Monday, April 29, 2013

Top Ten Teams For Jason Collins To Sign With Now That He's Openly Gay

"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay."

Lost amid the ESPN fervor about the Jets releasing Tim Tebow, Jason Collins came out in Sports Illustrated today. (Seriously, as I'm writing this, Tebow leads the ESPN news section. Collins is 2nd.) Don't read about it on our blog. Just go read it.

It's a powerful essay, chronicling his gradual decision to come out, first to friends and family and now publicly. It's also a big deal, despite the efforts of some to downplay its significance. I don't need to get into why.

Collins is a free agent this offseason, working hard to play his 13th year in the NBA, and one wonders how this revelation will affect his ability to get another job. With that said, after the jump, here are the top ten locations for Jason Collins to play now that he's out of the closet.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Whole 42 Letters: It's been a long GD time since we posted anything



Hey gals,

We've been under a lot of stress recently. Sorry the Most Thoughtful Sports Analysis on the Blogosphere has been agonizingly absent for like...over a week. We didn't even do a GD playoffs preview. Who do we think we are?!

Your letters:

Given that the first round seems to drag on forever and gives us lots of lopsided results should we move back to a best of 5 series?

Friday, April 19, 2013

Dispatch From Boston On Lockdown

This week, I’m told, we are all citizens of Boston. Ordinarily, I don’t think most Bostonians would look kindly on that sentiment, but this week has been extraordinary. The tragic, terrifying events that have transpired and the Newtonian equal-and-opposite reactions they have engendered.


Every week, I’m an actual citizen of Boston. Midwestern-born, I’m not a Bostonian, but this city has been my home for a while now.

This morning, I woke up and discovered my city was on lockdown. Buses and trains shut down. Cab service suspended. A massive manhunt underway. FBI, BPD, NSA, every acronym I can think of involved. Do not leave your houses, the Governor pleaded on TV. So I stayed home, locked the door, and shut the blinds.

We are all citizens of Boston, but only some of us are confined to our homes.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Knicks Win at Absurd Subplots

The NBA regular season is really long and really really boring for the most part. Luckily, as a Knicks fan, this team has been blessed with a cast of characters that do enough stupid stuff to keep us entertained through all the back-to-backs against the Pistons and Cavaliers.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Kobe Bryant Guns for Most Hospital Visitors Record

Late Saturday night, doctors and hospital nurses hushed excitedly throughout the hallways of Los Angeles Memorial Hospital. A record was within reach. Star patient Kobe Bryant was within ten visitors of surpassing the all-time record for visitors previously held by Bobby Smith, a six-year old cancer patient. "I've never seen anything like this," said Kobe's Doctor Alan Schwartz, "for a patient to instill such a will and have such a singular focus on breaking a record. Wow. Just wow."


An Ugly Day in the City



Yesterday as I was leaving work, I ran into a coworker, a quintessential Boston guy, with whom I very rarely interact.

"Ugly day in the city," he said.

A marathon, especially the Boston Marathon, represents a lot of what is great about humanity. Marathon runners show that people can push themselves to achieve any goal, no matter how seemingly ridiculous. They underscore the value of doing something that seems impossible because it seems impossible.  It's really something to behold, watching people run what would be an hour's drive in Massachusetts traffic. Marathon runners are extremely admirable humans.

And then there are the spectators: people who don't even know these runners, just there to witness their accomplishments, give them orange slices and water, and tell the runners how impressive they are. Marathons show how much we take care of each other. These are some of the best stranger-to-stranger interactions that one can imagine.

Marathons are places where people trust strangers. We're all supposed to rely on each other when things like this are happening. We're not supposed to be afraid.

So let's decide not to be afraid. Let's all agree that living our lives exactly how we want to live them, being free from fear, is MUCH better than safety with paranoia.

Because ultimately, this isn't about you or me. Scores and scores of people's lives will never be the same, and three people's lives ended. Let's help to heal those wounds as best we can, and live our lives the way we want to live them. Because just like marathons show us, we take care of each other, and we persevere through things that seem impossible.

