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Training Camp Notes

A look around the Association as we near the start of training camp:

The Plight of An Eagles Fan: Week 13 Predictions

16-7-1 against the spread after going 1-1 in Week 12, and we're back for more analytically driven Week 13 predictions.

Tuesday's Notes

Tuesday's Happenings: Preseason NBA Stories

Week 12 Observations

Having taken the Jets, a team I almost always root against, in Survivor this week, it was curious, i.e., infuriating, seeing Darrelle Revis unable to cover Stevie Johnson. Johnson is shifty - he made a great move to score a touchdown against Corey Webster in the Giants matchup - but Revis has handled receivers from Wes Welker to Andre Johnson without a problem. Thankfully Johnson shot himself in the foot, so to speak, by dropping what would have been the game-winning touchdown - twice.

Training Camp Notes

A look around the NBA as players and teams prepare for training camp with the end of the lockout.

First thoughts on the NBA season

The NBA is back, and I feel like break dancing!  We now re-begin the process of getting you prepared for your fantasy drafts.  As I transition back to the NBA mindset with the new landscape, some thoughts come to mind.  Here are some of my early ones.

NFL Week 12 Live Blog

Chaos week continues - late news on Montario Hardesty and Ryan Mathews are the perfect summaries to a crazy week of injuries. Still looking for a confirm on Mathews, but Peyton Hillis and Mike Tolbert are late upgrades.

Don't Wait For Waivers - Week 12

A look at five guys who have done little or nothing this year but could become hot waiver commodities after their Week 12 performances.

Thanksgiving Day Live Blog

Everyone is moving in and out today, chime in when you can. Here's hoping you did at least one Thanksgiving day draft - can't imagine not doing it now.

Who does everyone have today?

Tebow: Do we know what we "know"?

I'm not a Tim Tebow fan.  I never have been, I doubt I ever will be.  I don't like his alma mater.  I don't like the Broncos.  I don't love how he plays the game.  I'm just not a fan at all.

That said, a part of me has been loving every minute of the "Tebow experience" that has taken over the major sports networks for the past month.  I love it for two reasons: 1) some sports analysts (and I can say this because I AM one) take themselves and their opinions WAY too seriously, and 2) there is more than one way to skin a cat, and I love it when a player comes along that makes us revisit this.

Boyfights 3: Week 12 Predictions

15-6-1 against the spread after going 1-1 in Week 11, and we're back for more analytically driven Week 12 predictions.

How To Navigate The Treacherous Wide Receiver Waters

The wide receiver position has been impossible to predict this season. Is this the time of the season when you should adopt a go-for-broke mentality if you're scavenging for points at the position? Find out ...

NFL Notes

A look around the league:

Week 11 Observations

The NFL is such a week to week league that it should surprise no one that the Eagles went from losing at home against Arizona's backup quarterback to winning in New York with theirs. Of course, John Skelton was no ordinary backup - he was pushing Kevin Kolb for the starting job - that is, until Skelton was demoted to third string mid-game in San Francisco behind Richard Bartel.

(Early) Monday Morning Thoughts

Some of my thoughts coming out of the weekend:

Hot Stove notes and other stuff...

Hot Stove happenings and Turkey Day picks...

NFL Week 11 Live Blog

I'm expecting my Bengals to get squashed by the Ravens today, their recent decent history against them notwithstanding. I don't think that they'll be able to withstand the absences of A.J. Green and Leon Hall.

My Sirius/XM Salary Cap team after the jump:

Can Fantasy Owners Trust Matt Leinart?

He has been handed the reigns to one of the NFL's best offenses, but can fantasy owners trust Matt Leinart to deliver or will his past failures be a sign he's going to fail this season in Houston too?

A Lesson In Chivalry: Week 11 Predictions

14-5-1 against the spread after going 2-0 in Week 10, and we're back for more analytically driven Week 11 predictions.

NFL Notes

A look around the league:

Mama, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Quarterbacks

Ouch!  To say week 10 was a rough one for quarterbacks around the N.F.L. would be an understatement.  Matt Schaub may or may not be done for the year, depending on who you listen to.  Matt Cassel is done (does it matter?) and both Michael Vick and Ben Roethlisberger are banged up enough to have their fantasy owners concerned.

Week 10 Observations

Denarius Moore reminds me of Chad Johnson in his prime. Not huge, but gets downfield and makes the acrobatic play consistently. Maybe that's why Carson Palmer likes him so much.

NFL Week 10 Live Blog

This week, it's the Giants (Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham) that are vexing me with late lineup decisions. I still don't know what to do with Daniel Thomas, either.

The Redskins' decision to start Rex Grossman doesn't really move the needle for me one way or another.

Hey, did you hear Sean Payton will coach from the sidelines? And that Tony Siragusa is there? Yeah, I don't care either.

Picks for the S/XM Salary Cap game after the jump.

Don't Wait For Waivers - Week 10

A look at five guys who have done little or nothing this year but could become hot waiver commodities after their Week 10 performances.

Hot Stove notes and other stuff...

Hot Stove...heating up?

How To Salvage Your Fantasy Season

Struggling to get your head above water in your fantasy league? Time is running out but there are still some ways you can turn your fortunes around this season.

The Old Flinch & Hold: Week 10 Predictions

12-5-1 against the spread after going 1-1 in Week 9, and we're back for more analytically driven Week 10 predictions.

First Pitch AZ - NFBC Roster

The NFBC hosted three drafts during First Pitch Arizona -- with a slight wrinkle from the usual format. Here's how my team is shaping up...

NFL Notes

A look around the league:

Turn On The Stove And Let It Heat Up

This is an exciting time of year in baseball. Grab your warm clothes, gather around the stove and enjoy all the rumors and deals in the next couple of months.

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Do Analytics Take the Fun Out of Sports?
Apparently that was the topic of one of the presentations at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston last week. The presenter, Yale's Edward Tufte, opined:

Don't let people tell you analytics are reductionist and take the joy out of sports. They mostly just take the stupidity out of sports.

Is he right?

RotoWire's AL LABR Squad
The 2014 AL LABR auction went down at the Arizona Republic offices in downtown Phoenix Saturday night. It's a 12-team, 5 x 5, AL-only league with 2 C, 1 1B, 1 2B. 1 3B, 1 SS, 1 CI, 1 MI, 5 OF, 1 U and 9 pitchers. Everyone has $260 to spend.
The Problem With Drafting Billy Hamilton
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