Archive for November, 2009

Rewarding Links

November 19, 2009

Joe Posnanski has his thoughts about the AL Cy Young winner.  To those who argue against Zach Greinke remember this:  The Cy Young award is for the best pitcher in the league, not the “most valuable”.  All Greinke did was lead the American League in ERA, ERA+, HR/9, WHIP, and WAR.

 

The Week 10 DVOA rankings are in.

 

I have no idea what to think of this.

 

I guarantee that if I ever wrote a book it would not be as popular as this guy’s.

 

Rob Neyer talks about the 2012 All-Star Game and where it will be played.  Personally, I loved the Royals’ ballpark.

 

Toni Monkovic of Fifth Down is looking to improve passer ratings.

 

Apparently the higher profile jobs aren’t in the NFL.

 

As many of you know, my favorite basketball player has played six minutes in the last two seasons.    Well, now he has his own T-shirt!!!  The proceeds go to a worthy cause – the A Kid Again Foundation – so please support the Trillion Man March!

 

Read this headline and tell me that the Brits don’t still hate the French.  By the way, that was proof that bad officiating is rampant in all sports.

 

Here is the 2009 NCAA Division I Soccer Championship Bracket.  If the seeds play out right, it will be an all-Ohio semi-final between Akron and Ohio State.

 

Here are seven owners who went a little too far.

 

And finally, whether you like this or not, this isn’t good for Mangini.

 

Dan Boyce is the Sports Editor for TheSportsHole.com.  Along with his “Lord of the Stats” blog, Dan does frequent front page columns and his podcast, “The Boyce of the People”.  Anyone with any thoughts or comments can reach Dan here.

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Other Rivalries

November 19, 2009

The Ohio State/Michigan rivalry is to me the best in all of sports.  Of course, I’m biased:  I live in Ohio, so naturally I believe that it’s the greatest.  There are some other rivalries that should raise some interest as well:

 

Mississippi/Mississippi State

Called “The Egg Bowl”, this rivalry dates back to 1901 and has featured some fascinating moments.  For starters, fights breaking out in 1926 when Ole Miss fans charged the field and attempted to tear down the goal posts from the visitor’s field.  Bulldog fans didn’t take kindly to that and protected the posts with chairs, fists, and whatever else they could find.  1983 may have topped all of them, though, as Artie Crosby of MSU tried a 27-yard field goal with 24 seconds left and the Bulldogs trailing the Rebels, 24-23.  The looked straight and deep, but somehow a 40 mph gust kept the ball from crossing the uprights.  You really have to see the play to believe it.  The Rebels lead the all-time series, 60-39-6.

 

Oregon/Oregon State

The Civil War, as it is called, has a few highlights, most notably in 1960 when an Oregon student abducted Oregon State’s homecoming queen and left a ransom note demanding that the OSU student body president ride a kid’s scooter to the Center of Eugene and make a public appeal for her.  Another strange one involved about 2,000 OSU students in 1937 deciding that celebrating a 14-0 victory over the Ducks on the OSU campus wasn’t enough, so they decided to caravan Eugene and celebrate some more.  At first police were reluctant to allow the students through the city but then agreed to lead them through the city if they agreed to behave.  All I can say to this is WOW!  Can you imagine any police force allowing this to happen nowadays?  The Ducks lead this series, 56-46-10.

 

Cal/Stanford

Here’s all you need to know about the Big Game.  Stanford leads the series, 55-45-11

 

USC/UCLA

How can you not count a rivalry when the schools are only 10 miles apart?  A nice feature was added last year when both teams wore the home uniforms for the first time in years, which cost each team a time out because of stupid NCAA regulations.  More legendary for their battles in the 60’s and 70’s, of the 15 Rose Bowls played from 1966 through 1980, USC and UCLA played in 12 of them.  In other words, you were watching UCLA/USC vs. Ohio State/Michigan every New Year’s Day.  USC leads the series, 42-28-7.

 

West Virginia/Pitt

The Backyard Brawl.  Cool little footnote:  The first college football game broadcasted on the radio was the 1921 edition of this game, won by Pitt 21-13.  The best game of this rivalry was probably in 2007, when Pitt beat then-No. 2 West Virginia 13-9, knocking the Mountaineers out of the BCS Championship game and somehow bringing Ohio State and LSU back into the picture.  Pitt leads the series, 63-37-3.

