Archive for March, 2008

Me vs. the NL Central, Day Two

Well, it’s day number two and I almost forgot to publish my pick for the March 26 slate of games.

But here it is: the Sox will complete their Japanese sweep of the Oakland Athletics to push their and my record to 2-0.

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Me Against The National League Central

This is probably the sleep deprivation talking, but I think I could put up a better winning percentage in picking Major League Baseball games than the best team in the worst division in the Big Leagues will put up after its 162-game season.

So I’m throwing it down right now, when I’m good and tired. I already lost to a video game in college football picks, leading to a self-imposed ban on picking college football games. Why not open myself up to a beating from the cream of the NL Central crop as well?

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MLB Preview: American League West

I’m racing against time here as I try to post this chunk of the season preview prior to the first pitch of the Major League Baseball season. Luckily, the Oakland A’s play in the four-team American League West rather than the six-team National League Central. (More on the NL Central in my next post. Not much more, though.)

The way I see it, this is going to be a two team race, and I believe that both of those teams will end up playing in October.

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MLB Preview: American League East

With less than six hours to go before the start of the 2008 Major League Baseball season, I figured it’d be a good time to get going on the Official Merrill Park Superstar 2008 Major League Baseball Season Preview™.

There’s a big difference between this and my analyses/projections of college basketball (and to a lesser extent the NFL) in that I put a lot more faith in my own judgment — the “eyeball test” ESPN’s college hoops talking heads frequently make reference to — than I would with college basketball and pro football. Here’s my ever-so-complex explanation for why I do this: I feel I have much greater knowledge of baseball than basketball and football.

Why? Well, there are several reasons. However, I’m the type of person that tends to learn through experience. And, of the “big four” sports, the one I have far and away the most experience playing is baseball. I started playing little league when I was about 10, probably younger, and continued playing in rec leagues well into high school, before my torn rotator cuff finally made playing full seasons a near impossibility.

Still, I played baseball in some capacity for at least eight years — likely more than half that time with a significant arm injury — and thus, that’s the sport I feel I have the greatest knowledge of, just from firsthand involvement. (For the record, basketball would be second on that list, albeit a distant one — my best days were behind me as soon as everyone else but me started growing in middle school.) It also helps that baseball is the most visible mainstream sport, what with its 162-game schedule. So, not only have I had the greatest amount of firsthand experience with the national pastime, but I’ve also surely seen far more baseball than any other sport. And I’m not even going to get into sharing an apartment with members of my school’s baseball team last year. You should get the point by now, assuming you haven’t just scrolled past this, perhaps in a fit of rage that had you shouting “GET TO THE FUCKING POINT!” at your screen.

SO…with all of those opening pleasantries out of the way, we can almost get to said point. Just one more thing to note: even though I say I’m less reliant on formulas and numbers when it comes to analyzing baseball, that certainly doesn’t mean I disregard them altogether.

OKAY. On to the preview.

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NFL’s Annual Campaign Against Student-Athletes Under Way

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Dr. Horacio Nicaragua has compiled a list of Wonderlic scores for some of this year’s NFL Draft’s prospects over at his blog.

This list, which really started to attract attention when Vince Young was discovered to be borderline retarded, continually delivers a black eye to the institution of collegiate athletics. Young was initially rumored to have scored a 6, a Wonderlic score usually reserved for the illiterate.

Young is not alone, however. San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore also scored a 6 on his Wonderlic, and Javon Walker scored a 9. A score of 20 indicates average intelligence, while a score under 10 suggests illiteracy.

So which of this year’s NFL Draft prospects are illiterate?

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Who Is This Year’s George Mason?

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March Madness: What A Duketastrophe!

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