April 27, 2012

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 5 comments

A first round draft grade based on consensus value or something.

posted by apoch at 01:22 PM on April 27, 2012

...consensus value or something.

The current trend of evaluating draft picks by supposed value, that is whether the consensus places that player above or below where he is chosen, might have some merit, but it denies any consideration of what a team's needs were at the time of the pick. If a team needed an outside linebacker, for example, but the only players that were considered to have 'positive value' were running backs, of which you already have plenty, then it makes no sense to adhere strictly to a value judgment. It's a little bit like buying a neat sports car at a bargain price when you really need a pickup truck for your landscaping business.

This sort of analysis also presumes that the 'experts' know what they're talking about. Break the word 'expert' into its parts and you have 'ex', meaning former, and 'spurt', which is a drip under pressure. As an illustration, may I offer Kiper, Mel.

posted by Howard_T at 02:21 PM on April 27, 2012

President Obama and his wife root for different Chicago baseball teams. "I grew up a Cubs fan," she said. "We're a mixed marriage."

posted by rcade at 03:14 PM on April 27, 2012

I'm guessing that at one time, the Obama dinner table was able to maintain an uneasy truce.

She: "You've got a lot to live down in the personal conduct department. Ozzie, Pierzynski..."

He: "Zambrano, Milton Bradley..."

posted by beaverboard at 04:46 PM on April 27, 2012

Hockey fan map from ESRI (makers of the largest GIS application). Pick your winners from the round two games.

posted by NoMich at 06:56 PM on April 27, 2012

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