 

South Carolina/Clemson

The only reason I put this one on here is because of this.  Anytime the phrase, ”You can’t shoot me, I’m invisible!” is uttered, I’m making sure I’m at least a county away.

 

Dan Boyce is the Sports Editor for TheSportsHole.com.  Along with his “Lord of the Stats” blog, Dan does frequent front page columns and his podcast, “The Boyce of the People”.  Anyone with any thoughts or comments can reach Dan here.

 

And Just Like That. . .

November 18, 2009

Straz with takes over the lead in what was a struggle for just about everyone else.  This week features the FCS and Division II playoffs, as well as the area high school games to go along with Sunday and Monday NFL action for a total of 48 games!  Keep checking in to see who will prevail!

 

TheSportshole.com Pigskin Prediction Standings
  W L GB Pct. Last Week
Mike Strazinsky 185 87 0.680 19-12
Dan Boyce 182 90 3 0.669 16-15
Pat Langdon 180 92 5 0.662 16-15
Jimmy Cecconi 180 92 5 0.662 17-14
Brian Ponn 180 92 5 0.662 17-14

 

Monday Night Thoughts

November 17, 2009

Some random quotes from the Monday Night debacle:

 

“The bye week helped!  Instead of three and out they got four plays before they punted!”

 

“The Browns are winning the time out battle 3-1!”

 

“At least they’re not trailing 14-0” (this was at the end of the first quarter)

 

“Glad to see they don’t try a forward pass until third down.”

 

“Cock block for the Blue Jackets!” (This had nothing to do with the game.  We were also watching the hockey game where the Blue Jackets won in a shootout, partly because of a save through the five-hole by the goalie.  That and I got to tell you that someone said cock block.)

 

“Nice sweater!  Jaws looks like he’s preparing for an Andy Williams Christmas special.”

 

“Every quarterback should have to wear a skirt!  And give Tom Brady the shortest one since nothing will be hanging out any way!  Damn ‘Brady Rules’!”

 

“I really think if they shot Brandon McDonald on the field, even his mother would say she didn’t see anything.”

 

“Somebody make a play!” (Jon Gruden.  I usually don’t listen to him, but he’s dead on here.)

 

“The sad thing is that I honestly believe Matt Millen would do a better job here.”

 

“Browns suck ass!”

 

“The offense in Cleveland is just putrid…there is no WR running routes longer than 10 yards. I was stunned by the team demeanor: the game was tied but in the sidelines they were lifeless, and even more after falling down in the score. The defense seems to put some effort, but there is nothing else beside of Cribbs (our prayers to him). In only nine games Mangini has the fanbase longing for Romeo Crennel days…” (This was from the commentary on The National Football Post.  I’m going out on a limb and saying that the team has given up on Mangini.)

 

Some stats from said debacle:

 

23.5 – Brady Quinn’s QB rating for the game.  Very DA-esque.

 

51.0 – Quinn’s QB rating for the season.  The sad thing is that he’s still the better of the two.  Not that we’re comparing Joe Montana and Steve Young here.

 

8.67 – The Browns’ points per game; dead last in the NFL.

 

2.62 – The Browns’ yards per play Monday night.  Four plays barely got them a first down.

 

4 – The number of games in which the Browns have failed to reach 100 yards passing.  Think about that.

 

39.6 – Ray Rice’s QB rating.  He was 0-1.

 

69 – Total passing yards if you take away Massaquoi’s one reception.  If you’re not vomitting, think about this one. . .

 

69,032 – The total paid attendance for last night’s game.  Do you really think Randy cares that much?

 

The fact of the matter is that as long as the tickets are sold, not much will change outside of the cosmetics.  And remember Browns fans, you got your colors, you got your tradition, you got your team name.  Be careful what you wish for. . .

 

Dan Boyce is the Sports Editor for TheSportsHole.com.  Along with his “Lord of the Stats” blog, Dan does frequent front page columns and his podcast, “The Boyce of the People”.  Anyone with any thoughts or comments can reach Dan here.

