Monday, August 26, 2013

NFL Team Names: Ranked

The NFL regular season is just around the corner. So to copy Grantland's Zach Lowe ranking each NBA team's name, and to piggyback on the wildly popular post on this blog ranking each team's starting quarterback's name, I figured it was high time to rank NFL teams' names.

Below is something you'll surely disagree with:

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

How My Starters' List is Stacking Up (Not Well)

So a while back, I did a post ranking the Opening Day starters for each team this year. I explained my FOOL-PROOF, SUPER PREDICTIVE methodology, and produced a top-notch list. Now, with July in the rear-view mirror, it's time to take a look back at that list and see how I did.

Below is a list, 1-30, and two names appear at each number. The first name, in boldface, is the list of Opening Day starters based on their performance this year (I'm basically using FIP and WAR from Fangraphs to determine this). The next name is where I placed that name on my list on April 5th. Let's see just how wrong one can be 4 months later.

Ranking the NBA's 35 Best Point Guards

The point guard position in the NBA is completely stacked. It's full of young players, players square in their primes, and Steve Nash, who will be able to make 50% of his shots on his deathbed. The depth of talent at the position changes the opportunity cost of losing or acquiring a player: there's likely someone just as good available at a fair price.

This list does not include salary. It takes into account age, offensive performance, defense (which, as Grantland's statistics expert Zach Lowe points out, is half of basketball), and health. I'm only talking about a guy for next season, so Steve Nash probably being retired four years from now is irrelevant when comparing him to Eric Bledsoe.

Monday, August 5, 2013

........The Pirates have the best record in baseball.

So it's August 5th. The Pirates have played 111 games this year, and they've won 67 of them. Seriously. They're 67-44. I know that everyone who's paying attention to baseball knows that the Pirates have been surprisingly good, but do people realize that they have the best winning percentage in baseball? They're one of two teams at this point that has a winning percentage of above .600 (the other is the Red Sox YEA BOI). Their .604 edges out the Red Sox's .602. I'd just like to point out a few things about this Pirates team, and delve into just how random this is.

Firstly, the Pirates play in the NL Central. While there are two pretty poor teams in this division in the Cubs and Brewers, the Cardinals and Reds are arguably top-three teams in the NL (the Braves and Dodgers would have something to say about that, but it's arguable). In fact the NL Central has the second-highest winning percentage of any division in baseball. The NL Central's .521 division winning percentage is second to the AL East's .543 (the worst division winning percentage in baseball is the NL East, .476). These are the only two divisions with winning percentages over .500. So it's not as though the Pirates are beating up on bad competition.