Friday, May 31, 2013

MLB A-Third-Of-The-Way-Through-the-Season Awards

Trust me, THIS TIME WE MEAN IT when we say the blog is back up and running. May is a crazy month. Isn't it a crazy month? It's always SUCH a crazy month.

We are now about 1/3 of the way through the MLB season. Though we have a very long way to go, let's take a look at the first two months of baseball. What a great two months it has been.

Oh, just Jean Segura stealing first base. No big deal.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Underrated to Overrated: Marc Gasol and Paul George

Before I say anything, let me make it clear that I'm a huge fan of both guys. They are both smart, talented players who bring the two-way abilities that separate good players from stars. However, these guys, due to their postseason performances, have gone from being underrated to overrated.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Chuck Norris liking Tim Tebow is "News"

THIS HAPPENED. This was one of the stories on the front page as of 3:00PM today. The link to the story read, "Tough guy Chuck Norris sees himself in Tebow." This is the type of story that Skip Bayless thinks should be the biggest in the world and EVERYONE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW, which is the exact reason why it is not a story. I think that's a good barometer. A sports story's importance is inversely proportional to how much Skip Bayless cares about it. Let's take this stoolmonster line by line.

When Chuck Norris watches Tim Tebow, he sees a version of himself on the football field. As such, the ultimate tough guy has come to the defense of the beleaguered quarterback in an online column.

Since when is Chuck Norris "the ultimate tough guy" in the world? Because there was a running joke about Chuck Norris Facts in like 2004? I liked those jokes. They were funny. Chuck Norris doesn't sleep, he waits. That's funny. It's funny because Chuck Norris is just that guy from Walker, Texas Ranger. He's not someone who people actually think is super badass. Like if these jokes were about Muhammad Ali or something, they'd still be kinda funny, but not as funny as they are when it's Chuck Norris, because Chuck Norris is just a random fuckin' guy who was on a goofy TV show 20 years ago. Hey ESPN: Irony is a thing.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Not-Quite-Half-Hearted Defense of Wins as a Statistic

Despite what you may have heard, THE BEST BLOG IN AMERICA IS NOT DEAD. We've just been busy, okay guys? Can't you appreciate that? Can't you understand that? No? Well screw you, it's not like you're paying us for this. Sheeeeeeet.

The writers on this blog are all proponents of sabermetrics, or advanced baseball statistics. We are proponents of sabermetrics because sabermetrics are like...right about stuff. They measure good things. They tell you that traditional stats like batting average and RBI and wins for pitchers are fairly stupid and not good indicators of a player's overall performance. It makes total sense. But I just wanted to share a couple of little thoughts about the value that wins can have in determining a pitcher's value.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Why It's Okay to Laugh at Charles Ramsey (hint: He's trying to be funny)

The recent story out of Cleveland is pretty unbelievable. But the real story is that we have a new Internet celebrity in Charles Ramsey, the man who called 911 once Amanda Berry escaped captivity. Ramsey gave a very candid and very hilarious interview to a local news station. But the REAL real story is the backlash that people's love for Charles Ramsey has set off.

Now, we're no strangers to issues of race here on this blog. I would say that we've tackled some issues of race and taken stands that many, if not most, people would think are overly sensitive, especially surrounding the Williams sisters. But this Charles Ramsey backlash is ridiculous.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Tim Duncan Sits on Fracking Panel

SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan was featured on a panel that discussed the issue of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," last night at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Duncan describes himself as a "self-educated expert" on the subject.

"I first heard about fracking on NPR a couple of years back," said the four-time NBA champion, "and that discussion really piqued my interest. I've been reading everything on fracking that I can get my hands on ever since."