“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
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|20 weeks 3 days ago||health....||
The Tigers seem to strongly value durability with their SP. I think it was a strong part of why the great Jair Jurrjens was traded, and while Fister didn't have any obvious injury concerns, he seemed to profile as the most likely of the 5 in the 13 rotation to have issues, with the velocity concerns and the others being more power body types.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||simple||
Succeed or GTFO
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Envious...||
....of your proximity to Cotixan.
|51 weeks 6 days ago||meh.||
Pistons are taking a gamble on his talent and being only 23. He's not a good player now but it seems he should have some upside, and that's all you're going to get for 3/$24M. That video shows that he doesn't have great shot selection for sure, but I'm not sure that some of the other stuff was a bit cherry-picked (player stat comparisons) or (somewhat) easily fixable. Step-back jumpers and picking up your mark at half-court should be easy to fix. (Not that forcing a PG to drive contested into the land of Drummond/Monroe would be a bad thing on this team). Offensively, here's hoping that he's able to feed the bigs on this team easier than having to force up a shot. If he's really quick enough to get into the lane that's worth it IMO.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||The $12.8M-per-year is also||
The $12.8M-per-year is also from the DDA:
Right now, the tax money would be an estimated $12.8 million annually from Detroit's Downtown Development Authority. The cash was money the DDA collected within its district originally to pay downDetroit Public Schools bond debt, which has since been retired.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||You are assuming all things were equal||
When I doubt they were. My assessment of the situation back then (and now) is that they decided they could only re-sign one of the two. I suspect that Franzen was the first to jump at what was a pretty team-friendly contract considering his outstanding play at the end of the 07-08 season, the 08 playoffs, and his 30-goal +20 08-09 season. I wouldn't really consider that more likely to be a fluke due to small sample size any more than I would consider it a break-out.
As it turns out, Hossa got much less than I thought he would (remember he got offered a crap-load from the Oilers, and more from the Penguins than the Wings offered), and I wish the Red Wings would have done something similar and kept both of them, but Franzen is still only getting paid 65% of what Hossa is. Plus with the way the fans got on Hossa in the playoffs, who couldn't really shoot due to injury, all things being equal I think he wanted out.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||to be fair.....||
Franzen took an under-market deal at the time, and it's $20M or so less than Hossa. I think the front office figured they could only afford one of them and took the bird in the bush, even tho Hossa clearly was and still is the better overall player.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||I dunno....||
I kind of figure refrigerators will be obsolete in metropolitan areas 30 years from now.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||there's a bit of an ironic||
there's a bit of an ironic counter-argument to make, which is if the Angels had not been stupid and not left Trout in the minors for the first 20 games they would have made the playoffs.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||no...||
fangraphs WAR has a specific formula, and baseball reference WAR has a specific formula. there's no fudging or non-specificity in the formula. when people are distinguishing between the 2 they typically say fWAR or brWAR or something.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||fuck.....||
that was a trivia question a few weeks back, my memory is bad.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||they don't judge based on||
they don't judge based on just 1 number, that's a ridiculous mus-characterization of those that are not trolling you. but the large lead that trout has in it reflects the opinion that he's close enough to miggy with the bat that his stolen bases, base running, and gold glove defense make him more valuable.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||there's absolutely a specific||
there's absolutely a specific formula, at least for hitting. There's 2 different versions of WAR out there (for pitchers and hitters), with the difference for hitters being how defense is measured. This has to do with batted ball and everything, which does bring into account human judgement, and is still deeply flawed, but is vastly superior to simple stats like fielding percentage and assists. but the biggest problem with it IMO is treating the defensive metrics as having no uncertainty when in fact they have a large uncertainty.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||pudge and arod?||
pudge and arod?
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Trout isn't exactly chopped||
Trout isn't exactly chopped liver compared to Cabrera:
45 more SBs
.007 lower BA
It's a simple question of Trout's extra speed and defense vs. Cabrera's extra power + RBI. To dismiss this as a debate that should be one-sided is likely no more than a failure to see all sides of the argument.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||still better than those||
still better than those "black people" who.....
i'll just shut up now, you should too.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||the time out before that||
the time out before that was a pet peeve of mine. As a defense you don't call a time out with 2:40-2:47 or so left. The time that it takes to run the next play means the clock *should* then start at 2:38 or so, meaning you've made the 2-minute warning useless and wasted a time-out. Schwartz did it against he Jets(?) a couple of years ago as well.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Raiola?||
I believe lineman can go 2-3 yards down field. The fact that he is go exactly that far and no further. That was an interesting play, I didn't understand why the faked the hand-off, but maybe StL thought the same thing and forgot him as a receiver.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||that would explain||
the blank post entitled "Commitment #19" that came through my google reader feed from them.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||I really liked QoS||
There was something about the underlying pain of Bond leftover from Quantum that I sensed the entire movie and I really connected with the character. The hot desolate landscape at the end helped pull that feeling through. His interactions with the two hot women protagonists also gave me the sense that instead of just using them like he did at the beginning of Casino Royale, he was now completely closed-off after Vespa and this showed with a bit angst against the woman.
I really like torn/flawed characters and I think that this movie, while maybe not great for plot and action sequences, really solidified what was begun in Casino Royale as far as taking Bond away from the annoyingly smarmy character it had become in the previous movie series. And better yet we got to see it.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||long game||
I think you have to look at the long game here, if Delany has concluded that there is no real chance (yet) for on-campus playoff games, an opinion that is very reasonable, then there is no sense being unloyal to the Rose Bowl. Even if it is an evil bowl, it's still the best of the lot and it makes sense to keep as much exclusivity with it as possible by not stabbing it in the back until you are sure it will die.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||CL||
All I care about is Arsenal winning thier game, I'm saving up for the fox soccer package next season but i'm not going to do it if the Gunners are not in the CL.....not to mention they need to sign some players this off-season.
Beyond that it would be nice to see City wrap it up and the Spurs keep that 4th place in case Chelsea loses the final.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||also||
it's a convenient way to give some of your depth guys some meaningful minutes, which could have benefits down the road and also for their morale.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||i saw that somewhere else too||
that it kind of fell off after the top 10 or 15.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Verlander started training||
Verlander started training earlier last year so he wouldn't be so mediocre in April, so the theory can work.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||well....||
A 3 loss Baylor team is ahead of the 2 loss TCU team. So it doesn't seem that unrealistic.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||no they're not||
FIP is predictive for next season, but it doesn't necessarily reflect a pitcher's current/past performance.
Even the current SABR overlord says you should probably use a combo of fangraphs WAR (FIP-based) and bbr WAR (ERA-based).
|2 years 45 weeks ago||same call||
this I think was the same defense that kovacs got the pick on 2Q. the seam was open then too but Rees got fooled and threw the INT. he was probably coached up on the sidelines and ready for it this time.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||oh hey||
i love these things. cold and crunchy on the outside, warm and chewy in the middle.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Wrong||
He *had* to pursue Harbaugh to the depth's end. And I'm sure that was his plan. Everybody, including me, would have disavowed the program if he had hired Hoke a month ago.
And I'm not buying the argument that all these flights take a week to get lined up; they don't. At any rate, don't you think everybody that showed up today would have been thrilled with JH as well? Or Miles? If I Were DB, I'd have them lined up no matter who the coach was. It only makes sense.
Bottom line is, you can have your theories that this was all a charade to dupe you, and sure some of that necessarily goes on with something very public that one is trying to keep private, but you can't objectively judge a guy on what you don't know.