Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Can Chemistry Save the Patriots?

I'm going on record as saying the Patriots are definitely guilty of using footballs that were below the required PSI by the NFL. I'm a little conflicted about how bad that is, as I'm really not sure about the details of the ball-checking process -- or if other teams do this normally -- but suffice to say, the Patriots were outside the rules for reasons that are totally unnecessary, thus tainting their legacy further.

HOWEVER, there's been some talk about how the weather can affect the pressure inside a football. I want to do some sweet calculations and see if there's any credibility to this line of thinking. I'm not a chemist, like some special guests I know, but I'll take a crack at this. Our special guest can feel free to comment if I'm wrong (or right!).

The Entire Media Sucks: Especially on Deflategate

Earlier today, blog favorite and Deadspin hot-take artist Drew Magary wrote a long piece making fun of different sports columnists and their awful Deflategate takes. Like most of his pieces, it was funny, used ALL CAPS successfully, and tried to not be a hot take while really being a hot take.

Here, Magary's take was, of course, that awful sportswriters have over-the-top takes and shitty puns to make about Deflategate. The real take should be, of course, the media -- who has literally two weeks of content to find about one game -- will blow a story out of proportion. This is how media works: every paper and site has to churn out content day after day regardless of the actual news value of that content. This is why eleven days before the Super Bowl, the media has not found anything more interesting to do than pearl clutch about deflated balls and think of the children. That's the domain of hacky sports writers with two weeks of stories to write.

Deadspin and other snarky blogs are no different. There are currently five different posts on Deadspin's main page about Deflategate. Deadspin and places like KissingSuzyKolber aren't as different from traditional media sites as they want you to believe. They are running a business. Their business relies on people clicking on their links and subliminally buying the ads that are hidden on the page. That's why every sports writer has to come up with a take on this story, whether it's making fun of other people for having takes or screaming for some accountability and justice. Each site might have different content and angles they take, but they are all guilty of milking every possible page view out of a story.

Deadspin's biggest fault is that they try and pretend that's not the case. But every time any big story happens, they trot out Magary for his quick "Balls Deep" take. Deadspin is just as guilty as your local columnist -- they are just funnier and more "edgy." Great, yay, in the end it's all the same. As long as  media sites are tied to a business model that demands as many page views as possible, we will see everyone's take, from the pearl clutching to the takenami to the nerds in the basement making fun of everyone else's takes. The twenty-four-hour news cycle is awful. This is not news.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Greatest Players in Franchise History: Baseball

A few weeks ago, the Writers of this Blog were talking about the greatest players in different football franchises' histories. Some franchises who have been around for a very long time have some arguably terrible GOATs, and it got us thinking: we should write this up for the blog. Instead of doing football, however, I'm going to stick to the sport I know best. Baseball is the easiest to determine because a player's contribution is more quantifiable in baseball than in any other sport. So we'll see how it goes with this one and maybe do other sports later.

Also, we're doing entire franchise histories here. Like, the Twins will include the Washington Senators. For funsies, for each team that has changed names, I'll give the greatest player in that team's current iteration as well.

Baltimore Orioles: With all due respect to Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken, Jr. takes this crown. Much more than the streak, impressive as that is, he belted over 400 home runs and had a career OPS+ of 112, the vast majority of the time playing shortstop.

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Mavericks answer the wrong question by trading for Rajon Rondo

Last night, the Celtics agreed to trade nine-year veteran Rajon Rondo and someone named Dwight Powell to the Mavericks in exchange for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, a first round pick, and their 2016 second round pick. The first round pick falls to Boston if the Mavericks pick between 4-14 in 2015 and if not, the Celtics receive the Mavericks pick as long as it is not a top 7 pick. The Celtics are fully committed to their rebuild and have a shit ton of draft picks in the upcoming years. This post is going to focus on the Mavericks and why they would want Rajon Rondo.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Correct Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

All this Ferguson stuff is making me sick, so let's take our minds off that for a second with some sports. A couple of years ago, when no one was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, we were upset. Last year, by failing to vote in "Hall of Very Good" pitcher Jack Morris, the voters made up for their 2012 debacle a little bit. JUST A LITTLE THOUGH. Here at The Whole 42 Minutes, we take the Baseball Hall of Fame very seriously for some reason. So to follow up on that last linked post -- Sean's logical HOF ballot from 2012 -- I'm doing the 2014 edition. The candidates were just released, and here they are.

Side note before we begin: Kenny Lofton, someone whom I publicly believed should be in the Hall of Fame, is no longer even on the ballot because he didn't receive 5% of the voters' votes. That's a shame. I'll always remember you, Kenny.

First-timers who deserve a spot

Randy Johnson: Randy Johnson has a legitimate case for the Mount Rushmore of pitchers. He's either the 4th- or 5th-best pitcher ever on my list. 303 wins, 5 Cy Youngs, 2nd-most strikeouts ever, and a 75 ERA- over a 22-year career. Also a World Series MVP in 2001, for what that's worth (something!). He's the definition of a first-ballot HOFer.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Ranking Baseball's Positions

During game 7, Harold Reynolds continued his postseason of saying stupid shit when he casually said that third base was one of the weakest positions in the league. This random remark was immediately proven wrong when me, Jon, and Steve being the nerdy nerds that we are just started texting each other names of good third basemen. So take that Harold, with your stupid name.

Anyways, now that baseball is done, let's rate the top positions in baseball. These ratings will look at the overall crop of players at each position. The point is not to say that catchers are worse than first basemen at hitting; this we know. It's about figuring out if there are clusters of good or bad players at the positions right now.

Here we go:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Ranking the NBA's Best Backcourts

Noted idiot Dion Waiters got into some Twitter fight or something with John Wall this week over who was the best pair of starting guards in the NBA, the Wizards' Wall and Bradley Beal or the Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. Now Waiters might have rested his case with a Youtube clip of him scoring 24 points on contested 2s, but we at The Whole 42 Minutes like to dig a little deeper (Andy a little deeper?).

What follows is the comprehensive ranking of NBA guard units, including backups.