Week of April 20, 2015

This is why the Warriors are up 3-0 in the series. God does not reward Anthony Davis fandom of this nature.

Picture Perfect

Monday was Patriots Day in New England, which is something I have to experience firsthand in my life. It’s a recognized holiday, so no school and no work. The Boston Marathon (the longest running marathon in the world) kicks things off, which by all accounts is 26.2 miles of well-wishers cheering on 30K+ runners fulfilling a bucket list accomplishment. That’s followed by a day game at Fenway. All join in the festivities, and the runners represent seemingly all makes and backgrounds. But back in the mid 1960s, this was not the case. “The universal thinking among sports’ male powerbrokers was that women were not physically equipped to endure the rigors of the marathon distance of 26.2 miles. They claimed that the strain would cause women’s uteri to fall out or that they would become musclebound and grow hair on their chests.” Now, I don’t need to tell you that isn’t the case anymore, but I do need to tell you about a series of photographs. Three pictures that capture perhaps the moment when the shift took place for women’s athletics.

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Here’s a story about that moment, the leadup, and the culture shift that followed. To quote Julia Chase-Brand, a running legend, “The iconic photos of this encounter clinched it: American women were not going to be pushed off the roads, and now a sports issue became a feminist issue—which of course it always had been.” – PAL

Source: Behind The Photo That Changed The Boston Marathon Forever”, David Davis, Deadspin (4/20/15)

TOB: A very good article on a story I had never heard about before.


The Closest Thing The NBA’s Got To The Godfather

Great stories are about perspective, which is yet another reason why you all should bookmark The Stacks series on Deadspin. They find the best sportswriting from throughout the years and post them (with author permission). What’s cool is the time between the original publication of the stories and the moment you’re reading them adds yet another layer of enjoyment and and intrigue. This edition sheds light on Pat Riley when he first went to Miami to coach. This is before he won with Shaq and Wade, before he courted Lebron, won 2 more championships, and the subsequent parting of ways. The dapper Riley’s upbringing will surprise you, and the 1995 cultural references will bring a smile. – PAL

Source: What Failure Did To Pat Riley”, Mark Kriegel, Esquire (12/1995); reposted by The Stacks (4/21/15)

TOB: Two passages I really enjoyed:

“I want to treat my players to the best. If I’m having a team party, I want white tablecloths, I want china, and I want silverware. I don’t want fuckin’ plastic plates. And I want a flower arrangement in the middle. And if the towels are hotel white, hey, put some color in there, I don’t give a shit. I want my team to fly first-class, to stay in first-class hotels. I’m gonna ask them to do a lot. So tell me, is that wrong, wanting them to have the best?”

And:

“And the clothes?…They’re really all Armani?”

“Yeah.”

“Why?”

He looks at me with disbelief, even irritation, squinting until the hint of a grin forms at the corners of his mouth. “’Cause it’s good shit, that’s why.”


Stanozolol: The Old-School Steroid Worth The Risk

Until this season, it had been seven years since a MLB player tested positive for using Stanozolol (this is is what sprinter Ben Johnson tested positive for, and what Barry Bonds is accused of taking). This year, three pitchers were suspended 80 games for a positive test. It’s an old school anabolic steroid, and an easily detected one at that. However, during the past six season a whopping 125 minor league players have been busted using the steroid. What gives? Perhaps the risk (80 game suspension or roughly ½ a big league season) is worth the long-term rewards. Four-time olympian Francis Dodoo, who now serves on the World Anti-Doping Agency committee, might sum it up best: “You don’t just dope, get caught and return to where your body started.” I guess some guys just take a short-term risk, and if they get burned, then they still have a better shot at reaping the benefits down the line. – PAL

Source: Persistence of a Steroid Bedevils Baseball”, Juliet Macur, The New York Times (4/21/15)


