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Interesting article in the WSJ on pitch limiting, using the top Dodgers prospect as an example. As any baseball fan knows, teams are now strictly limiting pitch counts and innings pitched, in the effort to avoid arm injuries, especially Tommy John surgery. As fans of baseball history know, it was only in the last 25 years or so that we adopted five man rotations, before that pitchers started every fourth day, and pitch counts were very rare. We are now much more concerned with the health of pitchers, so we limit them to 100 pitches or so, and monitor innings pitched very closely.
There is only one problem with this: there is literally zero evidence that any of that works. There are MORE Tommy John surgeries now than there were 20 years ago before we started taking better care of pitchers arms, and pitching injuries are also above where they were before teams started doing this. Baseball is adanced stats crazy (and I agree with this) but for some reason teams when taking care of pitchers rely on pure superstition with no facts underneath them.
I found this was a good troll on Ohio State Fans. It was from Columbus Newspaper. It gave me good chuckle. :)
Ohio State University forced to abandon scarlet and gray
Happy Friday. Hoping that some of you at least give the rest of us live feeds on the spring game later today. It is April 1st, however, and it is the time of the year when people pull some of the best pranks you'll ever hear of.
So the question is this: What is the best prank you ever did, had pulled on you, or if it's a really good one, that you heard of? And although it's April 1st, the prank could've been any day of the year - so share the good stuff.
Have a great day. Go blue
With seven games left, Golden State is now 68-7, two games ahead of the '95-'96 Bulls' pace at this same point. They just won what seemed like a trap game, playing in the altitude of Salt Lake City on the second of a back-to-back, with yet another fourth-quarter comeback and OT win. A 5-2 finish now will break the NBA win record.
What do you think their final victory total will be? Here's their remaining schedule:
April 1 - vs. Boston (43-31)
April 3 - vs. Portland (39-36)
April 5 - vs. Minnesota (25-50)
April 7 - vs. San Antonio (63-12)
April 9 - at Memphis (41-34)
April 10 - at San Antonio (63-12)
April 13 - vs. Memphis (41-34)
GS is pretty banged up right now and it's still possible Steve Kerr could start resting guys for the playoffs, but at this point I've got to think they're going to try to complete the push and reach 73 wins. They do play San Antonio twice, among others, but the Spurs probably don't have too much incentive at this point.
Title pretty much says it all, Michigan at 24-3 is ranked #1 ahead of #2 Florida at 33-1.
Rankings released yesterday, and yeah, this includes the loss to Northwestern on Friday. Strange as Florida just swept at LSU and swept home against Tennessee the week before.
The USA Today/NFCA coaches poll, due out today, and the ESPN poll, due out tomorrow, have had Florida solidly at #1 with Michigan #2. This will probably remain the case in the 2 polls this week.
EDIT: Edited title for accuracy, this is apparently the 2nd RPI. Also, coaches poll out, and as expected, Florida is first with 800 points (this seems to be all of the first place votes, but am not sure), followed by #2 Michigan with 746 points.
Had high hopes for Klinsmann, but US men's soccer is clearly at a low point; I don't think the lack of gifted ("technical") players helps. Has he gambled on a style of football we couldn't manage and simply lost? Might the gamble pay off soon? (That is, are better players on the way?)
It's curious to me that the criticism from all quarters is so muted--no one really calling for Klinsmann's head, just saying we've got to win. Maybe this amounts to a tacit collective admission that the talent just isn't there, yet?
MOD EDIT - Moved to board - LSA