Rivalry Links

November 16, 2009

A few links to start the week while preparing for the game. . .

 

In honor of the best rivalry in sports, this link gives you as much detail as you can ask for about Ohio State/Michigan.  This site is an excellent collection of past games, photos, trivia and other great facts and figures.

 

Jeremy Greenhouse warns us to be careful when referring to WAR.  This is why I try to use multiple stats in my arguments:  Not just one stat can tell the whole story.

 

You just have to read these to appreciate them.

 

Quiz time!  I got 14 of them before time ran out.

 

Rick Reilly ponders the meaning of athlete tattoos.

 

Mark Titus had a perfect game!  I’m not talking baseball here, either.

 

I love the concept of fantasy pro wrestling.  The fact that the WWE is setting this idea up is just fantastic.

 

I’m always fascinated when people get upset about a coach taking a risk.  After looking over everything, I agree with Belichek’s decision to go for it on forth down.

 

I have found out that we are up to six soccer fans!  Enjoy!  Pretty soon, we’ll be able to field a whole team!

 

And finally, we’re almost done going left for a few months.

 

Dan Boyce is the Sports Editor for TheSportsHole.com.  Along with his “Lord of the Stats” blog, Dan does frequent front page columns and his podcast, “The Boyce of the People”.  Anyone with any thoughts or comments can reach Dan here.

Weekend Thoughts

November 16, 2009

“Did they beat the drums slowly
Did they play the fife lowly
Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down
Did the band play the last post and chorus
Did the pipes play the flowers of the forest”

n       The Green Fields of France (Dropkick Murphys)

 

Since this is the weekend posting, a belated thank you to all of our veterans and that gave what they needed to for the greatest country in the world.  And a special thanks to those who paid the ultimate price, for they will never hear our thanks, and they did it not because of glory or fame, but because of the strongest of traits (at least in my opinion):  Loyalty.

 

Another blow to the credibility of Gold Gloves:  Adam Jones over Franklin Gutierrez.

 

Player   Dewan +/- Runs Saved
Jones 2009 -20 -11
Gutierrez 2009 +43 24
Jones Career -6 -2
Gutierrez Career +107 61

 

This is why managers and coaches shouldn’t vote for awards.  Then again, if they didn’t vote, maybe Ozzie, Omar, Pudge, Robbie, and Palmeiro don’t win as many awards.

 

Somebody asked me what happened to 2007 for the Browns.  Well:

 

Wins
Opp. rec. coming into game 31-51, .378
Teams over .500 coming into game 4
Teams over .500 for the season 1
Opp. rec. for the season 50-94, .347

 

 

Losses
Opp. rec. coming into game 21-19, .525
Teams over .500 coming into game 2
Teams over .500 for the season 2
Opp. rec. for the season 45-35, .563

 

 

Overall
Opp. rec. coming into game 52-70, .426
Teams over .500 coming into game 6
Teams over .500 for the season 3
Opp. rec. for the season 88-120, .423

 

Oh, and those 4 teams over .500 that the Browns beat:  Cincinnati (1-0), Baltimore (2-1), Seattle (4-3), and Buffalo (7-6).  The teams over .500 that the Browns lost to:  Pittsburgh (6-2) and New England (4-0).  The only team they beat that finished over .500 was Seattle, who finished 10-6 thanks to a 5-1 record against the NFC West (other three teams’ combined record:  16-32).  Let’s just say that their schedule wasn’t the NFL equivalent to what Mentor High School went through this season.

 

Speaking of the Reincarnated Ones, in three different Power Polls (SI.com, the National Football Post, and ESPN.com), they are ranked 32.  Hey, at least we got to keep the colors, team name, and tradition, right?

 

I love when people make statements like my uncle did last weekend.  In a rant about the Indians one of his complaints was that they got rid of Ben Francisco, who was “Good enough to start Game One of the World Series.”  Now, call me crazy, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say it was because Philly’s roster plain and simply wasn’t deep enough to keep him on the bench.  Both games he started in left field in the series were against left-handed starters in Yankee Stadium, meaning ole’ Charlie needed a DH.  Naturally, Charlie out thought himself and decided, “You know, instead of keeping the guy in left who’s been out there for 129 games and 1124 innings, I’ll put him at the DH slot and put in the guy with barely 900 innings in the entire outfield for his career in there.”  The total innings is not the point and even then they’re about equal defensively.  The point is that you have had Raul Ibanez out there in left field all season but now you feel compelled to change it up.  I just don’t get that.  Anyway, looking at Charlie’s other options, you would feel better about putting Francisco in over any of the other ones.  Not that you would feel good.  Of course, when the series shifted to Philly, Ibanez was in left and Francisco back on the bench.  It wasn’t that he was good enough, just that he was the best option they had.