Interview with Barry Bonds’ Son

An interesting interview by sportswriter Jeff Pearlman, who once wrote a very unflattering book about Barry Bonds, with Bonds’ son Nikolai. Nikolai, a former Giants bat boy and now in his mid-20’s, opens up about growing up as Barry’s son – both the good and the bad. It’s a complex relationship, to say the least. But Nikolai clearly cares about his father, and strongly believes that his father belongs in the Hall of Fame:

“My dad’s job was what exactly? To entertain. That’s it. That’s the first reason. Second is, as you said, he didn’t break any rules of the game. So what did he do wrong? Third, Hank Aaron admitted to greenies. An enhancer. Babe Ruth drank during prohibition. Illegal. Ty Cobb beat a woman during a game. What we are talking about is someone who is enhancing his performance within the rules of the sport he plays to entertain the rest of this world … and he is getting crucified for it.”

But my favorite part is this exchange:

Q: In exactly 33 words, can you make a Hall of Fame case for Jeff Kent?

A: Nope.

Nobody likes Jeff Kent. -TOB

Source: Nikolai Bonds”, Jeff Pearlman, jeffpearlman.com (04/21/2015)

PAL: Is it just me, or did Barry Bonds’ son admit that his dad took PEDs:”…[H]e didn’t break any rules of the game. So what did he do wrong?…Hank Aaron admitted to greenies. An enhancer. Babe Ruth drank during prohibition. Illegal. Ty Cobb beat a woman during a game. What we are talking about is someone who is enhancing his performance within the rules of the sport he plays to entertain the rest of this world…” Also, I don’t believe Barry Bonds’ son was ever homeless as he claims.


Updates:

  • Last week we recommended a story about Barry Bonds working with (and rooting for) Alex Rodriguez. ARod’s off to a surprisingly good start to the season (15 games): 4HR, 11 RBI, .991 OPS
  • Two weeks ago, we posted about Lon Simmons’ passing. On Wednesday night during the Giants-Dodger game, I swear I saw Vin Scully pay tribute during the Giants Wednesday broadcast. Am I making this up? Can someone confirm or deny this, please. – PAL

 Videos of the Week:

(Explicit language, but so worth it)

Steph Curry is the truth.


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“Life is just one crushing defeat after another until you just wish Flanders was dead”

-H. Simpson

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Week of April 13, 2015

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When it’s your birthday, Helmet Nachos are acceptable.


Why Charles Barkley Once Gained 19 Pounds in 2 Days (On Purpose)

Unrelated to the above photo, this is a great story about Charles Barkley. We’ll get out of the way and let Charles tell it:

“Back in my day we had a hard salary cap so you could not go over the salary cap like you can today and the Sixers had the No. 5 pick in the draft. I left college after three years and in fairness, I was fat in college. I played at 300 pounds. The Sixers called me a month before the draft and said, “We want you to get down to 285 pounds and come in before the draft.” So I get down to 283 and the night before we fly into Philly my agent said, “You do know if the Sixers draft you they are going to give you $75,000,  right?”  I said, “Dude, I didn’t leave college for $75,000. We have a problem.” He said, “You weigh about 283 now. What do you want to do? You beat their weight limit.” I said, “Let’s go out.”

So we went to Dennys and I had like two Grand Slam breakfasts. We went to lunch and I had like two big barbeque sandwiches. That night we went to a big steakhouse. The next morning I had two more Grand Slam breakfasts and when we flew to Philly, I weighed 302. I was like, Thank goodness, the Sixers are not going to draft me. So when you look at my face when commissioner [David] Stern says ‘With the fifth pick in the draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select Charles Barkley,’ I was like, ‘Oh, sh–.’ When people go back and look at me walking, and they see that awful burgundy suit, everybody else is happy and Charles isn’t happy. But it worked out great. The most important person in my basketball career was Moses Malone and he got me down to under 250 pounds and the rest is history.”