That ugly day in the city is over. It's just one ugly day, and it's over. It's 60 and sunny out there. April 16th, 2013 is a beautiful day in the city.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Red Sox Sellout "Streak" Is Fairly Impressive



The Red Sox sellout "streak" ended last night after 820 games dating back to May of 2003. For those of you who don't know about this already, the streak was pretty dubious, as the Red Sox counted complimentary tickets (an average of about 800 per game) and Standing Room Only tickets towards their count for game attendance. Fenway's seating capacity is also only 37400, the smallest in baseball. But here are a few reasons why the streak is still pretty impressive.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Whole 42 Letters: Desert Island Twitter

No time for chit-chat. If we dawdle John Axford might blow another save.


John Axford: better at pitching products than strikes.
Your questions:

If you're stuck on a desert island and can only follow five Twitter users, who are you taking? (You get wifi... don't fucking ask.)

Friday, April 5, 2013

Ranking the Opening Day Starters



I'm liking this "ranking" thing. It's good. Here's a list of the MLB Opening Day starters for each team, based on how well I think they'll do in 2013. The methodology:

There are a bunch of stats that are good predictors of future performance for pitchers. FanGraphs.com has a bunch of these advanced stats that measure all kinds of things, but there are a few that stand out as good predictors for pitchers. Prepitchtors. Pitchdictors. Something. I used a couple for determining which starters would have the best 2013.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Knicks are Playing Offense Differently and Doing It Really Well

Last night, the Knicks beat the Heat for their ninth consecutive win and increased their Atlantic Division lead to five games over the Nets. The Knicks' success this season comes almost entirely from their offense, as their defense is merely 16th in points per possession. Their offense, however, ranks third in points per possession at an impressive 108.2 points per 100 possessions, trailing only the Thunder and the Heat. The Knicks certainly have talented offensive players, particularly Carmelo Anthony, but it is their strategy on offense that's more interesting. Their combination of isolation, three-point shooting, and never turning the ball over has somehow made a team that cannot drive, doesn't get offensive rebounds, and shoots a mere 44% into an elite offensive machine.


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Terry Crews Explains NCAA Hypocrisy

I had this whole post about the NCAA planned out, but then something strange happened: Terry Crews took to Twitter and basically made all my points for me.

Yep, this guy.
This guy.

First a little background... The other day, Louisville guard Kevin Ware's shin decided it no longer wanted to be part of his leg, and it chose the nationally-televised Elite Eight game as its big coming out moment.

Ware's an NCAA student-athlete, uncompensated for his trouble beyond a scholarship (but unable to work a job because of the demands of his particular scholarship), and this injury at least puts the "athlete" part of the equation in jeopardy.

Since he's not a one-and-done who could have gone pro without the forced year-long pitstop in college basketball, this injury doesn't immediately affect Ware's future earnings, but that very situation happened this year. Nerlens Noel was the consensus #1 NBA prospect coming into the season, marooned in Kentucky for a season, and he blew out his knee. He may still enter next year's draft but he probably won't go #1. And if he stays at Kentucky, he'd be further postponing millions in earnings (and for which there is a pretty small window in which he can make that kind of money). Viable NBA career or not, Kevin Ware's gaaaaahhhhhhIdon'tthinklegsaresupposedtobendlikethat moment was just a more viscerally horrifying example of the same problem.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Ranking the #1 Overall NBA Picks since 1984



Before we get too all into baseball, as we kind of already are as evidenced by last week's posts, let's take a step back and remember that basketball is starting to get real good. The playoffs will be starting soon, and it's gonna be a great year for the NBA. And to get your basketball juices flowing, I'm going to put together one of our grand lists that will be talked about for generations: the best #1 overall picks in the NBA draft since 1984.

1984 was arguably the best draft ever, fielding such greats as the GOAT, Hakeem, Barkley, Stockton, and many others. I also sort of think of it as the beginning of the modern NBA, when players and teams started playing the game we more or less see today. Starting a ranking of this sort in 1984 seems to make sense.