 

Allow me to start speculating:  LeBron changing his number from 23 to 6 means that he’s leaving for Chicago, since Jordan’s number is already retired there.  You can also twist it to mean that 2 X 3 = 6, which means that he won’t end up in Boston, since that number’s retired.  Twist at you own leisure!

 

Congratulations to the Lake Catholic Boys’ Soccer team, who reached the state semi-finals and came up just short to Bay Village, 1-0 in a shoot out.  Also, congratulations to the Lake Catholic Girls’ Volleyball team, who was the runner-up in the Division II state finals.  Hold your heads high, you have represented the school and yourselves well.

 

One thing I was wondering is this:  Since I have no faith in the polls (since so much is based on where you ranked in the beginning of the season and when you lose), and no one seems to like the computers (you know, because they didn’t see anyone play), I was wondering if the Harbin system – the one used for the Ohio high school football playoffs – could work in college.  Assign the BCS conferences a point value, the non-BCS schools a lower value, and I-AA an even lower one.  I wonder how these would come out.  I’ll get back to you on this.

 

They announced the attendence at UC’s game against West Virginia as a stadium record and to be honest, I wasn’t impressed.  Their crowd – which did fill the stadium – was smaller than a Jacob’s Field sellout (I still call it Jacob’s Field).

 

I would not be surprised if UC head coach Brian Kelly is coaching Notre Dame sometime soon.

 

Just saw a score and missed the teams, mostly because 102-31 just kind of stuck out.  The college basketball season is essentially meaningless because the NCAA tournament puts too many teams in, but this game had to feature a Kansas/Duke/UNC/UConn type of team against the Washington Generals.  Their should be rules preventing this from happening.  There should be more set ups like the ACC/Big Ten challenge.  You’re a top end college basketball program, play more top end college basketball programs!

 

Moving on to Saturday, the early games did not provide much to talk about.  The 3:30 games, though?  There was some interest there.  North Carolina seems to be moving up the ranks, and Miami is falling rapidly.  Butch Davis is probably in the right place.  Fans in the state of North Carolina care more about the orange ball that you bounce on the hardwood, so he won’t get as much heat as he would elsewhere, and it looks like he’s making them a solid team.  After watching what he did in Cleveland and witnessing this now, I’m going to gauge my eyes out with a spork.  I’ll be back.

 

All I can really tell you about the Buckeyes is that all of the excitement and big plays were overshadowed by Tressel and Ferentz doing their damnedest to blow the game.  After Tressel goes ultra conservative – and I hate it when he does this; if I keep building up on my lead I don’t have to play field position – Kirk Ferentz decides not to take a chance at the end of regulation and go to overtime.  Why?  Let’s consider everything here:

 

  1. You have a freshman quarterback who has thrown two bad picks.
  2. Said QB has also just led you down the field for a game tying drive.
  3. Ohio State’s kicker last attempted a field goal that went so far to the left it was almost off the screen.
  4. You have 52 seconds on the clock.
  5. You’re on your own 33 yard line, so you’ll need about 40 yards for a legitamate field goal attempt.
  6. You’re in Columbus, so overtime will just extend your stay there.

 

So I guess you could make a case for Ferentz folding like a lawn chair at the end of regulation, but here’s my case:  You have 52 seconds to get about 40 yards, at least try on the first play to get somewhere, then by all means do whatever you feel like.  Instead, you breathed new life into the Buckeyes who went out in overtime and allowed the Hawkeyes to have about -356 yards on those four downs.  Of course, Tressel clams up again and sets up a 40-yard field goal attempt by a kicker who actually had a pro contract in MLS.  I love the way football and basketball can circumvent certain rules of amateurism while if the kid was a swimmer they would be done.  Oh well, the point is that I really feel that Tressel owes Ferentz a blow job after that one.