Classic Chuck. -TOB

PAL: If for nothing else, read through Barkley’s transcript to see a dude who can get onto a tangent faster than a dog gets on a dropped piece of steak. In response as to whether he will accept an invitation to the Sloan Conference (an advanced metrics gathering), he said the following:

“They just charge you more calling them analytics but they are just stats. It’s kind of like, if you are black, you are a cook and if you are white, you are a chef. The chef gets paid a lot more than the cook (laughs). But my big rule is if people should be able to take a joke … Everyone knows Muhammad Ali is a hero of mine. So is Dr. Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. I did some research on Abe Lincoln when that movie came out. There are a lot of great men. But when they asked me for some great Americans, I said Colonel Sanders.”

Source: Charles Barkley Talks Fame, Social Media, at SXSW”, Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated (04/12/2015)


Curt Schilling Message to Himself at 16: Don’t Chew Tobacco

I’m not a fan of Curt Schilling. He’s a blowhard. But this should be mandatory reading for all people who chew tobacco, and all teenagers and their parents. Curt Schilling chewed tobacco for decades. It gave him cancer. He is still here, but there’s no way to know if the cancer will come back. Here, Curt writes a letter to his 16-year old self, urging himself to never start the habit. It’s a very powerful essay, written by someone who has stared his own mortality in the face. -TOB

Source: Letter to My Younger Self”, Curt Schilling, The Players’ Tribune (04/11/2015)


Bonds on A-Rod…But Really on Himself.

I have always liked Barry Bonds. I have never liked Alex Rodriguez. This makes their new-found friendship a conundrum for me. Barry helped A-Rod during his hiatus and is supportive of A-Rod’s pursuit of home run milestones. So how do I reconcile this? I have mostly ignored it. My dislike of A-Rod has nothing to do with steroids (as I’ve said here before, I don’t care about that). But in reading this article about Barry and his feelings on A-Rod’s return – it’s striking how Barry’s plea to give Alex a chance is really a plea to give Barry a chance. For example: “Why the hate? Why hate on something you’re paying to see? I don’t understand it. He’s entertaining us…I wish life wasn’t like that…This guy is not running for president of the United States. He’s not running for commissioner. We’re not running for political office. We’re just ballplayers. We’re not God. We’re imperfect people. We’re human beings.” Poor Barry. Just elect the greatest hitter of all-time to the damn Hall of Fame, will ya? -TOB

Source: “Barry Bonds on A-Rod: ‘I can’t wait until he hits 660’”, Bob Nightengale, USA Today (04/13/2015)

PAL: First off, I think TOB and I need to have a good ol’ debate about the Hall of Fame (I don’t think Bonds, ARod, Pete Rose, Sosa, Palmerio, etc. should be in). Secondly, I agree with TOB in that Bonds’ support for ARod is a plea for himself. I would also add that Bonds’ support is conditional, in that he knows ARod will never challenge his home run record.


Matt Barnes: Future Sacramento Mayor?

Well, that’s his life goal, anyways. I nearly fell out of my chair laughing when I read that. I’ve never liked Matt Barnes. He’s a punk. He was a punk in high school, and college, and in the NBA. But I read this story, and I’m glad I did. It gives a lot of insight into an athlete that has many layers and wears his emotions on his sleeve. For example:

“We get paid a lot of money to play basketball. But what I want to let people know is that we’re still human. We’re still going through day to day struggles that everybody else goes through, but for two and a half hours, when you see us on TV, we have to act like we have the most amazing life in the world.” He pauses. “A lot of people don’t give a s— and I get that. They’re paying a lot of money to come see us play and we get a lot of money, so f— your human side.”

Matt Barnes may never be the mayor of Sacramento, but I understand him a bit more after reading this. -TOB

Source: The Clippers Polarizing Pariah Who Tells It Like It Really Is”, Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated (04/10/2015)

PAL: “And being an a–hole, he knows, is what’s kept him in the league.” Matt Barnes is a goon, and I mean that as a compliment. Every great hockey player has had a goon by his side. Teams in any sport need an enforcer, someone to keep the edge sharp. You don’t like these guys, and — guess what — you’re not supposed to like them, but they serve an important purpose. It’s a bonus that he seems to have his priorities straight when it comes to his kids, too. His job in the NBA isn’t glamorous, but it’s a necessity for a team to be great.


