Just a Fantasy
Among several things to consider before you sip on your preferred method of liquid distribution, is how far sports has come. Think of how different and strange it would look like to any grown person from the 80’s on back – this current and cultural-testament to games of skill and barbarism, created to satiate above the simple pleasure of watching sport. E.B. White once wrote an apocalyptic essay in the New Yorker about the decline of sports and the day it got too big. It was a wild and ridiculously futuristic vision of a world overburdened with crazy gambling and blind addictions to every point spread on every game, contest, fight, horse race, etc…
It was written a long time ago and well before I was born, but spooky to read it and see it arrive in all its truth. All before cell phones, credit cards, TV’s – its crazy to think that a generation of people grew up in a time before electric lightbulbs, automobiles, planes, radios, TV’s, ever existed…
Now just think back to just a decade ago and how far removed sports has become today from what you knew then, and the explosion of Fantasy Gaming. This article by Ben McGrath, also from the New Yorker, writes an excellent piece all the way back from April of this year – talking about how much Fantasy Sports has evolved beyond a dismissed, lesser-breed of sports fan to prove its strength by millions, that includes over 8 million women – You could say we all have seen way too much, and it’s all way beyond what we are talking about. It’s like bringing String Theory of Quantum Mechanics into a football conversation – for some of us, that’s exactly what we are doing.
Hockey Will Go Hockey On You
“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck will be.” Wayne Gretzky said that, and he should know – he was/is a GREAT ‘Ockey player. So, for Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune, he weaves a tapistry of America’s greatest “Ockey triumph to #Murica’s greatest ‘Ockey movie. It’s a trip down memory lane that quilts together hockey rivalries, to gold medals and comedy gold.
NBA and The Big Short
It’s always interesting to read about the possible breakdowns of sports leagues and their shortcomings. For the #NBA their league could be in an underlying financial crisis of free-agency, poor incentives, networks, roster construction, and players more concerned with brand building than team-building. It might be why watching the outliers of the Spurs and Warriors is so fun. It’s good-team basketball that values playing hard on defense too.
West Coast Bias
There is a genuine bias being pushed out thru the Worldwide-Leader Car Wash and the statement is clear. Baker Mayfield is the most important player in college football for a one loss Oklahoma. He even has a sophisticated Heisman website. Is he good? Sure. But compared to other QB’s? What about Brandon Doughty who is 5th in passing-yardage-game, with 42 TD’s and 6 picks – nobody who has more than 30TD’s has a better TD:INT ratio? Neither Connor Cook, nor Baker Mayfield have as much passing yardage, total offense or TD passes as Doughty – just saying – where’s his heisman chatter? Same thing for Dalvin Cook of FSU – his numbers are way better than Derrick Henry, who is an overrated dump truck with the same steering capability. Yet, the greatest injustice is saved for the player that is the most dynamic, dangerous and leads the nation in total yards – compare his numbers to Heisman darling Reggie Bush, there’s no comparison. Read all about him and get back to me with your thoughts on the most under-appreciated player in the country, and who should actually win the Heisman Trophy, but won’t.
- My Heisman Finalists
- Christian McCaffrey
- Dalvin Cook
- CJ Beatherd
- Brandon Doughty
- Leonard Fournette
Out Of Chaos Comes Order
Being a referee is never easy. The job description is not for those who suffer from low self-esteem, but what we are witnessing is stupefying. Currently when you watch #NFL games you wonder if the replacement refs ever left? The perception seems to be that it has never been this bad. Maybe it has and we never had so many ways to express our outrage, or have so many more people listen and join in. Not sure, but clearly it’s enough to have articles written about the problem. Maybe it’s time the #NFL spends some money on making the position Full-Time, so there could be more accountability to those that regulate league rules.
What are the greatest sports records in history? Which ones will never be broken? Is it possible to compare records across eras, or, for that matter, across sports?
A quartet of analytics professors, all of them sports fans, have attempted to answer these daunting questions, and some of their answers will surprise you, and, quite possibly, infuriate you……(continue reading)