Archive December 2013

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Week 17 Observations

NFL seasons sometimes go out with a whimper. This one went out with a bang.

Lessons Learned From 2013

Looking back at a successful fantasy season (pats self on back).

Week 16 Observations

Given what we now know about the severity of Tony Romo's injury, the Cowboys' fourth-quarter comeback he led was especially heroic. No one despises the Cowboys more than I do, but Romo is a borderline Hall of Famer in my opinion, wasting his career with Jerry Jones and various sub-standard coaches as his employers.

Fantasy College Basketball Game of the Week: Georgetown at Kansas

Perry Missner looks in at Andrew Wiggins and Kansas in their win over Georgetown.

Week 15 Observations

Because I was half three-quarters out of my mind at the Playboy Mansion this Sunday, this entry will be brief. It was part of StarStreet's Fantasy Football Championship Event, and I was supposed to be covering it.

Fantasy College Basketball Game of the Week: Kentucky at North Carolina

Perry Missner checks in on the all-star recruiting project known as Kentucky and wonders how North Carolina could have become an underdog.

Week 14 Observations

There were 90 touchdowns scored on Sunday, breaking the previous one-day record of 87.

Fantasy College Basketball Game of the Week: UNLV at Arizona

Perry Missner takes a look at what might be the best team in the nation in the early going: the Arizona Wildcats.

Welcome to the Group of Death

The World Cup draw has finally been completed and the United States finds itself in a group with Germany, Ghana and Portugal. The early reaction is that it's the Group of Death and reviewing the other groups pretty much confirms it. Group B isn't exactly a cakewalk, with Spain, Netherlands, Chile, and Australia, while Group D is also tough with Uruguay, England, Italy and Costa Rica. Had the United States been drawn into any of these groups, we'd surely be calling that one the Group of Death.

A Historically Bad Year For Fantasy Running Backs?

The running back carnage this year is bad. But how bad? Is this something we should plan for in the future?

Scanning the Twitterverse this last week, I was struck by this comment:

My first take was that this year's first-round running back busts are pretty typical of history. I was right .. and wrong. Let's look at the history of running backs taken in the first round of average draft position (ADP) since 1998 (data courtesy of

MLB Hot Stove: On Fire!

Lots of action in the Hot Stove today...

Week 13 Observations

The downgrade from Christian Ponder to Matt Cassel is so slight, it's an upgrade.

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What I Think You Should Know About The USMNT
Needless to say, it's been a great World Cup thus far. The USMNT having some success would be awesome.
La-La-La-L.A. Gets Lord Stanley!
Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Alec Martinez's Cup-winning goal celebration? # priceless. I wonder if he'll ever get his gloves back.
  • Henrik Lundqvist stopped the 50th shot of the game. He couldn't stop the 51st. #connsmythe if the Rangers had found a way to come back in this series.
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
Billy Hamilton went for $28 in the NL LABR auction this past weekend. I discussed this with a fellow writer who participates in Tout Wars with me later this month and we discussed the problem with investing heavily into Hamilton.

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