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Awesome. “David M. Evans, the writer, director and narrator of “The Sandlot,” loves to tell this story: He was in an airport a few years back. He saw a father trying to contain a wild child while also trying to carry his luggage. Finally, giving up, the dad put down his bags and told the child, “You’re killin’ me, Smalls.”
“He was three feet from me and I couldn’t resist,” Evans says. “I told the guy, ‘You’re never going to believe this’ …’” He took the guy’s address and sent him and his son an autographed poster.” [Oz/Big League Stew]
“Network research executives say they don’t have enough information to determine whether Twitter affects TV ratings.
Take the soccer game, for example. It may have generated more Twitter trending topics than the NCAA tournament. But the NCAA tournament produced 11 times more TV viewers that night. The 9.8 million viewers who watched the NCAA tournament’s late window on March 22 dwarfed soccer’s audience. To me, the soccer game’s numbers backed up the skepticism most TV executives have when they talk about Twitter’s effect on sports TV ratings. But network executives had a different take. They pointed to the soccer game as an example where social media may have had an effect on the soccer game’s 0.5 national household rating.” [Ourand/Sports Business Journal]
“We’ve spent the last few months talking about interesting these 2013 Indians would be. Well, they’re interesting, all right.
In what was supposed to be the ninth game of the season, the Indians were set to use their seventh starting pitcher (Corey Kluber: No. 7 in your depth chart, No. 1 in your heart). That would have put the Indians on pace to use 126 starting pitchers this season (which would of course be a record… but let’s not read too much into that, because I’m sure they won’t actually use more than 100).
Anyway, rain intervened to momentarily pause the merry-go-round, and now it’s Zach McAllister getting the nod in Game No. 9. So… six starters in nine days. That already sounds better, doesn’t it?” [Castrovince/Castroturf]
“Ohio State will be No. 2 in the preseason polls. Phil Steele projected that, and it seems like the most rational assumption. The Buckeyes went undefeated last year; they’ll get the proper respect in the preseason polls.
The question of whether they are the best team to knock off the SEC in a title game this year, and whether they are better than every SEC team other than obvious preseason No. 1 Alabama, is debatable.
Ohio State had a special season, but it didn’t necessarily prove the Buckeyes are ready to beat the SEC. The best non-conference foe was UCF, and the only non-conference foe from a BCS league was a bad Cal team. The Big Ten was really down last year, and the Buckeyes got the two best teams other than itself, Michigan and Nebraska, at home. It needed overtime to beat Purdue and Wisconsin, and got a one-point win against Michigan State. Ohio State didn’t rank better than 10th in any major statistical category. And not playing a conference championship game or bowl game might have helped. Ask Georgia or Florida how much better its season would have looked without their extra games at the end.” [Schwab/Dr. Saturday]
“I’ve been sailing through this analysis assuming that we all accept the premise that with Sheard, Taylor, Rubin (plus Hughes, Winn) the d-line and specifically the interior d-line was a strength. But at 119 rush yards/game, one might question that assertion. Let’s look a little closer.
Prior to the bye week, there was not one game with Taylor and Rubin played together. Over that span of games, the Browns allowed 132 rush yards/game. For a frame of reference, that would be 26th in the league if it were the year-long average.
However, in weeks ten through seventeen, Taylor and Rubin played together. Over that time period, the Browns allowed 89.7* rush yards/game. That rates out as SECOND BEST in the league. Coincidence? I think not.
If anyone has a better metric to measure the effectiveness of an interior d-line, I’m all ears. Until then, I say again: Rubin + Taylor = second best run defense in the NFL.” [Kanick]