Team Moneyball is back. Blank the Angels to move into
2nd in the AL West. Sit 2.5 GB MIN and NYY for AL WC.
See Q It Up for a link to Gammonalysis.
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Two Words For You:
Not that Joe Dumars had many options,
but here's what we know about new Pistons coach Flip
Great for the regular season,
but a dud in the playoffs.
Unfortunately, the Pistons aren't merely looking to
make the playoffs, like 75 percent of the rest of the
teams in the NBA. They're not even looking to make a
deep playoff run. Flip's record in Minnesota is
somewhere in the middle.
But the Pistons aren't a "rising" team; they're the
two-time defending Eastern Conference champs.
They want to win a title now. (And have the personnel to do it).
Without being flip, Saunders is a "get-them-in" coach,
not a "put-them-over-the-top" coach.
"There was too much Larry Brown and not
enough Pistons," team owner Bill Davidson said (via
WDIV-TV in Detroit).
And that nicely sums up the lifetime critique of
Brown, independent of his success in the
Rumors flying that the Knicks are in Hazard
County-style hot pursuit. (Does that make Isiah Thomas
the Roscoe P. Coltrane of the NBA?)
See Wednesday's Quickie for
my reasons why Brown isn't a good fit in New York
right now (the operative phrase being "right
MLB Thursday: Woo!
It's very hard not to get excited about
today's MLB pitching storylines:
Zach Duke: He's the league's
reigning phenom, riding a 17-inning scoreless
Kenny Rogers' last start? Meets with Bud
Friday about his suspension appeal, so this could be
his last start for a while. And the Rangers need it,
having just been passed by the A's.
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Discovery Channel: Team, not just Lance, in lead at TdF|
Braves ace John Smoltz: Racks up 7th W in row for Atlanta
Kevin Hall: Deaf golfer makes PGA debut in Milwaukee
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Kerry Wood: Exits in 3rd after stiff shoulder (and 3 HR)|
Troy Smith: Ohio St QB in yet more trouble for camping
Jennifer Capriati: Will miss U.S. Open with injury
Maddux goes for 3000K: He only needs 6 more.
Will Reds SP Eric Milton give up more HR than Maddux
Buehrle vs. Boston: The AL's leading Cy Young
candidate goes head-to-head with the AL's top offense
(and fellow All-Star Matt Clement is no
Big Unit vs. Big Bartolo: Given Angels' quiet
bats recently, could be a K fest; A-Rod lit up Colon
in New York earlier this season.
Jake and Johan, too: Peavy and Santana might be
the best pitchers in their respective leagues. Both
always a must-see.
Needing less than 24 hours,
CPR hero/agent Drew Rosenhaus
returns to being a jerk:
T.O. is "50/50" about showing up at Eagles
training camp, says Rosenhaus. Much as I expect fans are 50/50 about
whether to embrace T.O. or loathe him.
Packers WR: Pay me/trade me. Let's see Javon
Walker earn those holdout-worthy stats receiving from,
say, Henson instead of Favre.
Shaming both, Tedy Bruschi announced he won't
play in 2005 season as he continues to recover from a
stroke. Puts holdouts in perspective.
A Northwestern alumnus weighs in on the
ludicrous "scandal" over the sensational national
champion women's lacrosse team from NU:
Flip-flops are perfectly acceptable footwear in the
summer. Yes, even at the White House. And from what I
can tell, the ones worn by the NU players were fairly
Here's the lesson: Always trust judgments of anyone
from such a great school, from flip-flopping
collegians to, umm, flip-flopping columnists.
(P.S.: The team is auctioning the controversial kicks
to benefit a 10-year-old fan suffering from cancer.
There's still time for joyless haters to flip-flop and
support the team.)
Impressions of Alaska:
Iditarod: The gold standard of dog-sled racing.
Wait: Can you name any other brands in dog-sled
Great Alaska Shootout: For college hoops
junkies, games in November that tip off at midnight on
live TV rule.
Vote Best of Alaska
Nats' 2nd-half struggles continue as All-Star ace SP
contemplates season-ending knee surgery following
another Nats L last night (5th in 7 G).
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Wouldn't it be hilarious if NHL players voted today to
*reject* the new labor deal? But they won't, and fans
move one step closer to not caring.|
Jeremy Roenick has said some dumb things, but he's
right on that the NHL should skip Friday's lottery and
give Sidney Crosby directly to the Rangers.
Don Shula disses Jimmy Johnson, saying Dan Marino only
"had one coach." You'd think Shula would want to share
blame for never getting Dan a ring.
NBA postpones official free-agent signing day
indefinitely: Odds of having a "Boozer Incident" get
Vikings decide not to charge fans to watch training
camp. Looks like Mike Tice won't be able to pad the
income this year ... Heh: Too obvious?