 

How’s this one for a field goal:  Mayfield executes a rarely used option of attempting a field goal attempt via a free kick after accepting a fair catch on a punt.  Casey Spear of Mayfield then drills a 61-yard field goal to bring Mayfield to within a touchdown right before half.  This game ended up being a terrific defensive struggle, with Solon edging Mayfield 13-10 in overtime.

 

How many of St. Ignatius’s eight turnovers do you think the Wildcats would want back?  The killer was midway through the third when the Wildcats were looking to make a game out of it – a touchdown would have made it 23-20 with just under 20 minutes to play – when a Glenville DB darted in front of a potential TD pass and ran it back the distance for a massive swing.

 

You got the sense that Glenville felt like they finally got over the hump.  Ginn called a timeout during a drive when the game wasn’t quite out of reach, and you could tell that he sensed the tide turning.  Considering all the turnovers and the Wildcats were still in it, he had every reason to be concerned.  There was one late interception where the Glenville defensive player absolutely erupted after the play and I didn’t see it as showboating:  You could sense him letting out all of the frustrations.  Congratulations to the Glenville team and staff.  Next week’s reagional final versus Solon should be terrific.

 

Here are some numbers that stick out for me from the NFL on Sunday:

 

3/31 – This was the combined third down conversion rate for the Oakland/Kansas City game.  The NFL is loaded with bad teams this year.

 

33.6 – Jay Cutler’s passer rating versus the 49ers.  The sick part was that on the last play the Bears had a chance to win the game.

 

232 – Total yards from scrimmage for the Titans’ Chris Johnson.  His “gettin’ away from the cops speed” is something to behold.

 

101.67 – Rushing yards per game for the Rams’ Stephen Jackson.  He’s doing this on a team that is every bit as bad, if not worse, than the Browns.

 

51.5 – Big Ben’s QB rating on Sunday.  This just in:  The Cincinnati Bengals are good.

 

Am I the only one rooting for Indy and New Orleans to go undefeated completely through to the Super Bowl, just to see if the arrogant old-time f&^%s from the 1972 Dolphins slit their throats?

 

It’s been 2,186 days since Michigan last beat Ohio State.  Since that day, we’ve had 2 presidential elections, 1 economic crisis, approximately 100,246,184 debates over health care, 25 wins by the Browns, 413 wins by the Indians, 1 arena football team appear and fold, 1 soccer championship in Cleveland (City Stars), 2 National title game appearances by the Buckeyes, 3 head coaches for the Browns, 350 wins for the Lake County Captains, 1 baseball championship in Cleveland (Lake Erie Crushers), and 251 points scored in the 5 games played between the 2 school since.

 

For fun, let’s translate 2,186:

 

Numeral:  2,186

 

English:  Two Thousand one hundred eighty-six

 

Spanish:  Dos mil cien ochenta y seis

 

German:  Zwei Tausende ein Hundert sechsundachtzig

 

French:  deux millier cent quatre-vingt-six

 

Brazilian Portuguese:  dois mil cem oitenta e seis

 

Swedish:  två tusen en hundra åttio-sex

 

Norwegian:  to tusen ett hundre åttiseks

 

Dutch:  Twee duizend een honderd zesentachtig

 

Italian:  due mila cento ottanta-sei

 

Romanian:  Doua mii o suta optzeci de ani-sase

 

Aren’t numbers fun?!

 

Dan Boyce is the Sports Editor for TheSportsHole.com.  Along with his “Lord of the Stats” blog, Dan does frequent front page columns and his podcast, “The Boyce of the People”.  Anyone with any thoughts or comments can reach Dan here.

Pigskin Predictions Week 12

November 13, 2009

The chase for first place is tight, with everyone within three games of each other.  Who will take this week by storm?  How can the leprechaun’s name be Lucky when he always loses his Lucky Charms to those kids?  Do you think Toucan Sam ever followed his nose into bad habits?  Why am I fascinated with breakfast cereal commercials from the 1980’s?