It’s Not Yet an Ending, And It’s Not Exactly Happy – But This is Great

As you may recall, Bryan Stow is the Giants fan who was beaten nearly to death, in front of his children, four years ago after an Opening Day Dodgers-Giants game at Dodger Stadium. He suffered traumatic brain injuries as a result. Stow has had a long road to recovery. It’s not over, but this week he provided quite the moving moment. On Thursday, Stow threw out the first pitch at the San Jose Giants’ (the San Francisco Giants’ minor league affiliate) game. Stow needed a walker to get out on the field, and he can no longer throw overhand, but damn if he didn’t get it to the catcher’s glove. Great job, Bryan – and good luck in your continued rehabilitation. -TOB

Source: Stow Tosses First Pitch For San Jose Giants Home Opener”, Jimmy Durkin, San Jose Mercury-News (04/16/2015)

PAL: You know what really sucks about this? Bryan Stow is known by millions as the guy that was beaten into a coma in some pointless, drunken brawl outside a baseball game. No one deserves to be defined by what has happened to him or her. I wish him all the best, and I commend the Giants for sticking by him all these years (especially Tim Flannery), but it pisses me off that he’s known for what happened to him.


Video of the Week

Well, that was ridiculous.


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Before we get to the quote of the week, I want to thank Tommy for being a great friend, a pain in the ass in a debate, and a well of inspiration. This guy is a friend who always shows up, a doting father, and a husband who’s ridiculously in love with his wife. He’s doing it right, and I’m lucky to call him my friend. Happy birthday, buddy!

“Damn you people. Go back to your shanties.”

-Shooter McGavin

Week of April 6, 2015

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RIP Lon Simmons

As sports fans, we don’t often know what a star athlete or coach is really like. The same goes for sportscasters and writers. We hear from them on a daily basis, and we tend to grow very fond of them, but it’s still a very shallow relationship – a one-way street. I always find it interesting, then,  to see the reaction of other media members when one of their own passes away – you can tell who the truly good ones are based on the reaction of their colleagues. That was the case last weekend, when longtime Giants announcer Lon Simmons passed away. Simmons was the voice of the Giants for the better part of 40 years, from the time the team moved to San Francisco until 2002, with some gaps in between (including a long stint with the A’s from 1981 to 1995). The outpouring of emotion and memories by the Bay Area sports media was touching, and I especially enjoyed this obituary, as written in the SF Chronicle. It shows Simmons as a great and funny guy; beloved by colleagues and athletes alike, and a huge Giants fan. One of the most interesting tidbits given is that Lon caused a major shift in how announcers are employed. In 1981, Lon got into a squabble with the station head at KNBR, leading to his departure to the A’s (where he teamed up with the also legendary Bill King). The Giants were furious that their star broadcaster was no longer calling their games and sports teams began employing the announcers directly to avoid a repeat. Rest in peace, Lon. -TOB

Source: Lon Simmons, Beloved Bay Area Sportscaster, Dead at 91”, John Shea and Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle (04/05/2015)


In Memory of Hank Gathers, Fallen Teammate

I have never been a Jeter fan, and when he announced his website I was quite skeptical. Athletes are not sportswriters, and it seems unfair to expect them to be able to write a compelling story. Some have the ability, but not all. So when an athlete contributes a story to Jeter’s website and it’s really good, I feel compelled to share it. Hank Gathers died 25 years ago, one week before the 1990 NCAA Tournament. Hank led the nation in scoring and rebounding and Loyola-Marymount was an offensive juggernaut. In the middle of a game, Hank collapsed after an finishing an alley-oop. He died right there on the court. Hank and Bo had been friends since they were kids, and traveled to two different colleges together, so the death hit Bo harder than most. Still grieving, LMU made a run all the way to the Elite 8, with Bo paying an unforgettable tribute to his friend. Here, Bo reflects on his friendship with Hank, Hank’s death, and how the team responded. Do yourself a favor and read this. -TOB

Source: Hank: Tales of Madness”, Bo Kimble, The Players’ Tribune (undated)


What’s In A Number?

