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October 24, 2007 at 9:37 am | Posted in Jackie Manuel | 1 Comment

Let us start with the newest members of the 2007-2008 North Carolina basketball team! Jack Wooten, J.B, Tanner, a Patrick Moody have made the team as walk-ons. They could get a decent amount of time this season too. Not much else to be found, Eddy Landreth writes about Ty Lawson’s importance.

Jim Grobe is scared of our receivers and Josh Adams is pumped. More coming on the huge trip to Winston Salem tomorrow. THF has been blogging about the rumor that Butch Davis might leave for Fayetteville. He thinks it is unlikely and I agree. The opportunity here is a good one (despite the small recruiting pool split between 5 schools) and if/when Butch leaves, you have to think it will be for a factory. At any rate, the good players keep coming in and apparently Melvin Williams (a 4 star DB) committed as soon as we talked to him.

The men’s soccer team scored more than 1 goal! The Heels will host Clemson on Friday and 3 points are a must. I won’t be able to make it, unfortunately, but if you do go, look out for the local boy who wasn’t recruited seriously by Carolina. Not that we could have used goal scorers or anything.

Arsenal are good. Maybe not premiership champions good yet…but tying Juve’s Cash Cup record and seemingly doing so without really trying very hard is unbelievable. Here is a round up from yesterday and SSN has this afternoon’s previews. Meanwhile Grant Wahl defends Landycakes and wants to know the same thing we do…when will Jozy get a game for the Nats.

Baseball Prospectus takes a look at Coors and Fenway. Really hard to pick a side in this one but tonight should be great. A paragraph from BP on each starting pitcher:

Everyone seems to have a different theory as to why the 27-year-old Beckett comes up big in big games despite his relative youth and lack of postseason experience. Beckett thinks it is because of his ability to adapt and his willingness to win. “Don Sutton used to tell me every time you go out there, you’re going to be a different pitcher. So throughout the course of a year, you can be between 30 and 35 guys,” Beckett said, referring to the Hall of Fame pitcher. “If you’re going to get me, generally the first inning is the time, because I’m still trying to figure out who I am that day. And whether it be Chien-Ming Wang or C.C. Sabathia or whoever, nobody wants it more than me. When I’m out there, I feel like all the guys are behind me and that we’re better than everybody else.”


Year Team IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 H/9 BABIP QERA
2007 Colorado(MLB) 215.1 6.9 2.6 2.6 1.0 9.8 .321 4.21

 

His actual ERA was 0.01 away from his QERA, and 0.04 away from his 75th-percentile PECOTA-forecasted PERA, which is both neat and scary. The fact that Francis was able to succeed in spite of the Coors effect on balls in play is a testament to how good a pitcher he really is, and you have to love that he’s been able to reconcile his earlier solid strikeout numbers with his later work in reducing hits on balls in play.

 

Buffablow comes to town. Chad LaRose will be miked. The Sabres are really fighting it and hopefully we can keep things going for them.

Finally….Gregg Easterbrook hates the Patriots. Who doesn’t? Is his case based on Reason? Not really, though he’s dead on in making fun of the hypocrisy behind New England’s persecution claims. They cheated and rather then feeling embarrassed, they project and use it as inspiration. It IS all very silly but this is pretty much what any football team would do, no? Should they get all introspective and meditate or something? As for running up the score…well it doesn’t bother me. Don’t get me wrong…I wanted Joey Porter to tear Tom W.’s ligaments…especially after the fake spike play. It is a professional game though (one could argue Miami is barely pro, but you understand what I mean) and I think they get paid regardless of how hurt their feelings are. In college or high school it is pretty unethical, but in the NFL it is just questionable tactics. Anyways…I loved the article and I love even more that thousands of Boston sports fans are undoubtedly writing essays to ESPN this morning. Easterbrook is smart and funny and he hasn’t always hated the Patriots…he just does now. The Patriots are not Evil but they are evil. Get me?

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  1. The article could have been shorter – here’s my version:
    “I don’t like the Patriots for various reasons that are not based on logic.”- by Gregg Easterbrook

    Fair enough.

    Here’s my article.
    “I don’t like Gregg Easterbrook because he’s a c*nt. That hatred is not based on logic”

    By the notorious MOD

    Cheers!


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