I can understand why some of you will think I’m stubborn traditionalist–a luddite when it comes to technology and the use of advanced statistics applied to sports. I think it’s more accurate to say that I’m a pragmatist–my position on both depends on whether I think either is effective or not. To give you an example, I want to talk about a scenario where I can see AI being an important and valuable tool. Continue reading “Here’s a Way I Think AI Could Enhance Professional Sports”
This thread is probably not going to get much activity, but I wanted to weigh in Colin Cowherd’s comparison between Ben Simmons and Magic Johnson. I watched a highlight video of Simmons based on the entire year. Here’s the video, followed by my thoughts: Continue reading “2017-2018 NBA”
Here’s Colin Cowherd’s list:
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) April 9, 2018
There’s something that Dr. J said that makes me think of this topic. He said that one of his criteria for a great player is the impact a player can have on the way others play. He specifically said that if kids go out on the playground and try to emulate a player, that’s a sign of greatness. I don’t think I’d used that criterion to determine the best players, but I would use it to define players that changed the game. With that said, here’s some thoughts on this topic. Continue reading “NBA Players Who Changed the Game”
I tried to watch the Villanova-Michigan game, but the game was over, and I guess they’re only showing the games live. But CBS did have a section for classic games, and I ended up watching the ’92 Duke-Kentucky game, which considered one of the greatest college basketball games. Here are some thoughts: Continue reading “1992 Final Four Tournament: Duke vs. Kentucky”
This is a thread to discuss and hopefully track the evaluations of people who analyze NFL prospects and players. We had a recent discussion about mock drafts (which I have no interest in) versus comments about specific players. I want to give an example of why the latter is valuable and meaningful to me. Here’s something that Jim Mora said about Josh Rosen: Continue reading “Tracking NFL Draft Analysts”
Baseball is more than a game. It’s like life played out on a field.
With Joe Thomas’s retirement a question popped into my head: Who are the other great athletes that spent their entire careers on bad teams? There are good players playing on bad teams, but I’d especially like to hear about really great players on really bad teams. For example, I wouldn’t count Charles Barkley, because he never really played on a bad team. Same with Bernard King.
One that comes to mind is Mitch Richmond, although he didn’t play his entire career on a bad team (but his good years were wasted in Sacramento). Archie Manning and maybe Bert Jones are others.
The Top 5 shooting guards in NBA history according to Nick Wright pic.twitter.com/PT8zmrRJW9
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 27, 2018
How do you like this list? Also, if we made a distinction between best shooters at the 2-spot versus best 2 guards, who would be in the former? Off the top of my head, here’s who I’d put in there: Continue reading “Greatest NBA Shooting Guards”
Thread for NFL discussion before the 2018 NFL season. To kick off the thread, I wanted to vent about QB evaluations Continue reading “2017 NFL Off-season Thread”
I can’t believe I’m at the point where I don’t want to watch the Super Bowl. I just don’t want to sit there and watch the Patriots win, not to say that it’s going to happen, but it could. The other thing is that I totally wrote off the Eagles once Wentz got hurt, and after seeing Foles play a few games afterward. He looked really bad. The way he’s been playing recently, causes me believe that, like Alex Smith, the head coach has found certain schemes/plays to put the QB in the right play and cover his weaknesses. In other words, Foles’s success is scheme/coach-driven. If that’s true, I tend to think it could get ugly in this game, because you don’t beat Belichick by out-scheming him. You beat Belichick by talent (and solid coaching)–something that clever schemes have a limited effect upon.
The other scenario where the Eagles end up winning is if the DL can get to Brady, especially the interior. In my opinion, the Patriot OL has been really good, maybe a top five OL this year. Their interior pass protection has looked especially great. They looked like an impenetrable wall against the Jaguars, and if they play like this against the Eagles, I don’t see how the Eagles can win. (Eagles do have some good interior D-linemen, so there’s hope.) If they can pressure Brady up the middle, they could not only disrupt the offense, but they could get some turnovers.
I tend to think the game will be a blow out, though.