When it comes to baseball, an iconic number is associated with an iconic name or team. It turns out, there’s a lot more in a number than legacy. In the sport most obsessed with numbers – 755, 56, 61, .406 – I don’t even have to say anything else and just based off of these numbers baseball fans know exactly who and what they represent.  A record can tell us a lot about context, too. Whether you’re a baseball fan or not, you’ll enjoy this breakdown and forecast of when baseball’s most hallowed records are most likely to be broken, and the guesstimates have as much to do with context – the state of the game at the time the records were set – as they do with greatness. How’d The New York Times go about this fun probabilities challenge? By applying “extreme value theory,” which is most commonly used to predict weather. Don’t hold your breath on some of these records being broken while you’re still kicking, folks. Oh, and just as a reminder, Barry Bonds had an OBP (on base percentage) over 60% in 2004. Think about that – in a sport where “failing” (making an out) 60% of the time represents an all-star clip Bonds did the inverse. – PAL

Source: How Many Years Until the Record Falls”, John Katz, Matthew Bloch, Larry Buchannan, and Joe Ward; The New York Times (4/3/15)

TOB: This is fun. It reminds me of an article I read as a kid in the Sacramento Bee. As I recall, they ranked the least breakable baseball records. #1 was Cy Young’s 511 wins. That’s a no-brainer. #3 was Maris’ single-season home run record. Whoops! That lasted all of two more years. But in the middle was #2 – Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak. This one seems the most attainable in my lifetime, even though it’s been a long time since anyone got even remotely close. It’s also the one I’m most excited to see. The build up would be intense. It’s sort of a goofy record – but it would be so exciting. I nominate Joe Panik.


Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk ‘til You Lose Your Patience*

The Golden State Warriors are loaded with talent, and one of the most important ones in Draymond Green’s gift of gab. In other words, the dude talks a lot of sh*t on the court, and that’s exactly what this team of quiet, nice guys needs – an edge. Read about Green’s path to the NBA, and you’ll understand why the undersized forward has always been a dude with something to prove. Some of my favorite nuggets from the story included below – PAL

  • “Green ended a back-and-forth with Doc Rivers by dismissing the Clippers coach with the line, ‘Cool story, Glenn.’” (Doc Rivers’ real name, which no one has called him in decades)
  • “Everyone talked about how he’ll be a star. But as soon as he fails, everybody will look at me. Nobody is going to say his coach let him fail. It was me.” – Green’s  mom, explaining a harsh and unpopular punishment she doled out after Green was caught cheating on a test in 9th grade.
  • Green’s numbers this year: 11.8 points and 8.1 rebounds, while shooting a career-high 44.2 percent from the field. He’s expected to be offered a “max deal” in the off-season (~$14.6MM)…I love Green, but are those really numbers you’d expect to demand a max deal?

Source: “The Fastest Mouth in the West”, Jonathan Abrams, Grantland (4/7/15)

*Name the song (and don’t be a dork and look it up)


A Two Act Play: Troy Tulowitzki and Pace of Play

In an effort to speed up the game, MLB has introduced new rules that force a batter to stay in the batter’s box after a pitch. No more leisurely strolls halfway back to the dugout between pitches! Sometimes. Usually? I dunno. It’s all very confusing. This article is a very humorous look at the effect of the rules as viewed through the microcosm that is Troy Tulowitzki. -TOB

Source: What Have New Pace of Play Rules Meant for Troy Tulowitzki? Jeff Sullivan, Fangraphs (04/09/2015)


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You’re gonna have to learn your clichés. You’re gonna have to study them, you’re gonna have to know them. They’re your friends. Write this down: “We gotta play it one day at a time.”

