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Sunday, April 06, 2014

FiveThirtyEight: The Historic Rarity of a Double Bracket-Buster NCAA Championship Game

“Connecticut and Kentucky entered the NCAA tournament as No. 7 and No. 8 seeds. Participants in the ESPN Tournament Challenge weren’t wild about the Wildcats or the Huskies. Just 2.1 percent of them picked Kentucky to make it to the finals and just 0.4 percent had Connecticut. Tomorrow, these two teams will compete for the national championship. Just how unlikely is this bracket-busting matchup?

The question is a little trickier to answer than you might think….”

Fargo Posted: April 06, 2014 at 12:43 PM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball

Thursday, April 03, 2014

OT: NBA Monthly Thread - April 2014

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about, which I forgot.

Have posts been building up inside you?

The District Attorney Posted: April 03, 2014 at 05:26 PM | 225 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Saturday, March 01, 2014

OT: NBA Monthly Thread - March 2014

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: whether civilization peaked during the reign of Queen Victoria, or the reign of Jimmy Carter.

The District Attorney Posted: March 01, 2014 at 09:03 PM | 789 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Tracy McGrady the Pitcher

Former NBA star guard Tracy McGrady is looking to start a career as a professional baseball player.

John Northey Posted: February 01, 2014 at 11:06 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, clemens, minor leagues

Saturday, January 04, 2014

OT: NBA Monthly Thread - January 2014

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about:

The District Attorney Posted: January 04, 2014 at 01:45 PM | 673 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Sunday, December 01, 2013

OT: NBA Monthly Thread - December 2013

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: day-to-day changes in President Obama’s approval rating, and Jack Morris.

The Starters:

let me just tell you that I’ve found the best possible gift for any basketball fan: basketball-printed and basketball net-printed leggings... Even better, both the ball and net leggings have matching t-shirts to go along with them. Personally, I’d pair the basketball shirt with the hoop leggings, since it’d give you the appearance of being a gigantic human basketball going in to an elongated human rim, but that’s just me. At just $150 per pair of leggings — and $175 apiece for the shirts — you can afford to mix and match the looks.

The District Attorney Posted: December 01, 2013 at 03:59 PM | 653 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Bill James Mailbag - 10/31/13 - 11/3/13

Bill, are there any teams that don’t make use of the newaadvanced metrics. Ifn not, which teams were the last holdout?

I think the Royals are the last holdout.

I am wondering if you are aware of a review written by Dorothy Rabinowitz in today’s Wall Street Journal of a TV docudrama called “JFK: The Smoking Gun”. The film is somewhat based on the book “Mortal Error”, which you describe in “Popular Crime” as one of the two best books on the assassination. Check out what Rabinowitz has to say: “That’s not to say that the theory (that Kennedy was accidentally shot by a Secret Service agent in addition to being shot deliberately by Oswald) hasn’t convinced some people, including Malcolm Gladwell . . . (who) had reported in a 2012 online exchange how he came to see the convincing wisdom of the Secret Service agent explanation by reading Lebron James, baskerball star. Mr. James had praised the theory in his own book.” This is a pretty embarrassing error, don’t you think? I wonder if the Wall Street Journal employs copy editors.

It’s more funny than embarrassing.    I’ve worked with the Wall Street Journal, and I’ll tell you that their standards of double-checking/fact checking are the highest in the industry.   But that’s a good one.

Congratulations, Bill. Don’t have a question, but thought your readers might enjoy an updating of your “Dynasties” accounting system. When that article was written in July of 2012, the current Cardinals had accumulated 15 points, and were tied for the designation of 21st Greatest Team of All Time. Since then they’ve picked up 4 more points, and are now tied for 14th with the 1900-12 Pirates and 1927-32 Athletics, vaulting past such celebrated teams as the 1976-86 Yankees and the 1926-35 Cardinals. Perhaps that’s cold comfort for St. Louis fans, but their club is advancing into very elite territory. The Red Sox’s improvement is less dramatic: They had 13 points after the 2009 season, and now have 14. This moves them up from a tie for 24th place with 5 other teams, to 24th place all by themselves. That’s right, 1885-89 St. Louis Browns; you’re now in Boston’s rearview mirror.

Thanks for doing that.   I thought I was going to have to do it myself. .. .

In what area will the biggest jump be made in sabermetrics in the next few years? As a casual observer, it looks like defensive shifting and pitch framing by catchers analysis will take a big jump forward soon.

1)  I don’t have any idea what to make of the pitch framing stuff.

2)  The breakthroughs in shifting have already occurred, although that is not to say they are finished.   But the next movement there, one would think, would be the comeback of the bunt, which should—one would think—be able to defeat the shifts for ordinary hitters (not David Ortiz), and thus drive the shifts into remission.   I would guess.

Friday, November 01, 2013

OT: NBA Monthly Thread - November 2013

Welcome to the 2013-14 NBA season!

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: trolling.

The District Attorney Posted: November 01, 2013 at 02:49 PM | 1127 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic



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