Few sports are built upon numbers the way baseball is. Hunter Martin/Getty Images Christopher J. Phillips has a new book—Scouting and Scoring: How We Know What We Know About Baseball—out, and this week, The New Yorker published its commentary about the alleged battle between scouts and statisticians. But perhaps we’ve been misled into a false debate, like the conflict between religion and science, when there’s room for both, or one can even be both. A father-son outing in New York illustrates this articulation.Youth & Age in Yankee StadiumIt’s a windy day at Yankee Stadium, as I look upon New York going up against the Detroit Tigers on a cold but sunny afternoon. While my hawklike eyes follow every movement of Gleyber Torres, Miguel Cabrera and their teammates, my son can barely tear his eyes from the immense amount of data dancing across the scoreboard. Only a cheer from the crowd or a collective groan can lure him away from staring at … [Read more...] about The Statistical Scout: Being Left and Right Brained in Baseball and Life
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It stands to reason that Jason Witten, likely reading the writing on the Teleprompter, saw a better future in his past than in his future. It wasn’t working. It had little chance from the start. Tony Romo is a 100-1 shot. Witten was hopelessly, blindly and foolishly cast, on nothing better than a wish, as the rookie lead analyst on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” Those telecasts have become so saturated in mindless verbal and video excesses and thoughtless technological clutter that they became dares to viewers’ intellects. We became lab rats, tested to gauge our ability to withstand prolonged torture. And, the freshly retired star Cowboys tight end, having decided to return to the field — as if he left ESPN in tears — only fed the folly with excited, needless run-on speeches after virtually every play. If ESPN tried to save him from himself, it didn’t take. He may have been disposed toward ceaseless talking from watching sports on TV, as … [Read more...] about Jason Witten’s exit doesn’t solve ESPN’s bigger MNF problem
As the NFL season kicks off this weekend, the Philadelphia Eagles begin a quest to become the first back-to-back Super Bowl champions in more than a decade, a storyline with less interest outside of the City of Brotherly Love. ASSOCIATED PRESS In this Jan. 11 photo, employees work at the DraftKings office in Boston. The advent of daily fantasy websites such DraftKings and FanDuel have upped the stakes, drawing millions of registered users who pay an entry fee to jump in on any given game day, assemble their lineups and compete for potentially big money prize pools. As the NFL season kicks off this weekend, the Philadelphia Eagles begin a quest to become the first back-to-back Super Bowl champions in more than a decade, a storyline with less interest outside of the City of Brotherly Love. For many fans across the country, the focus instead will be on dethroning that blowhard from accounting who won last season’s office fantasy football league, a growing pastime … [Read more...] about Fantasy football is big business, but it is good for businesses?
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No. 25: Ariza'n to Live. If you're a true fantasy junkie, a full slate of games and a stacked roster really is a reason to live. (From fantasyteamnames.net) No. 11: Mighty Morphin' Power Granger. Danny Granger morphed into an elite fantasy option in 2008-09. Sound The gallery will resume inseconds No. 10: Rampaging Skunk Apes. I have no idea what a skunk ape is, but this team's name seemed intimidating when I came across it in an ESPN league. As for that skunk in the photo -- a cop shot the salad dressing bottle off with a BB gun, and the skunk was saved. No. 9: The Chris-Paul Method. The Crystal Method is one of the biggest electronic music acts of all-time. The Chris-Paul Method is getting the first pick in your draft, nabbing the Hornets' point guard, and running away with your league. No. 8. Spawn Kemp. I read recently that the sons of pro baseball players are 800 times more likely to play pro ball than the typical boy. If the same is true of NBA children, … [Read more...] about The funniest fantasy basketball names ever