– Crash Davis



Week of March 30, 2015

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Holy Cow! Harry Caray was living the 1-2-3 dream nearly fifty years ago.


Before He Was A Cub, Harry Caray Was A Trailblazer

“The Stacks” collection is one of the best series featured on Deadspin, and this week’s story will have you smiling all the way through. Read how Harry Caray (the legendary Cubs announcer and perhaps Will Ferrell’s best impersonation) got his break into calling games for the Cardinals, how he changed the way baseball was announced, his odd but powerful relationship with “Gussie” Busch (Budweiser), and how his “call it as I see it” approach enraged players and coaches alike. Some people loathed him, but the fans sitting by the radios throughout the country loved him. In his own words: “”I like to think that if I’ve accomplished anything, well, I’ve tried to develop the feeling in the little man, the man we call the fan, that I have his interest at heart. In the baseball business I’m the last of the nonconformists. I feel that eventually, in this day and age, my kind of guy’s gotta get fired.” Fantastic read that got me ready for the baseball season to kick off! – PAL

Source: “When Harry Caray Was A Rebel With A Microphone,” Myron Cope, Sports Illustrated, October 1968 (℅ Deadspin, 4/1/15)

TOB: Like many baseball fans of my age, I grew up watching Cubs games on nationally-aired WGN, announced by Harry Caray. He was like a lovable grandpa – loud and funny, maybe a little drunk. He loved baseball and he made you love it, too. But this article has me rethinking my understanding of Harry Caray. While I will always appreciate the enthusiasm with which he called a game – and his concerns about play by play announcers becoming mellow and boring was prophetic – e.g., Joe Buck, Dave Flemming (yes, I said it) – this article sure does mention a lot of people that worked with Harry that did not like him. He sounds like the kind of guy who stepped on a lot of people to get to the top. There are multiple facets to every person, but this does paint a picture of a Harry as someone whose public persona was more contrived than I had previously thought. Still, I can’t help but agree with this poem, taken from the story: “If you lack the tickets to see the Cards, you can listen in your own backyards, and the greatest show, no ifs or buts, is to hear Harry Caray going nuts.”


Heckling Hockey “Superfan” is a Real Asshat

For years, Corey Simms has gone to his local hockey rink, where he supports the Conception Bay Junior Renegades, and heckled opposing players and fans. To be clear, the league is for 18 to 22 year olds. Nonetheless, he is so obnoxious that the Renegades forfeited a game because they don’t want him there. He doesn’t seem to care: “If the hockey moms can’t handle me yelling and heckling at the rinks, I think they should stick to crosswords and knitting. And if the young boys, young men I should say, can’t handle a bit of heckling at the rink, they should stick to tiddlywinks and Playstation.” You, sir, are an asshat. -TOB

Source: Hockey Team Wants Answers on Who’s Responsible for Badly-Behaved Fans”, CBC News (03/25/2015); video w/ interview of asshat here

PAL: As the great Aaron Tippin sang, “You’ve got to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything.” Just because you don’t agree with his cause, Tommy, doesn’t mean you have to degrade him by referring to him as an a-hat. Corey Simms is fighting for what he believes, and I for one…can’t keep this charade up any more, even in the name of debate. Simms is in the running for being named the biggest loser of 2015. The video is classic local TV news.