 

TheSportshole.com Pigskin Prediction Standings
  W L GB Pct. Last Week
Dan Boyce 166 75 0.689 15-8
Mike Strazinsky 166 75 0.689 16-7
Pat Langdon 164 77 2 0.680 18-5
Jimmy Cecconi 163 78 3 0.676 18-5
Brian Ponn 163 78 3 0.676 14-9

 

This Week’s Picks
Game Langdon Ponn Boyce Strazinsky Cecconi
Buffalo at Tennessee Titans Titans Titans Titans Titans
New Orleans at St. Louis Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints
Tampa Bay at Miami Phins Phins Phins Phins Phins
Detroit at Minnesota Vikes Vikes Vikes Vikes Vikes
Jacksonville at NY Jets Jets Jags Jets Jets Jags
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers
Denver at Washington Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos
Atlanta at Carolina Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons Panthers
Kansas City at Oakland Chiefs Raiders Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs
Dallas at Green Bay Boys Pack Boys Pack Boys
Seattle at Arizona Cards Cards Cards Cards Cards
Philadelphia at San Diego Philly Chargers Philly Philly Philly
New England at Indianapolis Indy Indy Indy Indy Pats
Baltimore at Cleveland Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens
Iowa at Ohio State OSU OSU OSU OSU OSU
Notre Dame at Pitt ND ND ND ND Pitt
Albilene Christian at Midwestern St MSU MSU MSU MSU MSU
Tarleton St at Tex A&M Kingsville Tarleton Tarleton Tarleton Tarleton A&M
Fayetteville St at California (PA) Cal Cal Cal Cal Cal
Edinboro at East Stroudsburg East East East East East
West Alabama at Albany St ASU ASU ASU ASU ASU
UNC Pembroke at Arkansas Tech UNC A Tech UNC UNC A Tech
Saginaw Valley at Neb-Kearney Saginaw Saginaw Saginaw Kearney Kearney
Hillsdale at Minn St Mankato St Man Hllsdale St Man St Man St Man
Glenville vs. St. Ignatius Ignatius Ignatius Ignatius Glenville Ignatius
Mayfield vs. Solon Mayfield Mayfield Mayfield Mayfield Mayfield
Massilon vs. Twinsburg Massilon Massilon Massilon Massilon Massilon
Canfield vs. Lake Catholic Lake Canfield Lake Lake Lake
Avon Lake vs. Tol. St Francis St Francis Avon St Francis St Francis St Francis
Lakeview vs.  Chagrin Falls Chagrin Chagrin Chagrin Chagrin Lakeview
Hawken vs. Cuyahoga Hts Heights Heights Heights Heights Heights

 

Keep checking in to see who comes out on top!

Shuffled Links

November 12, 2009

Some links while thinking about how patient Randy Lerner should be with #$%^ Mangini, considering Mangenius’ lack of patience with his QB situation. . .

 

It is important for a team to bond.

 

This is not what the SEC had in mind when they thought about making national headlines.

 

Deadspin has a good write up on the Sports Guy.  It’s also about why we change as a culture and why I get the opportunity to do what I do here.

 

Remember when the Indians had Phil Niekro and Steve Carlton on their pitching staff?  Well, Michael Wilbon thinks something similar could be good for the Cavs.

 

John Conzano says that history could be a valuable lesson for LeGarrette Blount.  Personally I don’t think he should be reinstated, but I still feel that the jackass that he punched absolutely had it coming.

 

The SBJ ponders the future of sports networks owned by leagues.  I’m already looking forward to 24-hour coverage of the MEAC!

 

I’m glad to see Drew Sharp has some patience.  Three years is a long time to wait for success. . .

 

Who was the biggest snub in the Gold Glove voting?  I agree with Joe Posnanski.  Oh, and Rob Neyer, too.  It’s just one of the many reasons why I don’t take Gold Glove voting seriously.

 

It’s really a shame what happens to some old ballparks.

 

Here is some really cool research about the strike zone.  You read that sentence correctly; I found this stuff to be really cool.

 

Craig Calcaterra of Shysterball has a take on a potential Hall of Famer.  One of my favorite stories about this candidate involves the owners not listening to Charlie Finley.

