions. I thought the Lions should move Reggie Bush to the slot and out wide more often. They did. Vindication is a wonderful feeling.
I think the Tigers should talk the Mets into taking Prince Fielder for prospect Wilmer Flores. I'm not predicting that, it's my opinion and it's less smelly than all the other ones. Why? Because it's not reckless and without some basis. Figure the Fielder equation out your own now if you'd like, we'll get back to the hot stove soon enough.
Want something that more resembles a pipe dream due to the variable I haven't dissected yet? Oh, the Brewers need a first baseman? Well, have I got the guy for you! And if you think the Braun guy is either A. a creation of PEDs B. a PR nightmare, let's talk swap. See, a bit rash.
We need to get to the me being right part!
Pro Football Focus meticulously analyzes almost every NFL play an assigns grades to just every player. Sometimes their grade won't be in accord with what we watched, but most of the time they provide solid analytical affirmation. I'm a devout believer in the grades PFF offers.
Monday, while everyone was 'ohhhhhh Calvin, ohhhhhh Stafford,' I couldn't find anyone else, even Peter King's MMQB glazed by it, who didn't see that the Lions 3 offensive stars were mostly all responsible for their 4 turnovers. Kreger specifically countered me that Calvin's INT was because he was hit in someway. PFF supports me that, no, Calvin didn't make the catch.
PFF Game Ball
It simply can’t go to anyone else than Calvin Johnson and that’s despite dropping a pass (leading to an interception) and fumbling.
I said some of Stafford's throws were the best of his life. Check the Stafford section of PFF's ReFo of the game. Don't worry, it's brief, and in English.
This isn't #breaking, but the Lions secondary at best, isn't improving. At worst, if the front seven can't get pressure, they're a perfect QB rating in waiting. And did you catch...
Heh. On the Bryant short TD, it was glover quin's hit of the year. Darius slay never saw it coming. #lions— Eric Chase (@Eric_Chase) October 28, 2013
From the link above in their Safety Struggles section you need to read...
The Lions’ safety play over the past few years had been horrendous so they decided to go out and add Glover Quin in free agency. He’s been a solid addition but, along with Louis Delmas, he struggled against the Cowboys. Each had a part in Dez Bryant’s touchdowns as the former crushed his own teammate Darius Slay leaving him no opportunity to break up the pass as the Cowboy receiver landed in the end zone.
Sorry to wrap this up, but I don't want to waste too much energy pounding away at the keyboard. I need all the reserve I can get to pat myself on the back.