Wednesday, October 19, 2016
"Unwritten" - Natasha Bedingfield 2006 wasn't a good year for music, if you're an old grump. The pop music was just some of the worst there could be. "Buttons" by the Pussycat Dolls being one example. But this song is good, and has a nice message. There is only one you in the world, so be yourself and make the most of your brief chance to exist on this giant rock hurtling through space. At least that's my interpretation.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Finally got one last week thanks to Tom Brady. Let's see if I can keep it going. Trying five underdogs this week. jacksonville +1 CHICAGO The Jags are the better team. The better team is more likely to win. san francisco +9 BUFFALO Let's see what Colin Kaepernick can do. cleveland +7 TENNESSEE Ok, this one may be crazy. But it's also possible that each successive QB isn't necessarily worse than the one who preceded him. OAKLAND +1 kansas city I don't get this spread at all. I know Murray is out, but Carr and Mack are still playing, right? BEST BET altanta +6 SEATTLE Atlanta has been the better team this year. I hope I'm not overestimating them based on a win over the Broncos, but they have looked really good. Last Week: 3-2 (4 points) Season: 7-13 (5 points) Best Bets: 1-3
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Chase was a little version of daddy. Nine years later, Lincoln wore the same shirt. See if you can spot the other differences in these pictures? Note: don't really, do that, I'm only kidding. There's a million of them.
Sunday, October 09, 2016
Another horrible week. 1 point through 3 weeks. Thankfully we have a guaranteed best bet this week. philadelphia -4 DETROIT I'm not sure I believe in the Eagles yet but I believe they are better than the Lions. new york giants +7 GREEN BAY This is way too many points for Green Bay to give when they seem to be struggling on offense. atlanta +5 DENVER The Falcons can score. I know the Denver defense is good, but I am not sure how many points the Broncos can put up with Paxton Lynch at QB. OAKLAND -3 1/2 san diego I love the Raiders this year. BEST BET new england -10 CLEVELAND Guaranteed. Last week: 2-3 (1 point) Season: 4-11 (1 point) Best Bets: 0-3
I got to witness an all-time great pitching duel in a winner-take-all wild card game.
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
In one of the worst managing decisions in recent times Buck Showalter allowed his team to get knocked out of the playoffs with Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound, while Zach Britton watched.
Britton is having on of the best years a closer has ever had. And when a fly ball will beat you, you need a strikeout or a weak ground ball. Britton was eminently more likely to get one of those results than Ubaldo. Britton had the highest rate of ground balls per batted ball of anyone ever.
But those are the specifics. Let's address the broader issue: you need your closer to protect a lead of you get one.
No you don't.
The way closers are used in baseball is terrible and counterproductive in many ways. But that's the way it is.
But in these special circumstances (it wasn't just a playoff game, it was a single-elimination playoff game, in extra innings), you need your best pitcher to pitch one or two innings to maximize the chances your offense will get to win the game.
You just cannot get beat without using your best relief pitcher. It's a terrible mistake and it cost the Orioles a chance to win the game.
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
National League Wild Card Giants over Mets Division Series Cubs over Giants Nationals over Dodgers League Championship Series Nationals over Cubs American League Wild Card Blue Jays over Orioles Division Series Rangers over Blue Jays Red Sox over Indians League Championship Series Red Sox over Rangers World Series Nationals over Red Sox