The Guy No One Wants To See

While our opinions of the New York Yankees might vary, we all can understand that the franchise has had a lion’s share of great players. Ruth, DiMaggio, Gehrig, Mantle, all the way up to the recent past with Mariano Rivera. Yet, time is the enemy to us all, and even mythic baseball legends get replaced. This article gives a run-down of all the players who replaced a legend. Sometimes greatness begat greatness, and sometimes it surely did not. As we all learned fron The Sandlot, “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.” But what about the next guy in line? – PAL

Source: “Replace A Legend? These Yankees Did”, Dave Anderson, The New York Times (3/30/15)


As Marty Lurie Would Say: That’s Baseball

This is pretty strange/cool. In 2012, current-Pirates pitcher John Holdzkom was a minor league flameout. He’d been drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 by the Mets and given a signing bonus of $210,000. Since then, he’d had Tommy John surgery, lost the ability to pitch, and blown his signing bonus. He was 24 and back home with his parents. He was bored, so he anonymously called into comedian Chelsea Perretti’s podcast to tell his story. He was honest and blunt. Perretti liked him, and offered some kind words for his baseball future. Little did she know, Holdzkom would indeed turn it around. Just two years later, after a stint playing baseball in Australia, he was on the Pirates, debuted in the major, and made their postseason roster last season. Recently, a blogger connected Holdzkom’s story with the anonymous call to Perretti’s podcast. When asked, Holdzkom admitted he was the called. “I didn’t know she was popular, didn’t know so many people would hear it. “I thought it would just disappear.” Holdzkom must be new to the internet. -TOB

Source:Holdzkom Makes Good on Podcaster Chelsea Peretti’s Prediction, Stephen J. Nesbitt, Pittsburg Post-Gazette (04/01/2015)


A Whole New World, A New Fantastic Point of View

Ever wonder what a slider look like to a hitter as it is released from the pitcher’s hand? This short but sweet article shows you, along with a few other pitches.

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Thanks to 1-2-3 reader/my wonderful wife Susan O’Brien for sending along this article. -TOB

Source: What Batters See in Different Pitches While the Baseball Comes to the Plate”, Arman Walia, Bleacher Report (03/30/2015)

PAL: And now I understand why I wasn’t a very good hitter. I learned way more than I should have from this little infographic. Get Jack studying this chart now, Tommy.


Is It Possible to Score Zero Goals in Twelve Minutes Against an Empty Net? Apparently.

In the NCAA hockey tournament, the University of Miami (Ohio) found itself down 6-2 with 13 minutes left. That’s pretty hopeless in a hockey game. But the Redhawks were not ready to give in. With thirteen minutes left in the game, they pulled their goalie. Amazingly, they didn’t give up any empty net goals, and scored three goals of their own, over the next twelve minutes. With the score 6-5, they nearly tied the game up before Providence finally got an empty-netter to seal it, 7-5. Still. Those twelve minutes are quite an accomplishment! Sports are weird sometimes. -TOB

Source: Redhawks Play With Empty Net for 12 Minutes, Score Three Goals, Lose“, Samer Kalaf, Deadspin (03/30/2015)

PAL: Just think of the indigestion bubbling up in the Providence coach’s belly once Miami closed the deficit to one goal. I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more in hockey playoffs – at any level. What’s the downside if you’re in an elimination game? Is it better to end your season by losing 2-6 than losing 2-10? As I’ve told this young, ambitious attorney friend of mind, for incredible to happen you have to be open the possibility of the incredible. On a side note, I’ve recently begun working as a life coach. Contact me for info on how you can join my seminar this weekend in Larkspur.


Fans Are Not Kind to Aging Athlete, But Sure Are Funny

Former All-Star closer Joe Nathan signed a two-year, $21M deal with the Tigers before last season. The first year was…not good. And Tigers fans are not happy. Exhibit A, this fake baseball card:

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Ooooooh, Joe. Ya burnt! -TOB

Source: Your ‘Fake Joe Nathan Troll-Job Baseball Card’ of the Day“, Dayn Perry, CBS Sports (03/31/2015)


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“So, an eerie start for the Erie warriors as they drop a heartbreaker to the Yankees, nine to nothing. The post game show is brought to you by…Christ, I can’t find it. The hell with it.”

Bob Ueker as Harry Doyle