 

Now here is something that my parents – or anyone else who knows me for that matter – would never think was a possibility.  I own four of the top ten best sellers on the New York Times Best Seller List.  It’s true!  I own numbers one, four, seven, and ten.  I recommend all four of them, as they are written by three of my favorite writers:  Bill Simmons, Chuck Klosterman, and Malcolm Gladwell.

 

And finally, Art Theil warns of the risks of signing former stars on their last legs.  There’s an old quote by Joe DiMaggio that, when asked about knowing when to retire as a ballplayer, he said “You start chasing a ball and your brain immediately commands your body to ‘Run forward, bend, scoop up the ball, peg it to the infield,’ then your body says, ‘Who me?’”.  The problem is that most athletes don’t want to listen.

 

Dan Boyce is the Sports Editor for TheSportsHole.com.  Along with his “Lord of the Stats” blog, Dan does frequent front page columns and his podcast, “The Boyce of the People”.  Anyone with any thoughts or comments can reach Dan here.

A Genius at Work

November 11, 2009

This is phenomenal!  Brady Quinn, 2.0!  Bring on the DA apologists, the ND bashers, the anti-Quinn fans, and everyone who had high hopes for this team and is now crushed!  This has the chance to rival “Boo Drew Night” in Philadelphia for angry fans!

 

We all know that this won’t make one bit of difference.  We know that they still can’t run the ball, Jamal Lewis running like he’s in quicksand, their receivers have hands of rock so solid you could build a house on them, the defensive backs rival matadors, Quinn is so ultra conservative under center he moves Rush Limbaugh left, DA gets confused with a base defense, and their coaching staff could probably be outsmarted by your local pee-wee league coach.  We could mix Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana, YA Tittle, John Elway, Otto Graham, and Roger Staubach together and would still be 4-12 at best this season.

 

The way Mangenius has handled this from day one has been a debacle.  From keeping it a secret to making a quick swap out of desperation, to now going back for one clear reason (DA sucks) and another not so clear reason (who really made this call?), #$%^ Mangini (I consider his first name a four-letter word that shouldn’t be said in front of women or children, like F&^$, S$%#, and D!@#) has done what I thought could not be done:  He took a bad situation and found a way to make it worse.

 

I have to give credit where credit is due.  I didn’t like Mangini from the beginning, but he found a way to make me like him even less.  That’s not easy.

 

Now that Randy’s becoming more involved and people want him to speak to the fans, I have a few questions.  I need to know these things because I have friends who desperately want this team to succeed.  It would be great for the city if this team was successful, and maybe even obnoxious Steeler fans would quite down (doubtful, but I can dream).  Anyway, I’ll close with 10 of them:

 

  1. What did #$%^ say in his interview that convinced you that you should hire him?
  2. What were your thoughts when he made history by becoming the first person to correct a draft choice in the same round he made the mistake?
  3. What do the London papers say about the Browns?
  4. Were you able to get a brat while standing in the tunnel in Chicago?
  5. When you fired Kokinis, was that the first time you saw him?
  6. Do you laugh as hard as I do when you see the ads for Browns season tickets?
  7. If the Buffalo game was in Cleveland, would you have given fans a refund for that debacle?
  8. If you do sign Mike Holmgren, when the Browns play Andy Reid and the Eagles, will you get Craig Stadler for the coin flip?
  9. How did you convince Dawg Pound Mike that you were concerned?  Was it a facial expression?
  10. Can I sign a four-year contract with you and only work for eight months?

 

Dan Boyce is the Sports Editor for TheSportsHole.com.  Along with his “Lord of the Stats” blog, Dan does frequent front page columns and his podcast, “The Boyce of the People”.  Anyone with any thoughts or comments can reach Dan here.

The Plot Has Thickened

November 10, 2009

Well, the ranks have been tightened after a strong week by Jimmy and Pat.  Mike and Dan are now dead even as the playoffs hit both the college and high school ranks.  Stay tuned to see who can triumph this week!

 

TheSportshole.com Pigskin Prediction Standings
  W L GB Pct. Last Week
Dan Boyce 166 75 0.689 15-8
Mike Strazinsky 166 75 0.689 16-7
Pat Langdon 164 77 2 0.680 18-5
Jimmy Cecconi 163 78 3 0.676 18-5
Brian Ponn 163 78 3 0.676 14-9