Warning: Today’s While We’re Waiting will be a Kevin Love-free zone. Please give me my peace. I need it, badly.
NBA Expansion?! SonicsRising reported yesterday that the NBA is having private discussions over possible expansion to two new franchises, one in Seattle and one in Louisville. With the upcoming TV contract negotiations, it’s not a shocking idea. Seattle wants one back desperately. Louisville’s infrastructure and basketball-loving character make some sense. Keep your eye on this, folks.
Personally, I have a lot of sympathy for Seattle and I’m a big fan of the city of Louisville. I remember when Louisville popped its head into the Sacramento Kings talks to try and take that franchise. This would be good for the NBA. Folks might talk about thinning out the talent pool, but I don’t see rational proof of that most anywhere. The league would work itself out just fine.
The infamous PTBNL: ESPN had a list of the top five active players-to-be-named laters. They were sorted by career WAR. On the list: Two people acquired as PTBNL by the Indians and one traded away. Pretty neat to see how the Indians have exploited this option.
Inconsistency, defined: Entering yesterday, the Cleveland Indians were tied for fourth in the American League in runs per game. They also had scored three runs or less in 45% of their games – exactly the AL average. How does a team rank solidly above average in runs per game, but perfectly average in run distribution? Inconsistency.
The easy response is that the Indians are a team filled with inconsistent hitters. I don’t know how that’s true. How do we define inconsistency? What makes Kipnis, Brantley, Santana, Swisher, et al more inconsistent than other cores? One theory that fascinates me: Entering yesterday, the Indians were fourth in MLB in OPS against right-handers and 27th against lefties. Perhaps platoon imbalance leads to streakiness? I’m not certain.
Kipnis as an underrated leader? With the Indians being in Minnesota this week, I remembered some comments Jason Kipnis made last season in a late July trip to Target Field. They’re pretty powerful today knowing what happened during the rest of 2013.
“It’s getting into late July right now. We can make excuses for a while, but we need some guys to start stepping up right now. We’ve been shooting ourselves in the foot these last two games. You can’t blame the starting pitching. You can’t blame the bullpen. You can’t win many games if you don’t score runs.”
Does Kipnis deserve more credit than he usually receives for riling up the troops last year? Is it possible they could rally out of the gates again? Or is a mostly .500 team doomed to just finish right around .500 as it should?
Life goals: I thought I should let you all know here in WWW that I’ve established three new life goals in the last 10 days. Here they are:
— Jacob Rosen (@WFNYJacob) July 15, 2014
Via Facebook from a local grocery store. New life goal: Have local grocery stores celebrate my return en masse. pic.twitter.com/k8mj4ZdrIb
— Jacob Rosen (@WFNYJacob) July 20, 2014
Yet another new life goal. RT @AvikarSaini: I would love to have my fake tweets in 2K
— Jacob Rosen (@WFNYJacob) July 21, 2014
Your support is very much appreciated in helping me reach these goals. Thank you.
The Dayton uproar: By now, you probably have heard that the University of Dayton unveiled a new athletics brand identity last Friday. The logo arrived first … and I was not too enthused by the early leaks. I really do like the uniforms, on the other hand.
But on Facebook … it’s a very ugly scene. Check out this post from UD on Monday and another from the Flyers men’s basketball page announcing the new change. Fans are protesting, petitioning for a new logo and urging the university to restore their old look.
As a 2012 alumnus, I never really liked the old brand and logo. I definitely understand the need for change. The new logo is subpar. The new uniforms are pretty good. But will I sign your petitions and call the athletic department non stop? Nah, probably not for me.
In other news: SportsAnalyticsBlog founder Jonathan Gordon wrote about FiveThirtyEight’s central mistake. TGI Friday’s endless appetizers special sounds terrible and is terrible. The Atlanta Falcons new stadium looks super ridiculously cool. Bleacher Report likely isn’t the best, as Deadspin investigates. And Katie Nolan used to be a bar mitzvah dancer?
Twitter trends: Twitter is fantastic, except during rumor season. But the fun part is that even during the chaos, we all get kinda silly sometimes. Here are just a couple of my favorites from the past week of Twitter memes and hashtags.
Explosions in the KY #RemoveALetterRuinABand
— Steve McPherson (@steventurous) July 19, 2014
0 Cent: #RemoveALetterRuinABand
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) July 20, 2014
Guns N DeRozans #NBAMusicians
— Trevor Magnotti (@Tmagnotti) July 23, 2014
Celine Dion Waiters #NBAMusicians
— Julie Phayer (@juliephayer) July 23, 2014